Salim Akram talks really, really fast. As the guitarist for Boston's Bad Rabbits, a five-piece self-proclaimed "post-R&B" act with a reputation for a boisterous live show, Akram has a lot to say about the medley of influences and the band's unique background, and rightfully so: Many music outlets ar ... More >>
Phoenix! It's our top five must-see shows this week.
Steven "Slippe" Lueder and Jesse Hudson aren't lacking for ambition. The duo, who come together to create EDM bangers under the name Drunk Dial -- are quick to tout what makes their EDM different than most of what's out there. "The way I like to describe it is like, 'If Afrojack had sex with The W ... More >>
Lauryn Hill @ Celebrity Theatre|11/28/12"Life out of context is living ungodly," Ms. Lauryn Hill sings in "Black Rage," the new song she's named her 2012 tour after. Built over a jazzy interpolation of the Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things," the song is heavy, exploring the brutal and checkered ... More >>
Electronic hippie Bassnectar (Lorin Ashton) is back on the road for his Fall Tour 2012 in support of his recent album Vava Voom. Influenced equally by metal, ambient, psychedelic, and hip-hop, his music defies expectations, and his fanbase reacts passionately. I spoke with Bassnectar about both of ... 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: Twin Shadow: Songwriter Trades in Gauzy New Wave Honesty See also: Download: Bogan Via's Sparkling, Pulsing "Kanye" See also: Take Cover: Bogan Via Covers Department of EaglesTwin Shadow and Bogan Via @ Crescent Ballroom| 9/4/12Twin Shadow played its first Phoenix show last night and the ... More >>
You remember that infamous clip of Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman? The one where he announced to the world he was retiring from acting to pursue a career as a rap artist? Well, thank Baby Jesus, that turned out to be a hoax. But you know what isn't? Snoop Lion. "I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become ... More >>
See also: Snoop Dogg at the Arizona State Fair See also: Judas Priest at the Arizona State Fair It used to be that playing the state fair circuit meant you were a has-been, that your rock 'n' roll career had gone belly up (you know, like billed after the puppet show, Spinal Tap-style). Maybe it' ... More >>
Jackie Morales Morales is the mid-day DJ for 101.5-FM Jamz. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Of course, 101.5! What's the first album you bought? I honestly don't go out and buy very many albums, but when I heard Mariah Carey's Em ... More >>
Drake's Club Paradise Tour featuring Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Waka Flocka Flame, J. Cole, and Drake Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion Thursday, May 10 See also: Drake's Take Care Is a Conflicted, Compelling Statement Check out the complete Drake Club Paradise Tour slideshow There wa ... More >>
So there's punk-rap, nerd-rap, avant-rap, and...oh, only about a gazillion other hyphenated hip-hop subgenres. Open Mike Eagle describes his style as "art rap." At least for now. "I'm unable to replace it," he laughs, speaking with me via phone from his home in Los Angeles. "And it's not even that ... More >>
You never say an unkind word about the time. It's that time of year again. We hope you're stocked up on all of your supplies, namely munchies before you begin your 4/20 shenanigans. Whether you're lighting up at home or going to a party, we've got you covered with 15 songs about marijuana or gettin ... More >>
In this week's print edition we profile rapper Childish Gambino. Of course, if you don't recognize the name you might better know him as Troy Barnes on NBC's Thursday night comedy Community. Childish Gambino is just one of many up-and-coming talents who are breaking the hip-hop mold, and a big part ... More >>
Bummed out that Drake skipped Phoenix in favor of Tucson earlier this month? Well, be bummed no more: Everyone's favorite former-Degrassi star/current sexy music maven is returning to Arizona, planning a stop at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion on Thursday, May 10. Drake's latest, Take Care, e ... More >>
When our sister paper The Village Voice publishes the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll next February, there will be three or four albums that invariably get a nod on every ballot. See: Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues, Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne, and Girls' Father, Son, Holy Ghost. ... More >>