By Reyan Ali Admit it: You've always longed for a music video that, in sum, features shots of bananas, pineapples, and other fruit; an explosively gaudy color scheme; several bizarre green-screen backgrounds seen at a rapid-fire pace; a rap interlude; a saxophone solo; lyrics about French bread and ... More >>
Welcome to the holiday season nexus. Please turn in your seasonally appropriate pop songs. Please return to the city where you work. Please await further instructions. Do not think about New Year's Eve. It's not here yet, and kind of a disappointment anyway. (View our complete concert calendar her ... More >>
Look, this could go either way: It could be that all the broken, empty-hearted Breaking Bad fans who've spent a month of weekends in their houses, talking about Breaking Bad with each other, decide to get some fresh air and see a show, and you'll be able to see some of your friends for the first tim ... More >>
Roger McGuinn has had a somewhat storied career that's moved from folk to rock to country and back. A founding member of the seminal psychedelic band The Byrds, McGuinn's career actually began in folk bands, notably The Chad Mitchell Trio and The Limelighters, along with a stint as guitarist in Bobb ... More >>
When my kids were little, and I'd be playing and talking about music with them, they'd say, "Dad, what is this song about?" You can probably guess my answer. Because eight out of 10 songs (not an official stat) are about the same thing: Love. Of course, that one simple word cannot begin to explain ... More >>
Garrison Keillor knows about all the cool stuff way before the rest of us do -- we were in Tucson a couple of weeks ago, innocently catching a show at Plush that featured old friends of whom we're huge fans, and it turned out to be the release show for Run Boy Run's So Sang the Whippoorwill. Already ... More >>
On Monday, October 10, British songwriter and psychedelic legend Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch) visited the Musical Instrument Museum, strolling around the exhibits and conducting interviews with writers about the history of music and education. Speaking with Donovan was really something ... More >>
Nothing is Wrong, the sophomore album from Los Angeles rock 'n' roll band Dawes, is an earnest effort. There are times you wonder if it's too earnest, to forthcoming about its mellow, sun-drenched intentions. But the album works, charming right past your cynicism, with golden-hued tracks like t ... More >>
Maria VassettA Perfect Circle Comerica Theatre July 25, 2011 It was just this past November that the members of A Perfect Circle ended their six-year hiatus by performing a trio of shows at Tempe's Marquee Theatre. Each of the three shows had the group focusing on one of their three albums ... More >>
A young Frank Sinatra, after being arrested for "carrying on" with a married woman (which was a crime way back then). Not one of the things that makes him cool, but a damn good photo.When it comes to crooners, they don't get any cooler than Frank Sinatra. Over the course of his 60-year career, "O ... More >>
When I heard Ke$ha's "Your Love is My Drug" on the radio the other day, aside from making remarks about how sloppy she is, I couldn't help but mention to my friend that I thought the song was terrible.I was thrilled that the song was nearly over until Ke$ha struck a chord with one of my old pet p ... More >>
Meet Navy rescuer and true rock and roll Zelig
Friday night was not your typical art opening at ASU Art Museum's Ceramics Research Center - no gallery goers milling about, gawking at art objects carefully mounted on vitrine-capped pedestals spaced strategically throughout a pristine gallery space. No, this was literally an opening celebrating ... More >>
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Neighbors fight new five-level parking garage behind historic resort
After 40 years of street-corner symphonies, Jerry Lawson learns to sing with a band
Prince's monumental performance at the Dodge Theatre stands among the greatest shows to hit the Valley in recent years
Cameron Crowe takes Jerry Maguire on a dizzy trip through dreamland
The daring, uncompromising art of singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams
Exploring a variety of the world's folk traditions with daring aplomb, the Chieftains continue to draw on a musical well that looks as if it may never run dry
Time and Love: The Essential Masters (Columbia/Legacy) and Live From Mountain Stage (Blue Plate)
Can one man persuade millions of people to pay for their 'free' music?
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their 'free' music?
Cameron Crowe's autobiographical Almost Famous is a classic rock gas
VH1 vice president's novel about the music business mourns an era just since passed
Burton Cummings is either rock's most unsung hero or its most overlooked fugitive pervert
Julian Coryell defies his jazz roots, and makes a first-rate pop-rock album
Seagram's merger invites a look into how the suits took record labels away from the true music enthusiasts
Multitalented Pete Forbes finally assembles a live band to promote his debut CD
Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96
Some of the weirdest and worst albums still to make their digital debuts
K.D. LANG WAS ALMOST BURIED ON THE LONE PRAIRIE. NOW SHE'S CAUGHT FIRE WITH A HOT NEW ALBUM.