Jim O'Rourke

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Fan Landers: Should My Band Hire a Publicist?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Wilco Is Coming to Tempe in January! Hooray!

    ​In one of my favorite pieces he wrote at New Times, former music editor Martin Cizmar argued that Wilco, one of my favorite bands, was, for all intents and purposes, no different than Dave Matthew Band, a group I don't like. (Anymore, at least. I was a pretty big fan of Before These Crowded Stree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Steve Martin and Six More Actors Who Don't Totally Suck at Music

    One of these men was "born a poor black child."​He may be known best as a "wild and crazy guy," but Steve Martin is the master of more than one craft. In addition to his work as a comedian and actor, Martin is a writer, playwright, and as Rare Bird Alert, his new album with The Steep Canyon Range ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Top Ten of 2009: Jason P. Woodbury

    Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Jason P. Woodbury, a New Times contributor, a staff writer at Tiny Mix ... More >>

  • Music

    March 2, 2006

    Loose Fur

    Born Again in the U.S.A.
    (Drag City)

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Beth Orton

    Comfort of Strangers

  • Music

    May 19, 2005

    Melt Banana

    Adorably harsh

  • Music

    October 30, 2003


    Instant O in the Universe (Elektra)

  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    Basement Ax

    Built to Spill's Doug Martsch is a guitar hero for a generation not interested in 'em

  • Music

    February 20, 2003

    Loose Fur

    Loose Fur (Drag City)

  • Music

    August 15, 2002

    Sonic Youth

    Murray Street (Geffen)

  • Music

    April 18, 2002

    Edith Frost

    Wonder Wonder woman artfully dodges categorization

  • Music

    April 11, 2002

    Lucky Jim

    Versatile indie visionary Jim O'Rourke works on more records than most people get around to buying

  • Music

    February 28, 2002

    Photo Finish

    Death Cab for Cutie sees itself as just another guitar band, but you might disagree

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    Obsessions, Passions, Perversions

    New Times music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets

  • Music

    December 23, 1999

    The Forever Frown

    More than 30 years later, Smile remains the subject of so much mystery

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Smarter Hearts

    Superchunk's Jon Wurster talks about the group's new album, rocking indie style in Taiwan and being name-checked by Bruce Cockburn

  • Music

    May 30, 1996

    Shell Game

    Tortoise's sonic collage summons the ghost of prog rock past