There is no shortage of vinyl -- and places to get it -- in The Valley of the Sun. Jazz, blues, rock, psych, soul, oldies, Latin, children's, soundtracks, surf, drag, indie, metal, punk ... it's all here somewhere. The key is finding who has what you want. More often than not, each record store has ... More >>
This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town. I keep meaning to travel around the world. There's one probl ... More >>
Why Arizona wine? In 2000 -- the year I planted my first vineyard at the end of a lonely, dusty road in Cochise County, 12 miles south of Willcox -- one of the 10 Best 'How to Lose Money' jokes on Saturday Night Live was: Plant a Vineyard In Arizona. Arizona is all Sonoran Desert, obviously suicid ... More >>
A former U.S. soldier raised in Phoenix is hopping around the Middle East lending his services to various warring countries and jihadist groups, according to Fox News - there's a seemingly authentic Youtube video to back it up (see below).The article says that Eric Harroun, 30, was most recently in ... More >>
What does the cocktail enthusiast with no bartending experience need to know to make an awesome craft cocktail? Lynne Rossetto Kasper -- the sonorous talk show host of NPR's The Splendid Table asked that question of four of the Valley's top mixologists at the Hotel Palomar last weekend, and she got ... More >>
The best punchlines are the ones that you don't see coming. In 2009, New York-based Venezuelan funk/dance outfit Los Amigos Invisibles thought they were being pretty slick when they decided to try and shed their underground Alternative Latin act image, putting out a record chock-full of uplifting ... More >>
See also: Reubens Accomplice --It's Not a Dill Spear, Either See also: Reubens Cubed: Reubens Accomplice Makes a Bi-Coastal Album While Still Keeping a Desert Address You know you're in trouble when bloggers start resorting to cryptozoological terms to describe your long-awaited third record. It' ... More >>
The Festival: Glendale Chocolate Affaire The Dates: February 3 - 5 The Theme: Chocolate, just in time for Valentine's Day! What To Eat: Endless chocolate from more than 30 chocolatiers from across the country. There will be the usual suspects like chocolate dipped strawberries, choco ... More >>
We're starting the year in style by choosing the memoir so stellar, it inspired us to create Chow Bella Book Club. We're reading Blood Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton this month and it will be capped off with a visit from the author hers ... More >>
Photos by Melissa Fossum Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge Marquee Theatre Thursday, November 3 Peter Murphy is a weird dude. Known as the "Godfather of Goth" for his work fronting Bauhaus, one of the pioneers of the genre. Murphy has released eight solo albums since Bauhaus broke up in 19 ... More >>
DJ Adam OsunaName: Adam Anthony O'Suna, Sr. Nickname: Suna, brah! Current club nights: I play out when the opportunity presents itself. On guest rotation at Skyline on Fridays, Solstice on Saturdays, and Retro Hi-Fi about every month or so. Genres spun: Real house, jackin and good deep with a ... More >>
We spoke last week to a north Phoenix high-school class about our "experiences in journalism." It was early in the day, and the majority of the students were, shall we say, less than engaged in the, um, dialogue. But the class of about 25 boys and girls gat ... More >>
If Emil's right on immigration, it may all come down to oil... Regular readers of the Feathered Bastard blog are familiar with the trenchant, and often amusing observations of regular commenter Emil Pulsifer. So you will be interested in Pulsifer's recent, thought-provoking guest column for Jo ... More >>
Brandon Huigens The singer for Male Pattern Radness, co-producer for the monthly Femocracy Comedy Variety Series and executive producer/contributor/resident cartoonist of Modest Proposal Magazine and www.mpempire.com performs Saturday, December 5 at The Celebrate Christmas Swe ... More >>
Linda Connor, Mudra Mindroling Monastery, Tibet 1993I have to hand it to photographers...and not just because I get paid to.Honestly, I don't have a mind for what they do. I took one photography class when I was 17 and ended up dropping halfway through the semester. It's the process that gets me do ... More >>
Actress has multiple-personality disorder in a good way
A good reason to fight your way into Tempe
Foxy sirens and oversexed sultans self-lubricate until the state's new 2 a.m. cutoff at Suede.
Stephen Lemons sings the praises of Turkish cuisine
Eloy's Skies are raining men, and sprinkling hot chicks, too.
Yes, she can, actually. The enigmatic Diamanda Galás returns with four sweeping discs of new material.
Letters from the week of June 26, 2003
If Joe Arpaio runs for governor, he'll win if people forget he's a madman
This concoction is much more than the Middle Eastern equivalent of Jell-O
Thoughtful and disturbing, Iranian A Time for Drunken Horses rides high in the saddle
Forced out of the military over refusal to take part in a controversial anthrax immunization program, an ex-serviceman finds his protest was in vein
Philip Glass and Robert Wilson once again shatter the bounds of musical theater with the digital opera Monsters of Grace
At 67, jazz great Joe Zawinul is just beginning to peak
An obscure old folk album reveals a place where stories--both spoken and sung--are priceless heirlooms
One hundred pounds overweight, Dave Alexander is truly an athlete of substance. Nah--go ahead, call him fat. He doesn't mind. He'll just enter another triathlon.
Chicken-scratch music predates the railroads in Arizona, but mainstream audiences are just now getting a taste for the stuff
Sheriff Arpaio's deputies say his vaunted posse does little more than waste money and slake their boss's thirst for publicity