In honor of the fifth annual Big Brain Awards, New Times is recognizing five Urban Legends, established creative pioneers who have made Phoenix a better, cooler place. Leading up to the Big Brain Award announcement and Artopia on April 25, Jackalope Ranch, Chow Bella, and Up on the Sun will profile ... More >>
Santa Claus and I have had a tenuous musical history. There have been some good years, for sure, especially in 1986 when he brought me Christian Death's "Only Theatre of Pain" on vinyl. I'm sure Kris Kringle, viewing from his magic snow globe, loved seeing my sheer delight as I relished the irony o ... More >>
Danny Zelisko has so much concert memorabilia that some of it is even boxed up by artist, sometimes untouched for years. He may not know exactly what is in there, but based on the remainder of his extensive collection of signed posters and shirts, it's bound to be impressive. Zelisko, founder of th ... More >>
After making a 12-hour drive in late August from Phoenix to San Francisco to catch the one and only Paul McCartney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National and yes, even Zedd himself at Outside Lands Music Festival, I was pretty musically fulfilled for the summer. Summer might be over, but Zedd planned ahead ... More >>
Hawaii-bred reggae rock group Iration take change in stride. Each of their albums explores a different side of their musical influences--ranging from drummer Joseph Pickens' love for Lamb of God to lead vocalist/guitarist Micah Pueschel's penchant for the Beatles--while keeping their roots in tradit ... More >>
Carnaval Eléctrico ft. Cold War Kids, Hanni El Khatib, Mergence, Stan Devereaux & The Funky Suns, Diners, and More @ Crescent Ballroom|3/8/13It's awesome when everything goes right at a show: great lineup, great venue, and great concept. But, as the crowd at Friday night's sold-out Carnaval Eléctr ... 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.
Even faced with seven years in prison for a political stunt pulled in the Russian Orthodox Church, feminist punks Pussy Riot shouldn't feel alone. The riot grrls' plea for the Virgin Mary to expel Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin has gained global support from musicians as varied as Madonna, Paul McC ... More >>
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>
See also: Snoop Dogg at the Arizona State Fair See also: Judas Priest at the Arizona State Fair It used to be that playing the state fair circuit meant you were a has-been, that your rock 'n' roll career had gone belly up (you know, like billed after the puppet show, Spinal Tap-style). Maybe it' ... More >>
http://blog.thaeger.comMuppet look alike: Fozzy Bear and Jack BlackEverybody's favorite friendly gang of puppets are finally coming to a theater near you very soon, just in time for Thanksgiving.Jason Segel and The Muppets are not only bringing you what will probably be an excellent movie but als ... More >>
On Monday, October 10, British songwriter and psychedelic legend Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch) visited the Musical Instrument Museum, strolling around the exhibits and conducting interviews with writers about the history of music and education. Speaking with Donovan was really something ... More >>
One of these men was "born a poor black child."He may be known best as a "wild and crazy guy," but Steve Martin is the master of more than one craft. In addition to his work as a comedian and actor, Martin is a writer, playwright, and as Rare Bird Alert, his new album with The Steep Canyon Range ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsJane ScottMusic writer Jane Scott, who covered just about every music legend you can think of during her 50-year tenure at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, died early Monday morning at age 92.As a female music journalist, Scott was a pioneer. She was the only woman reporter at a Cl ... More >>
Yoko Ono will speak at SxSW in Austin.Yoko Ono, the avant-garde artist known exclusively for being the weird wife of late Beatle John Lennon, has been tapped as a "featured speaker" by Austin's all-important music industry gathering South By Southwest.The talk will evidently start as a sit-down i ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaRoger WatersRoger Waters November 27, 2010 US Airways Center British rocker Roger Waters performed Pink Floyd's album The Wall with style at the US Airways Center last night. It was, indeed, a "show," as much a theatrical exercise as a musical one.Since it's safe to say that at least ... More >>
Claude MattoxThe CityScape Block Party is taking over downtown Phoenix starting Thursday night ... and the musical lineup is mind blowing.Macy Gray! Third Eye Blind! And Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox?Yep. He is expected to make a solo appearance on stage Sunday afternoon for a 90-minute s ... More >>
This is the second time I have been able to use this album cover as the image for one of my posts...sweet!It's well-documented that a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Baja California yesterday afternoon. People in Phoenix are feeling some mild shaking, and the quake may be a factor, but methinks it w ... More >>
There’s something for everyone in this week’s edition of Future Shock, whether you’re a classic rock fan, a goth rock fan, or an indie rock head. Read on to see which concerts have been announced this week.
Mister Rogers' Area 51
Painter tells swab story
Fasten your safety belts for the world's worst interview with indie-rock legend Frank Black
Where there's a Willis, there's a schizophrenic cult icon who can whup all of rock's mad geniuses
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
With Invincible, Michael Jackson continues to spill blood on the dance floor
After September 11, some new songs just don't sound the same
TNT does the bad-boy boogie; the Mystery Tribute Band will rock you
Baz Luhrmann makes movies--and audiences--in his own image
Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Will EMI's remastering of 11 classic albums with the original packaging on CD and 180-gram vinyl make you buy your favorite records one more (last?) time?
Restless Records' Flaming Lips anthology recounts the early chapters of one of indie rock's finest
Rhino's new collection proves that you have no hope of getting disco in a box without leaving something out
A recap of the releases that made it worthwhile to own a CD player in 1998
GITEM, the state's $12 million antigang task force, storms Casa Grande and shoots a smalltime scofflaw in the back
Will Silverchair's platinum success yield a golden opportunity for a slew of Aussie imports?
HE CHANGED HIS NOSE AND BLEACHED HIS SKIN. BUT WHEN HE CHANGE HIS MUSIC, HE WENT TOO FAR.