Benjamin Leatherman

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    June 3, 2013

    The 25 Best Phoenix Club Photos of May 2013

    Our intrepid Club Candids photographers began May covering Cinco de Mayo at the Spanish Fly and ended it on Mill Avenue, at the newly opened Gringo Star Street Bar. In between, they caught nightlife in the Valley in these photos:

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    April 18, 2013
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    January 9, 2013

    Soda Drinker Pro Is... A Soda Drinking Simulation

    Humanity has accomplished a great deal in its relatively brief time on this planet. So it's refreshing to see we've even managed to wield technology so advanced that we can properly simulate the act of walking around and drinking a soda. See Also: -Colbert Struggles With NYC Soda Ban, Conan Offers ... More >>

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    December 29, 2012

    Top Five New Years Eve Parties in Metro Phoenix

    If it ain't one apocalypse, it's another, right? First December 21 rolls on by with nary an earthquake or a giant dragon emerging from the sky and burning us all to death with his flaming volcano mouth, and now we're perched on the edge of the dreaded fiscal cliff. But chances are things will proba ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    December 26, 2012

    Club Candids: The Blunt Club at Yucca Tap Room

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    November 12, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.

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    August 25, 2012

    Top Five Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    Club Candids: You Write the Caption

    It's that time of the month: the time when we sift through all the party photos we've taken in the past few weeks to create our favorite party photos of the month slideshow. To change it up we thought we'd give you, our loyal readers, a chance to put on your creativity hats and come up with your own ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend (Cinco de Mayo Edition)

    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend. Saturday May 5: Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival in Downtown Phoenix More than 150,000 people are expected to ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    March 1, 2012
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    November 28, 2011

    Sister Cities, Doctor Bones, and the Return of Eastside Records' Michael Pawlicki Over the Weekend

    ​Busy giving thanks over your four-day weekend? Don't worry, here's what you missed at Up on the Sun: Sister Cities and Doctor Bones The Rogue Bar kicked off Saturday night with a charismatic and interactive performance by Doctor Bones followed by local charmers Sister Cities. Both bands wer ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Club Candids: Memorial Day Mayhem at Pussycat Lounge

    Benjamin LeathermanOren J. from Silver Medallion (left) behind the decks with a few friends at PCL in Scottsdale.​When the dreaded hour of 2 a.m. approaches at most Scottsdale joints, clubgoers start sucking down the last few gulps of their drinks and start shuffling towards the door. At Pussycat ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Seven Places We're Dining At Before The Rapture

    Benjamin LeathermanDurant's is where we'll be once Jesus comes calling.Not to be gloomy or gauche, but it might be time to start thinking about your last meal.  As those obnoxious billboards scattered around town are warning, The Rapture is prophesized to be happening two days from now. Mu ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    PheosiA Films Posts Sick Soundwave Video

    Benjamin Leatherman The main stage at the rain-drenched Soundwave Music Festival.​If you didn't make it out to Soundwave Music Festival a few weeks back, we don't blame you. It was downright freezing as an unseasonably cold storm drenched the entire Valley and kept people away from the outd ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Club Candids: Just Keep Raving IV at Stratus

    Benjamin LeathermanAfter-hours outrageousness took place at Just Keep Raving IV on Friday, February 25, at Stratus.​Ravers are an ultra-colorful bunch, to say the least. For example, if you happened to hanging out at Stratus this past weekend, your eyeballs likely woulda exploded from the onslau ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Club Candids: Subversion at Disco Scottsdale

    Benjamin LeathermanSmoking hot beats were unleashed by Jakwob (left) during Subversion on Thursday, January 20, at Disco in Scottsdale. ​The dance floor was glowing and the bass was flowing during the weekly Subversion session at Disco in Scottsdale last Thursday as boffo British beat-slinger Jakw ... More >>

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    January 16, 2011

    Joe Strummer Benefit at George & Dragon

    Benjamin LeathermanThe Glass Heroes get the crowd going at the George & Dragon. See more photos of the event in our slideshow.Joe Strummer Benefit  George & Dragon Pub & Restaurant January 15th, 2011Phoenix's punk community might not be the biggest or brightest music scene in the V ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    D-JR, Hemoptysis and Landmine Marathon, and More in This Week's Issue

