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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    September 22, 2012

    Merle Haggard, Wild Horse Pass Casino, 9/21/12

    Merle Haggard @ Wild Horse Pass Casino | Friday, September 21, 2012 We pity the grim reaper on the day he comes to collect the soul of Merle Haggard, because the iconic country musician won't be going anywhere without putting up a major fight. Without a speck of hyperbole, Haggard is a legitimate ... More >>

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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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    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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    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 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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    October 6, 2010

    Club Candids: Antique Scream at The Palo Verde Lounge in Tempe

    Benjamin LeathermanWild times transpired at the Palo Verde Lounge in Tempe. ​In last week's Best of Phoenix issue of the New Times, the notorious Tempe dive bar Palo Verde Lounge was named the "Best Place to Get Up Close and Personal with the Band." A weekend gig by Antique Scream this past ... 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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    June 7, 2010

    The Library Bar & Grill in Tempe Closes Due to Landlord-Tenant Dispute

    Benjamin Leatherman The book's been closed on the Library Bar & Grill​As anyone who's ever rented an apartment can tell you, battling with the landlord can really suck. Said conflicts typically generate huge amounts of drama, some major headaches, and usually end up with the renters out ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Cheap Thrills Relaunches At Its New Home in September

    Benjamin Leatherman The scene at Cheap Thrills over the weekend.​The Phoenix Police Department can sometimes be a major buzzkill. Just ask the folks who attended the Cheap Thrills one-off this past weekend. Around 100 or so were in attendance at the hepcat party on Saturday night, dancing ... 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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    January 24, 2010

    The Science and Technology Expo at Trunk Space

    Benjamin LeathermanI Hate You When You're Pregnant performs for packed crowd at the Trunk Space.​Gimmick bands. You either like 'em or hate 'em. I happen to fall in the former category. Groups like Man or Astroman, Mr. Pacman, or Captured! By Robots happen to be among some of my favorite acts. I ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Crooked Cucumber From AZ/88

    Benjamin LeathermanThe Crooked Cucumber, which has absolutely nothing to do with John Cougar Mellencamp (*wink* *wink*).​As Jamil Hyatt sees it, bartenders can sometimes be the welcome mat for certain restaurants and drinkeries.In addition to the maître d' or hostess, barkeeps are the cats who oc ... More >>

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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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    May 27, 2009

    And the Award For the Panhandlers of the Day Goes To...

    Benjamin Leatherman Hanging and spanging on the I-10: Jonas Sunshine Callewaert (left) and Michael Little. ...Downtown Phoenix painter Michael Little and his pal Jonas Sunshine Callewaert, who we saw begging for change this afternoon at the eastbound on-ramp for Interstate-10 at Seventh Stree ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Concert Calendar for This Weekend: Theresa Andersson, Bob Log III, The Slackers, and More

    Theresa Andersson is scheduled to perform on Sunday at Modified Arts. The holiday season is finally over, which means we're close to the end of the interminable "dry period" of big-name concerts as band's put away their egg nog and start touring again. So who's on tap for this weekend? Cutie-pie ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    A Rundown of Live Music & Club Events Going Down During Christmas

    DJ Ian Frost is scheduled to spin on Christmas night at the Blunt Club in Tempe.The next two days are gonna be a overwhelming whirlwind of presents, family, and plenty of yuletide fun and frolic for many Valley urbanites. But if you get tired of sucking down watered-down egg nog and listening to ... More >>

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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 28, 2008

    Get A Preview Of Treasure Mammal's New Split Seven-Inch Before Tomorrow Night's Release Party

    By Benjamin Leatherman Treasure Mammal's Abe Gil in action. If we had to put together our top 10 favorite local bands to see live, Treasure Mammal would undoubtedly be somewhere on said list. It's because Abelardo Gil III, the hyperactive dynamo behind the one-man spazz-tronica outfit, always put ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008
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    May 23, 2008
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    October 13, 2005

    You GoGirls

    Touring chicks rock Tempe

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    September 1, 2005

    Cutting-Edge Cup o' Joe

    Tea and mocha at SMoCA, anyone?

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    June 23, 2005

    Swat Team

    Hit it or get it

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    June 16, 2005

    Kama Suture

    Eroticide cuts up on stage

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    April 7, 2005

    Icon Game

    reZurrection says to hell with it

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    March 17, 2005

    Wing Ding

    1940s revisited in Mesa

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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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    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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