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Martin Cizmar

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    February 22, 2013

    Do You Believe in the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine?

    After more than 100 years of searching, it looks like nobody's been able to find the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine or lore, which is supposed to be located in the Superstition Mountains.We bring this up due to one of the most recent unsuccessful gold-hunters, a woman named Robin Byrd, who had to be pluc ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Chow Bella Weighs in on Martin Cizmar's New Diet Book, Chubster

    ​Remember Martin Cizmar? He was our music critic at Phoenix New Times (left last year, he's now at the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon) and he also kicked up some dust in the Phoenix food community. As you might recall, Cizmar got into a bit of a tiff with Earl's BBQ (there's still a "Wanted" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2011

    New Times' Writers, Designers and Photographers Win Honors from Arizona Press Club

    Phoenix New Times walked away with nine first place awards Saturday night at the state Press Club's 2010 Best Journalism in Arizona contest -- including for the paper's comprehensive immigration series, "Amongst U.S."The newspaper received more than 30 awards for work during 2010.Sarah Fenske, ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    "Sad Songs" by Andrew Jackson Jihad Featured on Lauren Records Comp I Think We Should Stay Away From Each Other

    ​At the start of this year, Martin Cizmar wrote an excellent piece about local folk-punks Andrew Jackson Jihad. Though the band is known for lyrically dense, poignant songs, they also have a reputation as being damn funny guys. The duo, comprised of guitarist/singer Sean Bonnette and bassist Ben ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Cafe: Big Earl's BBQ

    ​Making good bbq is not easy. It's an exercise in patience; one that requires discipline and hard work. That's why we leave it to the pros and their fully-equipped BBQ restaurants. Sadly, it looks like Big Earl's Fancy BBQ is not the place to spend your BBQ dollars. Music Editor Martin Cizmar o ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    September 16, 2010

    Scott Weiland's Publicist and "Good Friend" Comes to His Defense

    ​Sometimes people ask me, "Martin, why are you so hard on noted junkie and sometimes rock singer Scott Weiland?"Well, for one, because he's a pathetic piece of trash who makes donations to a "charity" that's actually just his late brother's family. Also, because he seems to have been caught lip-sy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Snake! Snake! Snakes!, Toby Keith, Ted Nugent, and More in This Week's Issue

    Snake! Snake! Snakes!​This week's music feature is on the local band Snake! Snake! Snakes!, who are starting to get a lot of national attention, particularly from the college radio world. Despite their burgeoning success, the group has a bit of a problem a la Spinal Tap: They can't hold onto a dru ... More >>

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    July 18, 2010

    Smashingsun Pumpkinups at Marquee Theatre on 7/17/2010

    Martin CizmarS.P. performing at Marquee Theatre. Where's the "ZERO" shirt?​Weird story: So last night I went to Marquee Theatre to see standard-bearing folk-punk band Against Me!, who just put out their second-consecutive awesome album, White Crosses.Unfortunately, the ticket line was about 100 ya ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Twittenemies and Online Nemeses, New Record Releases, and More in This Week's Issue

    Elycia Marie: Martin Cizmar's internet nemesis.​This week's music feature is an explanation of the strange series of events that made Elycia Marie, the girlfriend of Malcolm in the Middle child star Frankie Muniz, who plays drums for a Phoenix band, the Twitter nemesis of music editor Martin Cizma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Chubster: A Weight Loss Guide For Hipsters Written By One of New Times' Own On the Way

    Kirsten Veng-PedersenMartin Cizmar...or at least what's left of him.​Music Editor Martin Cizmar is a larger than life personality. The same can not be said about his stature, however. For nearly two years now, I have consorted with Mr. Cizmar both as a colleague and a friend and frequently sharin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Angry Cocktail Waitresses and Merle Haggard on SB 1070 in This Week's Issue

    Beware of angry cocktail waitresses.​This week's music feature is a cold, hard look at why your cocktail waitress hates you, written from the perspective of a drink-slinging, cork-topped tray carrying, waitress.Martin Cizmar does an interview with none other than country music legend Merle Haggard ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010
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    April 6, 2010

    Arizona Barbecue Festival 2010: We'll be There. Any Chefs Wanna Play for Pinks?

    Jonathan McNamara Here's our smoker. Yes, we're serious. ​"Don't let your mouth write a check that your tail can't cash" -- Bo Diddley, coining an age-old axiom. "Props to [Karnivorous BBQ Team] for having brisket when everyone else was out, even if that intensely-dry brisket tasted a lot l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    N.W.A's Eazy E, Paul McCartney, and Wrestling Theme Music in This Week's Issue

    ​This week's music feature is on N.W.A's Eazy E, and how his death from AIDS shook the rap world. The column is the culmination of Martin Cizmar's 12-day series, The Posse Project.You can also find our list of Paul McCartney's worst songs, and the ten best wrestling themes. That should get you gea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Chandler BBQ Throwdown Burns Brisket and Bridges

