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    March 26, 2013

    14 Animated GIFs of Hippie Shenanigans from McDowell Mountain Music Festival

    They came, they saw, they danced. And twirled, strutted, flipped, and bounced. Attendees of last weekend's McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park found plenty of ways to feel the music during all three days of the event, including those folks of crunchier, groovier, and dread-hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Dr. Dog and Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 3/24/13

    Dr. Dog, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, and More @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margret T. Hance Park|3/24/13The last day of a music festival is always an exercise in mixed feelings. The majority of the crowd is exhausted, sunburned, and dehydrated, but through it all, watching the headlining b ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Heartless Bastards: Songwriter Erika Wennerstorm Aims for "Clint Eastwood-meets-Nancy Sinatra" Sounds

    Timberlake-style audacity aside, it takes some serious stones to open an album with a six-minute-plus slow burning anthem. But that's what Erika Wennerstrom does with "Marathon," the opening track of her band Texas-via-Ohio band Heartless Bastards' 2012 opus, Arrow. See also: -Questlove of The Ro ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Yonder Mountain String Band: Bluegrass for People That Don't Like Bluegrass

    "I don't feel at all that we have made it in the bluegrass world. We exist on the fringe at best," Yonder Mountain String Band bassist Ben Kaufmann lamented back in 2003. "The bluegrass music we are writing is different than the other bluegrass music that is out there. I think it is going to take pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Film

    December 27, 2012
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    November 10, 2012

    Top Five Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    It's Easter: Here Are Five Musicians Whose Careers We Would Resurrect

    Easter Weekend is upon us my friends. Yes, the charming time of year when we hide plastic eggs filled with jelly beans and chocolate underneath rocks and behind trees. When children will spend hours devouring choco-bunnies and woofing down Starbursts while you get sauced on lite beer in folding dec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Sasquatch! Music Festival 2012: Beck Is Back, Jack White to Perform Solo

    Sasquatch! Music Festival​Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights and Tenacious D will be headlining Sasquatch! Music Festival this year.Kudos to the good people of Sasquatch for digging Beck out of the grave. Hopefully this means he's finally got some new material. Beirut, Girl Talk, The R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Songs With Minimal Lyrics and Maximum Catchiness

    ​New Year's may have been a couple days ago, but let's be honest: you probably still have a lingering headache after partying too hard. That's okay, we've got you covered with our Songs To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions, Eight Songs for Your Walk of Shame, and now 10 Simple, Yet C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Record Heat by Brad Dwyer

    ​My favorite moment of Herman Cain's "That's it, I'm out of here" speech was when quoted Donna Summers' "Power of One," a favorite "poem" of us, and coincidentally, the theme from Pokémon 2000. Brad Dwyer features another kids show in this week's installment of Record Heat, the much-loved Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    World Famous Rani "g" Talks Cypress, Lofty Monikers and Straying From the Mainstream

    ​DJ Name: World Famous Rani "g."Real name: Rani GharfehGenres spun: House, global soul, afrobeat, ancestral soul, jazz, hip-hop, rap, R&B, funk, worldbeat, disco, indie dance, UK garage and whatever else feels right at the moment.Current residencies: Mabel's On Main on Friday and Saturday, Ret ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Miniature Tigers

    ​Arizona natives Miniature Tigers have been pretty busy in the last year. They performed with The Roots in the Red Bull Sound Clash, they've been working on their album Mia Pharaoh, they released a new single entitled "Boomerang," and most recently, they have just finished up their fall tour.This ... More >>

  • Film

    August 4, 2011
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    July 8, 2011

    Phoenix Hip-Hop Duo The New F.O.'s Nab Licensing Deal with MTV Networks' Hype Music

    The New F.O.'s EP Real.Life.Feel.Good.​According to its own polished hype, the aptly named Hype Music is "a remarkable talent-incubating, hybrid, music licensing company fueled by some of the world's hottest, emerging, independent artists." But Hype may just live up to its name. The comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Seven Suggested Songs For the Morning Commute

    Kholood EidThe morning commute can be a zen experience with the right playlist.​The morning commute can be a drag. A lack of sleep, caffeine or motivation can take its toll on a person. Luckily, there's music to at least help make the trip to work/school more bearable. Up on the Sun threw togethe ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011
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    February 7, 2011

    What's Behind Post Breakup/Death Music Appreciation?

