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    October 9, 2014

    Is the World of Music Better Now or Better Then?

    Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. He shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always zany music biz. I'm closing in on a half century of existence -- an existence immersed in the world of entertainmen ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Remembering Chris Gaines, Garth Brooks' Alter Ego

    By Jaime Lees Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Female Artists Are Killing It at Coachella This Year

    By Adam Lovinus As a dusty wind whipped behind her in hazy stage light, Solange and her ultra-slick backing band brought serious chops and swagger to the polo fields as nighttime fell over Coachella. And then Beyonce showed up on stage, dancing to "Losing You." It was the first Coachella big celebr ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    The Summer Set Performs at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Winter Gear

    Scottsdale young people The Summer Set have built up a big, devoted fanbase for their particular brand of electronic pop-rock, but it was still a bit of a surprise to see where that had gotten them Thursday morning--on NBC at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, performing for a New York crowd that d ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Is Coming to Phoenix

    Kanye West's Yeezus tour is coming to Phoenix in December, which means you have less than two months to think about how "I Am a God" is going to sound at US Airways Center. The Phoenix date is set for Tuesday, December 10 -- just after the first wave of dates, which began over the weekend at Key Are ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    Has there been any point in the last 50 years in which people weren't convinced rock and roll needed saving? Fall Out Boy's latest album isn't a boast or a promise so much as the natural career path for rock stars who've become monstrously successful and lived to tell about it, Huey Lewis and the Ne ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Five Reasons Mumford & Sons Doesn't Deserve The Backlash

    [We're not sure a seemingly uncontroversial band has ever generated as much controversy as Mumford and Sons have in their brief stint as folky chart-toppers. To celebrate their show tonight at Desert Sky Pavilion, we looked for voices from both sides of the (surprisingly heated) Mumford & Sons debat ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Questlove of The Roots Is So Much Better at Instagram Than You

    Of all the stupid things we do with our phones, Instagram might be the worst. Not only has the app falsely convinced us all we're professional photographers, but it's done something even worse: It's encouraged our worst vainglorious tendencies. No one is Amaro-toning his or her real life. There are ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Coachella's "Bloom" Video: WTF Does it Mean?

    Yesterday afternoon, the home page of the Coachella website changed to a video called "Bloom," which shows plants and art exhibits sprouting from the ground. Some look pretty creepy--did those worm/slug things 30 seconds into the video really just form a structure? At least the rest are fairly cute ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    I'm a White R&B Singer -- Should I Even Bother?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wro ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    9: Eytan Zias

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Avril Lavigne and Nickelback Dude: Five Musical Marriages That Might Be Worse

    See also: Does Baroness' Yellow and Green Sound Like Nickelback? See also: What Happens When You Actually Listen to a Nickelback Album Front-to-Back? See also: Avril Lavigne: A Canadian in Glendale See also: Five Reasons Why Creed Isn't the Worst Band EverIf you've spent any time on the Internet thi ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Fast Cars and Rap Stars: This Week's Cover Story Has Crime, Glitz, and a Whole Bunch of Hip-Hop

    What do Eminem, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, 50 Cent, and Beyoncé have in common? The all make cameos in this week's cover story, "Fast Cars and Rap Stars: How a Sugar Daddy's Empire Crumbled on Everyone Involved," by Ray Sterns, telling the strange tale of Scottsdale's Coy ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    April 30, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Phoenix Needs a Heavy Metal Strip Club

    I've never been a fan of Texas, even though it's the stomping ground for a wide range of heavy acts. From the Dallas Cowboys to the phrase "everything is bigger in Texas" to George Bush, everything about the state has always had a way of agitating the hell out of me. Like, nails-on-a-chalkboard ag ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Boys and Frogs Sorry For the Weight Mixtape

    Peoria-based indie popsters Boys and Frogs have a flair for the dramatic: witness the bands excellent and creepy videos. But the cover for the trio's new mixtape, Sorry For the Weight (a pun regarding the wait for the band's follow-up to their last LP, Rain Dance Snowed In) takes the cake, ripping ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011
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    September 15, 2011
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    July 6, 2011

    Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in A Star is Born Remake

    ​Beyonce will star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's upcoming remake of the 1937 Hollywood classic A Star Is Born, according to Consequence of Sound.As if she wasn't busy enough promoting her new album 4, which is doing quite well on the Billboard charts, Beyonce will take the lead f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Rolling Stone Chooses New Queen of Pop

    A new queen of pop has been crowned by Rolling Stone, according to Idolator.Rolling Stone put 16 female pop stars head to head in the ultimate statistical showdown to see who would reign as queen. Competitors included Adele, Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Katy ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Spider-Man Star James Franco to Release an EP

    ​James Franco, actor and star of films like 127 Hours, the Spider-Man series, and Pineapple Express, has decided to try his hand in the music business, according to Consequence of Sound.James Franco and Kalup Linzy have become the new musical duo that they've appropriately named Kalup and Franco. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Steve Nash, Duck Sauce Team Up With Vitamin Water

    ​A new commercial for Vitamin Water pairs up Steve Nash and "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce, according to Prefix. What a winning combination.Keeping it classy by wearing a suit and tie to a party and then at a fancy restaurant, Steve Nash plays himself in the ad. There couldn't be a better, more ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Lady Gaga Flying Solo on New Album

    ​Lady Gaga's upcoming album Born This Way will not feature any other artists whatsoever, according to MTV News.Gaga says she wants to stand on her own two feet this time around, although many people think it's safe to jokingly say that she practically collaborated with Madonna on the hit single "B ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Gorillaz Not Breaking Up Just Yet

    ​Rumors were flying around last week that the Gorillaz had broken up. However, they haven't split just yet, according to Consequence of Sound.During a performance in New Zealand back in December, vocalist Damon Albarn gave a lengthy speech about how the show might end up being the band's last ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Club Trinity Debuts in Scottsdale

    ​Say adios to Club Rain, as the lascivious Latin dance den located in south Scottsdale has been replaced with an entirely new joint. Club Trinity now occupies the Papago Plaza space that formerly housed Rain and will focus more on dishing out hip-hop and Top 40 tracks instead of cumbias and regg ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Demi Lovato Checks Herself Into Treatment Center; Not For Drugs

    ​Disney star and Joe Jonas' former girlfriend Demi Lovato has checked herself into a treatment center, according to Pop Eater.Lovato felt that seeking help was important enough to drop her tour schedule. The 18-year-old was on tour with the Jonas Brothers. She's getting help with "emotional and ph ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Eminem Stands Up to Accusations of Homophobia, Attacks Others' Parenting Skills

    ​Eminem has clarified that there's a borderline between what he raps about and what his opinions actually are, according to NME. Em told CBS in a recent 60 Minutes interview that he doesn't have anything against gay people and that he's on good terms with all groups of people.He went on to address ... More >>

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    September 11, 2010

    Will Smith's Daughter Drops Her First Single, Jay-Z Signs Her Right Away

    Will Smith's little fashionista and pop star, Willow​ Child pop stars have been making it big for ages. I'm not talking about teens who hit it big from their participation in the Mickey Mouse Club; I'm talking about the Osmonds and Stevie Wonder.And don't forget Michael Jackson; he was kind of a ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Taco Bell's Limeade Sparklers Should Be Called "Sugarlers"

    ​What sparkles? A moonlit ocean, crappy glitter crafts, and Beyonce Knowles' 18 carat diamond engagement ring. What doesn't? Limeade Sparklers, the newest drink offering from Taco Bell. Instead, they sugar, heavily. So why not call them "Sugarlers"? C'mon Taco Bell, truth in advertising. Avai ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    'Sex and The City 2' Soundtrack Provides Music for Divaz Boutique Listening Party

    ​Like, OMG, you guys! Like, you're probably totally excited about the Sex and The City 2 premiere tomorrow night! Like, did you even totally get your pedi/mani yet? Or buy that Dior purse just for the movie? LOLOLOL.No, really. Sex and The City is one of the most iconic brands that has no doubt in ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Sundown Showdown, Darkness Dear Boy, The Shizz, Crotch Rockitt, and More

    Rumspringer is scheduled to perform at Saturday's Shizz CD release party at Trunk Space.​Need something to do tonight? What about Saturday or Sunday? If you've been smart enough to squirrel away your simoleons, there's probably enough green in the bank account to afford trip to the Elvis Costell ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    'American Idol' Teaches Us More About the Contestants, and the Show Is Not Boring for the First Time

