Tom Jones

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    November 12, 2013

    The Vig Fillmore in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: The Vig Fillmore 606 N. 4th Ave. 602-254-2242

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    New Year's Resolution: Take Some Musical Chances, Phoenix

    Is it possible to have a New Years Resolution for a whole city? Not sure, but I have one. One for Phoenicians one and all, myself included. So here goes: Let's take some musical risks, Phoenix. Let's look for opportunities to try new things. No sticking to known quantities. We want to help. There ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2012
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    January 27, 2011
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    The Soundtrack to Your Holiday Strip Scan

    Sostadiumstatus.blogspot.comYou can see (ahem) a lot in a TSA scan.... including this gun!​Damn, TSA, buy a girl a drink first. The new full-body image scanners at airports this holiday season have already stressed and nervous travelers in a tizzy. Sure, nobody wants a bomb on their plane, but it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Tom Jones, Los Lobos, Chely Wright, 36Crazyfists, and more

    ​Lots of CDs piling up. Let's have a listen at a few, shall we?Norman -- Hay, Hay, Make a Wish and Turn Away: These boys play Neil Young-meets-Uncle Tupelo country-folk-rock through a cloudy, green filter befitting their Oregon provenance. Mostly, it works, especially when they veer away from the ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2008
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    November 20, 2008

    Café Tacuba Party Down at Celebrity on Nov. 19

    By Michael Lopez Calling the crowd that made it out to the Celebrity Theatre Wednesday night receptive would be selling them short by a mile. Every song played by Mexican alt-rockers Café Tacuba whipped the crowd into an absolute frenzy that didn’t die until the house lights came on. I must ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    Future Shock: Burt Bacharach, Melvins, Todd Rundgren, and more

    Here’s a handful of shows that were just announced this week.

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Jones Fix

    Longer time gone

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Guvs Just Wanna Have Fun

    Kinda like The Beatles

  • Culture

    August 10, 2006

    Wedded Bliss

    The other Tom Jones

  • Culture

    July 27, 2006

    Theater Scene

    What's running now

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Fever Pitch

    Changes of venue

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Taste of Chaos

    So good it's almost Norwegian

  • Calendar

    November 10, 2005


    Get some tail in Tempe

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Crunk and Disorderly

    Hunting for rapture in the live music capital of the world

  • Culture

    January 16, 2003

    Aisle of the Damned

    Even a talented acting duo can't save the trite take on marriage that is I Do! I Do!

  • Culture

    January 2, 2003

    Warmed Over

    The Arizona Theatre Company does fantastick things with a tired standby

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2002
  • Culture

    September 12, 2002

    Fantastick Flop

    The venerable musical runs out of steam in this production

  • Music

    May 3, 2001


    While they may not top the Billboard charts, this month's batch of jazz, blues and heritage releases is definitely worth hearing

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Rod Stewart

    Human (Atlantic)

  • Film

    December 14, 2000

    Llama's Boy

    The Emperor's New Groove is a new groove for Disney, too

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    Dwight Yoakam

    Tomorrow's Sounds Today (Reprise)

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Wayne's World

    Septuagenarian groupies, Clinton bashing, deep-fried cheese

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Saint Lucre

    At 2 a.m. at an Indian casino, one can get broke and cynical

  • Music

    November 5, 1998
  • Music

    October 16, 1997

    Reconstructed Funk

    Tempe sextet Bionic Jive plays cosmic slop with a twist

  • News

    June 27, 1996
  • Music

    March 7, 1996

    Tom Marches On

    It's not unusual to find we're still in love with him, woah woah woah woah, woah woah woah woah woah woah

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    November 16, 1995
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    March 2, 1995
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    October 27, 1994
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    May 4, 1994
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    March 10, 1993



  • Music

    February 7, 1990

    Thrash in the Jam

    Phoenix's Sticky Thang grabs on to a gripping, gritty groove

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