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    September 29, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    Perhaps everyone has a music hangover from this past week, because after a week that saw a giant three-day music festival get washed out by the rain and featured performances by heavyweights Katy Perry, Drake, and Lil Wayne, this upcoming is much calmer. But that doesn't mean there aren't musical ou ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour: Battle, or Hip-Hop Bromance?

    When writing show reviews, I always struggle with the journalistic imperative to report "what happened?" because usually nothing really happened other than some brooding subculture people played some notes and maybe moved around in a vaguely distinct way. The kind of stuff that is so commonplace tha ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    This week kicks off a helluva run for Phoenix concerts. Thursday we have Drake, Lil Wayne, and Katy Perry all performing, and Friday begins the Summer Ends Music Festival. What more could you want? ... Well, if you really need more options, check out the ones below, and browse our comprehensive c ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013
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    November 18, 2013

    Drake - US Airways Center - 11/16/2013

    Drake's songs can sometimes make him sound like someone who spends a lot of time sitting in front of a window, watching rain and dialing up exes. That vulnerable side of the performer, if it exists, stayed in the recording studio when he played US Airways Center Saturday night. Drake was engaging, c ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013
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    November 14, 2013

    Drake Is Invincible Because He's So Impossibly Vulnerable

    So who is this Drake guy, anyway? Of course, there's Drake the superstar, the guy who opens his latest, Nothing Was the Same, with the brag that he's as famous as his mentor--though at this point, he's arguably much more famous than Lil Wayne, who signed him to Cash Money. Drake's the guy who casu ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    MC Magic: One Big Mistake Up-and-Coming Rappers Keep Making (and More)

    Lost in love? Stuck in a relationship quagmire Ann Landers wouldn't understand? Trying to figure out what comes next in life and music? We'd like to invite you personally to bring your problems to Ask Magic, your chance to ask Arizona's reigning slow-jam king for advice on whatever life throws at yo ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    All 80 Similes on Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being II

    Lil Wayne has just released his 10th studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II. It's been 18 years since his first album, True Story, as one half of The B.G.'z. In that time, he's been a lesser-known member of an embattled Southern hip-hop group, a scrawny kid, a mixtape hero, the greatest rapper aliv ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Justin Timberlake is Totally Shit at Music, But Here's Why You Should Still Like Him

    Justin Timberlake's reunion with music is causing some weird flashbacks and leaving a miserable taste in my mouth. His new album is the pinnacle of mediocrity and exemplifies all that can go wrong when commercialism meets music. "Suit And Tie" makes me want to burn a stack of Esquire magazines and i ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013
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    January 3, 2013

    Here Are the Songs They Play at a Middle School Dance

    [Editor's note: The following post by Houston writer and ESL teacher Shea Serrano was named the best blog post of the year in the first-ever Voice Media Group music writing awards. Originally published by our sister blog, West Coast Sound at L.A. Weekly, it's a hilarious real-time account of an afte ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012

    2012 isn't even over yet, and we're already feeling sort of nostalgic for it. We saw a lot of great shows this year, so narrowing it down to the most mind-blowing 20 wasn't easy, but it was a lot of fun. Enjoy, our Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012. See also: Top Five 2012 Heavy Releases In Pho ... More >>

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    November 5, 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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    September 27, 2012
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    September 14, 2012

    10 Favorite Concerts of the Summer

    We don't want to jinx it, but a string of cooler nights and balmy afternoons has us feeling comfortable saying "Summer's done." The festival season has come to a close, and it's time to unpack that neglected denim and put away your jorts and Coachella Crocs for the season. Of course, this summer r ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    You Ready for the State Fair? A Guide to the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum Schedule

    See also: Snoop Dogg at the Arizona State Fair See also: Judas Priest at the Arizona State Fair It used to be that playing the state fair circuit meant you were a has-been, that your rock 'n' roll career had gone belly up (you know, like billed after the puppet show, Spinal Tap-style). Maybe it' ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Jackie Morales, What Are You Listening To?

    Jackie Morales Morales is the mid-day DJ for 101.5-FM Jamz. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Of course, 101.5! What's the first album you bought? I honestly don't go out and buy very many albums, but when I heard Mariah Carey's Em ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    What Are the Top 10 Most "Spotified" Songs in Phoenix?

    You have to look pretty hard for someone who doesn't have an opinion about Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service that launched in 2008 and hit the States in 2011. It's hard to deny its ease, selection, and um, free-ness, but it's also been a magnet for controversy. In both the controversial ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Drake's Club Paradise Tour, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 5/10/12

    Drake's Club Paradise Tour featuring Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Waka Flocka Flame, J. Cole, and Drake Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion Thursday, May 10 See also: Drake's Take Care Is a Conflicted, Compelling Statement Check out the complete Drake Club Paradise Tour slideshow There wa ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    May 10, 2012
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    April 26, 2012

