Jim Louvau

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    November 17, 2014

    The Best Concert Photographer in Phoenix Is...

    In the past few months, we opened a call for photographers to nominate themselves as the Best Concert Photographer in Phoenix. We then had a panel of judges winnow the almost 50 entries down to 10 finalists. Over the next few weeks, we introduced you to each finalist and showed you their photos, and ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    Judas Priest - Gila River Arena - 11/12/2014

    The crowd at Gila River Arena in Glendale began to cheer before Judas Priest even took the stage. Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" played overhead and the audience, tuned into a frequency only they could hear, knew that one of the most prominent and distinguished metal band of the last 40 years was about ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    Black Keys - US Airways Center - 11/10/2014

    The Black Keys came on stage at US Airways Center last night in front of a light blue curtain with red, velvet stage drapes with gold trim on either side. After the fourth song, during a tension-building burst of distorted guitar noise, the curtains dramatically dropped, and the band launched into t ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Best Concert Photographer in Phoenix: Finalist Jim Louvau

    Earlier this year, we announced a concert photography contest. We received more than 46 submissions, and a crack panel of judges winnowed down the submissions to 10 finalists. We are now introducing you to each photographer, presented in random order. Next up is Jim Louvau.

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    October 31, 2014

    Queens of the Stone Age - Memorial Coliseum - 10/31/2014

    Queens of the Stone Age began its set a little after 7 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fair. To get there, you have to spend time winding through the fairgrounds, past the hoards of children tugging their parents' hands, begging for tickets to games and rides. There's a giant live ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Weezer Plays the Arizona State Fair, 10/16/14

    Before last night, I hadn't been to the state fair in close to a decade. I spent most of the day there yesterday, frolicking through the bright, bursting animal smells and the tantalizing stench of grease. The whole day felt like an adventure, filled with over-stimulation, unbridled joy, and thought ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Katy Perry - Gila River Arena - 9/25/2014 (VIDEO)

    "How many of you are under the age of 10?" Tegan from indie-pop group Tegan and Sara asked the crowd last night at Gila River Arena. Thousands of girls, including one super-shrieky one directly behind me, screamed in delight as their young age was recognized by a band they'd probably never heard of ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Rob Zombie and Powerman 5000 - Westworld - 9/19/2014

    On Friday, Rob Zombie officially brought the Halloween season to the Valley of the Sun in wicked style. The heavy metal musician's show celebrated the opening of his very own Great American Nightmare haunted house at Westworld, and his stripped down performance took place in the shadow of his three ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    How the One Direction Concert Illustrates Everything Wrong With The World

    Right now, the world is the S. S. Turdboat and its fecal-matter hull is slowly dissolving in the piss that is society. By proxy, the United States is at war with Russia, not to mention Iraq again (or did that occupation ever really end?) as the War on Drugs continues to serve as unmitigated aggressi ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    KISS, Def Leppard - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 7/9/2014

    The surroundings of a KISS and Def Leppard concert are one of the most entertaining parts about it, aside from the legends performing on stage. Wednesday's concert contained a huge range of age groups, but the most amusing of them is what I like to call the "dad-rock" group. Dad-rock isn't a negati ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Failure - Marquee Theatre - 6/13/2014

    In the throes of a guitar solo, Failure guitarist Ken Andrews smacks his fist against his guitar, raises it over his head and shoves its neck into the Sunn Model 15 FRFR speaker behind him. He turns to face the audience, "Sergeant Politeness, caress my ego!" Like it or not, Failure's back -- and no ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses Wrap Up Vegas Residency in Style

    Axl Rose and his new cast of gunners wrapped up their second residency at The Joint inside The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino over the weekend in Las Vegas with a bang. While their were no Izzy Stradlin or Duff McKagen surprise appearances on the final night this time around, there was plenty of star po ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Top Five Concerts To See This Weekend, 5/9 - 5/11

    There are so many options for concerts this week. Diversity -- that's what Phoenix's music scene is offering. Like hair metal? Catch Skid Row and Black Star Riders on Friday. Goth DJ nights? We got that, too. Punk? Indie rock? Stoner metal godfathers? Yup; yeah; and yes, please. Check out these five ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    NEEDTOBREATHE - Marquee Theatre - 5/5/14

    NEEDTOBREATHE Marquee Theatre 5/5/14 NEEDTOBREATHE is a band of strong suits -- that's not to say that they don't know how to put on a lively show (they do), that they can't play their instruments (they can), or that they can't draw a crowd (they did). Rather, they're a band that may not be the fl ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic - Marquee Theatre - 4/30/2014

    George Clinton is 72 years old and he rocked a two-hour set at Tempe's Marquee Theatre Wednesday night. He had to stop to take a couple sitdowns throughout the set, but when I'm 72, if I can perform for 15 minutes I'll call it a Roman triumph. The man is just absolutely impressive as a songwriter an ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    The 25 Best Concert Photos of April

    April was a great month for concerts in Phoenix. Give credit where credit's due -- Coachella's proximity had a lot of great acts like Broken Bells, Sleigh Bells, Lana Del Ray, and others coming through the Valley. If you missed any of these shows, that's really too bad, but you can always live vicar ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    The 25 Best Phoenix Club Candids Photos of August 2013

