Biz Markie

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    5 Best DJs and Bands in Metro Phoenix

    Last month Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for best DJs and bands in metro Phoenix.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    5 Most Outrageously Costumed Punk Bands

    In the four-plus decades of punk's angsty rule, it has become easy to get lost in a sea of band T-shirts, jeans, and flannel, not to mention the safety pins and hair glue maintained as the uniform of choice for so many #trupunx and fans of the Casualties. So, when a band arrives to totally subvert t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    25 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix in August

    We're officially hip deep into the time of year that's officially know as the dog days of summer, which -- if you're not familiar with the term -- refers to the most sweltering period of the season. But while the weather might be keeping your ass glued to the couch, it's not stopping chart-topping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Fact 135 on Watching DJ Swamp Light Himself Aflame While Smashing Records

    David Dimmick isn't much of a braggart -- at least as far as we can tell -- but he's got every effin' right to be. Since becoming a DJ in 1996, the dude's C.V. includes sharing stages with some pretty stellar icons from hip-hop history, like the Wu-Tang Clan, Pharohe Monarche, A Tribe Called Quest, ... More >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013
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    June 18, 2012

    Five Summer Releases We're Excited About

    To our extreme delight, there are quite a few artists that are dropping new music this year for the first time in a long time. We've been waiting seemingly forever for No Doubt's next album. Thankfully a few other artists didn't leave us hanging for as long. We've selected five albums you definitel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Record Heat by Brad Dwyer

    ​My favorite moment of Herman Cain's "That's it, I'm out of here" speech was when quoted Donna Summers' "Power of One," a favorite "poem" of us, and coincidentally, the theme from Pokémon 2000. Brad Dwyer features another kids show in this week's installment of Record Heat, the much-loved Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Five Songs Sampled by A Tribe Called Quest to Celebrate Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

    ​Michael Rapaport. Not to be a dick, but when we think of the C-list star, shit films and even crappier television are the first things that pop into mind. However, after watching Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, our opinion has totally shifted -- Michael Rapaport is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    MLB All-Star Week Music Round Up

    Hey now, you're an All-Star​Major League Baseball announced the official All-Star Week musical performance roster on Wednesday, and it reads like the back of a Now That's What I Call Music compilation mix. But thank god, we love Jordin Sparks and Michelle Branch. It would've totally sucked if ML ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Matt and Kim at Marquee Theatre 6/14/11

    Shawn Anderson​ Matt and Kim Marquee Theatre Tuesday, June 14, 2011I've been told time and time again that I need to see Matt and Kim live. I almost made it happen last year, but their Clubhouse Music Venue show sold out before I could get tickets. From friends and reviews, I gathered ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    The MC Bat Commander of The Aquabats Talks Alien Conspiracies, Homestar Runner, and Biz Markie

    The Aquabats​ It's been almost six years since the costume wearing pop-punk veterans The Aquabats put out a new album. That's a pretty big gap, but you can probably attribute a big portion of that to the fact that Aquabat's lead singer The MC Bat Commander is also Christian Jacobs, co-creator of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Ten Songs For The Forever Alone

    Know your memes, people​It's not hard to tell that Valentine's Day is not for everyone. A day whose sole purpose is to celebrate love can be quite a bitch for someone who just so happens to be flying solo for the time being. But wait -- what's wrong with being single? Certain people enjoy liv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2010

    Yo Gabba Gabba at the Comerica Theatre Last Afternoon

    Maria VassettYo Gabba Gabba's DJ Lance Rock live at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.​Yo Gabba Gabba LiveComerica Theatre in PhoenixSaturday, December 4, 2010I haven't been to one of these afternoon kids shows before, so I'm not sure if there are generally so many indie-looking dudes with beards ecstat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Yo Gabba Gabba! Co-creator Christian Jacobs Talks Yo Gabba Gabba!, Weezer, and Devo

    Yo Gabba Gabba! co-creator Christian Jacobs with Brobee​ As the parent of two toddlers, I've seen every episode of the popular kids TV show Yo Gabba Gabba! a minimum of five or six times. While being forced to sit through the same episodes of certain children's television programs is torture th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Biz Markie Talks Yo Gabba Gabba!, Beastie Boys, and Jeff Goldblum

    Biz Markie and the gang from Yo Gabba Gabba!​ Not a lot of old-school rappers would be a good fit on a children's television show, but Biz Markie is definitely the exception to that rule. The popular rapper and beatboxer is probably best know for his hit "Just a Friend" as well as the song ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Matt and Kim at Clubhouse Music Venue Last Night

    ​Matt and KimClubhouse Music Venue in TempeOctober 6, 2010Summer seemed to end about 48 hours ago in Phoenix, when golf balls of hail fell from the October sky, finally banishing triple digit temperatures from the Valley for a few months.You'd never know it inside the Clubhouse Music Venue where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    The Lowdown on All-Star Weekend's Biggest Parties

    Nelly will attempt to fill Chris Brown's shoes during this weekend's All-Star festivities. The Valley's about to get a little "derrty." Universal Records rapper Nelly is doing the Nix's hip-hop fans a solid by filling in at the two gigs that Chris Brown abandoned eartlier this week due to the rece ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 25, 2007
  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Halloween 2007

    So much beat it's scary

  • Culture

    October 18, 2007
  • News

    February 9, 2006

    Gutter Depravity

    P-town's party patrol belly-flops into divey Ky's for free pool, cheap booze and hella-hot bar tarts

  • News

    May 19, 2005

    Crown Room Kickin' It

    Fire-breathing bartenders, hot bi-chicks, and talking socks? That's a Crown Room Thursday night, baby

  • News

    March 4, 2004


    Our night shift explores the rowdy gay gangsta hip-hop scene

  • News

    January 1, 2004

    BLACK - Digging for Beats

    Aside from OutKast, most of 2003's best black music bubbled underground

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Betting on ODB?

    As Dirt McGirt growls louder, Russell Jones becomes invisible before our eyes

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    Chronic Town

    Afroman's hit ode to chemical stimulation has him high on life in Mississippi

  • Calendar

    January 11, 2001

    Vinyl Adventure

    A weekend tagalong with a top DJ offers insight into the rigors of a life spent spinning on the road

  • Music

    August 10, 2000


    Fragments of Freedom (Sire)

  • Music

    July 6, 2000


    Like Water for Chocolate

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Shadow Dancing

    After a triumphant Valley appearance and a clutch of collaborative projects, DJ Shadow gets set to step back out on his own

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    Hip-Hop's Clown Heavy

    Kool Keith and his multiple aliases take listeners on a real warped tour

  • Film

    July 22, 1999

    Bum Rap

    Flashback-fueled hip-hop nostalgia gets lost in The Wood

  • Music

    April 16, 1998

    Risky Business

    Seventeen years after its advent, sampling remains mired in legal and aesthetic controversy

  • Music

    October 9, 1997

    Emotional Miscues

    Stones, Dylan and McCartney struggle to redefine themselves with new albums

  • Music

    June 26, 1997
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    November 28, 1996
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    August 29, 1996
  • Music

    April 25, 1996