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    January 15, 2014

    Taco Bell Introduces Questionably Named Grilled Stuft Nacho

    The Guilty Pleasure: Grilled Stuft Nacho Where To Get It: Taco Bell, locations everywhere Price: $1.29, are you out of your mind? What It Really Costs: You're learning a new word today. I have to hand it to the R&D people at Taco Bell. It seems like they have a nearly endless stream of brand new th ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    Yes, America: Mexican Music is Violent. Get Over It.

    By Gustavo Arellano America's liberal class and MSMers are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    Final Halloween costume-related update: At least one of these weekend shows will offer you a discounted ticket in exchange for coming in costume, which is a little like getting a free meal for dragging your Christmas tree somewhere in February. If you'd like to know which one, you can just wear yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Summer Reading: Gaining Ground

    What are you reading? Have an answer? You do now, it's Gaining Ground. Whether you grew up on a farm, want to live on a farm, or just really like to grow food and raise animals, Gaining Ground will capture your attention and make you want to personally thank a farmer. This inspiring memoir by Forres ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend: Merle Haggard, Modest Mouse, and More

    Of all the things Merle Haggard and Sigur Rós have in common, this is perhaps the most important: They're both playing in Arizona on Friday. But that doesn't guarantee they'll end up in today's Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend. Of course, if you're at Country Thunder this weekend, ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    February 18, 2013

    Excavating Heavy Metal's Blues and Jazz Roots

    "The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it." --B.B. King "Metal confronts what we'd rather ignore. It celebrates what we often deny. It indulg ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend in Phoenix

    Awesome 'ish alert: Drake and Riff Raff are collaborating. Yeah, totally. Along the same lines: It's the weekend, and all sorts of great shows are scheduled for Phoenix. We've gone ahead and rounded 'em up for you, including a broken-hearted industrial party at the Rogue, a night of experimental mu ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013
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    January 11, 2013

    David Tyda, What Are You Listening To?

    David Tyda Tyda is the owner of, Arizona BBQ Festival and Arizona Taco Festival. He invites you to Flavors of the West Sunday, Feburary 17. For more information, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I know it's not m ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    December 21, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

    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.

  • Culture

    October 25, 2012
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    October 15, 2012

    Lynne Rossetto Kasper Dishes on a Caller Who Cooked a Turkey in Hot Tar and Being a Reluctant Rock Star

    Lynne Rossetto Kasper -- longtime host of NPR's James Beard Award-winning The Splendid Table -- was in town over the weekend to help KJZZ with its pledge drive. When I mentioned to four different friends that I was interviewing her, I got the same excited (and clearly envious) response every time: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Andrew Jackson Jihad Song Closes Out New This American Life Episode

    After the first Presidential debate this last Wednesday, much ado was made about Mitt Romney's gleeful pledge to stuff and baste Big Bird by cutting federal funding to PBS and other pinko commie media outlets. Phoenix folk-punk heroes Andrew Jackson Jihad are clearly fans of the monstrous alphabet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Henry Rollins Won't Tell You Who to Vote For (But He Really Thinks You Should Vote)

    See also: OFF!'s Dimitri Coats Talks Phoenix Oil Theft Charges See also:Henry Rollins on Occupants, the Occupy Movement, and the RadioYesterday, 458 episodes of legendary maverick pirate/BBC radio broadcaster John Peel's radio program were mysteriously uploaded to SoundCloud. For fans of radio that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    63: Audrey Lasalle

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Obsessed with "Call Me Maybe?" You're Not Alone

    As much as everyone might be sick of Carly Rae Jepsen's smash hit "Call Me Maybe," none of us can get the song out of our heads, much to our chagrin. Let's admit it: We're all secretly jamming out when we're all alone in our car or bedroom. We're not proud of that, but it just keeps happening and we ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    What Are the Top 10 Most "Spotified" Songs in Phoenix?

