Benjamin Leatherman

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    July 31, 2014

    The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of July

    The Club Candids crew logged a helluva lot of miles and shutter clicks in July as we found ourselves venturing into some rather interesting places From shiny and new Scottsdale bars to the dark and sweaty rave venues out in Mesa, we crisscrossed the Valley and sought out wild times while attempting ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Top 10 Record Stores in Metro Phoenix

    There is no shortage of vinyl -- and places to get it -- in The Valley of the Sun. Jazz, blues, rock, psych, soul, oldies, Latin, children's, soundtracks, surf, drag, indie, metal, punk ... it's all here somewhere. The key is finding who has what you want. More often than not, each record store has ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    The 25 Best Phoenix Club Candids Photos of September

    Fun fact: If a Phoenix New Times Club Candids photographer is caught out in the line of duty--and given the size of the cameras they carry around, this happens a lot--we disavow all knowledge of their activities. So when you see them taking photos in every nook and cranny of the Phoenix nightlife- ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    The 25 Best Phoenix Club Photos of July 2013

    An emergency deployment to Hollywood Alley might have deprived them of sleep and beer money, but it wasn't about to keep our Club Candids photographers off their usual July beat: Taking pictures of people who would probably have left Phoenix for the summer if it weren't for the pool parties. As al ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Big Beats, Big Parties, and Big Pimping: Local DJs Share 16 Years of Axis-Radius Memories

    The nightlife-loving cats at Scottsdale's Axis-Radius are planning one helluva party this weekend that likely will go down as one of the most memorable in the club's 16-year history. Sadly, that's because the iconic and influential establishment is about to become history. If you haven't heard the ... More >>

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    January 19, 2013

    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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    January 10, 2013
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    January 4, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

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    August 20, 2012

    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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    April 26, 2012

    Our 10 Favorite Metro Phoenix Music Venues

    It's a hard pill to swallow, but music venues in the Valley tend to come and go. Fact. Look no further than the closing of The Compound Grill within the past week or last month's nixing of Clubhouse Music Venue for proof. Some live music joints and concert halls have figured out the magic for ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Local Punks Christian Science Monitor Lizard Blast Jan Brewer

    Me to Benjamin Leatherman: I'm interviewing a band. Benjamin Leatherman: What band? Me: Local punk dudes called Christian Science Monitor Lizard. Leatherman: That's one of the best names I've heard in years. Indeed, Christian Science Monitor Lizard, the punk rock trio of Kevin Koenig, Ben Kraf ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Don't Be an Asshole or: A Few Words On The Subject of Rave Etiquette

    Benjamin Leatherman​There's no getting around it: At any given rave, things can get weird. Awkward. Uncomfortable. Rave newbies often just don't know what they're getting into. True ravers -- not frat boys looking to act nuts or the randoms who know one song by a certain DJ -- follow a code ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Year in Review, Kickstarter, Top 15 Local Releases in This Week's Issue

    ​In this week's issue of New Times, I join our friends in café, art, and stage in a look back on 2011, observing trends and noting the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year in the review. I focused on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. We featured a couple Kickstarter projects this year, (my ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Skrillex, Wild Flag, Das Racist, and More in This Week's Issue

    ​Former emo boy Sonny Moore is bringing dubstep to the masses as Skrillex. Benjamin Leatherman examines the roots of the bass-heavy genre and examines its rise in popularity. Meanwhile, indie rock supergroup Wild Flag brings their show to Phoenix for Halloween, and Das Racist puts the smart in sma ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Crescent Ballroom Opens With Packed House and Powerful Performances

    ​If last night's debut of the Crescent Ballroom is any indication, the new music and nightlife venue has a grand future ahead of it. A sold out crowd of more than 400 people were in attendance to break in the posh concert hall for its grand opening and there were few complaints to be heard. The ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Club Candids: UK Thursdays at School of Rock

    Benjamin Leatherman Two of the lovely ladies in the house at UK Thursdays.​Dirty dubstep beats, dope dames, and wild times are what you'll find every Thump Day down at School of Rock in Tempe. The Mill Avenue nightspot is filled with plenty of bass-heavy beats courtesy of such DJs as HavocN ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Open Thread: Should Record Stores Sell Everything or Just Cool Shit?

