Martin Cizmar

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    October 13, 2011

    Wilco Is Coming to Tempe in January! Hooray!

    ​In one of my favorite pieces he wrote at New Times, former music editor Martin Cizmar argued that Wilco, one of my favorite bands, was, for all intents and purposes, no different than Dave Matthew Band, a group I don't like. (Anymore, at least. I was a pretty big fan of Before These Crowded Stree ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011
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    March 23, 2011

    Arizona Boycott On Like Donkey-Kong, Say Pro-Immigrant Groups

    Puente's Sal Reza, and others, want the boycott of Sand Land to continueIn the wake of the defeat of five anti-immigrant bills in the state Senate last week, there's been some question about whether the boycott of Arizona over Senate Bill 1070 should continue.There's no doubt that the boycott has be ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Incoming: Arcade Fire, Talib Kweli, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, John Vanderslice, Loudness

    Loudness​There's lots of big name acts in this week's just announced shows as the always-busy spring slate of shows are finally being announced. The huge Arcade Fire show was gleefully announced last Friday by Martin Cizmar, so I really need not write about the recent Album of the Year Grammy winn ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    15 Good Songs You Might've Missed in 2010

    Peter Storch​I listened to more than 3,000 songs in 2010, so I was asked to come up with a list of the best of the year. But you've probably heard "Swim" by Surfer Blood and "Boyfriend" by Best Coast and "Helicopter" by Deerhunter and "Hustle and Cuss" by the Dead Weather, so I came up with a ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #10

    Peter Storch​Oh, how we've missed podcasting to the music fans of the Valley. Well, music editor Martin Cizmar and I are back with a new one, with nine new-ish songs and lotsa banter about music, including the artistic achievements of Sufjan Stevens, a great new song by local band Gospel Claws, wh ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Rap Songs Fit for a Tea Party: Hip-Hop Songs with a Right Wing Bent

    ​Maybe you've heard: Today is election day.This year's election is a little different than the 2008 one, though. It seems not everyone is happy with the progress the Kenyan/Indonesian/Martian guy who usurped the presidency has been making toward converting our economy to socialism. Crazy, right? S ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010
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    August 5, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #8

    ​Music editor Martin Cizmar and I are back with another podcast, in which we discuss the overratedness of The Gaslight Anthem, the bleak Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse collaboration, my failed attempt at concert promoting, the return of Crowded House, and a bunch of other stuff that you didn't even rea ... More >>

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    August 1, 2010

    Landmine Marathon at Yucca Tap Room on 7/31/2010

    ​Landmine MarathonYucca Tap RoomJuly 31, 2010Fresh off a month-long U.S. tour, Landmine Marathon looked anything but tired last night at the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe. In their first ever gig at the Yucca, the band tore through a brief-yet-ferocious set that spanned all three of their albums and lef ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Secret Cities, Secretions, Secret Parties, and Other July Fourth Weekend Thrills

    Sac-Town punkers The SecretionsFirst Friday in Downtown Phoenix (Friday):Music editor Martin Cizmar has already filled you in about Shawn Anderson's killer show later tonight at tonight's edition of the monthly art walk, but that ain't the only gig going down. In addition to the rockers of the Mader ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Making Good Hip-Hop, Male Barbarellas, Iron Maiden and More in This Week's Issue

    American Negro.​This week's music feature is on the local hip-hop duo American Negro and their belief that good beats and socially conscious lyrics belong together, even though they claim a lot of people can only get a handle on one, and not both.Craig Outhier talks with Alex Ebert, frontman for E ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #5

    Peter M. Storch​They said it couldn't be done. Nothing Not New is well into its fifth month. That's something like 100 records that I've listened to so far. That's a lot of songs, and here are 11 more standouts from the past four-plus months.On this podcast, music editor Martin Cizmar and I discus ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Cizmar/Chilton: Can Phoenix or Mesa Get Some Synergy Going After the Great Valley Venue Shakeup of 2010?

    ​It's been a tumultuous year for Phoenix-area venues. Kicking off with Modified Arts' move from indie rock venue to straight-up gallery, things have been shifting and sliding and opening and closing like gangbusters.Downtown all-ages venue Phix is the latest casualty, with Scottsdale's Chyro Arts ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Phish 3D Flick Coming to Two Valley Movie Theaters

    Martin CizmarClick here for more photos from the festival where Phish 3D was recorded.​A concert film that takes viewers inside Phish's three-day Festival 8 will be screened at two Phoenix-area movie theaters next week.Phish 3D was shot at Festival 8 in Indio, California during Halloween weekend ( ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #4

    Peter M. Storch​Oh, do we have a show for you this time around. We're all very excited here at New Times studios because we've grasped the podcast technology to the point that our shows almost sound passable.But you're not listening to this stuff to hear music editor Martin Cizmar (he even says th ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Attention, Phoenix: We Are About to Take Over Your Radio for 4 Hours

