• Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    How Metronomy 
Frontman Joseph Mount Got Scooped by Daft Punk

    When Joseph Mount of London-based Metronomy listened to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, he realized he'd have to change the direction of "Boy Racers," the most upbeat song on his band's 2013 album, Love Letters. He had intended to have the song include a German narrator speaking about how fast b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    First, the binge. Inevitably, the come down. This past weekend was a veritable musical orgy, as a flood of touring and national bands came through Phoenix. This week, things are a little drier. Check out our five favorite shows happening this week, and browse our comprehensive concert listings for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Label of the Month: The EDM Pioneers Behind Ghostly International

    Welcome to our Label of the Month feature, where we'll expound on some of our favorite music manufacturing companies, the folks that help mold the entire picture for amazing artists and shoot those ideas out into the world. This month, we're aiming our sights on Ghostly International, the Ann Arbor, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2012

    Top Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Does the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Matter At All?

    So, hey, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame went ahead and announced their Class of 2013, which this time around, includes Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and someone called the Disco Queen, Donna Summer. Those that were nominated, but didn't make the cut included Kraftwerk, Deep Purple, Joan Jett and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Swans' Michael Gira Returns With The Seer

    See also: Swans Reboot Sinister Grandeur with The SeerSwans frontman Michael Gira is an underappreciated impresario. He led one of the most pioneering acts of the early '80s until their initial dissolution in 1997. Their early grim, repetitive throb had the same menacing quality as the factory in Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Carrie Benton, What Are You Listening To?

    Carrie Benton Benton is an improviser with The Torch Theatre and invites you to the Skewed News Hour, Friday nights at 7 p.m. at The Torch Theatre. She also performs with Chaos Comedy at Dearing Acting Studio at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday's. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Record Heat: Avant-Garde by Brad Dwyer

    Yesterday, while cleaning my apartment (too rare an occurrence, lemme tell you) I listened to a recent broadcast of Henry Rollins' excellent radio show on KCRW. Rollins is a man of many talents: In addition to his excellent program, he writes for our sister paper, LA Weekly, and he tours the worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Maynard James Keenan (Puscifer, Tool, A Perfect Circle) on The Importance of Keeping It Local

    ​Maynard James Keenan is a successful guy: he's fronts two massive rock bands, Tool and A Perfect Circle, owns Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars in Jerome, Arizona, where he lives. Though ostensibly a "side-project," Keenan's band Puscifer seems to be increasingly be where Keenan's hear lies. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Dayvid LeMmon, What Are You Listening To?

    Jesse RieserDayvid LeMmon​Dayvid LeMmonThe photographer, who also shoots photos for our sister blog, Chow Bella, is the recipient of the Arizona Commission on the Arts' 2010 Artist Project Grant, is currently one of the City of Phoenix's selection for this year's ongoing 7th Avenue Streetscape pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Doing the Robot: Nine Great Songs to Ring in the Robot Revolution

    Robots: friend or foe?​One of our favorite weirdo acts is Captured! By Robots, and the gang of automatons and their human slave JBOT are back in town tonight at the Rhythm Room. In honor of their inevitable rise, we thought we'd try to appease the cold and heartless droid rage by demonstrating how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Wilco Is Coming to Tempe in January! Hooray!

    ​In one of my favorite pieces he wrote at New Times, former music editor Martin Cizmar argued that Wilco, one of my favorite bands, was, for all intents and purposes, no different than Dave Matthew Band, a group I don't like. (Anymore, at least. I was a pretty big fan of Before These Crowded Stree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Ryan Rousseau -- The Busiest Rock 'n' Roller in Phoenix?