    Benjamin Leatherman​Something the owners of the soon-to-be-defunct Eastside Records in Tempe said in this week's feature story has been bothering me all week:"And it got to the point in Tempe... that, yeah, we could stay open, but we would have to sell a bunch of shit we don't like. None were will ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Eastside Records to Close By Year's End

    Benjamin LeathermanR.I.P. Eastside Records 1987-2010​There's something of an unwritten law here in the Valley that dictates the following: Anything remotely cool will eventually either die or start to suck. Don't believe me? Try tuning into KUKQ on your car radio while heading over to the Mason ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Club Candids at Smashboxx

    Benjamin LeathermanScoping out the scene at Smashboxx in Scottsdale.​Smashboxx in Old Town has been open for a couple weeks now, and the crowds couldn't be bigger. We paid a visit to the "sports bar by day/lounge by night" this past weekend and witnessed a throng of the skinny and the stylish bo ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Club Mardi Gras in Scottsdale Closes

    Benjamin Leatherman​The phone number has been disconnected. The website hasn't been updated for months. And on a recent Friday night (usually when bars are the busiest) the place is locked up and deserted. Yup, for all intents and purposes, it appears as though Club Mardi Gras in Scottsdale ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our 7/1 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a box in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. What happened when New Times clubs editor Benjamin Leatherman joined a fight club? What does local promoter Charl ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Closed for Business: Library Bar & Grill

    ​As if Mill Avenue didn't have enough corners with empty retail and restaurant spaces, another prime location has just gone dark. According to New Times staffer Benjamin Leatherman, who reported the news on the Up on the Sun blog, The Library Bar & Grill was shut down due to an ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Now Open: The White House in Scottsdale

    Benjamin LeathermanCraftsman Court's newest nightspot: The White House.​A few thousand New Year's Eve revelers are expected to be in attendance at Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party later tonight, whooping it up in the heart of Old Town in anticipation of the impending arrival of 2010. Besides watc ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Recipe: Dirty Phoenix Bomber from Jugheads

    Benjamin LeathermanJugheads bartender Tyler King.Since first getting into the bartending trade during his teenage years, Tyler King has dealt drinkage to punks and drunks in both New York City and Phoenix. Back during his Gotham days, he was behind the bar at the landmark CBGBs on Manhattan's Lower ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Behind the Bar: Tyler King at Jugheads

    Benjamin LeathermanTyler King does his drink-mixing thing at Jegheads in east Phoenix.​Tyler King is one tough-looking hombre. Sporting a tee shirt for notorious New Jersey hardcore band Shattered Realm and innumerable tattoos covering his burly frame from head to toe, the 38-year-old bartender ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    A-Trak and the 10,000 lb. Hamburger Tour Blows 'Em Away at Club Red

    Benjamin LeathermanA-Trak gets pulses pumping on Monday night at Club Red. Perspiration was the cologne of choice at last night's A-Trak show at Tempe's Club Red, as the sweltering 100-degree-plus temps inside the nightspot caused many a scenester to baste in their own sweat. Then again, it might' ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 4, 2009
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    January 26, 2009, Combichrist, Religious Rockers and More Over the Weekend's West Valley InvasionParty crasher Benjamin Leatherman spent Friday, January 24, boozing it up with The Dirty's Nik Richie at Hurricane Bay in the West Valley before saying hello to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at Jilly's in Chandler...slide show Top 10 Musicians Turned to Religion I ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Dirty Devil Becomes College Dropouts, And Friends Gets Its Cherry Back

    The Dirty Devil has become a dropout, literally. The sinful-sounding ASU watering, located at 560 South College Avenue in Tempe (within stumbling distance to Sun Devil Stadium), transformed into the jock-oriented College Dropouts this past weekend. While the Dirty Devil's jet-black color scheme a ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Night Train: University Drive/Rural (Stop #23)

