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Sara Robinson

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    December 18, 2013

    McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014 Lineup Is Announced, Featuring Ben Harper, Dwight Yoakam, And More

    Just a couple of days removed from Scottsdale's first True Music Festival, Phoenix's McDowell Mountain Music Festival has announced the lineup for its latest go-around. Headliners include Gramatik, Slightly Stoopid, and--on Sunday--Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite and Dwight Yoakam. The festivitie ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    The 10 Best Phoenix Bands Under 21

    Whether they were adding a bit of flair to an old favorite, taking the scene by storm, or continuing their march to the top, 2013 was a big year for Valley musicians under 21. Here's 10 of our favorites who spent most of 2013 in the all-ages sections of their own shows.

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    December 6, 2013

    The Hourglass Cats Make You Miss Summer With A New Video at Fossil Creek

    The Hourglass Cats released their video for their single "Sense," on Monday. The video is their first from their May 2013 EP, 432. The video is a plotless ode to the summertime day trips that Phoenicians take to get out of the sweltering Phoenix heat. "I mean, obviously, it's an Arizona thing," say ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    10 Must-See Bands at Apache Lake Music Festival

    Over the last few years Apache Lake Music Festival has made the just-barely-perceptible leap from curiosity to institution, and it's easy to see why; like most institutions, the core of it is a really simple idea done well: What if you could see a bunch of local bands in a novel, secularly fun setti ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    The Best Phoenix Music Venues of 2013

    It seems like one has closed every month, lately--Hollywood Alley, Martini Ranch, Rocky Point Cantina--but the Valley is still blessed with enough music venues to make selecting some for each year's Best of Phoenix a little nerve-wracking. In any case, we did it. Here are the music venues that pic ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    It's not easy competing with the fair. For one thing, it has a built-in audience; you can go to a fair concert on a whim, having gone there first to watch a team of expert divers or pig racing or whatever it is people do here in Arizona (I'm extrapolating from my Illinois experience) when the weathe ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Five Great Shows We Saw This Summer

    As a Midwestern transplant, I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out what is summer and what isn't in Arizona. I left my last apartment in the spring, back in April, and arrived here two days later in the summer. From what I'm told, it will continue until sometime next April. But seasons were how ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Feeding America Benefit Concert - Crescent Ballroom - 7/25/2013

    Last night at Crescent Ballroom, the vibe was even more feel-good and positive than usual. Sure, it was a roster chock full of locally loved acts--Flamenco por la Vida, Sara Robinson & The Midnight Special, The Senators and Dry River Yacht Club--that attracted an impressively large crowd for a Thurs ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Sara Robinson and The Midnight Special Know Their Musical Roots

    It's been said that in order to truly sing the blues, it's necessary to have experienced a lifetime of blues material -- a broken heart, tragedy, hopelessness. So when you hear about an incredible blues musician, what usually comes to mind is an image of elderly Junior Kimbrough or Etta James. What ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    Look: After literally everybody who went to Warped Tour in Mesa yesterday melted into an enormous puddle filled with black v-neck t-shirts, you might find this weekend's concerts in Phoenix a little sparsely attended. Take advantage of that! At least, unless you knew one of the people who melted. T ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013
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    June 14, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    That Tupac hologram probably gave the whole industry a scare, but for the moment it looks like tribute bands are safely ensconced as the only way you'll be able to see, say, Pantera live. A night of cover bands at the Marquee, don't-call-it-chillwave at Last Exit Live, the less-wordy parts of Grac ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    Firemen are the real heroes. Or maybe teachers -- I can never remember. In any case, there will be lots of superheroes in town this weekend for Phoenix Comicon. Some of them will even be local musicians. But if you're looking for a break from the convention -- or just another place to wear your su ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Phoenix Comicon Schedule: Concerts in Costume and an "Adventure Time Rave" Await Music Fans

    Let's face it: We're always going to be the red-headed step-artform at comic book conventions. Superheroes have dominated movies for years, and videogames hit the comic-culture demographic pretty naturally, but music -- Jonathan Coulton and J-Pop and all the filkers on Livejournal aside -- has been ... More >>

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    May 19, 2013

    Los Dias de la Crescent 2013: The Best Photos Of Day 1 and Day 2

    Los Dias de la Crescent 2013 was defined by what's local -- the music, the beer, the food, the fans. This year's schedule looked like a tightened-up version of last year's format -- and it somehow found a way to bring "Stairway to Heaven" into a celebration of Arizona music in the process. Day 1 br ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013
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    April 25, 2013

