For thousands of years, the drum has been one of the most integral pieces of human civilization. It's provided a steady beat for everything from war marches and healing ceremonies to weddings and initiation rituals. Beginning November 15, Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will host its "Bey ... More >>
Nils Lofgren's ranch in Scottsdale almost feels hidden. It's not far from the city, from the clubs of Old Town and the shops at Scottsdale Fashion Square, but his large plot shares none of the bustle. It's secluded and quiet, with mesquite trees rustling in a soft breeze.
Let's face it: "Dad-rock" doesn't really have a positive association when applied to music. It has an ugly suburban connotation, the sort of music the triggers nostalgia in the minivan on the way to soccer practice of the days before marriage and children shattered his independence. Abe Simpson sw ... More >>
I love running to music. The pavement is my dance floor and I can go for hours. Any given morning on Tempe Town Lake I will jog, playing air guitar to the riff of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" if no one is looking. The amount of fun I have on the trail has translated into a healthy turnaround for me. ... More >>
I'm going to be honest, here: As a pro wrestling fan who swore off the stuff after WCW hired Vince Russo (come on), I was under the impression that WWE Raw--at the US Airways Center next Monday--was basically a miasma of post-grunge and post-post-grunge and rap-rock at this point, and that its wrest ... More >>
The Coachella campgrounds are the Wild West of the festival. They are the sort of place you can imagine Hunter S. Thompson running around with his pants around his ankles. Drugs are more plentiful than food and going to bed before 4 a.m. is considered an early night. Campers built incredible structu ... More >>
This year, Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overl ... More >>
Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
You're not going to get any argument out of us: John Fogerty is the voice of Creedence Clearwater Revival. That's no slight to John "Bulldog" Tristao, the gentleman who handles vocals for Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Tristao does a great job singing the classics, but no one is going to suggest th ... More >>
Blues rock masters The Black Keys have been on top of the world lately. They've toured the globe, sold out Madison Square Garden twice, and headlined every music festival under the sun (including this year's Coachella fest, where they teamed up with Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty during ... More >>
Melissa FossumTotal eclipse...of the moon.This weekend's lunar eclipses was exciting, especially if you were able to catch that elusive red moon. If you were among those who got up early or stayed up late (it was a nice break after writing my X review) to check out the lunar eclipse early S ... More >>
We've done a lot of coverage on the Rock the R3volution tour, from its announcement to almost inevitable collapse. The confluence of music and politics has always been interesting to me. Political art can be cringe-worthy ("boot up 'yer ass," anyone) or undeniably beautiful ("a change is gonna co ... More >>
Jason P. Woodbury Mavis Staples and Dr. JohnCelebrity TheatreThursday, June 16"Joyful noise." That's how Mavis Staples described what her and her band create onstage. It's an apt characterization, one that is appropriately loaded with gospel history, and one that connotes how the 71-year-old sing ... More >>
Courtesy of World Wrestling EntertainmentWWE superstar and straight edge icon CM Punk"I'm harder than any alcohol you can drink. I'm straighter than any line you can snort up your nose. And I certainly can hurt you a lot faster than any pill you can put on your tongue." CM Punk is one discipline ... More >>
Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Mike R. Meyer, a New Times contributor, wannabe musician, video game en ... More >>
The annual Country Thunder festival at the dusty Canyon Moon Ranch just outside of Florence is country music's version of a cattle drive, where over four days some of the bigger names in country music are herded on stage to bleat their biggest hits, then lassoed off to make way for the next artist. ... More >>
Cobain doc sets a mix tape mood
Lollypop, making your heart go giddyup
The relevance in the room
Break out the blue collars
Demme's Manchurian Candidate remake makes good
Accomplished dancers break into choreography
Lost and Found 2nd Edition (Instinct Records)
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise lives to challenge its audience, bandleader says
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy Records)
Reissue of two classic early '80s albums spotlights the seminal power-pop magic of the dB's
Billy Joe Shaver has a stunning new album in stores. But he can't enjoy it.
Blood Red River 1982-1984 (Citadel, Australian import)
Reforming Arizona's bilingual education system won't be as easy as voters may think
Camden Joy turned Cracker's David Lowery into fiction. Too bad he's real -- and really angry.
Before the double live album, there was "THE SINGLE LIVE ALBUM!" Here are some noteworthy and note-fudging selections.
Radio Free Phoenix delivers everything you ever wanted to know about music but were afraid to request
It's do-or-die time for Joe "Soulman" Valiente and the most infamous band in the Valley
After a lost decade of legal wrangling, John Fogerty pulls himself out of the swamp
Ike & Tina's sizzling Carnegie Hall date, plus previews of Big Jack Johnson and James Harman
Albert Collins' protg Coco Montoya is out on his own--he's thinner, but his sound is still fat @
Can Earth A.D. 1996 take a Glenn Danzig-less, Jerry Only-led Misfits seriously?
Famous parting shots from artists formerly "under exclusive arrangement" with their labels
What would have happened to rock'n'roll if Lennon and McCartney had never been properly introduced?
CDS HAVE MADE THE B-SIDE OBSOLETE. FOR BETTER OR WORSE.