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    March 13, 2012

    Breaking News: Clubhouse Music Venue Closes Down

    ​See also: Last Night's Town Hall Meeting on Clubhouse Music Venue Shooting Filled With Anger, Accusations, and Rhetoric We've received word this afternoon that the Clubhouse Music Venue was shut down earlier today. While no word of the concert hall's closure has been posted on its website or Fa ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Update and Interview with Zenyata White, One Half of the Now Famous Lesbian Couple Asked to Leave District American Kitchen Last Sunday

    We were happy to get a return call from Zenyata White yesterday. She apologized for not getting back to us more quickly as she'd been busy with new fewer than five different news stations and calls from CNN affiliates after the what happened at District American Kitchen on Sunday.

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    February 27, 2012

    Ten Favorite Gourmet Pizza Shops in the Valley

    Since pizza -- a basic dish associated with Naples but not exclusively so -- was taken to America by Italian emigrants, shops selling the flat disks topped with goodness have popped up on nearly every street corner. And since most folks have a cherished neighborhood hangout that offers up simple a ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Want to Win Tickets To Tonight's Sold-Out Walk the Moon and Young the Giant Show?

    You guys sure like those Young the Giant guys: Their gig tonight at Crescent Ballroom sold out so quickly they added a second date tomorrow. And it's sold out, too. But we've got a pair of tickets to giveaway courtesy of Cincinnati popsters Walk the Moon. The quartet (name nicked from a modified P ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Pancake Art Using a Pancake "Pen"

    In an effort to make Mom proud, Chow Bella's taking a good, hard look at the most important meal of the day in the form of Scrambled, a mashup of breakfast recipes, news and reviews of local restaurants serving the a.m. crowd. We try to keep the gadgets in our home kitchen to a minimum but when we ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Mead: Get a History Lesson and a Buzz, Just in Time for the Ren-Fest

    If a type of booze could be considered "high-brow," mead or "honey wine" would definitely be it. Known as the drink of choice during the Middle Ages and having influence over many important literary and mythological texts, the ancient history behind this favorite fermented honey drink dates back t ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Win Tickets to New Times Soundcheck 2012

    It's almost here: New Times Soundcheck at Club Red is this weekend, featuring a roster of entirely local talent. Over two days you get The Love Me Nots, Father Figures (download an exclusive MP3 here), Jason Devore (of Authority Zero), Crusher Sound System, Mouse Powell, and many, many more. Ticke ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Rep Your Hood: Zia Records Is Now Taking Submissions for Local Compilation CD You Heard Us Back When

    Ah, Record Store Day. Not only is it a time for audiophiles around the world to celebrate the music pushed by countless independently-owned record shops around the world, but it's also a time of special vinyl and CD releases. This year, Zia Records will be commemorating the occasion with the relea ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Local DJ Richie Gimbel (a.k.a. Ressless Legz) Passes Away

    ​​The Valley's music scene is grieving the sudden and unexpected death of local DJ and promoter Richie Gimbel, who lost his life over the weekend.According to friends, the 32-year-old (who performed as Craigslist Killa and was also known as Ressless Legz) passed away in his sleep sometime Saturd ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    MY 103.9 Format Details Emerge

    After tweets yesterday from Dave Pratt Live co-host Kassi Jayde indicated yesterday that KEXX-FM (103.9) would be shifting to a "classic rock" format, a Facebook post by Gadger, a X103.9 jock, who hosts (or hosted) the station's "Local Frequency" program, states that the format shift will be less " ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Pineberries, Square Watermelons and Pink Lemons: The Wonderful, Wild World of Plants

    Via Organic Green Roots on Facebook​It's always fun to remind ourselves of the wonders of nature. We saw these and thought it would be fun to get you in the mood for food.  Organic Green Roots posted on Facebook some cool photos of edible fruits that make you wonder if they are real or ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Listen: What Laura Says' New Song "Weekend Habit"

    When What Laura Says released Talk last May, I tried to categorize the band as "neo-boogie rock," stating after their excellent gig at the Icehouse: "At its core, and perhaps at its best, the band gets down like something your weird-but-cool uncle might jam in his Astro Van." My tag never quite st ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    In Season: Kale Salad

    ​ Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm using Toscano/black/dinosaur/cavolo nero/lacinato kale.

