Old 97's

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    5 Best DJs and Bands in Metro Phoenix

    Last month Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for best DJs and bands in metro Phoenix.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2013
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    December 20, 2012
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    August 27, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Incoming: Blackstreet, Henry Rollins, Yelawolf, Brother Ali, and More

    There's no diggity, no doubt that we're oddly delighted to hear that Blackstreet's hitting the road, and with Ginuwine, no less. These 90s R&B crooners are going to tear up the stage at the Celebrity Theatre with some of your favorite hits from around 15 years ago. Blackstreet's got us exc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    What's Selling: Hoodlums Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week​Washed Out's Within and Without topped last week's list at Stinkweeds. This week we look at what's selling at Tempe neighborhood music store Hoodlums. The independently-owned music and movie haven has been rooted in Tempe since 1998, when they first opened their ... More >>

  • Music

    June 2, 2011
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    March 24, 2011

    Incoming: Biffy Clyro, Crystal Stilts, Def Leppard, Journey, Old 97's, Cut Copy

    Magnus BlikengCut Copy​There's plenty a fine show coming through Phoenix in the foreseeable future, so allow me to write about a show that has been announced for August 12 - Aussie synthpoppers Cut Copy. For those who may not be familiar with Cut Copy, they have released three albums so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    March 24 In Blogs: Eric Cox, Cut Copy, Citizen Public House, and a Mock Border Fence

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    The Sound Strike's Spin on Their SXSW Panel, Old 97's and More from SXSW

    The Sound StrikeArizona activist Leilani Clark, Sound Strike organizer Javier Gonzalez and rapper Immortal Technique pose after The Sound Strike panel at SXSW.​A day ago, I told you what happened at the panel discussion The Sound Strike hosted at South By Southwest. The group, which is organizing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    15 Good Songs You Might've Missed in 2010

    Peter Storch​I listened to more than 3,000 songs in 2010, so I was asked to come up with a list of the best of the year. But you've probably heard "Swim" by Surfer Blood and "Boyfriend" by Best Coast and "Helicopter" by Deerhunter and "Hustle and Cuss" by the Dead Weather, so I came up with a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Helmet, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Charlatans, Small Black, and more

    ​It's amazing how much music is released in a year. I've listened to nearly 270 records in their entirety this year, yet I still have a huge stack of unlistened CDs on my desk, several unlistened digital downloads in my iTunes, and a lengthy list of high-profile stuff I never got a chance to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #10

    Peter Storch​Oh, how we've missed podcasting to the music fans of the Valley. Well, music editor Martin Cizmar and I are back with a new one, with nine new-ish songs and lotsa banter about music, including the artistic achievements of Sufjan Stevens, a great new song by local band Gospel Claws, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Matt & Kim: Sidewalks

    ​Artist: Matt & KimTitle: SidewalksRelease date: November 2Label: FaderI suppose I should mention up front that I didn't like Tears for Fears in 1985 and I still don't 25 years later, even in a nostalgic sense. So it stands to reason that I have little use for Matt & Kim in 2010.It's not t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    The 88: The 88

    ​Artist: The 88Title: The 88 Release date: September 28 Label: Rocket ScienceWhat do you do if you're a band like The 88? You're top-flight songwriters and musicians, you get your songs placed in all kinds of big-name TV shows and high-profile TV commercials, you tour the country opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Warpaint: The Fool

    ​Artist: Warpaint Title: The Fool Release date: October 25 Label: Rough Trade The musical path taken by L.A. foursome Warpaint is well trodden -- but this kind of ultra-moody, sort of experimental, Joy Division-indebted music is usually plied by men. But Warpaint is a quartet of women, and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Screaming Females: Castle Talk

    ​Artist: Screaming Females Title: Castle Talk Release date: September 14 Label: Don Giovanni Back in the day, I'd hate to miss a good show (I'm still not happy that my parents wouldn't let me drive to Kalamazoo one Monday night to see Scratch Acid and Big Black play, ditto the time I couldn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Kings of Leon: Come Around Sundown