    Martin CizmarThis may have been the only great-looking brisket at the entire festival. Sadly, we were told to wait 10 minutes while he cut it, left, and returned a short time later to find all the meat was gone.​They came for delicious smoked meat. They left having found long lines for some of the ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Beer and Donuts: Together At Last at Il Vanaio

    Martin CizmarThe Doughnuts, clockwise: chocolate cake, ricotta fritter, beignet, strawberry filled.​It's an idea so obvious it's surprising it hasn't been done before: beer with donuts.Though someone somewhere has probably tried it (maybe Paul Westerberg?) Mesa's Il Vanaio took the pairing of micr ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010
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    March 11, 2010

    Antique Scream, SxSW, Self-Loathing Bands, and Cizmarch Madness in This Week's Issue

    Antique Scream​This week's music feature is about Antique Scream, who moved from the Valley to the Pacific Northwest over a year ago, and is now coming back on tour.Also in this week's issue, you'll find the lowdown on every Valley band headed out to Austin for SxSW in the coming week. We'll give ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010
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    January 7, 2010

    New Issue Lowdown

    ​We can officially look back at 2009 in the dust trail behind us. It's over and done, and we are just finishing up contemplating what the year brought us. For the music crowd, that means a reflection of any and all recordings that made 2009 what it was. Music editor Martin Cizmar presents t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Top 10 of 2009: Jay Bennett

    Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today, we bring you a list from Jay Bennett, New Times' editorial operations manager and a contributor to Up o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Lynyrd Skynyrd: Point/Counterpoint

    By Martin Cizmar and Brian BardwellUnfortunately we were unexpectedly barred from taking photos at last night's Lynyrd Skynyrd show at Celebrity Theatre.​Sometimes one perspective on a show isn't enough. So, like we did with Beck and Tool, Up on the Sun is bringing you a point/counterpoint style w ... More >>

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    June 6, 2009

    Post 2K

    Yes, this is Up On The Sun's 2,000th post. Can you believe it?I realize I'm opening a can of words here, but anything you'd like to see change here on the music blog most easily reached by typing www.PHXmusic.com in to your preferred browser's address bar? More coverage of your friend's band? Le ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Adolf Hitler an Arizona Cardinals Fan? Check it Out.

    We've gotten our fair share of hate mail over the years, especially after our Super Bowl cover story about weak-kneed Cardinals fans and their coal-mining hillbilly counterparts (Steeler Nation) from Western Pennsylvania, but we've never received anything as hilarious/disturbing as this video. Yes, ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Mini T's, What Laura Says Play SxSW Showcases

    Greetings from the outskirts of Austin, Texas, where we're holed up in a hotel after a long day of music at South by Southwest's opening day. What happened? Well, a few Phoenix bands played their showcases, hopefully making an impression on tastemakers and industry types at this massive festival, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Wanda Jackson Show on Jan. 11 Cancelled

    Old timey rock chick Wanda Jackson has canceled her January 11 performance at the Rhythm Room due to a family emergency. The 71-year-old Oklahoma native is known as "The Queen of Rockabilly" once dated Elvis Presley... before setting down with a IBM programmer named Wendell. Refunds are available th ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Flier of the Week: Bog Log III

    This week's Flier of the Week only hits at an explanation of the spectacle which is a Bob Long III show. I'm not going to bother to explain the concept of "Boob Scotch" to you myself, but you can read all about Log on wikipedia or you can venture over to his site to see some shots of nude women, boo ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    Round Up: Best Of Our Best Of Lists

    Happy New Year! Up on the Sun and Phoenix New Times have had a lot of lists for you over the past month. Like, more than we can count. Just in case you missed some, here are a few of our favorites:Phoenix's best records of 2008: The best 10 records released in this town last year, including Kinch,  ... More >>

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    December 27, 2008

    Concert of the Year Countdown: #5 Metallica

    Show: Metallica at Jobing.com Arena on October 21Unlike Niki, I'm not much of a metalhead, but this should was truly brilliant. In fact, I found myself listening to Death Magnetic for weeks afterwards, and was fond of saying things like "I feel like I just discovered this new band... Metallica! They ... More >>

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    December 27, 2008

    Light Rail Riding? Steer Clear of Mesa Stop

    Not sure how many more folks are headed out to the train today, but if you are steer clear on the eastern most stop. There are several thousand people there, all waiting in a looong line for their chance to take a ride on the Valley Metro's first day of operation. Unless you're in to the scene drive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Kinch Teaser Video Now Up

    Kinch, one of my favorite local bands (and you'll find out just how favorite when my column on the top 10 local CDs of the year drops next week) has posted a new video chronicling the recording of their upcoming record in Austin. You can click below to see the YouTube version below, or go to kinch ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Concert of the Year Countdown: #10 The Loveblisters

    It was a year of transition for the New Times music section, with Niki D'Andrea being promoted to staff writer and Martin Cizmar taking over as music editor. And so, for the rundown of the 10 best shows of the year appearing, we're teaming up to bring you five shows reviewed by both Niki and Martin. ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Flier of the Week: Alas Alak Alaska