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    December 27, 2011

    TMI's Rock Local Awards

    Every week on Wednesday morning, I call into 106.7 KWSS' The Morning Infidelity program, and gab about local and national music with the TMI crew: Beef Vegan, Shorty, and Buddha. It's been quite a year for the station -- winning cash from their friendly competitors at X103.9, briefly going off the a ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Five Gifts for Crazy Theater People

    ​If you're intimate enough to be exchanging gifts with either a fan or a practitioner of theater, you know that "they" can be extremely ... uh, particular. They tend to feel misunderstood, so you'll score huge friendship points if you give a gift that shows you get them. Here are a few ideas: 1. ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Facebook Strikes Down Bryan Lightningrod's Fan Page

    Well, it looks like Bryan finally got a taste of Facebook's Lightningrod.  Bryan Lightningrod, the 37-year-old ASU student, who claims to be a 97-year-old vampire from Cairo, has experienced plenty of backlash from his solicitation of photos of young girls, many of whom choose to write his name ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Mulch Coffee at Old Town Farmers Market, Arizona Salsa Festival Review, and The Simple Farm's Kieffer Pear Tree

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. arizonacoffee.com​We met the friendly and well-educated-in-the-world-of coffee men from Mulch Coffee at the Stephanie Izard Goat Tour dinner and it appears that they are pouring a mean iced coffee at the south Scottsdale farmers' market. Mu ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Stacy Matson's Perfect Food Day

    Stacy Matson Here's a self-portrat of Stacy doing what she loves most -- dining out.​Stacy Matson is a NY transplant who tweets her heart out about food (@luvchampagne). She's "obsessed with finding recipes in old cookbooks and hunting down cookbooks at estate sales." You might have seen he ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Valley Mixologists Compete For Greatest Hangar One Cocktail in U.S.A.

    Richie Moe from Citizen Public House, chef Josh Hebert of Posh, Julie Hillebrand Tomey from J&G Steakhouse -- they're just three of twelve Valley mixologists battling each other and competitors across America for the title of greatest Hangar One cocktail and an all-expense paid trip to the Hangar O ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Facebook Lawsuit Plaintiff Sharon Beatty is Lawyer Grant Woods' Secretary

    Grant Woods, a Valley lawyer and former state Attorney General, filed a federal complaint against Facebook this week on behalf of plaintiff Sharon Beatty -- who happens to be his secretary.​"Hey, Sharon, want to file a lawsuit against Facebook?"We imagine that a conversation that included th ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Facebook Sued by Scottsdale Woman, Sharon Beatty, Over Site's Tracking of Web Browsing History While Logged Off; Class Action Ruling Sought

    Facebook calls it a glitch, but a Scottsdale woman and her Phoenix lawyer want to be compensated for the social media site's surreptitious tracking of Web browsing history.Former state Attorney General Grant Woods filed the federal complaint on Friday for his client, Sharon Beatty of Scottsdale. But ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Club Trinity Becomes Oceans Seven Nightclub

    ​One of Scottsdale's more notorious dance joints has changed its name...again. Club Trinity is now known as Oceans Seven Nightclub, the latest identity of a nightspot that undergone more than a few transformations in the past decade.Back in the day, the property was known as hip-hop nightspot CBNC ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Win a Pair of Passes to See Star Slinger at Rhythm Room

    There's no getting around it. No matter how awesome DJ Star Slinger may have been before getting shouted out by Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, AKA Troy on one of TV's best shows, Community, he was immeasurably cooler afterward. The cred boost wasn't entirely necessary. Slinger, known as Darr ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Five Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

    ​With temperatures dropping (okay, we've got another 20 degrees to go, but you get the idea) we're in the mood for comfort food -- like grilled cheese. What are your Phoenix favorites? Here are a few of ours. 5. Triple Grilled Cheese from SwitchIf you've ever dreamed of pairing a grilled ch ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Rupa and The April Fishes To Play the MIM This Saturday, Get a Free Download Here

    ​They don't come much more "multi-cultural" than Rupa and the April Fishes. Born in California to Indian parents, songwriter Rupa Marya was raised in France, India, and the United States. The music she makes with her group, The April Fishes, borrows sounds from all of her cultures. French nouvel ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Mergence and Quick Henry Unite at Teakwoods Tavern Friday

