Bobby Bare Jr.'s new album Undefeated is a mixed bag stylistically, jumping from power pop to R&B, punk rock to cosmic Krautrock, but at its core the 47-year-old songwriter says it's "all country." Born to Country Hall of Famer Bobby Bare and singer Jeanie Bare, his Western roots make perfect sense: ... More >>
Feeling warm? Don't let it get to you...seriously. Look, we know you're miserable now that the heat's really kicking in, but just crank up the A/C, grab a ice-cold beverage, and think happy thoughts. You can't stay inside all the time, especially there is many an excellent show to see during the mon ... More >>
It's 2014 and high time you got some new music into your playlist -- seriously. It'll help that Phoenix's music scene has plenty of fresh jams and brand-new tunes to offer, as there's an overflow of gifted and prolific musicians cranking out sounds. Since many local acts will make waves, turn heads ... More >>
You know him as Johnny D., as in Mostly Vinyl with Johnny D., the radio program on KWSS that celebrates rare and obscure soul and funk. But John Dixon is also an obsessive collector of recorded music -- mostly on vinyl -- as well as a record producer, a former A&R man, and a musician. Besides infusi ... More >>
The Thermals Crescent Ballroom Wednesday, June 12, 2013 If you like The Ramones, you probably would have loved last night's show. I know that's a lofty comparison, but Portland DIY pop punk trio The Thermals performed relatively simple but uber-catchy songs that kept the crowd moving throughout it ... More >>
It's been almost a year since local rock group The Tremulants played their last show following the death of frontman Marco Holt who succumbed to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His passing left the music community grieving and family and friends reeling. Tremulants bassist Isaac Hensleigh stepped away from m ... More >>
When Garland Jeffreys broke onto the New York music scene in the early 1970s, the same scene that spawned Patti Smith, Television, The Ramones and (via New Jersey) Bruce Springsteen, his songs were a little too close to the pressing realities of the times. Music was supposed to be an escape, not so ... More >>
Titus Andronicus and Ceremony @ Crescent Ballroom, 11/6/12"Good night, good luck, and four more years!" said Patrick Stickles as he high-fived fans from the stage as Titus Andronicus wrapped up a solid set that ran almost two hours. The night wasn't as political as it could have been, both bands o ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.
See also: Chasers Sold to New Owners and Becomes Pub Rock, A Music Venue With an In-House Radio Broadcasting Studio Jesse Malin has done it all, or most of it at least. In his barely-teens he was fronting Jersey-based hardcore ensemble Heart Attack, then spent the '90s in glam-punk wreckers D-Gen ... More >>
Piñata Protest @ Rhythm Room | 8/14/12 See also: Los Tigres del Norte, Wild Horse Pass Casino, 8/3/12 Much like in the United States, Mexican music is very regional. Our border brothers in the Northern Mexican states for example, have a predisposition for accordion-filled norteños, while rura ... More >>
See also: Paul Collins and Peter Case on the First Time They Heard the Ramones and The State of Power Pop Peter Case and Paul Collins Rhythm Room Tuesday, March 13 "I'm playing on the streets everyday...I lose my voice, get sunburned, my fingers bleed, and I never make much more than a few doll ... More >>
Pictureplane - Thee PhysicalIt's hard not to imagine yourself smack dab in the middle of 1994 when listening to Thee Physical -- the latest effort from Travis Egedy's Pictureplane project. First, the magic eye album art grabs your attention, only to have said attention skewed towards Egedy's diva ... More >>
Ah, the Scotch Egg. While the origin of this British picnic or pub staple has been contested, it was often served as a portable snack to Coach travelers in the 1700's. Whether cold in a picnic basket or warm in a pub, a Scotch Egg is a hardboiled egg with sausage packed around it, coated with bread ... More >>
Social Distortion Marquee Theatre January 13th, 2011It's a testament to Social Distortion's prominent influence on younger punk rock n' roll bands that two songs in to opening band Dead Relatives' set, I thought they were Social Distortion. It's either a testament to that or how crappy ... More >>
Artist: Girl Talk Title: All Day Release date: November 15 Label: Illegal Art Whether sample-happy mash-up act Girl Talk is "good" or "not good" and whether you "like" or "dislike" Girl Talk are completely irrelevant to any discussion regarding Girl Talk. The only things I care about when it ... More >>
Well, Thursday is finally upon us -- however, what could have been an entirely shitty day was made less so by the wonderful foresight of U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton and her injunctions on SB 1070. Gov. Brewer's evil army of mercenaries will have to wait until a decision is made on the ... More >>
Jonathan McNamaraNaoko Yamano of Shonen KnifeHere at Up on the Sun, we're constantly shaking our fists in frustration watching band after band head to Tucson and pass us by. Last night, we rebelled. If Tucson's going to take our bands, we're going to take Tucson! At least that was the sentime ... More >>
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The Walkmen drop out of the New York rock revival
The Mayor of the Sunset Strip presides over pop
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Local promoter stages a wild and woolly music festival
L7 declares an all-out assault on Warped boys and Lilith Fairies with slap-happy
After nearly a decade in major-label purgatory, the Muffs' Kim Shattuck proves it wasn't all for nothing
Trashman sinks his teeth into the unholy union of porn and Vegas
Trashman visits the best little escort service in Phoenix
PICK YOUR NOSE, TAPE UP YOUR GLASSES, GRAB YOUR PLASTIC POCKET PROTECTOR. NERD ROCK IS ALIVE AND WELL.