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    November 21, 2014

    Man-Cat Explains Why Musical Identity Doesn't Matter

    Superheroes wear masks to protect their identity from the world. With local band Man-Cat, the group wears masks to represent their music under one identity. It's not every day that you hear about artists wearing masks for the sake of removing identity. Sure, artists like Slipknot, Mushroomhead and ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    No, Bloodfest This Weekend Isn't Using Real Blood -- Human or Otherwise

    The first thing you should know about this Saturday's Bloodfest out in Mesa is that the titular liquid that will drench attendees isn't composed of plasma, erythrocytes, platelets, or leukocytes. Instead, it's a mixture of water, various dyes, and other non-toxic ingredients. Despite what you may h ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Futures 10: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. and Jimmy Eat World Collaborate on a Beer

    Beer: Futures 10 Brewery: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Style: Saison ABV: 6.5 percent Musical accompaniment to this post Musicians and brewers commonly collaborate. Sometimes the beers that come from such unions are actually pretty good (New Belgium Clutch, brewed for the metal band Clutch; Ci ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    5 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

    Darkness falls across the desert. Costumed peeps with orange drinks flirt. Phoenicians crawl in search of bands, providing entertainment for all the land. And whosoever shall be seeking musical help, should our list of parties and concerts consult. Well, there's only so much co-opting of Vincent Pr ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Here's How A GWAR Super Bowl Halftime Show Would End, According to GWAR

    By Jason Roche Recently a petition to have GWAR play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show went live on It's gotten nearly 46,000 signatures, but let's be honest: Even if it had 46 million, we doubt the NFL would let the costumed metallers perform on its biggest event of the year. (Too muc ... More >>

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    September 14, 2013

    Riot Fest Chicago: Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Screeching Weasel

    Chicago Riot Fest Day One Humboldt Park Friday, September 13, 2013 This year's Riot Fest features a great mix of reunions and some of Chicago's finest punk bands. Heck, The Replacements and Broadways reunions were enough to get me on a plane from Phoenix. Whether the trip was worth it remains to be ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    The 10 Metal Gods Geeks Will Always Worship

    by Adam Steininger Geeks love metal more than the computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity, and then discovered by Silver Surfer while out scouting for delicious planets. These bands ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    One of the bands you can see this week around Phoenix has a famous song called "A Praise Chorus." Another of the bands you can see this week titled the first song of their first album "Penis." See which one of those bands is Jimmy Eat World after the jump!

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    May 2, 2013
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    February 7, 2013

    NES in the West Tour, Trunk Space, 2/6/13

    NES in the West Tour with Mega Ran and The Writer's Guild @ Trunk Space | 2/6/13Local rapper Mega Ran a.k.a Random completed the Phoenix stop of his latest tour at the Trunk Space and made it a point to drive home the old saying: "You're only as strong as your crew." With solid supporting acts, as w ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Rocktober's Metal Picks: Bloody Art, New Gwar Guitarist, Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem Trailer

    If there's one month that you can count on to be on metal's side, it's October. We're allowed to adorn our residences with skulls, fake blood, and motion-sensor demons without being judged. Hell, we are also allowed to indulge in an array of freaky, horrific activities, orchestrated by record compan ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    8 Kids More Metal Than You

    See also: The Most Anticipated Heavy Metal Releases of the Fall See also: The 10 Hottest Chicks in Metal See also: Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear See also: A Closer Look at KUPD's MILF Contest 2012There are few things in this world that have the ability to coax an "Awwwww...that is so damn ... More >>

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    August 11, 2012

    KISS and Motley Crue, Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion, 8/10/12

    KISS and Motley Crue Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion Friday, August 10, 2012 See also: KISS and Makeup: 8 Male Makeup Icons See also: KISS/Crue Openers The Treatment Make American Rock 'n' Roll (But Hail From England) See also: The Full KISS/Crue Slideshow A few things are guaranteed at a KIS ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Fishbone, P.I.L., The Toadies, GZA, Waka Flocka Flame, and More Just Announced Shows

    See also: GWAR, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Kendrick Lamar, and More Just Announced Shows It's time to tear into your closet and dust off those old gas station shirts. '80s ska/punk band Fishbone is hitting Club Red on Thursday, September 27. After last year's album release Crazy Glue, a documenta ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    GWAR, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Kendrick Lamar, and More Just Announced Shows

    See also: Last Week's Just Announced Shows, Featuring The Railroad Revival Tour, The Who, and More See also: GWAR at Marquee Theatre in 2011 Who wants to check out a 25-year-old satirical metal band, complete with scary costumes and raunchy lyrics? Well, you're in luck. Gwar is coming to The Marque ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Lamb of God Controversy: Tempe Metal Band TOAD Sounds Off

    See also: We Spoke to Lamb of God's Chris Adler Before the Band's Future Was Up in the Air See also: Vintage Violence: TOAD's Rotten Tide Oozes Analog Menace The arrest and detention of Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic has held the attention of metal fans since his arrest on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Metal's First Music Videos Ooze Green Jellÿ

    There's never been a huge a market for heavy metal music videos. Praise is far and few between, and they don't garner awards like pop music videos, clips like Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," which won seven MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, and even grabbed a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. But t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    The Five People You'll Meet at Country Thunder

