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    June 26, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music

    By Mike Seely Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging sub ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    NEEDTOBREATHE On The Magic of Sound City

    As Taylor Swift's tour mates, finding Billboard success and as the winners of multiple Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, NEEDTOBREATHE make for quite the musical intersection. With a driving blend of faith-infused rock, the South Carolinian trio of bassist Seth Bolt, vocalist Bear Rinehart and g ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013
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    May 30, 2013

    10 Photos of Incredibly Excited Taylor Swift Fans

    Taylor Swift sold out Jobing.com Arena in Glendale twice this week, which means--if we're doing our math right--that she was able to get more than 25,000 Taylor Swift fans in, processed, and out for their Best Nights Ever in 48 hours. We couldn't possibly hope to catch all of the signs and t-shirt ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Three Reasons Men Should Just Admit They Love Taylor Swift

    by K.C. Libman Taylor Swift is far from just a female-only icon at this point. The erstwhile country star's crossover appeal has placed her firmly inside the pop pantheon, and it's more apparent than ever that Swift's infectious sound is the definition of radio-ready. Show me a red-blooded American ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Taylor Swift - Jobing.com Arena, Glendale - 5/28/2013

    Taylor Swift (See the complete slideshow here.)Jobing.com Arena, GlendaleMay 28, 2013 First, you'll notice the makeup -- you'll notice, more generally, the feeling of being underdressed in the company of 9-year-olds. All around Westgate, which feels itself like a mock downtown, a big occasion to pl ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Taylor Swift Setlist: Night 1 of the Red Tour at Jobing.com Arena

    When the kind of band I usually go see plays the same setlist over and over, I get a little indignant. If Taylor Swift plays the same setlist Wednesday night that she did Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena, I'll forgive her--when the grand finale involves a ticker tape parade, a bunch of dancers chasing a ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    What Don't You Like about Taylor Swift, Exactly?

    Taylor Swift is just hours away from Prince-ing Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, and people are -- well, people are conflicted about it. It isn't that individuals are conflicted -- it's just that the music fans of the Valley are, to a [wo]man, either incredibly excited or aggressively, vocally indiffer ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Phoenix Beats The Taylor Swift Scavenger Hunt--Do You Know The Answer?

    I'm not sure this is a conventional reason to feel civic pride, but I'm going to put it out there: Phoenix completed Taylor Swift's Willy Wonka scavenger hunt in two hours flat, with two of eight sets of tickets going out in less than 30 minutes. That's faster, in my limited research, than most of t ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013
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    May 23, 2013

    Study Concludes: Kids Today Are Musically Spoiled Rotten

    When it comes to music, do kids today have it better or worse than the generations before them? I decided to do some research into the matter. By "research," I mean I asked my teenagers some questions, and then compared their answers to my opinions. Around here, we call that science. (What do yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Taylor Swift Will Incite a Willy Wonka Scavenger Hunt in Phoenix This Weekend

    When people and brands re-create the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket promotion, they don't always seem aware that Willy Wonka is kind of a sociopath. Regardless: Taylor Swift is re-creating the Golden Ticket promotion, and it's coming to Phoenix. If you can connect a series of clues on Diet Coke's Twitter ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013
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    April 22, 2013

    The Real Coachella - Trunk Space - 4/20/2013

    Ryan Avery, wearing a safari hat, ran around with a megaphone. JRC turned on a record player and asked the crowd to arrange themselves from shortest to tallest. Then he grabbed random people, spun them around three times, put a cardboard box over their heads, and had them hit a Strawberry Shortcake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Are Taylor Swift Greeting Cards Better Than Normal Greeting Cards? We Investigate.