    You have to look pretty hard for someone who doesn't have an opinion about Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service that launched in 2008 and hit the States in 2011. It's hard to deny its ease, selection, and um, free-ness, but it's also been a magnet for controversy. In both the controversial ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Five Summer Releases We're Excited About

    To our extreme delight, there are quite a few artists that are dropping new music this year for the first time in a long time. We've been waiting seemingly forever for No Doubt's next album. Thankfully a few other artists didn't leave us hanging for as long. We've selected five albums you definitel ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Angry Geese and the Ongoing Debate on the Ethics of Foie Gras

    The end of foie gras in California is rapidly approaching. On July 1, the full provisions of SB 1520 will go into effect and both foie gras production and sale will be prohibited. SB 1520 was signed into law by Arnold Schwarzenegger way back in 2004. The law gave a seven-year grace period in which C ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Sushi Sickness: CDC Reports Spicy Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

    The CDC is tracking a sushi centered salmonella outbreak that has sickened 116 people so far. Of that number, 12 were sick enough to be hospitalized. The CDC has only interviewed about half of the people affected by this outbreak but among those people 91% reported eating sushi prior to becoming ill ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    2012 RPM Challenge: Five Valley Artists (And Yours Truly) Attempt to Record an Album in One Month

    The 2012 RPM Challenge - who will finish and who will fold? Five Valley artists (and yours truly) pledge to record an entire album in the month of February​Some musicians get into the game for the instant gratification of sex, drugs, and money. The RPM Challenge is clearly not for those kind o ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Lisa Kasanicky, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Lisa KasanickyKasanicky is the founder of Arizona Spa Girls and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Girlfriend Getaways.  When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Uh, sadly, NPR but I'll switch it to 103.9 FM if the topic puts m ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Failed Resolutions: Some of Robrt Pela's Favorite Memoirs are Total Busts

    ​In this week's issue of New Times, you'll see our annual Resolution Guide. This year: a collection of writers and contributors resolved to love their city. Some failed and succeeded (read Snapshots of a City, and New-Found Love for a Hometown), and others found reasons to love Phoenix because of ... More >>

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    January 22, 2012

    Wilco at Gammage Auditorium, 1/21/12

    Wilco Gammage Auditorium Saturday, January 21, 2012 Plenty of derisive things get said about Wilco being "dad rock." You can't get around the fact that songwriter Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche, guitarist Nels Cline, and multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jor ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Drink Wine with NPR's Peter Sagal and Support KJZZ's Youth Media Center

    ​First Press Arizona is throwing its 10th live fine wine auction and dinner on February 11 at Kierland Resort and Spa to benefit KJZZ's Youth Media Center. The smart and witty Peter Sagal, of NPR's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, will be the evening's host. Guests will live it up with liv ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Chimichanga as Arizona's State Food? Five Foods to Put Up Against the Chimi

      ​As if living here weren't embarrassing enough, it seems Macayo's has started an advertising campaign a petition drive to make the chimichanga Arizona's official state food. Really?! It's still unclear that the deep-fried burrito can even claim its origins in Arizona (at le ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Dayvid LeMmon, What Are You Listening To?

    Jesse RieserDayvid LeMmon​Dayvid LeMmonThe photographer, who also shoots photos for our sister blog, Chow Bella, is the recipient of the Arizona Commission on the Arts' 2010 Artist Project Grant, is currently one of the City of Phoenix's selection for this year's ongoing 7th Avenue Streetscape pub ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    President Barack Obama Calls Phoenix Mayor-Elect Greg Stanton

    President Obama and Phoenix Mayor-elect Greg Stanton​The call from the White House was going to come in at 1:15 p.m.Perhaps it would be an executive that deals with local governments. Maybe, maybe the VP?Nope. It was President Barack Obama on the other line."Please hold for the President of the Un ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Andrea Beesley-Brown, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Andrea Beesley-Brown Beesley-Brown is the owner/operator of The Royale Mesa's newest independently owned microcinema. I've also done shows in the Valley for the past 5 years under the moniker of the Midnite Movie Mamacita. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what statio ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Five English Riot Songs

    London is burning. Storefronts are busted. Looting is rampant. And rioters are reducing many of the city's buildings to piles of timber. But what is it all for?

