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    September 24, 2013

    Steven "Chops" Smith Leaves Searsucker Scottsdale

    After not quite a year at Top Chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker in Scottsdale, Steven "Chops" Smith has left as its executive chef. Smith -- whose résumé also includes gigs at Kelly's at SouthBridge (consulting), Different Pointe of View, Noca, St. Francis, Olive & Ivy, and the defunct Furio and ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    10 Crazy Ice Creams Made by Small-Batch U.S. Artisans

    Only five years ago, now-commonplace ice cream flavors like sweet corn or craft beer would have caught anyone off guard. But with the introduction of bacon to the dessert course a few years ago, the line separating sweet and savory was forever demolished. These 10 ice creameries craft artisanal vers ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Is The New '90s Nostalgia Good For Rock and Roll?

    We all have bands that defined our youth--that made us love music, that maybe even introduced us to a new feeling that we didn't know existed. Whether it's the psychedelic rock of the '60s, punk of the '70s, thrash of the '80s, or grunge of the '90s, every generation has its own musical roots. And ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Are Out-of-Town Festivals Worth the Hassle?

    Music festivals have been around for decades, and they're only becoming more popular. Each year, millions of fans fly around the world to attend more than 270 fests of various genres in the United States alone. They aren't a cheap experience, either: between festival tickets, travel, hotels and basi ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Eight Metal Bands That Killed It at Rock on the Range; See Three in Phoenix Soon

    Founded in 2007, Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range has become one of heavy metal's largest events, and every year, it just gets bigger and better. As Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach said in an interview: "As far as rock festivals in America go, Rock on the Range in No. 1 in my book. Straight f****n e ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    11 Ways to Survive Music Festivals on a Budget

    Let's face it: Arizona isn't exactly prime real estate for music festivals. Yes, we have the party-hard atmosphere of Country Thunder and the locally beloved McDowell Mountain Music Fest, the EDM-drenched Soundwave and some killer jazz fests. But our fair desert doesn't yet have the appeal or pull o ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Top Metal Festivals of 2013

    When the lineup for Rock on the Range was announced last week, a flurry of emails between myself and three other of my fellow chick metal journalists/enthusiasts ensued regarding flights, hotels, and tickets. We had all attended the weekend festival together in 2012, and relished the thought of a he ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    The Year in Heavy Metal: 2012

    The year 2012 brought an array of exciting moments in heavy metal, from album releases by veteran acts like Napalm Death and younger bands like Goatwhore, to some of the biggest ever heavy metal festivals, to a few of my personal favorite interviews with metal legends. Enjoy -- and happy metal fuc ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Rascal Flatts Restaurant Chain to Launch in Phoenix With 14,000-Square-Foot Space

    Look out Alice, Rascal Flatts, the award-winning American country band who've sang with Justin Bieber, are developing their own fashion line, and, according to Forbes, pulled down 45 million big ones in 2010, have their sights set on a new venture: a restaurant chain. And where better to put a res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Morrissey Is Coming to the Marquee Theatre

    See also: We Love Morrissey, but Does He Love Us? See also: Morrissey at the Oprheum Theatre It's weird time to be Morrissey: British rock tabloid NME recently apologized to the downer-pop icon for calling alleging he's racist (stop me if you think that you've heard that one before), he's currently ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Metal Tuesday: Confessions of a Groupie (Well, Sort Of)

    Editor's note: We normally run Metal Mondays on, well, Monday, but took yesterday off in honor of Memorial Day. So please enjoy today's "Metal Monday" column, by our resident rock 'n' roll lady Lauren Wise, one day later than usual. Groupies have always fascinated me. They look like supermodels, ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Corsets and Grindcore; The Dudes Get it Right, the Bitches Own It

    Once again I found myself writing a Metal Monday column on a plane with a glass of whiskey. I'm headed to Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, to see Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, and about 30 other acts (stay tuned for that review next week). Most importantly, I'm sitting nex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Joe Arpaio's Whining About Ohio Mayor's Boycott "Sounds Kinda Like a Publicity Stunt," Mayor's Office Says. Um...Duh

    Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael Coleman​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio got a little pissy earlier this week when three police officers from Columbus, Ohio weren't granted permission to come to Arizona for training with the sheriff's boys in beige. The reason: Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Ohio Mayor Still Boycotting Arizona Over SB1070 -- and Joe Arpaio's Pissed

    Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael Coleman is still boycotting Arizona.​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's pink panties are in a bit of a wad after an Ohio mayor refused to grant police officers in his city the permission to come to Arizona and train with the MCSO's Drug Recognition Unit, which Arpaio ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Marcella's Italian Kitchen Closed

    ​Following the recent closing of Fred's at Barneys, Scottsdale Fashion Square can add another restaurant shuttering to its list of casualties: Marcella's Italian Kitchen. Part of a Columbus-based chain, Marcella's, known for "authentic Italian cuisines of pizzas, pastas, handcrafted cocktail ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

    Good Time from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams on Vimeo. There are no secrets to ice cream making at home. Classic ice cream recipes begin with a cooked custard base of milk or cream, or a combination of the two, egg yolks and sugar. Temper the eggs with the hot milk or cream, cool the mixture, pour int ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    April 18, 2011

    The Decemberists Coming to Mesa Arts Center

    ​Huge and old-timey show announcement today: The Decemberists will play Mesa Arts Center on August 11.The date comes at the end of the Portland indie-folk act's extended summer tour, which is in support of their January record, The King Is Dead. No support for this date announced yet but other leg ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    America's 9 Worst Music Venue Names: When Shoddy Sponsorship Deals Embarrass an Entire City

