• Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Dirty Bourbon River Show a Prolific, Pint-Sized Brass Band

    Dirty Bourbon River Show has been rocking out of New Orleans, Louisiana, with their brand of gypsy circus brass stylings for the past five or six years. In that time, they were able to assemble a cast of highly skilled players and multi-instrumentalists, made easier by the city's high supply of such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Music for Running: A Guide to the Perfect Playlist

    I love running to music. The pavement is my dance floor and I can go for hours. Any given morning on Tempe Town Lake I will jog, playing air guitar to the riff of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" if no one is looking. The amount of fun I have on the trail has translated into a healthy turnaround for me. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Here's Why You Shouldn't Have Your Kids Help With Your Book About Hip Hop

    [In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] I am working on a new book. I cannot say too much about it yet, other than: 1. it's with the same company that published Bun B's Rap Coloring And Activity Book. 2. it will be a real act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    The 2014 Coachella Lineup Has Been Announced--and It's Good!

    Let me speak on behalf of everyone by saying "whoa, the 2014 Coachella lineup came out early." The news is still pretty fresh--Coachella sent out the lineup email a little after 9 p.m. last night, causing the internet to blow up as usual. It's tough to see beyond the headliners--though you should be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Label of the Month: The EDM Pioneers Behind Ghostly International

    Welcome to our Label of the Month feature, where we'll expound on some of our favorite music manufacturing companies, the folks that help mold the entire picture for amazing artists and shoot those ideas out into the world. This month, we're aiming our sights on Ghostly International, the Ann Arbor, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2012
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    May 10, 2012
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    November 4, 2011

    Phantogram's Josh Carter on Sticky Fingers, Coachella, and the "Mouthful of Diamonds" Cocktail

    ​Phantogram is hitting the road in support of the follow up EP, or "mini-EP" as guitarist Josh Carter likes to call it, to the group's dynamic debut LP, Eyelid Movies. Last year, this trip-hop group played a packed show at Rip's Ales and Cocktails for Sticky Fingers. This time around, the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    The Knux Kick Off US Tour at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar

    ​It's a pretty common complaint around town that awesome acts often skip Phoenix on tour. Well, here's a story that argues the opposite. New Orleans-based rap duo The Knux are kicking of their tour here in the Phoenix Metro, at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar on Tuesday, November 8. The band often gets c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Music Videos Beavis & Butt-Head Should See

    ​Beavis & Butt-Head makes its triumphant return to MTV on Thursday, October 27 at 10/9c, and quite frankly, we can't wait. This preview of "Holy Cornholio" looks promising, but one thing is missing--music videos! Half the fun of watching Beavis & Butt-Head was listening to the duo's commentar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    DJ Element on Timing, DJ Quik, and Repping the Southwest

    ​DJ Element is one busy cat. Just a few weeks ago we wrote about his FreeStyle Sessions mixtape release, an now we've got work that Element and DJ Pickster, both resident DJs at the popular Thursday night Blunt Club party, are taking their sounds on the road.Making a name for yourself in the DJ w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Ten Strange Names Rock Stars Gave Their Kids

    Wikimedia CommonsMama, don't let your babies grow up to be Bronxes -- or Diezels or Moon Units.​On Monday night, singer Jewel and her husband, Ty Murray, had their first child, a boy they named Kase Townes Murray. And while "Kase Townes" isn't that bizarre of a name, it's not as traditional as say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Phoenix Hip-Hop Duo The New F.O.'s Nab Licensing Deal with MTV Networks' Hype Music

    The New F.O.'s EP Real.Life.Feel.Good.​According to its own polished hype, the aptly named Hype Music is "a remarkable talent-incubating, hybrid, music licensing company fueled by some of the world's hottest, emerging, independent artists." But Hype may just live up to its name. The comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    The Top Ten Lamest, Most Overplayed Hip Hop Songs from the Late 90's

    Can't stop, won't stop​​Inspiration comes from many different places, the radio being one of them. While carousing around town in my hooptie the other day, the Notorious B.I.G./Puff Daddy/Mase 1997 classic "Mo Money, Mo Problems" came on over my speakers, much to my odd delight. After I was done ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    The Ten Best Last Songs on an Album

    Time to party, then​According to Christian radio host/old-timey nutjob Harold Camping, the Rapture will occur this Saturday, May 21. On Saturday, all of Camping's followers -- an estimated 200 million -- will be taken into heaven as God's chosen people after earth is ravaged by a massive earthquak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Valentine's Day Songs That Tell it Like it is

