For someone not even old enough to drink, Sareena Dominguez sure has accomplished a lot: After signing to the River Jones Music label less than a year and half ago, she's played South by Southwest, released an album (her debut, Moonbeams), and starred in a music video of the same name, directed by L ... More >>
Among the many accomplishments baroque folk songwriter Michelle Blades achieved while she was in Phoenix was fronting the exuberant glee-punk trio North Dakota, which placed her normally taut voice in a virulent garage rock context facilitated by bandmates Mo Neuharth and Emily Hobeheidar.
The New Year promises to bring excitement to River Jones Music, as the label just added five bands from around the nation to its roster. From Portland comes Bike Thief and Alameda, from Austin comes the Technicolor Hearts, from Seattle comes Sophia Duccini and from Tempe comes local music scene fixt ... More >>
See also: New Documentary Bigger Than Sound Tracks the Career of Local Promoter Charlie LevyIf you didn't catch the screening of Bigger Than Sound at ASU's downtown journalism school last May, then chances are you probably haven't seen the student-made documentary that chronicles the career of local ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
See also: Songwriter Michelle Blades Walks a Tightrope See also: Michelle Blades Streams Album, MarianaIn this week's issue, we discuss Valley singer/songwriter Michelle Blades, and her delicate balance between riot grrrl verve and orchestral grandeur. We ended up with more material than we could fi ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
See also: Hoodlums Music Turns 13: Reflections From Owner Steve Wiley See also: Hoodlums to Host "Hoodstock" Festival to Benefit Tempe's Broadmor Elementary Sad news out of Tempe today: Hoodlums Music and Movies is going into "hibernation" on Wednesday, August 15. It's a curious term, hibernation ... More >>
JEFF the Brotherhood, North Dakota, Wooden Indian Rhythm Room Thursday, May 17 The three bands on stage at Rhythm Room didn't sound very much alike -- and that's a good thing. It was a treat to see three distinct bands perfectly execute their respective sounds at last night's JEFF the Brotherhood g ... More >>
As a recent graduate from Arizona State University, I can attest to the student showcases the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication regularly hosts. The second floor of the school's downtown building houses the First Amendment Forum, where CNN constantly airs. The public space ... More >>
The life of a gigging band is pretty rough: Tempe-based alt-rockers Vinyl Station play eight gigs a week to make ends meet, populating Valley bars like the Rogue, Rosie McCaffery's, and Kazimierz Wine Bar with their original tunes and alternative covers. On Sunday, March 25 the band is scheduled t ... More >>
You expect the typical rock 'n' roll drama when a band takes to the studio to tackle its sophomore album: band fights, creative control struggles, and gigantic egos. But it wasn't any of that stuff that caused the four year gap between Source Victoria's The Fast Escape and their airtight new record, ... More >>
It's been two years since Arizona transplant Michelle Blades' last album release. During that time the soulful singer-songwriter spent some time in Paris where she turned 21, and put in work on her new record, Mariana. The new album, which is scheduled for release on February 18, is current ... More >>
Mergence's 11.11.11. Show at Crescent Ballroom The 11.11.11 show featuring Mergence, Kongos, The Technicolors, and Huckleberry was long anticipated. And you could feel that excitement all throughout the night at the Crescent Ballroom. Arriving around 9:45 pm, the patio was packed, the lounge wa ... More >>
Photos by Anthony SandovalMichelle BladesSince 1984, TED has dedicated itself to providing a platform where world-changing ideas are exchanged from speaker to audience. The abbreviation stands for technology, entertainment and design. The "x" in TEDx simply means it's a completely independent ... More >>
Courtesy Rhythm RoomThe Rhythm Room opened in 1991, and this week the juke joint celebrates 20 years of operation by bringing in both the blues artists that have defined the place as well the local indie music that promoters like Psyko Steve bring to the room.