    August is a paradox. It's peak pool party weather, inasmuch as it's too hot out to do much else, but it's also the socially accepted time to begin wrapping up the pool party season, wearing white, pretending it's summer instead of pretending it's fall, etc. It's a transition month for our Club Can ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Five Great Places to See an All-Ages Show around Phoenix

    Yes, we know. Your fake ID is spectacular. Nobody cards you because your mustache is simultaneously full and rich and completely earnest-looking. Your friends buy cases of Natty Light from extremely vigilant chain stores for sport. But if you're just getting back in town for the fall semester, and ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Four Phoenix Metal Shows That Will Rock Out for Good Causes

    The only thing better than rocking out to great live metal is rocking out for a great cause. With that in mind, there are four upcoming metal shows that are celebrating metal legends and local idols that should have a spot on your concert calendar. We're talking Slash, the best of Arizona metal ba ... More >>

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    May 19, 2013

    Los Dias de la Crescent 2013: The Best Photos Of Day 1 and Day 2

    Los Dias de la Crescent 2013 was defined by what's local -- the music, the beer, the food, the fans. This year's schedule looked like a tightened-up version of last year's format -- and it somehow found a way to bring "Stairway to Heaven" into a celebration of Arizona music in the process. Day 1 br ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Ratt and Dokken - Celebrity Theatre - 5/9/2013

    Ratt and Dokken (view the full slideshow.)Celebrity TheatreMay 9, 2013 The '80s paid a visit to the Celebrity Theatre Thursday night, when hair metal rockers Dokken and Ratt hit the Valley for a night full of Aquanet-infused anthems. Dokken might be one of the most underrated '80s bands still stand ... More >>

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    May 5, 2013

    UFIESTA - Quail Run Park - 5/4/2013

    UFIESTA (view the full slideshow here.)Quail Run Park, MesaMay 4, 2013 When I arrived at KUPD's UFIESTA, Saturday afternoon, a 50-something blond with blue-tipped hair was stumbling out of the Powerman 5000 mosh pit, wide-eyed, yelling about her head getting stomped in but refusing medical attentio ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Paramore - Comerica Theatre - April 29, 2013

    ParamoreComerica TheatreApril 29, 2013 After losing two founding members, Paramore made a show of their new self-confidence last night at Comerica Theatre, standing in front of a giant backdrop displaying nothing but three marks. It's been almost three years since Paramore last hit up the Valley, b ... More >>

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    March 30, 2013

    Mindless Self Indulgence, Marquee Theatre, 3/29/13

    Mindless Self Indulgence @ Marquee Theatre|3/29/13Mindless Self Indulgence is truly an enigma, an exception to the rule, or "ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife." They band's so original that you can't place a tag on them or put them in a genre. The band paid a visit to the Marquee Thea ... More >>

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    March 9, 2013

    Rampage Fest ft. Nü Sensae, White Lung, Allah-Las, and More, Sail Inn

    Rampage Fest, ft. Dune Rats, Wax Idols, Nü Sensae, Allah-Las, and More @ Sail Inn|3/8/13The platter of varying delights that is Rampage Fest, a collection of SxSW-bound bands passing through the desert, offered a taste of beach-crashed pop-punk, sonically loyal garage rock, and blistering hardcore. ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Top 10 Hard Rock Venues in Phoenix

    We're lucky in the Valley of the Sun. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall venues, which, in most enthusiasts' opinion, are the best places to see a great show. Especially when it comes to hard rock and metal. We're not talking Slayer gigs with $45,000 worth of pyrotechnics, or the kind of places th ... More >>

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    February 10, 2013

    Steve Aoki, Axis Radius, 2/9/13

    Steve Aoki @ Axis Radius|2/9/13If you don't believe in Jesus, alright, but Asian Jesus is real. Steve Aoki, record producer, DJ, and founder Dim Mak Records, graced Scottsdale's Axis/Radius with his presence last night, spreading his music to all and making one amazing mission trip to land more foll ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Phil Mickelson Won That Golf Tournament Named After the Garbage Company

    Despite the high attendance, perhaps one of the least-known facts about the Waste Management Phoenix Open is that Phil Mickelson won the thing.See, the final round on Sundays always encroaches on the pre-Super Bowl activities, and we were wondering the day before if it was possible to get drunk just ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Top Metal Festivals of 2013

    When the lineup for Rock on the Range was announced last week, a flurry of emails between myself and three other of my fellow chick metal journalists/enthusiasts ensued regarding flights, hotels, and tickets. We had all attended the weekend festival together in 2012, and relished the thought of a he ... More >>

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    January 27, 2013

    CASA Benefit ft. Seas Will Rise, Gay Kiss, and More, Yucca Tap Room, 1/26/13

    Seas Will Rise, Gay Kiss, Said Gun, Dead Canyon @ Yucca Tap Room|1/26/12Last night's charity event at the Yucca for CASA, a crisis center focused on the prevention of sexual abuse, went surprisingly well, all things considered. Along with the originally intended charity, the Boys & Girls Club of Ame ... More >>

