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    October 27, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    We hope you don't have a music hangover from last weekend. The weather was gorgeous, and the music festivals were so plentiful we expect you made like us and saw music every opportunity you had, which was many. So it'd be understandable if you didn't want to hear any music for a week or two. But if ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Ray LaMontagne's Supernova a Product of Friends and Passion

    The ever-whispering and quiet Ray LaMontagne stepped away from his private life to share some insight with Up On the Sun about his new album. How quiet is he? He currently is not listening to any music other than his own to focus on the tour and his own sound. "I went into sonic overload, so I'm a ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    8 Phoenix Bands Who Deserve To Be Famous Right Now

    Sometimes it seems like wishing for a band to be famous is just the most polite way imaginable of wishing for all of its members to lead miserable, unloved, unfulfilling lives. Rest assured that when our writers got together to talk about Phoenix bands who deserve to be famous none of us meant it th ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    West Water Outlaws Keep Vintage Rock 'N' Roll Alive and Well

    With a goal of playing 150 shows all over the country in 2013, Boulder-based rock 'n' roll band West Water Outlaws have come a long way from 2010, playing shows in singer Blake "Whiskey" Rooker's basement. The band's urgent message to keep vintage rock alive was heard loud and clear over the DJ- and ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    It's not often that band names are as straightforward as "Masked Intruder." They wear masks, they claim to be interested in breaking into your house and stealing your VCR, the end. Something like "Earth Crisis"--you're left wondering what the crisis is, and why they're named after it. Of course, Ly ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Mergence Explains Why They Wrote "White Bark" In The Desert

    The atmospheric, bluesy local rockers in Mergence may already be known for keeping it weird with communes, nomads and robots with the release of their first album, Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead--but with their upcoming EP they are taking it to an entirely new level. It makes sense, since th ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Coachella's "Bloom" Video: WTF Does it Mean?

    Yesterday afternoon, the home page of the Coachella website changed to a video called "Bloom," which shows plants and art exhibits sprouting from the ground. Some look pretty creepy--did those worm/slug things 30 seconds into the video really just form a structure? At least the rest are fairly cute ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Who Decides What Rock is "Classic Rock?"

    Not everyone has the luxury of having an auxiliary jack in their car stereo. With the amount of leaks, holes, and weird noises coming from my engine, I'm lucky my beat up truck still runs period. I can't be asking for a decent stereo. So my commuting music consists entirely of FM radio, which is sti ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Seven Collaborations Mick Jagger, Arcade Fire, and Foo Fighters Could Take a Hint From

    Saturday Night Live is ending its 37th season with a bang. Last week, classic alum Will Ferrell hosted the show, reprising his parody of George W. Bush, and the 100th SNL Digital Short was aired. Things look to get even bang-ier with this Saturday's season finale, featuring Mick Jagger taking the ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Squeeze's Chris Difford on England, John Cale, and the Paul McCartney-Produced Record That Never Came to Be

    Coachella is a weird beast: In addition to hotly tipped acts like Avicci and Justice, big name standard bearers like Radiohead and The Black Keys, and holy-hell-they're-reuniting bands like Refused and At the Drive In, there's always a few bands that have just kept soldiering on, whose break-ups and ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Brad Steinke, What Are You Listening To?

    Brad Steinke​Steinke is a host and reporter for FOX Sports Arizona. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Sirius XMU. It features great new indie artists -- I've heard Lykke Li, Neon Indian, Chapel Club and Lana Del Rey on this station. W ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Mike Kennedy, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Mike KennedyKennedy is a comedian and producer at the Speakeasy Comedy Lounge. He co-headlines the Tempe Improv Thursday, April 19. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I would've said X 103.9-FM a month ago, but now it's sports radio 91 ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Radio Moscow: Escaping to the Woods With Parker Griggs