    She's a multi-million-album-selling crop (country-pop) artist, a perfumer and a maneater. Head on over to your local Albertsons, and take a gander at the greeting cards section, and you'll discover Taylor Swift is also super-adept at slapping pictures of cute puppies onto cardstock and writing gems ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013
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    February 11, 2013

    Grammy Awards 2013: Katy Clowns Bon Iver, Miguel Shows How It's Done, and Taylor Swift Dissed Her Ex

    The Grammys are a huge night for music fans. While we tend to shake our head and wonder how some of these artists won (ie. "Album of the Year"), it's entertaining to watch the live performances and keep fingers crossed for our favorite artists. fun. won big last night, sweeping up the "Song of the Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The Pazz & Jop 2012 Critic's Poll Is Live

    Our sister paper, the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop music critic's poll is live, and the results are in: Frank Ocean's neo-neo-soul record channel ORANGE is the album of the year, and Carly Rae Jepsen's infectious (and impossible to escape) "Call Me Maybe" is the single of the year. This yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Taylor Swift, Warren G, Rick Ross, and More Just Announced Shows

    Taylor Swift is coming to town on Tuesday, May 28, at Jobing.com Arena. And...never has the thought of the pending apocalypse been so appealing. Sure, Swift has her vocal detractors (like me), but her new album, Red was released in October and quickly sold a whole bunch of copies, which is somethi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Gangnam Style Bests Justin Bieber for Most-Watched YouTube Video Ever. What's the Formula?

    By Dan Moore Psy's Gangnam Style is now the most-viewed YouTube video ever, and as we go to press Monday morning that means it's been watched coming up on 830 million times. That means that the single biggest pop culture event of 2012--the video you're most likely to talk about with your grandma at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Forget the S.S. Coachella; Now There's a Music Festival on a Plane

    Someone has taken concert creativity to a whole new level. I can't decide if they're an idiot or a genius, but their idea is definitely ridiculous; so much so that I'm set on believing it's just not cool. An announcement was made yesterday that the first in-flight music festival will take place ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011
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    September 15, 2011
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    July 1, 2011

    Rolling Stone Chooses New Queen of Pop

    A new queen of pop has been crowned by Rolling Stone, according to Idolator.Rolling Stone put 16 female pop stars head to head in the ultimate statistical showdown to see who would reign as queen. Competitors included Adele, Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Katy ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2010
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    November 23, 2010

    Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    ​It's fitting that rapper/producer/loudmouth Kanye West starts off his song "Runaway" with the following lyric:"And I always find, yeah / Always find / Something wrong / You've been putting up with my shit just way too long."You're right, Kanye, we've been putting up with your fucking nonsense sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our 11/18 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts.Has My Chemical Romance also abandoned the Sound Strike boycott of Arizona?Which song by local band Gospel Claws h ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Taylor Swift to Headline Country Thunder 2011 in Arizona?

    ​Taylor Swift may be headlining the 2011 version of the Country Thunder music festival in Arizona.The event's organizers sent out a press releases today announcing the dates for the annual hootenanny: April 7-10, in Florence where the festival has been staged at Canyon Moon Ranch since outgrowing ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    The Fall Frontman Got Feisty at Electric Picnic Festival

    ​The Fall's frontman Mark E. Smith allegedly threw a bottle at Mumford & Sons at a festival in Dublin last month, according to NME.Way to get aggressive, Mark. And for what? It turns out he simply didn't like the way Mumford & Sons played during their sound check. Smith also reportedly cal ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Weezer and Jackass Crew Party Hard to Make "Memories"

    ​Weezer, a favorite band among nerdy Americans, has teamed up with the crew of the show Jackass to produce a fun-filled music video for their new single "Memories."I don't know about you, but I definitely want to party with these guys. It's not every day that I get to ride a jet ski through a row ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Kanye Finally Apologizes with New Song for Taylor Swift

    ​It took Kanye West long enough to give Taylor Swift the musical apology many say he's owed her for a long time. In fact, it took him almost a year. But finally, the apology has arrived in the form of a song called "Devil in a New Dress." Surprisingly, he actually sounds remorseful. Good to know ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Pop Music Video Round-Up

    I just spent all morning catching up on the latest music videos by watching VH1 (since MTV doesn't show music videos unless its viewers are sound asleep.) Here are my impressions of some of the stuff I saw:Adam Lambert- "What Do you Want from Me"- Wow, I was a Kris Allen fan last season, but Adam La ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    2010 Grammy Nominees Announced- Young'ns Dominate

