Father's Day is just around the corner (June 15 for you slackers), and whether you've had the pleasure of yielding your own spawn or owe it to your old man for teaching you life hacks, there's a new reason to love fatherhood -- it revived Failure.
It happened. Whatever else you can say about this year's inaugural True Music Festival in Scottsdale, the ambitious one-day festival went off mostly hitch-free, bringing The Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalifa, and Bassnectar, among others, to town for a very appreciative audience. This is that audience--sw ... More >>
When opportunity knocks, local rock and rollers The Black Moods are usually the first ones to answer. On Saturday, December 14, at the True Music Festival, the Black Moods will be part of a group of artists ranging from the psychedelic sound of the Flaming Lips all the way to Wiz Khalifa. TMF found ... More >>
Security and Cops Gettin' Wild: Look, I get it. Every drunken dickhead in town "knows someone" or thinks he has pull at the door, but that doesn't mean the hammer goes down on everyone. I was stopped by two cops who didn't want me to walk 50 yards from where the Smashing Pumpkins would be playing an ... More >>
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 >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wro ... More >>
The Roosevelt Row district sees some of its heaviest foot traffic during the First Friday artwalk. When the weather is nice, it can be next to impossible to get into some of the more packed galleries. Things slow down a little bit around 10 o'clock as galleries and exhibitors begin closing their ... More >>
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 >>
First came Cheap Trick's disastrous performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest. Thankfully nobody was badly hurt in that disaster. Next came the Flaming Lips' lighting rig in Oklahoma. The band wound up with $800,000 worth of damaged equipment. Last weekend it happened with Sugarland at the Indiana Stat ... More >>
Song: The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian, "Is David Bowie Dying?"Context: The Flaming Lips are reportedly planning a Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots musical. It could be cool, but it could also suck. This song is to remind everyone that not everything the group does is both weird and awesome... th ... 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:
All hail A Thousands Suns, the finest dystopian fusion a major label can buy
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. How did Kimber Lanning of Stinkweeks talk an association of record store geeks out of boycotting Arizona because ... More >>
Edward SharpePerhaps you've noticed that the ever-schizophrenic McDowell Mountain Music Festival alternates between hardcore jammy shit and cool kinda-indie shit. Flaming Lips and Matisyahu one year, Steve Kimock and Crazy Engine and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals the next.The 2011 lineup ... More >>
Feather headdresses were the hot accessory of 2010 music festivals.While music festival season is pretty much wrapped up for the year up, there's still plenty to get excited about since next year's festivals are being planned.Announcements have been rolling out one after another this past week. B ... More >>
R&B singer Toni Braxton has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy again, according to TMZ. She owes between $10 million and $50 million.The companies to which she is indebted include Tiffany & Co., AT&T, The Four Seasons Hotels, and Neiman Marcus. Maybe diamonds aren't a girl's best friend a ... More >>
Revolver Records does a phenomenal job of keeping us connected. Not just with good music, not just with new albums, or with incredibly cool, undiscovered artists; they give us everything. Even vinyl. For those of us who prefer the old fashioned turntable, we can get both the new and the us ... More >>
Electric Mustache: Electric Mustaches ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!!!Idolator: Sean Kingston Tweets Song About Tweeting As The Internet ExplodesNME: Lily Allen confirms break from musicNME: Flaming Lips to cover Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of the Moon' at New Year's Eve gigPitchfork: Radiohead's Marching Band ... More >>
NME: Smashing Pumpkins confirm new drummerElectric Mustache: mp3: Headlights "Get Going"Idolator: Tommy Lee Plays With Fire, Gets BurnedIdolator: R. Kelly And Keri Hilson Make Love On The RadioPitchfork: Weezer Reveal Ridiculous Album TitleRolling Stone: Flaming Lips Road Test Dark New Tunes From "E ... More >>
Rolling Stone: Eddie Van Halen Sues Nike Over Guitar's Signature Color Scheme Idolator: Courtney Love Prepares To Crown Herself Miss World One More Time NME: Kings Of Leon launch their own record label Rolling Stone: Flaming Lips' Double Album "Embryonic" Due in the Fall Waved Rumor: Sell music ANYW ... More >>
This weekend marks a big occasion for fans of outdoor music festivals and jam-ish bands: the McDowell Mountain Music Festival. The lineup boasts The Flaming Lips, Matisyahu and Michael Franti -- a pretty solid lineup for such a festival (and I didn't even include Hot Tuna). Those artists all lend re ... More >>
McDowell Mountain Music Festival has added a few local acts, who will play on the Creamy Radio Acoustic Stage. According to Creamy, a Tempe-based Internet radio service, local indie acts Black Carl and What Laura Says will play, along with Tucson's funky The Tryst, Phoenix guitarist Michael Garfield ... More >>
I got an e-mail from our main man Murph over at So Much Silence today expressing some concern The Flaming Lips were not going to be at McDowell Mountain Music Festival after all, despite what I reported Sunday. Don't worry folks, while Murph is right that they aren't listed on the lineup right now p ... More >>
Valley vet world-premières new film at PAM
By Benjamin Leatherman Music editor Martin Cizmar totally digs the Flaming Lips funky new CD/DVD Christmas on Mars, and apparently so do the customers at Zia Record Exchange (105 West University Drive in Tempe). Here's the rest of the top 10 best sellers for the week of Nov. 10-Nov. 16.
Local rockers form "a lovable cult"
Local rockers form "a lovable cult"
I always enjoy the little missives I'm sent from Stefan of weirdo duo Peachcake, but this one was so exceptional I had to share it with everybody, 'cause it's a damn thoughtful and interesting idea. Check it... 2007 has gotten off to a relatively slow start. We've been home now since the beginning ... More >>
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