• Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Yes, America: Mexican Music is Violent. Get Over It.

    By Gustavo Arellano America's liberal class and MSMers are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2012

    Top Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Narcocorridista El Komander To Bring the Sound of the Drug War to Phoenix

    See also: Que Se Vende: Impacto Musical Top Selling Albums of the Week Alfredo Ríos, also known as the Mexican corridista El Komander is leaving the AK-47 behind and is bringing his talents to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Saturday, July 21.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Que Se Vende: Las Korajudas Discoteca Top 5 Selling Albums of the Week

    ​Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. Corridos and rancheras have a long history of storytelling, dance-inducing beats and violence. Its been 19 years since the ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Kidnapping Capital, USA: Phoenix Teen Kidnapped While Loading Family Car

    Karla Gabriela Lizzaraga-Sanchez​Phoenix isn't the kidnapping capital of the United States for nothing. We get that wrap because...well...a lot of kidnappings happen in the Valley -- as pointed out in the New Times feature "Seized." Check it out here.A Phoenix teen is the latest victim of this cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Chef Talk: America Corrales of America's Taco Shop

    America and her husband Terry​America Corrales wasn't exactly playing hooky; she was checking up on her restaurant. The full-time teacher and owner of America's Taco Shop decided it was time to pack up her first grade classroom last year and focus on her Downtown taco shop. The buzz that used to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2009

    Julio Cesar Chavez, Mexican Boxing Legend, Planning Valley Restaurant

    Julio Cesar Chavez is trading his boxing gloves for oven mittens.The 46-year-old Mexican boxing legend plans to open a restaurant in Mesa at Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue as early as May or June, according to an article today in the East Valley Tribune by David Woodfill.We surfed around ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008
  • News

    August 2, 2007

    ¡Viva Radio!

    El Break proves there's more to Spanish-language radio than ranchero music

  • Dining

    December 11, 2003

    Brass Kicking

    Banda Santa Cruz isn't cheap, but they're worth it

  • News

    April 17, 2003

    Border Boyz

    As narcocorridos - Mexican drug ballads - get nastier, the crowds in Phoenix get bigger and bigger

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    Herding People

    When undocumented workers gather to wait for jobs at the city's first day-labor center, complaints about them should subside. But don't count on it.

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2002
  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Phoenix or Busted

    The Valley is now the prime way station for ruthless smugglers engaged in the lucrative trafficking of human cargo -- illegal immigrants

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    Ex-Prostitutes Who Proselytize

    A former madam leads a crusade to rescue prostitutes from a dangerous, addictive lifestyle

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    City of Coke

    Cocaine from Mexico is the currency that drives gangster economics

  • News

    February 11, 1999

    Drug Lord

    The bandit Jesus Malverde has been dead for nearly a century. He's still wanted on both sides of the border.

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    The Narc and the Smuggler in the Land of Plenty

    A dying narcotics agent opens his files, and out pours Miguel, just one of a legion of Mexicans who embraced drug-running as their ticket to the American dream

  • News

    September 25, 1997
  • News

    September 11, 1997

    Best of Fife Vol. II

    Fife has done much in — and to — Arizona. We've been keeping track

  • News

    August 28, 1997
  • News

    May 8, 1997

    DEA Papers List Canelos Firm

    Drug Enforcement Administration records contain multiple references to a company controlled by a business partner of the Symington family

  • News

    April 17, 1997

    Visa Granted

    Business partner of Symingtons gets pass good for one year

  • News

    March 27, 1997
  • News

    March 20, 1997

    Symington Family Partner Under Suspicion

    U.S. authorities suspect a Mexican vegetable grower with business ties to the Symingtons is involved in drug trafficking

  • News

    December 26, 1996

    The Mexican Connection

    How Governor Symington misused state resources to further the cross-border business interests of his friends and family.

  • News

    February 1, 1996

    Pink Cat, Underdog

    Scott Walker is the longest of long shots to beat boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez. But the skinny Mesa fighter who calls himself "The Pink Cat" isn't about to miss his golden opportunity.