Gas Giants

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Hollywood Alley: An Oral History of "Arizona's Only Ultra-Chic Pissant Hip Dive Bar"

    Rock 'n' roll, to paraphrase punk icon Poison Ivy, is for misfits. A refuge for outsiders, oddballs, or anyone else even a little bit strange. The description is apt for the recently closed Hollywood Alley and much of its patronage. Over its 25-year lifespan, the Mesa rock joint and restaurant, whic ... More >>

  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    Old Miserable Experience

    Can the Gin Blossoms make a comeback?

  • Music

    June 5, 2003

    Gin Mill

    The gigs are great, but the strains of middle age catch up with the Gin Blossoms

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Bhagavad Guitars

    After a year of adversity, tri-city quartet Haggis has the last laugh with Karma Suits Ya!

  • Music

    March 28, 2002

    Up and Rumbling

    After five years of fits and starts, Gin Blossoms songwriter/guitarist Jesse Valenzuela finally launches a solo career

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Distilled Gin

    The Gin Blossoms re-form again, and this time it might be for more than one gig

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    In 'n' Out

    The Gas Giants split; Jimmy Eat World lives up to its name; legends Hazlewood and Strummer return to the Valley

  • Music

    April 12, 2001

    Show Business

    TV-3's NewShow is overhauled, and local music gets the boot

  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    Texas State of Mind

    The South by Southwest music conference might've been a disappointment this year, but there are still plenty of questions left to be answered

  • Music

    March 1, 2001

    TV Eye

    Tempe combo reshapes Television's art-punk sound with a lot of volume and a little bit of pop

  • Music

    January 25, 2001

    Gotta Have the Phunk

    Valley rap-rock pioneers return with a new record

  • Music

    January 18, 2001

    Great Scott

    Tragedy brings out the best in Valley musicians, as top bands unite for a benefit concert

  • Music

    January 4, 2001

    Hardcore Benefit

    The local music community comes out in force to help one of its own

  • Music

    December 14, 2000

    Road Weary

    The Grievous Angels bid goodbye with a bleak chronicle of a traveling band

  • Music

    November 23, 2000


    Boyhood passions and local music luminaries collide in Robin Wilson's new concept album-cum-animated series

  • Music

    November 2, 2000

    Back in the Zone

    Retooled version of local music showcase returns to the FM dial

  • Music

    October 12, 2000

    Shotgun Franny

    Local blues diva gets some Texas-size love from the Red-Headed Stranger

  • Music

    May 11, 2000

    Treading in the Ether

    Robin Wilson and the Gas Giants have a phantom hit

  • Music

    March 9, 2000

    Going Ballistic

    I'm a marked man -- and I'm not talking about tats

  • Music

    February 10, 2000

    Credible Excuses

    Bright days ahead for Mark Norman and Ghetto Cowgirl

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    Time Transients

    A new millennium in Phoenix, where the motorist in the next lane is your auld acquaintance

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    A Glitch in Time Saves None

    Where were you when the lights didn't go out? All the dangers of Celebration 2000 that Phoenix shut-ins sat out.

  • Calendar

    December 30, 1999
  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Critical Mass

    Even with impending Willennium looming, 1999 proved to be a banner year for music

  • Music

    December 16, 1999

    Hit & Miscellany

    Sonic Thrills, Propeller 12, Carrie Johnson, Mob 40s, Big Pete

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Wong Place, Right Time

    Long Wong's Sara Cina looks back on a decade of booze, bars and bands

  • News

    December 2, 1999

    Snafu 2000

    Phoenix officials told volunteers planning an expensive millennial downtown bash to think big. It seems as though nobody was thinking at all.

  • News

    October 21, 1999

    So you want to be a Rock 'n' Roll Star

    Robin Wilson thought the Gas Giants would be a great new beginning. He had no idea what he was getting into.

  • Music

    September 16, 1999

    Hey Anthology

    The Gin Blossoms bloom again with a greatest-hits collection, a reunion show and talk of a new album