    Two years ago, yours truly embarked on finding a real country experience that didn't lead me into the backwoods of some quaint southern town, but rather out into a barren field in Florence. I was alone. I was scared. I was wearing flip flops, at the risk of getting my tootsies stomped by the cowboy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Real Estate at The Sail Inn, 11/14/11

    Nicole Smith​I'm not stoked on the current sound of "indie." Real Estate play things more on the traditional jangle pop/C86 side of things, but the band fits into the nebulous state of indie rock circa 2011 -- chillwave over there, lo-fi in the corner, new wave revivalism out back. The pretentious ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    GWAR at Marquee Theatre, 11/14/11

    Melissa Fossum​I had the craziest dream last night. Normally when people say that, their dream is actually pretty boring, but I swear to you, this all happened. 

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    November 10, 2011
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    October 5, 2011

    Five Bands That Set Out to Be Creepy, But Ended Up Lame

    ​As a kid, a lot of things creep you out that really shouldn't. Shower drains, primarily, along with cryptic pictures of Jesus Christ and, of course, clowns (John Wayne Gacy, Jr. being the exception.) Certain bands seem to play on that irrational childhood fear, making their music a year-roun ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Mosh Potatoes: A Heavy Metal Cookbook That Rocks

    ​There's a new heavy metal cookbook in stores called Mosh Potatoes (Atria Paperback), and even if you're not a headbanger, you'll find something to appreciate in this clever tome. Where else could you ever find recipes for things like "Hot Rod Penis Loaf" (courtesy of Gen from Genitorturers) ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Beyonce Not Preggers After All

    ​Yesterday Us Weekly reported that Beyonce and Jay-Z have a baby on the way. However, Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles shot down those rumors, according to Billboard. TMZ has a clip of the pre-recorded Ellen show, which will air today, in which Tina denied any gorgeous kids are on the way. Tina joked ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Incoming: Free Energy, Nas, Fuel, Chali 2na, Zane Lamprey, Cobra Skulls, GWAR

    GWAR​Do you like blood? How about grown men in overblown, sci-fi/horror inspired costumes spitting buckets of it at you? Well then, you're in luck -- GWAR is coming to Phoenix this November.What started as a shock-rock outfit in Richmond, Virginia in 1994 has evolved into one of -- if not the -- m ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Announced: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Weezer, Stevie Wonder and More

    ​Tennessee's Bonnaroo music festival has announced a full line-up for this June. No real surprises here: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, and the Flaming Lips are the top of the pile.The Dead Weather, Phoenix, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Everclear, GWAR and Concorso Arizona Over the Weekend

    ​Concert Review: Everclear at The Big Pour It's a well-established fact that the mark of a truly brilliant pop song is its ability to stand the test of time, captivating new generations or, at the very least, remaining meaningful to it's intended audience over a lifetime. As an admitted Gen X/ ... More >>

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    November 14, 2009

    An Eviscerating Experience: GWAR at Marquee Theatre on Saturday, November 14

    Photos by E. GrovesGWAR singer Oderus Urungus​Nothing was sacred in splatter metal band GWAR's theater of costumed insanity at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Saturday. Michael Jackson's face got ripped off. Babies were disemboweled. President Obama's noggin got partially severed and was rolling a ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009
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    December 25, 2008
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    December 11, 2008
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    November 20, 2008
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    April 24, 2008
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    April 7, 2008

    You’ve Got Hate Mail: The last hurrah in the ongoing Marshall Beck and local metal coverage tantrum

    “You’ve got an interesting package in there,” our editorial assistant tells me, as I scoop up my usual daily stack of mailings. She tells me the receptionist actually opened it before they put it in my box to make sure the package was “okay.” As soon as I see the return address on the pac ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007

    Pit Stop

    You can mosh, potato

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    August 16, 2007


    Yay, torture!

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    August 2, 2007

    Sounds of the Underground

    They've come to the surface

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    June 26, 2007
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    November 22, 2006

    Banned in Tempe

    Wow, there's a lot of pre-Turkey Day festivities tonight, 'cause y'all ostensibly have tomorrow off of work, and you're expected - no, it's mandated - that you get completely shitfaced till the wee hours tonight. First of all, GWAR's playing at the Marquee tonight, if you like blood, guts, costumes, ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006
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    April 20, 2006

    Tub Ring

    Tasty in more ways than one

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    November 17, 2005

    Battle Acts

    Which act deserves your entertainment dollar this week?

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    October 6, 2005

    Minus the Bear

    Beats yelling "Free Bird"

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    July 14, 2005

    Sounds of the Underground Tour

    Day of the living dead

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    March 31, 2005


    Who are those masked men?

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    March 3, 2005


    Raw but legal

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    November 25, 2004
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    July 29, 2004

    Burden Brothers

    Progression key to Burden Bros.

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    January 23, 2003

    Hello, Cleveland!

    Unlike Spinal Tap, Iron Maiden made it to the stage, as a new boxed set gloriously demonstrates

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    June 3, 1999

    Touch of Evil

    Blood, sweat and no tears, as Gwar and Derrick May infiltrate the Valley club scene

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