Musicians traditionally get all of the glory, but what about the venues that house them? Arizona hip-hop artists are regularly lauded for their lyrical lexicon and dazzling deliveries, but they couldn't be heard if popping music houses didn't provide the dark digs, microphones, stages, and booming s ... More >>
See also: Ghostface Killah @ Club Red See also: Local DJ/Producer El-Jay Beats to Share The Stage with Ghostface KillahGhostface Killah @ CLUB RED | 8/23/12 Coming from rappers who know a thing or two about the power of the mixtape, last night's show featuring Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch, and Sa ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
See also: Phife Dawg at Club Red, 6/22/12 See also: Talib Kweli, Club Red, 7/21/12 See also: Elzhi and RoQ'y TyRaid, Chasers Bar & Night Club, 8/1/12 It's been a good time for Valley hip-hop fans lately. Over the last few weeks major rap players like Phife Dawg, Talib Kweli, and Elzhi have been al ... More >>
"Let's duet!" The Valley hasn't been short on Willie Nelson sightings this year, but The Railroad Revival Tour's second go-round promises to deliver some signature Willie thrills with added bonuses: he'll be joined in downtown Tempe on Friday, October 25, by John C. Reilly (yeah, he sings too), Ban ... More >>
Aaron Dontez Yates, better known to the world as Tech N9ne, is not a big fan of the typical. "How many black dudes do you see painting their faces and coming out with bishop robes on the stage?" he asks me, speaking from his tour bus "somewhere in New Mexico." He's taken a strange, twisted path ev ... More >>
In this week's print edition we profile rapper Childish Gambino. Of course, if you don't recognize the name you might better know him as Troy Barnes on NBC's Thursday night comedy Community. Childish Gambino is just one of many up-and-coming talents who are breaking the hip-hop mold, and a big part ... More >>
Ghostface Killah - Apollo KidsThere's only a few new releases this week and, oddly enough, they are pretty much hip hop and R&B. I suppose Christmas is the time for giving... Jamie Foxx and Keri Hilson albums.Tucked away in this week's new releases is the 9th studio album from Ghostface Killah - ... More >>
These guys: ain't nothin' to fuck withShe's a real mixed bag, this week's just announced shows. As we head toward the holidays, the shows start to become more scarce and, oddly enough, full of more popular, well-known acts. Case in point: Ozzy Osbourne, The Tempations and Alice Cooper's annual Ch ... More >>
BY MIKE ESCOTOShawn Anderson courtesy of ElectricMustache.com If you were a music fan in Phoenix on Wednesday night and looking to hit up a concert you had plenty of acts to choose from. The obvious choices were Yo La Tengo at Marquee Theatre or Ghostface Killah and Mayer Hawthorne at The Clubho ... More >>
by Frances Michelle Lopez I don't think I have ever paid $10 to see a punk band before. Growing up, I was raised with that $5 or no one turned away sort of punk rock mentality, the kind of ideal that hardcore forefathers like Ian MacKaye had deeply i ... More >>
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of the Swell Season are scheduled to perform on November 17 at Mesa Arts Center.Life's filled with second chances. Case in point: If you weren't able to get into last year's sold out appearance by the Swell Season at the Orpheum, you've got another shot. The Os ... More >>
Are you in dire need of a Wu Tang fix? It's been months since a Wu-related act rolled through town, but fear not, we've got Method Man, Redman, and Ghostface Killah at the Marquee in August. Who else is coming through just a little too soon? Read on for full slate of show announcements.
As we come right smack into another Tuesday rife with new releases, I will choose to focus my energies on one particular release, N.A.S.A.'s The Spirit of Apollo. N.A.S.A. (North America/South America) is the collaboration between DJ Zegon (Ze Gonzales) and Squeak E. Clean (Sam Spiegel). Apollo has ... More >>
Otis Jackson Jr. (a.k.a. Madlib) wins the award for the coolest bedroom ever.With apologies to Russell Simmons, Madlib's arguably the hardest working cat in hip-hop.Besides creating his own jams and flows under a few different noms de guerre (Quasimoto, Sound Directions, Yesterday's New Quintet), th ... More >>
The last time I saw Wu Tang Clan was possibly the most disappointing concert-going experience of my life. I was in high school when the boys from Staten Island stopped by Cleveland to open for Rage Against The Machine. It was awful. They were over an hour late -- O.D.B. having gotten arrested som ... More >>
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