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    March 20, 2012

    Cults at Rhythm Room, 3/19/12 (VIDEO)

    Cults Rhythm Room Monday, March 19, 2012 Better Than: Sweating buckets or inhaling copious amounts of secondhand smoke at previous Cults shows. Being "Internet famous" can come as a mixed blessing, but Cults has now played three sold out Arizona shows thanks to hype from the blogosphere. The b ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    March 8, 2012

    Miniature Tigers' Charlie Brand: "We Wanted To Have This Warm, Beautiful Feeling To The Album"

    If Miniature Tigers was ever to have an official "day" in Phoenix, it would be today. The band is playing two shows, one at Crescent Ballroom as part of the Modern Art Records Tour celebrating the release of Mia Pharaoh, and a free in-store performance at Stinkweeds at 5 p.m. There's also a rather l ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Cults' Madeline Follin on Dee Dee Ramone, Sneaking Into Coachella, and Inspiration for "Abducted"

    Martin Sanmiguel​ Cults became a buzz band without even trying. Last year, the '60s pop-influenced group posted a couple songs on Bandcamp for friends to hear, not expecting bloggers to find and praise the demos. Content that the music spoke for itself, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion deci ... 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 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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    December 31, 2010

    15 Good Songs You Might've Missed in 2010

    Peter Storch​I listened to more than 3,000 songs in 2010, so I was asked to come up with a list of the best of the year. But you've probably heard "Swim" by Surfer Blood and "Boyfriend" by Best Coast and "Helicopter" by Deerhunter and "Hustle and Cuss" by the Dead Weather, so I came up with a ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 10, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Helmet, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Charlatans, Small Black, and more

    ​It's amazing how much music is released in a year. I've listened to nearly 270 records in their entirety this year, yet I still have a huge stack of unlistened CDs on my desk, several unlistened digital downloads in my iTunes, and a lengthy list of high-profile stuff I never got a chance to h ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    OFF!: First Four EPs

    ​Artist: OFF! Title: First Four EPs Release date: November 23 Label: Vice Records In 2010, few things seem more ridiculous than a punk supergroup anchored by two guys who made their most indelible marks on American punk rock nearly 30 years ago. But, damn, OFF! pulled off an unlikely feat, ma ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Matt & Kim: Sidewalks

    ​Artist: Matt & KimTitle: SidewalksRelease date: November 2Label: FaderI suppose I should mention up front that I didn't like Tears for Fears in 1985 and I still don't 25 years later, even in a nostalgic sense. So it stands to reason that I have little use for Matt & Kim in 2010.It's not t ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Gospel Claws: C-L-A-W-S

    ​Artist: Gospel Claws Title: C-L-A-W-S Release date: October 26 Label: Common Wall Media Gospel Claws are a local band (Tempe, I've been told) that is currently enjoying a little bit of national exposure, residing in a reasonably high position on some relatively obscure indie-rock-tallying ch ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Elvis Costello: National Ransom

    ​Artist: Elvis Costello Title: National Ransom Release date: November 2 Label: Hear Music I really wish it weren't the case, but I'd have to file the new record by Elvis Costello under "For Completists Only" (of which I'm sure there many when it comes to Elvis Costello fans). If you heard hi ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Miniature Tigers Finally Face The Roots in Red Bull-Sponsored Rock Battle

    ​In a case of "why?" and "how did this even come about?," (editors note: to sell energy drinks) once Phoenix-based indie rockers Miniature Tigers will face Philadelphia legends The Roots in a turn-based, Red Bull-sponsored rock battle November 20 in Scottsdale.The whole thing is going down at Amer ... More >>

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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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    October 22, 2010

    Screaming Females: Castle Talk

    ​Artist: Screaming Females Title: Castle Talk Release date: September 14 Label: Don Giovanni Back in the day, I'd hate to miss a good show (I'm still not happy that my parents wouldn't let me drive to Kalamazoo one Monday night to see Scratch Acid and Big Black play, ditto the time I couldn't ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Kings of Leon: Come Around Sundown

    ​Artist: Kings of LeonTitle: Come Around SundownRelease date: October 19Label: RCAI think it's funny that people are getting all bent out of shape over the supposed "selling out" of Kings of Leon, saying their new record sucks worse than that sucky one that sold a bajillion copies a few years ago. ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Grinderman: Grinderman 2

    ​Artist: GrindermanTitle: Grinderman 2Release date: September 14Label: Anti-Most of the indie rock I've heard this year (well over 200 records and counting, with 11 weeks to go in this series) is really pretty toothless. Even the harder-rocking stuff, with its big drums or wall-of-sound guitars or ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Moovayla: First Degree

    ​Artist: MoovalyaTitle: First Degree, a five song EPBasics: Hey now, some goofy pop punk! That's more like it! Billing themselves as a "melodic punk band from Phoenix, AZ," Moovalya plays pretty run-of-the-mill rock music with an edge that was last seen wandering the streets of Anaheim in the year ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #9

