Father's Day is just around the corner (June 15 for you slackers), and whether you've had the pleasure of yielding your own spawn or owe it to your old man for teaching you life hacks, there's a new reason to love fatherhood -- it revived Failure.
There are two words sum up the greatest concert going on this weekend in Phoenix. They are "Billy" and "Joel." But if you can't score a ticket or just can't afford one, there are still plenty of other options this weekend, from noise-punk (Perfect Pussy) to stoner rock (Fu Manchu) to weird-ass ner ... More >>
The evil disco is back in the desert. We're not talking about some new trend of goth raves, or another event like Bloodfest 2013. This is about dirty, raw energy. Industrial metal, functioning at its highest level of stamina. That's right--Wayne Static is back to provide a whirlwind of Static X hi ... More >>
I'm going defer to my esteemed colleague down the hall, Mr. Stephen Lemons, on this one: "Remember the '90s under Clinton? Eight years of peace and prosperity. And all the Rs had to kvetch about was Monica Lewinsky." Lemons goes on to describe "Bubba" as a "rockstar," an apt metaphor as he rolls i ... More >>
British rock band The Cult have a new album out today, Choice of Weapon. It's good -- a remarkably heavy record without a trace of "heft for the sake of heft." The songs sound exactly like The Cult, but they aren't tired, no doubt enhanced by the presence of Chris Goss, the Joshua Tree-bred producer ... More >>
Benjamin LeathermanWill Anderson at Hollywood AlleyWhen it comes to local music (and apparently, everything) all things must pass. So goes the reign of punk promoter Will Anderson, whose belly laugh, dirty Avail hat, and jovial smile have been a near-constant presence at punk shows in the Valley ... More >>
Even though it's another somewhat slow week as far as upcoming concert announcements go, it's a good week to be a rock fan.Gear up to buy tickets to the performances of some really solid talent.311, Chris Cornell, The Chariot, and other artists will be bringing their shows to town soon.The rest o ... More >>
All of the record covers by OFF!, the hardcore supergroup fronted by Keith Morris of Circle Jerks/Black Flag, and have been designed by punk-art icon Raymond Pettibon.On cover features the phrase, "I've heard some wild stories about the band" scrawled in Pettibon's signature style. The band, rou ... More >>
Artist: Liam's ProblemTitle: Liam's Problem EPBasics: Liam's Problem describes themselves as a "musical journey through rock, soul, funk and blues" and "as likely to be influenced by The Allman Brothers or Parliament Funkadelic as they are Led Zeppelin or Pear Jam."There is definitely a Pearl Jam ... More >>
What does it mean when Pitchfork says Minus The Bears record is a spectacular clusterfuck
Slash has a new record out...with the help of loads of famous friends.When you used to be in a band with a guy that made arguably the most anticipated album of the last two decades, which turned out to be Axl Rose's epic failure Chinese Democracy, it's kinda hard to top the hype yourself. But ala ... More >>
This weekend Tempe Music Fest 2009 united us once again from scattered Valley citizenry to one cohesive force bent on rocking the hell out. This year Fergy and My Chemical Romance got traded in for straight ahead rock-'n'-rollers Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down with a couple of All-American Rejects and S ... More >>
Submissions to our weekly You Asked For It local CD review column come in all kinds of packaging. We've received everything from CDRs with the title scrawled on the disc in barely-legible Sharpie to thoughtful, handwritten notes with handmade custom art. We've never had anything quite as polished as ... More >>
Rock icon goes . . . hip-hop?
A batch of bad-ass shows were just announced this week. Read on for the news.
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Now that's what we call music!
Punks protest the Prez
Three years after his death, Jeff Buckley continues to build a mystery with a new live collection
Ricky Martin's solo debut in Phoenix a sellout in more ways than one
Seizing the yesterday with Warrant's Jani Lane
Johnny Cash may be just a legend, but he has never sounded better
Ol' Spider Eyes is back with a new summer tour--but this time, he's left the guillotine at home
THE YEAR IN MUSIC: IT JUST DIDN'T GET MUCH BETTER (OR WORSE) THAN THIS