Nils Lofgren's ranch in Scottsdale almost feels hidden. It's not far from the city, from the clubs of Old Town and the shops at Scottsdale Fashion Square, but his large plot shares none of the bustle. It's secluded and quiet, with mesquite trees rustling in a soft breeze.
Phoenix has a long tradition of punk bars that serve up cheap beer and fast, aggressive (sometimes sloppy) punk rock. Some great venues have closed over the last few years, and while we dearly miss Jugheads and Rogue West, punk bars continue to thrive in the Valley of the Sun. Most are situated in u ... More >>
The wait, as they say, is finally over. You can cease all the speculation of who the hell is officially playing this year's Coachella as Goldenvoice unveiled the lineup in grand fashion. See also: -Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year? -The Rolling Stones Aren't Playing Coachella, but Some ... More >>
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 >>
When Garland Jeffreys broke onto the New York music scene in the early 1970s, the same scene that spawned Patti Smith, Television, The Ramones and (via New Jersey) Bruce Springsteen, his songs were a little too close to the pressing realities of the times. Music was supposed to be an escape, not so ... More >>
See Also: 10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix Let's face it, the music that streams through the speakers of a restaurant has the ability to make or break your dining experience. We know of a sushi shop that only plays religious music, a Mexican food joint that can't turn down the top 40 banger ... More >>
If you are excited about Destroyer coming to town -- and we certainly are -- you can thank the world of jazz. When songwriter/vocalist Dan Bejar, who essentially is Destroyer, set out for another round of touring behind the 18-month-old, critically adored Kaputt, he had a specific goal in mind. "I ... More >>
It's a classic scenario: Boy meets girl. Boy can't have girl. Boy and girl build up a bunch of tension and hook up anyway, usually to some romantic acoustic song like "Save Tonight." This song has been used to fit that scenario in shows like Daria, Felicity, and A Lot Like Love. Eagle-Eye Cherry's m ... More >>
The OatmealWith Valentine's Day quickly approaching, it seems like everyone is scrambling to find a hook up way to impress a crush or a significant other. A dozen roses and a box of chocolates may seem like a cheesy and overdone gift, but it's a safer bet than some other ideas. We're music ... More >>
Morrissey Orpheum Theatre Sunday, November 20, 2011 Click here for more photos by Maria Vassett Morrissey has never been the kind of artist to shy away from what's on his mind. Animal rights is a topic near and dear to the man's heart, and while songs like "Meat Is Murder" address the topic artful ... More >>
It's been a long time since we've heard from thrash-metal stalwarts, Suicidal Tendencies. Most of the 2000s were void of any new albums, as the band lay dormant following their 1990s retirement. The good news for all you "cyco" fans is that as of 2009 original frontman Mike Muir has dusted ... More >>
Yesterday our compatriots at Country Grind announced that heavy rockers Torche and Part Chimp will team for upcoming Chunklet-issued 12-inch record that finds Torche covering legendary lo-fi rockers Guided By Voices. Torche have always been a metal band unafraid to embrace big pop sounds, and th ... More >>
Oh, Rachel, you obnoxious overachiever.Gleeks will rejoice on Tuesday, September 20 as Finn, Rachel, and the gang return for the third season of Glee. After two years of hype, I decided to check the show out for myself. I couldn't get past the first season. The show could be decent if it w ... More >>
So we finally got a little rain last night -- but if your car is still as dirty as mine from last week's haboob -- it wasn't nearly enough. I'm talking some serious monsoon action, the kind that lasts a few days. Here's 10 songs that that will hopefully inspire Mother Nature to help us out ... More >>
Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track tribute album, was released on June 28, 2011.Last week, Fantasy Records and Hear Music released Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track tribute album dedicated to the bespectacled rock and roll icon. Artists like Paul McCartney and Lou Reed cover Holly classics o ... More >>
Could overnight British superstar Susan Boyle have the top album in the UK two years in a row?It's very possible, according to Billboard.Boyle just released her second album, The Gift, which debuted at the top spot on the UK charts. Her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, which was a Christmas album, ... More >>
Rapper Wyclef Jean has officially pulled out of the presidential race in Haiti, according to Spinner.Wyclef was enthusiastic about potentially becoming the new president of Haiti when the majority of Haitian youth was eager to support his candidacy. Although Wyclef resides in the United States, n ... More >>
Lou and Lollabelle. (Photo by Bob Gruen.)When you really like a musician you let certain things slide. How about when musicians decide to create a "high frequency" concert geared for you and your dog?That's exactly what Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson are doing. TwentyFourBit reports that t ... More >>
The latest Gorillaz album isn't released until next Tuesday, but you can stream it in its entirety at NPRIf you've been dying to listen to Plastic Beach, the latest offering from Gorillaz, since hearing the single "Stylo," then please wait no longer. NPR's Exclusive First Listen has made the enti ... More >>
It makes sense these days for some older acts to get out on tour and start playing some shows. Just looking at this past weekend in the Valley, we saw Springsteen, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen all unravel some shows well in the twilight of their respective careers. Paul Frederic Simon and Ira Arthur G ... More >>
We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Don Stapley Case Bombshell: Andrew Thomas Refers Prosecution to Yavapai ... More >>
I've spent the last year telling everyone who'll listen that Country Thunder is the premier music festival in Arizona. Whether you like country music or not, you should recognize that compared with any other festival in the state Country Thunder's acts are bigger, the crowd crazier, the part wilder. ... More >>
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 >>
Steve Wynn Crossing Dragon Bridge (Rock Ridge Music) By Thomas Bond After three stellar albums known as the “desert trilogy” because they were made in Tucson, singer/songwriter Steve Wynn set off for a change of scenery for his new disc Crossing Dragon Bridge. Recorded in Ljubljana, the capita ... More >>
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The Real New Fall LP
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Is Saint Durst the new, limp Bono?
While they may not top the Billboard charts, this month's batch of jazz, blues and heritage releases is definitely worth hearing
Once (Orange Sky/Dionysus)
Known as much for her multiple sclerosis as for her songwriting gift, Victoria Williams finds Water to Drink under the wild desert sun
Tempted by record company largess? Drink up and dig right in.
Audra turns the world on with its gloom
VH1 vice president's novel about the music business mourns an era just since passed
The Covers Record
THE WORLD'S GREATEST-- OR DUMBEST-- ROCK 'N' ROLL BAND REFUSES TO DIE. PUCKER UP, BUTTERCUP.