Richard Swift

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    August 4, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week, 8/4 to 8/7

    August has begun, and with it, the countdown to the end of summer. (And there's non-literal meaning to that as well -- the Summer Ends Music Festival, which happens just after fall begins at the end of September in Tempe.) Blessed are the rains down in Phoenix this past weekend, allowing us a brief ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014
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    October 14, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    For the second time in a row there's a state fair show among these top five Phoenix shows this week. Please take it as read that its status as a Must See Show is partially but not entirely dependent on buying your favorite fair food in an enormous basket or bowl, eating it, and then feeling a litt ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Pure Bathing Culture: We Looked to How Records Were Recorded in the Past

    As members of Vetiver, Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille explored the gauzy textures of Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac (occasionally recalling the hazy mysticism of the Peter Green era, too.) As Pure Bathing Culture, the duo fast-forwards the Mac dial to Tango in the Night o'clock. No, really: "Pendu ... More >>

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    March 23, 2013

    The Shins, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 3/22/13

    The Shins @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margret T. Hance Park|3/22/13It's been 10 years since McDowell Mountain Music fest got started, and nine since Natalie Portman, as the prototypical "manic pixie dream girl" stated that The Shins would "change your life." In that time, McDowell Mountain ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Cold War Kids Turn Up the Experimentation With New Record

    Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids says that when it came time to make the band's new record, the forthcoming Dear Miss Lonely Hearts (due April 2), they decided to play less to what the band "should be," and more to what it "could be." "I feel like we started to do that with the last album [2011's Min ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Pickwick Abandons Folk for Gritty R&B

    The debut album from Seattle's Pickwick is a shot of gritty, soulful rock 'n' roll, with sharp guitar stabs, light organ fills and a groovin' rhythm section, all hung out on the line of Galen Disston's passionate vocals. But it wasn't always so for the band. Pickwick's first incarnation was as a ... More >>

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    July 30, 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.

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    July 26, 2012
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    January 19, 2012
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    October 25, 2011

    So What Do Those 15 Favorite Songs Say About Us Anyway?

    Lindsay Cates on the 1s and 2s ​Okay, so the 15 Favorite Songs thing. It happened. I freaked out a little (a lot) picking my selections, but it was a fun, in a self-aggrandizing way. I wrote yesterday that it was nearly impossible to do what the event asked: come up with 15 songs that you love a ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Eastbound & Down: 13 Killer Songs Featured in Season Two

    "If at first you don't succeed then maybe you just suck."​ I hated Eastbound & Down when I first started watching it. The show's protagonist, Kenny Powers, portrayed by Danny McBride, was just so utterly unlikable. I couldn't get behind him, even as an anti-hero. He was just too racist, sexist ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Gardens & Villa, Factories and Hello the Mind Control Last Night at The Trunk Space

    Gardens & Villa ​ Gardens & Villa, Factories and Hello the Mind ControlThe Trunk SpaceWednesday, April 27Sometimes it doesn't take a packed room full of sweaty bodies to have a dance party.Sometimes it just takes the right band and the right fans. Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa bro ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Gardens & Villa Interview

    ​You just don't hear enough flutes in pop music, amirite? Couple that breathy sound with flanged and plucked bass, vintage synths, a sexy beat and an incredibly high falsetto and you've got "Orange Blossom" by Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa. The tune tips its hat to The Talking Heads and m ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    June 29, 2010

    Damien Jurado at The Rhythm Room on 6/28/10

    ​"Feeling the west coast pull. One week left of tour," Damien Jurado wearily tweeted on the 27th, and pulling into the Rhythm Room's parking lot, I witnessed the singer/songwriter sprawled out on the hot pavement behind his van -- a clear sign that the road was taking its toll.But despite a few c ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    December 28, 2009

    Top Ten of 2009: Jason P. Woodbury

    Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Jason P. Woodbury, a New Times contributor, a staff writer at Tiny Mix ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Concert Calendar for This Weekend: Voltaire, Amon Amarth, Mirah, Bizzy Bone, and More

    Does anyone have any concert-going energy left (or any money, for that matter) after last week's ginormous orgy of music events? We definitely do, which is why our asses will be out and about this weekend. Since Easter is on Sunday, the schedule is somewhat lighter than normal, but there's still s ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Just Announced: David Archuleta, Authority Zero, Modest Mouse, Bruce Springsteen

    Most of this week's big announcements were already up here earlier this week when they broke -- Modest Mouse, Bruce Springsteen -- but we do have a few surprises on the next page. Like David Archuleta, the American Idol contestant who was too devoutly Mormon to sing the first verse of "Imagine" at t ... More >>