Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together. While we applaud those using Coachella as an opportunity to get sober, it's not for everyone, which is why, below, we've recommended a fine list of musical acts and drugs t ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsArizona: Land of sun and song.There have been more than 140 songs with lyrics about Arizona in them. Seriously. Some of them have been big hits by huge acts, too ("Get Back" by The Beatles, "Take It Easy" by The Eagles). The lyrics to these songs capture various snapshots of the ... More >>
Michael Stipe of REM said he tried to reach out to Kurt Cobain as an attempt to help save Cobain's life, according to NME.Stipe recently told Interview Magazine that he devised a plan to try to save Cobain from the awful state of mind he was in before he killed himself. He wanted to do a recordin ... More >>
Let's face it. Cover albums are usually a bad idea. While it's wonderful to see one artist admire another so much that (s)he wishes to have a recording permanently linking the two together, most of the time the art of the craft is lost. David Bowie's Pin Ups is an exception, widely considered ... More >>
It's been a slooow news week around the music-oriented blogosphere. In fact, several blogs, like our friends at Electric Mustache, have just taken the rest of the year off. We're soldiering on and reading over some of the many funny and fascinating pieces on wheel chair-bound indie-folk scion Vic ... More >>
Hoodlums art show is the real bedazzled
The Bettie Blood Burlesque Troupe is scheduled to perform at Rogue Bar in Scottsdale tonight.After six endless weeks of endless hype, treacly commercials, and non-stop carols, we're only 48 hours or so from the arrival of Christmas morning. But you don't have to wait until then to get your presen ... More >>
It was a blistering cold winter night in Phoenix and it seemed like a bunch of folks opted to stay home instead of catch locals Yellow Minute support touring acts the Shaky Hands and the Rural Alberta Advantage at the Rhythm Room last night. I had bundled up and gotten to the venue (after a pit-s ... More >>
Ryan JosephBurlesque singer Melody Sweets will perform at the Venue of Scottsdale tonight as a part of Most Interesting Show in the World.While next week gonna be packed wall-to-wall with Halloween events aplenty -- from vampire parties to dire deathraces -- this weekend ain't too shabby when it ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
Is The Enchantress bigger than The Beatles?
Well, I managed to survive another fun and frantic SxSW festival. While I'm laid up at home recovering, I thought I'd bring you some of the highlights from this year's fest.
"That girl weighs like, 60 pounds. I'm serious." "White belts are okay, as long as you wear them with irony." "There are so many bald guys here. How am I supposed to tell Michael Stipe from Moby from some random dude?"
A pseudo-Michael Stipe shares what's on his MP3 player
Looking at the music of 2007 from a different direction
Former Lunachick's 'tude could wilt stone roses
And I Feel Fine . . . The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987
Stipe the madness
The devil you don't know
Rising star stays true blue
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records
MySpace Music is virtual community of artists, fans
Mandy Moore's likable enough; wish we could say the same about her movie
With Creatures, Athens' Elf Power releases another darkly poppish masterstroke
Jay Farrar secures his place as an alt-country icon and returns to form with a new solo album
More than a decade after its lone pop hit, a reunited Concrete Blonde engages in another round of Group Therapy
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Reveal (Warner Bros.)
Athens, Georgia's Elf Power takes a slightly dark turn with its latest
Indie rockers Death Takes a Holiday make meaningful music out of Satan, despair and their own righteous anger
Shedding tiers over IFC
With new album, Vic Chesnutt moves from lonely troubadour to pop-art master
Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96
VIC CHESNUTT COMES TO SERVE UP HIS LATEST ALBUM
WHITE MEN CAN'T RAP. OR CAN THEY?