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  • Music

    November 14, 2013
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    October 25, 2013

    Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    I've been talking to the judges, and they tell me that--because this is the last genuine weekend until Halloween--they're going to uphold your appeal about being able to wear costumes without being judged too badly about it. Well, most costumes. Good luck trying to get that super hilarious Miley C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    YouTube's Music Awards Reveal The Secret, Obvious Shame of Social Media

    This is a really obvious, great idea, and I commend whoever came up with it: YouTube, the place where everybody listens to music by default, has announced the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, a 90-minute live stream scheduled for November 3. There are some other cool ideas, too--they're going to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Five Great Places to See an All-Ages Show around Phoenix

    Yes, we know. Your fake ID is spectacular. Nobody cards you because your mustache is simultaneously full and rich and completely earnest-looking. Your friends buy cases of Natty Light from extremely vigilant chain stores for sport. But if you're just getting back in town for the fall semester, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Smiths' Lyrics Plus Charlie Brown Equals One Beautiful, Wishy Washy Tumblr

    I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure Charles M. Schulz didn't listen to much of The Smiths. If he had, I wonder if he would have found as many parallels between Charlie Brown's deep-seated melancholy and Morrissey's painful, angst-ridden lyrics as the proprietor of the This Charming Charlie Tumblr has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F**K (NSFW)

    If you thought healthy, plant-based eating was for sissys, Thug Kitchen is here to change your mind. The website offers lots of f-bomb-ridden advice to "help your narrow dietary minded ass explore some fucking options so that you can look and feel like a fucking champ."

  • Film

    June 13, 2013

    To Actresses on the Brink of 40: Go Bad or Go Home

    Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2013

    Kanye West's Phoenix "New Slaves" Projection Was Mostly Just an Excuse To Tweet About It

    A white rental van pulled up into the parking lot at First Street and Adams, and a guy cleared the crowd to make way for it. "It's them! They are here." As the two tech guys were setting up the speakers and projector, someone else screamed, "Hey, where's Kanye? Is he still in the van?" There were so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Twitter #Music Doesn't Get Why Friends Give Friends Music

    Twitter #Music -- the music-discovery service from the people who brought you #SomaliDirectionersLoveZayn-style declarations of collectivist fandom love -- rolled out this week, and people are . . . not especially happy with it. A blunt summary of the problems with it was passed around among tech-li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    About That That Damn Show "Support Your Local White Boy" Vendor

    On Saturday, more than 3,000 people attended That Damn Show, a full day of performances by rock and punk bands like Bad Religion, Tiger Army, and The Faint at Mesa Amphitheatre. But according to several attendees, the outdoor concert -- which was co-promoted by New Times and local online alt-rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Watch This New York City Barista Draw Tiny, Intricate Foam Portraits in Lattes

    There's plenty of art-related reasons to make a trip to the Big Apple. It's got the Guggenheim, the Met, and MoMA. And the City That Never Sleeps now is home to the king of latte-art portraiture, Mike Breach. See also: - The Coffee Chop Kicks Off Coffee Class Series at Crepe Bar in Tempe - Coffee ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012
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    November 15, 2012

    What Is "Seapunk," and What Did Rihanna and Azealia Banks Do To It?

    I can't believe there's actually a Twitter war going on (when isn't there a war on Twitter?) over the legitimacy of #Seapunk. What's that "hashtag seapunk," you ask? Imagine if you took Lisa Frank's fetish for porpoises, ran it through crappy late-'90s Geocities GIFs, and added some terrible, too- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Ask Fan Landers: Should I Stay in the Closet for the Sake of My Rap Career?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    What Phoenix Restaurants Have the Best Playlists?

