A band with genuine mystery is hard to come by in the Internet age, but Tempe scrap-pop outfit The Cigs had it: Not much is known about the a short-lived project, but last week the band posthumously released its second full-length, Marble Red, on Bandcamp.
The band started up in January 2012 and a ... More >>
Converge @ Nile Theater| 10/30/12By Mike Bogumill
When trying to describe to people unfamiliar with Converge what kind of event I went to last night, I was hesitant to use a phrase like "metal show" or "hardcore show". While metal and hardcore certainly influence all the bands that performed, none ... More >>
Grimes @ Crescent Ballroom| 10/8/12What a difference six months makes. The last time Canadian synth-pop visionary Grimes visited Phoenix, her set was riddled with painful sound problems and an unruly crowd. Rumor had it Grimes herself separated the bathroom fight that resulted in a swarm of cops in ... More >>
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Chairlift, Nite Jewel, and Bell
Saturday, April 14
Watching the trio of on-the-rise bands at Crescent, I saw three very different approaches to both stage presence and synth-driven pop.
Headliners Chairlift stru ... More >>
Best Beach Wavves Coast House Fossils. There are plenty of "beachy" bands out there, and most of them combine 60's pop melodies with boatloads of reverb. Tennis plays off the nautical theme -- on in name, but in origin: the Colorado husband and wife team were initially inspired by ... More >>
By this time you should be out of your turkey coma, foraging through your garage for that shabby box labeled: Christmas Lights.
All that talk about department stores jumping the gun after Halloween is behind us, because it's time to show your Christmas cheer and light the night skies with those fam ... More >>
Seattle band iji have roots here in Phoenix. Songwriter Zach Burba started the group in Tempe, and played frequently at The Trunk Space, honing his weird funk-pop.
I've always liked the Burba's sensibility (full disclosure: a band I used to play in a band that covered the iji tune "Meet Me in the ... More >>
"Why did I listen to that 89-year-old nutjob and blow my life's savings?"Well, 6 p.m. on Saturday came and went with nary a whimper. There was no massive, earth-shattering earthquake -- no angels swooped down from heaven to take the chosen people to their destinies. All in all, this Rapture busin ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaAmerican Idol LiveAmerican Idol Live! August 12, 2010US Airways CenterFor Valley residents who always wanted to make it out to the American Idol studios but never did, last night at US Airways Center was their opportunity to see the top 10 contestants from 2010's season perform on th ... More >>