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    August 15, 2014

    Most Cliché Wedding Songs

    Think of every wedding you've ever been to. Between the toasts and the bouquet toss, the traditions can feel so run into the ground you forget why you are there in the first place: to celebrate a couple who found each other in this crazy world and fell in love. Just because the celebration of the u ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    25 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix in August

    We're officially hip deep into the time of year that's officially know as the dog days of summer, which -- if you're not familiar with the term -- refers to the most sweltering period of the season. But while the weather might be keeping your ass glued to the couch, it's not stopping chart-topping ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Record Store Geek: 16 Sweet Slices of Soul

    Chances are, if you met me -- I'm a tall, goofy-looking, middle-aged white guy with a Canadian accent (it's actually North Dakotan) -- you wouldn't think, "Hey, I should get some recommendations on fantastic soul albums from this cat." Of course, I'm stereotyping myself, and you would be, too. I un ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014
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    March 21, 2013
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    January 16, 2013

    10 Kanye West Lyrics the "Kimye Baby" Will One Day Be Embarrassed About

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's child is bound to be the most narcisstic tot to walk the face of the earth. Let's just hope that Baby Kimye ends up innocent and adorable and doesn't go the way of his or her sex tape making parents. The media is already critical of Kim's changing body and HuffPo us ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Download Frank Ocean's Django Unchained Outtake

    By now you've probably formed an opinion about Django Unchained, the controversial new Quentin Tarantino film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo Dicaprio. But don't let that stop you from diving into Karina Longworth's excellent Phoenix New Times cover story this ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Marnie Wong, What Are You Listening To?

    Marnie Wong Wong is the co-owner and trainer at Boot Camp Babes, a fitness program for women. Find out more information at When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I'm totally digging Spotify right now. I'm all over ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Alanis Morissette, John Legend, Japandroids, and More Just Announced Concerts

    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 >>

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    August 12, 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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    August 8, 2012

    Kanye West's "Mercy" Explained By Phoenix Producer Lifted

    See also: Phoenix Producer Lifted Aims for Timeless Pop, Like His Boss Kanye West See also: The New F-O's Explain "Town" See also: The New F-O's to be Featured on FX Sitcom Wilfred and MTV's Jersey Shore Despite a release date of Tuesday, September 4, and recently unveiled cover art, it's hard to s ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Tim Tagtmeyer, What Are You Listening To?

    Tim Tagtmeyer Tagtmeyer is a member of the sketch comedy group Bully Mammoth, which has a show at Tempe Center for the Arts Saturday, August 18. For more info, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KJZZ -- local public radio, but I ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012
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    September 3, 2011

    Sade at US Airways Center, 9-2-11

    Maria Vassett​Sade and John Legend U.S. Airways Center Friday, September 2, 2011 REVIEW BY DAN GIBSON Sade (the woman, not the band) doesn't seem like she has to work very hard live. If there's ever an audience willing to plunk down $149 for the good seats, load up on $25 glossy programs, poster ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label Signs Deal With Def Jam

    ​Kanye West's label G.O.O.D. Music has signed a "longterm worldwide label agreement" with Island Def Jam, according to MTV News.G.O.O.D. Music is now officially a subsidiary of Def Jam. Many future G.O.O.D. Music releases will see release under Def Jam's name, including Big Sean's F ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Seven Suggested Songs For the Morning Commute

    Kholood EidThe morning commute can be a zen experience with the right playlist.​The morning commute can be a drag. A lack of sleep, caffeine or motivation can take its toll on a person. Luckily, there's music to at least help make the trip to work/school more bearable. Up on the Sun threw togethe ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Sharon Osbourne Admits to Taking Lying Too Far

    ​The Osbournes may have taken their tricks and shenanigans a little too far. Sharon Osbourne admits to once faking the death of her husband Ozzy's mother so that he could get out of playing a tour in Japan, according to Spinner.Ozzy was to drunk to board the plane that was going to take him to Jap ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    John Legend at ASU Gammage Last Night

    ​John LegendFebruary 8, 2011ASU Gammage AuditoriumJohn Only needed his voice and a piano to make a huge impression at Gammage auditorium last night.Legend's show, sponsored by Arizona State University's undergraduate student government and the black/African coalition, was held in celebration of Bl ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    The 88: The 88

    ​Artist: The 88Title: The 88 Release date: September 28 Label: Rocket ScienceWhat do you do if you're a band like The 88? You're top-flight songwriters and musicians, you get your songs placed in all kinds of big-name TV shows and high-profile TV commercials, you tour the country opening ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Warpaint: The Fool

    ​Artist: Warpaint Title: The Fool Release date: October 25 Label: Rough Trade The musical path taken by L.A. foursome Warpaint is well trodden -- but this kind of ultra-moody, sort of experimental, Joy Division-indebted music is usually plied by men. But Warpaint is a quartet of women, and in ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Screaming Females: Castle Talk

    ​Artist: Screaming Females Title: Castle Talk Release date: September 14 Label: Don Giovanni Back in the day, I'd hate to miss a good show (I'm still not happy that my parents wouldn't let me drive to Kalamazoo one Monday night to see Scratch Acid and Big Black play, ditto the time I couldn't ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Kings of Leon: Come Around Sundown

