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    September 15, 2014

    6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    Have you recovered from Mad Decent Block Party? Last weekend, everything musical in Phoenix paused to give space for what is arguably the largest EDM event that will happen this year. This week, the Phoenix music universe has adjusted, compensating for the overabundance of beats and turntables with ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Let's Be Real: Burning Man Is Bad for the Environment

    By Keith Plocek This week, 68,000 revelers will descend on Nevada's remote Black Rock Desert. (That is, assuming the rain lets up.) They will travel from Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Mexico City and places you've never heard of. They will take part in the temporary city that is Burning Man, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    10 Classic Punk Records That Actually Kind of Suck

    I put on The Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket To Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Best of Coachella 2014's First Weekend

    Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all soar, sunburned and smiling. For those of you heading to Cali for Round 2, here's the best of what we saw during the festival's first weekend.

  • News

    April 3, 2014
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    December 16, 2013

    Yes, America: Mexican Music is Violent. Get Over It.

    By Gustavo Arellano America's liberal class and MSMers are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Here's How A GWAR Super Bowl Halftime Show Would End, According to GWAR

    By Jason Roche Recently a petition to have GWAR play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show went live on It's gotten nearly 46,000 signatures, but let's be honest: Even if it had 46 million, we doubt the NFL would let the costumed metallers perform on its biggest event of the year. (Too muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Which Arizona Diamondbacks Star Would Make The Best Metal Band?

    One of the most important parts of being a baseball fan is the crushing certainty that you are The Underdogs, and your rivals are getting special treatment from ESPN or Bud Selig or New-York-biased media outlets. (If you're a Mets or Yankees fan, your rivals are getting special treatment from LA-bia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Prop. 8 Dismissed by U.S. Supreme Court: Gay Marriage to Return to California

    This post was written by L.A. Weekly staff writer Dennis Romero.The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California today.In its ruling on the state's anti-gay marriage law, the court essentially said that a "private party," the conservative backers of the law, had n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Phoenix Police Took in 803 Guns in Latest Buyback, but Just One Assault Rifle

    Phoenix police took in 803 guns in this past weekend's buyback program, but just one assault rifle was turned in.Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos gave us the final count from this past weekend's buyback event, which includes 442 handguns, 162 shotguns, 198 rifles, and the lone assault rifle.See ... More >>

  • Music

    April 25, 2013
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    March 11, 2013

    Green Day Never Sold Out; You Just Got Old and Complacent

    Editor's Note: It's not every day that a band capable of filling arenas headlines a gig at the (comparatively) intimate Marquee Theatre. But that's exactly what's going down tonight, when the Bieber-bashing, ¡Uno-¡Dos!-¡Tre! -releasing Green Day heads to Tempe for a sold-out show. Critical consen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Dave Grohl's Sound City Documentary Is Coming to FilmBar in Phoenix

    Maybe you're a Foo Fighters fan and maybe you're not, but it's impossible to deny that frontman Dave Grohl knows how to milk the "famous rockstar" thing. He plays on records with his friends, teams up with his idols, and drums every now and then just to remind everyone that he's really, really good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Who Decides What Rock is "Classic Rock?"

    Not everyone has the luxury of having an auxiliary jack in their car stereo. With the amount of leaks, holes, and weird noises coming from my engine, I'm lucky my beat up truck still runs period. I can't be asking for a decent stereo. So my commuting music consists entirely of FM radio, which is sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Here Are the Songs They Play at a Middle School Dance

    [Editor's note: The following post by Houston writer and ESL teacher Shea Serrano was named the best blog post of the year in the first-ever Voice Media Group music writing awards. Originally published by our sister blog, West Coast Sound at L.A. Weekly, it's a hilarious real-time account of an afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Announcing the Winners of the First Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post and one print pi ... More >>

  • Music

    September 13, 2012
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    September 12, 2012

    Henry Rollins Won't Tell You Who to Vote For (But He Really Thinks You Should Vote)

    See also: OFF!'s Dimitri Coats Talks Phoenix Oil Theft Charges See also:Henry Rollins on Occupants, the Occupy Movement, and the RadioYesterday, 458 episodes of legendary maverick pirate/BBC radio broadcaster John Peel's radio program were mysteriously uploaded to SoundCloud. For fans of radio that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    The Quest For a Good Gin and Tonic

