If you're not a thumbsucking moron who only cares about which overzealous rapper impregnated which leg-spreading reality star, you might've heard of this thing called the "fiscal cliff." If not, lemme just clue you in via economist Paul Craig Roberts:
"The fiscal cliff is automatic spending cuts an ... More >>
1999 was a weird year. That June, George W. Bush announced his candidacy for President, people were partying like it was the year in question, and a prevalent fear of the Y2K bug spread like Ebola fever. Muse also released their debut album, Showbiz, instantly drawing comparisons to their British co ... More >>
In case you missed 'em, Occupy Phoenix gathered yesterday for the Occupy Wall Street movement's one-year anniversary, and some things don't change -- banks and Sheriff Joe Arpaio are still terrible.There was a new one out of at least one of the Occupy folks yesterday, though, regarding the Democrati ... More >>
Dear Paul Ryan,
Congrats on getting the nod for Romney's VP. Must be a big month for you. While you and I probably won't ever agree politically, I realize we have a few things in common. You and I are both male carbon-based lifeforms that breath oxygen and the melanin in our epidermis means we don' ... More >>
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants.
So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>
Talib Kweli doesn't seem to like downtime. Last year he released the celebrated Gutter Rainbows, and Idle Worship, a nu-soul collaboration with singer-songwriter Res, teamed with Yaslin Bay (his partner in Black Star) for the Colbert Report, and took to the streets for Occupy Wall Street.
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Third Friday is upon us and, as always, there's plenty to keep busy with all over the Valley -- from a Chinese New Year Festival in Chandler, Barret-Jackson's collector cars in Scottsdale, and Dennis Miller performing downtown. Here are our top picks for things to do and see this weekend.Steve Ra ... More >>
What happens when a promising young pop band's album gets rejected by the major label they've signed a seven-album contract with? In the case of The Maine's Pioneer, the band says "screw it," and releases it anyway.
Of course, the story is more complicated than that, which singer John O'Callaghan ... More >>
NOFX has been a mainstay of punk rock for almost 30 years. The band has gained notoriety for its antics and activism, recently getting banned from Emo's in Austin because frontman "Fat Mike" Burkett tricked the audience into believing he served free tequila shots mixed with his own urine.
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There's good news for Wall Street -- the "occupiers" who have been protesting corporate greed (or whatever it is they're protesting) for the past several months have a new target for their rage: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.That, of course, is according to the sheriff's bloated ego."The 'Oc ... More >>
We've done a lot of coverage on the Rock the R3volution tour, from its announcement to almost inevitable collapse. The confluence of music and politics has always been interesting to me. Political art can be cringe-worthy ("boot up 'yer ass," anyone) or undeniably beautiful ("a change is gonna co ... More >>
Phoenix-based rapper RoQ'y TyRaiD is no stranger to political discussion via hip-hop. His last album, The Podium, featured songs culled from weekly appearances on the Redy Set Radio Show on 99.3 The Beat FM, where RoQ'y addressed political issues and the news of the week with a new tune.
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There aren't a lot of middle-of-the-roaders when it comes to Henry Rollins. You love him or you hate him, and he gives you plenty of chances to do either: He hosts a radio show on KCRW (doing remarkable things like following up a Curtis Mayfield cut with a jam by Japanese drone-rockers Boris ... More >>
James KingRegardless of political affiliation, people across the country are pissed off about one thing or another, but there's only a few cities that -- as a whole -- are more pissed off than Phoenix, according to a recent ranking of pissed off cities.The Daily Beast website recently ranked Phoe ... More >>
Johnny PaycheckThe most common accusation of the Occupy protests has been that those gathered don't have one main voice; a streamlined, focused goal. It's a fair criticism, but it's a little difficult when you've been screwed over from every direction to pin down exactly what you want change.&nbs ... More >>
Part one of Gilman's report from the front lines of Occupy PhoenixMy focus is, and must remain, through November 8, the recall of state Senate President Russell Pearce in Legislative District 18. That means there's a lot going on that I won't be able to cover till after the recall election, includi ... More >>
Hundreds of pissed off protesters are expected in downtown Phoenix this afternoon to march from the downtown Civic Space to Cesar Chavez Plaza as the precursor to tomorrow's scheduled "Occupy Phoenix" demonstration.However, "THIS IS NOT THE OCCUPATION," the group behind the "Occupy Phoenix" movem ... More >>
It's been a really great week for Black Star fans -- and I'm one of them. Black Star, the 1998 collaboration between Mos Def and Talib Kweli is one of my favorite hip-hop albums. The duo performed "Fix Up," produced by the nearly always awesome Madlib, on The Colbert Report, on Wednesday, October ... More >>