    Open Mike Eagle on Indie Rap's Breakthrough Year

    So there's punk-rap, nerd-rap, avant-rap, and...oh, only about a gazillion other hyphenated hip-hop subgenres. Open Mike Eagle describes his style as "art rap." At least for now. "I'm unable to replace it," he laughs, speaking with me via phone from his home in Los Angeles. "And it's not even that ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012
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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Danielle Kamela, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Danielle Kamela Kamela is one of the FOX Sports Arizona Girls. Check them out on Facebook here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? 102.5 KNIX-FM. I love cruising around Arizona with my windows down listening to some country music. Alwa ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Ash Avenue Comics Staff on Galapagos, Faces, and Drainbow

    Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, in which Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your songs to be considered for future Sound Off columns, please email music@new ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    What's Selling: Zia Record Exchange Top 10 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. Feliz año nuevo, friends. The first What's Selling list of 2012 is full of familiar faces, with Drake's Take Care owning the numbe ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    What's Selling: Zia Record Exchange Top 10 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. It wasn't so long ago that Jimmy Brooks and his best friend Spinner Mason walked the halls of Degrassi High School. In the C ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Lil Wayne: Rap's Most Dependable Weirdo Coming to US Airways Center

    ​Perma-stoned New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne has been hip-hop's eccentric golden boy for five years now. On the heels of his magnificent breakthrough album Tha Carter II, Wayne went apeshit, releasing mixtape after groundbreaking mixtape. Some of them, like 2006's Dedication 2 and Lil Weezyana, ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Rolling Stone Chooses New Queen of Pop

    A new queen of pop has been crowned by Rolling Stone, according to Idolator.Rolling Stone put 16 female pop stars head to head in the ultimate statistical showdown to see who would reign as queen. Competitors included Adele, Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Katy ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Drake Returns to His Roots, Performs at a Bar Mitzvah

    ​Young Money rapper and former Degrassi: The Next Generation actor Drake got in touch with his Jewish roots and performed at a bar mitzvah in New York City this past weekend, according to MySpace Music News.The intimate performance was for bar mitzvah boy Andrew Zucker, son of former NBC/Univ ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Travis Barker Calls His Critics Nazis

    ​Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is not responding well to those who have critiqued his new solo album, Give the Drummer Some, according to Spinner.Many fans of his work with Blink-182 have recently expressed that they don't particularly care for his solo work. Barker responded by calling his crit ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    A Recap of the 2011 Grammy Awards: A Quick, Easy Guide to What Happened

    Dan MacMedan, USA TodayNicki Minaj, doing what she does best: always trying to get attention.​The 2011 Grammy Awards kept things classy this year: There wasn't even a single mention of Ke$ha during the entire show!Good job, Grammy people! Thanks for taking out the trash this year. Aside from the l ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Drake Collaborating With Florence and the Machine (VIDEO)

    ​Young Money rapper Drake and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine are set to collaborate, according to Spinner.Who's Florence Welch, you ask? She's the singer in the band that sang that hit "The Dog Days Are Over." You know, the one in the overplayed commercials for the film Eat, Pray, Love ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    November 4, 2010

    Weezy: Free At Last!

    ​Weezy is finally a free man, according to Pitchfork.Lil Wayne, whose real name is Wayne Carter, was imprisoned at New York City's Riker's Island for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in Manhattan in 2009. He pleaded guilty when he was charged.He was only required to serve eight months of his ye ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    The MTV Video Music Awards Get Worse Every Year

    ​MTV's annual Video Music Awards have been working their way steadily downhill for a few years now.This year's show was pretty damn near the bottom of the slope, one would hope. The 2010 iteration included predictable performances, a lack of pans to stars in the crowd, and a lack of award winners ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    What's Selling: Zia Records Chandler

    Eminem, Recovery​This week we decided to report on a record store in the deep south. While typically our charts go to the indie shops rooted in CenPho and Tempe, we thought it important to note that people in Chandler buy records too. This week the folks that shop at Zia Records in Chandler are s ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Drake's "Find Your Love" Reveals What's in His Heart

    ​Drake has player written all over him.The 23-year-old rapper's sexy as hell, he's good friends with lady lover Lil Wayne, and he's young and one of the brightest stars in the music industry today--the perfect formula for getting with as many ladies as he wants, whenever.But the second single off ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    What's Selling: Zia Records Phoenix

    ​Zia Records in Phoenix always seems to attract the hip hop and metal crowds. While this week is no exception with Eminem's The Recovery coming in at number 1, and both Ozzy Osbourne and Whitechapel making the list. Apparently the Phoenix kids still dig classic rock though, as Exile on Main St. an ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Drake: Thank Me Later

    ​A funny thing happened to Jimmy Brooks, the dude in the wheelchair from Degrassi: The Next Generation. Yeah, he grew up to become Drake, hip hop's next biggest star.After what seems like two years of singles and mixtapes and other nonsense, Canadian sensation Drake's debut album, Thank Me La ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Major Lazer and La Roux Collaborate on Free Mixtape, "Lazerproof"

    I don't know about you, but that cover art all but seals the mixtape's awesome fate​What happens when you take noted DJs Switch and Diplo and add British electronic singing sensation Elly Jackson? A free mixtape named Lazerproof, natch. Switch and Diplo, when working together, are better known as ... More >>