    See Also: Last Call's Gin Primer, How to Drink It and Like It There I was behind the stick a few days ago. A guest ordered a gin and tonic. I whipped up one for him, he tasted it, and pronounced that it was a darn fine one. I shrugged my shoulders, and told him there's nothing to it. But that got m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Vive la France! Five Songs in Celebration of Bastille Day

    Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet, tout le monde! Pardon my Franglish, but it's Bastille Day tomorrow, so feel free to eat some cake and go raid a prison or something-- just leave your guillotine at home. La Fête Nationale celebrates the French Revolution on the anniversary of the storming of the Bastil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2012

    EDC 2012: House Music Beef With DJ Sneak Plays Out in Steve Angello's DJ Set

    In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music. On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas Coverage Ahead

    This weekend, traveling EDM festival Electric Daisy Carnival is coming to Sin City (you know, Lost Wages, the "Crown of Clark County," the "Entertainment Capitol of the Word," or plain old Las Vegas), and we're going to be there keeping tabs on the debauchery for those who aren't participating in it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Open Mike Eagle on Indie Rap's Breakthrough Year

    So there's punk-rap, nerd-rap, avant-rap, and...oh, only about a gazillion other hyphenated hip-hop subgenres. Open Mike Eagle describes his style as "art rap." At least for now. "I'm unable to replace it," he laughs, speaking with me via phone from his home in Los Angeles. "And it's not even that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Coachella: 5 Signs You're An Aging Hipster

    See also: Coachella: Radiohead's Weekend 1 Set Has No Alarms and No Surprises See also: The Best of Coachella Sunday, April 15, 2012 By Lilledeshan Bose Aging hipsters--the very same people Coachella targeted when it began holding the music fest in Indio--are usually easy to spot on the Empire Pol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... 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

    January 31, 2012

    Blood, Bones and Butter Author Gabrielle Hamilton Chats with Chow Bella Book Club

    We got a chance this weekend to chat by phone with chef and author Blood, Bones and Butter. She'd just touched down in Louisville, Kentucky, in the middle of both the country and her book tour for the recently released paperback version of the book. This Thursday she'll be in Tempe at Changing Han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    More Nonsense From Thomas: Claims TV Reporter Revealed News of Lawyer's County Clients, but Judge had Ruled on Issue Months Prior

    TV reporter Josh Bernstein is one of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' heroes.​ New setting, same old story.Under oath while on the stand this morning in the his disciplinary "trial," former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas claimed that a TV reporter gave his office a great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Doctors Rally Against Medical Migra

    Gregory PrattCristina Gonzalez, MD emcee, at doctors' demonstration against immigration legislation.​A group of doctors in town for their annual meeting held a press conference in front of the Arizona statehouse today to declare their opposition to anti-immigration legislation, particularly pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Listen to Smashing Pumpkins' "Owata"

    Billy Corgan​We at Up on the Sun woke up this morning thinking it would be absolutely smashing if, say, a brand new track from Smashing Pumpkins was waiting in our inboxes. As it turns out, dreams really do come true. ​"Owata" from Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, the Pumpkins' 44-track opus bein ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Chile con Queso?! Arizona Makes the State by State Food Map

      courtesy Lucy Stephens​Despite the horror of seeing our poor state identified with a Velveeta-y treat (I'm sure you can make chile con queso other ways, but I've never seen it) I had to share this lovely graphic and interview from our sister blog, LA Weekly's Squid Ink. Check ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Must-Read Best Coast Feature from LA Weekly

    LA Weekly​Last week Phoenix New Times ran a big ol' story on Best Coast in our print edition. We were topped by our sister paper in LA that same day, however.Gustavo Turner, the Weekly's music editor, had a 6,000-word cover story on the band's main lady Bethany Cosentino which might just go down a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Ever Wonder What Happened to Norman Fierros?

