Do you like music but hate overly large crowds? Is Tempe Beach Park your idea of hell? Do you hate everything you hear on AAA and alternative radio stations? Never fear. There are other things going on this weekend besides Summer Ends Music Festival, and we've got the six best alternatives right her ... More >>
By definition, an "album leaf" is a musical piece written in dedication to a friend or admirer to be inserted in their album or autograph book. Whether it was intentional or not, Jimmy LaVelle of The Album Leaf has inserted his own leaves into his latest project. The Album Leaf started in 1998 when ... More >>
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.
Tycho @ Crescent Ballroom | 9/2/12To set the scene for this show, I should let you know I took some 25i-NBOMe. This research chemical is so new that it doesn't yet carry with it any scary taboos, let alone a nickname that makes it more sellable on the streets. Apparently, the guy I know who knows a ... More >>
The new home of Crescent Ballroom at 308 N. 2nd Avenue in downtown Phoenix. But it's not quite finished yet. After teetering between Valley venues for years, Stateside Presents announced this morning that it finally has a spot to call its own. Downtown's Crescent Ballroom, as we speculated earlie ... More >>
It doesn't look like much yet, but we'll see what future holds. And today on Mystery Venue Theatre, Crescent Ballroom -- a mystical name that almost rivals the mystery surrounding the new downtown Phoenix venue. Formerly home to Bentley's Nightclub, who's former website bentleysnightclubphx. ... More >>
Hooves.This week's music feature is about the local rock 'n' roll band Hooves. They've got a new EP coming out (check out one of our favorite tracks here) and you may be surprised at some of the antics that accompany their "dad rock" sound. We also take an examination of Glee and argue why it, d ... More >>
Adam Nollmeyer/Acme Photography Don't be shocked if you see something like this on the light rail this Sunday."Grab your best underwear! No Pants AZ is coming!" This is the message emblazoned across the homepage of local urban prankster group Improv AZ by its organizer Jeff Moriarty announcing t ... More >>
Across the universe
the Brothers Bell Today I'm talking with brothers Mike and Jared Bell, aka the Lymbyc Systym. The duo's on the verge of releasing its first LP for Mush Records, already home to avant-weirdos and ethereal experimentation from artists like Clouddead, Her Space Holiday, Aesop Rock and more. The LP, wh ... More >>
Jared and Michael Bell are the Lymbyc Systym Jared and Michael Bell, the brothers who make the pretty noises in Lymbyc Systym, are about to drop the band's first album on the influential Mush Records label, home also to avant-beatmakers and MC's like cLOUDDEAD, Aesop Rock, Jel, Odd Nosdam, and Her ... More >>
Into the Blue Again
Why throw an indie festival if no one will come?
Bouncing signals off a wall of sound
They're so talented, why can't they cheer up?
The man behind the man behind the Moog synthesizer
Album Leaf's down-to-earth Jimmy LaValle recorded his latest ambient work in Sigur Ròs' frosty Iceland and lived to tell about it
One Day I'll Be on Time (Tiger Style)
Genetic research and rock 'n' roll cross paths in the music of Austin's American Analog Set
After seven years, Reubens Accomplice finally delivers on all its promise with I Blame the Scenery