San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Sean Hayes knows you heard about him from your folk-music-loving lady friend. He says he gets that a lot. "I feel like women are the gateway," he jokes.
I can't believe the things I decide to write about. Women? Have I lost my mind? I know as much about women as I do about God--not jack. Yet I continue to study both. In fact, I suspect they are one and the same. Like most subjects in my studies, one of my primary teachers has been and continues ... More >>
When my kids were little, and I'd be playing and talking about music with them, they'd say, "Dad, what is this song about?" You can probably guess my answer. Because eight out of 10 songs (not an official stat) are about the same thing: Love. Of course, that one simple word cannot begin to explain ... More >>
Even from the first sound of the album, it is clear that Yeezus is a very different album from any of Kanye West's other works. There is no introduction; the album begins with "On Sight" which features heavy, wonky synthesizers and a pounding Chicago house beat provided by Daft Punk. The synths are ... More >>
A good 90 percent of my job as a music journalist is keeping my finger on new music, continuously discovering the vast spectrum of sound that human beings can create. Another 9 percent is attending concerts, where I destroy my liver and my hearing for shits and gigs. That final 1 percent is being a ... More >>
Ever since Disney's acquisition of LucasFilms was announced, the prognosis by fans has been mixed. Three new Star Wars movies is good news, right? Sure, but what about yesterday's news that Disney has shut down LucasArts? Yeah, the future of the saga a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away is up ... 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: Swans' Michael Gira Returns With The Seer See also: Xiu Xiu: Dear God, I Hate Myself See also: Xiu Xiu and the Top Anthems of Self-LoathingThe cover Xiu Xiu's ninth studio album, Always, is a tight close-up shot of the band's name and the album title tattooed on someone's bare flesh. For t ... More >>
Although it's been more than five years since Steve Conrad pulled a regular air shift on local public radio station KJZZ, the 38-year-old disc jockey still gets many chances to share his love of jazz, blues, and soul songs on vinyl. From time to time, Conrad says he helps out fellow KJZZ jock Blais ... More >>
Bummed that yet another New Year's celebration has passed? Don't fret, you can continue partying, because today is the Chinese New Year. So happy Year of the Dragon, everyone. And you don't have to be Chinese to celebrate. After all, Chinese New Year is focused on good food, good luck, and fireworks ... More >>
Out with the old, and in with the new. That's the mantra as we inch closer to the New Year. It's time to reflect on the year behind us, and to look forward to what might possibly be the species' last year on this planet. But let's not worry about that right now. Instead let's look forward t ... More >>
Benjamin CutswellName: Benjamin Rosen AKA: DJ Benjamin Cutswell Current gigs: Right now I do a couple of Tuesdays month at Dirty Pretty and every Friday at Airia. I work as the club's marketing and entertainment director. How did you get into the DJ game? When I was 13, a rich friend of min ... More >>
Well, Thursday is finally upon us -- however, what could have been an entirely shitty day was made less so by the wonderful foresight of U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton and her injunctions on SB 1070. Gov. Brewer's evil army of mercenaries will have to wait until a decision is made on the ... More >>
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