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    November 17, 2014

    The Most Influential Arizona Punk Records: #10 - The Zany Guys, Party Hits Volume II

    In late October, we introduced The 10 Most Influential Punk Records of Arizona. Over the next few weeks, we will reveal how we've ranked each record, and we will take an in-depth look at the people and circumstance behind each album's creation. The name of the EP alone -- Party Hits Volume II -- ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Dia de los Muertos Celebration Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 This weekend Barrio Queen Tequileria in Old Town Scottsdale will be offering a variety of dining and drinking specials in honor of Dia de Los Muertos. The restaurant and bar will have deals such as $10 Hibiscus Margaritas a ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    The Digital Melancholy of Electrisad is Like John Hughes in Mp3 Form

    Electrisad has had a very punctuated emergence as a fixture in the Phoenix scene. In the space of a few months, the band has opened up for several prominent acts in the national DIY indie scene such as Julie Byrne, Emperor X, and Your Heart Breaks. Saying that isn't meant as an empty "has shared t ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    February 3, 2014

    Upslope Brown Ale: Feel the Love

    Beer: Brown Ale Brewery: Upslope Brewing Style: American Brown Ale ABV: 6.7 percent This is a story about love. It's also a story about beer, which, when you think about it, is kind of redundant. It begins years ago in a small Argentinian town called Ushaia, a picturesque hamlet made up of mounta ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    The Body Really Is As Suffocating and Bleak As You've Heard

    Chances are, whatever you're listening to right now isn't as heavy as The Body's Christs, Redeemers. The record, the latest from southern-born duo Chip King and Lee Buford, opens with a haunting drone, "I, The Mourner of Perished Days," before "To Attempt Openness" kicks in, marrying Buford's doomy ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Pure Bathing Culture: We Looked to How Records Were Recorded in the Past

    As members of Vetiver, Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille explored the gauzy textures of Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac (occasionally recalling the hazy mysticism of the Peter Green era, too.) As Pure Bathing Culture, the duo fast-forwards the Mac dial to Tango in the Night o'clock. No, really: "Pendu ... More >>

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    August 3, 2013

    Seven of Our Favorite Shows From Hollywood Alley History

    The website for Hollywood Alley contains a fairly lengthy rundown of some of the vast array of renowned musicians and bands that have performed at the Mesa rock dive over its 25-year history, and it's both enormous and impressive. Said list includes name both iconic and influential, ranging from suc ... More >>

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    August 3, 2013

    Photos from Hollywood Alley's Final Night (1988-2013)

    After 25 years of slinging drinks, trashy fun, and rock 'n' fucking roll, the party is finally over at Hollywood Alley in Mesa. All the beer and booze has been exhausted, the last song has echoed through its cavernous sticker-covered interior, and the last pizza has been served. We dropped by the r ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Now Available in Arizona: Upright Seven

    Beer: Seven Brewery: Upright Brewing Co. Style: Saison ABV: 8 percent Not sure if you guys have noticed, but craft beer is going all Manifest Destiny right now. With the likes of New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Green Flash breaking ground on East Coast facilities, big brands are going nationwide. Ev ... More >>

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    March 16, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Five New and International Names for Molly, According to UMF Ravers

    By Victor Gonzalez We found Molly. And if we're ever at an electronic dance music festival in Brazil, we'll know to keep an eye out for balas. Similarly, next time we're in Ecuador and someone offers us pepas, we'll know they're taking about MDMA, at least according to Ultra Music Festival 2013 ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    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.

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    May 31, 2012

    Gun Outfit and Broken Water, Meat Market Garment Factory, 5/30/12

    Gun Outfit and Broken Water Meat Market Garment Factory Wednesday, May 30 I will declare, without the slightest inkling of doubt or hesitance, that Olympia, Washington has the best independent music scene in the country right now. The major hipster metropoli (Brooklyn, San Francisco, Austin) all ha ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012
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    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 >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    May 4, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend (Cinco de Mayo Edition)

    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 5: Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival in Downtown Phoenix More than 150,000 people are expected to ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    February 28, 2012

    Barbara Wilson: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 18 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Barbara WIlson of Barb's Sweets and Treats.Barbara Wilson knows her way around the pastry kitchen. She's b ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Sound Off: Peachcake's Stefan Pruett on Moe'Z Art, Hemoptysis, and Decker

    Clockwise from top left: Moe'Z Art, Decker, Hemoptysis, Peachcake​Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, in which Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your son ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    French Quarter Tour Diary - Weeks 3 & 4

    ​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 >>

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    September 24, 2011

    French Quarter Tour Diary - Week 1

    ​I won't attempt to explain the amalgam of esoteric in-jokes that manifested into the tour poster seen above. There's a perfectly good but lengthy explanation for why the four of us chose to put John Fogerty's head on a French Quarter t-shirt, gave him dice for eyes and exhorted the viewer to ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011
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    February 26, 2009

    Flier of the Week: The Necronauts

    This flier of the week comes to us by way of suggestion from New Times contributor Jose Gonzalez and, I have to say, it portends great things for The Necronauts' show at Trunkspace tomorrow. The lo-fi indie/punk band has a cool sound, full of grumbling, fuzzy guitars that often remind me of Black Re ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    Round Up: Best Of Our Best Of Lists

    Happy New Year! Up on the Sun and Phoenix New Times have had a lot of lists for you over the past month. Like, more than we can count. Just in case you missed some, here are a few of our favorites:Phoenix's best records of 2008: The best 10 records released in this town last year, including Kinch,  ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Five Pacific Northwest Albums That Made a Difference in 2008

    Some of the more well-received albums of 2008 have come from the rainy, bike-loving confines of the Pacific Northwest - a trusty bastion for indie rock and insanely innovative pop. When bands from the two meccas of the Pacific Northwest - Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington - emerge onto the na ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Bounty Hunter: The (Shopping) Holy Grail at First Friday

    If you're looking for something different (read: not mass merchandised, made-in-China crap) for your sweetie, or Aunt Ida, or your boss, this is the last First Friday before Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Yes, the last one. Since First Friday can be a zoo, especially before major holidays, we've cu ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008

    Love Phoenix or Leave Phoenix

    Last week we asked why Phoenicians elect to stay in this dusty desert instead of heading out into the world. Check out this first entry from Phoenician and New Times reader Angie Uyeda: I was born at Williams Air Force Base. My dad was a mechanic and my mom was a hairdresser – she worked in a ti ... More >>

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    February 1, 2007

    Eric D. Williams: Holocaust Denier

    Williams site Shoah-shirker Williams, author of the twisted tome The Puzzle of Auschwitz Eric Williams does not want to be known as a Holocaust denier. After my interview with him for an item in this week's Bird column titled "Deniers Conference," in which I expose ... More >>

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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 >>