Alex Nauth and I can't seem to make it work. The Foxy Shazam horn player and I have been attempting to link up for the better part of a month, barely missing the other's phone calls as the Cincinnati, Ohio-based glam rock band bounces between U.S. and Canadian tour dates. When we finally do land our ... More >>
Ed Zuercher, a longtime City of Phoenix employee, has been selected as the new city manager.Zuercher had been the acting city manager since David Cavazos left the post to take the city manager's position in Santa Ana, California, in October.
The city of Phoenix announced the names of the four finalists for the job of city manager.Two of them are veterans at Phoenix City Hall, while the other two people being considered are out-of-towners.
by Darryl Smyers 20 years ago, The Backstreet Boys were unleashed on an unsuspecting American public and the "boy band" phenomenon of the late '90s was officially under way. Inspired partly by the great doo-wop groups of the '50s and partly by the R&B of the '90s, Nick Carter and the rest of the bo ... More >>
There's something uniquely English about enjoying a dainty scone and a piping hot cup of tea. So while we may not be able to actually get to the Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham -- mainly because it's a fictional place -- we can channel our inner Crawley family-ness with ... More >>
So, hey, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame went ahead and announced their Class of 2013, which this time around, includes Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and someone called the Disco Queen, Donna Summer. Those that were nominated, but didn't make the cut included Kraftwerk, Deep Purple, Joan Jett and ... More >>
Professional wrestler Jeff Hardy is a bit of a freak. Even the 37-year-old Total Nonstop Action superstar admits it. He's also a pretty creative dude. Besides designing his own face paint and ring attire, the punky and funky grappler also recorded his own theme music with his band Peroxwhy?gen. When ... More >>
Editor's Note: An abridged version of this article appears in this week's issue, featuring 100 Songs that Defined Arizona. In celebration of Arizona's centennial, John "Johnny D" Dixon, host of Mostly Vinyl with Johnny D on KWSS 106.7 and unofficial Arizona music historian, shares a little history a ... More >>
We shared news on Monday that blues-rock duo The Black Keys are finished with their follow-up to the freaking great album Brothers, and this week we profiled young Ohio-based singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield in our print issue, whose latest album Tell Me, along with her previous, With Blas ... More >>
Smallz & RaskindMove over, Tiger. No matter what ancient Chinese wisemen say, 2010 is the year of the Fox. Or at least Fozy Shazam. The theatrical rockers have definitely made a name for themselves in 2010. The band just began their highly-anticipated tour and has us excited for what they' ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaThe National live at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.The NationalOctober 14, 2010Marquee Theatre in TempeThe National's singer, Matt Berninger, has a reputation for performing drunk. It hasn't been a huge problem -- never leading to a canceled tour or even ruining a high-profile show as far ... More >>
Few bands are better suited to soundtrack a stiff drink and a contemplative stare than The National, who have been issuing literate, dark records for the past decade. High Violet, their latest, is another notch on their belt, full of powerful songs that combine their Midwest gravitas with New Yor ... More >>
Another Hell's Kitchen, another ride on the Chef Ramsay roller coaster. In last week's first episode, it didn't take long for Gordo to send food flying all over the kitchen, repeatedly kick defenseless stainless steel appliances, and shout out such gems as, "You're gonna blow someone's mind off!" ... More >>
Jordin Sparks is playing the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on July 1 as part of a national tour that'll take the Glendale native to 35 cities across the country.Sparks, the 20-year-old 2007 American Idol winner, is also slated to make Broadway debut in the 2008 Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Music ... More >>
FacebookA screenshot of JT Ready's Facebook page as of May 5, 2010Mesa neo-Nazi J.T. Ready's been getting around lately, earning play in the local media by calling Cinco de Mayo "Report an Illegal Day" on behalf of his beloved National Socialist Movement, or showing up to support Sheriff Joe Arpaio' ... More >>
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Perhaps the anemic audience at the Sunset Festival caused Stiletto Formal singer Kyle Howard to dive off the balcony inside the Venue of Scottsdale toward uncertain injury (or at least certain expulsion from the club). Perhaps a caffeine binge caused Chronic Future to play an extra-long set. Maybe m ... More >>
Playing the circuit circuit
Thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to be on Al Kooper's holiday list to hear some of the funniest tapes in history
On a dusty field in Guadalupe, Yaqui ballplayers swing for the Temple
If you build a scene, will they come? Let these local bands' collectives show the way.
Lohio (Checkered Past)
Cave Creek rabble-rouser-cum-newspaper-publisher Don Sorchych has the town running scared
Talib Kweli offers his reflections on the state of hip-hop, Levi's, and the role of MCs in the African-American community
One of Ssan Francisco's most outlandish entertainers and his family set up camp in Phoenix
The nation's largest newspaper chain buys the state's biggest paper -- but will anyone even notice the difference?
Rollicking Ringmaster offers revealing peek inside Springer's TV tent
Boys bond in cinematic fairy tale more grim than Grimm
In Rounders, Matt Damon's face card breaks up a low straight
Don Newman lifted ASU's basketball program out of the trash heap by making his players believe in themselves. Despite 18 wins and an NIT berth, ASU boosters remain unconvinced.
Some old-school Valley hackers grew up to be high-tech cat burglars. Some went to work for the man. Some just never grew up.
Larry Flynt doesn't go all the way
Professional "odor judge" nose her stuff
Product testing proves to be 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration
An art exhibit featuring Old Glory has city and state officials scrambling to do something