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    January 16, 2014

    Holy Ship!!! 2014 in Animated GIF!!!

    Have you ever seen a gingerbread man with no arms do the shimmy? What about two sharks going at it in shallow water? Seriously, who doesn't want to see a drunk dude having the time of his life, only to fall flat on his ass? It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy. And luckily for ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    October 17, 2012

    Show Your Support for Mitt Romney by Shopping at Guitar Center! The Power of Passive Endorsement

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wro ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Club Candids: Labor Day Retox at Martini Ranch

    See also: Club Candids: Lingerieve 6 at Baseline Sports Bar See also: Club Candids: Doom Disco at SanctumHere's a brainteaser: When is a Sunday not an ordinary Sunday? Answer: When it happens to go down during a three-day weekend, yo, which means shirking a typically early bedtime to engage in a bli ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Mr. Show, Chalkboard Paint, and the Perils of Owning a Bar with Crudo's Micah Olson

    Last time we talked with Micah Olson, he was mixing drinks and running the wine program at Jade Bar, Sanctuary on Camelback's acclaimed cocktail lounge. He's now part-owner of the new Italian eatery Crudo. What's different about this place? Well, I'm the owner, so there's that. Compared to Sanctua ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012
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    February 16, 2012
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    November 11, 2011

    Power 98.3's DJ M2 Takes Second Place at Red Bull Thre3style Nationals in Las Vegas

    Garth Milan/Red Bull Phoenix's DJ M2 competes in the Red Bull Thre3style national finals last night in Las Vegas.It was a case of "close but no cigar" for DJ M2 last night in Sin City. Despite putting on an impressive display of spinning and scratching on the decks, the Phoenix turntablist king came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Shotgun a Red Bull Vodka with Lexi Huckaby's Snorkel

    Zach Fowle​Yesterday we met Lexi Huckaby, the wanderlust- and Rumple Minze-filled bar manager at Tempe's DiVerti Bar & Grill. Today she shares with us the recipe for the Snorkel, a diabolical party beverage that basically involves shotgunning a Red Bull vodka. It's simple, it's del ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    DJ ill-legal? Talks Dubstep, Subversion, Rusko, Lazer Sword, Hyphy, Hovatron, and More

    DJ ill-legal?​Name: Blake Ludera AKA: DJ ill-legal? Genres spun: Glitch, dubstep, breakbeats, and hip-hop mostly. I also like to scratch and get into some turntablism stuff, and on rare occassion I'll play house music or drum 'n' bass. I'm really all over the place when it comes to different ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Phil Edwards' Philster

    ​Yesterday we met Phil Edwards, the man behind the phantastic dive Philthy Phil's in Phoenix. Today he shares with us the recipe for the Philster, a drink the bar sells in great numbers even though it's not on the menu.  Like most items on Phil's menu (like the potent Phuck Buckets) ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Rockstar Energy Gum

    ​After drinking countless energy drinks, coffees, teas, and even caffeinated beef jerky, we're down to try almost anything. And while we're not fond of energy mints in general, we discovered that Rockstar's energy gum is actually pretty good -- definitely better than their energy drinks.Each servi ... More >>

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    November 21, 2010

    The Roots and Miniature Tigers at American Junkie Last Night

    Shawn AndersonBlack Thought of The Roots​ The Roots & Miniature Tigers American Junkie November 20, 2010 Okay, let's go ahead and get this out of the way first: In terms of who would win in a true, neutral-turf battle of the bands between The Roots and the Miniature Tigers, there is really l ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010
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    September 9, 2010
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    July 30, 2010

    Alcatraz? - Hoops Tournament Gives Locals Chance To Play At 'The Yard'​Hoopsters looking to chase their dreams have a unique opportunity to showcase their skills this weekend. Red Bull, the energy drink, is hosting King of the Rock, a one-on-one basketball tournament across the West Coast at six qualifying sites. Here's the kicker, though: the finalists ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Caffiend: Ol' Glory

    E. Groves​There are so many energy drinks on the market these days, and so few that truly stand out -- even visually. A walk down the energy drink aisle at the store becomes a monotonous montage of black and silver aluminum, decorated with various logos in bright orange and florescent green. But t ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Caffiend: Perky Jerky (High-Octane Beef Snacks)

