Did anyone watch David Letterman Monday night? Well, if you didn't, you missed the greatest rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin, interviewed after receiving a Kennedy Center Honor.
Something about seeing them together made me feel...overwhelmed. They're still alive but they have no intention of ge ... More >>
Blake Mills isn't a household name, but like classic sidemen of lore (David Lindley, Ry Cooder, Leon Russell), he's makes an impact wherever he shows up.
As a guitarist in Fiona Apple's band (he's performing with her on Tuesday, September 18, at Mesa Arts Center), Lucinda Williams, Cass McCombs, B ... More >>
Kentucky alternative rockers Cage the Elephant are making a stop at the Marquee Theatre in April. The band is still pumping out singles from their latest release, Thank You, Happy Birthday, and will surely be performing many of them for the Tempe crowd.Cage the Elephant, Garbage, Hot Tuna and oth ... More >>
Bad news for fans of country legend Loretta Lynn. She's canceled her upcoming tour, including a stop at May 1 stop at Celebrity Theater. "As y'all know I just went and got my knee done a few weeks back," a statement reads Lynn's website. "I am sad to cancel the upcoming shows on the west coast, b ... More >>
Are you planning to see Norah Jones' show at the Dodge Theatre Sunday, April 25, 2010. If you're into jazz you should, since, as Steve Jensen argues in this week's print issue, she's the rare bird who sings as good as she looks. If so, get there early to see the opener, New York-based singer-songwr ... More >>
Local folk standout Courtney Marie Andrews has made a song from her new album -- which will be availible July 31. "The Buffalo and the Bird" is one of a few songs I really like on her sophomore effort, Painters Hand and Seventh Son, so be sure to check it out. You might also want to check out Courtn ... More >>
Lucinda Williams Plays the Non-Hits at Mesa Arts Center
It takes some chutzpah to read your lyrics off a music stand. When you've been dubbed "America's Greatest Songwriter" by Time magazine (a publication that's not known for its music criticism, but nonetheless notable in any grand pronouncement) ... More >>
Victor PalaganoLucinda Williams on stage at Mesa Arts Center.It takes some hutzpah to read your lyrics off a music stand. When you've been dubbed "Americas Greatest Songwriter" by Time magazine (a publication that's not known for it's music criticism, but nonetheless notable in any grand pronounce ... More >>
Jonathan McNamaraCourtney Marie Andrews
Courtney Marie Andrews just graduated from high school last week, but the Raven-haired teen already has a second album being mixed by esteemed local producer River Jones. The folkie singer-songwriter also has a big tour coming up, including a show at Modified ... 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:
Medical Examiner Holds Marcia Powell's Remains as Fiduciary Seeks Next of Kin
Up on the Sun:
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We don't normally run two pieces previewing acts from a single concert in our print edition, but last week I made an exception for Jessica Lea Mayfield and Annuals at Rhythm Room. After tonight's show I'm definitely glad I did.As the headliner, Annuals, a six-piece indie act from N ... More >>
And now it's time for the "I love you like a fat kid loves cake" memorial Worst Lyrics of 2008, March Madness-style tournament, this year a terrifying mélange of appalling oral-sex requests, bargain-bin philosophies, grammatical atrocities, and cringe-inducing pillow talk. To elevate the drama, I p ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>
Can an album comprised solely of samples really be an artistic achievement?
Honestly, I'm a little bit torn about naming Girl Talk's Feed The Animals the best album of the year. After all, it is a record made up entirely of mashups, so, strictly speaking, there's not a note of new music in this ba ... More >>