• Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    5 Best Jurassic 5 Songs

    Jurassic 5 are alternative hip-hop pioneers. Their influence can be heard in the beats and verses of mainstream rap icons like OutKast all the way to local hip-hop groups like Phoenix's own Drunken Immortals. Though the band has never once gone platinum and have only once gone gold, their reunion wa ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Best of Coachella 2014's First Weekend

    Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all soar, sunburned and smiling. For those of you heading to Cali for Round 2, here's the best of what we saw during the festival's first weekend.

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    April 16, 2014

    How Big Boi inspired Phantogram's latest album

    It is every artist's goal to be the next new thing -- clichéd as it is, any creative will eventually admit this desire. Few can make one radical thing while even fewer continue to deliver intriguing material. Phantogram, the electronic psych-pop duo from upstate New York, fall into the latter categ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Coachella: Band and Drug Pairings Guide

    Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together. While we applaud those using Coachella as an opportunity to get sober, it's not for everyone, which is why, below, we've recommended a fine list of musical acts and drugs t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    A Few Ways 2014 Could Help Make Hip Hop Less Terrible

    Note: in his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Dear 2013, Oh, man. So you're officially over. That's kind of sad. You were mostly a very dope year -- at least for me, anyway, and truth be told, that's all I really care about becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    The Used's Bert McCracken Wants You To Steal the Band's Album From Walmart

    Post-hardcore rockers The Used have been put through the wringer more than a couple times during the 12 years they've spent together as a band. It's hard to imagine that even before the time spent addicted to drugs, label shifts, and the on-stage injuries, the members had already experienced homeles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year?

    Historically, the Coachella line up has always been announced in January. That means the official line up should be announced any day now, along with some artists that will hopefully make their way to Phoenix between dates. There have been a number of fake posters circling the net-- some credible a ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012
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    July 30, 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

    July 25, 2012

    Phoenix's Jae E Teams with E40 to "Go Get It"

    Southern rap is a ubiquitous force in hip-hop, a dominating sound that influences the rest of the nation. Phoenix-based rapper hails from New Orleans, where the sounds he heard profoundly influenced the sound displayed on "Go Get It," his collaboration with revenue retrievin' star E40 and Thaddeou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    El-P and Killer Mike, Crescent Ballroom, 6/25/12

    El-P and Killer Mike Crescent Ballroom Monday, June 25 Brooklyn indie rap lynchpin El-P and Atlanta journeyman Killer Mike are kind of on top of the world right now. There's nothing like seeing two dudes with critically-acclaimed new albums on the same bill, popping in on each other's tracks and sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend. Saturday, May 12: Right to Marry to Stage Benefit Show @ Trunk Space It's been a big week for the cause of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Happy Birthday, MTV: 30 Videos to Celebrate 30 Years

    I want my MTV back​Music Television turns 30 today, but the network doesn't look a day over 16 and Pregnant. Well before MTV started exploiting the incredibly difficult lives of irresponsible teens expecting a first child and balancing high school algebra, the Viacom-network played music vid ... 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

    February 7, 2011

    Incoming: CSS, The New Pornographers, Pinback, Titus Andronicus, Slick Rick

    Slick Rick The Ruler​This week's just announced shows list is one of the longest in quite some time. There's a higher quotient of indie rock upcoming shows announced this week, with plenty of Coachella scraps.Yes, even if certain music-related boycotts recently gussied up their websites, bands are ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010
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    November 19, 2010

    DJ Manchester Talks Britpop, Shadowplay, Anderson's, The Smiths, Interpol, and More

    DJ Manchester​Eddie Lebario (a.k.a. DJ Manchester) is old school, just like his favorite musical genre.As you'll read in this week's version of DJ Dossier, the cat has been spinning up the hits inside local clubs since the mid '90s. And more often than not, said hits have typically been from the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Cee-Lo Green: The Lady Killer

    ​Unless the rock you've been living under for the past two months is insanely cozy, you've probably heard the hit single from former Goodie Mob-ster Cee-Lo Green. That's "Fuck You."The vindictive little ditty made a big splash when it hit the Internet in the middle of August, celebrating all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    O.A.R. at the Celebrity Theatre Last Night

