• Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Video: Run The Jewels Meet the Guy Behind the Cat Meow Remix Kickstarter

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'BhOGZvcTq2CS0i87qMFZeV0NTkunQGs3'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video It's clear that El-P and Killer Mike, the explosive rap duo that make up Run The Jewels, give a shit about their fans. You need look no further than how they h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    10 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend

    There's a little bit of everything this weekend, including a band called 40lb Vagina. Seemingly all the local bands you're used to seeing playing around town are up at the Apache Lake Music Festival. There is a three-day R&B and smooth jazz festival, the Arizona Jazz Festival. And there is also a gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Cover the Crescent - Crescent Ballroom - 6/13/2014

    I have loved the idea of the near monthly "Cover The Crescent" events at Crescent Ballroom since its inception and I have attended nearly all of them, but I have never seen a CTC sell out until last night. This particular edition of Cover The Crescent was beyond all others that have preceded it, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    8 Must-See Concerts in Metro Phoenix This Weekend, 5/13 to 5/15

    There were so many rad concerts going on this weekend we couldn't just choose just five. Here are eight, ranging from hip-hop to metal to Americana to psych-rock. If you're picky, you can always try our comprehensive concert listings. Stay cool this weekend, Phoenix.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    tUnE-yArDs - Crescent Ballroom - 6/3/2014

    I've been to maybe 100 shows at Crescent Ballroom, yet I've never seen the place so packed for an opener. Someone screamed, "We're here for you," so apparently Sylvan Esso has some fans in town. Their glockenspiel samples and soft, pitter-patter vocals made Esso feel like a modern version of Portish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend: Merle Haggard, Modest Mouse, and More

    Of all the things Merle Haggard and Sigur Rós have in common, this is perhaps the most important: They're both playing in Arizona on Friday. But that doesn't guarantee they'll end up in today's Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend. Of course, if you're at Country Thunder this weekend, ... More >>

  • Music

    April 11, 2013
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    November 30, 2012

    Acoustic Duo Revizor Brings Flair to Long Wong's in Tempe

    What does emotional heavy metal sound like? Well, believe it or not, it's kind of folky, but mainly acoustic. It's mostly sad, but strangely fanciful and supremely intense. At least that's how Marivel Luna and Jesse Simms, the duo comprising local outfit, Revizor, describe it. The pair have been q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    CéU at the Musical Instrument Museum, 6/19/12

    CéU Musical Instrument Museum Tuesday, June 19, 2012 It's easy to see international artist CéU's mass appeal. Her music can evoke images of a smoky lounge full of Mad Men types sipping scotch, or she can put you on some sandy beach with a caipirinha in one hand and a bikini-clad babe on your arm. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    A Hot Ghetto Mess of Hip-Hop, Art, and B-Boys: The 10-Year Journey of The Blunt Club

    See also: Tempe's Wet Paint Artist Supply to Close in July If Adam Dumper is feeling a little melancholy right now, there's a good reason. This week has a bit of a "best of times/worst of times" vibe for the local hip-hop impresario and street artist, who's better known by his alter ego Dumperfoo. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Anna Vivette Set to Drop the Operatic-Infused Electronica Album, Coloratura

    If you find yourself stomping the grounds of Old Town Scottsdale next Thursday night you might want to heed the haunting melodies dwindling from the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Inside you'll find visual artist/vocalist Anna Vivette performing songs off of her debut album, Coloratura; a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    DJ Babel on the Joys of Junglism, Partying With Tone Loc, and His Acid Jazz Side Project

    Local spinster Rodrick Mullins typically performs under the spinster moniker DJ Babel (which is an acronym for Beyond All Beliefs Entertain Life). Frankly, he might as well change his nickname to DJ Jungle Boy, since the 34-year-old has a major yen for wild and chaotic variant of drum 'n' bass. Mul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Hollywood Undead Loving Tempe, Working With Korn, and Varied Musical Tastes

    ​The six musicians of Hollywood Undead blend an eclectic mix of musical tastes -- old school hip hop, heavy metal and classic rock, to name a few. The band wears masks, updated this year based of inspiration from masks created by the fans. The band ha toured the world, helped sell out UK's p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011
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    March 16, 2011

    Christopher O'Riley on Ultimatums from Nuns, NPR, and the New Radiohead Album

    ​ Christopher O'Riley is a classical musician who creates piano arrangements of modern rock songs. He has released tributes to Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, and two Radiohead albums. His latest album, Out of my Hands, features the versions of songs by Nirvana, Portishead, Tears for Fears, The Sm ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2011

