Phoenix truly is a good place to be a driver. Well, compared to everywhere else.Yet another look at driving-related statistics has placed Phoenix among the top American cities to drive.
Three weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk to Ministry's legendary frontman and all-around heavy metal veteran Al Jourgensen. We had a slightly concerning start to the interview (Jourgensen was sick from food poisoning caused by Chobani yogurt that had since been recalled, and was sitting around, ... More >>
By Chris Parker Syracuse's Ra Ra Riot -- set to play Du Hot Club De Bizarre Thursday night -- began playing college parties, and before long they'd found a strange, intoxicating sweet spot between spiky Pixies-inflected post-punk and chamber pop that earned them comparisons to fellow emerging New Y ... More >>
Have you had you're eyes glued to the psychedelic prog-rock message boards? If not, maybe you missed the news that The Mars Volta broke up, due in large part to lead guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's focus on his other band, Bosnian Rainbows. But you probably didn't miss the news, because The Mars Vo ... More >>
See also: We Love Morrissey, but Does He Love Us? See also: Morrissey at the Oprheum Theatre It's weird time to be Morrissey: British rock tabloid NME recently apologized to the downer-pop icon for calling alleging he's racist (stop me if you think that you've heard that one before), he's currently ... More >>
Once again I found myself writing a Metal Monday column on a plane with a glass of whiskey. I'm headed to Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, to see Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, and about 30 other acts (stay tuned for that review next week). Most importantly, I'm sitting nex ... More >>
Our local music acts make one helluva trip come SxSW time. Aside from the drive to Austin itself, many of the musicians take the opportunity to spread their sounds along the southwest with various gigs along the way. Then of course there's the actual music festival. Although March 18 marks the offi ... More >>
Arizona ranchers are not fans of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano. The Arizona Cattleman's Association is not impressed with a speech given by Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano this week, in which, the group says, she "abandoned her mantra of the past year that the U.S. Me ... More >>
A few weeks back, a publicist with what I think was a British accent connected my cellular line with Zac Hanson's. Mid-morning coffee in hand, I wasn't sure which one of the three brothers I'd be interviewing, until he answered. The seemingly groggy drummer of the 90s teen sensation Hanson ... More >>
Hanson is Still Writes the Soundtrack to Good Times
Dr. Emilio Luna Dr. Emilio Luna, the west Phoenix pediatrician accused of distributing child porn on a public file-sharing system, was the only one who had used his laptop computer, federal agents allege. A complaint filed by agents in court gives more details as to why Luna was arrested, and ... More >>
courtesy of Dennis GilmanJan finds the State Department's mention of 1070 "downright offensive." Governor Jan Brewer's political operatives are by no means as dumb as their candidate. Evidence the PR stunt they let drop Friday, berating the U.S. State Department for daring to mention Arizona's brea ... More >>
You can't listen to more than 30 seconds of Sand Rubies' 1990 single "We Don't Do That Anymore" before it become obvious that the Gin Blossoms weren't the first Arizona band doing the jangle-pop thing.Tucson's Sand Rubies -- originally called The Side Winders before a North Carolina cover band su ... More >>
Jered ScottMike Herrera (center) and Tumbledown When Mike Herrera takes The Underground stage tomorrow night for an acoustic solo show, the performance will be a quieter one than his past shows at the Mesa club. He's hoping the vibe he remembers from his band MxPx's past performances there isn't ... More >>
Sal Reza: Taking it to the streets, and to Eric Holder's deskHot on the heels of news that Wells Fargo wants Joe Arpaio out of his pricey executive suites in the bank's downtown Phoenix tower, human rights activist Salvador Reza is raising the stakes, asking that Attorney General Eric Hold ... More >>
Arizona-dwelling Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan's side project, Puscifier, has announced fall tour dates, including two shows at Phoenix's stunning Orpheum Theatre. The show, which actually allows you to see Maynard, unlike Tool's concerts, where he stands on the back of the stage, has been e ... More >>
Arpaio has a senior moment in this footage from yesterday's Wells Fargo protests. C'mon, Joe, you know who The Bird is... Sal Reza and his merry band of anti-Arpaio protesters scored this hi-larious footage yesterday of our corrupt top constable paying a visit to the protests taking place every day ... More >>
Texas trio back from the dead
We find an Angel in suburban wonderland
The Bride's back for blood, this time without the mess
Want to see a good band? Go to Tucson.
You don't know about NITTY GRITTY in your city?
Fifty years into his career, Merle Haggard is still stubbornly going against the grain
Campy commentary takes aim at corporate America
In a marriage made in boardroom heaven, the Valley's newspapers and television stations have begun merging their newsrooms
AC/DC tribute band TNT squeezes extra mileage out of the highway to hell
The Peacemakers put the finishing touches on their tale of Sonoran Hope and Madness
From the week of March 15, 2001
From Snoop Dogg to Doug Sahm, Austin's Gourds revel in making magic out of every sound imaginable
Demystifying Santeria and its darker cousin, Palo Mayombe
Singer/songwriter Billy Sedlmayr has spent half his life battling the law and his own dope demons
Johnny Cash may be just a legend, but he has never sounded better
If the jailers had paid attention, they might have noticed that Jose Rodriquez was dying
Pills made from a Peruvian vine known as Cat's Claw are all the rage among Latino health buffs
CHARRERIA, HACIENDA-BRED RODEO, IS THREATENED FROM WITHOUT BY ANIMAL-RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND FROM WITHIN BY SHORTSIGHTED LEADERSHIP. FRED CHAVEZ KNOWS THAT IF THE GRAND SPORT OF MEXICAN NOBILITY IS TO SURVIVE, IT MUST CHANGE.
WHAT DO GLENDALE AND MARTY ROBBINS HAVE IN COMMON? JUANITA NAJERA WANTS YOU TO KNOW.