Talking Heads (Band)

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    October 15, 2014

    Searching for the Human Side of Montreal's Kevin Barnes

    It's noon on a Friday and I'm sitting in my living room. Laptop is on my lap, my phone is plugged in, and Garage Band is open as I begin to type the project's title: Kevin Barnes. I'm not ready. It feels like my blood has been put through a SodaStream and pumped back into my body carbonated. If you ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Bjork: Biophilia Live Looks Inside Singer's Ambitious Bio-Project

    In 2011, Icelandic musician Bjork took on the ambitious and epic undertaking Biophilia. The multimedia project, which at one time was supposed to include an IMAX film directed by Michel Gondry, was a hybrid between a high-concept album and field trip to the science museum. Its goal was to edify list ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    6 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

    Ding, dong, the witch is dead. (The witch is the heat, here; bare with me.) Supposedly. It might be September, but it's still 106 degrees, but out-of-towners don't know that. So with the turning over of the calendar comes a slew of great bands coming to Phoenix and a revitalization of the entertain ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Top 5 Moments from Talking Heads' Concert Film Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense turned 30 this year, and in honor of the anniversary, The Talking Heads' legendary concert film is returning to theaters, and will screen this Sunday at Phoenix Center for the Arts. Presented by No Festival Required, the Valley's top microcinema producer, the screening, like the f ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Music for Running: A Guide to the Perfect Playlist

    I love running to music. The pavement is my dance floor and I can go for hours. Any given morning on Tempe Town Lake I will jog, playing air guitar to the riff of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" if no one is looking. The amount of fun I have on the trail has translated into a healthy turnaround for me. ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014
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    March 13, 2014
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    March 4, 2014

    Conflict Breeds Progress for San Francisco's Painted Palms

    Sometimes tension is a necessary tool in the creative process, and other routes must be taken reach a goal. Such is the case for Painted Palms, the San Francisco-based electro-pop act composed of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme, whose late-night emailings of clips and samples has yie ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013
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    August 1, 2013

    The Best Decade in Rock and Roll History: 1967-1977

    I'm feeling a little guilty about last week's column, in which I took the crappy popular music of the '80s to task (High School Music: A Reunion from Hell). Why? It was negative, and generally I like to promote good music instead of baggin' on bad stuff. I've fed my family for almost thirty years ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Cover the Crescent: Locals Own NYC Rock at Crescent Ballroom 7/28/13

    Cover songs can be tricky business. Finding one(s) that everyone in a band wants to do and then executing it while attempting to pay proper homage to whoever or whatever reason you wanted to do it in the first place. Doing an entire set of someone else's music, though--that's downright fucking adv ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    It's not that I'm rooting for The Maine to become nationally famous and then commit some terrible faux pas in Western Europe, but I'm halfway through a "Maine in Spain Fails Softly Something Something" headline that I'd really like to sell to the New York Post. They'll be back in town this weekend ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Tucson's Sun Bones Use Classical Training to Dive "Into the Weirdness"

    Rather than stick to vague genre tags or invent new hybrids, the members of Sun Bones offer the term "malleability." It's fitting for a classically trained band that somehow manages to fit four-part harmonies, bursts of punk, comforting pop melodies, avant-garde excursions and more under a single ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Five Songs That Speak to Those Celebrating the Jodi Arias Guilty Verdict

    News broke within the last couple of hours that Jodi Arias was found "guilty as charged" by a jury of her peers in a Maricopa County Superior Court room for the brutal 2008 murder of lover Travis Alexander. Needless to say, there's been much celebrating both outside the courthouse (where chanting ... More >>

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    April 27, 2013

    Paperhaus with Playboy Manbaby and St Ranger - Trunk Space - 4/26/2013

    Paperhaus with Playboy Manbaby and St. RangerThe Trunk SpaceApril 26, 2013 Post-punk is a minefield for modern musicians. There's always going to be a group of people who dig through a cool older relative's record collection or read Simon Reynolds' Rip it Up and Start Again and discover bands like ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week in Phoenix

    It's only the end of February, but I'm convinced I've already heard one of the best albums of 2013. Destruction Unit's new LP, the six-song mind eraser Void, debuts locally on Monday, February 25, when the band takes the stage at the Yucca Tap Room. The band's been getting some high profile recognit ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013
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    January 24, 2013

    The Father Figures Dish on Phoenix's Punk Rock Glory Days

    In this week's issue, we chat with with the members of Phoenix art punk band The Father Figures, discussing the band's phenomenal sophomore album, All About Everything. We ended up with quite a bit of information left over from our hour and a half interview, so in this installment of Outtakes, we'll ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Top 5 Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.

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    October 19, 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.

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    October 11, 2012
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    October 9, 2012

    Five Bands to Catch at Apache Lake Music Festival

    Apache Lake Music Festival has grown leaps and bounds since its launch in 2010. The festival now spans three days and features nearly twice as many bands as last year's installment, Arizona's beloved local music fest has continued to expand in size and scope in no time at all. See also: Phoenix Mus ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Yus Talks French New Wave, Eno, and Orange Juice

    Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday. See also: YUS Paints a Cinematic Picture With "Girls" British new wave bands tend to dominate the conversation when we talk '80s with our local bands. Belgium-born Phoenix-d ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 8, 2012

    Flashback Friday: An '80s Conversation with Super Stereo

    Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday. Local future-pop rockers Super Stereo are marking their triumphant return to the stage with a super-sweet lineup tomorrow night at Crescent Ballroom. After a brief hiatus f ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    May 25, 2012

