It can often seem that country music has taken a turn for the worse in recent years. As the genre edges closer and closer to nothing more than Top 40 pop, one band stands out as the antithesis to the decay: Zac Brown Band. Like a lone blooming flower in an otherwise desolate nuclear wasteland, Brown ... More >>
Within instrumental music circles, the majority of the talented musicians run alone--releasing solo albums, working as sidemen, dipping deep into numerous projects. And on occasion, a handful of those virtuoso artists come together to create more than just a collaborative album, and it gets a little ... More >>
Wherever it is along the sonic plane that shoegaze collides with post-rock, Montreal quartet Besnard Lakes thrives, cooking up haunted, atmospheric sprawls that tickle the introspectively inclined. Their fourth release, Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, also marks their third nomination for the ... More >>
What better way to celebrate your birthday than by throwing a concert with some of your closest friends? That's exactly how local singer-songwriter, and frontwoman for Treasurefruit, Anamieke Quinn is ringing in her 33rd year. Catch her this Friday, October 3, with a shindig at Rogue Bar , where she ... More >>
I'm feeling a little guilty about last week's column, in which I took the crappy popular music of the '80s to task (High School Music: A Reunion from Hell). Why? It was negative, and generally I like to promote good music instead of baggin' on bad stuff. I've fed my family for almost thirty years ... More >>
It's been said that in order to truly sing the blues, it's necessary to have experienced a lifetime of blues material -- a broken heart, tragedy, hopelessness. So when you hear about an incredible blues musician, what usually comes to mind is an image of elderly Junior Kimbrough or Etta James. What ... More >>
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of cirrhosis on May 2, the same day as the Golden Gods Awards. It was devastating that on a day meant to celebrate the lives of the best musicians in metal, one of those artists was taken from the world of music. It also came as a shock. In fact, by all accounts ... More >>
Shan Man of 98 KUPD You can hear 98 KUPD's weeknight DJ from 7-11 p.m. every weeknight and find his KUPD blogs at www.98kupd.com. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Is this a trick question and are you trying to get me in trouble? Beli ... More >>
What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>
By Dave Good It's hard not to notice: Indie bands seemingly soundtrack just about every sitcom, film and television commercial today. But why? Influential music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas swears it's not just about cheap labor. "It's far more of a creative decision than a monetary one," she say ... More >>
See also: The Most Anticipated Heavy Metal Releases of the Fall See also: The 10 Hottest Chicks in Metal See also: Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear See also: A Closer Look at KUPD's MILF Contest 2012There are few things in this world that have the ability to coax an "Awwwww...that is so damn ... More >>
"People think it's all Southern rock or sludge/doom," says Royal Thunder vocalist/bassist Mlny Parsonz (Mel Parsons) the band's hometown, Atlanta, Georgia. According to the husky voiced singer, things are more varied than outsiders see: "I don't think any genre encompasses everything. Everybody's so ... More >>
Jen Deveroux The local party promoter invites you to Sharks and Minnows Saturday, June 30, at the Phoenix Place Hotel and Suites at 2 p.m. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I don't listen to the radio. What's the first album ... More >>
Gardner Cole Cole, who has written and produced for artists such as Madonna, is the producer for local country pop band Arrowheart, who are schedueld to perform Sunday, May 27 at Hidden Meadow Ranch. For more information, head here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what ... More >>
Rick PhillipsPhillips blogs on eateraz.com and owns the Tucson Taco Festival (Saturday, April 28) and the Arizona Barbecue Festival (Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.) When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I listen to satellite radi ... More >>
Joey Bradfisch (center) with musical group Karmin Joey BradfischBradfisch is a producer for the Johnjay and Rich radio morning show on 104.7 KISS-FM. His segment, What'cha Doin At The Courthouse?, airs on the station every Friday at 7:40 a.m. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the ... More >>
Artist: Liam's ProblemTitle: Liam's Problem EPBasics: Liam's Problem describes themselves as a "musical journey through rock, soul, funk and blues" and "as likely to be influenced by The Allman Brothers or Parliament Funkadelic as they are Led Zeppelin or Pear Jam."There is definitely a Pearl Jam ... More >>
O.A.R. The Celebrity Theatre September 28, 2010The Celebrity Theatre's layout and rotating stage made for a warm performance by veteran jamband O.A.R. that accommodated every seat in the house last night.The design of the venue made the band's entrance particularly special since fans got to slap ... 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:
Spin: Watch 50 Cent's Sensitive Slow Jam Pitchfork: Buy Billy Corgan Lunch! Rolling Stone: Weezer's "Undone - The Sweater Song" Turns 15: A Look Back Rolling Stone: Rob Halford on Recording at Ringo's, Opening for Led Zeppelin NME: Phil Spector demands iPod for new prison cell Electric Mustache: Vid ... More >>
Fight Club *Sadisco, Blow By Blow (with Video) On Saturday, January 17, the twisted minds behind the monthly *Sadisco events hosted their annual "Fight Club" themed *Sadisco at J-Heads. The scene was post-industrial-apocalyptic, as revelers meandered around the perimeter of the venue among precariou ... More >>
Phoenix teems with guitar players, and some of them are actually pretty good. A handful of them are exceptional.
They're Mexican. They're Irish. They rock.
The Sporting Life
For pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia
Familiar but fresh
The group that debunks categories
With a handful of artists, 'classic rock' is not a pejorative
Cameron Crowe's autobiographical Almost Famous is a classic rock gas
Will EMI's remastering of 11 classic albums with the original packaging on CD and 180-gram vinyl make you buy your favorite records one more (last?) time?
Restless Records' Flaming Lips anthology recounts the early chapters of one of indie rock's finest
In the tired realm of tribute albums, imitation is the sincerest form of flatulence
HE CHANGED HIS NOSE AND BLEACHED HIS SKIN. BUT WHEN HE CHANGE HIS MUSIC, HE WENT TOO FAR.