A famous series of ads for Rosetta Stone tells a fictional narrative about some Midwestern farmboy intensively learning Italian to get with an beautiful Italian woman. The pitch seems to be that learning a new language opens up new opportunities, and since it is advertising, the sexual opportunities ... More >>
Singer and guitarist David Martinez, 28, resides in the Mesa suburbs but hones his musical chops in a rather unexpected place: the small mining town of Superior, about 60 miles east of Phoenix on U.S. 60, where films like The Gauntlet (with Clint Eastwood), Eight Legged Freaks, and The Skinwalkers
B. SchwenklerPhoenix-based pop band French Quarter has a new record out, Desert Wasn't Welcome, and the band is heading out on tour to support it. Recorded at Dub Narcotic Sound System in Olympia, Washington, home base for K Records, and finds the trio incorporating elements of dance, dub, and ... More >>
Taco Cat Abstinence, French Quarter, Tacocat, and ForeverYOBS in TempeMonday, June 27The cops who patrol the Farmer neighborhood handing out noise violations can rest a little easier at their posts. Last night, YOBS, a.k.a. Ye Olde Bike Saviours, a.k.a. Tempe's noisiest punk rock house venue/art ... More >>
By Benjamin Leatherman Kimber Lanning's Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 12 West Camelback Road, specializes in indie and alt-rock music, so it’s only natural that the store’s Top 10 best-selling albums for the week of September 15-21 feature such acts as Mogwai, Tilly and the Wall, Kimya Dawson, ... More >>
Meet new BFFs at Jason Andersons gig
Modest Mouse: On the Mellow Tip
For years, Calvin Johnson has loomed enormously over the Northwestern rock scene. Now, he's powerfully going solo with What Was Me.
Clearer and more fearless than ever, Sleater-Kinney is ready to wail
New compilation finds the local indie scene burning brightly
Modest Mouse, the band that would be indie rock's king, navigates a major-label existence
A new documentary recounts how a small band of insurgents led by musician and K Records co-founder Calvin Johnson helped fashion a punk-rock revolution
Rock 'n' roll rousers the Van Buren Wheels roll to success at SXSW
Love As Laughter updates its rock for all ages with Destination 2000
Seattle's 764-HERO expands its lineup, abandoning the ranks of the Northwest's great indie duos
Illinois foursome Braid proves itself the happy exception to the college-town rule
New Jade Tree compilation explores the underground phenomenon of the late, great Cap'n Jazz
A year-end recap of the albums that made it worthwhile to own a stereo in 1997
Superchunk matures without junking its indie ideals
A talk with Joe Queer. Also: Dub Narcotic Sound System, J Church, and the resurgence of wuss rock.
Watching the watchmen, getting Unwound, surfing with the aliens in Man . . . or Astroman?
A periodic tour guide to indie rock subterranea (where the seven-inch is still king)
A STOCKINGFUL OF JOYFUL NOISES AND TANNEN-BOMBS