    Mergence Jones and James Williams​According to the Facebook event page the bands created, this show is a few months behind, comparing it to, "a baseball rain delay game." In that case, game on! Mergence and Quick Henry will be rockin' Teakwoods at Phoenix this Friday, September 23. Lauded for ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Flier of the Week: Japhy's Descent

    ​Nothing says "intriguing" like the cover of Gone With the Wind or a cool book jacket of a mystery novel, or the flier for Japhy's Descent's upcoming show.Sharing the stage with Japhy's Descent tonight will be Sasquanaut and Lawnchair.The show will be going down at 8:30 p.m. at the Rogue Bar. Cove ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    St. Francis Posts a Kids Lunch Menu and Sets Off a Little Debate About Children in Restaurants

    Evie Carpenter​It started innocently enough. Last week, St. Francis, the stunningly cool bastion of contemporary American cuisine in Central Phoenix, posted a lunch menu for kids on their Facebook page and ended up with a discussion -- pro and con -- about children in restaur ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Want to See The Globes, El Ten Eleven, and Sister Crayon For Free?

    Ben BloodThe Globes​Want to see indie rockers The Globes, El Ten Eleven, and Sister Crayon for free on Tuesday, August 23, at The Rhythm Room? Up on the Sun has two tickets to give away to one lucky reader. Read on to hear a tune from each band, and details on how you and a friend can check o ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Mary Melton at P.F. Chang's China Bistro

    ​The tender: Mary Melton The bar: P.F. Chang's China Bistro (multiple locations) The pedigree: Melton found her first bartending job post-college, at an airport in Kansas City. After working her way around several bars and restaurants in that city, she moved to San Diego, where she ventured into r ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    College Dropouts Re-Enrolls at Same Tempe Location

    ​It looks like College Dropouts is ready to hit the books -- er, bottle -- again, just in time for the new ASU semester. The bar, tucked away on College Avenue near Sun Devil Stadium, closed in April when the owner was unable to reach a lease agreement with the building's landlord. The locati ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Ari Herstand on Looping, Gay Rights, and Living Room Concerts

    ​ Ari Herstand puts a new twist on the singer songwriter aesthetic by playing keyboard, guitar, singing, and beatboxing all at once. He makes all sorts of interesting videos chronicling his songwriting, teaching fans how to play his music, and performing covers of his favorite artists. Her ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Phoenix Mayoral Candidates: Who's Most Popular in Social (Media) Circles?

    New Times​Poor Newt Gingrich won't be sitting in the Oval Office anytime soon.The former Speaker of the House boasted about his 1.3 million followers on twitter, but was quickly exposed by a former staffer for hiring a firm to create fake accounts to make it look like he was far more popular than ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Racist "Juggalo" Tim Lowe Busted for Molesting 16-Year-Old Special Needs Girl

    Tim Lowe's Facebook pageTim Lowe in full "juggalo" regalia.​A racist, Arizona City "juggalo" -- who claims to be studying for a Ph.D in "scratching balls" -- was arrested yesterday after admitting to molesting a 16-year-old special needs girl.Timothy Lowe, 22, was booked into Pinal County Jail on ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Finding Grampa's Monsters to Play Reunion Show at The Trunk Space on July 29

    Photo by Andrew Langdal​Fans of hiatus-dwelling folk band Finding Grampa's Monsters will have one more chance to catch the trio together for a one-time reunion show. The show will take place tomorrow night, July 29, at The Trunk Space in Phoenix. They'll be sharing the stage with acoustic hip ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​ I gave these gourmet tacos a try on a rare trip to Mill Ave. for happy hour. The beer battered fish tacos were fried to a perfect crisp and served with spicy slaw and picked Fresno peppers in warm flour  tortillas. The tacos were good but needed a fair amount of salsa to spic ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Bottling Wine with Sam Pillsbury and Co.

