There's no shortage of Michael Jackson conspiracies, but this one is my favorite: Michael Jackson was supposed to do the music for Sonic 3, one of the biggest video game events of the '90s, but the child abuse scandal that changed his career forever sent Sega running. Nevertheless, the conspiracy go ... More >>
Touring for any musician can be a difficult challenge. That challenge is multiplied for singer-songwriter Poeina Suddarth. Currently on her Trains, Planes and Automobiles tour supporting Poeina, she relies on the ridesharing kindness of fans, strangers and truckers to get her from gig to gig since h ... More >>
I love a good Moscow Mule. But then, who doesn't? It's more interesting than your average vodka drink (i.e., ridiculous flavored vodka and soda or 7-Up), but accessible enough for mainstream mass appeal. See also: - Stop the Reduced-Calorie Vodka Madness! - How to Make a Great Moscow Mule - Mojito ... More >>
Part of writing this column, and of bartending, is keeping abreast of booze trends. One would have to live under a rock to not know that flavored vodka is massively popular. Take a look at almost any back bar in town, and there's a wide array of flavors from classic (vanilla, citron, orange) to crea ... More >>
For more than a year now, Shady's bartender and regular Chow Bella contributor JK Grence, has been providing invaluable advice to the alcohol-infused masses with his "Last Call" column. Considering this grand milestone, we decided to take a look back at some of his best tips as we head into the summ ... More >>
Around the bar, it seems that this season's official cocktail is the Moscow Mule. Over the past few weeks, its popularity has skyrocketed. I'm a little surprised that people often say I make a really good one. It's such a simple drink, anyone should be able to put together a good one. See Also: Dri ... More >>
Chef Salad takes a detour this week, interviewing three more of the country's leading beverage industry experts, all of whom are participants in the second annual AZ Cocktail Week, which started this past weekend and runs through February 22. Seminars are held in the Sands Room at the Hotel Valley H ... 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.
Happy Memorial Day weekend! Time for barbecues! And pool parties! And drinking beer out of cans! All in honor of the fallen souls who protected our country. We're pretty sure most of you will be hit the road to escape the heat this weekend, but if you're planning on sticking around, there's plenty ... More >>
Like the Pimm's Cup featured on Chow Bella a few weeks ago, the Moscow Mule is another thirst-quenching summery cocktail, often served in bars in a cold copper mug. Where the Pimm's Cup is a Brit invention, the Moscow Mule is purely American. Created in Los Angeles in the '40s (stories vary on the ... More >>
A Moscow restaurant blew $70,000 on a caviar eating contest. The winner, 49-year-old businessman Alexander Valov, manged to bolt down more than a pound of caviar (500 grams) faster than any of his competitors. How long did he take? Only one minute and 26 seconds.
White Rabbits at Crescent Ballroom It's safe to say it's been a while since I've been so blown away by a band I didn't even know. Everyone I spoke to before the White Rabbits show started hadn't even heard of the band except for one or two people, so considering my sample audience, White Rabbits d ... More >>
If our review and slideshow fail to make it crystal clear, let's just say it: The PHX AM After Party with No Age, Radio, Moscow, and a host of local punk bands on Saturday night was crazy. And awesome. The outdoor stage, which hosted touring acts like the aforementioned bands and The Growlers and ... More >>
No Age, Radio Moscow, The Growlers, The Goat, Avon Ladies, Earthmen & Strangers, and More Yucca Tap Room Saturday, March 31, 2012 I've never been a skater, but back in high school, my skate-rat brother and I were locked in a nuclear arms race with my brother to discover cool new bands and one-up ea ... More >>
You've still got a couple of days to win tickets to 11th Annual Cowtown's Phx AM After Party, scheduled to go down on Saturday, March 31 at Yucca Tap Room. The party features No Age, The Growlers, Radio Moscow, The Goat, The Father Figures, Scorpion Vs Tarantula, Earthmen & Strangers, Avon Ladies, L ... More >>
