Hip-hop moves at the lightning-fast pace of the Internet these days, and Futuristic, a Tempe rapper on the verge of making it big, knows that better than anyone. In the past two years, the 23-year-old Bloomington, Illinois, native has written dozens of songs, released two albums, recorded enough t ... More >>
Things are going well for Phoenix rapper Futuristic. The video for tje unsigned rapper's single, "I Guess I'll Smoke," from his released released album Traveling Local, has now surpassed one million views on YouTube. If you listen to him, it's clear he's bound for great things. And he's not the o ... More >>
[In his column Serrano Time, ward-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] When I was 15 years old, I punched a boy named Justin Zapata in the mouth (it was an impish punch, I'm sure, but a punch nonetheless). The punch served as the conclusion of an argument we w ... More >>
With their Countdown to Extinction 25th Anniversary Tour kicking off in early November, Megadeth will be lighting up the Marquee Theatre on Saturday, December 8. God and Dave Mustaine only know how the mayhem will play out in the concrete jungle of the most-definitely-going-to-be cramped venue -- ... More >>
If you're down to get your pop rock kicks in an estrogen ocean of little girls, the upcoming One Direction concert at Comerica Theatre is the place to be. I could have sworn the boy band era was over, especially once Heart2Heart really put that formerly winning success formula to its death, but a ... More >>
See also: Five Reasons We Still Love DMX See also: DMX: Going Old School on New Album? Settled right of Main Street in the heart of Mesa, you would have no idea just by looking that Saltmine Studios is the recording home of legendary artists, producers, and hit tracks. The first time I set foot on ... More >>
Can't stop, won't stopInspiration comes from many different places, the radio being one of them. While carousing around town in my hooptie the other day, the Notorious B.I.G./Puff Daddy/Mase 1997 classic "Mo Money, Mo Problems" came on over my speakers, much to my odd delight. After I was done ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsArizona: Land of sun and song.There have been more than 140 songs with lyrics about Arizona in them. Seriously. Some of them have been big hits by huge acts, too ("Get Back" by The Beatles, "Take It Easy" by The Eagles). The lyrics to these songs capture various snapshots of the ... More >>
In a few months,Snoop showing some love for AZ with a Cardinals hat and a blunt. medical marijuana will be legally available in the state of Arizona.Come spring, Proposition 203 will go into effect and a new era will begin -- one where many, many sick people will receive the remedy that thei ... More >>
This week's print edition of Phoenix New Times ran a shortened version of an interview with Gregg Gillis, a.k.a Girl Talk, the mashup mastermind who will tear the Marquee Theatre apart brick by brick on March 23.As promised, here's the full transcript of that interview -- all 4,200 words of it.
A picture of Canadian rock band NickelbackI remember it like it was yesterday: it was the summer of 2002 and I was in super-humid Milwaukee for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. We were in the parking lot of Miller Park, enjoying the pre-game festivities, eating and drinking all of the ... More >>
The kids who shop at Zia in Phoenix always manage to do a pretty good job of keeping on top of the latest hip hop and metal trends with a healthy dose of indie rock peppered in. This week is no exception. The Deftones top off their weekly charts, E-40 and Cypress Hill stay on the list while The N ... More >>
Song: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's "Thuggish Ruggish Bone"Inspiration: A delightfully sub-quality "bootleg" of the group's show at Celebrity Theatre Sunday. Damn, I should have gone.
Phoenix Chorale: Reaching out on facebook for financial support.This week's music feature is on the Grammy winning classical music choir the Phoenix Chorale. Steve Jansen tells us why they're awesome, and why they're turning to facebook for the hope of a financial bailout.We also have a "Where ar ... More >>
Gage YoungForget the same old music you've always gotten high to this 4/20 holiday. Why don't you consider Anarbor, a Phoenix-based band who's releasing their debut full-length album, The Words You Don't Swallow, today. It's no coincidence the group, signed to Hopeless Records, decided to drop ... More >>
Justin Bieber. Deal with it.Oh baby: Phoenix is about to get Bieber Fever! Canadian pop singer/world-dominator Justin Bieber plays Jobing.com Arena this July. It seems you can't swing a dead cat these days without that same cat mentioning something about Justin Bieber. He has an absolute str ... More >>
This is the final installment in The Posse Project, a 12-day series in which www.PHXmusic.com caught up with all 12 guys pictured on the cover of N.W.A's first album, N.W.A. and the Posse. Today's post is on Eric "Eazy E" Wright, who passed away 15 years ago today. To read the other installments ... More >>
The Gaslight AnthemIt's been nearly a year since The Gaslight Anthem started buzzing with the release of their second album, The '59 Sound, but they're showing no signs of cooling off. In fact, last month was arguably the band's best ever month, as a guest appearance by Bruce Springsteen, the God ... More >>
Bone Thugs, Cypress Hill alums offer toke-friendly grooves
Does anyone have any concert-going energy left (or any money, for that matter) after last week's ginormous orgy of music events? We definitely do, which is why our asses will be out and about this weekend. Since Easter is on Sunday, the schedule is somewhat lighter than normal, but there's still s ... More >>
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is scheduled to perform on Friday, December 19, at the Celebrity Theatre. As we get closer and closer to Christmas (just seven days to go), the number of regular concerts tends to dwindles off, and the number of holiday-themed performances increases substantially. Which means, ... More >>
Music artist and part-time Phoenix resident Bizzy Bone saw substantial success in the ‘90s as a member of Cleveland rap/R&B group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony -- they pioneered a combination fast-paced rap/jazz scat vocal harmony, won a Grammy in 1997 for the ... More >>
Dipping a toe in the urban mainstream
The posthumous Tupac projects keep on comin'
Chart-toppers for March 14 through 20
Lou Barlow steps away from side projects to tour with his old indie rock band
Iroc Beats' new track blew up the Billboard chart and got the Valley Finally on tha Map
Taken with the holiday spirit, Trashman gives thanks for the good things in life.