Don't worry: No actual ghosts are harmed in the process of "ghost roasting." The term refers to Nom de Plume Roasters' low-overhead business model. Rather than making the (cough, cough, crazy expensive) choice to open their own roasting operation, NdP rents roasting time from other local facilities. ... More >>
Charity is the name of the game this weekend. Check out Fight Club Sadisco*, a brutal night involving fistfights and industrial music where proceeds will go to pay the cancer bills of one of the its founders, and Independents Bowl, a bowling tournament benefiting a local charity. If live music sound ... More >>
It's a simple formula: The BluesHounds play upbeat dance blues, and that gets the people happy. The happy people start dancing, and the dancing makes them thirsty, and the thirsty people make club owners happy. Matty Spinelli, lead guitarist and bandleader for the BluesHounds, doesn't mind the way ... More >>
Krimson Chord has been rocking the Valley with their Southwest blues for more than a decade now, playing regular gigs at Pappy's Bar in Phoenix and Coyote Alley in Surprise. This is no fly-by-night group; they won the Arizona Blues Challenge in 2010 and competed in the International Blues Challenge ... More >>
I've spent the past few weeks debating the merits of Vinyl (seven reasons) versus CD (five reasons) for those of us that still collect music (my final verdict is that both have great qualities, but CD is still better). It's been a fun little debate, but it doesn't really matter how you listen. I ... More >>
It's hard to figure out exactly what to make of modern country's flirtations with genres outside Nashville's rustic confines. Taylor Swift's Red incorporated an (ever-so-slight) dubstep wobble into her pop-country frame. The Zac Brown Band is covering Metallica live. Former Hootie and the Blowfish f ... More >>
Michigan native and old-school rocker Ted Nugent may always be looking to ruffle a few feathers, but he is a bit of a softie at heart. Sure, he's incredibly outspoken politically and musically and to about every hunted animal on the planet. He's the same guy who named his 2013 tour "Black Power" (af ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.
See Also: 10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix Let's face it, the music that streams through the speakers of a restaurant has the ability to make or break your dining experience. We know of a sushi shop that only plays religious music, a Mexican food joint that can't turn down the top 40 banger ... More >>
See also: Ted Nugent's Still a "Special Deputy" to Sheriff Joe Arpaio (2012) See also: Ted Nugent Talks Guns, Meth, and Hippies Before NRA Convention in Phoenix (2009) Ted Nugent doesn't need much of an introduction. To put it lightly, he's intimidating. It has nothing to do with him being so outsp ... More >>
What a wonder prime time slots at Coachella two years in a row will do for you. Everything's coming up Milhouse for The Black Keys these days. The blues/indie/garage group played a sold-out show at Mesa Amphitheatre last year and will return to a much larger venue in October. Thanks to the succes ... More >>
What were you doing at 17? Chances are it wasn't half as rock 'n' roll as Nils Lofgren. At that tender age, he was playing on Neil Young's seminal record, After the Gold Rush, plopped down at a piano, which he had never spent much time playing, but where his experience on the accordion came i ... More >>
Can't Quit the Blues
Lurid Lifestyles of the Broke and Not-So-Famous
Stirring up hype and spiting the haters
Willie performs 50 years' worth of music at Celebrity Theatre
Older and wiser legend sticks to the music
A Chicago legend gives Phoenix the blues.
Zarzuela sings for Spain
He's legal and he's legitimate. Blues prodigy J.D. Simo tells you how he's changed since 13.
It may not fit the genre, but Bob Corritore may be the jolliest blues advocate you'll ever meet
Slobberbone may just be the best bar band in America. They have the 'hacks' to prove it.
A roundup of the latest batch of eclectica that fell through the cracks
A guided tour of the best releases across the musical spectrum
Gumbo celebrates Independence Day and Satchmo's birth with the latest in jazz, blues and heritage
Haikus and lows abound in this month's jazz and heritage releases
Goin' to Memphis
Hard 'N' Heavy (with marshmallow)
Alias Pink Puzz
Local blues crusader Bob Corritore turns his boyhood dreams into reality
Rhythm Room honcho Bob Corritore inks a deal with roots-music heavyweight Hightone Records
The Fat Possum Label Showcase with R.L. Burnside
After three decades on the road, Koko Taylor maintains the grueling pace of a blues torch carrier
R.L. Burnside's passion for alcohol is matched only by his command of rawboned Delta blues
Corky Siegel links the ethereal majesty of chamber music with the grit of the blues
HE'S SPENT HIS LIFE MAKING MUSIC FOR FUN. NOW HE'S ABOUT TO BECOME THE NEXT EVERYTHING.