August is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. So check out the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley next month.
There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>
Whether they were adding a bit of flair to an old favorite, taking the scene by storm, or continuing their march to the top, 2013 was a big year for Valley musicians under 21. Here's 10 of our favorites who spent most of 2013 in the all-ages sections of their own shows.
Rancid Marquee Theatre Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Seeing a 21-year-old punk band is always kind of a crapshoot. Bands like Social Distortion continue to sell out shows year after year, while groups like The Misfits, Dead Kennedys, and certain iterations of Black Flag would be better off hanging it up ... More >>
Longtime hermit, certified genius-oddball, and Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum is getting the band back together for a paltry smattering of tour dates this summer. In honor of the wonderful news, we've put together a list of the three best and three worst lines from NMH's magnum opus, In the ... More >>
If you went to Coachella last weekend, you're probably still sunburned, dehydrated, and physically exhausted. Sleeping in your own bed is a glorious feeling after camping out or crashing on a friend's hotel room floor, but some aches and pains are bound to persist. Fortunately, if you had a good-en ... More >>
Yep, you read that headline correctly. Punk stalwarts Black Flag are making their way to Club Red on Thursday, July 11. It isn't the full lineup, though, and some fans may be disappointed by the lack of Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Robo, and/or Henry Rollins. Greg Ginn, the band's only continuous membe ... More >>
Each year, like many of you, I impatiently wait for the Coachella lineup to be announced. Sometimes it's disappointing (if Daft Punk says they're not touring, chances are they're not playing the festival), but there's always going be a few redeeming artists. At best the lineup will be amazing, and i ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.
6 Rounds of Punk with The Misfits, The Vandals, Strung Out, and Guttermouth @ Celebrity Theatre| 11/9/126 Rounds of Punk is a dream come true for fans of good ol' punk rock. Okay, so maybe not in 2012, but it would have been a dream lineup a decade or two ago. When tours like this happen, it's often ... More >>
Apache Lake Music Festival has grown leaps and bounds since its launch in 2010. The festival now spans three days and features nearly twice as many bands as last year's installment, Arizona's beloved local music fest has continued to expand in size and scope in no time at all. See also: Phoenix Mus ... More >>
Even faced with seven years in prison for a political stunt pulled in the Russian Orthodox Church, feminist punks Pussy Riot shouldn't feel alone. The riot grrls' plea for the Virgin Mary to expel Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin has gained global support from musicians as varied as Madonna, Paul McC ... More >>
See also: Johnny Volume Brings the "Delinquency" Punk Rock DJ Night Back to Yucca See also: DJ Johnny Volume Talks Local Punk, Avail, and More See also: Johnny Volume: "[Waylon Jennings] Truly Did Not Give a Fuck..." One of the Valley's longer-running punk rock nights is about to go D.O.A. (See wh ... More >>
There's no diggity, no doubt that we're oddly delighted to hear that Blackstreet's hitting the road, and with Ginuwine, no less. These 90s R&B crooners are going to tear up the stage at the Celebrity Theatre with some of your favorite hits from around 15 years ago. Blackstreet's got us exc ... More >>
The Sun Club in Tempe. Mad Gardens on Van Buren. The Stumble Inn down in Tucson. In another lifetime (read: more than 25 years ago) these and a dozen other scuzzy dives around Arizona were all ground zero for punk rock.Flash forward to present day and many of the aforementioned spots have lo ... More >>
Over the past couple weeks I interviewed key members of the early '80s Phoenix skate punk. The results, printed in this week's issue, coincide with this weekend's JFA 30th Anniversary show at Hollywood Alley. Everyone I spoke to was funny, insightful, and has a genuine lifers; people doing it ... More >>
Photos by E. GrovesThe Cosmeticators at The Trunk Space on Thursday nightThe CosmeticatorsThe Trunk Space Thursday, June 30, 2011After the loud 'n' proud punk rock show at Trunk Space last night, I'm starting to think there's a new trend of garage rockers writing songs about their ... More >>
It's a real shame that Mother Nature didn't see if fit to cooperate with Stateside Presents' plans for South By Stateside: Day 2, the annual Phoenix run off of indie-bands on their way to the West Coast from Austin's South by Southwest Festival. The nine band bill was divided pretty evenly betwee ... More >>
VW TrainwreckDramaturgy(self-released)"Punk rock, comedy, and politics" can be a great combination -- look at NOFX. But when a local band declares they're playing with these elements in their self-penned biography, I get a little nervous. VW Trainwreck's new album, Dramaturgy, is exactly why. With ... More >>
The blarney-lovin' buzzard's craw is full o' scuttlebutt from Covance's monkeyshines, trigger-happy Tasers, and Jello Biafra's Stinkweeds wig-out
The Buck Owens of punk
There's always room for no Jello
Original warped van tour
More than one rocker has become an Americana convert
Holy saccharine. Absolve this man of his sinful affection for pop-punk.
Don't let the name fool you; the Earth Mother Mind Jam isn't just for hippies
Latest music books struggle to demystify pop culture's greatest enigmas
Local promoter stages a wild and woolly music festival
White Trash Debutantes rock the Emerald
Though Christian on the inside, MxPx is pure punk on the outside
Young alternative rockers are spending more and more downtime playing golf. How the hell did that happen?
British punk pioneers the Buzzcocks invade America again
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me / The Clash Tribute: Burning London / Jon Dee Graham
L.A. pop band the Negro Problem makes an art of playful provocation
Lookout for Hope gleefully rips apart the conventions of jazz
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