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    October 13, 2014

    Metal Memoirs and Stories Abound, Including Books from Scott Ian, Phil Anselmo, Carla Harvey

    Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven once told me that rock 'n' roll is created because people are subconsciously trying to form the perfect family that they didn't experience as children. As transparent as that may seem, it's an easy concept to grasp. Heavy metal lyrics celebrate the underdog ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    A Father's Duty: Listening to Worn-out Classics

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a cheery little ditty entitled Five Things I Hate About Music. In case you somehow haven't read it (that was a joke, although I do seem to have a few deeply disturbed readers), one of the five was Obvious Songs. While expanding on said annoyance, I took to task local class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The 21 Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2013

    It's that time of year where our focus is officially shifting from reflecting on 2013 to preparing for 2014. Another 365 days have swept by, full of heavy metal ups and downs, groupies and drug overdoses, mind-blowing riffs and sold-out shows. The state of metal in 2013 certainly hasn't blown my min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding - Comerica Theatre - 12/7/2013

    Few people can flip through their rock 'n roll rolodex and put together a show quite as well as Valley legend Alice Cooper. After all, Cooper is the king of shock rock, and he paved the way for a legion of acts trying to get a rise out of mothers around the world. This year Alice recruited Vince N ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Six Hollywood Stars Who Are Undercover Metal Heads

    When it comes to Hollywood, metalheads are usually portrayed in a... not so flattering light. We're the drunks and stoners, braindead from too much head-banging, clad in grimy vintage band t-shirts and greasy hair. Well, that may be so. But who is Hollywood to judge? I'd take our stereotype over t ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    10 Most Chef-Anticipated New Restaurants in Greater Phoenix

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail The Gladly, the new American restaurant from Chef Bernie Kantak, Andrew Fr ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Five of the Weirdest Guitarists in Rock History

    In heavy metal, there's nothing better than an extremely talented guitarist. When a musician truly knows how to work some magic with that instrument it demands to be revered and acknowledged. But there's a trade-off for said talent: Creative people are often labeled as "weird" by their peers from ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Kool & The Gang Are Touring with Kid Rock; Here's The Obvious Why

    I admit it: When I got the chance to talk to Robert Bell--that's Kool--of Kool & the Gang ahead of Wednesday's show at Ak-Chin Pavilion, I couldn't resist asking the obvious question, much as I usually try to avoid them: Hey, how and why are you touring with Kid Rock? The answer I got: Because tou ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend

    This weekend is Prince Eve. We understand that. But if you're unable or unwilling to part with the kind of money it takes to see Prince in something smaller than an arena, you can divert yourself with any of these coming attractions:

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    April 9, 2013

    Five '70s Metal Bands Better Than Black Sabbath

    By Nicholas Prell Okay, we get it. You like Sabbath. Everyone does. But out there is a whole big world of '70s metal bands beyond Sabbath -- even beyond Sir Lord Baltimore, if you can believe that. The '70s offered so much in the way of doom-and-gloom heaviness that it's criminal so many stop with ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Jennifer Pilates, What Are You Listening To?

    Jennifer Pilates Pilates has been an advanced pilates instructor and celebrity trainer for more than 13 years. For more information, go here. What's the first album you bought? You have stumped me. It's a tie between Madonna and Michael Jackson. What's the first concert you saw? Bon Jovi. I'm alw ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Who Decides What Rock is "Classic Rock?"

    Not everyone has the luxury of having an auxiliary jack in their car stereo. With the amount of leaks, holes, and weird noises coming from my engine, I'm lucky my beat up truck still runs period. I can't be asking for a decent stereo. So my commuting music consists entirely of FM radio, which is sti ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    David Tyda, What Are You Listening To?

    David Tyda Tyda is the owner of, Arizona BBQ Festival and Arizona Taco Festival. He invites you to Flavors of the West Sunday, Feburary 17. For more information, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I know it's not m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Rob Zombie's Guitarist John 5 Has a Motto: "More is More"

    "I love Phoenix," Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 says excitedly. "Rob [Zombie] and the other guys in the band, they like the colder weather, but for some reason I love the really hot weather." He pauses, then anxiously asks, "It should be really warm there still when I'm there in September, right?" ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    For Sale: Script For Roadhouse Remake Starring Guy Fieri

    The Craigslist sale is simple. The script to "Roadhouse 2012: Pain Still Don't Hurt," a remake of the 80's cult classic and Patrick Swayze heartthrob vehicle. The proposed star? None other than Guy Fieri because... We'll admit, we haven't exactly figure out why Guy Fieri would be suited to such a ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Green Day's New Song "Epic as F*ck?" Not Even Close.

