The blues keep hopping throughout the valley during the weekdays, thanks to Buzz Fowler. Fowler started blues jam parties at the El Dorado Bar and Grill in Scottsdale on Wednesday nights and the Steel Horse Saloon in Deer Valley on Thursday nights. Now, Stacy's Smoke House BBQ on Main Street in Mes ... More >>
A new outlet for hip-hop culture and turntablist gear will make its debut this evening along Roosevelt Row, just in time for this month's edition of First Friday. Coolin Out Hip-Hop Shop, a new brick-and-mortar boutique run by the local nightlife promoter and clothing company of the same name, is op ... More >>
As any Scottsdale party monster would tell you, Saddlebag Trail in Old Town tends to go full tilt boogie with rowdy behavior and exceedingly loud music after sundown, courtesy of surfeit of high-end hangouts like El Hefe, Wild Knight, and EPIQ. Starting this evening, the din's only going to get no ... More >>
Of the many pearls of wisdom that Yoda dropped on Luke Skywalker's ass in The Empire Strikes Back ("Size matters not," "Wars not make one great") it was the green-skinned Jedi guru's Zen-like mantra of "Do or do not...there is no try" that probably resonates the most with Joe Maldonado. That's beca ... More >>
If you happened to be a member of the Valley's old school DJ/rave scene back in the mid-1990s, there was one place where you almost always hit up for both your music and gear: Swell Records. Without getting too overly hyperbolic, the music and clothing emporium owned by Russel Ramirez (which bounced ... More >>
It's a fact of life that everyone has a pratfall or accident now and again. Just ask Greg "SensOne" Voeller, who pulled a gaffe not once, but twice, during his DJ sets. Besides embarrassing the crap outta the local selector, it caused a few of his cohorts to give him a second nickname: PowerSurge. ... More >>
If you've walked by Bar Smith on a recent Wednesday evening and had your eardrums assaulted, its probably Jason Ayers' fault. The bass-loving beat-juggler and his long-running SubConscious night have (literally) been shaking the downstairs walls at the downtown Phoenix club with a storm of subharm ... More >>
Turntablists of Arizona, you'd better start practicing. A little more than two weeks from now, one of the biggest DJ contests ever will be bringing its regional battle to Phoenix and your shit better be tight. The DMC World DJ Championships, widely considered to be the most premier turntablist con ... More >>
Pickster One, Scottie Does, and Dumperfoo don't unite as Crusher Sound System too often, but when they do, it's worth catching. I saw the trio back in April, and the mixture of Pickster's excellent song choices ("Rock With You") and the heavy live drums of Does were irresistible. The supergroup ... More >>
Crusher Sound System, Mr. Meeble & more. Sail Inn Saturday, April 30 You know, the old substance over style debate can get a little old. Isn't it possible to have both? It sure seemed like it watching Mr. Meeble on the outdoor stage at Next Fest at Sail Inn last night. The band was premieri ... More >>
Mantis ClawIf you've never checked out Mantis Claw do his twice-weekly gigs at Kazimierz World Wine Bar, there's only one opportunity left. Tomorrow night will be the last hurrah for the DJ and local music scene veteran, as he's about to relocate to the great northwest (more specifically: ... More >>
The Technics 1200s: Soon to be extinct.If you happen to be hanging out at any of the Valley's dance events this coming weekend, be sure to listen closely. It might be hard to hear over the massive cacophony of beats getting slung, but you might just hear a few sobs coming from the DJ booth. That's ... More >>
Some of the many water pipes available at Bellagio Palace.DJ Tranzit isn't shy about sharing his opinion about Bellagio Palace's hookah lounge The Joint. "It's a nice venue, very slick-looking, and the sound system is sick," Tranzit says of the West Phoenix after-hours nightclub, which featured ... More >>
New exhibit shows off bygone listening technologies
Stereo types pump up the volume
Step into soundscapes of your own creation at the ASU Art Museum
Sound installation lets everybody be a DJ
This time, symphonics meets hip-hop
This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about
Rockin' the house but shying from the spotlight, DJ Element is the Valley's no-flash grandmaster
And> Jazzy Jeff? Get out!
Scratching the surface of classical music
No spring chicken
DJ Radar and Raul Yanez mixed up a revolutionary blend of scratch and jazz. Now they're taking it live.
Megadef is the smack-talking, beat-juggling wild child of an embattled DJ scene
Bullfrog and Kid Koala look to bridge the band-DJ divide
Prefer quirky movie houses? You'll take a shine to the Monkey Show.
Alma Gates' car stereo can kill you, set world records and possibly save mankind
DJ Radar offers a different read of turntable music with the score to 'Antimatter'
Mix Master Mike wants you to know how the tables turn
Mixmaster Mike takes his turntable wizardry on tour with the Beastie Boys
Z-Trip, Emile, and Radar remake Thursdays at Nita's
IS VINYL REALLY THE CHOICE OF A NEW GENERATION OR ARE PEOPLE JUST WAXING NOSTALGIC?