    The newly-named 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa: Is this the gold standard in shitty corporate-sponsored venue names?​When it comes to corporate-sponsorship of venue names, Phoenix is blessed.Our basketball team plays in U.S. Airways Center, named for a successful local airline. Our hockey te ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    The Black Swans' Jerry DeCicca Talks Touring, Larry Jon Wilson, and Vermont

    The Black Swans Jerry DeCicca with some black swans​ When preparing for an interview with a band I Google the hell out of them beforehand. In the case of Columbus, Ohio band The Black Swans, this task was a little more difficult than normal thanks to the movie Black Swan. In fact, when trying t ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010
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    August 5, 2010

    The Deep End

    Gay softball team throws big bash before big tourney

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    July 7, 2010

    Landmine Marathon Debuts New Video for "Shadows Fed to Tyrants"

    ​How do you make a metalhead swoon? Play him the new video for "Shadows Fed to Tyrants" by Phoenix grindcore band Landmine Marathon. If you read my feature on the band last year, you probably didn't have to read between too many lines to figure out that I have a huge crush on lead screamer Grace P ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Ohio Radio Station Apologizes for Arizona Alien-Chasing Contest

    ​A radio station in Ohio, which last week held a contest where the winner would be whisked away for a weekend in Arizona -- where "Americans are proud and illegals are scared" -- offered an on-air apology yesterday for the insensitive stunt.Brian Dytko, the station manager for News Talk 610 WTVN i ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Ohio Radio Station Holds Contest to Send Listeners to Phoenix to "Chase Aliens"

    ​A radio station in Columbus, Ohio, held a contest this week where the grand prize was a weekend getaway to Phoenix where the winner could spend their time "chasing aliens" -- presumably of the illegal variety.See? Not everyone's boycotting Arizona.However, if you were thinking "I bet Rush Limbaug ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Job for a Cowboy Tour Dates and Landmine Marathon Album Stream

    Job For A Cowboy​Wanna hear some free local metal? MetalSucks is hosting an exclusive stream of Landmine Marathon's new album, Sovereign Descent, which hit stores on Tuesday, March 16.In other Phoenix-area metal news, Glendale's Job for a Cowboy have announced a spring headlining tour that kicks o ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Pearls of Wisdom

    Ongoing poetry slam livens up things

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    September 15, 2009

    Fred's, Modern Steak, and Marcella's Opening Soon

    ​It's fun to shop 'til you drop, but even better to shop up an appetite. Shopaholics are buzzing about the new Barneys New York opening at Fashion Square on October 15, but there's plenty for restaurant-goers to look forward to as well. Three new eateries are set to open along with the mall ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009
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    September 3, 2009

    Pelican, Black Cobra set to rock The Clubhouse

    Chicago instrumental rockers Pelican are gearing up for their newest album with a stop at The Clubhouse this October​Chicago-based four piece Pelican are busy readying their new LP, What We All Come to Need, and tuning up for their upcoming tour, including a date in Tempe. The instrumental post-me ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Ink Inc.

    Tat franchisers bring edgy con back to the Biltmore

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    April 20, 2009

    Former Format Frontman's New Band, Fun, Starts Touring Tomorrow

    That Format-size hole in the heart of Phoenix music fans is about to get a little healing. Fun, the new NYC-based project by The Format's Nate Ruess, with ex-Anathallo multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost and Steel Train's Jack Antonoff, will embark on a 34-date tour with Manchester Orchestra tomorrow. ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Austin's The Meat Puppets Have New Album, Tour

    Austin, Texas based-band The Meat Puppets (How much do you old Mill types hate seeing that? But that's how they bill themselves!) have a new album, Sewn Together, coming out next month and will tour extensively in support of it, playing everywhere in the continental United States. Well, everywhere e ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Landmine Marathon Signs with Prosthetic Records

    Well, that was fast! The day after Mike Meyer's feature on them ran in our print edition, local death metal band Landmine Marathon have announced they've signed with Prosthetic Records, home to critically lauded (by death-metal standards) acts such as Lamb of God, Gojira, and All That Remains. They' ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Rascal Flatts Coming to Cricket March 12

    It's probably an oddity that Columbus, Ohio had a reputation for producing quality country music for so long, but that's what spawning Dwight Yoakam does for you. But whatever country cred the giant-Applebee's-of-a-city had through Yoakam was quickly squandered in 2004 when Rascal Flatts' "Mayberry" ... More >>

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    April 18, 2008
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    March 5, 2008

    Nomen Omen: The Worst-Named Bands Playing at SxSW This Year

    A lot of people think things like catchy band names and cool album covers are irrelevant in the Digital Age, when most people download their music and nobody can afford to pay $18.99 for an unheard CD based solely on how cool it looks. (That’s not a good idea, anyway – the last time I d ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007

    The Bodmod Squad

    Scarification Nation meets Frank Lloyd Wright

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    June 21, 2007

    Two Cow Garage

    Fabulously sad

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    December 25, 2003

    Sticking With It

    Lacrosse season begins for the Arizona Sting

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    December 4, 2003

    Day of the Dreads

    Good and bad hair days in Scottsdale

  • Music

    October 2, 2003

    Stage Fight

    It's KISS vs. Aerosmith in a battle for your metal-god dollar

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    October 31, 2002

    Entry Level

    O.A.R. traveled instantly from Ohio State University to touring nationally. They have only their fans to thank.

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    September 19, 2002

    Let It Blast

    Listen up, punk: New Bomb Turks are bawdy, bold and sick of whiners

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