You've got less than a month of shopping days until you think about doing Black Friday for a minute and then just decide to go closer to Christmas instead. In the meantime, consider giving yourself the gift of any of these five must-see Phoenix shows.
It's hard to figure out exactly what to make of modern country's flirtations with genres outside Nashville's rustic confines. Taylor Swift's Red incorporated an (ever-so-slight) dubstep wobble into her pop-country frame. The Zac Brown Band is covering Metallica live. Former Hootie and the Blowfish f ... More >>
It's not often that band names are as straightforward as "Masked Intruder." They wear masks, they claim to be interested in breaking into your house and stealing your VCR, the end. Something like "Earth Crisis"--you're left wondering what the crisis is, and why they're named after it. Of course, Ly ... More >>
For those that crank pop country radio out of their pick-ups, Darius Rucker is the breakthrough solo singer with a silky baritone and two chart-topping albums. For those that haven't turned on a radio in ten years, Darius Rucker is perhaps more recognizable as the leader of 90's pop-rock balladeers ... More >>
Now that we all know most record companies are the loss leaders for their conglomerate parent company we always believed they were, you kinda wish just once someone at the label would say "I don't know how to do my job" instead of "We don't have a way of marketing you." That was the speech Aaron Be ... More >>
Tonight's the night: Darius Rucker's coming to town. Now don't rule your eyes --anyone who digs country pop shouldn't miss the chance to catch Rucker perform. The guy's an anomaly, less because he's an African American in country and more because of his unlikely comeback stride. When was the last ... More >>
Jasmin KuhnAbri Van StratenIf you've looked at the musical artists lined up to play at Phoenix Comicon next weekend, you may have noticed that one of these things is not like the others. That would be singer-songwriter Abri Van Straten, whose picturesque acoustic folk songs contrast starkly with ... More >>
This is the sort of thing that should probably be a big deal in the Valley: Gin Blossoms, possibly the most successful Arizona-based rock act ever, released a new record on Tuesday.It's called No Chocolate Cake and, as singer Robin Wilson told Ed Masley of The Arizona Republic in a recent feature ... More >>
John Mayer is the type of guy who has better things to do than tweet, so maybe it's no surprise that social media has gotten him into some trouble in the past.Despite his busy schedule, I've always imagined Mayer to be this solo artist who has all day to think about whatever kind of nonsensical r ... More >>
A lot of things about last night's CMAs confused me. For example, why was there not a break in the middle so ABC could broadcast Modern Family at its regularly scheduled time? And why did no one (rightfully) interrupt Taylor Swift to point out how much better Beyonce is than her?Oh, and why was H ... More >>
Which double/triple bill deserves your entertainment dollar?
Scream and Whisper (DRT)
The left, turning right, was plain wrong
to attack pop culture
Back to Then (Hidden Beach)
After a year of adversity, tri-city quartet Haggis has the last laugh with Karma Suits Ya!
Goddess in the Doorway (Virgin)
Demise of Tempe brewery and nightspot is the latest bit of bad news for the East Valley music scene
Modified offers alternative to downtown drudgery and Mill Avenue dips
Curt Kirkwood is the heart, soul and everything else of the Meat Puppets, no matter who's in the band
Once the figurehead of '80s punk, Henry Rollins now looks to arena favorites of the '70s for hard-rock inspiration while exploring yet another chapter in his ever-diversifying career
Star-struck Hollywood hopefuls fight to make the scene in Phoenix's filmland fringe.
Young alternative rockers are spending more and more downtime playing golf. How the hell did that happen?
Merge and Matador reach 10 years of indie success
A trio of Valley vets goes for aride down that lonesome highway
With new album, Vic Chesnutt moves from lonely troubadour to pop-art master
Trashman takes a fateful trip to the cinema
Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96
New Times critics look back on the "oohs" and the "ughs" of pop music '95 (results tabulated from individual critics' lists and comments)
The promised reviews are here at last
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