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Lauren Wise

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    April 18, 2014

    Top 10 Record Stores in Metro Phoenix

    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 >>

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    March 6, 2014

    14 Local Bands/Artists You Need to Hear in 2014: The Complete List

    It's 2014 and high time you got some new music into your playlist -- seriously. It'll help that Phoenix's music scene has plenty of fresh jams and brand-new tunes to offer, as there's an overflow of gifted and prolific musicians cranking out sounds. Since many local acts will make waves, turn heads ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    13 Favorite Musician Interviews of 2013

    For music journalists, there's nothing better than when an artist or performer gives good quote. While musicians can be pretty hit or miss when it comes to interviews, when one gets garrulous and decides to dish or diss, there never seems to be enough tape or memory space available for their pearls ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Top 11 Metal Shows in Phoenix This December

    It can be easy to miss unless you're looking for it, but there's a lot of metal in the Valley, locals and touring acts alike. Our Metal Mondays columnist, Lauren Wise, is always on the lookout for the best local and national metal shows to come through town. That's why we had her compile this mont ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    The streets will be a graveyard during normal working and drinking hours this weekend. If you didn't stand in front of Best Buy at two in the morning to get an admittedly pretty good deal on plasma TVs (better black levels, is the thing) you can take advantage of this by seeing one of these really p ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Top 9 Metal Shows in Phoenix This November

    It can be easy to miss unless you're looking for it, but there's a lot of metal in the Valley, locals and touring acts alike. That's why we're looking for it. Here's a list of nine shows--the 10th was Thursday's Testament/Killswitch Engage/Lamb of God/Huntress bonanza--you must see this month, as ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    Look, this could go either way: It could be that all the broken, empty-hearted Breaking Bad fans who've spent a month of weekends in their houses, talking about Breaking Bad with each other, decide to get some fresh air and see a show, and you'll be able to see some of your friends for the first tim ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    My version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a lot different from the final cut. It's not that I have anything against Jane Austen or George Romero; I just prefer the British invasion to the actual, brain-eating invasion. (View our complete concert calendar here.)

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    September 13, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    Two very different festivals this weekend: One, Desert Uprising, will fill Ak-Chin Pavilion with metalheads and hard rock fans for acts like Alice in Chians, Jane's Addiction, and Avenged Sevenfold. Lushfest, the other, will fill The Sail Inn with local music fans ready to see Future Loves Past perf ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Five Great Shows We Saw This Summer

    As a Midwestern transplant, I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out what is summer and what isn't in Arizona. I left my last apartment in the spring, back in April, and arrived here two days later in the summer. From what I'm told, it will continue until sometime next April. But seasons were how ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    It's not often that band names are as straightforward as "Masked Intruder." They wear masks, they claim to be interested in breaking into your house and stealing your VCR, the end. Something like "Earth Crisis"--you're left wondering what the crisis is, and why they're named after it. Of course, Ly ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    Without using a time-turner--and those things are dangerous--it's impossible to see every show in Phoenix every week. It's not even possible to see all five shows in this list. But I really don't think you should resort to time-travel. There'll be five more must-see shows this weekend, after all. ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Feeding America Benefit Concert - Crescent Ballroom - 7/25/2013

    Last night at Crescent Ballroom, the vibe was even more feel-good and positive than usual. Sure, it was a roster chock full of locally loved acts--Flamenco por la Vida, Sara Robinson & The Midnight Special, The Senators and Dry River Yacht Club--that attracted an impressively large crowd for a Thurs ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    Look: After literally everybody who went to Warped Tour in Mesa yesterday melted into an enormous puddle filled with black v-neck t-shirts, you might find this weekend's concerts in Phoenix a little sparsely attended. Take advantage of that! At least, unless you knew one of the people who melted. T ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    She and him and them and them and him and her and them are playing in Phoenix this week, and all of them are a part of our five must-see Phoenix shows this week. You're bound to like one of those pronouns, if only you give it a chance.

