by Darryl Smyers 20 years ago, The Backstreet Boys were unleashed on an unsuspecting American public and the "boy band" phenomenon of the late '90s was officially under way. Inspired partly by the great doo-wop groups of the '50s and partly by the R&B of the '90s, Nick Carter and the rest of the bo ... More >>
Happy New Year loyal punk fans. If you really tied one on and you're nursing your hangover by chugging some Pedialyte, punk music may be the last thing you want to listen to. But 2012 was a great year for punk releases, which made this list difficult to narrow down to a top five. See also: -10 ... More >>
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>
Draplin Design Co.Editor's Note: An abridged version of this article appears in this week's issue, featuring 100 Songs that Defined Arizona. In celebration of Arizona's centennial, we've rounded up sound clips for (almost) everything featured in our list, and will be rolling them out over the ... More >>
Editor's Note: An abridged version of this article appears in this week's issue, featuring 100 Songs that Defined Arizona. In celebration of Arizona's centennial, we've rounded up sound clips for (almost) everyone featured in our list, and will be rolling them out over the course of the week. "Not ... More >>
Mercury Records is moving forward with technology and sticking to digital downloads. With a few grand exceptions, the label has decided it will be doing away with producing their singles on compact discs and vinyl due to a significant decline in sales, according to Telegraph.Now that the digital ... More >>
Hanson is Still Writes the Soundtrack to Good Times
By Annie ZaleskiPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The foll ... More >>
The left, turning right, was plain wrong
to attack pop culture
Angry American Toby Keith is more inclined to whimper than attack
Five years after his teen band was buried by hype, Ben Kweller is taking off on his own
Genetic research and rock 'n' roll cross paths in the music of Austin's American Analog Set
Honeydogs: Here's Luck (Palm)
The South by Southwest music conference might've been a disappointment this year, but there are still plenty of questions left to be answered
More (Not Lame)
Fifties sensibilities and styles fuel the passions of latter-day gearheads
Robin Wilson thought the Gas Giants would be a great new beginning. He had no idea what he was getting into.
More than a footnote in Rod Stewart's story, the Faces wrote the only chapters worth rereading
A recap of the releases that made it worthwhile to own a CD player in 1998
The trailer-park Grinch revisits his year of misery
Does The Heat stand a chance before the state liquor board?
N17 tests out new material onstage before hitting the studio again
Trashman catches the ultimate club fracas
Their record company just dumped them; Fiesta Bowl sponsors think they're dips; but Tempe still love its Refreshments
A year-end recap of the albums that made it worthwhile to own a stereo in 1997
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
The Refreshments take a cautious step toward maturity with their new album
Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96
Rock's premier tough-but-tender songwriter flips on the tough switch again with Acid Bubblegum
Can Shamsi, Jamal and company maintain "spiritual oneness" in a two-faced record industry?
Famous parting shots from artists formerly "under exclusive arrangement" with their labels
THEY MET BY ACCIDENT AT SAGURO LAKE. A WEEK LATER, THEY WRER IN JAIL.