    Where: Sushi 101 (920 E. University Dr., No. 101, Tempe, 480-317-0101). Approximately 500 feet northeast of the station or five minutes walking time. Drink: Hot sake. $6.50 for a large carafe, $3.50 for a small. Scene: Sake is known as Japan's major contribution to the drinking world, and the fo ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Who's Performing At Tonight's First Friday: Andrew Jackson Jihad, FutureKind, Furious Styles Crew, and More

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    November 25, 2008

    Veggie Boy Goes To Mexico

    By Benjamin Leatherman A spectacular view of the crystal blue Caribbean Sea from Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula (photo by Jenna Leatherman). Despite having an ultra-hectic schedule these days, I was fortunate enough to be able to slip off to Cancun with friends and family a few weeks ago for a ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    You Asked For It: Comfort For Change

    Comfort For Change Stories that didn’t hit the page… (Self-released) By Martin Cizmar It’s not often a local band without a record deal delivers a product as polished as Comfort For C ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008
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    August 27, 2008

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds Record Exchange

    By Benjamin Leatherman A crafty collection of alt-rockers and indie scene darlings make up this week’s edition of What’s Selling, which comes by way of Kimber Lanning’s long-running Valley music shop Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 12 West Camelback Road. Here’s a list of their top 10 best-se ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Veggie Boy debuts tomorrow

    By Michele Laudig Megan Irwin's weekly installments of Veggie Girl were an instant hit on Chow Bella when they started earlier this summer -- readers gave lots of feedback, and Megan was enthused about covering vegetarian dining. And alas, just when it seemed she was on a roll, Veggie Girl left us ... More >>

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    August 16, 2008

    The cluster**** continues: More on Willow House

    By Michele Laudig Us New Times folks are always kinda-sorta on the job. (I actually dream about work, and sadly don't get overtime for it.) That's why Benjamin Leatherman, in the middle of his Friday night, took the time to report on the latest downtown dish about the Willow House coffee shop -- th ... More >>

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    July 18, 2008

    This Weekend's Top Picks: Minibosses, The Dark Knight

    By Jonathan McNamara Friday July 18: Minibosses at The Ruby Room If you've been perusing Up on the Sun's podcast entries you already know that the bossest of video game music-based bands will be hitting the Ruby Room tonight. See you there? Saturday July 19: The Dark Knight Has Heath Ledger re ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    Slide Show: JerkRag at Sand Bar

    By Jonathan McNamara If you've delved into Benjamin Leatherman's piece on JerkRag in this week's Phoenix New Times you're already aware of what it is that the Valley's premiere Rock Band band does on stage. Here's your chance to see their plastic controllers in action during a mid-April Sand Bar gi ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    Who’s performing at tonight’s First Friday art walk

    By Benjamin Leatherman The horror rockers of Calabrese The monthly First Friday extravaganza in downtown Phoenix always proves to be a massively chaotic mess of sound and art, with dozens of musicians and bands performing inside galleries, outside on sidewalks, and practically any other location ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 5, 2008
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    June 2, 2008

    In-Stores for You Today: June 2

    As much as it blows having to report to work after a weekend of fun, sometimes Mondays aren’t all that bad. Like this coming Monday (June 2, for all you calendar checkers out there) offers a couple cool-ass events to check out after you’ve clocked out for the day.

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    February 10, 2005

    Return of the Kink

    Sinners shine at Paper Heart

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    January 6, 2005

    Good Ol' B-Boys Network

    Blunt Club stages one massive attack

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    January 6, 2005


    Hype springs at Paper Heart

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    November 18, 2004

    Music Man

    Catch Andrew Lloyd Webber tribute in Queen Creek

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    November 18, 2004

    Knight Riders

    Los Olivos Park hosts the other ren fair

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    November 11, 2004

    Dude, There's My Car

    Classic-car buffs pimp their rides in Glendale

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    October 7, 2004

    Ball Busters

    Leg it out for a kickball league

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    July 1, 2004

    Slick Willy

    Dinner theater serves up the sweet stuff

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