Regina Spektor

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Five Must-See Concerts This Week, 5/12 - 5/15

    "School's out for summer," sang one of Phoenix's proudest sons, Alice Cooper. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say that per-capita celebrations of summer are lower here than most places in the country. As Arizona State University students go back from whence they came and the snow birds migra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Why Courtney Cotter King Is Inspired By Fiona Apple And WALL-E

    Mesa-based pianist and singer-songwriter Courtney Cotter King is, among other things, the Valley's version of Zooey Deschanel. Not only is she a dead ringer for the new girl, Cotter King also achieves maximum quirk. Describing one of her songs, "White Rhino," she says, "I started writing the piano ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2013
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    March 20, 2013

    Billy Bragg: With Tooth & Nail The British Folk Singer Continues to Evoke Woody Guthrie

    Once again, it's a sort of apprenticeship with Woody Guthrie that's drawn Billy Bragg into a new realm. Thirty years since his debut, the seven-song Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, Bragg is back with a new album, Tooth & Nail, which came out Tuesday, March 18, on Cooking Vinyl. Bragg calls the albu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Week

    First, a "dumb drummer" joke: How do you get a drummer off of your porch? Pay him 10 bucks for the pizza. Now, our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Week.

  • Music

    February 28, 2013
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    September 24, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    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.

  • Music

    September 20, 2012
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    August 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Pop Isn't Dead: Here's Seven New Songs That Prove It

    If you've ever felt like all music on the radio is the same, you're not alone. Your grandmother felt the same way once. It's an old complaint that has always bugged me, because sure, the latest Rhianna single is a pile of dogshit, but I hate blanketing all music with this strain of despair. There ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Tim and Willy Let Go From KMLE; Danny Zelisko Presents Dropped By KDKB

    See also: Dave Pratt's Out, MasterChef Contestant Monti Carlo Is In at 103.9, Plus More Radio News It's been a strange week in Valley radio: On Sunday, July 22, KDKB-FM (93.3) personality and local concert promoter Danny Zelisko announced that his program, The Danny Zelisko Presents radio program ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Carrie Benton, What Are You Listening To?

    Carrie Benton Benton is an improviser with The Torch Theatre and invites you to the Skewed News Hour, Friday nights at 7 p.m. at The Torch Theatre. She also performs with Chaos Comedy at Dearing Acting Studio at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday's. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2012
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    June 21, 2011

    Thao and Mirah at the Rhythm Room, 6/20/11

    Kholood Eid Thao and Mirah at Rhythm Room​Thao & Mirah Rhythm Room Monday, June 20 Punctuality. Where I'm from (Miami), folks don't understand the concept that well. When doors open at 7:30, the masses show up at nine, often foregoing the opening set, and subsequently missing the opportu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Grading The Strokes Side-Projects: Which Bandmate Did the Best During Their Long Hiatus?

    The Strokes​ It's been five years since The Strokes released their last album, First Impressions Of Earth. For a while it looked as if we may not be getting another record. Reports of tensions and creative differences within the group led many to believe that First Impressions might be the band ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011
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    February 16, 2011

    Ree Boado - You Got Something

    Song: Ree Boado, "You Got Something"Context: This local singer-songwriter, who we featured in print this week, is probably the most radio-ready local act going right now. She reminds me a lot of Regina Spektor. Ree Boado - You Got Something by mmcizmar

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    River Jones & Friends Music Festival at The Paisley Violin Last Night

    Melissa FossumMichelle Blades playing live at the River Jones Music & Friends Festival at Paisley Violin in Phoenix.​River Jones Music Festival The Paisley Violin Sunday, January 16, 2011 The first images that came to mind when I heard about a folk festival at The Paisley Violin? Tie-dyed col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Jeff Arundel, Bomb

    ​Jeff ArundelBomb Purple RecordsJeff Arundel has been through the ringer. Since we last heard from the Midwestern singer-songwriter, on 2005's Ghost Party, he's gone through a painful divorce, the details of which are documented in the almost uncomfortably frank, and very raw, acoustic opener."Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Fol Chen: Part II: The New December