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    June 14, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    That Tupac hologram probably gave the whole industry a scare, but for the moment it looks like tribute bands are safely ensconced as the only way you'll be able to see, say, Pantera live. A night of cover bands at the Marquee, don't-call-it-chillwave at Last Exit Live, the less-wordy parts of Grac ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    June is here (basically.) All across the Valley, people are glancing nervously at the sun, aware that at some point in the next month rising temperatures are going to force them into a kind of ersatz air-conditioning hibernation until sometime just after Christmas. Or maybe that's just me. But hey: ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    June is here (basically.) All across the Valley, people are glancing nervously at the sun, aware that at some point in the next month rising temperatures are going to force them into a kind of ersatz air-conditioning hibernation until sometime just after Christmas. Or maybe that's just me. But hey: ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Eight Metal Bands That Killed It at Rock on the Range; See Three in Phoenix Soon

    Founded in 2007, Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range has become one of heavy metal's largest events, and every year, it just gets bigger and better. As Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach said in an interview: "As far as rock festivals in America go, Rock on the Range in No. 1 in my book. Straight f****n e ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    Firemen are the real heroes. Or maybe teachers -- I can never remember. In any case, there will be lots of superheroes in town this weekend for Phoenix Comicon. Some of them will even be local musicians. But if you're looking for a break from the convention -- or just another place to wear your su ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    One of the bands you can see this week around Phoenix has a famous song called "A Praise Chorus." Another of the bands you can see this week titled the first song of their first album "Penis." See which one of those bands is Jimmy Eat World after the jump!

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    March 4, 2013

    Top 10 Hard Rock Venues in Phoenix

    We're lucky in the Valley of the Sun. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall venues, which, in most enthusiasts' opinion, are the best places to see a great show. Especially when it comes to hard rock and metal. We're not talking Slayer gigs with $45,000 worth of pyrotechnics, or the kind of places th ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend in Phoenix

    Kelly Clarkson may have slept on his phenomenal Kaleidoscope Dream, but that didn't stop Los Angeles-based crooner Miguel from having one hell of a 2012. He tops our list of must-see shows this weekend in Phoenix, stopping by the historic Celebrity Theatre to showcase sulty jams like "Adorn." We can ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Stone Sour, Flotsam and Jetsam, Chevelle, and More to Perform at KUPD's UFiesta

    Each spring, right before it gets just ridiculous hot in the Valley, local modern rock station KUPD hosts UFest, a gigantic rock/nu-metal/modern rock outdoor festival. Past lineups have featured Three Days Grace, Helmet, Godsmack, and more, setting the bar high for fans of crunchy, shouty rock. Well ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend in Phoenix

    Awesome 'ish alert: Drake and Riff Raff are collaborating. Yeah, totally. Along the same lines: It's the weekend, and all sorts of great shows are scheduled for Phoenix. We've gone ahead and rounded 'em up for you, including a broken-hearted industrial party at the Rogue, a night of experimental mu ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    10 Greatest TV Themes of All Time

    Oh you don't own a TV? How brave. Seriously -- people love bragging about not watching TV, but they're missing out. Whether watching live, on Netflix, or on DVD, there's almost nothing as fun as zoning out in front of the TV. We're partial to music too (you might have guessed), so when we started ... More >>

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    December 29, 2012

    Top Five New Years Eve Parties in Metro Phoenix

    If it ain't one apocalypse, it's another, right? First December 21 rolls on by with nary an earthquake or a giant dragon emerging from the sky and burning us all to death with his flaming volcano mouth, and now we're perched on the edge of the dreaded fiscal cliff. But chances are things will proba ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    I Was Told There'd Be Whiskey

    As 2012 draws to a close, we'll be looking forward to the 2013 and spotlighting 13 Phoenix bands that will be making a mark on the Southwest throughout the new year. Lauren Wise brings us this look at I Was Told There'd Be Whiskey, a rootsy rock 'n' roll outfit that incorporates elements of punk, co ... More >>

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    November 3, 2012

    Top Five 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 >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Top FIve Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend. Need even more shows? Check out our special, spooky-themed Halloween Weekend Must-See Show Guide.

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    September 28, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

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    August 25, 2012

    Top Five 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 >>

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    August 19, 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 >>

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    August 5, 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 >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.

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    July 23, 2012

    Scott Weiland, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, 7/22/12

    Scott Weiland Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Mesa Sunday, July 22 "Cocaine's a hell of a drug," commented one of my friends watching Scott Weiland strut around on stage in his jerky, velociraptor/ballet dancer-style last night at Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill.

