Darkness falls across the desert. Costumed peeps with orange drinks flirt. Phoenicians crawl in search of bands, providing entertainment for all the land. And whosoever shall be seeking musical help, should our list of parties and concerts consult. Well, there's only so much co-opting of Vincent Pr ... More >>
There is no shortage of vinyl -- and places to get it -- in The Valley of the Sun. Jazz, blues, rock, psych, soul, oldies, Latin, children's, soundtracks, surf, drag, indie, metal, punk ... it's all here somewhere. The key is finding who has what you want. More often than not, each record store has ... More >>
Ginger Baker's Jazz ConfusionMusical Instrument MuseumOctober 18, 2013 The first thing you notice about Ginger Baker is that, for a jazz drummer, he holds his sticks wrong. Of course, despite all his flirtations with African rhythms and jazz in many forms, Baker--a founding member of psychedelic ro ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.
By Mark Keresman Quickly: How many female jazz instrumentalists can you name? Not singers, of which there are aplenty, but ace players of instruments of the female gender? There are more prominent ones on the scene than there were, say, 30 years ago--composer/bandleaders Carla Bley and Maria Schnei ... More >>
By Mark Keresman Brian Eno was quoted as saying, "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band." Rock history is filled with bands and albums that were somewhat unappreciated in their time yet occupy an enviable (by some people, at any rate) ... More >>
Although it's been more than five years since Steve Conrad pulled a regular air shift on local public radio station KJZZ, the 38-year-old disc jockey still gets many chances to share his love of jazz, blues, and soul songs on vinyl. From time to time, Conrad says he helps out fellow KJZZ jock Blais ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Anthony SandovalSteve WeissSteve Weiss Weiss is a fine art photographer with Candid Landscapes and executive director of No Festival Required Independent Cinema, a four-time Best Of Phoenix winner. Weiss will be doing film programming for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's new SMoCA Lounge i ... More >>
Motown's Mowest Story: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We LoveIf you haven't picked up the new Mowest compilation, Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story 1971-1973, you are missing out. The anthology features music from Motown's short lived West Coast venture, MoWest, and the tu ... More >>
Shawn AndersonTwilight Singers Clubhouse Music VenueSaturday, May 28Earlier this year, Sub Pop released Dynamite Steps, the latest album from Greg Dulli and The Twilight Singers. The record is typically Dulli; dark, funky, with soul inflections wedged between big rock guitars, electronic ambiance ... More >>
By Paul Rubin The best shows are the ones where you go through some unexpected things in your head as you’re watching and listening. It’s really about the magic — the sound and sights of surprise — that transcendent music and performance can be. It happened to me last night at the Orpheu ... More >>
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Redefining "keyboard player"
Cirque du Soleil tumbles toward ecstasy
Cephalic Carnage finds redemption in the sewers of the death metal underground
Candiria's genre-bending urban fusion of ambient, hard-core, rap and jazz makes for a tasty organic pie
A roundup of the latest batch of eclectica that fell through the cracks
Cameron Crowe takes Jerry Maguire on a dizzy trip through dreamland
13-year-old Scottsdale saxophone prodigy Alex Han prepares for takeoff
Medeski Martin and Wood's hip-hop jazz finds the audience it deserves
'Round About Midnight, Milestones, At Newport 1958, Jazz at the Plaza, The Essential Miles Davis, Live at the Fillmore East -- March 7, 1970: It's About That Time (Columbia/Legacy)
By Jay S. Jacobs (ECW Press)
Eddie Izzard just wants to be loved, and is that so wrong?
Sing When You're Winning (Capitol)
The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece (Da Capo Press)
Wordpower 2: Directrix (Mo' Wax)
Gumbo celebrates Independence Day and Satchmo's birth with the latest in jazz, blues and heritage
Adam Diaz remembers 50 years of work and play in Phoenix's first skyscraper
Images from 25 years of Phoenix music
A load of the latest in heritage as Smokin' Joe gets nasty, Bill Frisell goes to Ghost Town, Greg Osby returns to form and everyone else gets the Gumbo once-over
Mix Master Mike wants you to know how the tables turn
A pair of new releases from Gov't Mule find meaning in being a Southern man, anyhow
New Captain Beefheart boxed set documents 17 stormy years of brilliant eccentricity
Paul Westerberg gives up on the charts, and rediscovers his muse
Nashville's Los Straitjackets wrestle with the limitations of instrumental rock
Pulling influence from Cobain as well as Coltrane, Charlie Hunter leads the charge for alt. generation jazz
GARRETT DUTTON III, A.K.A. G. LOVE, FLAVORS TRADITIONAL SOUNDS WITH SPECIAL SAUCE
GUITARIST JORDAN IS PERHAPS THE BEST IN JAZZ; HIS SONG CHOICE ISN'T
IT'S SWEET, IT'S SIMLE AND IT SELLS. BUT IT AIN'T JAZZ.