This summer I took a trip of epic proportions, leaving the hot, sweltering desert for the cool, mosquito-filled vastness of Alaska and points north. I saw amazing sights--bears, whales, glaciers, rain forests, rivers two miles wide, etc.--before school forced my return to this urban existence. All ... More >>
Think back on a gig you saw six or seven years ago, and about how much the landscape in our fair city has physically changed since. Now try imagining a gig from 46 or 47 years ago, and how much history has been paved over--then you'll get some idea of the amount of digging Arizona music historian Jo ... More >>
It must be true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, at least it is in the case of Beachwood Sparks. The Los Angeles band's perfect evocation of what the late, great Gram Parsons famously called "Cosmic American Music" -- an inspired blend of country, soul, folk, blues and rock -- on two albu ... More >>
I won't attempt to explain the amalgam of esoteric in-jokes that manifested into the tour poster seen above. There's a perfectly good but lengthy explanation for why the four of us chose to put John Fogerty's head on a French Quarter t-shirt, gave him dice for eyes and exhorted the viewer to ... More >>
America, though they have aged a bit since this photo was first taken America Wild Horse Pass Casino Friday, July 15, 2011 Sure, the venues that America is likely to play these days have gotten smaller, but it doesn't mean that the band isn't still capable of putting on a good show. The crow ... More >>
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 >>
It's now June, and the heat is on. Between the backyard barbeques and triple-degree temperatures, summer is here to stay.Pop music is littered with songs about summer, including "Summer Lovin'" "Summertime Blues", "Summer of '69", and how could we forget that "School's Out" for summer?Pull up a l ... More >>
Neil Percival Young during the late '60s. Here's some irony for you. In November 1968, future rock 'n' roll hall of famer Neil Young was paralyzed with fear before his solo show at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor. According to a recent NPR story on the music legend, he had gone Splittsville from h ... More >>
Burton Barr Central Library
Who's behind Arizona's nonstop oddball rock time capsule?
Magic & Medicine (Sony/Deltasonic)
We Are Science (Mantra)
L.A.'s twangy, trippy Beachwood Sparks ascend with a white-soul masterpiece
In Berlin (Rhino Video/DVD)
Once (Orange Sky/Dionysus)
Who said if you can remember the '60s, you weren't there? Photographer Henry Diltz was, does and has the pictures to prove it.
Take It! (Groove Disques)
Our panel of writers offer up their takes on the top discs of Y2K
Silver & Gold
How much time was "Wasted on the Way"? Absolutely none, if you like a good rock 'n' roll soap opera.
Hall of Fame's recent induction of Billy Joel makes a bad idea seem that much worse
Wailing Souls take their vintage reggae skank into the realm of psychedelia
Ronnie Dawson was a Dallas rockabilly sensation in 1958, but it took another 30 years for him to find the spotlight
WEEDING BETWEEN THE LINES AT AMERICA'S FIRST-EVER CANNABIS COMMERCE CONVENTION