    Say what you will about the changing commercial landscape of the music industry, but record labels still matter. Anyone can upload some tunes to BandCamp, but the stamp of approval from a great record label can still inspire confidence in the heart of a record browser. Labels still serve as expert c ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    What's Selling: Renfield Record Exchange Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week

    Jerome may be America's highest and largest ghost town, but that doesn't mean you can't dip into one of the many storefronts to thumb through some vinyl. Renfield Record Exchange specializes in rare vinyl records and out-of-print CDs, but you can also replace your El Camino album if it somehow gets ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    How Cover Nights Can Create Local Music Fans

    ​Some people get stuck in ruts. My dad, for example, has been listening to the same 300 songs for the past four decades (let us take a moment to remind you of Nothing Not New, where our own Jay Bennett gave up all his favorites and listened to nothing but new releases for a whole year). But back t ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Top 10 Albums of 2011: Lenni Rosenblum

    Hell no, this did not make my list.​I was fairly unimpressed by this year's new releases, which says a lot considering I'm not all that hard to impress, musically speaking. Although a lot of great albums came out, I don't think that 2011 was a very special year as far as new releases go, and frank ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Ewan Currie of the Sheepdogs on Rolling Stone, Their Next Album, and Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Emma McIntyre​Earlier this year The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to land on the cover of Rolling Stone after they won the magazine's Choose the Cover contest. Although they toured extensively before they entered the contest, their world was turned somewhat upside down when they finally ... More >>

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    August 25, 2011
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    August 1, 2011

    Happy Birthday, MTV: 30 Videos to Celebrate 30 Years

    I want my MTV back​Music Television turns 30 today, but the network doesn't look a day over 16 and Pregnant. Well before MTV started exploiting the incredibly difficult lives of irresponsible teens expecting a first child and balancing high school algebra, the Viacom-network played music vid ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    July 6, 2011

    Best Cover Songs in Other Languages

    Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track tribute album, was released on June 28, 2011.​Last week, Fantasy Records and Hear Music released Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track tribute album dedicated to the bespectacled rock and roll icon. Artists like Paul McCartney and Lou Reed cover Holly classics o ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Aaron May, What Are You Listening To?

    Aaron May​Aaron MayThe chef owns Over Easy (additional location here), The Lodge, Mabel's on Main, Iruna and Vitamin T, as well as May's Counter in Tucson. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? The Grateful Dead channel on Sirius. The cla ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Coachella 2011 Official Lineup Announced

    ​In perfect Girl Talk fashion, the good people of Goldenvoice set up a surprise late night release of Coachella's overwhelmingly impressive lineup.Many of Michael Lopez's lineup predictions were spot on. The Strokes made the cut, as did Duran Duran, although on a different day than what Billboard ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    December 30, 2010
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    December 29, 2010

    Best of 2010 Lists from Other Phoenix Music Writers

    ​This week's issue of New Times has Best of 2010 lists from a slew of contributors to our music section as well as Nothing Not New columnist Jay Bennett and a few other staffers. We compiled 13 writers' lists of the top 25 albums of the year into our own little Pazz & Jop-style top 25 list wh ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Dec. 17 In Blogs: Discovery Channel, The Black Keys, Kimber Lanning, and Phoenix P.D. Investigates a Dead Baby

    ​​​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:

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    December 6, 2010

    The Parting Gifts: Strychnine Dandelions

    ​Artist: The Parting Gifts Title: Strychnine Dandelions Release date: November 9 Label: In the Red Last week, I didn't have many good things to say about the new record from Kanye West. This morning, a white co-worker walked into my office and said, "I read what you said about Kanye West. Whe ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Jessica Lea Mayfield - Our Hearts Are Wrong

    ​Song: Jessica Lea Mayfield, "Our Hearts Are Wrong" Context: Jessica Lea Mayfield's now album is due in February, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and out on Nonesuch. This first single is pretty damn good. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Our Hearts Are Wrong

