If you want to see the Refreshments, who haven't played together as a band since 1998, now might be a good time to figure out whether you're legally allowed to go to Mexico. I don't mean to spoil this week's Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend, but it might take you a little time to figure that ou ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsMama, don't let your babies grow up to be Bronxes -- or Diezels or Moon Units.On Monday night, singer Jewel and her husband, Ty Murray, had their first child, a boy they named Kase Townes Murray. And while "Kase Townes" isn't that bizarre of a name, it's not as traditional as say ... More >>
Just like in any other country, people in the UK sure do like their money. That's why they voted for John Lennon to appear on the Royal Mint's commemorative £5 coin, according to Spinner. Over 27,000 people voted for Lennon, which was 92 percent of the vote. Lennon fans showed up the fans of Jan ... More >>
Holy crap, only five-plus months left of Nothing Not New. I gotta get to a lot more new(-ish) releases. Let's roll . . .Cowboy Junkies -- Remnin Park: Who knew these dour Canadians were even still around? Remnin Park is a concept album inspired the Timmins' family month-long sojourn to China. Out ... More >>
By Randall Roberts You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barrier ... More >>
Jewel collaborator rides his otherness to No. 1
After losing her footing, Jewel is back on the horse
By Steve Earle (Houghton Mifflin, $22)
Despite the recent passing of some of heritage music's finest, the music continues to flourish thanks to a handful of fine new releases
History tells us that musicians who turn to the written word are just asking for trouble. Occasionally, though, something special sneaks through.
Eschewing lizard-king pretense, Rainer Maria offers highbrow rock for the literate masses
Scottsdale chicks flock to this Tibetan monk
Rodney Crowell chases old ghosts down to Houston
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Web Theatre
The comedy of The Man Song's Sean Morey
Take a look at the many versions of The Wizard of Oz
Merle Haggard makes a triumphant return. Wait -- he never went away.
Tempted by record company largess? Drink up and dig right in.
Haikus and lows abound in this month's jazz and heritage releases
Knot Known Records' college domination plan
The next chapter(s) for DJ Radar
For the price of a can of soda, you can give love and shelter to some of the neediest, most neglected albums of the last century
For goodness sake, who's good and bad on Santa's list this Christmas!
Gritty Ride With the Devil reveals down 'n' dirty side of the battle of North vs. South
AzMFest no holiday in the sun
Downtown performance space changes hands, but not intentions
L7 declares an all-out assault on Warped boys and Lilith Fairies with slap-happy
Everyone has his crossovers to bear, but doesn't rock have enough problems without Garth Brooks signing up for membership?
Saturday Night Live and DreamWorks Records team up for two not-ready-for-prime-time compilations
Amid a spate of new projects, the Go-Go's get back together to restore their tarnished legacy
Trashman laments the decline of the American record store, and gets his Joan Jett fix
Gene Autry would turn over in his grave
A recap of the releases that made it worthwhile to own a CD player in 1998
Multitalented Pete Forbes finally assembles a live band to promote his debut CD
Lilith Fair returns with a more eclectic sequel
Recently emancipated from Atlantic, Juliana Hatfield tests the waters with a new indie EP
Can Sarah McLachlan's creativity survive a bout with happiness?
Ike & Tina's sizzling Carnegie Hall date, plus previews of Big Jack Johnson and James Harman
Jewel went from coffee-house songstress to rising star overnight, but Homer's where her heart is