If you've read any of my prior ramblings, then you know that I explore the topic of musical credibility a lot. It's in my nature. Should you and I like what we like, regardless of critical stature, or should we concentrate on artists with a certain level of critical credibility? Here's the genera ... More >>
I admit it: When I got the chance to talk to Robert Bell--that's Kool--of Kool & the Gang ahead of Wednesday's show at Ak-Chin Pavilion, I couldn't resist asking the obvious question, much as I usually try to avoid them: Hey, how and why are you touring with Kid Rock? The answer I got: Because tou ... More >>
There's a lot of Steve Hunter in your CD collection. If you read the four-point type, you'll see that he's played (with and without guitar buddy Dick Wagner) on three of Lou Reed's most revered RCA albums and over a half-dozen Alice Cooper albums, as well as albums by Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, B ... More >>
I was watching the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony the other day. I usually don't watch a lot of made-for-TV rock and roll stuff, mainly because they try to be everything to everybody, but I couldn't resist tuning in to watch the RRHOF rectify the biggest of many head-shaking omi ... More >>
Van Halen at US Airways Center When the recently reunited Van Halen (featuring original vocalist David Lee Roth) announced it was postponing a handful of dates on its current tour, most people assumed that it was due to some conflict within the band. Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth wasted no tim ... More >>
Van Halen US Airways Center Saturday, June 16 When the recently reunited Van Halen (featuring original vocalist David Lee Roth) announced it was postponing a handful of dates on its current tour, most people assumed that it was due to some conflict within the band. Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Rot ... More >>
Brian Kohatsu The comedian and media producer performs tonight at 3rd Place Neighborhood Grill at 7:30 p.m. His full schedule is here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Mix 96.9-FM or 96.3-FM Real Country. What's the fi ... More >>
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. You can always count on Phoenix music shoppers to pick up the latest in metal and rock releases. Top movers at Zia Records on 19t ... More >>
So, the Radiohead thing felt pretty big, and Gun N' Roses was positively surreal. So try this one on for size: Van Halen, featuring David Lee Roth and the Van Halens: Eddie, Alex, and Wolfgang, are headed to US Airways Center on Saturday, June 16. That's right. Saturday night. With Van Halen. "Erup ... More >>
When Cactus Chainsaw's singer said the band's list of influences was possibly a higher number than his criminal record charges, I took it with a grain of salt (courtesy of a cheap tequila shot). But within the first 20 seconds of listening to their music, I could hear the band's specific inf ... More >>
910 LiveWanna see a badass show? Well you got it.In fact, the upcoming Monsters of Mock gig will be jam packed with 80s tribute band greatness.Bad Reputation, a local Joan Jett Tribute Band, is headlining. Joining Bad Reputation are the Ultimate Van Halen Tribute and 33.Erin Morley, Bad Reputatio ... More >>
As I perused Sirius/XM 90's on 9 the other day, I was greeted with an intriguing song from a particular Canadian, alternative rock/pop one-hit wonder.This song included an intro featuring a conversation between two fellows that, while intriguing, was pretty pointless. But it got me thinking -- wh ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaGreen Day on stage at Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix.Green Day August 30, 2010 Cricket Wireless Pavilion It's a mixed blessing when the band you see at your first real concert goes on to become one of the biggest and best bands of their generation. On one hand, you probably g ... More >>
"Wolfie" Van Halen: The embodiment of everything wrong with his generation.Want undeniable proof that Millennials and their insufferable parents are ruining America?Check out two news stories that broke yesterday involving irresponsibly indulgent parents and the musician children they love.First, ... More >>
Ray guns are not just the future, but this album sure isAs the new year heats up and more new releases come out, it may get more confusing and overwhelming to wade through the many new albums that are released. I am here, however, to take your hand and guide you through the albums that may not get a ... More >>
David Lee Roth returns. Well, his head does.
Redfield makes the rock 'n' roll lifestyle look easy, but behind the scenes, it takes a lot of work
Hale Centre debuts Neil Simon classic
The left, turning right, was plain wrong
to attack pop culture
A little girl with a big bass saves justincase from being just another boy band
With the rich, says Igby, always a little pity
What's so funny 'bout big hair and power riffs? Warrant gets in on the joke.
Diamond Dave rants on fashion, being a digital gigolo, rival/tourmate Sammy Hagar and a pending lawsuit
A roundup of the latest batch of eclectica that fell through the cracks
Don't Let Me Lose My Mind (Bodyguard)
The hard-rocking women of the L.A.-based Betty Blowtorch prove their mettle with Are You Man Enough?
If you build them a replica, they will come. Van Halen, AC/DC, Rush and Mötley Crüe tribute bands have more than just their members wigging out.
After a messy split, Sugar High returns, refining its sweet sound with Ice Cream Anti-Social
Yearning for civil unrest from any '99 Grammy nominee
Trashman finds that he can no longer enjoy a beer in peace
Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96
While the Village People played dress-up on the outskirts of cultural mores, their music resonated with the mainstream