    Nicole Whittington and James Waldron​When I went up to the Verde Valley to bottle wine with winemakers Eric Glomski, Tim White and Sam Pillsubry, I kept hearing that "wine making isn't as romantic as everyone thinks." Maybe the guys were afraid that I would find the monotonous assembly of bottl ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​ I grab lunch from this downtown sandwich shop/bakery at least once a week. If I wasn't so easily embarrassed by my love of their sandwiches, it would be more like every day. The sandwiches are simple but the bread, especially the ciabatta, is the best in town.Throw ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Killer Garlic Balls, Binkley's Staff Meal, A Fashionista Who Really Cooks, and Heirloom Tomatoes

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Les Petite Gourmettes Garlic Knots​The Killer Garlic Balls on Linda Hopkins' Les Petite Gourmettes caught our attention this week. We know that garlic is in season right now and this sounds like the perfect way to savor it.

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    May 9, 2011

    Free Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Tomorrow (and Maybe For an Entire Year)

    Häagen-Dazs​Now that temps have finally started to creep up, it's a good time to cool down with some ice cream. Conveniently, Häagen-Dazs shops around the Valley are celebrating Free Scoop Day with complimentary scoops of ice cream offered between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. You're no ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Closed: Sunshine Moon Peking Pub

    ​Well, that was quick. Condolences are flying on Twitter and Facebook, after Sunshine Moon Peking Pub -- the newish Chinese spot that got good buzz from our former critic Michele Laudig and others -- abruptly announced today on its Facebook page that it's no more: Due to unforeseen circu ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​Several Arizonans claim to be the inventors of the Chimichanga.  Was it Woody, the founder of Macayo's? Or maybe Monica Flin of Tucson's El Charro? I guess we will never know, but we do know where you can get an exceptionally tasty chimi filled with just the right amount of machaca and s ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Food Nerd Alert! Oxford English Dictionary Updates with Words Like Banh Mi and Muffin-Top

    ​Consumer Reports has an amusing musing about the Oxford English Dictionary's latest online update -- including some pretty sophisticated culinary terms. Know what chermoula is? How about kleftiko? Had cause to order a babycino lately? Leave us your definition (real or imagined) for any ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Joe Watson, Former New Times Scribe/"Salon Bandit," is Probably Not Actually on Facebook

    This photo is from Joe Watson's, a.k.a. the "Salon Bandit's," Facebook page, which is weird because he's currently a guest of the state with no access to the Internet. ​Several New Times staffers were stunned this week when they received Facebook friend requests from Joe Watson, a former New Times ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Foursquare up, Pandora Down, MySpace Out: Grand Predictions About Digital Music Trends in 2011

    ​NME's deputy editor Luke Lewis published an interesting article about the future of digital music last week.Lewis made a list of 10 insightful music predictions regarding what the developments of digital music might entail in 2011, and I've got to hand it to him, he did a great job and taught me ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Jared Loughner's Classmates Diss Him on Facebook as "Weirdo" and "Outcast"

    Pima County Sheriff's Office Jared Lee Loughner ​Friends and high school classmates of Jared Lee Loughner haven't been shy with their reactions about the alleged assailant, some of which are posted on Facebook. Their comments relate that the 22-year-old was a "weirdo" and "outcast," an ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Flier of the Week: Shotfest 4 at Yucca Tap Room

    Alex AtchleyShotfest 4: The Quest for Peace​Usually when you pay money to go see a show, you want the bands you're seeing to perform their best--you know, not mess up, sing in key, play the right chords.That's a little hard after you've taken 10 shots.Shotfest 4: The Quest for Peace might be one o ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Mystery Macaron: Guess Essence's New Flavor

    ​Does this mean our collective lust for macarons is getting worse? I think so. Essence Bakery is unveiling a new flavor at the end of the week, and no, they're not just gonna give it up like that. Those teases! Instead, they want us sugar fiends to guess what it is. Just become a fan of ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Facebook Went Down For Second Time in Two Days. Time to Freak Out

    www.worldphotocollections.com​The world of virtual friendship was at a standstill this afternoon.If you went to your Facebook page today to update your status, plant crops (you weird Farmvill-ians, you), or flip through photos of hot chicks you barely even know, you may have had some trouble.  ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Facebook Band Pages: The Good, The Bad, The Annoying and The Non-Existent

    This isn't your uncle's MySpace...​MySpace is slowly becoming the abandoned amusement park of the internet. What does that mean? Well, for one thing, it means Facebook is primed to become the best way for fans to get information on their favorite bands, thus totally pwning us, social media-wise. ... More >>

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