The national acts are abandoning Phoenix en masse, but never fear, brave, sun-proof Phoenicians: You don't have to look very hard to find some quality tunes. Here are our favorite picks for the week. For more options, check out our comprehensive concert listings for many more options.
"Somehow I guess Lou Reed was my evil mother." In the wake of Lou Reed's death, Arish Ahmad Khan couldn't help but shade his stories - that span from his juvenile delinquency to the years that went into making his latest record - with memories of the rock poet who is still spawning reverent bands ... More >>
Ever since the legendary Hollywood Alley closed earlier this month, the only thing that's left of the renowned rock bar (other than many mementos of the place that were scooped up by regulars in the days following its shuttering) is memories. And plenty of 'em too, like 25 year's worth. We devoted t ... More >>
Rock 'n' roll, to paraphrase punk icon Poison Ivy, is for misfits. A refuge for outsiders, oddballs, or anyone else even a little bit strange. The description is apt for the recently closed Hollywood Alley and much of its patronage. Over its 25-year lifespan, the Mesa rock joint and restaurant, whic ... More >>
The website for Hollywood Alley contains a fairly lengthy rundown of some of the vast array of renowned musicians and bands that have performed at the Mesa rock dive over its 25-year history, and it's both enormous and impressive. Said list includes name both iconic and influential, ranging from suc ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz got a lot more than they bargained for when Matador Records and Jay Reatard -- the nom de punk of Memphis songwriter Jay Lindsey-- approached them about filming a short electronic press kit for his album 2009 album Watch Me Fall. Originally intended as a sh ... More >>
When we last checked in with Shawn Foree, the man behind synth punk band Digital Leather, he was touring in support of his Fat Possum LP Warm Brother. He's been busy since then, releasing a mini-LP, Infinite Sun on Volar Records (which featured a song "co-written postmortem" by Foree's friend and fr ... More >>
Andrew Jackson JihadWelcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next week, we'll be counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. Enjoy! Okay. I'm done. Spent. No more lists. The reissues list was hard. The show list was hard. The ... More >>
Stinkweeds dude and bassist-about-town Dario Miranda already illustrated the difficulties surrounding those foolish enough to accept Stateside Presents' invitation to DJ our 15 Favorite Songs tonight at Crescent Ballroom, so I hope you don't mind if I skip the bitching about how hard it is it ... More >>
Highly hyped New Jersey band Titus Andronicus' tour with the Pogues infuriated Titus' lead singer, Patrick Stickles, according to Paste.The Pogues, who the members of Titus Andronicus consider to be musical heroes, didn't give their opening band the time of day. They never once watched Titus open ... More >>
"What the fuck is chillwave?????" Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast tweeted back in April, when MTVU blogger Lindsay Hood described her band as "chillwave," after dismissing genres like "lo-fi," "glo-fi" and "Gorillavsbearcore" in her blurb advancing the video for the band's single "When I'm Wi ... More >>
Stroke: Songs for Chris KnoxNew Times singled Radio Phoenix out in our annual Best Of Phoenix issue as the "Best Online Music Station That Should Be a Radio Station."Actually, in addition to being too-indie-for-the-airwaves the station spins a few things that aren't even topping the charts at the ... More >>
According to the medical examiner in Shelby County, Tennessee, where Memphis is located, 29-year-old Jay Reatard died from "cocaine toxicity, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death." His real name was Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., and on Jan. 17 he was buried near Isaac Hayes. At the ti ... More >>
Revolver Records does a phenomenal job of keeping us connected. Not just with good music, not just with new albums, or with incredibly cool, undiscovered artists; they give us everything. Even vinyl. For those of us who prefer the old fashioned turntable, we can get both the new and the us ... More >>
Axl Rose's latest incarnation of Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy, took over 17 years to complete which quite possibly made it the most anticipated album of the past two decades. You may remember that the folks at Dr. Pepper were so excited and skeptical about its release that th ... More >>
Jay Reatard: 1980-2010Memphis rocker Jay Reatard died in his sleep early this morning, reports the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. He was 29. Goner Records, the Memphis label that released records by Reatard and many of the projects in which he played, including The Reatards and Lost Sounds, ... 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: Word To the Nativists: Learn to Type, Your Phone Messages Are Lame Up on the Sun: Memphi ... More >>
Digital Leather will play The Manor this Friday night, making sure to rock the very foundation of the unique venue Digital Leather is the lovechild of Shawn Foree and, well, Shawn Foree. He is the creative force behind the band -- injecting dirty synths, subdued guitars and crunchy drum machines ... More >>
NME: First iPhone-only album to be released by Kids On DSP - videoElectric Mustache: mp3: Vampire Weekend - "Horchata"Idolator: If Your Mother Says "Here, I Got You Something Autographed By Ian Curtis," Check It OutIdolator: How Will Music Blogs Deal With The FTC's New Disclosure Guidelines?NME: Gl ... More >>
Tucson's Digital Leather has signed to hip Mississippi-based label Fat Possum (Wavves, The Black Keys, fellow Tucsonian Bob Log III) and is prepping for a national tour and album release. The band, a project of multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree, who grew up in the Baha'i hippie commune of Souther ... More >>
By Benjamin Leatherman It always takes some dexterity to maneuver through the cramped aisles of the seemingly closet-sized East Side Records, 217 West University Drive in Tempe. But believe us, a little fancy footwork and extra is totally worth visiting the shop, since East Side's got all the good ... More >>
Here’s a handful of concerts that were just announced.
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