    For anybody who thought caffeinated mints and granola bars were wacky, I've got three words for you: caffeinated beef jerky.Yes, seriously. It would seem that the number of consumables powered up with caffeine knows no end: coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, Midol menstrual relief pills, chocolate, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Caffiend: Killer Buzz

    In the beginning, there was Red Bull, and it was said that Red Bull "gives you wings." At its stateside genesis in 1997, the little silver can that could stood alone on the frontier of a new market, soon-to-be-borne of the "energy drink" craze. Now energy drinks have gone forth and multiplied, to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    November 5 In Blogs: Shonen Knife, Down Under Wines and Puppy Wheelchairs

    ​In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Up on the Sun: Shonen Knife at Plush in Tucson Concert Review: Dirty Heads and Dear and the Headlights at Red B ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Caffiend: Knetic Energy

    ​The human sense of smell is one of our strongest survival tools. Without our olfactory perception, we might eat rotten food, not shower for days, and fart in church. We are biologically engineered with the ability to deduct that something that smells like crap probably ta ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009
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    October 1, 2009

    A Royal Affair

    Debauchery meets the monarchy at the Rose and Crown

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    September 8, 2009

    The Mars Volta, Kinch, When In AZ, First Friday and Woods Over the Labor Day Weekend

    ​The Mars Volta Erase Last Year's Mistakes Let's start with some context: The Mars Volta came to Phoenix's Dodge Theater last October and played a show that was, for lack of a better term, lacking. They played for less than an hour and left many people underwhelmed. It's unfortunate to judge t ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009
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    June 15, 2009

    Caffiend: Unlimited Coffee Gives Us a Black Eye

    E. GrovesUnlimited Coffee is a quaint little coffee and pastry shop on Glendale Avenue, just north of Seventh Street. Their menu includes scones, croissants, brownies, teas, and of course, coffee galore. We asked them for their most caffeinated brew, and they gave us a large "Black Eye." It turned o ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Caffiend: MacAlpine's Coffee Shake

    Walk into vintage soda shop MacAlpine's (on 7th street, between Thomas and McDowell) on a hot day and ask for something special, something with a super-kick, and they just might make you a delicious shake with coffee in it. It's not on the menu, but it's their suggestion, and while you might not get ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Caffiend: Java Monster Loca Moca

    Monster is one of the most popular energy drinks on the market. The brand offers a plethora of flavors, including coffee-flavored energy drinks like the Java Monster Loca Moca. Looks like: A big ol' can of whoop ass.Smells like: Sugar-laden espresso.Tastes like: Chocolate coffee with an extra s ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Caffiend: Sucker Punch

    Ed Hardy might have tried to corner the rockabilly and hot rod market with his own designer energy drinks, but he's got some tough competition in Sucker Punch, a new drink made by old school motorcycle and chopper company Sucker Punch Sally's.Looks like: A vintage soda, with a retro design featuring ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Caffiend: Chakra 4's Cherry Sencha Tea

    Tea is a multi-purpose drink -- people use it for comfort, healing, and yes, energy. Although tea doesn't contain as much caffeine as coffee, it does provide more pep than many other drinks. Here we take a look at a tea from local shop Chakra 4 that's supposed to comforting and energizing, Cherry Se ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    Caffiend: 24:7 Coffee Energy

    Cold coffee drinks have been a cool commodity since Starbucks introduced its Frappuccino line. Since then, makers of energy drinks like Rock Star and Monster have added cofffee-type drinks to their line of products. The latest energy drink to jump on the iced coffee bandwagon is 24:7 Energy. Let's s ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Caffiend: AriZona Green Tea Energy Drink

    AriZona Green Tea is one of the most popular pre-made teas, so when we heard the company made a new Green Tea Energy Drink, we figured we'd give it a try, despite our reservations about how strange a "lightly carbonated" green tea might taste.Looks like: The can is black, embossed with cherry blosso ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Caffiend: Blu Frog Wildly Healthy Energy Drink

    As suggested by one of our readers in the comments of a previous Caffiend, the new Blu Frog "Wildly Healthy" energy drink is supposed to provide an energy boost similar to the most popular energy drinks on the market, but with healthier ingredients.

