Robin Johnson

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Kevin Pate Remembered by Brian Smith of Beat Angels and Gentlemen Afterdark

    Brian Smith, onetime member of Gentlemen Afterdark and Beat Angels (and onetime New Times contributor) reminisces about his late great bandmate, Kevin Pate. My old band Gentlemen Afterdark once had a demo deal with A&M Records. We were very, very young, and living in L.A, and recording at A&M Studi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Kevin Pate Memorials Set For This Week In Phoenix And Tucson

    Guitarists and singers get more than all their share of worship. People even give the drummer some from time to time--if they're generous they'll even let him solo interminably. But for whatever reasons no one ever coined the phrase "bass hero," a handle that suited Arizona bassist Kevin Lee Pate. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Sand Rubies, a.k.a. The Side Winders at Sail Inn: Legendary Tucson Jangle-Poppers Host Reunion Show

    ​You can't listen to more than 30 seconds of Sand Rubies' 1990 single "We Don't Do That Anymore" before it become obvious that the Gin Blossoms weren't the first Arizona band doing the jangle-pop thing.Tucson's Sand Rubies -- originally called The Side Winders before a North Carolina cover band su ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2001

    Cuacha Doin'

    With the rerelease of their 1988 debut, the Sand Rubies finally seem ready to start making music again

  • Music

    April 19, 2001

    Group Efforts

    Make-ups, breakups and other local band gossip abound

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    From Mohawks To Mullets

    Images from 25 years of Phoenix music

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Critical Mass

    Even with impending Willennium looming, 1999 proved to be a banner year for music

  • Music

    December 16, 1999
  • News

    December 2, 1999
  • Music

    December 3, 1998

    Life After Death

    As we reach the fifth anniversary of Doug Hopkins' suicide, his best music remains unheard by all but a few friends

  • Music

    June 25, 1998

    Defiant Ones

    N17 tests out new material onstage before hitting the studio again

  • Music

    August 14, 1997

    Hot Five

    Phonoroyale carries the torch song into the modern world