River JonesRiver Jones Jones is the owner of local record label River Jones Music. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Growing up, I listened to KDKB, KUPD, KEDJ, and KUKQ. Now, I am always streaming music 24/7. But, in the car I liste ... More >>
Kara RoschiKara Roschi The local artist is co-owner of Practical Art. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I am proud to be car-free! But when I did have one, it was NPR in the afternoons, KSLX in the evenings ('specially Gettin' the L ... More >>
Melissa FossumMichelle Blades playing live at the River Jones Music & Friends Festival at Paisley Violin in Phoenix.River Jones Music Festival The Paisley Violin Sunday, January 16, 2011 The first images that came to mind when I heard about a folk festival at The Paisley Violin? Tie-dyed col ... More >>
Andrew Ebright Song: Glacier Saints, "The Devil" Context: The Seattle-based male/female duo will be filling the Trunk Space with their haunting indie-electro tunes and soulful singing later tonight. Lady Lazarus, Hug-of-War, and Michelle Blades will also perform. (Click here for more details) ... More >>
Source Victoria Here are some of the guitars Source Victoria is using on work on their new album at Saltmine Studios in PhoenixWhile bands like The Necronauts and Whiskey Six were out gigging this weekend, Source Victoria spent their time in the studio. Josh Montgomery from ... More >>
Sunday afternoon, Modified filled to capacity for River Jones Music Label's Final Folk Fest. Seventeen bands and solo artists played to eager audiences, mainly sitting pretzel-legged on the rickety floorboards, hot beverage in hand, while wintery winds sauntered through the old house. This ain't ... More >>
Apart from a markedly talented five band bill, the first night of the last Modifest brought Modified Arts owner Kimber Lanning to the event's forefront. After Treasure Mammal completed an invigorating set, Lanning stepped toward the stage and addressed the crowd. "Music is my number one passion," ... More >>
Turn Back O Man is scheduled to perform tonight at Fifth and Roosevelt streets.Downtown Phoenix is gonna be a hotbed of activity this weekend. Of the 10 different low-cost/no-cost events getting pimped in this blog post, eight will be taking place within the confines of P-Town's urban core. There ... More >>
Did you miss Phish's festival in Indio, California last weekend but just really, really want to be at a show where everyone is high? You're in luck, as 311 comes to The Marquee on Dec. 10. If smack is more your speed there's also a Sublime cover band coming through as part of this week's announce ... More >>
Michelle Blades... and Modified Arts is down there somewhere.Modified Arts is will again host a three-day music showcase for some of Phoenix's best up and coming bands. The event, which started last year with 25 local bands and comedians, has commitments from What Laura Says, Matthew Reveles, Bla ... More >>
Fundraiser features live music, gently used cuisine
The Bay Area's Nobunny will terrorize the Trunk Space on Saturday night. There are gonna be two kinds of people in the Valley this weekend: Those who can afford to go to Fall Frenzy, and those who can't. Given the $50-$60 price tag for tickets, its to be expected that a few thrifty types might consi ... More >>
San Diego indie rock outfit The Black Heart Procession hits the road in support of their new record Six (the band abandoned their numbering system, used through their first three albums, for the last two, The Spell and Amore De Tropico, but is returning to it now) coming through The Rhythm Room on O ... More >>
ASU Cronkite Journalism School Mourns the Death of Its Namesake Walter Cronkite, famous CBS anchorman known as "the most trusted man in America," and long-time mentor to Arizona State University School of Journalism students, died today at his New York home. He was 92...full story Rockstar Mayhem T ... More >>
It's been a pretty great year for New Times when it comes to lining up headliners for our Summer of Sound showcase featuring the best local bands of five genres. First we had hard-nosed LA R&B band The BellRays, who killed at our Americana show at Mill Cue Club. Then, we had Jim Adkins make his ... More >>
The ATL's Le Castle Vania will kick out the electro-house beats on Friday at Bar Smith. There's more to see and do this weekend than just staring at massive explosions of gunpowder in the sky while some Lee Greenwood anthem plays in the background. A lot more. Since you've got three straight days a ... More >>
When I think of folk music, I think of older, fogey-er guys and gals who strum slowly and sing about wild horses and flowers . . . But the Phoenix Annual Summer Folk Festival at Modified Arts, presented Thursday by River Jones Music, made folk cool again.For a Thursday afternoon in June, the fest at ... More >>