Four punk legends walked into a bar. That's not the setup to some lame knee-slapper, but rather a precise description of what transpired Tuesday night in downtown Phoenix. The bar in question is renowned English pub the George and Dragon, and the aforementioned punk icons are exponentially more famo ... More >>
Each year, like many of you, I impatiently wait for the Coachella lineup to be announced. Sometimes it's disappointing (if Daft Punk says they're not touring, chances are they're not playing the festival), but there's always going be a few redeeming artists. At best the lineup will be amazing, and i ... 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.
As August comes to a close, I had the challenge of picking a fifth and final topic for drug month. There were plenty of options--alcohol, tobacco, Quaaludes, club drugs, bath salts, and so on, but I decided to go in a different direction this week. How about anti-drug songs? They're harder to come b ... More >>
Last week Chumbawamba, the nonsensically named band responsible for the ubiquitous nonsensically named hit "Tubthumping," announced it was calling it quits after 30 years. The news item drew reactions ranging from "Oh yeah, that 'I get knocked down' '90's band?" to "They were still around?" and also ... More >>
What do Fugazi and The Grateful Dead have in common? The similarities go beyond diehard fans and a few experimental instrumental tracks. These Washington, D.C. post-hardcore juggernauts have joined the ranks of live-oriented acts like The Grateful Dead and Phish by sharing an archive of over 800 li ... More >>
Ever wanted to learn a ton of shit about the music biz without going to Brooklyn to get P. Diddy a cookie or riding in a van with Ian MacKaye as he talks about not eating animals or drinking beer? Mesa Community College has you covered.MCC has been beefing up it's Music Business program for a cou ... 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:
Courtesy of World Wrestling EntertainmentWWE superstar and straight edge icon CM Punk"I'm harder than any alcohol you can drink. I'm straighter than any line you can snort up your nose. And I certainly can hurt you a lot faster than any pill you can put on your tongue." CM Punk is one discipline ... More >>
I'd never given much credence to the occasional rumors that Henry Rollins is gay. Until last night, that is. Probably right around the moment he uttered the following during his spoken word appearance at the Marquee Theatre: "What am I doing? I'm getting turned on by a guy? I'm not being a good ... 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 >>
Grappling groupies stave off March madness with WWE appetizer
Happy un-birthday from the polkacore boys
Emo of the rising sun
Original warped van tour
The next Coldwho?
Burn to Shine
After spearheading the post-punk revival, GoGoGo Airheart is still on its own island
A Coachella diary from that other desert to the left
Readers say they're disappointed, appalled and extremely upset. At least they cared enough to write.
The Argument (Dischord)
Jimmy Eat World's new release is a pop meisterwork. But will their fans like it?
Daniel Sinker, editor (Akashic Books, $16.95)
A new documentary recounts how a small band of insurgents led by musician and K Records co-founder Calvin Johnson helped fashion a punk-rock revolution
New releases help to sharpen the definition of indie rock's most controversial subgenre
As the newly appointed spokesband for straight-edge punk, Earth Crisis takes its militant, ecoalarmist message from the streets to the airwaves (and back again)
What's punk rock without the beer and nihilism? Better, according to members of the Valley's "straight edge" punk scene.
Talking punk, new and old, with one of its primary architects