    ​Artist: Kings of LeonTitle: Come Around SundownRelease date: October 19Label: RCAI think it's funny that people are getting all bent out of shape over the supposed "selling out" of Kings of Leon, saying their new record sucks worse than that sucky one that sold a bajillion copies a few years ago. ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Kanye West: Still the Busiest Mofo in America

    ​Kanye West has been in music news nearly every day for the past week. You'd think this guy was taking over the world or something.'Ye has been releasing a new track every week on his Twitter (@kanyewest) and has named the weekly occasion G.O.O.D. Fridays. Collaborations have included Chris Brown, ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Grinderman: Grinderman 2

    ​Artist: GrindermanTitle: Grinderman 2Release date: September 14Label: Anti-Most of the indie rock I've heard this year (well over 200 records and counting, with 11 weeks to go in this series) is really pretty toothless. Even the harder-rocking stuff, with its big drums or wall-of-sound guitars or ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    John Legend Fights for Better Education with Teach For America

    ​John Legend is the latest artist taking the initiative to make a difference in education by joining Teach For America's National Board of Directors.He is looking forward to giving children more opportunities to learn and improving education in America.Legend is no stranger to taking action for ch ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    John Legend and the Roots: Wake Up!

    ​The joyous craziness that was September 14 has, regretfully, passed us by. Worry not, however, as the albums that were released just a week ago will live forever so as long they are still being listened to somewhere.September 21, then, has a tough act to follow, but that's not to say that it does ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    YouTube Begins Live Streaming Trial

    ​YouTube has announced it's in a testing period for live streaming, according to TechCrunch.Today and tomorrow only, YouTube will partner with a group of companies to make a live broadcast schedule. Unfortunately the feature will be removed from the site once the trial is over, so be sure not to m ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    John Legend and The Roots Perform at the Miss Universe Pageant?

    As Idolator points out, John Legend and The Roots are typically known for their socially conscious music. So it was a bit surprising to hear that Legend performed the music for the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. The performance featured the skinny girls in heels performing choreography that was more li ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 15, 2010
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    July 8, 2010
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    June 22, 2010

    The Roots: How I Got Over

    ​There may not be a track released the rest of the year that has an ounce of the substance and effortless polish of "Dear God 2.0" off of How I got Over -- the long-awaited new album from The Roots.The song employs a genius guest vocal from Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk fame ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    January 28, 2010
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    October 29, 2009
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    August 13, 2009

    Nayo Jones: You Asked For It

    ​Nayo Jones My Name Is Nayo Soul (PowerMove Records) Grade: C Critics have been commenting on the death of R&B for a few years now, to the point it's almost universally accepted that the genre is artistically bankrupt, with few if any quality acts still practicing the time-honored craft of m ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    New Late Night TV Battles a Boon For Music Lovers

    The Late Show, Tonight Show and Late Night all have impressive music acts this next weekFirst, let me just get it out there: I watch a bunch of TV. I love it, and though I know it deadens my intellectual abilities, I'm not quitting. So, take it from a junkie, late night TV -- with the recent additio ... More >>

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    April 28, 2009

    Austin City Limits Jumps on Festival Bandwagon, Announces Lineup

    Austin City Limits: recycling this year's festival headliners so you don't have to The lineup for the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival has been announced and it is teeming with top-notch talent. The Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band round out the top slots of Outside Lands Lollapa ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Guest DJ Week on The Blaze: We're Loving It

    Around the New Times office we're really loving The Blaze's Guest DJ week (which I participated in yesterday). ASU's student radio station does this once a year, pulling in people like Murph from So Much Silence, Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World and, right now, our man Steve Chilton.But, seriously guys ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Russell Simmons Calls Bill O'Reilly Out

    Hip-hop legend Russell Simmons is calling FOX News personality Bill O'Reilly out.Simmons, the new Editor-In-Chief of, recently wrote a blog on the site asking O'Reilly to bring his criticisms of hip-hop directly to the hip-hop community and do a guest blog on the site."For far too lo ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    November 19, 2008

    The Flaming Lips, The Cure, T-Pain, and Jedi Mind Tricks Are Some Of What's Selling at Zia Record Exchange In Tempe

    By Benjamin Leatherman Music editor Martin Cizmar totally digs the Flaming Lips funky new CD/DVD Christmas on Mars, and apparently so do the customers at Zia Record Exchange (105 West University Drive in Tempe). Here's the rest of the top 10 best sellers for the week of Nov. 10-Nov. 16.

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    November 12, 2008

    Q-Tip, Of Montreal, Rise Against, And Lil Rob Are Just Some Of What's Selling At Zia Records In Phoenix

    By Benjamin Leatherman Since the global retail industry has decided in it's great wisdom that the day after Halloween is the official starting point for the annual Christmas season, we feel it's our duty to inform the public of the following: You've only got 43 shopping days left to track down gi ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    November 5, 2008

    T.I., John Legend, Lil Rob, And Pink Are Just Some Of What’s Selling At Circles Records & Tapes

    By Benjamin Leatherman Hip-hop, R&B, and other urban jams have always been big sellers at Circles Records & Tapes, 800 North Central Avenue. So it’s only natural a majority of the shop's top 10 best-selling albums for this week are chartbusters from those genres. For instance, the No. 1 album ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    July 6, 2006

    Aloe Blacc

    Shine Through
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