    See also: Ten Favorite Playlists at Metro Phoenix Restaurants We like to think we've got similar attitudes about music and food: There's a time for the out-there stuff, there's a time for the cheap and greasy, and there's a time for everything in between. Whether you're into dining on bone marro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2012

    Top 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

    July 12, 2012

    Miniature Tigers Cover The Beatles, Play With The Roots, and Uh, Do the Theme From Friends On New Mixtape

    See also: Miniature Tigers Paint a Sensual Scene With Mia Pharaoh See also: Miniature Tigers' Charlie Brand: "We Wanted To Have This Warm, Beautiful Feeling To The Album" If you're anything like me, you've been sitting around going, "Man, when is Miniature Tigers going to follow up Mia Pharaoh, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: YVYNYL

    Not that we're opposed to reading, but once in a while we want a straightforward summary of why an album is worth a listen. We're also interested in playlists with obscure artists we've never heard of. Plus, we appreciate some cool vinyl cover art when we see it. We do our one-stop shopping for all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    My Band T-Shirt: Classic Concertwear, Pit Stains and All

    Plenty of people visit the merch stand at concerts. Some people buy an item with the intent to wear it again and again, and it unexpectedly becomes destined to live on the top shelf of a closet where it won't be seen again for years. Others sport their band merch until it's been sufficiently worn ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: I Am Beyonce

    Have you ever wanted an insider's look into the life of Beyoncé? Luckily our girl B is really into showing us nearly every detail of her oh-so-glamorous lifestyle. Believe it or not, it's even more awesome than you probably imagined, and Beyoncé's Tumblr, I Am Beyonce, has a ton of pictures to pr ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2012
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    May 28, 2012

    Eleven Favorite Phoenix Beers

    What's your favorite beer? We at Chow Bella get this question a lot, and while it may seem a simple choice for the uninitiated, it can be much harder to answer for those who have tried a multitude of brews. Even among the relatively small selection of beers made in the Valley, with so many styles, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: The Hood Internet

    See also: Isaiah Toothtaker Discusses the Hood Internet-Produced Tooth Wavy It's been tough for us to stop spinning Toothy Wavy, the collaboration among Tucson-based Isaiah Toothtaker, Max B, and The Hood Internet, so it only makes sense that we'd wind up spending a some time with The Hood Internet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Five Reasons Artists Shouldn't Respond to Critics or; Don't Bite the 'Fork That Feeds

    Former-Fleet Foxer J. Tillman turned Los Angeles mystic/comedian Father John Misty, took Pitchfork to task on Monday afternoon, taking to Twitter to express his beef with the sites review of his latest LP, Fear Fun (previous records were released under his given name). His mammoth rant against indie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: I Love the '90s

    See also: Should We Feel Bad About '90s Nostalgia?We figured we'd keep our nostalgic '90s kick going by bringing you some more of the best music you thought you had forgotten but will always remember. Let's take a trip down memory lane, courtesy of >I Love the '90s.As much as it pains us to say this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Kanye Chef

    See also: Laurie Notaro's Eight Food(ie) Terms Past Their Expiration Dates We're a music blog, but that doesn't mean we aren't passionate about our food, too. When we're not blogging about music festivals and reviewing shows, we're reading about farmer's markets and edible grasshoppers at our siste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Fiddy's Biddies

    Twitter has proven to be a fascinating look into the head-spaces of many of our favorite celebrities and musicians. While plenty of rappers have taken to the micro-blogging site, few have managed to be as consistently entertaining and ridiculous (and occasionally controversial) as Curtis Jackson, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Kanye Plus Comics

    ​Tumblr blogger Chris Haley has proclaimed that he loves comics and he loves Kanye. Put 'em together and you have, you guessed it, Kanye Plus Comics.This blog has got all of the comic drawings with captions that have been replaced with Kanye West's lyrics. Each entry lists the artist, the son ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Justin Timberlake Doing Things

    ​For the last few years, Justin Timberlake has been focusing more on his acting career and less on his music. I love a good falsetto voice every now and then, but there's only so much of JT's music that I can tolerate in one sitting without feeling like I'm indulging in a slightly guilty pleasure. ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    February 22, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Video Killed the Radio Stars

    It's hard to find music videos on TV these days. Sure, one could argue that the internet has ushered in a new era of DIY or underground video creativity, but it's hard not to miss the days when you could waste hours watching clips on MTV or VH1. If musical nostalgia has been getting the best of you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    The Maine's John O'Callaghan on New Album Pioneer

