Pete Rock

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    January 2, 2014

    The Winners of the Second Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Fact 135 on Watching DJ Swamp Light Himself Aflame While Smashing Records

    David Dimmick isn't much of a braggart -- at least as far as we can tell -- but he's got every effin' right to be. Since becoming a DJ in 1996, the dude's C.V. includes sharing stages with some pretty stellar icons from hip-hop history, like the Wu-Tang Clan, Pharohe Monarche, A Tribe Called Quest, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Rick Phillips, What Are You Listening To?

    Rick PhillipsPhillips blogs on and owns the Tucson Taco Festival (Saturday, April 28) and the Arizona Barbecue Festival (Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.) When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I listen to satellite radi ... More >>

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    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011
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    June 20, 2011

    This Week in Music History: June 20 through 26

    Wikimedia CommonsHappy birthday, Brian Wilson​Music and musicians have been around for centuries, and every day, new music news breaks. Every Monday, we're going to take a look back at the notable music stories, births, and deaths that took place that week. This week was a doozy: Columbia Records ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    March 15, 2010

    Lady Gaga Coming to Phoenix

    We're going gaga in anticipation of Gaga.​On July 31, Lady Gaga will hit U.S. Airways Center on her massive summer Monster Ball Tour. Gaga told Rolling Stone that she sees the show as a sort of "pop-electro opera.""The theatrics and story elements are in the style of an opera. Imagine if you could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    New Phoenix Eatery For Hip-Hop Heads Discovered By So Much Silence

    Do you recognize these dudes? Then we've got a restaurant you should try!​Our man Kevin Murphy at So Much Silence is probably the biggest hip-hop head you'll find in this town -- at least when it comes to the obscure East Coast stuff of the mid-90s. So it's no surprise that he correctly named the ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2008
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    May 25, 2006

    Blaze Rock

    Death of a Dream
    (Urban Authentic Music)

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    What a Doll

    Dashboard Dennis

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    September 8, 2005

    Ohmega Watts

    The Find

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    October 21, 2004

    Fresh Produce

    With underground hip-hop or mass-appeal club records, RJD2's a stickler for details.

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    Casket Life

    That's one for new Stomping Ground Records

  • Music

    June 3, 2004
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    February 27, 2003

    DJ Spinna

    Here to There (BBE)

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    Mushroom Variations

    DJ Mark Farina takes down-tempo music and turns it into his own journey through sound

  • Music

    November 21, 2002

    DJ Mark Farina

    Mushroom Jazz 4 (Om Records)

  • Music

    May 2, 2002


    All of the Above (Coup d'Etat)

  • 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

    July 27, 2000

    Slum Village

    Fantastic, Vol. 2 (GoodVibe)