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    July 19, 2011

    Little Dragon: Ritual Union

    Stream Ritual Union in its entirety​There's not a whole lot of overwhelming new releases set for July, but there is certainly a strong core of solid albums set to be released throughout the month. It's quality over quantity, and Swedish electronic/synth-pop quartet Little Dragon are helping beef u ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Best Cover Songs in Other Languages

    Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track tribute album, was released on June 28, 2011.​Last week, Fantasy Records and Hear Music released Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track tribute album dedicated to the bespectacled rock and roll icon. Artists like Paul McCartney and Lou Reed cover Holly classics o ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011
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    June 30, 2011

    The Eight Best Local Records of 2011 (So Far)

    ​July is almost upon us, which means we're more than halfway through 2011. It's already been a busy year for local music, with dozens of Valley bands releasing new albums, playing local shows, and heading out on tour. We've picked eight of our favorite local albums released so far in 2011. It w ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Morning Light Rail Commuters Share Their Tunes With NewTimes

    Kholood EidJoe Chavez of Phoenix listening to music on his commute Friday morning on the Light Rail.​​These days, people are plugged in like The Matrix -- only they're plugged into their iPods, smart phones, and mp3 players rather than machines on an underground ship. Our detachment from the rea ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Stephen "Psyko Steve" Chilton, What Are You Listening To?

    Maria VassettStephen Chilton​Stephen "Psyko Steve" Chilton The Valley-based music promoter has more than 20 events he's producing, which may be found at When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? When I am in the car, I ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Steve Nash, Duck Sauce Team Up With Vitamin Water

    ​A new commercial for Vitamin Water pairs up Steve Nash and "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce, according to Prefix. What a winning combination.Keeping it classy by wearing a suit and tie to a party and then at a fancy restaurant, Steve Nash plays himself in the ad. There couldn't be a better, more ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Susan Russo's The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches Is Worth a Bite or Two

    ​Allow us to posit a theory. You're a fan of sandwiches. No, we're not clairvoyant. What we are is intimately aware of the delicious potential inherit in placing various fillings between two pieces of bread. So too is Susan Russo, a writer for NPR's Kitchen Window, food blogger, and author o ... More >>

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    March 20, 2011

    Odd Future at Billboard Magazine's Showcase: Ain't Shit Funny

    ​It was only because we both left his show early and in a huff that I got to shake hands with Tyler The Creator, the most interesting man in Austin this week. In case you're not following South By Southwest buzz closely, Tyler is the face of the festival's most hyped act, LA-based rap c ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011
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    March 11, 2011

    Pavle Milic, What Are You Listening To?

    Pavle Milic​Pavle Milic You can find the co-owner of restaurant FnB at the Old Town Farmers' Market in Scottsdale every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? If my wife drove, it's highly likely that NPR will ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    AZ Biltmore Hosts "Inside the Chef's Studio"

    ​Any excuse to hang out at the iconic Arizona Biltmore resort is great (oh, that architecture!), but if you've got a thing for gourmet cooking, there's extra incentive to visit, thanks to the new "Inside the Chef's Studio" series. This will be your chance to step inside the Biltmore's main k ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Calexico's Joey Burns on Giffords, Upcoming Show at Corona Ranch

    Joey Burns (left) is a big fan of Gabby Giffords. Giffords, in turn, is a big fan of his band, Calexico.​In 2008, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was given the chance to choose the "wake- up" music to roust her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, and the rest of the crew slumbering above Earth a ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Roundup of Music-Related Gabrielle Giffords Stories

    Joey Burns of Calexico is a friend of Gabby Giffords.​If you're a loyal reader of all the New Times blogs you may have spotted a few familiar bylines over on our news blog, Valley Fever.All our coverage related to the tragic shooting in Tucson is there for convenience sake, but in case you missed ... More >>

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    January 8, 2011

    Gabrielle Giffords Murdered in Tucson

    Giffords dead: Was it assassination? Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords died today after being shot in the head in Tucson while hosting an event at a local grocery store. Several outlets are reporting there are other fatalities from the shooting rampage. NPR reported the story first.& ... More >>

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    January 8, 2011

    Gabrielle Giffords, John Roll, and the Valley of Misinformation

    Gabrielle Giffords: Her shooting became a rabbit hole of confusion for the vaunted Fourth Estate. Morning news flash: Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been shot, and is in critical condition. Five more are dead, including a child. The shooting occurred as the Congresswoman ... More >>

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