    The peppermint duo known as the White Stripes will be forever in our hearts.​Why is it that bands -- and people in general -- seem to be appreciated so much more once they're gone?After they're out of reach, suddenly a person somehow becomes even more important than before. You've seen it when som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Girl Talk: All Day

    ​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 >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Tierra del Fuego: Queen of the Rendezvous

    ​Artist: Tierra del Fuego Title: Queen of the Rendezvous Release date: December 11 Label: Scapular Winging Through pure happenstance, I witnessed this local band, Tierra del Fuego, on Saturday night play as they played to a small but appreciative crowd at Trunk Space. It just happened to be t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Mini Mansions: Mini Mansions

    ​Artist: Mini Mansions Title: Mini Mansions Release date: November 2 Label: Ipecac One of the biggest musical curveballs of the year has to be the debut record by the Southern California trio Mini Mansions. I say it's a curveball because I wouldn't have guessed such a Beatles-esque display o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Sun City Girls: Funeral Mariachi

    ​Artist: Sun City Girls Title: Funeral Mariachi Release date: October 26 Label: Abduction Sun City Girls' last-ever record -- they've made dozens since forming in Phoenix way back in the early days of West Coast punk -- comes off as a more somber affair. And some of it is downright -- odd to ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Daft Punk: Tron Legacy (Original Soundtrack)

    ​Artist: Daft Punk Title: Tron Legacy (Original Soundtrack) Release date: December 7 Label: Walt Disney Records I'm a little surprised by the buzz surrounding the release of a soundtrack to a Disney movie. I understand that the kids love the helmeted French house duo Daft Punk and that said ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Sharon Van Etten: Epic

    ​Artist: Sharon Van Etten Title: Epic Release date: September 21 Label: Ba Da Bing! If you're relatively unknown as a musical artist, as is Sharon Van Etten, and you name your record Epic, you'd better be damn sure your record doesn't suck. The good news for Van Etten is that her seven-song r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 30, 2010

    Robyn: Body Talk

    ​Artist: Robyn Title: Body Talk Release date: November 22 Label: Interscope The critics sure do love the Swedish dance-pop star Robyn, who's been releasing Body Talk in chunks throughout 2010 and now has finally dropped the entire album as one 15-song compendium. But there seems to be a commo ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    The Fresh & Onlys: Play It Strange

    Fresh & Onlys, Play It Strange​Artist: The Fresh & OnlysTitle: Play It StrangeRelease date: October 12Label: In the RedAnd just like that, I find myself a little bored by the sound plied and, possibly, perfected by San Francisco's The Fresh & Onlys. It's the sound that has passed for g ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    New Michael Jackson Album: Completely MJ?

    ​Lots of people are eagerly awaiting Michael Jackson's posthumous record Michael, which will be released December 14.So am I.But after listening to a pre-released single, "Breaking News," I have my doubts that the recording was untouched after Michael passed away. It sure doesn't sound like the so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Eminem Recording New Tracks With Dr. Dre

    ​Eminem has confirmed he's recording with Dr. Dre again, according to MTV News.Marshall announced on Satellite Radio that he and Dre are brewing up something good, saying that he might rap over one of Dre's new beats.After one more single gets released from his latest album, Recovery, Eminem plans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    ​Artist: Sufjan Stevens Title: The Age of Adz Release date: October 21 Label: Asthmatic Kitty The new record by indie-music deity Sufjan Stevens is an hour-and-12-minute endurance test, one who's raison d'etre is revealed in the closing seconds of the record's final song, "Impossible Soul." A ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    The Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years