    ​O.A.R. The Celebrity Theatre September 28, 2010The Celebrity Theatre's layout and rotating stage made for a warm performance by veteran jamband O.A.R. that accommodated every seat in the house last night.The design of the venue made the band's entrance particularly special since fans got to slap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Bad Laugh Tracks: The Most Annoying Recorded Laughter in Pop Music

    ​When I heard Ke$ha's "Your Love is My Drug" on the radio the other day, aside from making remarks about how sloppy she is, I couldn't help but mention to my friend that I thought the song was terrible.I was thrilled that the song was nearly over until Ke$ha struck a chord with one of my old pet p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    John Mayer Leaves Twitter For Good

    ​John Mayer is the type of guy who has better things to do than tweet, so maybe it's no surprise that social media has gotten him into some trouble in the past.Despite his busy schedule, I've always imagined Mayer to be this solo artist who has all day to think about whatever kind of nonsensical r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2010

    The Maine at the Nile Theater Last Night

    The MaineAugust 27, 2010Nile TheaterIt was teenage girl heaven at the Nile Theater last night, when local pop rock band The Maine played the last night of their current headlining tour and made a young lady-filled crowd go wild. Singer John O'Callaghan told the crowd the band got to choose their sch ... More >>

  • Articles

    March 12, 2009
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    February 16, 2009

    T.I. Proves Why He's the King

    It's been an interesting career for Bankhead/Atlanta-based rapper T.I. He's currently weathering the brunt of charges brought against him for illegally owning three unregistered firearms, a part of his life he was not shy to mention while onstage at the Celebrity Theatre on Sunday night. He's not st ... More >>

  • Music

    October 23, 2008
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    July 12, 2008
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    May 8, 2008
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    April 4, 2008

    Future Shock: Projekt Revolution, Hank III, Otep, and more

    A batch of bad-ass shows were just announced this week. Read on for the news.

  • Music

    April 3, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    January 4, 2007

    Snap To It

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • Culture

    June 1, 2006

    Get Inside!

    Your three-month forecast of the summer's top movies

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    A Pack of Mutts

    Music's "designer dogs"

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    August 4, 2005

    Street Regal

    Louis XIV kicks it with Kreme at the Marquee, then parties at Shake! with William Fucking Reed

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2005
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    June 30, 2005

    You So Lazy

    Martin Lawrence in a crappy kid movie? Whassup with that?

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    March 3, 2005

    Get Lost

    A bad case of sequel fever can never Be Cool

  • News

    December 23, 2004

    All Keyed Up

    Jett and His Royal Kreminess catch the action at Jackson's on Third's Showcase Sunday

  • News

    July 8, 2004

    Lounge Addicts

    Wanna see members of the Rat Pack buy drinks for wannabe supermodels? Check out The Merc.

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    June 17, 2004

    Roadhouse Rules

    Our night stalkers find a pint of the London punk scene at TT's in, of all places, Scottsdale

  • Music

    December 11, 2003


    Champion Sound (Stones Throw)

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    December 4, 2003

    Dance This Mess Around

    What a bad feeling - and taste - Honey leaves behind

  • Music

    April 24, 2003

    Rocking the Casbah

    The hawks and doves of the local music scene

  • Culture

    April 10, 2003

    Made With Love

    Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't

  • Music

    January 2, 2003

    Critics VS 2002: Rebuilding From Ash

    2002 spent the year in a 9/11 hangover. Through the confusion, notable and amazing works still arose

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Westside Rising

    Ice Cube and his Westside Connection pals semi-reunite -- and give hope to gangsta rap fans

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Deaf Jam

    An accident robbed rapper Bryan Erwin of his hearing, his happiness and - for a few minutes - his life. Now his therapy is his music. But can rap save him?

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    Hot Stuff

    From street graffiti to body rocking, the Arsonists preserve the old-school arts

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Critical Mass

    A recap of the releases that made it worthwhile to own a CD player in 1998

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    December 5, 1996
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