    Tyrone Taylor​ Ryan Rousseau doesn't sleep. At least that's the only explanation I can come up with to describe his constant flurry of activity. The guitarist/vocalist has an extensive resume, having spent time in The Reatards, The Wongs, played solo as Yuma Territorial Prison Guard, and fronted E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    British Sea Power: Valhalla Dancehall

    British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall​Not much -- if any -- new music is being released today, so I must jump ahead a week an pick and album from that slate of releases. Among those is the fifth album from Brighton indie rockers British Sea Power, Valhalla Dancehall. How does the band follow ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2010
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    March 26, 2010

    Paul McCartney's Five Songs Sillier Than "Silly Love Songs"

    Paul McCartney famously sang, "Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs," on 1976's "Silly Love Songs."Love songs aren't the only silly songs, though. Over the course of his storied career, McCartney has indulged nearly every artistic impulse, from forays into classical music to avant- ... More >>

  • Music

    February 25, 2010
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    January 19, 2009

    Birdy Nam Nam: More Delightful French Electronic Dance Music

    I was recently introduced to French electronic dance music quartet (I know, four dudes seems a bit much) Birdy Nam Nam last week, and after soaking in (absolutely loving) their new album Manual for Successful Rioting, I must say I am impressed. Their name is super stupid, but do not let that deter y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Pitchfork Stays Sub-Par and Pretentious with New "Greatest Songs" Guide

    The horde of amateur music critics at Pitchfork Media has just crapped out a tome titled The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present (Fireside). The book purports to present "edifying essays" about the greatest 500 songs of the past thirty years and "all-new reviews" ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2008

    Afrika Unite

    Hip-hop legend puts the PHX on the good foot

  • Music

    April 24, 2008

    The B-52's


  • Music

    December 20, 2007

    Music for the Eyes

    A bevy of new music DVDs, just in time for the holidays

  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    Industrial Strength

    Alter Der Ruine grins through the goth

  • Culture

    March 23, 2006

    The Art of Darkness

    What's inside

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    February 16, 2006



  • Home Entertainment

    December 8, 2005
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    May 19, 2005


    Expect pleasant surprises

  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    Afrika Bambaataa

    Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light
    (Tommy Boy)

  • Music

    May 13, 2004


    Getting nostalgic at Coachella

  • Music

    May 6, 2004
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    October 2, 2003


    The German band comes to the Valley

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    Señor Coconut and His Orchestra

    Fiesta Songs (Emperor Norton)

  • Music

    November 28, 2002

    Supreme Beings of Leisure

    Divine Operating System -- DOS (Palm Pictures)

  • Music

    June 13, 2002


    No. 1 (FS Studios)

  • Music

    January 24, 2002

    Hopping Up the Hip-Hop

    Timbaland and Organized Noize are making the music go bang, and rap radio's never sounded so good

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Nothing but Love

    Things are looking up for Southern California electro-break pioneer Überzone

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Neu! School

    Having educated and influenced three generations of musicians, the Krautrocking duo of Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother finally receive their due with a trio of classic reissues

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    Neil Young

    In Berlin (Rhino Video/DVD)

  • Music

    June 7, 2001


    10,000 Hz Legend (Astralwerks)

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    The Faint

    Blank-wave arcade (Saddle Creek)

  • Music

    June 29, 2000

    Are You Ready to Testify?

    Delta 72 bears witness to the enduring power of rock 'n' roll with 000

  • Music

    September 30, 1999

    The Journey

    Markus Schulz's growing DJ empire has been a lifetime in the making

  • Music

    September 23, 1999

    Coin Toss

    Thermos Malling's new project, COiN, makes a strangely intriguing symphony out of the video-game sounds of the past

  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Desert Sons

    Shoeless Joe makes twangy art out of broken dreams

  • Music

    July 2, 1998

    Tomorrow Never Knows

    With its recent U.S. tour, Kraftwerk stakes its claim as the most important group since The Beatles

  • Music

    April 16, 1998

    Risky Business

    Seventeen years after its advent, sampling remains mired in legal and aesthetic controversy

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    February 20, 1997
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    July 4, 1996
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    September 22, 1994
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    September 8, 1994
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