Let's face it: "Dad-rock" doesn't really have a positive association when applied to music. It has an ugly suburban connotation, the sort of music the triggers nostalgia in the minivan on the way to soccer practice of the days before marriage and children shattered his independence. Abe Simpson sw ... More >>
On Saturday That Damn Show is back for 2013 at the Mesa Amphitheatre, featuring national acts like Bad Religion and local favorites like the Veragrooves. Check out the full schedule here. (Full disclosure: We're co-promoting this show with KUKQ, because we just want you to be happy.) Bad Religion h ... More >>
Patti Smith.Patti Smith has worked in nearly every medium. She is truly an artist in every sense of the word. Not only is she famous for her proto-punk music and poetry, but she's had exhibitions of photgraphs as well as drawings and paintings, she's modeled, been in film, and even chronicled her ... More >>
Just one of the new Blondie shoes that will be sold by Converse.It seems anything involving Blondie and Converse, the quintessential and iconic shoe of late-'70s punk rockers, would be a great idea.Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry wasn't just known for her golden tresses and her take-charge attitu ... More >>
Albums Winner: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal CollectiveSingles Winner: Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys This year's annual collection of the opinions of thousands of music critics regarding the best albums and singles of the year has arrived. The poll was started in 1974 by ... More >>
Why is Sonic Youth Still So Important in Indie Land?
Arizona Artists Cover Each Other on the When in AZ Compilation
Pazz and Jop, the annual Village Voice poll of music critics, is out. Conducted since 1971, the poll is the original metacritic, aggregating music writer's annual best of lists in to one mega list. Unsurprisingly, TV on the Radio won the number one spot, as it did in all the major music magazines, w ... More >>
The Rising (Columbia)
With help from Wilco and the Gin Blossoms, Tommy Keene chases down the sound he was after 20 years ago
Pop stars complain about their jobs like everyone else. Here's what's happened when some of their gripes have actually made it to tape.
Built to Spill's Doug Martsch might claim to be an amateur on the six-string, but don't let him fool you
After nearly three decades, the fateful desert meeting between Tom Waits and John Hammond is fully realized with the release of Wicked Grin
Our quarterly roundup of music books lets us get lost with Chet Baker, nasty with Bill Monroe and saved by Al Green, while Ted Nugent teaches us that happiness really is a warm gun
Metal Machine Music (Buddha Original Masters Series)
The Moss Brothers are a novelty act -- until you hear them
In search of the historic double live album . . . who started it, and who finally finished it off?
Legendary record producer Snuff Garrett turned his back on Hollywood for a piece of the Arizona cowboy myth