By Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>
The MaineCrescent BallroomJuly 27, 2013 (Check out the complete slideshow for more photos.)10 years ago, a local band selling out a venue the size of the Crescent as convincingly as The Maine did Saturday would be on its way to a major label deal. The Maine, of course, are now two albums removed fro ... More >>
Founded in 2007, Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range has become one of heavy metal's largest events, and every year, it just gets bigger and better. As Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach said in an interview: "As far as rock festivals in America go, Rock on the Range in No. 1 in my book. Straight f****n e ... More >>
Kelly Clarkson may have slept on his phenomenal Kaleidoscope Dream, but that didn't stop Los Angeles-based crooner Miguel from having one hell of a 2012. He tops our list of must-see shows this weekend in Phoenix, stopping by the historic Celebrity Theatre to showcase sulty jams like "Adorn." We can ... More >>
Alexus Poulette Poulette plays Aldonza in the musical, Man of La Mancha, performed by the Scottsdale Musical Theater Company tonight, December 28, through Sunday, December 30. For tickets, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? The ... More >>
See also: Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear See also: Do You Look "Metal Enough" For Metal Shows See also: Sci-Fi Thrash Group Vektor on Mexican Food in PhiladelphiaIt's tempting to dash off some sort of cliché metal salutation here, like "Get your devil horns up! It's a good month for metal ... More >>
See also: We Chat with John Holmberg About "Mom Farts" See also: A Closer Look at KUPD's MILF Contest Phoenix heavy music fans, prepare to bust out the heavy metal sex playlist and celebrate: KUPD has announced Desert Uprising, a huge, two-day metal festival headed to Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pav ... More >>
Rock Allegiance Tour at Mesa Amphitheatre, 9/23/11 Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, and P.O.D. all sharing the bill...what year is this, 2002? In spite of all four artists releasing their biggest hits about ten years ago, all continue to tour and record new music. I for one had no idea ... More >>
Photos By Melissa FossumBuckcherry Rock Allegiance Tour Mesa Amphitheatre Friday, September 23 Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, and P.O.D. all sharing the bill...what year is this, 2002? In spite of all four artists releasing their biggest hits about ten years ago, all continue to t ... More >>
Nicole SmithThe Spot: Geisha A Go Go, 7150 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale, 480-699-0055.www.geishaagogo.comThe Hours: 3 to 7pm. daily. Open to close (3 pm - 2am) every Sunday.The Details: Enjoy half off select apps and drinks every day -- but what we really enjoy is Sunday's deal at this happ ... More >>
Big Name Metal Acts Hit the Valley
Al Jarreau ca. 1983There's lots of diversity in this week's just announced shows, with offerings from The Black Lips, Danzig, Keith Urban and KUPD's U-Fest. None of those artists, however, have won a Grammy in three -- count 'em, three -- different categories. Al Jarreau has. Hell, he joins Micha ... More >>
Tempe kiddie-poppers The Maine have announced the release date for their new record, Black & White, the major-label followup to Can't Stop, Won't Stop. Sire will drop the record, produced by Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Creed, Hawthorne Heights), on July 13. In the least surprising news of th ... More >>
Am I the only one who didn't realize people were still listening to Incubus? The band's been around 1991, and seemingly peaked in 1999 with the double platinum Make Yourself, but is somehow still has a #1 album, and is playing Jobing.com Arena. Go figure. So, I guess that's a pretty big concert anno ... More >>
We'll give you three guesses as to why there's only one concert listed on Sunday (and the first two don't count). As music editor Martin Cizmar reported earlier this week, no one wants to compete with the Arizona Cardinals' Super Bowl battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the lone exceptio ... More >>
Staind vocalist/guitarist Aaron LewisWe got word late yesterday that the Edge 103.9's annual holiday concert "How the Carolla Stole Christmas," scheduled to happen tonight at Dodge Theatre, has been cancelled due to the illness of Staind frontman/guitarist Aaron Lewis. Refunds for the event are av ... More >>
Alt-metalhead goes solo, but not soft
There were a massive amount of upcoming shows announced this week, including Willie Nelson on the road again and possibly three of the four worst nu metal bands of all time (Staind, Papa Roach, Hoobastank) on a single stage… with the insufferable Adam Carolla. Crooner Chris Isaak and Stro ... More >>
By Martin Cizmar
Final Destination III
Arizona Avenue and Frye Road
The good: Impressive acting, great props.
The bad: Not as thought provoking as it could be, nor as controversial.
By Joseph Golfen Everybody’s got one. That song that’s always on no matter where you go or what you do. That song that is at once instantly recognizable and eternally evil! You cringe at the opening chords and every time you hear it a little piece of your love for music dies. What’s worse, ev ... More >>
If you're hankering for some hard rock but haven't had the dough to check out Cruefest this Thursday, July 31 at Cricket Wireless Pavilion, take heed: you can purchase lawn seats for $10 a piece. The catch is, these tickets are only available today (Monday, July 28). Visit Arizona Rock Fight: Bring it on!
SiOP The band SiOP's press release begins, "SiOP was formed in the summer of 1998 and has been on the rise ever since." Truth is, SiOP never left 1998 and its plethora of shit bands: Static-X, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, the Bizkit, etcetera. Here's the goods on SiOP's latest album, Abnormality: It' ... More >>
Prodigy Nick Sterling spirals toward stardom
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Surviving bad luck, barroom brawls and band squabbles, Balls reveals real cojónes
The men of Fine China have a sweet record deal, pre-Britpop ethos and the Lord in their hearts
When porn star Raylene and Pantera double for a Zia in-store, music becomes an afterthought
Los Guys turn loose-knit side project into something meaningful