    ​Artist: The Corin Tucker BandTitle: 1,000 YearsRelease date: October 5Label: Kill Rock Stars Who else loves Sleater-Kinney and was disappointed to hear they'd gone on indefinite hiatus after the release of one of their best records, The Woods, in 2006? In my opinion, we're one of the finer bands ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Your Guide to Navigating Blogger-Created Genre Names

    ​ "What the fuck is chillwave?????" Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast tweeted back in April, when MTVU blogger Lindsay Hood described her band as "chillwave," after dismissing genres like "lo-fi," "glo-fi" and "Gorillavsbearcore" in her blurb advancing the video for the band's single "When I'm Wi ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today

    ​Today has finally, finally arrived and it is glorious. This Tuesday marks a mega-ginormous day of stellar new releases, the likes of which the much-ballyhooed month of May never quite reached.Leading the way is L.A. lo-fi indie rockers Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti with their fantastic effort Bef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Death Cab for Cutie Has New Album on the Horizon

    Death Cab for Cutie.​According to Spin and MTV, Death Cab's ultra-busy frontman Ben Gibbard has announced that the band is working on a new record that should be out in the spring of next year. The album will be produced by guitarist Chris Walla, who also produced last year's record by The Thermal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Is Parks and Recreation the Wu-Tang Clan of Comedy?

    Parks and Recreation is a pure ensemble comedy, just as the Wu-Tang Clan is the pinnacle of ensemble hip hop groups​What happens when a brilliant, critically acclaimed ensemble comedy comes along and enters our lives? The Wu-Tang Clan has to spoof the hell out of said comedy, that's what. NBC's Pa ... More >>

  • Music

    May 28, 2009
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    January 14, 2009

    Phoenix's Top 10 Local Hip-Hop MCs

    As our readers have pointed out before, "Top 10" lists are subjective. The list that follows is our take on the ten best hip-hop MCs in the Valley. But since there are dozens and dozens of rappers in the PHX, we're sure to leave somebody's favorite out.

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Groover & Shaker

    New Zealand spin doctor brings broken jazz/nu soul to Scottsdale

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    November 20, 2008

    Six Degrees of Integration

    Incubus, Roots sidekick proves it’s not who you know, it’s when you know them

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Q-Tip's Do-Over Kills Momentum at Marquee

    By Martin Cizmar Q-Tip is a perfectionist. Or so he said Monday night as he derailed his show one song in, taking a five-minute interlude to adjust the sound. “Any of ya’ll bloggers out there? Any bloggers?” he asked. “So when you blog about this, just be a little gracious. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Monster Commutes, Miniature Tigers, Common and Earth Dance 2008

    Earth Dance 2008 Despite a last minute location change, Earth Dance 2008 blasted DJ-spun, raving goodness till early Sunday morning on September 13 and 14. Read: about Earth Dance 2008. See: a slideshow of photos from Earth Dance 2008. Common at the Marquee Theater Common is about as close to ... More >>

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    May 2, 2008

    Future Shock: Stone Temple Pilots, Neil Diamond, Rusted Root, and more

    This week was a like a rock-revival for concert announcements -- acts that haven’t toured in forever are loading up the buses and making their way into the Valley. But as you’ll see, some newer, underground acts will be breaking in the stages here as well.

  • Music

    March 13, 2008

    Cavalera Conspiracy


  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble

    Black Unstoppable
    (Delmark Records)

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    December 8, 2006

    '06 Pandemic Poll; the So Much Silence edition

    So Much Silence is an awesome little music/mp3 blog run by a guy named Kevin Murphy, who seems to have pretty goddamn good taste in music. He also does some pretty nifty shit, like putting together a mix of the "Essential Q-Tip Mix," side A of which he posted today. He's also got a tight-ass Four Te ... More >>

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