    ​Welcome to our latest podcast, in which Martin Cizmar and I play some new music and about it, too. On today's program, we discuss the merits of such bands as Wavves, Arcade Fire, The Budos Band, Jimmy Eat World, and local superstars Snake! Snake! Snakes!Here's the playlist:Jaill -- "The Stroller" ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Incoming: Sergio Mendoza, The Morning Benders, The Like, Bloody Beetroots

    ​Are you someone who seeks out a costumed extravaganza with live music when Halloween rolls around?Perhaps something like a favorite band donning corny costumes just because Halloween is a few days away -- perhaps a venerable Arizona band like Jimmy Eat World wearing Little Bo Peep and wolf costum ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    August 23 In Blogs: John Dougherty, Just Blaze, Wyclef Jean, Burger King, and Andrew Thomas

    ​​​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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    July 29, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Cowboy Junkies, Winnie Cooper, Grieves, Shelby Lynne, and more

    ​Holy crap, only five-plus months left of Nothing Not New. I gotta get to a lot more new(-ish) releases. Let's roll . . .Cowboy Junkies -- Remnin Park: Who knew these dour Canadians were even still around? Remnin Park is a concept album inspired the Timmins' family month-long sojourn to China. Out ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010
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    July 22, 2010
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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 14, 2010

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Mojo

    ​Artist: Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersTitle: MojoRelease date: June 15Label: RepriseHow many of you have acts that you'd never call yourself a fan of, would never buy one of their records, or pay money to see in concert, yet recognize that the acts have been around for so long and written songs ... 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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    May 20, 2010

    Band of Horses: Infinite Arms

    ​Artist: Band of HorsesTitle: Infinite ArmsRelease date: May 18Label: ColumbiaTake a look at the cover art to the right of these words. If you were browsing through the racks at your local record store, this cover is nearly all that you'd need to know about the new of Band of Horses.From the band ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: CocoRosie, Natalie Merchant, Disco Biscuits, The Sadies, Small Black, and more

    ​It's been a pretty big past two weeks for indie rock: Hold Steady, New Pornographers, Flying Lotus, The National, The Dead Weather. That's a lot of heavy-hitters. Meanwhile, some lower-profile stuff has been piling up on my desk, so it's time to give you a rundown of the other stuff I've been lis ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Male Bonding: Nothing Hurts

    ​Artist: Male BondingTitle: Nothing HurtsRelease date: May 11Label: Sub PopRemember all the buzz about Wavves last year? I thought they were just okay. Hopefully, their next record (slated for release this year) will be better. In the meantime, I'll be listening to the new record by Male Bonding, ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma

    ​Artist: Flying LotusTitle: CosmogrammaRelease date: May 3Label: Warp RecordsA while back, a reader posted a comment on one of my Nothing Not New posts asking why I continued to listen to electronic/laptop music even though I don't care for it all that much.Well, first of all, in the spirit of the ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    The New Pornographers: Together

    ​Artist: The New PornographersTitle: TogetherRelease date: May 4Label: MatadorFor me, the equation's always been real simple when it comes to the indie-pop group The New Pornographers: songs with Neko Case taking the vocal reins = yes; songs with the wanna-be British dude singing = maybe. Wel ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    April 15, 2010

    Hope for Sun

    Beach House and Other Indie Bands Are Escaping to the Beach in 2010

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    April 5, 2010

    Growing: Pumps!

    ​Artist: GrowingTitle: Pumps!Release date: April 6Label: ViceNo less an authority than Pitchfork.com, the Bible of indie rock, declared the Brooklyn experimental group Growing to be "cruising music for Brian Eno fans." Better watch what you say, Pitchfork, or you're gonna have a lot of pissed-off ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #2

    ​Hey, we're back with another podcast for your listening pleasure. This time around, music editor Martin Cizmar joined me as we talked into the internal microphone of my office's Mac G5 to create podcast magic.The best thing about tag-teaming the recording of a podcast is finding out things about ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Miniature Tigers and The Morning Benders at Rhythm Room

    Shawn Anderson​It was difficult to tell who the crowd at the Rhythm Room were more interested in seeing last night, the opener or the headliner. Sure, the Berkeley based indie-pop outfit The Morning Benders had the top billing for the show, but this is Phoenix and the opener was Miniature Tigers. ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    March 24 In Blogs: Mary Rose Wilcox, Phoenix, Crab Cakes, and 17 Pounds of Meth

    ​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: Joe Arpaio Indictment Called for by Mary Rose Wilcox in New Video, and Puente's Protest o ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    She & Him: Volume 2

    ​Artist: She & HimTitle: Volume 2Release date: March 23Label: MergeMy editor has claimed this project a triumph for no other reason than I've chosen the new over the old -- sort of. See, I told Martin Cizmar a while back that I wanted to review tonight's Ray Davies concert. I love the Kinks. T ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010
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    March 11, 2010
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