Another great week for music. You have it good this month, Phoenix. Check out our picks for the best shows here, and browse our comprehensive concert listings for a giant list of musical options.
Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids says that when it came time to make the band's new record, the forthcoming Dear Miss Lonely Hearts (due April 2), they decided to play less to what the band "should be," and more to what it "could be." "I feel like we started to do that with the last album [2011's Min ... More >>
Following up last year's New Times Soundcheck, a two-day festival at Club Red in Tempe -- which featured performances by The Love Me Nots, Sugar Thieves, 2 Tone Lizard Kings, Jason Devore, Skky Brown, The Insects, Crusher Sound System, and more -- was a serious task. See also: -The Love Me Nots, ... More >>
As 2012 draws to a close, we'll be looking forward to the 2013 and spotlighting 13 Phoenix bands that will be making a mark on the Southwest throughout the new year. This entry concerns Body of Light, the mutating synth pop outfit fronted by Alexander Jarson, one of the members of the shadowy Asceti ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday. See also: YUS Paints a Cinematic Picture With "Girls" British new wave bands tend to dominate the conversation when we talk '80s with our local bands. Belgium-born Phoenix-d ... More >>
Craig Citizen is the sort of dude you only wish you could be. He's an enigmatic lothario with a certain renown as a hipster DJ, and has been behind some of the more infamous dance nights in the Valley like the old Party Foul! While he used to be a regular fixture at dive bars and dance clubs, Citi ... More >>
In last week's issue of New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun. Here's the complete list.
McDowell Mountain Music Festival Friday, April 13, 2012 Outside of The Compound Grill Dark ominous clouds, chilly 70 degree weather, and one of the most superstitious days of the year couldn't keep music lovers away from the McDowell Mountain Music Festival kickoff last night in northern Phoenix. ... More >>
See also: Fatigo Covers Depeche Mode The Love Me Nots' Nicole Laurenne and Michael Johnny Walker have been married for four years, but if it wasn't for The Doors, they may have never met. "That song ["Soul Kitchen"], my old band used to cover it," says Laureene. "We used to do the X version of i ... More >>
NightfuseJen DeverouxIf you're a member of the trendy dance music scene, chances are likely you've seen the name Jen Deveroux before. Most likely on a flier for any of the myriad club events, fashion fetes, and hip parties that she's helped promote over the past five years or so.In recent months, ... More >>
Admit it, you don't know much about The Jesus and Mary Chain beyond puzzling over what Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson at the end of Lost in Translation. It's okay, you're not alone. Jedidiah Foster, the singer and guitarist of The Bittersweet Way introduced his bandmates to The ... More >>
Oh, Rachel, you obnoxious overachiever.Gleeks will rejoice on Tuesday, September 20 as Finn, Rachel, and the gang return for the third season of Glee. After two years of hype, I decided to check the show out for myself. I couldn't get past the first season. The show could be decent if it w ... More >>
I want my MTV backMusic Television turns 30 today, but the network doesn't look a day over 16 and Pregnant. Well before MTV started exploiting the incredibly difficult lives of irresponsible teens expecting a first child and balancing high school algebra, the Viacom-network played music vid ... More >>
http://www.facebook.com/BellaLuneBella Lune When I got the flyer for Phoenix death rockers Bella Lune's upcoming video release party next week, I was ready to dismiss it after reading two words: death rock, not to be confused with death metal, which is where my mind immediately went. (Nothing aga ... More >>
Photos by Maria VassettFront Line Assembly's Bill LeebFront Line Assembly The Nile Theater in Mesa June 7, 2011It's not often that an old school industrial band comes through town and plays a venue that isn't a sports bar or some shady, swinger-filled fetish club, but Front Line Assembl ... More >>
Pavle MilicPavle Milic You can find the co-owner of restaurant FnB at the Old Town Farmers' Market in Scottsdale every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? If my wife drove, it's highly likely that NPR will ... More >>
Mark Tomlinson (a.k.a. DJ Dark Mark)Name: Mark Tomlinson AKA: DJ Dark Mark Genres spun: I started out playing with what I knew best -- EBM, industrial, and rhythmic noise. As of late I have been mixing a lot of dubstep and drum 'n' bass into my industrial sets. Current schedule: I am one of th ... More >>
Coachella's official lineup should be announced very, very soon -- lest anyone forget that this week is usually when the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival makes it big announcement.In lieu of the entire festival lineup, a few acts have already been confirmed for the festival's 2011 editi ... More >>
DJ RoyaName: Michele Chinichian AKA: DJ Roya Current gigs: Obscura, held at Rips Bar every second Saturday of the month. Genres spun: I play a blend of indie, New Wave, and Britpop at Obscura. I also enjoy spinning '80s pop, old school, electro, and the occasional Top 40 guilty pleasure. How ... More >>
DJ ManchesterEddie Lebario (a.k.a. DJ Manchester) is old school, just like his favorite musical genre.As you'll read in this week's version of DJ Dossier, the cat has been spinning up the hits inside local clubs since the mid '90s. And more often than not, said hits have typically been from the e ... More >>
DJ Sean EssexName: Sean Essex AKA: eSSicCS Current club gigs: Giant Wednesdays at 910 Live once or twice a month, and on Fridays at Cream Stereo Lounge and Afterlife in Scottsdale. How did you get started as a DJ? I got started because electronic music just overcame me. When I first listened ... More >>
Not too good for the majority
Always Randy's Protect Your Nuts is exactly the kind of record we have Your Asked For It to review. Truthfully, there's little chance I'd pop in an album with a cover featuring three semi-mulleted old dudes wielding baseball bats and a guitar in front of a background of peanut shells if it weren't m ... More >>
Why is Disneyland in California? Call me an idiot (as some surely already do), but I’d venture to guess it’s because Disney studios were founded in Cali and the entire movie industry (Disney included) thrives in the Golden State. So it makes sense that a huge theme park based on Walt Disney’s ... More >>
Oh, yes, there will be holograms
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Not too good for the majority
Not German after all
Now We Have Something to Celebrate
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These Soft Pipes, Play On./This Albums Cursed!
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Before the double live album, there was "THE SINGLE LIVE ALBUM!" Here are some noteworthy and note-fudging selections.
December 10 - 16, 1998
THE YEAR IN MUSIC: IT JUST DIDN'T GET MUCH BETTER (OR WORSE) THAN THIS