    George Strait​Yes, a four-hour block of Phoenix New Times guest DJs is about to hit Arizona State University's student radio station, The Blaze.Tune in to hear clubs editor Benjamin Leatherman at 11 a.m., me (music editor Martin Cizmar) at high noon, Nothing Not New columnist Jay Bennett at 1 p.m. ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010
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    January 12, 2010

    Spoon: Transference in "Nothing Not New"

    Welcome to "Nothing Not New," a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 40-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Each Monday through Friday, he will listen to one new record (no best ofs, reissues, or concert re ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Texas Tornados

    Welcome to the "Nothing Not New," a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 40-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Why? Because in the words of his editor, Martin Cizmar, he suffers from "aesthetic atrophy," a ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009

    The Killers Vs. Kanye

    The Killers are fun but vapid, like their hometown

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    September 24, 2009
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    April 19, 2009

    Franz Ferdinand (Eventually) Resurrects The Dead at Marquee

    Martin CizmarSorry folks, this iPhone setlist shot is the best photo we got, as our photographer's credentials were lost.I know it's probably unfair to compare a crowd at the Marquee to a crowd at Coachella -- where the music-obsessed kids even greeted the white reggae band who came o ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Comfort For Change to Play at New Nine Ten Club Before Taking a Hiatus From Performing

    Catch AZ rockers Comfort For Change - before they take a hiatus - at Tempe's new Nine Ten Club Saturday, May 9. The Nine Ten Club was live music haunt Boston's way back when and Club Macarena more recently and is located at 910 N. McClintock Drive, hence the name. The band is taking some time of ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Concert Calendar for This Weekend: Voltaire, Amon Amarth, Mirah, Bizzy Bone, and More

    Does anyone have any concert-going energy left (or any money, for that matter) after last week's ginormous orgy of music events? We definitely do, which is why our asses will be out and about this weekend. Since Easter is on Sunday, the schedule is somewhat lighter than normal, but there's still s ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Public Enemy plays with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    There's a bunch going on this week, and by a bunch I mean SXSW. It is hard to compete with that wonderful festival right now, so I will let our coverage -- handled dutifully by our own ambassador of the funk Martin Cizmar -- of the events take precedence over Up on the Sun for the next few days. Tha ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Six-Inch Heels and $6 Beers: An Evening with O.A.R. in Scottsdale

    I have to admit, before New Times music editor Martin Cizmar asked me if I wanted to review O.A.R.'s show at the Birds Nest, I was only peripherally familiar with the band. "Aren't they a hippie jam band?" I asked. Fortunately, the chicks in my life came to the rescue to give me a crash course: My g ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009, Combichrist, Religious Rockers and More Over the Weekend's West Valley InvasionParty crasher Benjamin Leatherman spent Friday, January 24, boozing it up with The Dirty's Nik Richie at Hurricane Bay in the West Valley before saying hello to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at Jilly's in Chandler...slide show Top 10 Musicians Turned to Religion I ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Top Ten Musicians Turned to Religion

    In this week's music feature, Martin Cizmar explores how the last ten years have taken Ma$e from a rap super star and Puffy's right hand man to a passionate preacher man with his own flock in Phoenix and Atlanta. This got us thinking: who are the other big named musicians turned to religion? Find ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    You Asked For It: The Dagg Nabbit Stubbs

    Few bands are anywhere near as funny as they think they are -- The Dag Nabbit Stubbs is an exception. I mean, they're not, like hilarious, but they play their hand for all it's worth, backing up their redneck rock posturing with a sound like what the dead and zombified Skynyrd boys might make after ... More >>

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    December 28, 2008

    Concert of the Year Countdown: #4 What Laura Says

    Show: What Laura Says Thinks and Feels at the New Times Summer of Sound pop show at The Sets, June 21.Not to toot our own horn, but we really scored by booking local indie rock sensations What Laura Says Thinks and Feels for our Summer of Sound series this year. The quintet had already created quite ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Just Announced: Eagles of Death Metal, Hank Williams III and More

    It seems like just yesterday we were reminding you how bad the Eagles of Death Metal are live while praising The Hives for putting on one of the best shows of the year. Well, the band Axl Rose so memorably dubbed The Pigeons of Shit Metal are coming back in February, and they won't have the Sweds to ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Jerry Riopelle's New Year's Eve Show Also a CD Release Party

    We just got an update on Jerry Riopelle's New Year's Eve show that might of interest to anyone heading down to the Celebrity Theatre on the 31st for his annual concert. The local legend will be releasing a new CD on New Year's Eve, a re-mastered version of his live record called In the Round. The sh ... More >>