    ​It's been a little over a year since Tempe-based pop-rockers The Maine released Black and White, the band's major label debut. And while the paint still seems wet from that album's promotional blitz (view "the Maine Wall" on Roosevelt downtown on Tumblr), the group is already gearing up for a new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    As the Stop Online Piracy Act Hits Capitol Hill, Five Artists That Speak Out Against File Sharing

    Sigur Ros​Yesterday, we blogged about the ultra-famous musicians that support music piracy in the face of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), recently introduced to the House of Representatives, which aims to protect the copyright laws of music and other downloadable intellectual property. Web ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011
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    October 5, 2011

    Willy Northpole Drops "Two Fresh Too Cool"

    ​Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam recording artist Willy Northpole has been busy lately -- dropping new tracks via his Twitter and Tumblr sites. Recent tracks include "George Kush" and "I'm Gucci," and last week he released "Two Fresh Too Cool," hinting at a seriously poppy direction. The track is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Domo Genesis (OFWGKTA) Drops New Mixtape

    ​Today at 4:20 p.m. (get it?), Odd Future member Domo Genesis, who we profiled earlier this year, when right as he was leaving ASU, dropped a brand new mixtape, Under the Influence. Over 14 tracks, Domo positions himself as the sleepy-eyed mellow member of the Wolf Gang. While his buddy Tyler, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Snail Quail

    It's been a while since I've written about musical duo Snail Quail, but my goodness are they enjoyable. They write fun songs about goofy topics, which kind of makes them the Flight of the Conchords of Phoenix (and who doesn't miss FotC? HBO Sundays just aren't the same without them). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    August 17 In Blogs: Matt Tolman, Tommy Cannon, Axis/Radius, Baguette Vending Machine, and Wes Gullett

    ​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:

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Out of Reverie Tour: Day 3

    But most of the day was spent trying to pass the time. Griffin and Teran spent most of the day at the mechanic while the rest of us tried to find last minute shows.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Andrew Jackson Jihad Announce Knife Man

    ​Everyone's favorite sardonic folk duo, Andrew Jackson Jihad, have announced details regarding their new album, Knife Man, due out on Asian Man Records on September 20.I spoke with bassist Ben Gallaty about the new record."Sean [Bonnette, singer/guitarist] gave me a CD of 13 demos in December. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Nile Theater

    niletheater.tumblr.comThere's something different about the level and type of energy that music fans display when they're rocking out at the Nile Theater in Mesa. It's youthful, it's wild, and it's a hell of a lot of fun.Up on the Sun has always enjoyed helping out our friends and promoting wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    June 27 In Blogs: Don Lepre, Millennium Pool Party, The Limit Club, Cheesy Grits, and Darnell Dockett

    ​​​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:

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Album Tacos

    Album Tacos​For a short time around Thanksgiving last year, our very own Shawn Anderson created Photoshopped, a feature where he edited some photos to make a literal representation of some band names. In the style of the famous Tom Selleck Waterfall Sandwiches and Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Break Up Your Band

    BreakUpYourBand.tumblr.com​Plenty of people can appreciate good writing when they recognize it. I particularly appreciate reading good pieces about music. If I'm reading something that's not about any of my favorite bands, that's even better because maybe I'll learn something, and perhaps you will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    June 14 In Blogs: Deportation, Collector Haven, Swell...Adios, Roka Akor, and 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:

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Fake Problems' Chris Farren on Daytrotter, Radio City Music Hall, and Arrested Development

    Fake Problems​Fake Problems doesn't have many problems, real or imagined. Instead of worrying, they focus on having a good time and touring often. Singer/guitarist Chris Farren taught the band how to play Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" while lounging poolside before opening for Lucero in Phoenix a co ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    December 2, 2010
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    August 31, 2010

    Album Tacos For Everyone

    Album tacos. That is all.​What happens when delicious Mexican food meets the album cover of Billy Joel's 1980 album Glass Houses? Hilarity. Such is the case for Album Tacos, a fantastic new Tumblr that popped up on the radar this weekend. Rocket science, this ain't, but it yields some very funny a ... More >>

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