The Aquabats

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    September 15, 2014

    5 Most Outrageously Costumed Punk Bands

    In the four-plus decades of punk's angsty rule, it has become easy to get lost in a sea of band T-shirts, jeans, and flannel, not to mention the safety pins and hair glue maintained as the uniform of choice for so many #trupunx and fans of the Casualties. So, when a band arrives to totally subvert t ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Warped Tour Gets Older, But Its Fans Stay the Same Age

    The Vans Warped Tour--at Quail Run Park in Mesa Thursday--is 18 years old, which is just old enough for it to have second thoughts about going to Warped Tour. That's the trouble with long-running festivals: Either the music stays the same and the people in attendance get older, or the music changes ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013
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    June 24, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    I know a lot of people who are kind of frustrated that the Vans Warped Tour has passed them by -- that they're targeting new teenagers instead of targeting the people who were teenagers when Warped Tour began. To those people, I ask: How many fellow 30-year-olds do you know who want to stand outside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    With Green Line Operator, Everything Comes in Threes

    Green Line Operator knows how to leave an impression in a crowded scene and with a very distractable music editor: Easily digested, arbitrary show ideas. The THR33 Show is, as its flier helpfully points out, three bands with three-word names playing three sets of three songs for $3 at, and this one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    10 Star Wars Songs To Ease Your Rage Now That Disney's Killed LucasArts

    Ever since Disney's acquisition of LucasFilms was announced, the prognosis by fans has been mixed. Three new Star Wars movies is good news, right? Sure, but what about yesterday's news that Disney has shut down LucasArts? Yeah, the future of the saga a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away is up ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013
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    March 8, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend

    We're just a little bit biased about the best way to spend your weekend here in Phoenix. New Times' Carnaval Electrico with Cold War Kids, Mergence, Hanni El Khatib, and more, is clearly awesome, but get this: There's other cool things going on around town. No joke. Rampage Fest at the Sail Inn is k ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013
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    March 6, 2013

    Yo Gabba Gabba! Is Proof That Kids Like Awesome Music

    Can you imagine how you would have turned out if The Flaming Lips -- the same Christmas on Mars/crazy/insane Flaming Lips you're thinking of -- had appeared on Sesame Street? It's a question we'll soon be able to answer. The Lips have appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba!, arguably the hippest children's sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Stop Hating on the 2013 Coachella Lineup

    Each year, like many of you, I impatiently wait for the Coachella lineup to be announced. Sometimes it's disappointing (if Daft Punk says they're not touring, chances are they're not playing the festival), but there's always going be a few redeeming artists. At best the lineup will be amazing, and i ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Our 10 Favorite Martian Songs in Honor of Curiosity

    Ever since Curiosity survived the seven minutes of terror and landed on Mars last Sunday, we continue to be fascinated by the rover's pictures. Last week the device, which looks like it could be Wall-E's cousin, took a cool black and white panoramic shot of the red planet. The environment kind of lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Incoming: John Mayer, The Aquabats, Thrice

    ​Blues pop lover boy John Mayer is heading west.He has recently opted for a more mature look, and over the years his attitude has matured too, and it would seem that he's also moved on from saying things like, "My dick is sort of like a white supremacist" and that his relationship with Jessica Sim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    10 Band Merch Items to Turn Into Halloween Costumes

    No one can pull off dressing as Snooki's hair other than Ellen DeGeneres. No one.​It's that time of year again. Halloween is nearly here, and you're lacking the creativity to come up with an epic costume.We're here to help.When all else fails (or if you're just really enthusiastic about music), dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2011

    Coachella 2011 Friday Recap

    The Main Stage at Dusk​The 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival got underway yesterday with the bad taste from 2010's fiasco still in the mouths of many -- myself included. It didn't help that Paul Tollett -- head of the festival's producer Goldenvoice -- recently admitted that he belie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    Black Fag at The Rogue Bar Last Night

    Benjamin LeathermanBlack Fag The Rogue Bar Saturday, February 26 Henry Rollins, circa 1982, is an absolute archetype of manliness. Covered with tattoos and boiling over with testosterone, Hank the Tank thrashed his way through live gigs and dispensed plenty of punches as the frenetic frontman for B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    The MC Bat Commander of The Aquabats Talks Alien Conspiracies, Homestar Runner, and Biz Markie

    The Aquabats​ It's been almost six years since the costume wearing pop-punk veterans The Aquabats put out a new album. That's a pretty big gap, but you can probably attribute a big portion of that to the fact that Aquabat's lead singer The MC Bat Commander is also Christian Jacobs, co-creator of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Duran Duran, The Strokes Tapped For Coachella; Official Lineup Coming Soon UPDATE

    ​Coachella's official lineup should be announced very, very soon -- lest anyone forget that this week is usually when the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival makes it big announcement.In lieu of the entire festival lineup, a few acts have already been confirmed for the festival's 2011 editi ... More >>

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    January 1, 2011

    Rx Bandits at Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party Last Night

    Benjamin LeathermanThe Rx Bandits perform at Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party last night.​Rx Bandits Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party December 31, 2011 When Matt Embree, Steve Choi, and the other members of SoCal ska-punk reggae-rock band Rx Bandits signed up to headline Scottsdale's Ulti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    The Word Alive Sign to Fearless

    All of the emo/scene blogs have been ablaze with last week's news that Phoenix hardcore act The Word Alive have signed to Fearless Records, the California based indie label that has released such divers bands as At the Drive-In, the Aquabats, Sugar Cult and most recently Phoenix phenomenon The Maine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Aquabats, Bloc Party, Vinyl Art and More

    Whew! Boy did we cover a lot of ground this weekend. Clubs Editor Benjamin Leatherman was out being a one man wrecking ball for this weekend's "Night Out" slide show while Music Editor Martin Cizmar hit up Bloc Party last night. I kept myself busy reviewing the Aquabats show while photographer Deann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2008

    The Aquabats at Marquee Theater on Dec. 13

    See more shots in our Aquabats slide show.Ask what sets The Aquabats apart from other former ska outfits turned synth-punk and the answer is simple: enemies. After all, what would a crime-fighting band of costumed crusaders be without a few villains to lob their collective super powers at? Saturday ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Concert Calendar For This Weekend: Bloc Party, Brendan James, The Andre Nickatina Experience, The Aquabats,

    Limbeck is scheduled to perform tonight at the Chyro Arts Venue in Scottsdale. If I was an arrogant, self-centered kind of music journalist, I'd probably spend the next 400 or so words detailing all the cool-ass concerts I was planning to check out this weekend, dishing out details in between cleve ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008
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    June 19, 2008
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    December 4, 2007
  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Hi, My Name Is Ryan

    The clown prince of Phoenix's downtown art scene is sacrificing madcap antics for a Mormon mission

  • Music

    June 9, 2005

    The Epoxies, and The Aquabats

    Everything New Wave is old again

  • Music

    April 6, 2000

    Return of the Rev

    Born again with a new label and album, the Reverend Horton Heat continues to preach his holy trinity of booze, broads and cars

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    October 28, 1999

    Rock 'n' Roll for Dummies

    Recently exhumed ancient handbook reveals the secrets to playing music and staying happy

  • Music

    October 30, 1997

    Unsung Guitar Hero

    Glen Buxton played a crucial role in rock history, but how many people know about it?

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    August 21, 1997
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    July 4, 1996