Let's face it: "Dad-rock" doesn't really have a positive association when applied to music. It has an ugly suburban connotation, the sort of music the triggers nostalgia in the minivan on the way to soccer practice of the days before marriage and children shattered his independence. Abe Simpson sw ... More >>
I love running to music. The pavement is my dance floor and I can go for hours. Any given morning on Tempe Town Lake I will jog, playing air guitar to the riff of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" if no one is looking. The amount of fun I have on the trail has translated into a healthy turnaround for me. ... More >>
This year, Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overl ... More >>
She might be person most to blame for the misuse of the word "ironic" in America, but who cares? We've always had a soft spot for Alanis Morissette. Jagged Little Pill was such an unforgettable album from the '90s, and its "pissed off at the world" attitude felt relatable at the time (and it still d ... More >>
Curious 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.
You're not going to get any argument out of us: John Fogerty is the voice of Creedence Clearwater Revival. That's no slight to John "Bulldog" Tristao, the gentleman who handles vocals for Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Tristao does a great job singing the classics, but no one is going to suggest th ... More >>
Blues rock masters The Black Keys have been on top of the world lately. They've toured the globe, sold out Madison Square Garden twice, and headlined every music festival under the sun (including this year's Coachella fest, where they teamed up with Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty during ... More >>
I won't attempt to explain the amalgam of esoteric in-jokes that manifested into the tour poster seen above. There's a perfectly good but lengthy explanation for why the four of us chose to put John Fogerty's head on a French Quarter t-shirt, gave him dice for eyes and exhorted the viewer to ... More >>
As a lifelong baseball fan, these lists come from the heart. Some lesser-known ballads will have their day in the sun while other too-oft worshiped pieces of garbage will finally be called out. I am not doing this to make any friends. It is all for the love of the game.
Rumspringer is scheduled to perform at Saturday's Shizz CD release party at Trunk Space.Need something to do tonight? What about Saturday or Sunday? If you've been smart enough to squirrel away your simoleons, there's probably enough green in the bank account to afford trip to the Elvis Costell ... More >>
Tennessee's Bonnaroo music festival has announced a full line-up for this June. No real surprises here: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, and the Flaming Lips are the top of the pile.The Dead Weather, Phoenix, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, ... More >>
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 Mike R. Meyer, a New Times contributor, wannabe musician, video game en ... More >>
The annual Country Thunder festival at the dusty Canyon Moon Ranch just outside of Florence is country music's version of a cattle drive, where over four days some of the bigger names in country music are herded on stage to bleat their biggest hits, then lassoed off to make way for the next artist. ... More >>
The Bluegrass Elvises, Vol. 1
Curl up, baby
The relevance in the room
. . . to the ball game
Lost and Found 2nd Edition (Instinct Records)
With its second record, Fine China breaks the news that, really, rock 'n' roll isn't that big a deal
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy Records)
Former Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn puts the ghost of his old band to rest with the finest album of his career
Jimmy Eat World's new release is a pop meisterwork. But will their fans like it?
One Hundred Questions, Boarding House Rules (Innerstate), Hellenes (Inbetweens USA), 2000 Gurus (Funfundvierzig, dist. by Innerspace)
Alan Freed's Radio (Headhunter/Cargo)
10-gallon hats and 10-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays
For 25 years, Bug Music has protected the rights of songwriters. In the process, they've gotten Willie Dixon's songs back from Led Zeppelin and transformed Iggy Pop into a TV-commercial composer.
The Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman gives up on the music biz, and settles for just making music
Hall of Fame's recent induction of Billy Joel makes a bad idea seem that much worse
Did Kiss rip off an old Alice Cooper anthem, or is this just a case of sincere homage?
Two new releases pit the new songs of Bacharach & Costello against the old classics of Bacharach & David
The Valley's longest-twanging C&W/rock outfit charms a third time with a no-nonsense new CD
After a lost decade of legal wrangling, John Fogerty pulls himself out of the swamp
Ike & Tina's sizzling Carnegie Hall date, plus previews of Big Jack Johnson and James Harman
Can Earth A.D. 1996 take a Glenn Danzig-less, Jerry Only-led Misfits seriously?
Famous parting shots from artists formerly "under exclusive arrangement" with their labels
The vocalist reinvents herself on a new album