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    June 14, 2012

    10 Phoenix Bands You Need to Hear This Summer: The Complete List

    In last week's issue of New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun. Here's the complete list.

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    June 7, 2012
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    May 29, 2012

    Metal Tuesday: Confessions of a Groupie (Well, Sort Of)

    Editor's note: We normally run Metal Mondays on, well, Monday, but took yesterday off in honor of Memorial Day. So please enjoy today's "Metal Monday" column, by our resident rock 'n' roll lady Lauren Wise, one day later than usual. Groupies have always fascinated me. They look like supermodels, ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Download: Dead Eyes of London's Strutting "You're My Queen"

    See also: Dead Eyes of London Aim For Loose Grooves In this week's issue of New Times, Lauren Wise speaks with modern-rockers-turned-retro-garage-soul fetishists

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    May 18, 2012

    Four Must-See Shows This Weekend (And One Psychedelic Movie)

    Saturday, May 19: Yellow Submarine @ AMC Desert Ridge The actual Beatles don't actually show up in the 1968 animated flick Yellow Submarine (not until the end at least, and that's not John, Paul, George, and Ringo providing voices), but don't let that dissuade you from taking in a special noontime ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    The Adolescents, Youth Brigade, Emperor X, Anthrax, and More in This Week's Issue

    In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, Melissa Fossum asks an important (well, important to us at least) question: What keeps old punks going? Who better to ask than The Adolescents and Youth Brigade, bands easing into middle age despite youthful names? The bands are hitting The Clubhouse on S ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Alice Cooper, Balam Acab, Savant, and More in This Week's Issue

    ​Alice Cooper is a lot of things: Shock rock pioneer, radio personality, golfer, restauranteur, and advocate for at risk youth. This weekend's 11th annual Welcome 2 My Christmas Pudding event is yet another instance of Alice Cooper atoning for his dark, dark past (you know, like the chicken t ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Will Anderson, X, Cake, and More in This Week's Issue

    Benjamin LeathermanWill Anderson at Hollywood Alley​When it comes to local music (and apparently, everything) all things must pass. So goes the reign of punk promoter Will Anderson, whose belly laugh, dirty Avail hat, and jovial smile have been a near-constant presence at punk shows in the Valley ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Eddy Detroit, Dream Theater, Mickey Hart, and More in This Week's Issue

    Eddy Detroit in full biker-punk mode, 1978​Don't call it a come back: mythic Phoenix art-punk Eddy Detroit never went away, releasing a string of albums all throughout the '80s, '90s, and '00s, but thanks to Ammit Records, the vinyl imprint of downtown music shop Revolver Records, he's back in vin ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Colour Revolt, Arrowheart, Mickey Avalon and More in This Week's Issue

    Colour Revolt ​ In this week's issue, Nicki Escudero brings us the tale of Arrowheart -- a young combo of country-pop singers that have their eyes set on the big time with the guidance the hit-maker who co-wrote Madonna's "Open Your Heart." We've also got mini-features from M.T. Richards on Colour ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    The Devil Wears Prada's Jeremy DePoyster on Dead Throne Hear an Unreleased Song

    BY LAUREN WISE ​ The Vans Warped Tour blew through Phoenix this past Sunday, and one of the bands that concert-goers were itching to see was metalcore's rising star The Devil Wears Prada. These Warped Tour veterans have three released albums and have a fourth due next month, Dead Throne. Known ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    The Mars Volta Perform Three New Songs from New "Future Punk" Album

    ​ BY LAUREN WISE After a two-year break, The Mars Volta has wrapped up their sixth studio album, the follow-up to 2009's Octahedron. Yet-to-be-titled, the album is slated for release in 2012. But don't worry, we wouldn't leave you hanging out there without a little taste. Songs from the album re ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    311's Doug Martinez Talks Cover Songs, New Record, and Summer Touring

    ​ BY LAUREN WISE For more than 20 years, 311's energizing yet mellow mixture of rock, reggae, funk, and jazz has appealed to listeners, and the band boasts the sales figures to prove it: eight million records world-wide from 10 albums. On July 19 the band released Universal Pulse, the band's short ... More >>

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