    This teddy bear was the star of the night​Tuesday night was Beatles night on American Idol, and with no guest mentor, viewers were lucky enough to see clips of the contestants talking about each other, and real personalities were shown for the first time ever this season.And, everyone's also lucky ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Lady Gaga's "Telephone" Video Disappointing 'Fame Monster' Follow-Up

    ​There's no denying Lady Gaga's a pro when it comes to crafting a unique visual style to go along with her catchy pop music. Her new video with Beyoncé, for "Telephone," is no exception--it sure is unique. But it also doesn't make a whole lot of sense and contains a shot of a dead dog--not co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Mariah Carey at Dodge Theatre

    Luke HolwerdaMariah Carey on stage at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix.​It's pretty much accepted fact that pop musicians have to switch identities every album or two to stay ahead of the curve. Everybody does it -- Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Madonna -- with varying degrees of success.Mariah Carey, who brou ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Coming Soon: Phase 54 in Chandler

    ​Is the somewhat sleepy burg of Chandler about to become the Nix's next hotspot for nightspots?    Probably not, but the city certainly has its share of after-dark establishments. Jilly's pulls 'em in by the hundreds with urban nights every weekend, and the Airia Nightclub at the Wi ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Little Kid Better Than Jason Mraz?

    Some may argue this little kid is better at performing Jason Mraz's hit single "I'm Yours" than Mraz himself. We're not quite sure about that, considering you can't understand anything the kid is saying (he speaks Japanese), but he sure has some wicked mad ukulele-playing skillz. The 5-year-ol ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Lady Gaga Gets Royal Performance, Miley Cyrus Tragedy, Green Does Big Band Version of Single

    NME: Lady Gaga to perform for the Queen in London Idolator: Shocking News: Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth' Pushed Back...Again Spin: Early Lady Gaga: New Clip from 2005! Idolator: One Dead In Miley Cyrus Tour Bus Crash Pitchfork: Listen: The Big Pink Cover Beyoncé Rolling Stone: Green Day Record "21 Guns" W ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Darius Rucker Is The CMA's Best New Artist? Wait A Minute, That's Hootie!

    ​A lot of things about last night's CMAs confused me. For example, why was there not a break in the middle so ABC could broadcast Modern Family at its regularly scheduled time? And why did no one (rightfully) interrupt Taylor Swift to point out how much better Beyonce is than her?Oh, and why was H ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Radiohead Releases New Song, Paula Abdul Quits American Idol, Snoop Dogg Wants to Be a Millionaire

    Spin: Radiohead Release New Song Spin: Eminem, Kanye, Lady Gaga, Beyonce Lead MTV VMA Noms So Much Silence: New Kidz in the Hall: Flickin' Rolling Stone: Lollapalooza '09: Day-By-Day Guide to the Acts You Can't Miss Rolling Stone: Paula Abdul Announces She's Leaving "American Idol" Rolling Stone: He ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Solstice Saturday and Saying Goodbye to July Over the Weekend

    ​Solstice Saturdays at Bar Smith Some people (usually the ones who complain all the time and are absolutely zero fun to hang out with) are always trying to say there's no nightlife in Downtown Phoenix. After cruising down to 2nd Avenue and Washington over the weekend to check out Bar Smith's S ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Jay-Z's Official DJ Visits Tonight's Groove Candy

    Jay-Z and Neil Armstrong: BFFs for reals. NYC's DJ Neil Armstrong is one lucky mofo. Not only does the dood get to spin the backbeats for Jay-Z as the hip-hop superstar's official turntablist, he also got to hang with Obama during the inauguration and has been lauded in the pages of Rolling Stone, U ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    October 16, 2008
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    November 15, 2007

    Futuristic Hit

    Concert Review: Kelly Clarkson at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, November 14, 2025

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    April 25, 2007
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    January 18, 2007
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    September 21, 2006

    Monster Mash

    Inspiring "everybody from Slayer to Beyoncé"

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    December 22, 2005

    Various Artists

    One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found

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    October 21, 2004

    Dirty Doggy-Style

    The last stand at the Black and Tan and buying panties at the Dirty Dogg Saloon.

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    August 19, 2004
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