I've spent the past few weeks debating the merits of Vinyl (seven reasons) versus CD (five reasons) for those of us that still collect music (my final verdict is that both have great qualities, but CD is still better). It's been a fun little debate, but it doesn't really matter how you listen. I ... More >>
Self-taught singer/songwriter Taj Mahal has grooved with everyone from The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton to blues progenitors like Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Like his friend Ry Cooder, he navigated the twisting waters of the late '60s and '70s session scene of Santa Monica, before ... More >>
By now it's news to no one that the United States Postal Service is in trouble. As detailed by Nick Greene earlier this month at Village Voice's Running Scared, this means print media is in for a punch (you know, while it's down and everything), your bills are going to show up later than they ... More >>
Norman Cook, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, has been rocking beats hard since the late '70s, when he played in bands like Disque Attack and the Housemartins. He achieved mainstream popularity in the '90s, when "Praise You" blew up as a radio staple. In recent years, Cook has focused on production, stepping ... More >>
Rana Singh Sodhi and Surinder Singh (no relation) joined forces to transform a strip mall restaurant space into an Indian oasis: The Guru Palace, complete with floor seating and wall murals of the Taj Mahal.
Is this parking lot worth $97 million? If not, the city of Phoenix wouldn't be permitted to make a deal like CityNorth in the future, says the Arizona Supreme Court.The Arizona Supreme Court today unanimously reversed an appellate court ruling on the CityNorth case, saying it erred wh ... More >>
Russell Brand and Katy Perry in front of the Taj Mahal, evidently constructed by Brand.Does anyone else find this to be a "What the fuck?!?" moment? I was surprised that they were dating, and now just four months later, they're engaged. The most sickening part: The picture you are viewing was p ... More >>
Photog shoots for 101 nations
You can't spell "caravan" without "a van"
Willie performs 50 years' worth of music at Celebrity Theatre
A Taj Mahal of tasty Indian treats is hidden in the Best Western on Central
Salon show buzzes Scottsdale
As long as the Godfather's gangsters roam City Hall, will Jerry's reign ever be over?
The banjo great visits the Valley
Letters from the week of January 1, 2004
Downtown Phoenix has always had its high points, but the Civic Center boondoggle isn't one of them
Blue Nile Cafe
Out of Africa come the flavors you'll find at Tempe's Blue Nile Cafe
Tikka moment to check out this tandoori
You'll hear America singing in folksy Songcatcher
Henry Gray Plays Chicago Blues (Hightone)
While they may not top the Billboard charts, this month's batch of jazz, blues and heritage releases is definitely worth hearing
Despite the recent passing of some of heritage music's finest, the music continues to flourish thanks to a handful of fine new releases
Despite being entombed in the recent PBS series, Gumbo shows why jazz is very much alive and well with a fine batch of new releases
A set of reissues casts new light on Taj Mahal's amazing musical amalgam
Gumbo finds some eerie connections in the latest jazz, blues and heritage releases
May 21 - 27, 1998
Tune-packed Blues Brothers 2000 is a wail of a sequel
Gamblers and staffers at the Ak-Chin casino all celebrated when Herminia Rodriguez hit a $330,000 slot-machine jackpot. Then the tribe decided the machine had malfunctioned.
Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin
Your guide to H.O.R.D.E. White-boy dreads and a hemp-cloth hacky sack are recommended, but no longer required.
THE YEAR IN MUSIC: IT JUST DIDN'T GET MUCH BETTER (OR WORSE) THAN THIS