Marvin Gaye

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    September 26, 2014

    6 Best Concerts to See This Weekend

    Do you like music but hate overly large crowds? Is Tempe Beach Park your idea of hell? Do you hate everything you hear on AAA and alternative radio stations? Never fear. There are other things going on this weekend besides Summer Ends Music Festival, and we've got the six best alternatives right her ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    Pop Music Plagiarism's Worst Offenses: A History

    By Luke Winkie Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psy ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014
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    November 14, 2013

    Drake Is Invincible Because He's So Impossibly Vulnerable

    So who is this Drake guy, anyway? Of course, there's Drake the superstar, the guy who opens his latest, Nothing Was the Same, with the brag that he's as famous as his mentor--though at this point, he's arguably much more famous than Lil Wayne, who signed him to Cash Money. Drake's the guy who casu ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Robin Thicke Cancels Phoenix Performance, Gives Crazy Interview

    Robin Thicke's performance at the Arizona Jazz Festival was canceled abruptly Sunday, depriving people who insist on dressing like him for Halloween one last look at his unnervingly perfect hair. Word at the festival and on their website is that illness is the reason for his absence, which wasn't co ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    The Zombies - Crescent Ballroom - September 16, 2013

    OK, so I don't know much about The Zombies. Like, at all. For years, I thought their number one sizzling summer hit "Time of the Season" was actually Marvin Gaye. Give me a pass on that one, the English rock band were clearly trying to crimp his style far more than Robin Thicke. Not that that's a ba ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    "Blurred Lines" and Marvin Gaye: Can You Copyright Cool?

    When I first heard "Blurred Lines," I was driving in my car. I knew I'd heard it before, but I couldn't place the song. So I Shazamed it. Still nothing. I didn't recognize the title. About a half-an-hour later . . . Abracadabra! I remembered Marvin Gaye's extended groove, "Got to Give It Up." I repl ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    New Times' Carnaval Eléctrico Expands With Wooden Indian, Diners, and Stan Devereaux & The Funky Suns

    On Tuesday we announced the details of New Times' Carnaval Eléctrico at Crescent Ballroom, the festival which unites garage rocker Hanni El Khatib, psychedelic indie band Mergence, In the Valley Below, and headliners Cold War Kids on Friday, March 8, at Crescent Ballroom. We promised there'd be mo ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    September 27, 2012

    Tastemaker No. 1

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Five Albums Every Man Should Have In His Bachelor Pad

    For those who are really terrible in this life, I imagine a special hell: reality TV hell. This awful place will be populated by the combined casts of Jersey Shore and The Bachelor Pad, two of the most painful shows ever. Why would I want to watch a television show that glorifies ignorance and margi ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Stan Devereaux & the Funky Suns Cover Marvin Gaye and Dyke and The Blazers

    We're getting funky with this week's Take Cover, as Stan Devereaux & the Funky Suns perform soulful jams two songs for your enjoyment. Devereaux asked me to film Marvin Gaye's hit from the Boogie Nights soundtrack, "Got to Give it up," but the band continued jamming with a cover of classic Arizona s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Destroyer Got Rejected By Jazz Festivals, Which Is Good for Pop Fans

    If you are excited about Destroyer coming to town -- and we certainly are -- you can thank the world of jazz. When songwriter/vocalist Dan Bejar, who essentially is Destroyer, set out for another round of touring behind the 18-month-old, critically adored Kaputt, he had a specific goal in mind. "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Gardner Cole, What Are You Listening To?

    Gardner Cole Cole, who has written and produced for artists such as Madonna, is the producer for local country pop band Arrowheart, who are schedueld to perform Sunday, May 27 at Hidden Meadow Ranch. For more information, head here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    December 16, 2011

    Christmas Songs That Don't Suck: Part III

    ​Fa la la la la, and all that jazz. Getting tired of holiday music? We're not. Well, that's not entirely true. We're well tired of the lousy, saccharine, abominable Christmas music that clogs the airwaves. Is it worse when a radio station switches over to all-Xmas-all-the-time, or when a radio sta ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    15 Favorite Songs Tonight at Crescent Ballroom

