Johannesburg, South Africa, is not immediately associated with rock music, at least in the United States. However, there is a 25-year-old rocker, born and raised in the African music scene, looking to change the way we view music in the African culture. Jesse Clegg is currently on his first North A ... More >>
Kanye West's new opus Yeezus has leaked, and with it a map of the latest locations where he'll be projecting his face. Bad news: After getting a "New Slaves" of our very own in the second round of the first set of projections, Phoenix got stiffed for Friday's festivities. You'll have to head out t ... More >>
The influence of tribal African sounds comes through in KONGOS' music, so it makes sense the local band pays homage to South Africa in their latest video. The band took footage from a string of five performances there from the past year for a dynamite video called "Hey I Don't Know," off their album ... More >>
See also: Kongos are Huge in South Africa. Is Phoenix Next? See also: The Serene Dominic Show: Kongos Tear it Up Back and forth banter that didn't find its way in this week's New Times article on Kongos finds its way to you now, courtesy of Up On the Sun. Among the topics open for discussion: swe ... More >>
Chances are few in the crowd at Arizona Fall Frenzy will have heard of The Parlotones but, believe it or not, they've sold more records than The Killers, U2, and Coldplay.In their native South Africa, at least.Like X-Japan, this band who's huge on the other side of the world -- as in, they sell t ... More >>
Last chance to hear the vuvuzela concerto
Wake up, yall. The Americans are on the tube.
Jen RogersThe Phoenix Chorale tearing up Seattle.If you believe that record sales equal musical relevance, then you may think that classical music -- which accounted for less than 3 percent of all record sales in 2009 -- needs to be locked up in some museum archive along with the dinosaur bones. ... More >>
Adam TurnerGil Scott-Heron (Gil Scott-Heron performed sets at 6:30 and 9 p.m. last night. This is a review of the earlier offering presented by Ed Mabrey and Black Pearl Poetry.) He appeared jittery as he walked onstage, but once Gil Scott-Heron sat down and started playing keys and singin ... More >>
President Obama will give his speech on economic woes at Dobson High School tomorrow, reportedly because he wants to see an area hit hard by home foreclosures, and for its easy access to the US 60 freeway and Sky Harbor Airport. Never hurts to have a quick getaway route, we guess...Speaking of quick ... More >>
A South African street fighter finds redemption
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A show of works by William Kentridge
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