    ​Artist: Kings of LeonTitle: Come Around SundownRelease date: October 19Label: RCAI think it's funny that people are getting all bent out of shape over the supposed "selling out" of Kings of Leon, saying their new record sucks worse than that sucky one that sold a bajillion copies a few years ago. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Mill's End: Mill's End

    ​Artist: Mill's EndTitle: Mill's End, the band's self-titled, debut EP.Basics: Billed as a band that "carries on a tradition of American Alt-Country that blends modern influences with folk/Americana songwriting," Mill's End's sound is "firmly rooted in a style reflective of Drive By Truckers, Whis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Delta Spirit, Stereo Total, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Cringe, The Dig, and more

    ​Let's clear off the desk, shall we?Stereo Total: Baby Ouh! -- This band on the Kill Rock Stars label is a multi-lingual new-New Wave boy-girl band with songs sung in English, German, and French. It's quirky with a capital "Q" and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is. Still, most songs are un ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009
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    December 31, 2009

    Nothing Not New: We All Suffer from "Aesthetic Atrophy," But at Least I'm Getting Help

    "If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it . . ." -- Wm. Shakespeare ​ I recently received some bad news regarding a diagnosis. It's never easy to hear someone (especially an expert in his field) tell you that you have a serious problem, and it certainly wasn't easy this t ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009
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    May 13, 2009

    Lucero Live: Why Country Music Needs Some Punk Blood

    I love discussing music with our new Music Editor, Martin. More often than not we basically agree on most things. But I could not disagree more with his review of the Lucero show last night at the Rhythm Room. The first of my complaints is when talking about how the crowd was reacting (or the fact t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    You Asked For It: A Few Random Drunks

    A Few Random DrunksWorld Famous County Wide(Self released)If you ask me, there's too many alt-country acts doing the Old 97s thing, and not nearly enough doing the Drive-By Truckers thing. Now, granted, I prefer the former to the latter, but unless you've got Rhett Miller's worn-denim vocals -- and ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
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    December 9, 2008

    You Asked For It: Tractor Pull Divas

    Tractor Pull DivasLove Songs for (Insert Your Name Here)(Self released)I haven't been overly enamored of local alt-country bands since I started doing You Asked For It back in September. The New Westerns had a nice sound, but spotty vocals, and suffer from occasional self-indulgence. Instant Hobo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Show Announcements: Junior Brown, Limbeck, David Banner, Davey Jones, The Verve Pipe

    By Martin Cizmar A few show announcements fans of alt-country are going to like this week, led by Cottonwood’s Junior Brown and California’s Limbeck.

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Bloodshot Eye Candy

    Whose alt is it?

  • Music

    March 10, 2005


    Two fingers of punk and a splash of country-rock

  • Music

    December 9, 2004
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    October 14, 2004


    Palomar III: Revenge of Palomar
    (Self-Starter Foundation)

  • Calendar

    September 30, 2004

    World Class Gad

    Gadabout Film Fest makes its way in the reel world

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Old 97s

    Drag It Up
    (New West Records)

  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Rhett Miller

    Solo tour picks up new familiar steam

  • Music

    October 18, 2001

    High School Confidential

    Teen punk band Angry Dirty Sanchez finds itself in the principal's office

  • Music

    May 3, 2001

    Ride On

    With the release of their latest, the Old 97's put something good into the world

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Retro No More

    Singer-songwriter Neko Case and her musical pals bring country music out of the curio cabinet

  • Music

    December 14, 2000

    Road Weary

    The Grievous Angels bid goodbye with a bleak chronicle of a traveling band

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Various artists

    Down to the Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records (Bloodshot)

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    Obsessions, Passions, Perversions

    New Times music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets

  • Music

    July 15, 1999

    Are You Coming With Us?

    The Lo-Fidelity Allstars pose some dizzying musical questions with a riot of sounds and styles

  • Music

    May 13, 1999
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    May 6, 1999

    Harm's Way

    Arizona Music Forum finally reaches local musicians with its first local jam

  • Calendar

    February 5, 1998
  • Music

    July 31, 1997

    Miller's Crossing

    The Old 97's form from wreckage of musical mishaps

  • Music

    June 19, 1997
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