Maria Vassett

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    10 Favorite Concerts of the Summer

    We don't want to jinx it, but a string of cooler nights and balmy afternoons has us feeling comfortable saying "Summer's done." The festival season has come to a close, and it's time to unpack that neglected denim and put away your jorts and Coachella Crocs for the season. Of course, this summer r ... More >>

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    April 21, 2012

    Florence the Machine, Comerica Theatre, 4/20/12

    Florence the Machine Friday, April 20, 2012 Comerica Theatre When I streamed the band's Coachella performance last weekend so I could get an idea of what to expect when they came to Phoenix, I thought, "She's great, but something about the performance is kind of weird." To hell with those thought ... More >>

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    January 2, 2012

    New Year's Eve at Crescent Ballroom, Scottsdale Clubs, and The Compound Over the Weekend

    Welcome to 2012. Now that you've recovered from your hangover, check out some of the First Night craziness and more around the Valley.Photo by Melissa FossumNew Year's Eve Pahtay at Crescent Ballroom​Selecting the right spot to welcome the New Year can be a challenge since most bars are loud, pack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Rush at US Airways Center 6/16/11

    Photos by Maria VassettRush at US Airways Center​ Rush US Airways Center Thursday, June 16 It's always exciting when a band pays tribute to their most successful album by playing it from beginning to end. It was no surprise that US Airways Center was nearly sold out last night, packed with thous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Front Line Assembly at the Nile Theater, 6/7/11

    Photos by Maria VassettFront Line Assembly's Bill Leeb​Front Line Assembly The Nile Theater in Mesa June 7, 2011It's not often that an old school industrial band comes through town and plays a venue that isn't a sports bar or some shady, swinger-filled fetish club, but Front Line Assembl ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at The Rhythm Room Last Night

    Photos by Maria VassettDirty Dozen Brass Band​The Dirty Dozen Brass BandThe Rhythm RoomWednesday, May 25, 2011Maybe I don't get out that much, but I can count on my hand the number of times I've seen a sousaphone played live in concert -- especially at the Rhythm Room. Such was the case with last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Combichrist at the Nile Theater

    Photos by Maria VassettCombichrist​REVIEW BY DANIEL RAVEN Combichrist Nile Theater Sunday, May 22  Industrial is a tough genre for newer artists to emerge from and become truly successful in, but the potty-mouthed misogynists in Combichrist found the secret for doing just that:&nb ... More >>

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Happy Endings

    The Necronauts land smoothly with their latest release

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    April 15, 2004

    Scream Sequence

    Greeley Estates has made a lot of noise -- and fans -- in its short existence

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    October 16, 2003

    Door A-Jar

    The Phoenix metal club's line-up isn't quite so metal nowadays

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    September 11, 2003

    Checkers, Anyone?

    Like game pieces, Tempe music venues keep jumping around

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    August 28, 2003

    No Flags Here

    Bella may be the Valley's premier all-female band, but they won't march for anyone but themselves

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    August 7, 2003

    Boomsome Twosome

    A look at two rising music venues, ones that couldn't be more different but are in the same boat anyway

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    March 27, 2003

    Biz Marquee

    Two new Tempe clubs bolster a scene; watching war at halftime.

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    May 16, 2002

    About a Band

    As Tolerance strives for a denser sound, the majors are taking a longer, harder look