Mark Erickson

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    June 16, 2014

    Cover the Crescent - Crescent Ballroom - 6/13/2014

    I have loved the idea of the near monthly "Cover The Crescent" events at Crescent Ballroom since its inception and I have attended nearly all of them, but I have never seen a CTC sell out until last night. This particular edition of Cover The Crescent was beyond all others that have preceded it, h ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Carla Morrison - Musical Instrument Museum - 5/23/2013

    Before belting into "Compartir," Carla Morrison addressed the crowd: "I never thought this was gonna happen. I'm so happy to be playing here tonight. I didn't grow up here, but I lived here for six years, and I consider this place my hometown, too."

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    January 3, 2013
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    December 26, 2012

    The Top 10 Phoenix Albums of 2012

    Ladies and gentleman, here are our 10 picks for our favorite Phoenix albums of 2012. Enjoy! See also: -13 Phoenix Bands You Need to Hear in 2013 -Jason P. Woodbury's 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012 -Top 10 Reissues and Compilations of 2012 -Top Five 2012 Heavy Releases In Phoenix -That Was 2012 Wr ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

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    December 5, 2012

    Colorstore's Final Show Will Honor Mark Erickson

    The news of Mark Erickson's suicide in September hit the Phoenix music community hard. Erickson was a familiar face on stage, performing in local groups including ROAR, Gospel Claws, and Sweetbleeders. But it was Colorstore, the band he fronted for nearly a decade, that most reflects Erickson's com ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    President Gator Records Launches This Weekend at Crescent Ballroom

    Downtown Phoenix regulars know Jeremiah Gratza -- he's that dapper guy with white-rimmed glasses and usually a snazzy hat -- as Director of Operations of local promotion house Stateside Presents. But Gratza is looking to expand his resume by launching a brand new vinyl imprint. Gratza is celebrati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Mark Erickson (Colorstore, Sweetbleeders, Gospel Claws, Roar) Memorial Service/Benefit Announced

    See also: R.I.P. Mark Erickson of Colorstore, Roar, and Gospel Claws See also: Download: Colorstore's Shambolic, Fuzzy "My Life As a Beaver" See also: Serene Dominic Interviews ColorstoreThe details regarding the memorial service for Mark Erickson, known for his roles in Colorstore, Sweetbleeders, R ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    Top Five Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>

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    September 2, 2012

    R.I.P. Mark Erickson of Colorstore, Roar, and Gospel Claws

    Editor's Note: It's with heavy hearts that Up on the Sun reports that Mark Erickson, local songwriter and musician known for his roles in Colorstore, Gospel Claws, and Roar, has passed away. Longtime Phoenix New Times music writer Serene Dominic brings us this note of remembrance. Our condolences ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Download: Colorstore's Shambolic, Fuzzy "My Life as a Beaver"

    See also: Colorstore Brings Film and Rock Together at FilmBar With a Little Help From Their Friends Colorstore's "My Life as a Beaver" starts with a fuzzy guitar, just like "Revolution" by The Beatles, then erupts into a blown speaker pop opus. Whatever you do, don't snicker at the title, though it ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    The Serene Dominic Show with Make My Baby

    ​Some vidcasts you just have to make a leap of faith that everything will work out all right. Like when singer songwriter Lonna Kelly tells you she's just formed a girl group called Make My Baby, you book them on the show and ask questions later which is what we did. Lonna writes great songs on ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Colorstore Brings Film and Rock Together at FilmBar With a Little Help From Their Friends

    ​For months, tomorrow's show at FilmBar was supposed to be a local feast for the senses. Colorstore intended to host a night of local rock and rhythms, adding Gospel Claws to the lineup and a list of guest DJs. But then Gospel Claws dropped out. Something about prior engagements in California ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Lara Plecas, What Are You Listening To?

    Lara Plecas​Lara Plecas The local artist has a show at Art Detour at her studio The Aviary from March 19 to 21. It is located at 1020 Grand Ave. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I pretty much only listen to NPR radio. I like their tak ... More >>

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    March 30, 2006


    When We Float the River

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    September 23, 2004

    Side Projectors

    The Sweet Bleeders and Colorstore are two-timing each other