    Taylor Swift may have to keep Kanye off-stage again if she wins at the Grammy's​After getting chummy at the 2009 Video Music Awards, Beyonc é and Taylor Swift will go head-to-head once again at the 2010 Grammy Awards, when they compete in several categories, including Album of the Year. Swift, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    November 12 In Blogs: Lou Dobbs, Kanye West, Draft Magazine, and Mike Tyson

    ​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: Feathered Bastard: Lou Dobbs Delivers His Head to Hispanics, But That's Not Necessarily a Good Thing Up on the ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009

    The Killers Vs. Kanye

    The Killers are fun but vapid, like their hometown

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    September 24, 2009
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    September 15, 2009

    Katharine McPhee's New Hair, Kanye Interupts Obama, Details on New Vampire Weekend

    Electric Mustache: Electric Mustache Is Blog of the Week!Idolator: Katharine McPhee: Over Her Brown Hair, Not Over Classic Adult-Contemporary StylingsIdolator: Kanye West: Back To Reality?NME: The Strokes' Julian Casablancas reveals release date for debut solo albumPitchfork: Vampire Weekend Announc ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Kanye West and the Art of Award Show Interruptions

    Watch out, Taylor Swift, you're next -- especially if that already opened bottle of Hennessy is any indication.​ In a move that is shocked no one, Kanye West once again bum-rushed the stage to interrupt an acceptance speech. At last night's MTV Music Video Awards, the Late Graduator himself took t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Lil Wayne's Lawyers Making Moves in Arizona Courts, Deftones Wiping Bassist Off Record, Casey Kasem Goes For Good

    Rolling Stone: Lil Wayne's Lawyer Questions Role of Drug-Sniffing Dog in Bust NME: Deftones re-record new album without bassist Pitchfork: Jay Bennett's Death: Overdose Idolator: Casey Kasem To Reach For The Stars For The Last Time Next Week Electric Mustache: Video: Know Your Enemy NME: Florence An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    No Doubt, Fun., Pool Parties and Taylor Swift Over the (Memorial Day) Weekend

    Girl Power: Females Flock to Cricket Wireless Pavilion for No Doubt and Paramore Right now my ears are ringing something fierce after enduring a non-stop auditory assault of thousands of tweens and teenyboppers girls screaming in absolute elation during No Doubt and Paramore's show at Cricket Wirel ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    May 26 In Blogs: No Doubt, El Chorro Lodge, Liquid Meth and More

    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: Up on the Sun: No Doubt, Fun., Pool Parties and Taylor Swift Over the (Memorial Day) Weekend You Asked For It: Car ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    Taylor Swift Sweet as Sugar at Glendale Show

    By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Country star Taylor Swift has to be the coolest 19-year-old who admittedly didn't have any friends in junior high. Now, she has famous friends like Garth Brooks and Miley Cyrus define the word "fearless" -- also the title of her latest album -- in a pre-show video. She ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    May 21, 2009
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    March 2, 2009

    Just Announced: Taylor Swift, Foreigner, Pokafase

    Why isn't Taylor Swift bigger than she is? Being the best selling artist of last year and having her own line of clothing at Wal-Mart, you might expect Taylor swift to be a little more exposed than she is. With a Rolling Stone cover this month and a Saturday Night Live appearance in January she's ge ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    This Week's Number-One Album Sells Only 62,000 Copies

    Less than a decade ago, an album would have to sell well over 100,000 copies in a single week to become the number-one album in the country. Single-week sales of over a million units were not uncommon for major acts. Now, with the collapse of the CD market, DigitalmusicNews.com is reporting the num ... More >>

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    January 11, 2009

    Fleet Foxes To Grace SNL's Music Stage

    As reported on this past Friday, Fleet Foxes have been named the musical guest for this Saturday's episode of Saturday Night Live with host Rosario Dawson. Lorne Michaels booked the band to perform a week after sugary-sweet teen pop-star Taylor Swift graced the stage, ushering in the second time Fle ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    By Randall Roberts You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barrier ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Naughty and Nice

    What do musicians want in their stockings?

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    February 1, 2007

    Swift Success

    From farmer's daughter to hitmaker

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