    Flashback Friday: Factories Talk the '80s

    Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday. In case you missed it, Google commemorated the 78th birthday of electronic music pioneer, Bob Moog, with a wicked-cool doodle earlier this week. Moog left his mark on the w ... More >>

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    April 15, 2012

    Jeff Mangnum, fIREHOSE, and More: The Best Of Coachella, Saturday, April 14

    See also: Coachella: Radiohead's Weekend 1 Set Has No Alarms and No Surprises See also: Coachella: The Black Lips' Cole Alexander Goes Full Monty, Plays Guitar With His Ding-Dong See also: Best of Coachella Weekend One: Friday, April 13 Everyone was ready to shit their pants for Radiohead, but ther ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Grupo Fantasma, Fayuca, Crescent Ballroom, 4/8/12

    Grupo Fantasma and Fayuca Crescent Ballroom Sunday, April 8 There can't be too many places in the world where you can spend the first half of your day observing a certain notorious motorcycle club's barbecue shindig with a bunch of tattooed, leather-clad pistoleros and the second half at some swing ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Literal Band Names: Radiohead, Black Keys, Meat Puppets, and More

    There are some weird band names out there, so we let our imaginations go wild to envision what some of these names would literally look like. We chose Radiohead as our jumping off point because love them or hate them, the band is playing at arena tonight, and it's sure to be one of the ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Vinnie Iñiguez, What Are You Listening To?

    Vinnie Iniguez​ Vinnie Iñiguez Iñiguez is a professional golfer. For more info on him, visit his website here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Straight out the gate, it's usually BackSpin on Sirius. Its got a solid mix o ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    David Bickford, What Are You Listening To?

    David Bickford​David Bickford Bickford writes two prominent local blogs, PHX Rail Food and PHX Trail Dude. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I listen to KJZZ for news by day and jazz by night. I grew up listening to rock, and it still ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Christopher Danowski, What Are You Listening To?

    Christopher Danowski​Christopher Danowski Danowski is the co-conspirator of Theater in My Basement, which is working on a new series of performance/video/installations on the nine muses and planning for the next Teatro Caliente festival in January 2011.When you put your key in the ignition and tur ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Adrian Belew Concert Moves from Foundry to Crescent Ballroom

    ​Adrian Belew has an extensive résumé. The art-rocker has played with the avant-garde vanguard, clocking in time with King Crimson, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, The Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, as well as playing straight up power pop with his band The Bears. Lately Belew has been t ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011
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    October 5, 2011

    12 Bands with Repetitive Repetitive Names

    New York's experimental rock band Gang Gang Dance hits up the Valley tonight, headlining the Crescent Lounge during its inaugural week. Jamming on the band's latest album Eye Contact is a mind-warping experience, and between all the loopy sound-scapes, abstract synth structures and aural embellishme ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Chico Mann of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra on Analog Drift

    ​There are always those albums that you miss. Analog Drift, by Chico Mann came out in 2010, but I didn't get it until last week. Which is a real shame, because it's a fantastic disc, featuring 12 tracks comprised of vintage hip-hop synths, Afrobeat shuffles, Latin vocals, and a Talking Heads cover ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    June 29, 2011

    Bottling Wine with Sam Pillsbury and Co.

    Nicole Whittington and James Waldron​When I went up to the Verde Valley to bottle wine with winemakers Eric Glomski, Tim White and Sam Pillsubry, I kept hearing that "wine making isn't as romantic as everyone thinks." Maybe the guys were afraid that I would find the monotonous assembly of bottl ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Six Jonathan Richman Songs to Celebrate His 60th Birthday

    ​It's hard to believe that Jonathan Richman turns 60 today.Not only has the man maintained a positively youthful outlook when it comes to his music (do a quick Google search and see how often the term "wide-eyed" gets attached to his name), but it's hard to believe that Modern Lovers, the self-tit ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Gardens & Villa, Factories and Hello the Mind Control Last Night at The Trunk Space

    Gardens & Villa ​ Gardens & Villa, Factories and Hello the Mind ControlThe Trunk SpaceWednesday, April 27Sometimes it doesn't take a packed room full of sweaty bodies to have a dance party.Sometimes it just takes the right band and the right fans. Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa bro ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Third of 2011 ( Mp3)

    Toro y Moi​Did you know that a third of a year is called a tertile? Now you do!The first tertile of 2011 (great word, right?) comes to end at the close of this month, which seems like a good time to get caught up on the best songs from the first part of the year. Hey, it's never too early for a be ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Gardens & Villa Interview

    ​You just don't hear enough flutes in pop music, amirite? Couple that breathy sound with flanged and plucked bass, vintage synths, a sexy beat and an incredibly high falsetto and you've got "Orange Blossom" by Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa. The tune tips its hat to The Talking Heads and m ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011
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    April 7, 2011

    Fired Up

    Grammy winners come to Phoenix

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    October 22, 2009
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    August 18, 2008

    National Music News: Metallica takes its show on the road, Jackson Browne takes John McCain to court, and more

    While I took the weekend off to run away to Sedona and celebrate my birthday, several stories unfolded in national music news. Read on for the skinny about Metallica’s upcoming Phoenix concert, Jackson Browne’s lawsuit against presidential hopeful John McCain, and more.

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    May 1, 2008

    Under the Influence of Giants

    Name-dropping Seattle band drops all the right names

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    February 28, 2008
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    February 10, 2005

    Fetal Distraction

    The guy calls himself I Hate You When You're Pregnant. And then things get weird

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