It's the Monday after the big game, which means you're back at the office, standing around the water cooler listening to your most annoying co-worker recreate his favorite Super Bowl commercial in vivid, poorly-acted detail.
No fear. 5 o'clock is on its way, and this week br ... More >>
See also: Songwriter Michelle Blades Walks a Tightrope
See also: Michelle Blades Streams Album, MarianaIn this week's issue, we discuss Valley singer/songwriter Michelle Blades, and her delicate balance between riot grrrl verve and orchestral grandeur. We ended up with more material than we could fi ... More >>
See also: The Love Me Nots' Nicole Laurenne on New Album, New/Old Drummer and Beating Breast Cancer
Nicole Laurenne likes a challenge. Not only does she juggle life as a judge and the Farfisa-shredding front-woman of The Love Me Nots, but she beat breast cancer.
So while the idea of putting your ... More >>
Like nearly everyone in Phoenix, songwriter Stephen Steinbrink (you may recognize his project name French Quarter as well) has a love/hate relationship with the city. It's easy to love the pockets of true community, the DIY art-spaces, punk rock house shows, and the affordable, delicious Mexican foo ... More >>
Earlier this week we wrote about the recent death of local musician/designer/artist Richie "Ressless Legz" Gimbel, who helped put on the weekly Sunday night Hang the DJ dance party at the Rogue Bar in Scottsdale.Gimbel's galpal Megan Low recently told New Times that she and the other folks behind ... More >>
The Valley's music scene is grieving the sudden and unexpected death of local DJ and promoter Richie Gimbel, who lost his life over the weekend.According to friends, the 32-year-old (who performed as Craigslist Killa and was also known as Ressless Legz) passed away in his sleep sometime Saturd ... More >>
Stephen Steinbrink is a pretty busy guy, but it looks like there will be one less thing on his plate at the end of the month: his venue/art-space Yellow Canary Dance Hall will be shutting its doors.
We profiled the space as an example of how Kickstarter has helped fund projects like it here ... More >>
In 2010, Billboard Magazine's annual album sales evaluation read thusly: physical sales were sinking like a septic tank full of concrete, except for vinyl. Sales of records were up 14 percent to 2.8 million units that year. Don't go proclaiming vinyl an industry savior. It's hardly enough to resusci ... More >>
In this week's issue of New Times, I join our friends in café, art, and stage in a look back on 2011, observing trends and noting the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year in the review.
I focused on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. We featured a couple Kickstarter projects this year, (my ... More >>
Where was your favorite place to catch a concert this past year? We're willing to bet all the cash we got in our Christmas stockings it was at the much-ballyhooed Crescent Ballroom. Or maybe at the Tempe Tavern or Scottsdale's Roxy Lounge. All three of these pimp live music palaces made a major s ... More >>
When I interviewed Stephen Steinbrink and Christian Filardo for this a column in this week's paper about Kickstarter, I had no idea that they had teamed up for Condensed Nothing, a new cassette from Steinbrink issued on Filardo's Holy Page Records label.
Drawing on recordings made between December ... More >>
French Quarter, The Desert Wasn't Welcome
Phoenix indie-poppers French Quarter have a new album due out on Off Tempo Records in October, but lucky you: you can hear the whole thing right now.
Recorded at the indie-famous Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, Washington, the album is the latest in a ... More >>
Everyone's favorite sardonic folk duo, Andrew Jackson Jihad, have announced details regarding their new album, Knife Man, due out on Asian Man Records on September 20.I spoke with bassist Ben Gallaty about the new record."Sean [Bonnette, singer/guitarist] gave me a CD of 13 demos in December. The ... More >>
As a discerning music lover, you've no doubt been asking yourself, "Are any bands deemed "Best New Music" by the tastemakers at Pitchfork coming to Phoenix this summer?" Well yeah, a couple, including Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Kurt Vile, and Cut Copy. But if you were to ask yourself "Will any bands ... More >>
Taco Cat Abstinence, French Quarter, Tacocat, and ForeverYOBS in TempeMonday, June 27The cops who patrol the Farmer neighborhood handing out noise violations can rest a little easier at their posts. Last night, YOBS, a.k.a. Ye Olde Bike Saviours, a.k.a. Tempe's noisiest punk rock house venue/art ... More >>
Steinbrink is opening a venue, not pizza store.With the folks over at Cityslaang and YOBS closing doors, musician Stephen Steinbrink (French Quarter) and James Fella, of Gilgongo Records, have stepped up to the plate with Yellow Canary Dance Hall, scheduled to take over warehouse venue Sound ... More >>