It's 2014 and high time you got some new music into your playlist -- seriously. It'll help that Phoenix's music scene has plenty of fresh jams and brand-new tunes to offer, as there's an overflow of gifted and prolific musicians cranking out sounds. Since many local acts will make waves, turn heads ... More >>
It's a simple formula: The BluesHounds play upbeat dance blues, and that gets the people happy. The happy people start dancing, and the dancing makes them thirsty, and the thirsty people make club owners happy. Matty Spinelli, lead guitarist and bandleader for the BluesHounds, doesn't mind the way ... More >>
Since 1983, California-bred Testament has evolved into one of the biggest names in thrash metal. If you were a metal fan in the past three decades, chances are such albums as 1987's The Legacy, 1992's The Ritual and 2008's The Formation of Damnation. And of course, the band's most recent album, 2012 ... More >>
My mom warned me about rock 'n' roll. She said it was a bad influence and a crazy lifestyle. Overflowing with sex, drugs, partying, and lots of other things God didn't dig. She said stay away at all costs. So I made a career out of it. No, really. Not only did I not heed my caring mother's warnin ... More >>
These guys were glam enough, but were they good enough?by Alex Distefano Call it what you will--glam metal, hair metal, cock rock, or plain old '80s metal--but there's something to be said for a subculture that extended from the late '70s into the early '90s that refuses to wash off its makeup and ... More >>
People either love or hate cover bands. Some think they are fantastic tributes, while others think they are blatant rip-offs. Personally, I love tribute bands. They give music fans a chance to hear songs live and celebrate a favorite band--and often it's a band that's disbanded, one you'll never b ... More >>
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of cirrhosis on May 2, the same day as the Golden Gods Awards. It was devastating that on a day meant to celebrate the lives of the best musicians in metal, one of those artists was taken from the world of music. It also came as a shock. In fact, by all accounts ... More >>
For as long as metal has been around, people have associated the sound with "The Devil" and "Satanism." Locally, it's slim pickins' finding an actual Satanic metal band to chat with. I'm not talking "dressed in black" here; I'm talking blood-guzzling, church-burning, javelina-murdering dudes donning ... More >>
Sometimes it can be difficult to get pumped up for the holidays, especially nowadays, when the sacred dates are saturated with commercialism, consumer greed, and an importance on tradition that, unfortunately for many, lost its spiritual meaning a long time ago. See also: Your Holiday Heavy Metal ... More >>
By Jason Roche Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside... See ... 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.
See also: Snoop Dogg at the Arizona State Fair See also: Judas Priest at the Arizona State Fair It used to be that playing the state fair circuit meant you were a has-been, that your rock 'n' roll career had gone belly up (you know, like billed after the puppet show, Spinal Tap-style). Maybe it' ... More >>
Previously on The Serene Dominic Show we chatted with Jono Manson in a motorbus waiting to go on at last Saturday's Tempe Block Party. While Jono was onstage getting ready to perform, I got a chance to -- in that very same motorbus--meet with Aaron Beaver of the Austin Texas rock band Shurm ... More >>
When Cactus Chainsaw's singer said the band's list of influences was possibly a higher number than his criminal record charges, I took it with a grain of salt (courtesy of a cheap tequila shot). But within the first 20 seconds of listening to their music, I could hear the band's specific inf ... More >>
Consider yourself lucky if you got to see Gorillaz on tour this year. The band has announced that they might be through with playing huge shows, according to NME.The band can't "keep going at this size and pace," Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn said. He says he feels that the band has achieved wha ... More >>
Chris BurnsHung Dynast at Ice House TavernIt's not often you get to watch ice hockey the same time a rocking band performs, but that's exactly what you'll get at the Ice House Tavern this Friday, November 12 when Hung Dynasty takes the stage.The bar's live music stage is attached to the Arcadia I ... More >>
We recently ran across this list of the "Top Ten All-Time Arizona Musicians" from Arizona Premiere Living. Some of the choices are obvious: Meat Puppets, Jimmy Eat World, Jordin Sparks, Gin Blossoms, Alice Cooper, and Linda Ronstadt almost always make the "top" lists of Arizona musicians.
So I walked into the Zia Record Exchange location near 40th street and Thunderbird this morning, hoping to sell a Jimi Hendrix box set and some DVDs for extra weekend cash. But when I walked in, the whole building was empty (save for a couple CD bins), and a w ... More >>
The denim demons ride
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Prey should be called Dances With Tedium
With an acclaimed new album and a goodwill trip to Africa, Sum 41 grows up -- a little
Chart-toppers for February 28 through March 6
New books document heavy metal's ugly history
Three Arizona artists illustrate 'Imagery From a New Generation'
Spun spins cranky youths into an American freak show
Valley rock 'n' roll vets Bruce Connole and Keith Jackson bond -- bluegrass style
Only the devil could have possessed Adam Sandler to make such a bad movie, dragging half of Hollywood with him
On the eve of Alice Cooper's boxed-set release party, several local musicians are cursing the bar that bears his name
Trashman goes to blows over Hagar's Halen
Rhino's new collection proves that you have no hope of getting disco in a box without leaving something out
Trashman dresses as himself for Halloween
They're bad, they're nationwide, but this locally obscure band won't be Vitamin much longer
The Mr. T Experience pities the fool who falls in love
The Sneaker Pimps, the U.K.'s newest electronica export, gain a foothold in the U.S.
A sampler box of the best (worst) heavy-metal lyrics of the '80s
Dave's Big Deluxe--watch out for the special sauce
THE NAME IS PART SEX SYMBOL, PART TWISTED NUT. FOR THIS BAND, THAT MEANS A LOT.