Shows are in season this week, with a slew of great options for musical entertainment in the Valley of the Sun. So kick back, relax, and get your concert on. We've got recommendations for you below, and be sure to check out our comprehensive concert listings for more info.
Due to space limitations, we couldn't include every part our conversation with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, who's coming to US Airways Center on Monday, November 10, in our print feature this week. Our story focused mostly on Carney's outspoken stance on the need for streaming music services ... More >>
I'm feeling a little spunky this morning, so I figured I'd rile up some Mumfords. Mumfords? That's my latest name for hipsters. Outspoken, cooler-than-thou cats that are all over the latest music craze, regardless of whether it's truly in their heart or not. Most writers don't harass Mumfords, i ... More >>
As far as I'm concerned, people who don't ever listen to albums are music lightweights. By "albums", I don't mean actual vinyl records. I couldn't care less which configuration or delivery method you chose. I mean a specific group of songs in a certain order. As it is, I don't really care how yo ... More >>
If you happened to be a member of the Valley's old school DJ/rave scene back in the mid-1990s, there was one place where you almost always hit up for both your music and gear: Swell Records. Without getting too overly hyperbolic, the music and clothing emporium owned by Russel Ramirez (which bounced ... More >>
See also: Carnegie of Silver Medallion Killed in Car Accident See also: Driver In Accident That Killed Silver Medallion's Carnegie Indicted for Manslaughter See also: Silver Medallion's Oren J. Struggles to Create a Fitting Legacy for His Late Partner Carnegie Silver Medallion was very different fo ... More >>
At the risk of getting the reputation as that guy who keeps claiming to genuinely like deeply un-hip music, I really dig the first couple Chicago albums. The band's fusion of jazz, classical, soul, and rock & roll was very indicative of their time, the late '60s, when rock music was branchin ... More >>
All hail A Thousands Suns, the finest dystopian fusion a major label can buy
If someone is a hardcore fan of a band or artist, it seems he will shell out any amount of money to get his hands on their merch.I'm not just talking shirts or albums, either, and bands have been answering that call by offering up some truly ridiculous shit to satisfy the needs of their fans to have ... More >>
It's shaping up to be a big weekend for Jared Alan. Mere hours from now, the 32-year-old DJ/producer/scenester/ fashion plate/eagle scout will be staging the "official" re-launch of his long-absent fauxShow Friday Nights gig at Sanctum. Less then 24 hours later, he'll then welcome NYC disco-pun ... More >>
Any attempt on my part to play "rock critic" on this assignment would be complete bullshit. Few assignments have ever made me want to high five my inner fifteen-year-old more than a chance to interview Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, a band that dominated my Walkman in early high school. I'd spen ... More >>
image by Jasmine HobeheidarCan the truth keep Napolitano from becoming a Supreme?Just how far can you go with a record of political mediocrity, an absence of conscience and a boatload of ambition? As ex-Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano continues to prove, very far indeed. The Homeland Security czar ... More >>
Here we go again. With the announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, the buzz is that the White House wants to pick a non-judge female to become one of the nine. So of course this means some analysts with nothing but time on their mitts are suggesting that current Homeland Security ... More >>
I've gotta give a shout out to our sister paper Miami New Times' Riptide blog for this disturbing post about the medieval health care female immigrant detainees receive in ICE's countrywide gulag archipelago. In it, reporter Tim Elfrink covers a news conference in Miami where the results of two stud ... More >>
On Sunday, the New York Times ran a story on how many major-label executives fear the computer maker. Apple and the labels announced last month a deal to allow iTunes to sell music with out any DRM (digital rights management), something Jobs has long called for. In return, the labels can set variabl ... More >>
Embedded video from CNN VideoArpaio defending Nappy on Rick Sanchez's CNN broadcast. Why won't the Napster go on CNN anchor Rick Sanchez's afternoon show? Following President elect Barack Obama's pick of Arizona Governor Napolitano to be his administration's Homeland Security czar, Sanchez has ... More >>
It loves the Napster a little too much...The New York Times has one thing correct. Once Janet Napolitano has boarded her flight for D.C., Hispanics in Arizona are right to be fearful of a ramped-up, czarist Russian-style pogrom, with little concern for their civil rights, be they citizens or no ... More >>
Does the Guv secretly heart Sarah Palin, or does she just have hoof-in-mouth disease? What the hell is wrong with Janet Napolitano? The woman has a cushy job where she doesn't have to lift a pinky, and for nearly six years, she's mostly maintained a stunning record of boredom and do-nothingism. Now ... More >>
Tabb takes a bunch of new CDs for a spin
Between hard rock and a safe place, Metallica finds itself
Welcome to the days of wearing your pretensions -- all of them -- on your hip
Local entrepreneur John-Scott Dixon has the artillery to win the free music wars
Who's behind Arizona's nonstop oddball rock time capsule?
30,000 bands can't be too wrong -- CD Baby hands 'em independence
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
All of the Above (Coup d'Etat)
At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band
Former Hüsker Dü drummer/songwriter is content to be quiet, independent and alone
New Times' panel of critics searches for musical gems in a disheartening 2001
It seems every fa-la-la-la-lousy Christmas recording is in light rotation, but not these holiday turkeys
Before they hooked up with Vagrant Records, Saves the Day were obscure pop-punks. Now they're the hottest indie-rock band around.
With its HBO show off the air, Tenacious D no longer rules the idiot box. Now the rotund duo just wants to rule the world.
In the sensitive, acoustic-emo world of Dashboard Confessional, boys do cry
The Toadies aren't licked despite a marathon wait for the release of their sophomore album
The South by Southwest music conference might've been a disappointment this year, but there are still plenty of questions left to be answered
Time and Love: The Essential Masters (Columbia/Legacy) and Live From Mountain Stage (Blue Plate)
The newly rediscovered Burt Bacharach has a history most fans have never even heard about
All-girl quartet Kittie has more balls than the rest of Ozzfest 2000
VH1 vice president's novel about the music business mourns an era just since passed