Janelle Monae

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    May 9, 2014

    5 Must-See Local Music Videos

    Creating an interesting, engaging, or exciting music video is no easy trick. In some ways, it sometimes can be as challenging as creating the song that its showcasing. While the audio end is covered, filmmakers or video creators have to conjure up a visual representation of the track being featured ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Music for Running: A Guide to the Perfect Playlist

    I love running to music. The pavement is my dance floor and I can go for hours. Any given morning on Tempe Town Lake I will jog, playing air guitar to the riff of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" if no one is looking. The amount of fun I have on the trail has translated into a healthy turnaround for me. ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014
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    January 24, 2014

    There Are A Ton Of Great Female-Fronted Rock Bands Right Now

    Though I confess to being an ardent reader of them, I'm resistant to shoveling my year's listening habits into a year-end list; looking back like that feels like underscoring the records I missed rather than the ones I was spinning endlessly. Beyond that, I find it nothing short of off-putting when ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Janelle Monae - Marquee Theatre, Tempe - 1/11/14 (PHOTOS)

    It's really a shame that Janelle Monáe was forced to postpone her November performance at the Crescent Ballroom late last year due to "mandatory vocal rest" from doctors. If her performance would have been anything like it was last night at the rescheduled date at the Marquee Theatre it probably ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    The 2014 Coachella Lineup Has Been Announced--and It's Good!

    Let me speak on behalf of everyone by saying "whoa, the 2014 Coachella lineup came out early." The news is still pretty fresh--Coachella sent out the lineup email a little after 9 p.m. last night, causing the internet to blow up as usual. It's tough to see beyond the headliners--though you should be ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Why I Put A Band Called Chumped Ahead of Yeezus For The Best Album Of 2013

    If you have a lot of music critic buddies, you've probably noticed that they're just now getting back to their usual neurotic selves. That's because they're finally done with year-end lists. Going from genre to genre can be especially difficult--how does an up-and-coming pop punk band that wrote a n ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    A Brief Guide to The Format for Confirmed fun. Fans

    Statistically speaking, you or some iTunes user you know has, ton-i-i-i-i-ight, confirmed that he and someone else are both young and then set the world on fire at least once in the last year. Last year fun., America's least search-engine-optimizable band, had the biggest rock hit in three or four y ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Official Lineup is Posted

    The wait, as they say, is finally over. You can cease all the speculation of who the hell is officially playing this year's Coachella as Goldenvoice unveiled the lineup in grand fashion. See also: -Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year? -The Rolling Stones Aren't Playing Coachella, but Some ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    What Are the Top 10 Most "Spotified" Songs in Phoenix?

    You have to look pretty hard for someone who doesn't have an opinion about Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service that launched in 2008 and hit the States in 2011. It's hard to deny its ease, selection, and um, free-ness, but it's also been a magnet for controversy. In both the controversial ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012
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    April 19, 2012
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    February 23, 2012

    Nate Ruess Has Some Fun. At Zia Records

    While the GOP presidential candidates debated in Mesa last night, folks at Zia Records in Chandler gathered for a different kind of spectacle: NYC-based pop band Fun. (featuring Nate Ruess formerly of Tempe rockers The Format) played an acoustic set and signed autographs for about 400 fans. The ba ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    fun. Stream New Record, Some Nights; Headed to Zia Records on February 22

    Doesn't matter if you're like me and have been mostly indifferent to fun. in the past, the band's new single, "We are Young (featuring Janelle Monáe)" has been inescapable over the past few weeks. The song's huge, and sounds like it was custom built for a car commercial (and yeah -- that's why you' ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Bruno Mars at Comerica Theatre, 6/15/11 (VIDEO)

    Photos by Maria VassettBruno Mars and his band at Comerica Theatre.​Bruno MarsJune 15, 2011Comerica TheatreWhat a long way Bruno Mars has come in the last 8 months since he's been to Arizona last. Back then, his single "Grenade" was just catching on, and he packed a sold-out Martini Ranch. Now, he ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011
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    February 23, 2011

    Incoming: Arcade Fire, Talib Kweli, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, John Vanderslice, Loudness

    Loudness​There's lots of big name acts in this week's just announced shows as the always-busy spring slate of shows are finally being announced. The huge Arcade Fire show was gleefully announced last Friday by Martin Cizmar, so I really need not write about the recent Album of the Year Grammy winn ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Lil' Kim Beheads Nicki Minaj on New Mixtape Cover

    ​Nicki Minaj is dead to Lil' Kim, according to Idolator.When will these chicks stop ripping each other off? Nicki Minaj's whole character is partially modeled after and influenced by Lil' Kim. If Lil' Kim can't be the bad chick on the block then someone had to replace her, and Nicki Minaj came alo ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    A Recap of the 2011 Grammy Awards: A Quick, Easy Guide to What Happened

    Dan MacMedan, USA TodayNicki Minaj, doing what she does best: always trying to get attention.​The 2011 Grammy Awards kept things classy this year: There wasn't even a single mention of Ke$ha during the entire show!Good job, Grammy people! Thanks for taking out the trash this year. Aside from the l ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Steven Tyler Rejected For Led Zeppelin Position

    ​Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has revealed that lead singer Steven Tyler was turned down after he auditioned to replace Robert Plant in Led Zeppelin, according to NME.However, Jimmy Page invited Tyler to make a record together, which Tyler declined. Why the hell would anyone turn down the chance ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 20, 2010

    Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of 2010 Explained

    Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig​The wonderful people over at Pitchfork just released their 10 best albums of 2010 today. In what should have came as no surprise, Kanye West took the top spot. His latest album had been given a notorious perfect 10 a month ago and, if Rolling Stone and Spin have anyth ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Janelle Monáe - Cold War

    ​Song: Janelle Monáe, "Cold War"Context: Getting caught up on best of 2010 albums. Paste put Monáe's The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) at #2. Feels like a reach to me so far. Janelle Monáe - Cold War

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    December 3, 2010

    B.o.B. He's the Man of the Year For Doing Awesome Covers

    ​It pissed me off so much when MGMT didn't play their hit song "Kids" at Coachella this year, and I'm sure plenty of other people weren't too pleased either. Right before Coachella, MGMT released their album Congratulations, which a lot of music lovers weren't particularly crazy about. Most of MGM ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2009