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    December 13, 2008

    What Not To Say To Bloc Party's Kele Okereke

    Almost every slip of paper the publicist for Bloc Party sends out has some mention of how much Kele Okereke doesn't like interviews. Without fail, the articles in their publicity packet have some bit about how shy the singer is, or how he hates to discuss his personal life, or how he hates having hi ... More >>

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    December 6, 2008

    Night Train: Veterans Way/College Avenue (Stop #22)

    Where: Paradise Hawaiian BBQ (580 S. College Ave. #103) is a 3 minute walk from the stop. East from the station, then south on College Ave. Drink: Kona Longboard Island Lager, $5 for a draft. Scene: If it's game day you'll have no problem getting a free beer at this stop, right by the dusty tailga ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    The Knux Back In Town on Dec. 8

    We know we're pimping The Knux a lot lately, but it's hard to resist. The LA-based hip-hop duo (who recorded the rap album of the year, Remind Me In 3 days...) is coming back town town next weekYes, that's right next week, a mere three weeks after they were here supporting Q-Tip on the 2K Sports Bou ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Show Announcements: Slipknot, The Maine, Dark Star Orchestra

    By Martin CizmarNot a huge week for show announcements, what with the holiday and all, but we have a few, including Slipknot (with Coheed and Cambria!), Dark Star Orchestra and The Maine.I'm most excited about The Maine, who will be at The Venue of Scottsdale the day after Christmas. Here's their vi ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Irwin Benefit Boasts Two Brash Female Voices

    By Martin Cizmar st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } It was a bold move, putting Dry River Yacht Club on right before Black Carl. Here you have two of the biggest female voices in the Valley's indie rock scene -- Emma Pew of BC and DRYC's Garnet -- back to back. But, hey, when you're t ... More >>

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    November 23, 2008

    Why I Was The Last Man In America To Hear Chinese Democracy

    By Martin Cizmar I very well may be the last man in American to hear Chinese Democracy. Almost certainly, I was the last music critic, and among last Guns n' Roses fans. Honestly, though, as bad as I wanted to hear it, I couldn't bring myself to log on to MySpace to hear the record I've been waitin ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Backstreet Boys Canceled

    By Martin Cizmar I sure would hate to be a bartender at the Chandler TGI Friday’s tonight: The Backstreet Boys show at Dodge Theatre this evening has been canceled – CANCELED – at the last minute. Due to illness. “The Backstreet Boys and Live Nation sincerely apologize for any inconvenienc ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    What Was The Valley's Best Record of 2008?

    By Martin Cizmar With the end of the year fast approaching, you’re about to be inundated with lists about the best and worst music of 2008. Phoenix New Times will be adding to that, of course, with our picks running the first week of the new year. And since I’ve only had this job about three mo ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Flier of the Week: sBACH

    By Martin Cizmar I bring you this week's Flier of the Week not because I love the Towelie-esque flier - though it is pretty cool - but because I don't want to be the only person who shows up to see videogame rockers sBACH at Modified this Saturday. I advanced this concert in the paper this week (re ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008

    Jimmy Eat World Celebrates Anniversary of Clarity By Playing It Live

    By Martin Cizmar It’s arguably the most influential record ever released by an Arizona band, and next year Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity turns 10. To celebrate, the band has announced that they’ll be playing the album in its entirety on a slate of 10 shows, culminating a ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    Show Announcements: Junior Brown, Limbeck, David Banner, Davey Jones, The Verve Pipe

    By Martin Cizmar A few show announcements fans of alt-country are going to like this week, led by Cottonwood’s Junior Brown and California’s Limbeck.

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    November 4, 2008

    You Asked For It: Toybox

    By Martin Cizmar It’s not often an album I’ve never heard before makes me nostalgic for my high school days, let alone one that came out last year and is sang partly in Japanese. But so it was with Toybox’s five-song EP, Five Seconds To…, which really took me back. ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Metallica in Glendale: Niki's Review for Spin

    By Martin Cizmar As promised, we've got a link to New Times Staff Writer, and former Music Editor, Niki D'Andrea's review of last night's Metallica show for

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    October 19, 2008

    Rihanna, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy and Pussycat Dolls coming for Phooson fest on Dec. 5

    By Martin Cizmar I don’t know why anybody would want to celebrate or encourage Phoenix and Tucson growing together, but apparently someone does, which is why there’s a Phooson festival leading this week’s upcoming show announcements.

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    October 8, 2008

    Cat Power's Voice Shines, Even In The Dark

    By Martin Cizmar Depending on who you ask, Cat Power is either really good or really bad live. In her younger days, as a notoriously stage-frightened boozehound, Chan Marshall didn’t impress anyone. Now sober and enjoying life, the indie diva mostly gets great write-ups praising ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008
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