Several months ago, I took part in a judging competition for a local craft beer festival. As often occurs at such ceremonies, we began the day by tasting a calibration beer -- one brew, given to every judge, that helps beer-tasters adjust their scoring so it's in line with everyone else in the room. ... More >>
I had been waiting more than 20 years to see Pearl Jam live, and the time had finally come: I was going to see Seattle's finest at the final weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It was worth the wait. Eddie Vedder drank a bottle of wine onstage and sang his heart out. Mike McCreedy pl ... More >>
The Spot: The Lodge 4422 North 75th Street, Scottsdale 480-945-0828 www.lodgescottsdale.com The Hours: Happy Hour is offered every day from 3 until 7 p.m.
By Shea Serrano 8:45 p.m.: So here's what this is: More than 20 years ago, 2 Live Crew, one of rap's most notoriously offensive acts, performed in Phoenix. The concert was recorded and released as a live show album called The 2 Live Crew Live In Concert. It came out a few months after their Banne ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
The Spot: Cafe ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251. (480) 421-7997. www.hotelvalleyho.com/scottsdalerestaurants/cafezuzu.html The Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday The Details: Labeled "Cool Redux" and printed on pretty cyan paper, the Cafe ZuZu happy hour featu ... More >>
The man: David WalkerThe brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. The history: Walker is a British expatriate and the husband of Adam Firestone's sister. He brought an English twist to Firestone's beers, and the two founded Firestone Walker in 1996. We sat down with Walker during Arizona Beer Week. ... More >>
We've never met a happy hour that we didn't like but just like everything else in this world, some are better than others. Whether you're playing hooky from work on a Tuesday or just need a strong cheap drink after a grueling day in your dismal cube we know a few places In no particular order, h ... More >>
It isn't hard finding someone who's a fan of the Green Bay Packers these days, especially since the NFL powerhouse is in the midst of one of its best seasons in history (and is currently riding a 14-1 record into the upcoming playoffs).The real trick, however, is finding the true Packers fanatics wh ... More >>
48 Hours Festival was insane. Picture this: more than 20 heavy-hitting rock bands, VIP pool cabanas in the middle of a Vegas parking lot, and lounges with such names as Debauchery and the Godfather, moonshine, strippers, and massages, all fenced in at the Luxor Festival Grounds in Las Vegas. ... More >>
Maria VassettIt was the day-drinkin'-est Independents Bowl yet. By noon on Sunday, an hour before the 1 p.m. first roll, Let It Roll Bowl's bar was already filled with hipster bowlers knocking back $2.50 PBR tallboys and ordering pitchers of Miller Lite. Maria VassettYou had to feel a little ... More >>
Win something pretty sweet at a motorcycle party
Sam Haldiman (left) with his girlfriend, Jacque Arend Sam Haldiman The improviser and instructor with The Torch Theatre in Phoenix performs regularly with Searching For X What'd you eat for dinner last night? Last night my girlfriend Jacque and I made patty melts for dinner. It was the firs ... More >>
The Psychobilly Rodeo Band gets people movin' and shakin'.This is part of a series of reviews on weekly events at local bars. Having lived in the Valley my whole life, I only recently realized that tons of bars offer weekly events featuring bands that are staples of the music community. The shows ... More >>
Benjamin LeathermanDJ Medik spins at Renee's Grand Avenue Tavern.Name: Mark Nielsen AKA: DJ Medik Current club nights: Tuesdays and Saturdays at Chilly Bombers, it's all videos. I've gotten into doing my own video remixes. It's actually pretty cool. And then I do Sangria Luxe Lounge on Friday n ... More >>
At the start of the 2009 football season, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant in Glendale and Tempe introduced a Game Day promo where sushi slash football fans could take advantage of "buy one, get one for a dollar" sushi and drink specials while watching a Cardinals game on Kabuki's flatsc ... More >>
We're pretty excited about The Flaming Lips at McDowell Mountain Music Festival this weekend. So excited, in fact, that we're having a little shindig tonight to pre-game for the show. It's our first tweetup (follow Phoenix New Times and me) but we're also promoting it here, in case you're not yet fo ... More >>
A general drinking guideline: Any drink with a name suffixed by the term 'bomb' is sure to get you bombed. Here's a deal you can take advantage of long after Happy Hour's come and gone. From 8 to close, Sunday through Thursday at Kabuki, you can knock yourself out with bombs of the sake variety. D ... More >>
Hope you've recovered from whooping it up during All-Star Weekend, because yet another partying holiday is upon us: Fat Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras). For those of the Catholic faith, it means one last 24-hour session of excess before abstaining for the next 40 days during the Lenten period. But even ... More >>
Nelly will attempt to fill Chris Brown's shoes during this weekend's All-Star festivities. The Valley's about to get a little "derrty." Universal Records rapper Nelly is doing the Nix's hip-hop fans a solid by filling in at the two gigs that Chris Brown abandoned eartlier this week due to the rece ... More >>
Where: Draw 10 Lounge (5444 E. Washington St., 602-273-1061) which is only a half-mile west of the station accessible in 15 minutes by foot. Drink: 32-ounce "mega" mugs of draft beer. Get yours for the tidy price of 4.50 for domestics like Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Bud Lite and $5.75 for Blue ... More >>
I'm on the nightrain, Bottoms up,I'm on the nightrain, Fill my cup,I'm on the nightrain, Ready to crash and burn, I never learn.-- W. Axl Rose, 1987 "Nightrain," the Guns N' Roses song, is actually about a brand of bum wine that'll get you pissy, punch-your-best-friend d ... More >>
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