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    January 20, 2013

    Iamwe, Crescent Ballroom, 1/19/13

    Iamwe @ Crescent Ballroom| 1/19/13We're going to need another venue. Iamwe is a rare exception in indie music. Last night, the local rockers packed Crescent Ballroom to release their album, Run Wild. After touring the East Coast with Anberlin, the boys returned to their hometown to play their fi ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: Gilbert Food Truck Court to Re-Launch This Friday, Jan. 18 AZ Cocktail Week Kicks Off Feb. 16: Expect a Carnival, Competition and Seminars. Better Line Up a Designated Driver. Q ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Down, Marquee Theatre, 1/14/13

    Down and Warbeast @ Marquee Theatre|1/14/13So, it turns out there's a reason it's called "stoner metal." I've been to several Down shows before, but two things stuck out at me during last night's Down/Warbeast double-header at Marquee Theatre. My friend (who goes by "Iron Maiden," thank you very mu ... More >>

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    December 15, 2012

    The Sword, Club Red, 12/14/12

    The Sword @ Club Red|12/14/12Valley metal heads got one the their last doses of heavy riffs and shredding guitar solos this year when Austin sci-fi enthusiasts The Sword played to a packed house last night at Club Red. By 9:00 -- well before the band were scheduled to perform -- a lengthy line of ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012

    2012 isn't even over yet, and we're already feeling sort of nostalgic for it. We saw a lot of great shows this year, so narrowing it down to the most mind-blowing 20 wasn't easy, but it was a lot of fun. Enjoy, our Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012. See also: Top Five 2012 Heavy Releases In Pho ... More >>

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    December 2, 2012

    Top Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    Korn Guitarist Munky Discusses Moving Away From Dubstep With Next Record

    This past Saturday, Korn crashed through town, performing at the Arizona State Fair. I watched in glee. This is a band that truly contributed to opening the door to metal for me. Before that discovery, I was a sixth grader rocking out to Westside Connection, much to my Backstreet Boy-loving locker p ... More >>

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    October 28, 2012

    Korn at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 10/27/12

    Korn @ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum | 10/27/12 The Arizona State Fair got its yearly dose of metal when Korn paid a visit to the valley last night at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The nu metal pioneers treated fans of all ages to a career-spanning set consisting of hits, covers, and sta ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Madonna, US Airways Center, 10/16/12

    Madonna @ US Airways Center| 10/16/12With a long history of being a proven provocateur, it makes sense that Madonna has managed to piss a lot of people off since kicking off her MDNA tour. There was that nip slip in Istanbul, and a reference to our current president as a "black Muslim," so one ha ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Father John Misty, Rhythm Room, 10/10/12

    Father John Misty @ Rhythm Room"I want to do what a stripper does, and in another way do what a carnival barker does, or a shaman, some kind of Pentecostal preacher," Josh Tillman, the singer/songwriter known by his alter ego Father John Misty, said when we spoke in advance of his show at Rhythm Roo ... More >>

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    October 6, 2012

    Zero Zero, Rogue Bar, 10/5/12

    Zero Zero Album Release Party @ Rogue Bar | 10/5/12As you might notice by the timing of this posting, I come from that age-old school of being fashionably late. (I try to limit these things to social gatherings, dinner dates and house parties, but every so often the habit bleeds over into work.) I'v ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Slash, Celebrity Theatre, 9/5/12

    See also: Slash Still Has an Appetite for Destruction See also: Buckethead on His Time in Guns 'N' Roses: "No Answer." See also: Guns N' Roses at Comerica Theatre, 12/27/11 See also: Tommy Stinson of Guns N' Roses and The Replacements: "A [Replacements] Reunion Is About As Likely as an Original Guns ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Iron Maiden, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 8/6/12

    Iron Maiden Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion Monday, August 6 See the full Iron Maiden @ ASHSP slideshow. See also: Deep Purple Tribute: Iron Maiden, Metallica, More Salute Keyboardist Jon Lord See also: Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear See also: Iron Maiden Put on Awesome Show for the K ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Kelly Clarkson and The Fray, US Airways Center, 8/1/12 (VIDEO)

    Kelly Clarkson and The FrayUS Airways CenterWednesday, August 1, 2012 See also: Pop Isn't Dead, and Here's 7 New Songs That Prove It If there was one thing that was surprising at the Kelly Clarkson show at US Airways Center last night, it wasn't that Clarkson looked smoking hot as she wore a flatt ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Attitude's Jim Louvau on Canceled Clubhouse Show with Orgy

    The closing of The Clubhouse in Tempe is shaking up the Arizona music scene and forcing two dozen bands to either cancel their shows or find a new venue to perform. Earlier this week, hundreds of people showed up to the Tempe town hall meeting held to address the future implications of the shootin ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    The Attitude Holds Benefit Show...for Themselves?

    What is this benefitting exactly?​Seems like Phoenix band The Attitude has found themselves in some controversy recently. The rock band is holding a benefit show on Thursday, February 4, for singer Jim Louvau, per the flier that's displayed on the Clubhouse Music Venue's website ... More >>

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