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    January 26, 2009

    Caffiend: Ed Hardy's Celebrity Energy Drink

    Tattoo pioneer Ed Hardy was one of the first artists to start using color in his tattoos, more than 40 years ago. His energy drinks (which come in orange, apple, and pomegranate flavors) are touted as "tattoos for the tongue." Hardy's brand of clothing is also popular (especially among the hipster-c ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    Caffiend: 5-Hour Energy

    The makers claim that a 2-ounce shot of 5 Hour Energy contains "350% the energy" of a Red Bull, but they don't disclose the actual caffeine content. We estimate it to be about 80 mg, or the equivalent of a Red Bull. The shots also contain 40 mg of vitamin B6 and 500 mcg of B12.

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    January 5, 2009

    Caffiend: Jolt's Wild Grape Endurance Shot

    Jolt Cola, created in 1985, was the first soda to contain obscene amounts of sugar and caffeine, well before the first "energy drinks" started to hit store shelves. So it's not unrealistic to expect Jolt's new Endurance Shots to offer a high-octane rush superior to other energy shots, such as the "5 ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    December 29, 2008

    Caffiend: Adina Natural Highs

    When you're creating a feel-good coffee drink that prides itself on being Fair Trade Certified (that means it's a partnership between the company and local farmers that gives farmers a larger share of profits), it doesn't hurt to have the word "high" in your product name. The idea behind Adina for L ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Caffiend: Buzz Bites and FOOSH Mints

    As an MBA candidate in Boston, Jason Kensey loved caffeine, but hated the taste of energy drinks and didn't drink coffee, preferring caffeinated sodas with tons of sugar. His disappointment with caffeinated beverages led him to start Vroom Foods in 1996, a company that makes high-energy mints and ch ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Caffiend: Socko Energy Drink

    Socko is made right here in the Valley, at Bliss Beverages on Scottsdale Road. The company, founded five years ago by 32 year-old Jordan Harwood, has been fairly successful in its short existence, teaming up with World Wrestling Entertainment to produce the Hulk Energy drink, and raking in an estima ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    Caffiend: Sobe Adrenaline Rush

    I've never been a huge fan of Sobe's juice drinks, but the Sobe Adrenaline Rush energy drink is by far my favorite of all energy drinks (and I've tried tons). It's delicious and loaded with caffeine, and a 16 oz. can of AR contains less sugar than a 12 oz. can of Mountain Dew.

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    November 24, 2008

    Caffiend: Starbucks' Venti Double Shot on Ice with Energy Pack

    My caffeine addiction has lead me to try all manner of caffeinated drinks, and I'll be reviewing many of them for you here in "Caffiend" every week. And as fate would have it, the first drink I'm reviewing is a real ass-kicker that I'd never tried before: the Starbucks Venti Double Shot on ice (with ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008

    Bottoms Up: The Jimi Hendrix Liquid Experience Inspires InSIPid Humor

    Jimi Hendrix died 38 years ago, but his music lives on -- and his merchandising does, too. Caffeine fiends can now drink a real “rock star” energy drink -- the “Jimi Hendrix Liquid Experience.” The flavorful brew was introduced l ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008

    Brew Review: Red Bull Cola

    By Jonathan McNamara I know, I know. Rest assured that we'll be diving back into your regularly scheduled dose of legitimate brew review next week (in fact, I'm currently securing some samples at the recommendation of Al the Pal) but this time around I'd like to focus on something that caught my at ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008
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    July 12, 2007

    Red Bull Crap

    Death to leisure zombies

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    September 29, 2005

    Radar Love

    Scratching the surface of classical music

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    January 13, 2005


    Letters from the week of January 13, 2005

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    January 6, 2005

    Red Bull Run

    P-town's Pleasure Squad squeezes into Scottsdale's swank Six Lounge for a Satanic Red Sunday.

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    September 30, 2004


    eJoy Internet Cafe

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