    This week's Flier of the Week mostly makes the cut cuz it's very interesting, but the bands are worth checking out too. Our Night & Day section had a little advance of the show, tonight at Trunk Space, which has Alas Alak Alaska headlining so check that out. --Martin Cizmar

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    December 11, 2008

    Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding This Weekend

    It just wouldn't be Christmas in Arizona without Alice Cooper's annual event, Christmas Pudding, where the shock rocker turned radio jock assembles local and national talent to raise money for The Solid Rock Center, a Christian center aiming to keep teens out of trouble and teach them about the Way ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Flier of the Week: Joe Strummer Benefit & Memorial

    This one comes from the "leave your number at the beginning of any voice mail you leave me" file: I got a call from the front man of Glass Heroes yesterday about the Joe Strummer benefit and memorial the band is hosting this Saturday at George and Dragon downtown. His message got cut off before I go ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Christmas Comes Early: The Loveblisters Album is Done

    This morning I woke up thinking "Hmmm, I'm pretty much done compiling my list of the top ten local releases of the year, I should write that column soon," when I got an unexpected e-mail that threw the whole operation to disarray.That's right, The Loveblisters record, The Nowhere West is done. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Country Thunder 2009: Now With Layaway

    Perhaps recognizing that the tanking economy has hit the blue-collar sorts you'll find at a massive multi-day country music festival especially hard, Country Thunder is introducing an installment purchase plan. Or, as we like to call it, "layaway." Now on countrythunder.com you can get your tickets ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Paula Abdul Hosting Phooson Tonight

    So, if there's one thing I thought Phooson, tonight's popped up show at Cricket was missing, it was some B-list hosting talent. Luckily, Johnjay and Rich are bringing in the big guns: Paul Abdul. The American Idol hostess will join the disc jocks on stage at Cricket Pavillion to introduce Rihanna, F ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Billy Joel and Elton John Coming to U.S. Airways Together

    On Tuesday we told you about the big announcement we'd been summoned down to U.S. Airways Center for: free lunch, entertainment by The Big Bang as well as the Phoenix Suns dance team and their Gorilla mascot. Hell, they even brought us two little chocolate pianos and a flier to promote the press c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Flier of the Week: 30 Fathom Grave

    You know who ends up getting a lot of Flier of the Week love? Local industrial bands. But, really, as much as I'd like to spread the attention around, I have to share fliers like this. This flier for 30 Fathom Grave's show at The Ruby Room is pretty great. It kind of reminds me of the cover of Metal ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008

    Flier of the Week: The Human Mirror

    By Martin Cizmar This week we're gonna get artsy with our Flier of the Week. Human Mirror is an electronic duo that uses a laptop, electronics, drums and more to make a sound that's very eclectic, but has strong strands of world music and dub. They're Phoenix based, but planning to play and record ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008

    Flier of the Week: Japanese Monsters

    By Martin Cizmar I bring you this week's Flier of the Week not because it's a bunch of bands we've recently featured at the Ruby Room, but because it's possibly (and hopefully) the last time we can use Sarah Palin as a pop-culture touchstone for a long, long, long time. Maybe ever. So here's the w ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    No Use For A Name at Yucca Tap Room? For Free?

    By Martin Cizmar The Yucca Tap Room's no cover policy has always served me well, usually by getting a bunch of cheap friends to see a cool local band without bitching about their $5. Occasionally, though, things really get interesting, as a national act comes in to play a free show at the delightfu ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Flier of the Week: Mountain Mojo III

    This week's flier of the week is for a show that's slightly out of town, but sounds really cool. As Chris Hansen Orf told you in this week's paper, Mountain Mojo III is a hippie shindig up in Jerome, whe ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    You Asked For It: Comfort For Change

    Comfort For Change Stories that didn’t hit the page… (Self-released) By Martin Cizmar It’s not often a local band without a record deal delivers a product as polished as Comfort For C ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008

    Haunted House Review: Arizona’s Original Scream Park in Scottsdale

    They call it Arizona’s Original Scream Park, and though it’s hard to imagine that it is, indeed, the first haunted house in the state given that it’s only 11 years old, it definitely does have an old school feel.

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    September 25, 2008

    Flier of the Week: AAWL Benefit Show

    I picked this week's flier not because it's good, as it is certainly anything but. I picked this monstrosity because my flier of the week contest is still going on, and this should serve as a reminder of just how bad the fliers in this town have gotten.

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    September 18, 2008

    Flier of the week: One

    It's a big concert weekend with The Hives and Eagles of Death Metal in town tomorrow. If you're looking for a more danceable show check out One's three year anniversary show at the Ruby Room. House DJ Jay Tripwire, a Canadian DJ that makes up half of ‘The Clones’ with Chicago’s Mazi. He's know ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Black Crowes Canceled

    The Black Crowes show at Mesa Arts Center, postponed yesterday, is now canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

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