    Linkin Park Made Their OK Computer

    All hail A Thousands Suns, the finest dystopian fusion a major label can buy

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    'Whip My Hair' Songwriter Lashes Back at Soulja Boy With Diss Track

    ​What's the real deal: did Soulja Boy actually write Willow Smith's smash hit "Whip My Hair"? Hell no, but he did receive a bit of songwriting credit for a line that came from his own song, "Turn My Swag On."Ronald "Jukebox" Jackson is less than thrilled by the songwriting claim made by Soulja Boy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    PVT: Church With No Magic

    ​What happens when a previously instrumental band decides to add some vocals to the mix? The jury is still out on that -- just ask RJD2 -- although the reception is never quite as positive as it could be. Australia's PVT (formerly Pivot) are going through these exact same vocal growing pains with ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
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    December 29, 2008

    Local Indie Types Offer Up Their Best of 2008 Lists

    From the this-is-super-cool-but-would-have-been-way-too-much-work-for-us file comes this: Our man Murph has put together a nice assortment of best of 2008 lists by local indie types on his blog, So Much Silence.Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World and Kevin Murphy himself are both in love with Frightened R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    The Best Album of 2008? Sorry 'Science,' I Go With Girl Talk

    Can an album comprised solely of samples really be an artistic achievement? Honestly, I'm a little bit torn about naming Girl Talk's Feed The Animals the best album of the year. After all, it is a record made up entirely of mashups, so, strictly speaking, there's not a note of new music in this ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    Check Out FutureKind's Release Party Friday

    By Martin Cizmar We haven’t had a chance to do a formal review of FutureKind’s new disc, Surround, here, but thought we’d mention their CD release party this Friday at Last Exit since they’ve got a great soun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    What’s Selling: Rockzone Records

    By Benjamin Leatherman Rockzone Records, 1721 East Warner Road in Tempe, isn’t your typical music store. It’s more of a haven for vinyl junkies like our music columnist Steve Jansen, who prefer their sounds to flow from an old-school needle and groove instead of some new-fangled iPod or CD play ... More >>

  • Music

    June 12, 2008



  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    What’s Selling: Zia Record Exchange in Tempe

    By Benjamin Leatherman Here’s a rundown of the top 10 best-selling albums at Zia Record Exchange, 105 West University Drive in Tempe, for the week of June 2-8. 1. Weezer, Weezer (Red Album) (Geffen) 2. Disturbed, Indestructible (Reprise) 3. Portishead, Third (Mercury) 4. Death Cab for Cutie, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008
  • Music

    February 28, 2008


    Seventh Tree
    (Mute U.S.)

  • Music

    March 29, 2007


    Serial poposity

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Plant Medley

    Chia DVD

  • Music

    October 19, 2006


    Songs to Love and Die By
    (Curb Appeal Records)

  • Culture

    March 3, 2005

    Studio Visit

    Painter's not afraid to let us watch

  • Film

    September 16, 2004

    Days of Future Passed

    "Sheer gonzo aesthetics" save the day in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

  • Music

    December 4, 2003


    The Instinct (Jade Tree)

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    The Shizz

    This (Self-released)

  • Music

    July 10, 2003


    Vulnerable (Brown Punk/Sanctuary)

  • Music

    March 20, 2003

    Lulu in Hollywood

    Bedlams (self-released)

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man

    Out of Season (Go Beat)

  • Music

    November 28, 2002

    Supreme Beings of Leisure

    Divine Operating System -- DOS (Palm Pictures)

  • Music

    June 6, 2002

    Scaling Denali

    A young Richmond band just might lift its struggling label out of the emo rut

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Beta Band

    Hot Shots II(Astralwerks)

  • Music

    June 7, 2001


    10,000 Hz Legend (Astralwerks)

  • Culture

    March 29, 2001

    The Maestro

    After writing for more than 400 films, Ennio Morricone remains the man with one name

  • Music

    August 10, 2000


    Fragments of Freedom (Sire)

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    Honk If You're Gay, Dad

    Is the UK's Gay Dad a nurturing rock patriarch or the Pop that embarrasses you in front of your friends?

  • Music

    April 16, 1998

    Risky Business

    Seventeen years after its advent, sampling remains mired in legal and aesthetic controversy

  • Music

    October 30, 1997
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    July 31, 1997
  • Music

    May 15, 1997

    Dancing Shoes

    The Sneaker Pimps, the U.K.'s newest electronica export, gain a foothold in the U.S.

  • Music

    November 28, 1996
  • Music

    May 23, 1996

    Edible Complex

    Cibo Matto's avant pop is more about flava than flavor

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