The folks at Cowtown Skateboards know how to throw a party -- and if you don't believe us simply go to the tape for proof -- and they are throwing a pretty huge one at the Yucca Tap Room, which spills over into the fenced-off parking lot. The 11th Annual Cowtown's Phx AM After Party is scheduled t ... More >>
If you get lucky enough to stumble across a limited-edition rubber by the GARAGE collaborative, you should know better than to use it. The condom packages are stamped and pasted with designs by Keith Haring, Mat Collishaw, Sue Webster, and Tim Noble. They'll be scattered about F ... More >>
Sundown Showdown IV (Night Two): TOAD, Sleep Money, Destruction Unit, Radio Moscow, Graveyard Yucca Tap Room Friday, January 27 See the full Sundown Showdown slideshow here. Let's contrast, for a minute: During opening band TOAD's (it's an acronym: Take Over and Destroy) second song, "Midnight Hu ... More >>
Say what you will about the changing commercial landscape of the music industry, but record labels still matter. Anyone can upload some tunes to BandCamp, but the stamp of approval from a great record label can still inspire confidence in the heart of a record browser. Labels still serve as expert c ... More >>
Image via SF Station Ever since Oprah name-dropped the Moscow Mule, this classic cooler is suddenly red hotWe're uncorking our latest column, Bottoms Up: a weekly guide to everything brewed, bottled, blended, barrel-aged and generally booze-soaked. Sometimes it's impossible to nail down e ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs.Today's entries:
Yeah, he didn't stay quiet for long. Chris Curtiss, the former chef at Noca who left his position in June and is now the catering director for One Step Beyond Inc., a community-outreach program in northwest Phoenix for people with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism, has found himself a ... More >>
Lenard Rubin has a confidence about him that comes from being a two-time James Beard House invitee with 25 years experience as a chef -- most notably with the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain. The guy's background includes an extensive stints in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Boston, New ... More >>
Tommy McCormack of Merc Bar says when it was created in the 1940s, gin was the most popular spirit, but the Moscow Mule gave vodka some leg and a boost in popularity. The combination of vodka, ginger beer and cucumber creates a refreshing taste with a bite. And how many other drinks ar ... More >>
In yesterday's Behind the Bar, Eric Carfagnini of Culinary Dropout talked about his favorite drink to make, the Moscow Mule. The retro cocktail from the 1950's has been modernized with the bar's own ginger agave syrup.
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Jan Brewer Hides, as Kirk Adams Gets Cornered by Randy Parraz and Jen Allen Over ... More >>
It's no wonder Eric Carfagnini enjoys bartending at Culinary Dropout. Just shy of three months old, the restaurant/bar prides itself on taking traditional cocktails and serving them up with a twist. With house-made ingredients like ginger agave syrup and a Guinness reduction, manning the ... More >>
It wouldn't be hard to argue that The Bronx are on a steady decline. When the band first played Phoenix, they were at the area's biggest club-type venue, the Marquee. Then, last year, they played the much smaller Clubhouse. Last night, they were crammed into the tiny (but wonderful) Yucca Tap Room. ... More >>
Surprise! West Valley town lands another big fish.
Pants on fire
We get around
The invasion of the Russian fantasy blockbuster
Former front man back from the Dead
Something for everyone
AZPunk.com brings locals out of the garage
Seven bands jam before a fireworks show
Singer-songwriter strikes a chord with the perimenopausal set
The Western Pacific gray whale, once thought extinct, clings to life in a remote Siberian sea. Biologists fear their research is providing cover for massive oil drilling that threatens to wipe out this lost tribe once and for all.
Working for the weekend, indeed
THEY LOOKED TO RUSSIA FOR ADOPTIONS AND GOT HEARTACHES INSTEAD. NOW THERE ARE HAPPY ENDINGS.
SHE WAS PROMISED SHE COULD ADOPT A RUSSIAN BABY IN EXCHANGE FOR HUMANITARIAN AID. IT WASN'T THAT EASY.
RUDY USED TO BE A RED ARMY PARATROOPER NOW HE AND HIS COMRADES ARE MAKING BASEBALL HISTORY IN MESA.