    ​Stinkweeds dude and bassist-about-town Dario Miranda already illustrated the difficulties surrounding those foolish enough to accept Stateside Presents' invitation to DJ our 15 Favorite Songs tonight at Crescent Ballroom, so I hope you don't mind if I skip the bitching about how hard it is it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Marilyn McLeod of The Nu Page on Motown, MoWest, Alice Coltrane, and Flying Lotus,

    Motown's Mowest Story: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love​If you haven't picked up the new Mowest compilation, Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story 1971-1973, you are missing out. The anthology features music from Motown's short lived West Coast venture, MoWest, and the tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    The Ten Best Posthumous Albums

    ​Today, Universal Music Enterprises will re-release a handful of albums by the late Tupac Shakur, including the posthumous album R U still Down? (Remember Me). Originally released in 1997 (a year after Shakur's murder), R U Still Down? was one of the rapper's best-selling albums, going quadruple ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    February 21, 2011

    The 15 Best Songs About U.S. Presidents

    We at Up on the Sun, like Clinton himself, feel your pain. Every year Presidents Day rolls around and you're struggling to plant that cherry tree and buy all the stovepipe hats you can, all so that you can have the best damn Presidents Day party possible. (C'mon, we can't be the only ones.)So to ea ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Tucson Rapper Releases "1-8-11" - Song About Giffords Tragedy

    ​A rapper with Tucson roots has recorded a song about the Giffords shooting tragedy.Li'l Zay, an 18-year-old who previously weighed in on SB 1070, has a new song called "1-8-11," which echoes Marvin Gaye's big question: "What's Going On?""Like most people I just couldn't believe it, I wanted show ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    February 12, 2010

    6 Last Minute Valentine's Day Don'ts of this either. ​ News flash: Valentine's Day is in less than 48 hours. If you don't have plans now, you will be tempted to take dangerous paths towards Valentine's Day merriment. Luckily for you, we have experienced all of the possible p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Waiter Confidential: Javelina Nipple Fritters

    Before shows like Fear Factor and Bizarre Foods triggered mainstream gag reflexes, I toyed with my own notions of pushing the edible envelope. For much of the '90's, for example, I worked for a guy who allowed me the latitude to turn his specials chalkboards into an outlandish culinary canvas. Co ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Little Idol Thrill in Jacksonville (Hey, That Rhymed!)

    I've never been able to pinpoint exactly the reason, but I've always had an extreme, visceral dislike of the state of Florida. Maybe it's the alligators, perhaps it's the humidity that turns my hair into a giant puff ball, or maybe it's the fact that my parents forced my brother and I to spend every ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    July 3, 2008
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    June 26, 2008
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    May 1, 2008

    Various Artists

    Conquer The World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records

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    March 20, 2008
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    January 10, 2008

    Wyclef Jean

    Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant

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    January 4, 2007

    Everlasting Sounds

    Ten of the year's most timeless records

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    September 28, 2006
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    April 20, 2006

    Various Artists

    Bay Area Funk 2
    (Luv N'Haight)

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    April 6, 2006

    Tanya Morgan

    (Loud Minority Music)

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    September 8, 2005

    Ohmega Watts

    The Find

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    August 11, 2005

    The Rules

    Musical taste reveals more than you think

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    November 11, 2004

    Mos Def

    The New Danger

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    November 11, 2004

    A Perfect Circle


  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    Can We Kick It?

    Old-school hip-hop is ready for a revival

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    January 10, 2002

    Jools Holland

    Big Band Rhythm & Blues (Warner Music)

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Pretty Vacant

    New Times' panel of critics searches for musical gems in a disheartening 2001

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    November 8, 2001

    Standards and Practices

    A guided tour of the best releases across the musical spectrum

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    May 10, 2001

    Bob Marley and the Wailers

    Catch a Fire: Deluxe Edition (Tuff Gong/Island/Universal)

  • Music

    January 25, 2001

    Alive Again

    Universal Music kicks off its 'Deluxe Edition' series with a pair of frightening and flaccid reissues

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    December 21, 2000

    Erykah Badu

    Mama's Gun (Motown)

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    January 6, 2000

    Obsessions, Passions, Perversions

    New Times music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets

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    April 16, 1998

    Risky Business

    Seventeen years after its advent, sampling remains mired in legal and aesthetic controversy

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    July 31, 1997
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