Record Store Day is tomorrow. So I shouldn't have been surprised when my editor said, "Hey, maybe you can write something about Record Store Day." Makes sense. I do write under the moniker Record Store Geek. It's just that my editor has only asked me for one specific column in the entire two yea ... More >>
What better way to celebrate your birthday than by throwing a concert with some of your closest friends? That's exactly how local singer-songwriter, and frontwoman for Treasurefruit, Anamieke Quinn is ringing in her 33rd year. Catch her this Friday, October 3, with a shindig at Rogue Bar , where she ... More >>
Much to the enthusiasm of my pop-loving girlfriends, I agreed to go to Wednesday's Ke$ha show at Ak-Chin Pavilion. The tickets were free, and we had a car with a driver, so I figured I could at least drink enough whiskey to dull the shame brought on by my seething metalhead soul. Instead, I was p ... More >>
Somewhere outside of Phoenix, in the blistering desert, towering rock and roll legends of the past buried a time capsule containing the key to a long lost sound. Through perseverance, talent and brilliance, The Black Moods from Tempe, AZ seem to have uncovered that capsule and tapped into the secret ... More >>
A Saucerful of Secrets, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, -- Pink Floyd and its albums are so world-renowned and integrated into pop culture that even if you don't like their music you can't help but have a level of respect for it. And if you don't for some reason [ta ... More >>
See also: Howe Gelb Discusses Rainer Ptacek Howe Gelb doesn't like to fight fate. The Tucson-based singer/songwriter says that destiny played a big role in the birth of Tucson, the new record from Gelb's Giant Giant Sand collective. The extra "giant" was added to signify the group's swelling ranks ... More >>
Saturday Night Live is ending its 37th season with a bang. Last week, classic alum Will Ferrell hosted the show, reprising his parody of George W. Bush, and the 100th SNL Digital Short was aired. Things look to get even bang-ier with this Saturday's season finale, featuring Mick Jagger taking the ... More >>
Editor's Note: A version of this article appears in this week's issue, featuring 100 Songs that Defined Arizona. In celebration of Arizona's centennial, we spoke songwriter Howe Gelb, who has led the constantly mutating Giant Sand in Tucson and all around the world since 1985. Gelb is known for his ... More >>
Maria VassettZ-Trip performs during the Red Bull Thre3Style at Venue of Scottsdale.Red Bull Thre3StyleVenue of ScottsdaleApril 7, 2011 "I like taking [people] on journeys hat they weren't even thinking about going on. There are so many roads to go down, I've always loved that about being a DJ." ... More >>
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has revealed that lead singer Steven Tyler was turned down after he auditioned to replace Robert Plant in Led Zeppelin, according to NME.However, Jimmy Page invited Tyler to make a record together, which Tyler declined. Why the hell would anyone turn down the chance ... More >>
"Wolfie" Van Halen: The embodiment of everything wrong with his generation.Want undeniable proof that Millennials and their insufferable parents are ruining America?Check out two news stories that broke yesterday involving irresponsibly indulgent parents and the musician children they love.First, ... More >>
Lyle Lovett and a very small part of his Very Large Band.Lyle LovettCelebrity TheatreJuly 28, 2010"It's just like coming home for me, coming to Phoenix," uttered Texas-bred country music legend Lyle Lovett last night. And with such good timing.As much you or I love Arizona, currently it's in the ... More >>
ScorpionsScorpions Dodge Theatre July 27, 2010 If you've heard any of the Scorpions new material, you know that it's pretty terrible. I don't just mean, "Man, I really don't like this." I mean, terrible. Given that their old stuff is solid (and even maybe "great" to someone who enjoys hair metal ... More >>
Justin Bieber. Deal with it.Oh baby: Phoenix is about to get Bieber Fever! Canadian pop singer/world-dominator Justin Bieber plays Jobing.com Arena this July. It seems you can't swing a dead cat these days without that same cat mentioning something about Justin Bieber. He has an absolute str ... More >>
Becky BartkowskiBy Becky Bartkowski The most obvious realization when seeing Dungen at The Rhythm Room: These Swedes can kick out serious jams live. Sitting somewhere between pure-Kinks classic rock riffs, the gentle, beaming soundscapes of Sigur Rós and the most American of jazz quartets, t ... More >>
Wolfmother brings the buzz
Fleetwood Mac remains a troubled, resilient love affair
The left, turning right, was plain wrong
to attack pop culture
Hank Williams III does his own thing. Nashville, beware.
2002 spent the year in a 9/11 hangover. Through the confusion, notable and amazing works still arose
Sometimes, the best music is the stuff you wouldn't dream of praising in public
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy Records)
The artists currently known as Less Pain Forever reveal their greatest hoaxes. But will the last time be the charm?
The Toadies aren't licked despite a marathon wait for the release of their sophomore album
Cameron Crowe's autobiographical Almost Famous is a classic rock gas
Flighty front man Stephan Jenkins overflows with Third Eye Blind ambition
The music of Arizona guitar legend Rainer Ptacek lives on with a trilogy of new releases
Three years after his death, Jeff Buckley continues to build a mystery with a new live collection
For 25 years, Bug Music has protected the rights of songwriters. In the process, they've gotten Willie Dixon's songs back from Led Zeppelin and transformed Iggy Pop into a TV-commercial composer.
Even with impending Willennium looming, 1999 proved to be a banner year for music
Will EMI's remastering of 11 classic albums with the original packaging on CD and 180-gram vinyl make you buy your favorite records one more (last?) time?
Skip Spence made one brilliant album, then spent the next 30 years dying in obscurity. Now, a new tribute album is giving him life again.
State liquor board's relentless crusade takes juice out of Electric Ballroom
The reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time
IS VINYL REALLY THE CHOICE OF A NEW GENERATION OR ARE PEOPLE JUST WAXING NOSTALGIC?
THE YEAR IN MUSIC: IT JUST DIDN'T GET MUCH BETTER (OR WORSE) THAN THIS