    Saddle Up, Y'all: The Western Officially Opens Tonight in Scottsdale

    A few hours from now, the dulcet crooning of Mario Moreno and the swingy sounds of his backing act The Ramblers will waft out of The Western and into the Scottsdale night air, announcing the arrival of the area's newest live music spot. The stylish honky-tonk, which (as we reported last month) was ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Los Dias de la Crescent Lineup Announced: Get Ready for Latin Sounds and Rock/Pop Tributes

    Good news for those who dug last year's locally focused Los Dias De La Crescent event: it's coming back for a second round. Crescent czar Charlie Levy sent out an e-mail blast Thursday night trumpeting the lineup for this year's version of the two-night concert, and just like some of the best seque ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    10 Things We Learned at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013

    This weekend McDowell Mountain Music Festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary in style, at a new primo location of Margret T. Hance Park, with good beer from Deschutes, and with awesome bands like The Shins, The Roots, Balkan Beat Box, Les Claypool, and more. You can catch up on our reviews, in ... More >>

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    March 23, 2013

    Downtown Phoenix's Last Exit Live Now Open

    It's gonna be an action-packed weekend for Brannon Kleinlein. The 38-year-old will be busy overseeing the locals only side stage at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park. It's certainly a major task that he'll have to juggle along with this weekend's debut of his new downtow ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend

    Who's excited for the Instagram pictures Questlove is going to post of Phoenix this weekend? I sure am. The Roots will be in town on Saturday, March 23, to play as part of McDowell Mountain Music Festival, plus, Questo will be dropping a DJ set at Bar Smith afterward. That's sure to yield some good ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Tucker Woodbury and Charlie Levy Bringing Country Joint The Western to Scottsdale

    There's certainly no dearth of hangouts in the Valley where cowboys, cowgirls, or anyone else sporting a western shirt can down something tall and strong, get in some two-stepping action, or just hear some ol' fashioned daggum country music, pardner. Off the top of our heads, we can name close to tw ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    TMI Radio SxSW Showcase at Crescent Ballroom, 1/9/13

    Palms, Wiley One, Jared and the Mill, and Sara Robinson and Midnight Special @ Crescent Ballroom|1/9/13South by Southwest, the sort of Mecca of indie music, is kind of a big deal. A good show there can make or break a band, even if the event itself is a tad self-indulgent. I once hitchhiked there, s ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    13 Phoenix Bands You Need to Know in 2013: The Complete List

    As 2012 draws to a close, we couldn't be more optimistic about the state of music in the Valley of the Sun. With new bands emerging from various scenes and subgenres, it can be hard to keep up with the latest in Phoenix music. What follows are our picks for 13 acts that will make an impact on the S ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    December 18, 2012

    Sara Robinson & Midnight Special

    As 2012 draws to a close, we'll be looking forward to the 2013 and spotlighting 13 Phoenix bands that will be making a mark on the Southwest throughout the new year. This entry comes from Melissa Fossum, zeroing in on the Tempe-based rock 'n' blues combo Sara Robinson & Midnight Special. There's a ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    The Blasters, Down, Coheed and Cambria, and More Just Announced Shows

    The Blasters will be hitting The Rhythm Room on Saturday, December 15th. They'll no doubt be pushing their latest album, Fun on Saturday Night, a 12-track joyride through rockabilly and blues territory. The album also includes a June Carter Cash cover of "Jackson" with X's Exene Cervenka. After thir ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012
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    October 18, 2012
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    September 28, 2012

    Tempe Rock Star Gold Festival Takes Over Sail Inn This Weekend

    See also: Musical Instrument Museum Debuts "I Am AZ Music" ExhibitThe combination of live music and live art performances have become as much a part of the city of Tempe as the college campus and man-made lake that inhabit it. What better way to celebrate the thriving scene than with a two-day festi ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Apache Lake Music Festival 2012: Robin Wilson of The Gin Blossoms, Zero Zero, and More

    See also: Apache Lake Music Festival 2011 Features Scenery and Over 30 Arizona Bands See also: Phoenix Music Heads to Tortilla Flat Apache Lake Music Festival 2012 is on: an official website has been launched, and the festival lineup has been announced, featuring scheduled performances from Robin ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Arrowheart, What Are You Eating?

    Sara Robinson​Sara Robinson What'd you eat for dinner last night? I had a 6-inch turkey sub from Subway, Sara-style! Favorite food: During the week, I eat healthy, but on weekends I eat my favorite food, which is the breadsticks from Olive Garden and Orange Chicken from Panda Express. Least favo ... More >>

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