    ​Nothing can save you from the dark reality of the Tuesday after a Monday holiday like being back at work knowing there is a interesting group of new releases out today -- not tomorrow. Sorry.Leading the way today is indie rock/pop outfit Fol Chen and their latest release/concept album contin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Bonnaroo Video and Audio Footage

    The Avett Brothers at Bonnaroo. Photo by NPR.​If you dared to log on to Twitter this weekend, you undoubtedly saw the onslaught of not only massive amounts of Tweets on the start of the World Cup, but also on the Bonnaroo Festival that you were not at.There's nothing like a constant influx of inst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Regina Spektor Live With the Obamas: Watch It Now

    Regardless of your politics, you have to admit that interesting things are happening musically at the White House. Since Barack took office, the First Family has hosted a number of notables in the music world. While last year included a "Jazz Studio", a country music celebration, and a classical mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Telephone as Spoofed by NPR Staffers

    Even if you're not a regular listener of NPR's afternoon program All Things Considered, you may want to have a look at this. Found by Fishbowl LA and reprinted by our sister paper, the LA Weekly's music blog West Coast Sound, it seems that some young people on NPR's staff convinced some of the, um ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Announced: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Weezer, Stevie Wonder and More

    ​Tennessee's Bonnaroo music festival has announced a full line-up for this June. No real surprises here: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, and the Flaming Lips are the top of the pile.The Dead Weather, Phoenix, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Final Folk Festival at Modified

    ​Sunday afternoon, Modified filled to capacity for River Jones Music Label's Final Folk Fest. Seventeen bands and solo artists played to eager audiences, mainly sitting pretzel-legged on the rickety floorboards, hot beverage in hand, while wintery winds sauntered through the old house. This ain't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Courtney Marie Andrews: You Asked For It

    ​ Courtney Marie Andrews Painter's Hands and a Seventh Son (River Jones Music Label) Grade: B Legend has it that Courtney Marie Andrews first tried her hand at songwriting when only 13 years old. Now 18, under the tutelage of River Jones and his music label Andrews has released two full-length ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    New Late Night TV Battles a Boon For Music Lovers

    The Late Show, Tonight Show and Late Night all have impressive music acts this next weekFirst, let me just get it out there: I watch a bunch of TV. I love it, and though I know it deadens my intellectual abilities, I'm not quitting. So, take it from a junkie, late night TV -- with the recent additio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Other People's Blogs: Wilco Lawsuit Part 2, Electric Mustache Likes DMB, New Green Day Songs

    NME: Wilco's Jeff Tweedy responds to lawsuitElectric Mustache: 'I kinda like Dave Matthews'Spin: Hear 6 New Green Day Songs!So Much Silence: Win tickets to see Haiku D'EtatNME: Regina Spektor reveals new album details

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    January 15, 2009

    Eric Wareheim: Awesome Videos, Great Job!

    In anticipation of the upcoming live comedy show this Sunday at the Marquee Theatre featuring Adult Swim goofballs Tim & Eric, I feel I must bring to light the magnificent music video directing skills of Eric Wareheim (the nice young fellow on the right).  Wareheim is the more musically inc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2008

    Geek God

    Ben Folds' jive is better than ever

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    September 25, 2008

    Ben Folds

    Way to Normal
    (Sony BMG)

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Regina Spektor @ the Orpheum Theatre, Sunday, November 4

    It’s one thing to see a “live musician” perform with a computer DJ, surrounded by blinding special effects. It’s quite another to hear the naked soul of a songwriter, accompanied only by her own piano (and three light bulbs for special effect). The latter proves far more compelling -- at lea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 1, 2007

    From Rag to Riches

    "Sweater girl" sells out -- or does she?

  • Music

    November 1, 2007

    From Russia With Love

    Spektor can melt our pot any time

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    Future Shock: The Hold Steady, Regina Spektor, Saosin, and more

    Get ready to crank your credit cards, PHX folks, ‘cause Future Shock’s back with the latest “just announced” concerts coming to town. This week’s edition is like a rock ‘n’ roll Baskin Robins, beeyotch, with acts representing the many different flavors the genre has to offer, from indi ... More >>

  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    Regina Spektor

    Begin to Hope