Benjamin Leatherman

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    October 29, 2014

    17 Best Halloween Parties in Metro Phoenix

    If you've spent weeks prepping the world's greatest Halloween costume and need somewhere to show it off, you're in luck. The bars and clubs of Metro Phoenix are planning to celebrate All Hallows in style and not just on Friday, October 31. Some places will be having shindigs, masquerades, and other ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    10 Vacant Buildings Around Phoenix That Should Be Music Venues

    If there's one thing that Metro Phoenix has no shortage of, it's vacant buildings. Thanks to the Great Recession and the ever-fickle whims of consumers, and the normal failure rate of any business, our area is littered with scores of available spaces or shuttered enterprises. Some will eventually ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Club Red Rocks On at Its New Home in Mesa Despite Opening Night Woes

    It's safe to say that the new Club Red in Mesa has been a work in progress during its first three weeks. And booking manager Mattx Bentley is the first to agree, right before rattling off a list of things, mostly of a cosmetic nature, that the venue's staff is "working tirelessly" to handle. "We've ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Top 30 ASU Football Tailgating Photos of the Year

    All season, New Times has been documenting the tailgate parties outside Sun Devil Stadium before the football games at Arizona State University.In advance of this weekend's Pac-12 Championship Game in Tempe, we bring you the 30 best ASU tailgating photos of the year:

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    October 21, 2013

    Photos: ASU Homecoming Celebrations in Tempe

    Homecoming was this weekend at Arizona State University, which included ASU's football team trouncing the Washington Huskies, 53-24.New Times was in Tempe to document the festivities. Check out the photos below:

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    September 30, 2013

    Photos: ASU Fans Tailgating and Partying at Sun Devil Stadium Before Win Over USC

    The Arizona State University Sun Devils beat the University of Southern California in a shootout this weekend in Tempe, 62-41.New Times was there to capture the pre-game festivities:

  • Music

    April 11, 2013
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    April 2, 2013

    10 Best Punk Bars in Phoenix

    Phoenix has a long tradition of punk bars that serve up cheap beer and fast, aggressive (sometimes sloppy) punk rock. Some great venues have closed over the last few years, and while we dearly miss Jugheads and Rogue West, punk bars continue to thrive in the Valley of the Sun. Most are situated in u ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    10 Favorite Strip Clubs in Metro Phoenix (NSFW)

    Local strippers and the clubs that employ them have had to put up some major crap from government in past few months. In case you hadn't heard, a cadre of uptight right-wing officials and politicos (including a few members of Arizona Legislature) have been attempting to get nanny-state laws passed t ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    The Five People You'll Meet at Country Thunder

    Two years ago, yours truly embarked on finding a real country experience that didn't lead me into the backwoods of some quaint southern town, but rather out into a barren field in Florence. I was alone. I was scared. I was wearing flip flops, at the risk of getting my tootsies stomped by the cowboy ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    December 22, 2011

    Ghost of Eastside Records, Courtney Marie Andrews, Guns N' Roses, and More in This Week's Issue

    Benjamin Leatherman​I finally made it into The Ghost of Eastside Records last night, and it was awesome. A little hard to find, sure (someone yank that "Records" sign from Smoke Shop Records, er, Headquarters and hang it up at the new spot), but worth the search. What it lacks in size (and nat ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Club Candids: Retro Hi-Fi at SideBar

    Benjamin LeathermanFine-looking folks and photo-bombers were out at SideBar on Sunday, December 18.​ The true test of any bar's popularity isn't if it's crowded on Friday or Saturday (every place is like that), but rather if it's just as busy on an off night like Sunday. Based upon the amount of p ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Will Anderson, X, Cake, and More in This Week's Issue

    Benjamin LeathermanWill Anderson at Hollywood Alley​When it comes to local music (and apparently, everything) all things must pass. So goes the reign of punk promoter Will Anderson, whose belly laugh, dirty Avail hat, and jovial smile have been a near-constant presence at punk shows in the Valley ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Club Candids: Rockbar Inc's Grand Opening

    Benjamin Leatherman​There wasn't any pulsating electronica beats or brutal dubstep drops coming from Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale this past weekend. Instead, Craftsman Court's newest nightspot (which celebrated its grand opening on Friday, December 2) was echoing with killer guitar riffs, sweet lick ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Club Candids: Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge

    Benjamin LeathermanWelcome to the Dollhouse.​As its name portends, there were plenty of dolls on hand for the opening weekend at  Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge in Scottsdale. Dime pieces were on the walls of Old Town's newest nightlife playground in the form of stylish magazine covers arrang ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Club Candids at American Junkie