    Benjamin LeathermanD-JR partying hard while celebrating his move to L.A.​J.R. Phillips, better known as D-JR, is on the move to Los Angeles in hopes of an even brighter future as a DJ. He's been spinning his way to the top spots of many notable DJ competitions, which have been landing him some big ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Club Candids: New Year's Eve at The Rogue Bar

    Benjamin Leatherman Having a rocking New Year's Eve at the Rogue Bar in Scottsdale on Friday, December 31.​While the rest of Scottsdale were welcoming the dawn of 2011 with block parties, bizarre bonanzas, and beer-soaked bashes, the folks over at the Rogue were spending their New Year's Ev ... More >>

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    January 1, 2011

    Rx Bandits at Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party Last Night

    Benjamin LeathermanThe Rx Bandits perform at Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party last night.​Rx Bandits Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party December 31, 2011 When Matt Embree, Steve Choi, and the other members of SoCal ska-punk reggae-rock band Rx Bandits signed up to headline Scottsdale's Ulti ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Club Candids at Coach House

    Benjamin LeathermanHoliday hi-jinks ensued at the Coach House this past weekend.​Christmas is a big thing at the Coach House. The folks at this Scottsdale mainstay do it up right by decorating the renowned dive bar with more than 10,000 twinkling glow lights and more wrapping paper and bows than o ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Sucker Punch Sally's Closes For Summer (or Maybe Forever?)

    Benjamin LeathermanDJ Johnny Volume during a recent gig at Sucker Punch Sallys.I've always wondered if there's some sort of unseen force in nature that dictates the following: "If Phoenix ever gets anything even the slightest bit cool, it will inevitably (and eventually) go belly up."If so, than it' ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Estate House Wine Dinner, Mickey's Returns and Million Dollar Cookies in Today's Eater's Digest

    An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. ​ Tuesday, April 27th at 6 p.m. Estate House in Scottsdale will be hosting a wine dinner with Vintage Wine Estates. Executive Chef Gio Osso will prepare a 6 course meal including black cherry wood smoked duck breast and ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Vikki Vaughn of Xplicit Showclub

    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."This weeks ecdysiast (that word sounds extra dirty, right?) is diminiuative dame Vikki Vaughn, wh ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    DJ Medik Talks Old School, West Valley Clubs, Pigeon John, La Roux, and More

    Benjamin LeathermanDJ Medik spins at Renee's Grand Avenue Tavern.​Name: Mark Nielsen AKA: DJ Medik Current club nights: Tuesdays and Saturdays at Chilly Bombers, it's all videos. I've gotten into doing my own video remixes. It's actually pretty cool. And then I do Sangria Luxe Lounge on Friday n ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    The Underground (a.k.a. Nile Basement) Opens Tomorrow Night

    ​There are a few speaker cables needing to be hung, and someone's gotta make some minor adjustments to the soundboard. But other than that, The Underground is just about ready to go. The downtown Mesa music venue, which is located in the space formerly occupied by the Nile Basement, is staging an ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Behind the Bar: Jamil Hyatt at AZ/88

    Benjamin LeathermanJamil Hyatt strikes a pose behind the bar at AZ/88.No matter what he's doing -- whether it's serving up stylish martinis at Scottsdale's AZ 88 or spitting out dope rhymes within the Valley's hip-hop scene -- Jamil Hyatt is plenty smooth. As a former MC for mostly-defunct Valley h ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Sanctum's Opening in Pictures

    Benjamin Leatherman Check out more pics from Sanctum's opening weekend here.​There's something of a debate going on in the comments section of our blog from a few weeks ago about the opening of new dance club Sanctum. Amongst the comments about whether or not the establishment is a benefit ... More >>

