After five years of fun and memorable shows, The Whisperlights are calling it quits. Like all veterans of long-distance relationships, the band members tried to make it work by getting together once a year or so and rekindling the magic, but they had the added problem of trying to get eight people t ... More >>
From Up On The Sun's "Fire Marshall Beck" rant in 2007 to praise of his project Staren Black in 2010, the relationship between the Phoenix New Times and local metal figure Marshall "Fucking" Beck has always been, um, "complicated." Certain members of the New Times staff -- past and present -- thi ... More >>
Practically every Western film one can think of has at least one saloon scene, a place where the sound of honky tonk piano creates the mood, where the town folk mix with the cowboys and ranchers, the gamblers and outlaws rub shoulders with the Marshall and his deputies, and the mustachioed bartende ... More >>
First, a "dumb drummer" joke: How do you get a drummer off of your porch? Pay him 10 bucks for the pizza. Now, our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Week.
What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>
See also: Six Desert Metal Bands That You Need to Hear See also: Alice Cooper's Mom Has the Original "School's Out" Panties There aren't many bands that I hold higher than Deep Purple when it comes to putting down the groundwork for heavy metal, driven by British rocker Jonathon Douglas "Jon" Lord ... More >>
See also: Monday Monday: Is Heavy Metal Really The Devil's Music? The desert is the perfect place for heavy metal to spawn: desolate, hot, seemingly devoid of life, save for the plants and critters that spit poison or are encased in thorny flesh. Yet Valley of the Sun's healthy metal scene just c ... More >>
There's something about LOUDNESS that's deeply appealing to fans of rock 'n' roll, especially when it comes to a live performance. The visceral shock, the days of tinnitus... it all coheres into something that transcends a recording and delineates the difference between headphones at home and ... More >>
Phoenix metal band Hemoptysis is getting a lot of love for their soon-to-be-released album Misanthropic Slaughter.The band, which Phoenix New Times sponsored at South by Southwest and featured in print last March, put the album up for pre-order yesterday on their web site.Misanthropic is technica ... More >>
Eminem has confirmed he's recording with Dr. Dre again, according to MTV News.Marshall announced on Satellite Radio that he and Dre are brewing up something good, saying that he might rap over one of Dre's new beats.After one more single gets released from his latest album, Recovery, Eminem plans ... More >>
Reign of Vengeance Why wait for the weekend when you can start your Halloween festivities on "hump day"? Marshall "Fucking" Beck, one of the Valley's most prolific and controversial heavy metal musicians, is getting a head start on the season with a Halloween bash at Martini Ranch Wednesday night ... More >>
An altercation involving moshers, bouncers, and the Tempe Police Department may be headed to court.If you follow the local metal scene, you may have heard about an incident at Tempe's Club Red involving Mesa metal act Rising Pain, who were opening for Dutch death-metal outfit Pestilence. Afte ... More >>
Marshall "Fucking" BeckTo say Marshall "Fucking" Beck and New Times have had a contentious relationship over the years would be an understatement.Love him or hate him, though, Beck's dedication to the local metal scene is unassailable. In addition to hosting and promoting numerous metal sho ... More >>
Deborah Ostreicher and Steve Milo love each other to death, more or less, in Murder Among Friends.Tempe Little Theatre was founded nearly 40 years ago (full disclosure: I've worked with them in three of those four decades, as a performer, an elected officer, a director who was paid a small sti ... More >>
Know-it-all media the world over got punked by the latest New Times parody, and now (sigh . . .) its time to cop to the details.
Here comes the trendsetter
The Energy Trio is equal parts Coltrane and Cobain
Rappers soften up like asphalt
Maybe it's a concept album
Public gets insider's view of Roosevelt District
Wonderful Rainbow (Load Records)
You Are Free (Matador Records)
100th Window (Virgin)
Internet mashers give new, weird lives to Eminem's "Without Me"
Rehearsal-room burglary leaves two bands short of at least $12,000 worth of equipment
The Texas-Jerusalem Experience (Bella Union)
The Rasta Farmers plant their first CD
The Covers Record
Chan Marshall's latest album is a collection of other people's songs, but it still smells like Cat Power
Billy Squier gets philosophical and Trashman gets sick
Tribal War plays the reggae music, mon. With a Havasupai flavor, don'cha know.