    Benjamin LeathermanThree's a crowd at American Junkie.​New bars and clubs are constantly popping up in Scottsdale as of late. But no matter how hip and hype the latest sensation might be, we prefer coming back to old favorites like American Junkie. The sports bar-meets-danceteria almost alway ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Club Candids at The Lodge

    Benjamin LeathermanLiving large at The Lodge on Sunday, April 10. Click here to see more pics.​

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    April 5, 2011

    Now Open: Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club in Old Town Scottsdale

    Benjamin Leatherman​In the same spot where Drift brought a Polynesian sheen to Old Town, new club Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club is set to attract club-goers with a different vibe. Out are the tikis and grass huts, and in their place Spanish Fly sports chic couches, cabanas and, oh yeah, that gian ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Club Candids at Primebar

    Benjamin LeathermanHaving fun at Primebar in Scottsdale on Saturday, March 12.​Weekends are kind of a big thing at the Scottsdale Quarter. The bars and clubs of the North Scottsdale shopping district are packed with pretty peeps and stylish shenanigans aplenty. That includes upscale spot Prim ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 3, 2011
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    February 16, 2011

    Club Candids at Narcisse Champagne Lounge

    Benjamin LeathermanVoluptuous vixens were in abundance during Valentine's weekend at Narcisse Champagne Lounge in Scottsdale.If Christopher Walken's memorable turn on Saturday Night Live as The Continental taught us anything, it's that the ladies love a fine bottle of cham-pahn-ya. Said lesson was p ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Now Open: Bar 350 in Scottsdale

    Benjamin Leatherman​Beer and booze are once again flowing at the Scottsdale space formerly known as biker place the Billet Bar. The spot, which is located at 3752 North Scottsdale Road, has taken on a rebooted identity as the newly opened Bar 350. Owner Johnny West is hoping his joint will becom ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Eastside Records, Girl Talk, Kinch, and More in This Week's Issue

    Benjamin LeathermanEastside Records, a local shop that will unfortunately soon become a memory.​The rumors are true: local record store Eastside Records will be closing up shop at the end of the year. Although they haven't been hosting wild shows since the mid-90s, they've still got an impressive ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Club Candids: Retox Sundays at Martini Ranch

    Benjamin LeathermanRetox Sundays at Martini Ranch got a little too exciting for some.​Although the five-day Thanksgiving holiday technically doesn't start until tonight, those in attendance at Martini Ranch's Retox Sundays shindig this past weekend got a jump on the festivities. They drank down pl ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Nu-Towne Saloon Ravaged By Blaze

    Benjamin LeathermanThe interior of Nu-Towne Saloon, prior to getting roasted and toasted by a fire.​East Phoenix gay bar Nu-Towne Saloon was the unfortunate victim of an devastating fire earlier this week, which reportedly caused "extensive damage" to its interior. Please refrain from making any ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Billet Bar in Scottsdale Closes Down

    Benjamin Leatherman​Scottsdale's bar and club scene is as volatile as ever. In the past week alone, we've reported on openings and closings, as well as the transformation of one particularly notorious dancehall. Here's the latest development in Old Town's nightlife landscape: The Billet Bar ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Club Candids: Seven Sexy Sins Bash at Afterlife

    Benjamin LeathermanSome of the costumed cuties at Afterlife.​There was plenty of after-hours activity taking place across the Valley over Halloween weekend, including plenty of freaky late-night fetes and fiestas that went down past the midnight hour. Over at Afterlife in Scottsdale, costumed ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Club Candids: Latino Fridays at PHX Nightclub

    Benjamin LeathermanLovely and luscious ladies were in abundance at PHX Nightclub.No doubt about it, the downtown dance spots located along Washington Street get pretty damn busy during weekend nights as countless clubgoers congregate to drink and debauch until last call looms amidst this massive clu ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Aries of Diamond Jacks Gentlemans Club

    Benjamin LeathermanClick "More" for an undistorted peek. Welcome to Stripper Songs, a weekly feature that proves not all Phoenix strippers bump and grind to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."Of the dozens of adult cabarets and peepshows littering the Valley landscape, Diamond Jacks Gentlema ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Page of Bombshells Cabaret

    Benjamin LeathermanClick "More" for an undistorted peek. ​elcome to Stripper Songs, a weekly feature that proves not all Phoenix strippers bump and grind to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."

