While waiting for Paul McCartney to start his set Tuesday night at US Airways Center, I tried to think of living and performing musicians who are irrefutably rock legends (metal bands purposefully excluded). I came up with The Who, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Rush, and The Beach Bo ... More >>
I was watching the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony the other day. I usually don't watch a lot of made-for-TV rock and roll stuff, mainly because they try to be everything to everybody, but I couldn't resist tuning in to watch the RRHOF rectify the biggest of many head-shaking omi ... More >>
In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, writer and musician Serene Dominic details the reality TV-style site TheRecordingArtist.com, which features bands recording tracks in realtime. Here, he dives into the studio, and journals the process for Up on the Sun. I will admit to being somewhat skep ... More >>
The Donkeys Yucca Tap Room Monday, May 14, 2012 It's hard to tell your friends "I'm going to the Donkeys show" with a straight face. No, not some perverted freak-show in Mexico. I mean the psychedelic San Diegan blues rockers The Donkeys, who tore the Yucca Tap Room apart with their '60s-inspired p ... More >>
It's almost here: Record Store Day. The day the industry bands together and does its best to shine a light on the independent record stores that dot neighborhoods in cities all over the U.S. Now, I could take this opportunity to lecture about how music fans should treat normal days like Record Store ... More >>
www.gottahaverockandroll.comA 1960s jacket signed by George HarrisonStarting today, you can bid on historic music memorabilia, like the strap from the guitar Jimi Hendrix burned on stage at the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967 and a glove Michael Jackson wore at a 1997 concert in London -- provide ... More >>
Bob Dylan turns 70 today. The man who gave us "The Times They Are A-Changin'," the man who wrote "Like a Rolling Stone," "Mr. Tambourine Man," and "With God On Our Side." Over the years, he's influenced and remained busy. He inspired Sam Cook to write "A Change is Gonna Come," and even gave his ... More >>
Middle Brother, a new potential indie powerhouseHoliday cover songs were popular this season, but there's something else that has been getting just as much attention. It seems to be that the latest and greatest trend among rock bands, particularly indie bands, is forming supergroups.Ben Harper, D ... More >>
Meet Navy rescuer and true rock and roll Zelig
This week marks 40 years since the release of Let It Be, the 12th and final studio album produced by The Beatles. A lot has happened in almost a half-century, but the music of the Fab Four is standing the test of time and John, Paul, George and Ringo are just as popular now as they were in May 19 ... More >>
George Harrison Let It Roll - Songs by George Harrison (Capitol/Apple/Dark Horse) A great band is always more than the sum of its individual parts and, perhaps, no band illustrates that adage better than The Beatles, arguably the greatest band of all time. You could cherry pick the best songs f ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Rev. Al Sharpton and Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Meet Behind Closed Doors for Battle Royale Up on the ... More >>
Were you too young to see the final Beatles concert 40 years ago or, perhaps, you simply missed it? It did take place in London, after all. Well, don't fret. Arizona Beatles tribute band AZ Beats will re-create the legendary band's final performance, which took place in London on Jan. 30, 1969. The ... More >>
Phoenix teems with guitar players, and some of them are actually pretty good. A handful of them are exceptional.
Record companies get greedy with repackaging excess
They obviously should not have gone in the basement
The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992
Velocity of Sound(Elephant 6/SpinArt)
Anoushka Shankar is her father's little raga muffin
Big Band Rhythm & Blues (Warner Music)
Though defined by the Beatles, George Harrison's greatest musical breakthroughs were very much his own
Taking a look at some of the best music literature from the past few months
Richmond Sluts (Disaster/Bomp Records)
Live at the Performance Center (Glitterhouse Records, German import)
Who said if you can remember the '60s, you weren't there? Photographer Henry Diltz was, does and has the pictures to prove it.
Rev 9 (Not Lame Records)
Forbidden Love EP (Barsuk Records)
Alan Freed's Radio (Headhunter/Cargo)
'Autobiography' and bootleg box prove that when it comes to the Beatles, you can never just let it be
With the resurfacing of Yellow Submarine, can the rerelease of the original Beatles cartoons be far behind?
Did Kiss rip off an old Alice Cooper anthem, or is this just a case of sincere homage?
New compilation spotlights the growing underground force of the local Christian rock scene
What would have happened to rock'n'roll if Lennon and McCartney had never been properly introduced?