News flash: The 1990s are back. You already knew this; I did too. The music and culture that defined the Alternative Nation-era are everywhere. Still, when I passed throngs of teenagers in the mall last week (don't ask) wearing Doc Martens, ripped stockings and "vintage" Nirvana shirts on the way t ... 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.
By Mark Keresman Brian Eno was quoted as saying, "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band." Rock history is filled with bands and albums that were somewhat unappreciated in their time yet occupy an enviable (by some people, at any rate) ... More >>
There's so much to report and so little Internet to shove it in. First things first: the small bit of youth music we've witnessed in the Western United States convinces me thoroughly that my generation of American musicians has the studiousness and audacity to be emotionally unflinching in th ... More >>
New and Old Gospel
(Blue Note Records)
Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio
Yes, she can, actually. The enigmatic Diamanda Galás returns with four sweeping discs of new material.
The influence of Jamaican remixes has spread far and wide since British punk rockers took to dub reggae in the 1970s.
Lou Reed gets to interpret Edgar Allan Poe. He's excited.
Compliments of the Mysterious Phantom (Hyena)
Phoenix Jazz Workshop brings the jam back to the East Valley
A roundup of the latest batch of eclectica that fell through the cracks
Indie supergroup Eyes Adrift offers a dream fusion of Meat Puppets, Nirvana and Sublime
New Times' panel of critics searches for musical gems in a disheartening 2001
Former Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn puts the ghost of his old band to rest with the finest album of his career
While they may not top the Billboard charts, this month's batch of jazz, blues and heritage releases is definitely worth hearing
Moris Tepper talks about crickets, vampires, and how everything falls beautifully apart
Our panel of writers offer up their takes on the top discs of Y2K
When Angels Speak of Love, Pathways to Unknown Worlds/Friendly Love, The Great Lost Sun Ra Albums: Cymbals and Crystal Spears Lanquidity, Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel (Evidence)
Ken Burns wants you to know why Jazz is America's music
Two new sets of reissues document the strange side of a pair of jazz giants
Gumbo celebrates Independence Day and Satchmo's birth with the latest in jazz, blues and heritage
Our quarterly roundup of the latest in music books
Gumbo gets smug as he samples some Coltrane, gets blue with Big Bill, does Duke with the Doc and feels some local Native American muse
Saturday Night Live and DreamWorks Records team up for two not-ready-for-prime-time compilations
Chicago's post-progressive-math-punk-rock-jazz quartet Sweep the Leg Johnny is a sonic non sequitur
Argentinean jazz legend Gato Barbieri's constant search for new sounds goes on
New Rhino reissues illuminate the bold leaps of '60s jazz heavyweights
Lookout for Hope gleefully rips apart the conventions of jazz
THE PROBLEM FOR CRITICS AND JAZZ POLICE IS NO PROBLEM TO HARRY CONNICK JR. HE'S CROONING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK.
IF YOU'VE GOT CASH IN YOUR WALLET AND TIME ON YOUR HANDS, BOXED SETS ARE FOR YOU
IT'S SWEET, IT'S SIMLE AND IT SELLS. BUT IT AIN'T JAZZ.