Instead of bitching about the weather, like we usually do here, let's instead think of reasons why 113-degree temperatures are actually good. After all, if you live in Phoenix during the summer, the world is your sauna, am I right? And to think some folks like to be indoors when they need to have a ... More >>
By Mike Seely Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging sub ... More >>
Summers in Northern Arizona are some kind of magical. I spent my childhood helping my dad load our battered red farm truck up with alfalfa bails, unloading them under building monsoon clouds, racing from the barn to the house as the rain fell, hay hooks in hand. As idyllic a scene as that is, that's ... More >>
Typically we just give you a chance, in these weekly previews, to see shows. But something-something-Web-2.0, and now user interaction is important. So go see shows, if you want to be Web 1.0 about it... or you can go to Zia and try out to be a Heavy Metal Television VJ. Your call. (Or you could ju ... More >>
by Chris Parker Wild and free like much of what you'll find in Vermont, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have had the opportunity to grow on for four albums on Disney subsidiary Hollywood Records. They've never stood still, passing from rootsy jam to southern rock to the atmospheric dance-tinged mod ... More >>
Has there been any point in the last 50 years in which people weren't convinced rock and roll needed saving? Fall Out Boy's latest album isn't a boast or a promise so much as the natural career path for rock stars who've become monstrously successful and lived to tell about it, Huey Lewis and the Ne ... More >>
Country guys are hot. The crowd at the Miranda Lambert show provided plenty of people-watching opportunities, complete with lots of overdressed people and gigantic trucks that dwarved my poor little Toyota. I'm about as far from the "country girl" image as one can get, but that doesn't change the ... More >>
Sadie SuchSuch is the owner/photographer/producer at Sadie Such Photography and Films. Learn more here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I think I may have left it on the country station last time I was in the car -- 107.9-FM or 102.5- ... More >>
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The newly-named 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa: Is this the gold standard in shitty corporate-sponsored venue names?When it comes to corporate-sponsorship of venue names, Phoenix is blessed.Our basketball team plays in U.S. Airways Center, named for a successful local airline. Our hockey te ... More >>
LoudnessThere's lots of big name acts in this week's just announced shows as the always-busy spring slate of shows are finally being announced. The huge Arcade Fire show was gleefully announced last Friday by Martin Cizmar, so I really need not write about the recent Album of the Year Grammy winn ... More >>
Weezy is finally a free man, according to Pitchfork.Lil Wayne, whose real name is Wayne Carter, was imprisoned at New York City's Riker's Island for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in Manhattan in 2009. He pleaded guilty when he was charged.He was only required to serve eight months of his ye ... More >>
DJ MaraName: Mara Arrieta AKA: DJ Mara of the E.P.C.S.(one half of the group), the other member being Disko Da.Current club nights: Fuse Fridays all the way baby.Genres spun: Electro house, riddim, UK funky, tropical, disco. How did you get started as a DJ? Once upon a time in a land not so far ... More >>
Jessica TestaToby Keith on stage at Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix.It's a shame Toby Keith will always be The Angry American. In mainstream consciousness, the Oklahoma-born country singer is a Bush-loving neocon who's always ready to put his boot in Osama bin Laden's ass, thereby making his ... More >>
Brad Perry and the Acoustic FingerprintsBrad Perry and the Acoustic Fingerprints(Self-released)Grade: C-I'm sure our weekly locals-only music review column, You Asked For It, has unwittingly kicked people when they were down before but, honestly, that's never the intent. That's why it's so hard to w ... More >>
The annual Country Thunder festival at the dusty Canyon Moon Ranch just outside of Florence is country music's version of a cattle drive, where over four days some of the bigger names in country music are herded on stage to bleat their biggest hits, then lassoed off to make way for the next artist. ... More >>
I've spent the last year telling everyone who'll listen that Country Thunder is the premier music festival in Arizona. Whether you like country music or not, you should recognize that compared with any other festival in the state Country Thunder's acts are bigger, the crowd crazier, the part wilder. ... More >>
By Michael McCall Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
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