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    April 7, 2010

    Heidi of Christie's Cabaret Tempe

    Benjamin LeathermanClick "More" for an undistorted peek. Welcome to Stripper Songs, a weekly feature that proves not all Phoenix strippers bump and grind to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low." Scan the Internet for the top stripper songs of all time, and chances are you'll happen upon list ... More >>

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    March 28, 2010

    WWE Fans Take Over Downtown Phoenix During WrestleMania Weekend

    Benjamin LeathermanWrestling fans from Ireland at WWE WrestleMania Axxess at the Phoenix Convention Center. See more pictures from our slideshow.​ I've done some pretty crazy shit in support of my professional wrestling fandom. At age 12, I did backyard wrestling with a few of my sixth grade clas ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Anyone Wanna Buy Sugar Daddy's? Scottsdale Nightspot Up For Auction In January

    Benjamin Leatherman​WANTED: Defunct Scottsdale theme bar/restaurant desperately seeking a new lease on life. This dame might be a bit cliché and worn around the edges, but she ain't cheap. You: Must have access to large amounts of disposable income and the ability to stay outta jail (unlike my pr ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Light-Rail Train and Minivan Collide; Injuries Minimal Despite Wicked-Looking Wreck

    Image: Benjamin Leatherman ​ A Metro light-rail train crashed into a passenger van earlier this afternoon in Central Phoenix, resulting in a spectacular wreck but just a few minor injuries. The collision occurred just after 4 p.m. near Washington and 19th streets, when a west ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Free Treasure Mammal Show at The Lost Leaf

    Benjamin Leatherman​Phoenix experimental band Treasure Mammal proves two hours of driving doesn't mean the Arizona scene needs to be split. The indie group joins forces with neighbors-to-the-north, Flagstaff's Feel Free, on a untitled 7" record, which will be available at a free show S ... More >>

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    October 10, 2009

    Shizzfest 2 is Currently Rocking the Shizz Outta Grand Avenue

    Benjamin LeathermanMalaki gets loud at the Trunk Space during Shizzfest.​It's been something of a packed Saturday, what with Tour de Fat, the Tiki Throwdown, Oktoberfest, and various and sundry other weekend events happening around the Valley. If you've still got some energy and cash left, jump in ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Scottsdale's Pussycat Lounge, Crown Room Closing (Temporarily) For Renovation

    Benjamin LeathermanClub promoter Brian Durkee clowns around at Pussycat Lounge on Saturday night. We're deep into the dog days of summer, the college kids are all away on vacay, and nightlife-related business has slowed to a trickle. Sounds like the perfect time for local club owners to shut do ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Late Night Light Rail Starts This Weekend

    Benjamin LeathermanDon't miss your stop, broham. At last, the train we've wanted to ride is finally pulling up to the station, so to speak. METRO light rail is becoming a post-midnight express as of tomorrow with service offered until last call on weekend evenings. The trains will run approxima ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    DJs Make Their Debut at Merc Bar

    Benjamin LeathermanJoe DiPadova and sax player Shea Marshall jam out at the Merc Bar on Sunday. Click here for more photos from our slideshow. The stylish and suave Merc Bar has always seemed to be a cut above all the other gin joints and laidback lounges that abound in Phoenix. How come? There's ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Flier of the Week: Danse Macabre

    There's not a ton of live music in town this weekend -- especially compared to next weekend's musical bonanza of Country Thunder/Tempe Music Fest/Springsteen/Bonnie Prince Billy/Calexico/Leonard Cohen -- so this week's flier is for a dance night. Not just any Dance night though, as Benjamin Leatherm ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008

    Podcast: Digital Summer

    By Jonathan McNamara Digital Summer's numerous sticker advertisements have nothing on the sheer number of multimedia pieces we've put together to supplement Benjamin Leatherman's cover story on the Valley-based band. If you haven't seen the two (count 'em) slide shows we've already posted, you ca ... More >>

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    May 5, 2008
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    March 23, 2006

    Art Detour 2006

    The comprehensive lowdown on the scene, the anti-scene, listings, and a handy map

  • Calendar

    October 6, 2005

    Monsters' Ball

    Fright to the finish

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    November 11, 2004

    Street Brawl

    Dragsters wage war at "Battleground AZ"

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    September 16, 2004

    Tongue and Groove

    Count Smokula lights up the Trunk Space

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    July 15, 2004

    Off the Cuffs

    "Good Cop/Bad Cop" busts up the Improv

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    July 8, 2004

    Shots in the Dark

    Here's to good friends--this night is kinda special

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    July 1, 2004

    "POW" Wows

    Comic artists draw attention

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