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    March 15, 2009

    Shizzfest Offers the Chance to Reunite With Old Friends and Make New Ones

    My name is Benjamin Leatherman and I'm a former Shizzaholic. Back in 2004, local music message board The Shizz was practically the center of my universe. I used to regularly check the site several times a day to catch up on the most recent gossip and goings-on of the downtown Phoenix music scene. I ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    The Cherry Poppin' Daddies Take Over Harrah's Ak-Chin Tonight

    Go, Daddies: Steve Perry (center, white tux) and the rest of CPDs swing through town tonight. The rumors are true: The Cherry Poppin' Daddies will be hitting the Valley tonight. The late-90s swing sensations will perform two separate shows at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 North Maricopa Road in ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Veggie Boy: Molly's Tamales

    It's not really Christmas in Arizona without having a tamale or two.Wrapped in warm cornmeal dough and packed with such delicious fillings as cheese and chile peppers, tamales have long been the staple of many a Christmastime dinner table. Even for those who aren't of Hispanic origin, chances are th ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Hang With The Arizona Cardinals' Defensive Line At The Clubs Tonight

      Defensive end Antonio Smith shows off the "raise the roof" gesture. Wanna high-five a few Arizona Cardinals players on their recent clinching of the NFC West crown? We've got info on where a few players will be kicking back tonight.

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    November 30, 2008

    Night Train: Sycamore/Main Street (Stop #28)

    I'm on the nightrain, Bottoms up,I'm on the nightrain, Fill my cup,I'm on the nightrain, Ready to crash and burn, I never learn.-- W. Axl Rose, 1987 "Nightrain," the Guns N' Roses song, is actually about a brand of bum wine that'll get you pissy, punch-your-best-friend d ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    The Flaming Lips, The Cure, T-Pain, and Jedi Mind Tricks Are Some Of What's Selling at Zia Record Exchange In Tempe

    By Benjamin Leatherman Music editor Martin Cizmar totally digs the Flaming Lips funky new CD/DVD Christmas on Mars, and apparently so do the customers at Zia Record Exchange (105 West University Drive in Tempe). Here's the rest of the top 10 best sellers for the week of Nov. 10-Nov. 16.

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    October 30, 2008

    It Came From YouTube: Scary Videos from Calabrese, Ikonoklast, And Other Spooky Local Bands

    By Benjamin Leatherman The brothers Calabrese have a rather vampish video they wanna show you. After weeks upon weeks of seemingly endless hype, the wait is paractically over. The big day is almost here, and no longer will we have to endure scary tales of doom and gloom that are currently cloggin ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    This Weekend: Roller Dames, Shiny Toy Guns and The Hives

    By Jonathan McNamara The weekend is upon us once again. I know it will be hard to break away from the weekly tedium and (gasp) have some fun, but fear not! You won't have to fret about what to do. Just take a look below, take a deep breath in and enjoy your time off. Friday: Shiny Toy Guns at Mar ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    What's Selling: Circles Records & Tapes

    By Benjamin Leatherman Hip-hop and R&B are king at Circles Records & Tapes, 800 North Central Avenue in Phoenix, as evidenced by the store's top 10 best sellers for the week of August 25-31. Here's what's poppin: 1. The Game, L.A.X. (Geffen) 2. Immortal Technique, The 3rd World (Viper) 3. Ice Cu ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008
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    October 13, 2005

    You GoGirls

    Touring chicks rock Tempe

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    April 7, 2005

    Icon Game

    reZurrection says to hell with it

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    December 23, 2004

    Lick Them Beavers!

    Notre Dame looks for payback in the Insight Bowl

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    December 23, 2004

    Fable Bodied

    The Fable Company does improv Aesop

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    September 23, 2004

    Secret Agent Ham

    We spy North Valley Theatre's Get Smart

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    September 23, 2004

    Non-Toxic Avengers

    Swimmers brave the waters of Firebird Lake

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    July 22, 2004

    Thrilling Me

    Not-so-softly with their songs

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    June 3, 2004

    Monster Mash

    Tinhare scares up fun in Chandler

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    April 15, 2004


    The Spike gets down with MTV and Jello Biafra

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