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    October 27, 2010

    The 88: The 88

    ​Artist: The 88Title: The 88 Release date: September 28 Label: Rocket ScienceWhat do you do if you're a band like The 88? You're top-flight songwriters and musicians, you get your songs placed in all kinds of big-name TV shows and high-profile TV commercials, you tour the country opening ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Warpaint: The Fool

    ​Artist: Warpaint Title: The Fool Release date: October 25 Label: Rough Trade The musical path taken by L.A. foursome Warpaint is well trodden -- but this kind of ultra-moody, sort of experimental, Joy Division-indebted music is usually plied by men. But Warpaint is a quartet of women, and in ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    What's Selling: Hoodlums Music and Movies

    ​Record store junkies at Hoodlums Music and Movies have a taste for alternative and blues funk sounds. This week, new records from folk men Ryan Bingham and Ray LaMontagne's were highly sought after. Local boys What Laura Says were quite popular as well. 1. Ryan Bingham, Junky Star See the entir ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    'American Idol' Live! at US Airways Center Last Night

    Luke HolwerdaAmerican Idol Live​American Idol Live! August 12, 2010US Airways CenterFor Valley residents who always wanted to make it out to the American Idol studios but never did, last night at US Airways Center was their opportunity to see the top 10 contestants from 2010's season perform on th ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    What's Selling: Zia Records Chandler

    Eminem, Recovery​This week we decided to report on a record store in the deep south. While typically our charts go to the indie shops rooted in CenPho and Tempe, we thought it important to note that people in Chandler buy records too. This week the folks that shop at Zia Records in Chandler are s ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Authority Zero: Stories of Survival

    ​Artist: Authority ZeroTitle: Stories of SurvivalRelease date: June 22Label: Suburban NoizeI have a friend who's a native Phoenician and longtime fixture in the Valley punk scene, both as fan and musician. He loves West Coast punk, thinks Southern California spawned the best of the best punk, espe ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Half of 2010

    Dum Dum Girls​Today marks the halfway point of Nothing Not New. That means I've listen to nearly 140 records in their entirety in the first six months of 2010. Just another 140 or so to go before I can retreat to the familiarity of my record collection.To recognize the occasion, the Up on the Sun ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Foals: Total Life Forever

    ​Artist: FoalsTitle: Total Life ForeverRelease date: June 22Label: Sub PopThough I disagree with a commenter on one of my posts this week (Shawn from excellent local music blog Electric Mustache) about the merits of electro-punk Sleigh Bells, I agree with him that S.B. are a band that you either l ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Delta Spirit, Stereo Total, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Cringe, The Dig, and more

    ​Let's clear off the desk, shall we?Stereo Total: Baby Ouh! -- This band on the Kill Rock Stars label is a multi-lingual new-New Wave boy-girl band with songs sung in English, German, and French. It's quirky with a capital "Q" and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is. Still, most songs are un ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010
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    February 9, 2010

    Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Announced: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Weezer, Stevie Wonder and More

    ​Tennessee's Bonnaroo music festival has announced a full line-up for this June. No real surprises here: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, and the Flaming Lips are the top of the pile.The Dead Weather, Phoenix, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    November 26, 2009
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    February 18, 2009

    Jessica Lea Mayfield Impresses, Annuals Disappoint, at Rhythm Room

    We don't normally run two pieces previewing acts from a single concert in our print edition, but last week I made an exception for Jessica Lea Mayfield and Annuals at Rhythm Room. After tonight's show I'm definitely glad I did.As the headliner, Annuals, a six-piece indie act from North Carolina, sho ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    The Best Album of 2008? Sorry 'Science,' I Go With Girl Talk

    Can an album comprised solely of samples really be an artistic achievement? Honestly, I'm a little bit torn about naming Girl Talk's Feed The Animals the best album of the year. After all, it is a record made up entirely of mashups, so, strictly speaking, there's not a note of new music in this ba ... More >>

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    March 30, 2008
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    November 15, 2007
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    July 13, 2006

    Wonder Twins

    A scientific study of the two-piece indie-rock boom

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