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    August 4, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week, 8/4 to 8/7

    August has begun, and with it, the countdown to the end of summer. (And there's non-literal meaning to that as well -- the Summer Ends Music Festival, which happens just after fall begins at the end of September in Tempe.) Blessed are the rains down in Phoenix this past weekend, allowing us a brief ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    10 Best Metal Shows in Metro Phoenix in August

    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.

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    July 21, 2014

    Jurassic 5 - Marquee Theatre - 7/19/2014

    If having a packed house from start to finish is the benchmark for a great show, then Dilated Peoples and Jurassic 5 had a great one July 19. The Marquee Theatre was full of hip-hop heads throughout the evening, from M.C. Supernatural's opening freestyles all the way through J5's encore. Many nota ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Horror Show The Evolution of the Metal Stage Show and the End of Mötley Crüe

    "For some, like Kiss, it is pure spectacle. Alice Cooper varies between psychodrama and pure theater. Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson said he feels their performance is close to pantomime. Talking Heads did surreal theater. Lady Gaga does surreal shock. The Rolling Stones opted for large circus-like p ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Testament's Alex Skolnick: "The Main Players in Grunge Were All Metal Fans"

    Since 1983, California-bred Testament has evolved into one of the biggest names in thrash metal. If you were a metal fan in the past three decades, chances are such albums as 1987's The Legacy, 1992's The Ritual and 2008's The Formation of Damnation. And of course, the band's most recent album, 2012 ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    A Black Sabbath Afterparty: FilmBar Hosts "Boot Sabbath: Live & Rare" After Friday's Show

    For the true Black Sabbath devotee, there is only one place to be on Friday night. No, not US Airways Center. Sure, a true devotee would probably pay some shekels to see three quarters of the band that created Paranoid, Masters of Reality, and Volume IV in the flesh, sagging though it may be, someon ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Heavy Metal World Records: Five of the Loudest Bands Ever

    Last week at the O Music Awards, rock musician Andrew W.K. set the world record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store after he spent 24 consecutive hours (from June 19-20) at his drum set. While the songwriter/instrumentalist/party connoisseur was hitting the skins, lots of other rock musicia ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Stone Mary Is Just Looking for Familiar Faces

    For an up-and-coming band, the road to fame can be grueling. Little by little, a foundation must be poured to garner a following. Phoenix rock 'n' roll act Stone Mary is in the beginning stages of this tedious process. In their corner, they already have the support of local club promoters, word of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Will Nine Inch Nails' New Music Really Be F***ing Great?

    It's rare that musicians or other people in the public eye actually admit they've been lying--unless they're found out, Tiger Woods-style--but Trent Reznor is excited about his own "betrayal" of Nine Inch Nails fans. I guess the lie is okay when the truth stuns and excites millions of fans, right? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Record Store Day's Hot Heavy Metal Vinyl Releases

    It looks like all these Record Store Days are paying off. In 2012, global sales for vinyl records hit $171 million, their highest point since 1997--the same year that Hanson's "MMMBop" topped the charts. This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day, when artists and labels dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Excavating Heavy Metal's Blues and Jazz Roots

    "The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it." --B.B. King "Metal confronts what we'd rather ignore. It celebrates what we often deny. It indulg ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Unearthing Metal's Classical Roots

    I wasn't raised on Anthrax or Zeppelin, or anything between in regards to the heavy metal alphabet. No, the soundtrack of my youth was classical music. I competed in classical piano competitions for the better part of a decade, and Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus ... 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 16, 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 >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Does the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Matter At All?

    So, hey, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame went ahead and announced their Class of 2013, which this time around, includes Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and someone called the Disco Queen, Donna Summer. Those that were nominated, but didn't make the cut included Kraftwerk, Deep Purple, Joan Jett and ... More >>

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    November 22, 2012
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    September 6, 2012

    The Best Metal Songs for Football

    Hang on guys, here's something you won't believe: Phil Anselmo of Pantera/Down is mad about something. But it's not the sort of thing we're used to him being mad about. As you're no doubt aware, with the weather beginning to act like it might cool down, college campuses swelling with textbook-toti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Slash, Celebrity Theatre, 9/5/12

    See also: Slash Still Has an Appetite for Destruction See also: Buckethead on His Time in Guns 'N' Roses: "No Answer." See also: Guns N' Roses at Comerica Theatre, 12/27/11 See also: Tommy Stinson of Guns N' Roses and The Replacements: "A [Replacements] Reunion Is About As Likely as an Original Guns ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Iron Maiden, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 8/6/12

    Iron Maiden Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion Monday, August 6 See the full Iron Maiden @ ASHSP slideshow. See also: Deep Purple Tribute: Iron Maiden, Metallica, More Salute Keyboardist Jon Lord See also: Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear See also: Iron Maiden Put on Awesome Show for the K ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Deep Purple Tribute: Iron Maiden, Metallica, More Salute Keyboardist Jon Lord

    See also: Six Desert Metal Bands That You Need to Hear See also: Alice Cooper's Mom Has the Original "School's Out" Panties There aren't many bands that I hold higher than Deep Purple when it comes to putting down the groundwork for heavy metal, driven by British rocker Jonathon Douglas "Jon" Lord ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    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.

