• Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Parquet Courts, Destruction Unit, Dogbreth - Crescent Ballroom - 1/20/13

    Parquet Courts, Destruction Unit, Dogbreth Crescent Ballroom 1/20/2014 Those looking for the through line connecting Brooklyn-by-way-of-Texas post-punkers Parquet Courts to Dogrbreth and Destruction Unit, the two Phoenix bands they shared the Crescent Ballroom stage with last night, might look to t ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    The 2014 Coachella Lineup Has Been Announced--and It's Good!

    Let me speak on behalf of everyone by saying "whoa, the 2014 Coachella lineup came out early." The news is still pretty fresh--Coachella sent out the lineup email a little after 9 p.m. last night, causing the internet to blow up as usual. It's tough to see beyond the headliners--though you should be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Kevin Devine: Kickstarter Success "Was Bonkers"

    by Chris Parker "For a long time, you're chasing being thought of as this terminally unique snowflake," says Brooklyn singer/songwriter Kevin Devine. "And then you kind of realize you're a worker among workers -- and you put your boots on." The 33-year-old musician is reflecting on the reverse met ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Whirr, Trunk Space, 3/6/13

    Whirr @ Trunk Space | 3/6/13I don't want to be a shallow critic, but there's no denying the Whirr's firm place in the shoegaze section of the record store. They are knee-deep in the genre tropes: the excessive delay and reverb, the lead guitar doing some twinkly thing while the rhythm section hammer ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Dogbreth: Phoenix's Most Unlikely Motivational Pop Punkers

    "I think Tristan's [Jemsek, guitars/vocals] Craigslist addiction is the biggest influence on the band," says Dogbreth bassist Erin Caldwell. Dogbreth -- the long running downtown pop punk combo -- has been around for a while, but 2012 has been a year of growth for the band, seeing it make a big tr ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    September 27, 2012

    Dust Off Your Flannel: Is the Underground Rising to the Mainstream?

    You've got a lot of reading to do, guys: snuggled tightly in this week's massive Best of Phoenix 2012 issue is a regular issue of Phoenix New Times. In anticipation of the busiest musical weekend of the year, you'll find pieces about KUPD's two-day metal festival Desert Uprising, EDM waterpark party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

  • Music

    August 16, 2012
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    November 22, 2011

    What Laura Says' Mitch Freedom on BobbyBrandNew, Crash Street Kids, and Terra Firma

    Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, in which Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your songs to be considered for future Sound Off columns, please email music@new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Replacements Fan Documentary Color Me Obsessed to Screen Tonight at Phoenix Art Museum

    One of the preeminent rock bands of the 1980s finally has gotten the rock-doc treatment, and local fans of The Replacements will get a chance to see it at 7:30 p.m. today at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Color Me Obsessed is self-admitted Replacements fanboy Gorman Bechard's lo ... More >>

  • Music

    April 7, 2011
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    April 7, 2011

    Fired Up

    Grammy winners come to Phoenix

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    December 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Matt & Kim: Sidewalks

    ​Artist: Matt & KimTitle: SidewalksRelease date: November 2Label: FaderI suppose I should mention up front that I didn't like Tears for Fears in 1985 and I still don't 25 years later, even in a nostalgic sense. So it stands to reason that I have little use for Matt & Kim in 2010.It's not t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    The 88: The 88

    ​Artist: The 88Title: The 88 Release date: September 28 Label: Rocket ScienceWhat do you do if you're a band like The 88? You're top-flight songwriters and musicians, you get your songs placed in all kinds of big-name TV shows and high-profile TV commercials, you tour the country opening ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Warpaint: The Fool

    ​Artist: Warpaint Title: The Fool Release date: October 25 Label: Rough Trade The musical path taken by L.A. foursome Warpaint is well trodden -- but this kind of ultra-moody, sort of experimental, Joy Division-indebted music is usually plied by men. But Warpaint is a quartet of women, and in ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Screaming Females: Castle Talk

    ​Artist: Screaming Females Title: Castle Talk Release date: September 14 Label: Don Giovanni Back in the day, I'd hate to miss a good show (I'm still not happy that my parents wouldn't let me drive to Kalamazoo one Monday night to see Scratch Acid and Big Black play, ditto the time I couldn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Kings of Leon: Come Around Sundown

    ​Artist: Kings of LeonTitle: Come Around SundownRelease date: October 19Label: RCAI think it's funny that people are getting all bent out of shape over the supposed "selling out" of Kings of Leon, saying their new record sucks worse than that sucky one that sold a bajillion copies a few years ago. ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Grinderman: Grinderman 2

    ​Artist: GrindermanTitle: Grinderman 2Release date: September 14Label: Anti-Most of the indie rock I've heard this year (well over 200 records and counting, with 11 weeks to go in this series) is really pretty toothless. Even the harder-rocking stuff, with its big drums or wall-of-sound guitars or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    What Does The Suburbs Hitting #1 Mean for Indie Rock?

    ​Arcade Fire is an indie band. I don't say that just because they sound like an indie band -- though they do -- but because they're actually signed to an indie label.All three Arcade Fire albums came out on Merge, a North Carolina-based company that was started in 1989 so D-I-Yers Superchunk could ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    February 1, 2010

    Village Voice SXSW Party Features Superchunk, the xx, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Surfer Blood

    Superchunk​ Some news from our corporate parent: The lineup for the 2010 Village Voice SXSW party has been announced. Superchunk, the xx, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Surfer Blood will play the show in Austin. We know the economy is tough, but if you can beg, borrow or steal your way to ... 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 >>

  • Music

    October 5, 2006


    Be Still Please

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    January 13, 2005

    The Thermals

    Throwing genre labels out the window

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    June 17, 2004


    Louden Up Now
    (Touch and Go)

  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    Pedro the Lion

    Achilles' Heel (Jade Tree)

  • Music

    October 23, 2003

    The Heavenly States

    Not your average pop-rock band

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Rilo Kiley

    Quartet shares good that will come out

  • Music

    February 28, 2002

    Photo Finish

    Death Cab for Cutie sees itself as just another guitar band, but you might disagree

  • Music

    September 20, 2001

    Sugar, Sugar?

    The music of San Fran popsters Beulah isn't quite as sweet as you think

  • Music

    August 30, 2001


    Pete Yorn at Nita's Hideaway

  • Music

    June 14, 2001

    DJ Rock

    Non-dance turntablists come to the fore; Smog puzzles; GbV rules; and more

  • Music

    May 3, 2001

    Alejandro Escovedo

    A Man Under the Influence (Bloodshot)

  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    Rocket From the Crypt

    Group Sounds (Vagrant)

  • Music

    November 9, 2000


    Hurrah (Merge)

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Dillinger Four

    Versus God

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Smarter Hearts

    Superchunk's Jon Wurster talks about the group's new album, rocking indie style in Taiwan and being name-checked by Bruce Cockburn

  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!

    Merge and Matador reach 10 years of indie success

  • Music

    January 1, 1998

    Critics' Choice

    A year-end recap of the albums that made it worthwhile to own a stereo in 1997

  • Music

    October 2, 1997

    Merge Slowly

    Superchunk matures without junking its indie ideals

  • Music

    February 6, 1997
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    January 2, 1997

    Dr. Cynic's Revenge

    Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96

  • Music

    November 14, 1996
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    June 6, 1996
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    April 11, 1996


    Where the seven-inch is still king

  • Music

    November 9, 1995

    Punk Drunk

    North Carolina's Archers of Loaf is on a roll, even if the group is off the wagon

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    July 7, 1994
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