      A. Scattergood​Still miss Norman Fierros' dessert chimichanga, the tiny Hershey bar fried to perfection, served at Norman's Arizona, his last local gig in what is now the heart of the La Grande Orange empire? Then you are a true Phoenician. And you probably r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Five More Food Fixes for Phoenix​Typically, the fur really flies over on our brother blog, Up on the Sun, while things stay pretty staid around here at Chow Bella. But our esteemed food critic, Michele Laudig (who also happens to be our former music editor), keeps telling me that Phoenix is way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Five Food Fixes Phoenix Desperately Needs

    For the most part, I try hard to heart Phoenix. Really. This city and I have a long history together, long enough that I remember the days when Bill Johnson's Big Apple was considered a night out on the town.​I even remember when we had a Sambo's. I apprecia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    World Cup Theme by Shakira Plagiarized?

    While Americans don't take to football ("soccer" in our land) the way the rest of the world does, there's something special about the World Cup. Something so special, that even musicians can't help put take part in all the excitement. While R. Kelly wrote an official theme for the global quadrennial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    William S. Burroughs Documentary to Be Released by a Beastie Boy

    We all know that people are multi-dimensional, and cannot be defined by one singular act or piece of art that they produce. Having said this, it's hard to imagine that the same guy who sings "Hey Ladies" would be interested in a documentary on William S. Burroughs. Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boy better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Telephone as Spoofed by NPR Staffers

    Even if you're not a regular listener of NPR's afternoon program All Things Considered, you may want to have a look at this. Found by Fishbowl LA and reprinted by our sister paper, the LA Weekly's music blog West Coast Sound, it seems that some young people on NPR's staff convinced some of the, um ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Top Ten Musicians Who Cannot Tour Arizona Without Proving They're "Legal," From West Coast Sound

    Should Lady Gaga carry her birth certificate when she swings through town this summer?​It's a rough time to be an Arizonan. The only thing tougher is being a brown Arizonan. Our moronic, racist legislation, (our sister paper LA Weekly uses a much better, more accurate string of adjective ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    More Coachella Madness in Photos

    Just when you thought it was safe, we have three more Coachella 2010 slides shows courtesy of LA Weekly for you to take a gander at. Long live the 'Chella. Top 25 Coachella Tattoos ​ The 40 Most Memorable People at Coachella ​ Coachella: Hippies or Hipsters? ​

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    July 7, 2009

    Follow Michael Jackson Memorial Online

    KCRW, the Santa Monica, California-based public broadcast channel most famous for "Morning Becomes Eclectic" will be broadcasting from Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center today beginning at 10 a.m. Listen here.Also check out the music blog at our sister paper, LA Weekly, where a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Geek Beat: Celebrity Geeks and Gaming Freaks at RandomCon

    See... hot blondes can be geeks too.I grew up in the Dark Ages of role-playing games. I'm talking the late '80s, when Christian groups were protesting Dungeons & Dragons as a satanic tool and mixed-up drug addict and heavy D&D player Chris Pritchard -- now out on p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Our SxSW Party: M. Ward, Crystal Antlers, Cursive

    LA Weekly has announced the bill for our Village Voice South by Southwest showcase. M. Ward, Crystal Antlers, Cursive, Gomez and Bear Hands. Crystal Antlers and Cursive are the highlights for me. The new Cursive record, Mama, I'm Swollen -- which I popped in today, and happened to be listening to ju ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    Madlib, Blatz, Deerhunter, and Crystal Stilts are Part of What's Selling at East Side Records in Tempe

    Otis Jackson Jr. (a.k.a. Madlib) wins the award for the coolest bedroom ever.With apologies to Russell Simmons, Madlib's arguably the hardest working cat in hip-hop.Besides creating his own jams and flows under a few different noms de guerre (Quasimoto, Sound Directions, Yesterday's New Quintet), th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    By Randall Roberts You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barrier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    The Pretenders Coming To The Dodge

    "The British Rock band The Pretenders with original founder Chrissie Hynde will make a stop in Phoenix to perform at Dodge Theatre on Wednesday, March 4. The tour is the band's first extensive headlining tour since 2003. The show will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on-sale Monday, December 8 at 10 ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2008
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    November 23, 2006
  • Film

    October 13, 2005

    Keira Get Your Gun

    The life of a model turned bounty hunter

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Make That a Double!

    Starting a paper's not for the faint of heart. Duh!bya's Justice Department kooks made ending one even more harrowing.

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