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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    June 10, 2011

    KWSS 106.7 Morning Infidelity Crew Wins Cash From...X103.9?

    The TMI Crew with cash-money -- er -- an oversized check, in hand. ​ When Martin Cizmar did a recent New Times cover story about KWSS 106.7's The Morning Infidelity morning show, he detailed the fact that the three lovable goofballs who run the thing, Brad "Beef Vegan" Pfirrman, Lisa "Shorty" Shor ... More >>

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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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    January 13, 2011
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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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    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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    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 12, 2010

    Arizona Barbecue Festival: Lessons Learned from Competing in a KCBS Event

    Martin Cizmar Sign spotted on the drive to the Arizona Barbecue Festival... Sorry, kids, not today!​I planned to smoke a lot of meat while competing in the Arizona Barbecue Festival this weekend. I did not plan to smoke a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer.I am embarrassed to report that in addition to ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Cizmar/Chilton: The Future of Indie Rock on KJZZ

    Lincoln and Douglas: You decide which is Steve and which is Martin.​The future of KJZZ has been a hot topic for a week or so now. The debate started with a Facebook group called "Bring Independent Music to KJZZ" which now racked up 1,000 fans and continued when the station's music director, Blais ... 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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    March 23, 2010

    The Blaze 1330's Guest DJ Week: Who's Spinning and When

    ​Arizona State's student radio station is always a fun throwback to the glory days of college radio, and perhaps the best showcase of that spirit is the annual Guest DJ Week.The long-running tradition -- which I participated in last year -- started yesterday with restaurateur Chris Bianco and loca ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    She & Him: Volume 2

    ​Artist: She & HimTitle: Volume 2Release date: March 23Label: MergeMy editor has claimed this project a triumph for no other reason than I've chosen the new over the old -- sort of. See, I told Martin Cizmar a while back that I wanted to review tonight's Ray Davies concert. I love the Kinks. T ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    You Asked For It: No Longer Together

    I have found that sometimes the album art says a lot about a certain band.​No Longer TogetherNo Longer Together(Self-released)Grade: DWell, it was a bumpy start to my first go around with You Asked For It. The transition into my second week was somewhat better, but not by much. Case in point: Scot ... More >>

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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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    December 28, 2009

    Top Ten of 2009: Jason P. Woodbury

    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 Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Jason P. Woodbury, a New Times contributor, a staff writer at Tiny Mix ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009
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    November 30, 2009

    R.I.P. Ruby Room: Downtown Phoenix Music Venue Closing Tomorrow Night

    The Ruby Room's liquor supply will likely get sucked down by tomorrow night.​Nightspots are dropping like flies in central and downtown Phoenix This past weekend, the hipster dance peeps mourned the loss of Homme Lounge. Now it's the rock and indie crowd's turn to start shedding a few tears, as t ... 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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    June 25, 2009

    Ida Maria's Martini Ranch Show is Short and Sweet

    Martin CizmarIda Maria performing at Martini Ranch. This photo was taken with a special camera capable of capturing an image during incredibly short events, this one lasting only a matter of microseconds.If you're worried Ida Maria is the next in a long line of indie princesses to go "pop" the first ... More >>

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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 3, 2009

    Need More to Do This Weekend? Try the Gibson Jazz & Blues Festival

    Yeah, I see it, too. It's a dijeridou. Just use your own discretion this weekend.As already revealed by Martin Cizmar, this weekend holds a bevy of entertainment for the Valley. Tempe has it's annual Music Fest and Florence will cast some Country Thunder down upon the masses. If neither of those spa ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

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

    P.E. bringin' the noise circa 1988There'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 ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

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

    Luke HolwerdaSee more shots from the gig in our O.A.R. slide showI 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 chi ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Lash Out at Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon for Terrible Towel Diss. Go Phil!

      Hell hath no fury like  Steelers fans, dissed. One day after a Cardinals rally at Sky Harbor Airport, where  Mayor Phil Gordon stomped on one of the Steelers' signature "Terrible Towels," the mayor's getting slammed on Pittsburgh talk radio -- and bombarded w ... 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? Fin ... 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 quit ... 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 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 10, 2008

    Snow Patrol is Perfectly Pleasant at The Clubhouse on Dec. 10

    I usually feel like I have to come up with the defining words about a show myself since, you know, I get paid to be there and all, but I really can't do any better than the simple statement made by my friend Ashley last night at Snow Patrol's Clubhouse show: "It's not that exciting, but it is pleasa ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    DMX Arrested in FLA

    So, from our sister paper in Broward County/Palm Beach comes news that DMX was again popped by the cops yesterday. He's been arrested seven times in 2008 alone for charges that range from identity theft and animal cruelty to drug possession and failure to appear in court, several times here in Arzio ... 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 3, 2008

    Britney Spears Coming To Glendale on April 24

    We honestly can't imagine too many people care at this point, but we've been wrong before, so, in case you do, that chick who had Kevin Federline's children is coming to Arena on April 24. Britney Spears is back with her "The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 Tour" - her first arena t ... 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 B ... 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 19, 2008

    Pop Culture: Faygo Goes Fancy

    By Martin Cizmar Few sodas divide like Faygo. The Detroit soda is maligned by many because it’s cheap, super sweet and associated with Insane Clown Posse-loving Juggalos. On the other hand it’s beloved because it’s cheap, super sweet, and also associated with happy Midwestern childhoods sp ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008
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    September 16, 2008
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