    Not everyone is either totally head-over-heels in love or bitter and lonely on Valentine's Day.Some people are a little more realistic -- a little more down to earth -- about things.What about the rest of us? Whether you recently got dumped, have a crush, or just wanna get laid, there's a song out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    2 Tone Lizard Kings, Everlast, the Gay Blades, and More in This Week's Issue

    2 Tone Lizard Kings: Spicing up the AZ ska scene.​Although there isn't particularly an abundance of ska bands in Arizona, local ska band the 2 Tone Lizard Kings are keeping the genre fresh. They incorporate the energy of Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore, a maturing sound, and the vibes of a raucous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Alkemé Talks She-Jays, Carl Jung, Outkast, Sade, Fuse Fridays, Tom Novy, and More

    ​Name: Elizabeth Quintanilla AKA: Alkemé Current club nights: Thursdays: Azúl at San Carlos, Fridays: Fuse at Bar Smith, Saturdays: Z Girl Club. Guest spots at other venues such as Cream Stereo Lounge. Genres spun: All that encompasses sexy...mmm, I love me some sexy. Yet, I love what gets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    The 1st Annual Porn Star Ball: The Breast of Times, the Wurst of Times

    We gotta admit it: the 1st Annual Arizona Porn Star Ball wore us out.The feral festivities started at 9 p.m. and lasted well beyond last call. The list of special guests was longer than John Holmes' tool, and included adult film stars Pharyn Sparxxx, Mya Lee, Taryn Thomas, Priya Rai, and Sophia Ross ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Coachella Artists Start Leaking

    The first batch of bands for the hottest music festival around, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, has been leaked. Confirmed Artists: the Killers, the Airborne Toxic Event, the Bug, Buraka Som Sistema, Crystal Castles, Drop The Lime, Fleet Foxes, Flying Lotus, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Rolling Stone: Still Blowing Bob Dylan

    Rolling Stone, that music magazine that felt it necessary to feature the ladies from MTV's The Hills on the cover of its May issue, just released its list of top 50 albums of 2008. Wouldn't you know it; they put Bob Dylan at number two. Why not number one, Rolling Stone? Maybe because they realize ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2008

    Rebel Rouser

    DJ mashes beats from South Beach to South America

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008

    Change of Art

    Rock icon goes . . . hip-hop?

  • Music

    July 10, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    July 5, 2007

    Hang the DJ

    These mix masters won't play "Hey Ya!" -- promise

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Betty Davis

    They Say I'm Different/Betty Davis
    (Light in the Attic)

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    Obadiah Parker

    The covers that reveal

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006
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    November 6, 2006

    Is Z Trippin'?

    Z-Trip\'s Bling Phoenician ex-patriate and now Los Angelian DJ Z-Trip, who I've toured through the Pacific Northwest with before and is currently hitting up European dance floors, has been pretty damn busy lately, getting married in this summer and posting some new and old cuts on his website and c ... More >>

  • Film

    August 24, 2006

    About a Boi

    OutKast’s Depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the old South

  • Music

    September 29, 2005


    The Craft

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    August 11, 2005

    Funky Bunch

    Oddly, it's not so bad

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Literary Crunk

    SF author Tamara Palmer digs deep into the Dirty South's rap explosion

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004


    KKFR-FM Power 92.3

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    Goodie Mob

    One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    No Doubt

    With Blink-182 in tow, No Doubt prepares for a massive show

  • Music

    June 3, 2004
  • News

    January 1, 2004

    BLACK - Digging for Beats

    Aside from OutKast, most of 2003's best black music bubbled underground

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    A Tale of Two Beats

    In 2003, a rockist retread ruled techno, while a new beginning hijacked hip-hop

  • Music

    October 2, 2003

    Ghetto Musick?

    OutKast partners Andre 3000 and Big Boi diverge wildly on their two-CD duel Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Kentucky Fried

    Drinkin' Grand Marnier, smokin' pot. It's the life God chose for Nappy Roots.

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    Various Artists

    Africa Raps: Senegal, Mali, and the Gambia (Trikont)

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Various Artists

    Constant Elevation (Astralwerks)

  • Music

    May 30, 2002

    Perfect Truth

    Cee-Lo breaks from the Mob in a solo quest to save hip-hop

  • Music

    January 24, 2002

    Hopping Up the Hip-Hop

    Timbaland and Organized Noize are making the music go bang, and rap radio's never sounded so good

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    The Next Movement

    The Roots return to the Valley, fresh off an effort helping to bridge the gap between electronica and hip-hop

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Critical Mass 2000

    Our panel of writers offer up their takes on the top discs of Y2K

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    January 2, 1997

    Dr. Cynic's Revenge

    Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96

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