• Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Five Overlooked '90s Alt-Rock Albums You Should Revisit

    News flash: The 1990s are back. You already knew this; I did too. The music and culture that defined the Alternative Nation-era are everywhere. Still, when I passed throngs of teenagers in the mall last week (don't ask) wearing Doc Martens, ripped stockings and "vintage" Nirvana shirts on the way t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Tucson's Best Dog Award Inspires Confusion Through Songs

    Tucson-based trio Best Dog Award's greatest asset is its ability to inspire confusion. Singer/guitarist Joel Crocco, drummer Andrew Ling, and organist Nick Mazza lay out maps that may lead to nowhere and littering their music with clues that make the puzzle more difficult to solve. "We play 'ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Take Cover: Yus Covers Broadcast

    Broadcast built a dedicated fanbase with its innovative mix of '60s nostalgia and electronic beats. If you've never heard the band, imagine Nico singing for Stereolab. Youceff Kabal, who performs under the stage name of Yus plays piano and slows the song down a bit for his version of "Michael A G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    River Jones, What Are You Listening To?

    River Jones​River Jones Jones is the owner of local record label River Jones Music. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Growing up, I listened to KDKB, KUPD, KEDJ, and KUKQ. Now, I am always streaming music 24/7. But, in the car I liste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    15 Good Songs You Might've Missed in 2010

    Peter Storch​I listened to more than 3,000 songs in 2010, so I was asked to come up with a list of the best of the year. But you've probably heard "Swim" by Surfer Blood and "Boyfriend" by Best Coast and "Helicopter" by Deerhunter and "Hustle and Cuss" by the Dead Weather, so I came up with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Tierra del Fuego: Queen of the Rendezvous

    ​Artist: Tierra del Fuego Title: Queen of the Rendezvous Release date: December 11 Label: Scapular Winging Through pure happenstance, I witnessed this local band, Tierra del Fuego, on Saturday night play as they played to a small but appreciative crowd at Trunk Space. It just happened to be t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Helmet, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Charlatans, Small Black, and more

    ​It's amazing how much music is released in a year. I've listened to nearly 270 records in their entirety this year, yet I still have a huge stack of unlistened CDs on my desk, several unlistened digital downloads in my iTunes, and a lengthy list of high-profile stuff I never got a chance to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Mini Mansions: Mini Mansions

    ​Artist: Mini Mansions Title: Mini Mansions Release date: November 2 Label: Ipecac One of the biggest musical curveballs of the year has to be the debut record by the Southern California trio Mini Mansions. I say it's a curveball because I wouldn't have guessed such a Beatles-esque display o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Daft Punk: Tron Legacy (Original Soundtrack)

    ​Artist: Daft Punk Title: Tron Legacy (Original Soundtrack) Release date: December 7 Label: Walt Disney Records I'm a little surprised by the buzz surrounding the release of a soundtrack to a Disney movie. I understand that the kids love the helmeted French house duo Daft Punk and that said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    The Parting Gifts: Strychnine Dandelions

    ​Artist: The Parting Gifts Title: Strychnine Dandelions Release date: November 9 Label: In the Red Last week, I didn't have many good things to say about the new record from Kanye West. This morning, a white co-worker walked into my office and said, "I read what you said about Kanye West. Whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Stereolab: Not Music

    ​That cool, crisp air outside means one thing: Winter will soon be upon us.With winter comes the holidays and aforementioned cooler weather, as well as an eventual slow down of new releases. Next week's selection is downright frightening -- at least this week has a few choice gems, among them is L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Nov. 16 In Blogs: Russell Pearce, ASU, My Chemical Romance, Chris Bianco, and the Zachary Marco Murder

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Fol Chen: Part II: The New December

    ​Nothing can save you from the dark reality of the Tuesday after a Monday holiday like being back at work knowing there is a interesting group of new releases out today -- not tomorrow. Sorry.Leading the way today is indie rock/pop outfit Fol Chen and their latest release/concept album contin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Free EP Download: Twin Sister's Color Your Life

    Download Twin Sister's Color Your Life EP for free for the next two weeks.​Brooklyn's Twin Sister have made their second EP, Color Your Life, available for a free download via their website, free download, which was launched this past Tuesday, will run for two weeks time, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Top Ten of 2009: Jason P. Woodbury

    Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Jason P. Woodbury, a New Times contributor, a staff writer at Tiny Mix ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Amazon Trots out Their "100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time"

    Amazon takes their shot at indie rock's 100 greatest albumsThe fine folks over at decided that the time was ripe to assemble a list of the best indie rock albums of all time. Indie rock is a genre either really easy to define or kind of confusing to define, but that sentiment did not hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Club Candids at the Ruby Room

    For more of this charming man, check the slideshow.What can we say about a DJ night with Andy Rourke of the Smiths that this guy didn't? Well, for one, we didn't spill a drink on him and make total asses of ourselves. Instead, we actually maintained some semblance of self respect in spite of our rid ... More >>

  • Music

    November 6, 2008

    The Sea and Cake

    Car Alarm
    (Thrill Jockey)

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Okkervil River, Calexico, Damien Jurado, and Giant Sand Are Just Some Of What’s Selling At Stinkweeds Record Exchange

    By Benjamin Leatherman Kimber Lanning's Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 12 West Camelback Road, specializes in indie and alt-rock music, so it’s only natural that the store’s Top 10 best-selling albums for the week of September 15-21 feature such acts as Mogwai, Tilly and the Wall, Kimya Dawson, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    What's Selling: Revolver Records

    By Benjamin Leatherman Revolver Records, 4214 North Seventh Avenue, just recently celebrated its first anniversary, so we figured the best way to fete the music store and its owner TJ Jordan would be to let y'all know what his top 10 best-selling LPs were for the week of September 1-7. (Its not muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds Record Exchange

    By Benjamin Leatherman A crafty collection of alt-rockers and indie scene darlings make up this week’s edition of What’s Selling, which comes by way of Kimber Lanning’s long-running Valley music shop Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 12 West Camelback Road. Here’s a list of their top 10 best-se ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Benni Hemm Hemm

    Very green

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    The Fall

    Reformation Post T.L.C.

  • Music

    October 19, 2006


    A three-dimensional sound

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Nous Non Plus

    Nous Non Plus

  • Music

    September 22, 2005

    American Analog Set

    Set Free
    (Arts & Crafts)

  • Music

    May 26, 2005


    More of a good thing

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2005

    En Moog

    Film sets synth record straight

  • Music

    April 29, 2004


    . . . and the band marches on

  • Music

    January 29, 2004


    Sixteen Haiku & Other Stories (Thirsty Ear)

  • Music

    January 15, 2004


    Baskervilles (Secret Crush)

  • Music

    November 20, 2003


    Wherever I Am I Am What Is Missing (Too Pure/Beggars Group)

  • Music

    October 30, 2003


    Instant O in the Universe (Elektra)

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    The Neptunes

    The Neptunes Present... Clones (Star Trak/Arista)

  • Music

    February 20, 2003

    Loose Fur

    Loose Fur (Drag City)

  • Music

    January 2, 2003


    Electric Circus

  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Without Him -- or Them

    Internet mashers give new, weird lives to Eminem's "Without Me"

  • News

    January 10, 2002


    'N Sync? Get real

  • Music

    September 20, 2001

    Tasty Treat

    The Disco Biscuits give fans of electro-jam fusion something to snack on

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Neu! School

    Having educated and influenced three generations of musicians, the Krautrocking duo of Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother finally receive their due with a trio of classic reissues

  • Music

    June 7, 2001


    Standards (Thrill Jockey)

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Trans Am, I Said

    Maryland post-rock trio drives it into the Red Line

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Microbe Brewery

    You can call Stereolab's musical mix postmodern rock or experimental pop, just don't call it kitschy

  • Music

    April 27, 2000

    Dready Metal

    Unlike their North American counterparts, Jamaican rappers are incorporating heavy metal into their material, with some amazing results

  • Music

    April 6, 2000

    Bin There

    Where have all the overeducated, underachieving record-store clerks gone?

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    Papa M

    Live From a Shark Cage
    (Drag City)

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    Obsessions, Passions, Perversions

    New Times music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets

  • Music

    November 27, 1997

    Sophomore High Jinks

    Trunk Federation returns from the road armed with a bold new album

  • Calendar

    November 27, 1997
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