Nearly 30 years ago, in 1984, Lee Greenwood released a song that would go on to become one of the most recognizable patriotic anthems ever: "God Bless the U.S.A." Lee Greenwood has since been known as the Patriot, and his pride runs deep. He has never slowed down as a recording artist, and continu ... More >>
Since 1983, California-bred Testament has evolved into one of the biggest names in thrash metal. If you were a metal fan in the past three decades, chances are such albums as 1987's The Legacy, 1992's The Ritual and 2008's The Formation of Damnation. And of course, the band's most recent album, 2012 ... More >>
Hey ya, the weekend is here. So get off the couch and get to some shows, Phoenix. Maybe these shows: Our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend.
Mike Watt answers the phone the same way he plays music and jumps into creative endeavors: without hesitation. "Watt!" he bellows, and within a moment he's off, sharing details of his creative process, and detailing his multitude of projects. See also: Bassist Mike Watt Reps Blue-Collar Ethos Se ... More >>
Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. The other day, someone emailed me an excellent question. Namely: What ... More >>
If you're a diehard fan of video games and you've never listened to The Minibosses, you should be ashamed of yourself. The local band by way of Massachusetts performs rock versions of classic Nintendo video game soundtracks. The Minibosses are scheduled to perform their 250th show at Yucca Tap Roo ... More >>
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.
See also: Against Me! Plays First Tempe Show Fronted by Laura Jean Grace See also: Andrew Jackson Jihad Headline Trunk Space Benefit Show There's no band making headlines quite like Against Me! these days. Ever since frontman Tom Gabel announced that he would begin living and performing as Laura ... More >>
Beer is a big deal in the Valley. From tastings and tappings to pairing dinners and more, there's a different beer event to attend pretty much every night. Every week, we curate upcoming brew-related goings-on and lay them out for you here. Your calendar will be as full of beer as your belly.
The man: David WalkerThe brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. The history: Walker is a British expatriate and the husband of Adam Firestone's sister. He brought an English twist to Firestone's beers, and the two founded Firestone Walker in 1996. We sat down with Walker during Arizona Beer Week. ... More >>
Jonathan McNamaraThe aftermath of Saturday's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Qualifier at Arizona Mills Mall.Next time you prepare to chow down on a plump, all-beef hot dog, ask yourself this question: how many can you eat in ten minutes? Two? Four? If you think that kind of lazy eating is goi ... More >>
Yeomen-like dance/funk impresarios !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are on the verge of releasing their 4th album this next Tuesday, but the good people at KCRW have readied Strange Weather, Isn't It? for a full album stream right this minute.It leaked on the internet in late June, givi ... More >>
In case you're not up on all the latest hip-hop news, Mr. Earl Simmons (a.k.a. DMX) got himself sprung from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tender care earlier this week after spending four months incarcerated in the county hoosegow. "THE DOG IS OUT THE CAGE!!" exclaimed the hardcore rapper's Twitter on Wed ... More >>
Sac-Town punkers The SecretionsFirst Friday in Downtown Phoenix (Friday):Music editor Martin Cizmar has already filled you in about Shawn Anderson's killer show later tonight at tonight's edition of the monthly art walk, but that ain't the only gig going down. In addition to the rockers of the Mader ... More >>
www.salem-news.comFor the non-pot-smoking public, April 20 probably doesn't hold any significant meaning to you, but for stoners around the world it is a holiday that -- as a wise man told us yesterday -- "celebrates a tradition of community accomplished through the sharing of traditional home re ... More >>
Job For A CowboyWanna hear some free local metal? MetalSucks is hosting an exclusive stream of Landmine Marathon's new album, Sovereign Descent, which hit stores on Tuesday, March 16.In other Phoenix-area metal news, Glendale's Job for a Cowboy have announced a spring headlining tour that kicks o ... More >>
The Bobcats' Stephen Jackson lit up the Suns last night.Finally, it's official: The Suns suck. With that strong start, we wanted to believe. Oh, how we wanted to believe! But after heart-breaking back-to-back losses to Utah Monday night and Charlotte last night, we're giving u ... More >>
Table reservations at chic Scottsdale nightspots will be going for $200 a pop with bottles of bubbly starting at double that amount (or more). Tickets to any of the major block parties or other swanky shindigs will be at least $20 or more by the time you stumble to the door, not to mention however m ... More >>
We loved KJ, otherwise known as Kevin Johnson, first as one of the all-time great Phoenix Suns and, later, as the subject of an unseemly New Times cover story entitled "The Summer of '95." In part, the story described how Johnson allegedly had engaged in sexual petting with a teenage ... More >>
www.adultfriendsbythehost10.comMen throughout the Valley can take a collective sigh of relief; Phoenix offers some of the cheapest dates in the country.No gentlemen, that does not mean that the women are cheap, but rather the places you take them, as you try and woo them into submission, wo ... More >>
We've always enjoyed a good relationship with former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, except when he got pissy with us for a long while over the infamous "hot dog vendor" spoof back in the day. Woods is a savvy and funny guy, something in fairly short supply among the lega ... More >>
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