Les Payne

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    Easy mode is making a Boris Yeltsin joke when Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin comes to town. Hard mode is not making a Boris Yeltsin joke. Really hard mode is not making a Boris Yeltsin joke even though you think you've got a great one. Because it's probably not that great, is what I keep tryi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Janet Weiss: Quasi's Music Needs No Explanation

    Portland's Quasi will be visiting the Rhythm Room Monday in support of their excellent new double-album, Mole City. The band, which turned 20, features two accomplished vets of the Northwest scene, Sam Coomes (guitar/vox/keyboards) and Janet Weiss (drums/vox); when they aren't devoting their time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Hollywood Alley: An Oral History of "Arizona's Only Ultra-Chic Pissant Hip Dive Bar"

    Rock 'n' roll, to paraphrase punk icon Poison Ivy, is for misfits. A refuge for outsiders, oddballs, or anyone else even a little bit strange. The description is apt for the recently closed Hollywood Alley and much of its patronage. Over its 25-year lifespan, the Mesa rock joint and restaurant, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008
  • Music

    December 28, 2006

    Gray Matters

    Less Pain Forever has its brains and eats them, too

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2004
  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Reubens Cubed

    Reubens Accomplice makes a bi-coastal album while still keeping a desert address

  • Music

    August 23, 2001

    Scenery Stealers

    After seven years, Reubens Accomplice finally delivers on all its promise with I Blame the Scenery

  • Music

    May 31, 2001

    Heavy Construction

    Down With Buildings and Seven Storey rise up to claim the mantle of Valley indie rock

  • Music

    May 31, 2001


    The artists currently known as Less Pain Forever reveal their greatest hoaxes. But will the last time be the charm?

  • Music

    April 26, 2001

    Mill Landing

    The sixth annual New Times Music Showcase brings together the Valley's best, brightest and weirdest

  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Indigenous Voices

    The Native American music scene gets in tune with a new radio show

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    Europe Feels Their Payne

    How Les Payne opened an overseas Orifice

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    Onward, Crispin Soldiers

    Six years ago, Ryan Page and Mike Pallagi were high school kids who idolized eccentric actor Crispin Glover. Now they're producing films with him.

  • Music

    June 10, 1999
  • Music

    January 21, 1999

    Instant KARMA

    New Tempe club night tailors the rave ambiance for the 21-and-over crowd

  • Music

    January 14, 1999

    House of Pain

    Bldg 5 benefit for Autumn House inspired by tragedy that hit close to home

  • Music

    August 13, 1998

    When the Levy Breaks

    The man who transformed Nita's Hideaway into a beloved music venue now focuses on full-time band management

  • Music

    April 30, 1998
  • Music

    April 2, 1998

    Phony War

    Les Payne Product starts a joke, which starts the whole world crying

  • Music

    January 29, 1998

    Payne Relief

    How good fortune turned a skinny duo into the Valley's most inventive and engaging heavyweight act

  • Music

    September 11, 1997

    Message in a Bottle

    The Refreshments take a cautious step toward maturity with their new album

  • Music

    July 31, 1997

    Compound Fractures

    Zig Zag Black guitarist learns how to play with pain

  • Music

    May 22, 1997
  • Music

    January 23, 1997
  • News

    December 19, 1996
  • News

    July 28, 1994