There is no shortage of vinyl -- and places to get it -- in The Valley of the Sun. Jazz, blues, rock, psych, soul, oldies, Latin, children's, soundtracks, surf, drag, indie, metal, punk ... it's all here somewhere. The key is finding who has what you want. More often than not, each record store has ... More >>
"Halloween is like drama club... on crack." That was Dumper Foo, the Blunt Club's resident live artist. Foo, a local celeb in his own right, came in sporting a Bob Ross afro, a paint pallet at the ready for his homage to the happy tree afficianado, Bob Floss. The Blunt Club's other organizer, host M ... More >>
So Dave Mustaine said that he hates to be singled out. Yeah--absolutely despises being the center of attention. One time he was at a Kenny G. concert and the musician asked him to stand up in the crowd because he was going to play at that same venue a couple months later. Mustaine said he turned b ... More >>
One of the best things about life is spontaneity. Adventures and experiences, big or small, that happen on a whim can make life pretty fucking fun. Especially because, for most of us, the rest of that time is bogged down by realities like jobs, school, and bills; when we can roll with some spur-of-t ... More >>
It was a night of porn like no other. Before relocating to Arizona I did a night shift at KUNC, a public radio station in Fairbanks, Alaska. Broadcasts occasionally adopted a theme and one show was devoted to '70s soundtracks. My friend Nathan, who has the most eclectic taste in music, frequently ... More >>
Guess who's looking a lot older and more strung out than last time anyone saw him? Good ol' Jason Mraz. You'd think that someone who has "the remedy" would easily be able to keep himself from looking like an aging schlub of a musician. Au contraire, mon frère. Simply observe -- he looks something l ... More >>
We knew the daunting (impossible, really) task of picking 100 songs that define the sound of Arizona was going to be tough, but lucky for us, we had a lot of help, from you, our readers. We opened up a Gmail account and took submissions from you, reading through liner notes and consulting unoffici ... More >>
Zooey Deschanel's partner in folk pop music-making, guitarist M. Ward, is planning to check out what's going on at the Crescent Ballroom in April.Ward's sound varies from reverb-drenched acoustic blues to shinning pop. Plus, if a performance from Ward doesn't inspire enough excitement, the recent ... More >>
It's a Katy Perry kind of year...Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. We've been counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment takes a look at 2011's best videos. Enjoy! Quite a few bomb-ass videos have been released ... More >>
Jiro SchneiderHanson has been a household name since 1997 when they made it big with their unforgettable song "MMMBop." You know, the one you could never get out of your head every time you heard it. But the three-brother band has moved on to bigger and better things now, like their chart topping la ... More >>
Jeff FreundlichJeff Freundlich Freundlich is the co-owner of Fervor Records, home to bands such as Super Stereo. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KWSS. Beef Vegan and the crew crack me up, and they embrace new music. What ... More >>
Katy Perry features a handful of stars in her new music video "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", according to MTV News.In the brand new video, Perry throws a kick ass '80s house party at her home with the help of party co-host and my homegirl Rebecca Black, house band Hanson, and sax master Kenny G, ... More >>
"Wonderful Christmastime" - the best Christmas song everThe joy and delight of the holiday season is something you either absolutely love, tolerate to a certain degree or loathe with all your being.Those who take the latter stance probably blame the season's music for their hatred, and ... More >>
Is this the greatest Christmas album of all time?Things are about to get real religious up in here, thanks to a just announced Amy Grant show this coming February.Other artists may have released their own successful Christmas albums in the past, but Grant's 1992 yuletide juggernaut Home For Chris ... More >>
Sophisticated (read: old) people everywhere enjoy the smooth sounds of Kenny G. The world-renowned saxophonist isn't just the vehicle for one of pop music's all-time best hairdos, he also owns several world records, including the most instrumental records ever sold in the U.S. and the longest not ... More >>
Joe Cocker: This asshat set the standard for the terrible, awful, ridiculous cover song.For me -- and I suspect for you -- a truly great song is three-to-five odd minutes of pure, unadulterated bliss. The state of euphoria you attain when listening cannot be tampered with. You would never want ... More >>
Weezer will play Dodge Theatre on January 15. Touring on perhaps their worst reviewed record ever ( a record, admittedly, I have not bothered to actually listen to yet) Rivers Cuomo and Co. seem to be getting more ink for Snuggie-style publicity stunts, like playing with Kenny G, than playing sol ... More >>
Kenny G joined forces with seminal 90's rock band Weezer to create a truly...interesting take on the band's new song "I'm Your Daddy." Are you like me? Did you wake up today and think to yourself, "You know what Weezer needs? More soprano sax." Well get ready to get your mind blown and your pants ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Up on the Sun: Club Candids: Yucca Tap Room on Halloween Night Kenny G and Weezer Collaborate, Plan to Conq ... More >>
Lucero is coming to town in May. A lot of big indie shows -- but not big, big shows -- in last week's concert announcements. Lucero, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are coming to Rythm Room in May, as are Margot & the Nuclear So and So's. St. Vincent plays Modified on Sunday, May 31, which is ... More >>
Shrapnel's Very Special™ holiday music guide
Like Big Fish for little kids
The Chicago clip crew gleefully gabs on in Barbershop 2
Look toward Scandinavia to find 2003's most progressive electronic music. Really.
Lookout for Hope (Sugar Hill)
Dilated Peoples would be leading L.A.'s hip-hop underground -- if it had a hip-hop underground
Ray Rivera's rules for standup comedy: Handicapped, Hispanic, Homosexual, Humorist
Music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets in New Times' annual poll
Zia Record Exchange
105 West University, Tempe
(and other Valley locations)
Adam Diaz remembers 50 years of work and play in Phoenix's first skyscraper
Where were you when the lights didn't go out? All the dangers of Celebration 2000 that Phoenix shut-ins sat out.
July 15 - 21, 1999
Wailing Souls take their vintage reggae skank into the realm of psychedelia
In the tired realm of tribute albums, imitation is the sincerest form of flatulence
For one day, the second annual New Times Music Awards Showcase pours all the Valley's various scenes into one big, weird melting pot
THE IMAGE-CONSCIOUS NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION ALLOWED NO NOISY FIREFIGHTS DURING ITS ANNUAL MEETING. EVERYONE WAS USING SILENCERS.
DOES LIFE REALLY BEGIN AT 50 FOR AEROSMITH? ITS RECORD LABEL IS BETTING $30 MILLION IT DOES.
IT'S SWEET, IT'S SIMLE AND IT SELLS. BUT IT AIN'T JAZZ.