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    May 7, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Heavy Metal Is Going to Be Fine

    See also: Metal Mondays: Phoenix Needs a Heavy Metal Strip Club A friend of mine brought up a very pertinent question the other day, questioning the validity of current heavy metal. Metal will always have fans, turned on by classic metal gods who've been around for decades or whatever crap current ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Dick Dale at The Rhythm Room, 3/5/12

    Dick Dale Rhythm Room Thursday, April 5, 2012 Driving to the Dick Dale concert Thursday night at the Rhythm Room it seemed, in retrospect, fitting to have Little Barrie on the stereo cranking out the title track from his new album, King of the Waves. "You're not gonna be saved, if you're not kin ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Seven Extraordinarily LOUD Live Bands (and Jucifer)

    ​There's something about LOUDNESS that's deeply appealing to fans of rock 'n' roll, especially when it comes to a live performance. The visceral shock, the days of tinnitus... it all coheres into something that transcends a recording and delineates the difference between headphones at home and ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook on American Capitalist, Playing For the Troops, and Spending the Night in One of Saddam's Palaces

    ​Most bands aren't used to soldiers moshing with M-16s and spending the night in one Saddam Hussien's palaces. But Five Finger Death Punch isn't like other bands. Up on the Sun spoke with guitarist Jason Hook about his favorite tracks off the new album, a night in one of Saddam Hussein's pal ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011
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    August 3, 2011

    Uriah Heep's Bernie Shaw on Into the Wild, Prog, and Chickenfoot

    Bernie Shaw, middle​ You know, I've always been into Uriah Heep album covers a lot more than Uriah Heep albums. Don't get me wrong -- there are some killer jams in the discography, like "Lady in Black" and "Gypsy," which skirts the line between prog and boogie, kind of an early example of heavy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    This Week in Music History: June 27 through July 3

    Wikimedia CommonsSaxophones: First patented this week in music history.​Music and musicians have been around for centuries, and every day, new music news breaks. Every Monday, we're going to take a look back at the notable music stories, births, and deaths that took place that week.This week saw t ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    August 10, 2010

    X Japan's Yoshiki on Lollapalooza, Hide, and Taking Over America with Japanese Rock

    Jonathan McNamaraX Japan moments before playing Lollapalooza 2010. Left to right: Pata, Heath, Yoshiki, Toshi, and Sugizo.​I'm riding in an elevator up to the highest floors of Chicago's Ritz Carlton with publicist Heidi Ellen Robinson-Fitzgerald. For a sweet lady, she represents some hard-hit ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    December 10, 2008

    Q&A With The Answer

    Question: Who's the straight ahead rock outfit playing with AC/DC tonight that you've never heard of? The Answer.But what's The Answer? The Answer!hehehehe This foursome from Northern Ireland may not be on our radio charts...yet, but since their creation in 2000 they've racked up a few accolades in ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    Israeli Gears

    Monotonix bring licks with chutzpah

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    October 10, 2007
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    August 16, 2007

    Deep Purple

    Swiss time is running out

  • Music

    June 21, 2007

    Groupie Think

    Metalling in the affairs of others

  • Music

    May 3, 2007

    Spinal Tapped

    In which our heroine observes a Sabbath

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    November 16, 2006


    Ghost Reveries (Special Edition CD/DVD)
    (Roadrunner Records)

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    September 8, 2005


    Feel the benefit

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Recluse Driving

    The usually elusive Paul Westerberg finally hits the road

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    Señor Coconut and His Orchestra

    Fiesta Songs (Emperor Norton)

  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    Basement Ax

    Built to Spill's Doug Martsch is a guitar hero for a generation not interested in 'em

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Microbe Brewery

    You can call Stereolab's musical mix postmodern rock or experimental pop, just don't call it kitschy

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    Happy Daze

    Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed

  • Music

    May 28, 1998

    Renegade Radio

    Radio Free Phoenix delivers everything you ever wanted to know about music but were afraid to request

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    January 29, 1998
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    February 20, 1997
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    July 25, 1996

    Hope You Die Before We Get Old

    The reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time

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    March 21, 1996
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    May 12, 1993
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