Forget gang and murder references. There is nothing more gangsta than singing about lines in the bathroom, getting high on purple stuff, and trees in your lap -- especially when you're 20 years old. No matter the bleached blonde hair or teddy bears she likes to bring on stage and dance with, Miley C ... More >>
At 43 years old, it seems safe to say that Jay-Z is on top of the world. Within the past year, he's become the face of an NBA basketball franchise, had a beautiful child with his tremendously famous wife, and had a mega-collaboration with Justin Timberlake. Hell, he even picked up the new title of s ... More >>
Ricky Brindley Brindley performs with sketch comedy troupe Bully Mammoth tonight at the Tempe Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. For more information, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? The station that plays my iPod or 91.5-FM (NPR ... More >>
By Dan Moore Psy's Gangnam Style is now the most-viewed YouTube video ever, and as we go to press Monday morning that means it's been watched coming up on 830 million times. That means that the single biggest pop culture event of 2012--the video you're most likely to talk about with your grandma at ... More >>
Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Miss a question? Go here.It's no secret there's a connection between food ... More >>
Joleen LunzerThe stand-up comedian headlines the Tempe Improv Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I recently found a station that plays hip hop/R&B from the 90's and early 2000's, 101.1 FM. I also ... More >>
Anton MackeyAnton Mackey Mackey is a yoga teacher at LifePower Yoga and Summit North Scottsdale and a fitness trainer at FITLIFE Scottsdale. What songs are you vibing on these days? "Hold You," by Gyptian (Major Lazer remix); "I Wanna," by Sahara & Bob Sinclair (featuring Shaggy); "One by O ... More >>
When it comes to summer music festivals, most people tend to think of well established, corporate-sponsored events like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, or the Pitchfork Music Festival. But one music festival that seems to be establishing itself as something of a big ticket in recent years is the annual ... More >>
Sostadiumstatus.blogspot.comYou can see (ahem) a lot in a TSA scan.... including this gun!Damn, TSA, buy a girl a drink first. The new full-body image scanners at airports this holiday season have already stressed and nervous travelers in a tizzy. Sure, nobody wants a bomb on their plane, but it ... More >>
Remember when MC Hammer went all thug and changed his name to Hammer to get a little edge? He recorded that awful "Pumps and a Bump" song and turned his backup dancers into a newly-hard posse of wannabe street thugs? History is repeating itself.Hammer -- last spotted as a Social Media Guru pitchin ... More >>
The Summer Set: Not so original, but still kickin' out the jams.This week's music feature is on The Summer Set, and their unapologetically unoriginal music that's still worth a listen.The oft overlooked Leon Russell is working on a new collaboration with the likes of T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, a ... More >>
We owned two copies of this album on cassette when I was 6Does it matter if it's a slow week for show announcements if one of those announcements features MC Hammer?I say no to that, and such is this week's fate. Sure, this week features a fewer number of shows than in previous weeks, but c'mon p ... More >>
MC Hammer before Twitter.There's probably no human being I've ever held in higher regard than MC Hammer. Truly. Over the span of my 29 years, I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone I idolized quite like Hammer circa summer 1990 something my mom confirmed earlier this year upon discovering some old V ... 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: Feathered Bastard: Blue Boy Video: See the Creation of the African-American Face That Was Too Much for an Ar ... More >>
Sound of the City: And Now Let's Play "Find Jimmy Rollins In The MC Hammer Video"So Much Silence: Dfactor: Shake ItIdolator: I Can't Wait For Lil Wayne To Create A Whole Mixtape About The Cake Created In His LikenessWaved Rumor: Sea Wolf, Sara Lov Friday at Modified (PHX)Electric Mustache: Video: Ta ... More >>
If this week's U2 stadium show didn't slake your thirst for overblown artists from yesteryear, the coming weeks and months will undoubtedly satisfy your cravings for throwback acts: KISS is on their way to the Valley, as well as The Misfits, Y&T, MC Hammer, Cameo, and Brian Setzer. You can s ... More >>
As we reported on this blog back in November, Suns star Shaquille O'Neal's on Twitter, the "micro-blogging" site where users can post short messages on the Internet (through computers or their cell phones) that detail what they're doing at any given moment. (For example, Shaq Twittered on January 16 ... More >>
The world already has its share of ridiculous ring tones, but now, thanks to a company called FunMobility, you can hear the voice of famed physicist Stephen Hawkings rapping "Baby Got Back" whenever that special someone calls your cell phone.
Disc out of the box
Tall trannies, polyamorous pagans and tipsy rounds of tonsil hockey: That's Hot Pink! redux, baby
Cut a rug with Page from history
Haven't got enough Wu-Tang merchandise? Now there's a book
How to deconstruct U2's Bomb? Let Mom review it.
The night crew checks out an after-hours hot spot
Charlie's high-flying heroines kick ass, but not the sequel syndrome.
30,000 bands can't be too wrong -- CD Baby hands 'em independence
A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him.
Stephen Malkmus leaves Pavement behind with a slanted and enchanting solo debut
January 14 - 20, 1999
Trashman dresses as himself for Halloween
Seventeen years after its advent, sampling remains mired in legal and aesthetic controversy
Let's just get right to it