    The evolution of Green Day has to be one of the strangest transformations in music history. Over the last 25 years the band has moved from angsty, power-pop tinged punk to politically-charged rock operas to Broadway musicals. So a return to their roots, so to speak, was always in the cards. It was n ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Brian Kohatsu, What Are You Listening To?

    Brian Kohatsu The comedian and media producer performs tonight at 3rd Place Neighborhood Grill at 7:30 p.m. His full schedule is here.  When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Mix 96.9-FM or 96.3-FM Real Country. What's the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Steel Pulse at Marquee Theatre, 4/11/12

    Steel Pulse Marquee Theatre Wednesday, April 11 When a band has been around 37 years, it knows how to do things right. From tight musicianship to a dynamic stage show -- plus a deep catalog of hits -- Steel Pulse covered all the bases Wednesday night at the Marquee. The show wasn't perfect, but it ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012
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    March 16, 2012

    Mike Kennedy, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Mike KennedyKennedy is a comedian and producer at the Speakeasy Comedy Lounge. He co-headlines the Tempe Improv Thursday, April 19. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I would've said X 103.9-FM a month ago, but now it's sports radio 91 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    What's Selling: Hoodlums Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week

    Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. Adele came up big at the Grammy's Sunday, but she's nowhere to be seen on Hoodlums list of weekly top-sellers. It's quite possible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    My103.9 Now On the Air

    When the news broke that X103.9 would be

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    December 30, 2011

    North Dakota, Meat Puppets, Gin Blossoms, Minibosses, Jerry Riopelle, and More This Weekend

    See also: Phoenix New Times New Year's Eve Guide Ring in the New Year With These Local Shows (Minibosses, Meat Puppets, Futurekind, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Thieves We owe a lot to The Meat Puppets around here (you know, our name and all), so we're always happy when the Kirkwood boys are back in town. ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Cactus Chainsaw's Dirty Vox on Blood, Sweat and Beers

    ​When Cactus Chainsaw's singer said the band's list of influences was possibly a higher number than his criminal record charges, I took it with a grain of salt (courtesy of a cheap tequila shot). But within the first 20 seconds of listening to their music, I could hear the band's specific inf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    This Week in Music History: June 20 through 26

    Wikimedia CommonsHappy birthday, Brian Wilson​Music and musicians have been around for centuries, and every day, new music news breaks. Every Monday, we're going to take a look back at the notable music stories, births, and deaths that took place that week. This week was a doozy: Columbia Records ... More >>

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    September 19, 2010

    Stripper Pole Action, Devo Devastates, Primus' Spacemen, and Other Highlights From Day Two of Arizona Fall Frenzy

    Luke HolwerdaDevo performs yesterday during day two of Arizona Fall Frenzy.​Whoever was manning the hose at Arizona Fall Frenzy had a perfect sense of timing.Temps soared into the triple digit range during the second day of the three-day concert, but luckily the promoters thought ahead and man ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010
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    December 14, 2009

    Outer Bounds of Sound 12/13 At Revolver Records

    ​"The music in there is terrible," says a customer to Revolver Records co-owner Steve Zimmerman, referring to the warbling tones of saxophonist Lol Coxhill  spinning on the turntable as doom-metal one man band Via Vengeance sets up.  The bands gathered to perform at the record store's Su ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Twist of Faith

    Arkansas native speaks in tongues, but elegantly so

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
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    January 6, 2009

    You Asked For It: The Dagg Nabbit Stubbs

    Few bands are anywhere near as funny as they think they are -- The Dag Nabbit Stubbs is an exception. I mean, they're not, like hilarious, but they play their hand for all it's worth, backing up their redneck rock posturing with a sound like what the dead and zombified Skynyrd boys might make after ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    The Wisdom of the Metal Gods Vs. The Meditations of Hip-Hop MCs

    I just received a book titled Time Flies When You're In a Coma: The Wisdom of the Metal Gods (A Plume Book), a funny little tome filled with lyrical adages from the world of heavy metal music. Edited by Mike Daly (formerly of alt. country band Whiskeytown), the book is divided into four sections: Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Henry Rollins Takes on Palin, Van Halen Fans at Marquee Show

    By Niki D’Andrea Photos by Benjamin Leatherman Better than: The first two presidential debates. Henry Rollins is a man of many words. The former singer of Black Flag and Rollins Band is currently out on his umpteenth spoken word tour (labeled ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008
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    January 18, 2008

    Better Than Petty?: Hypothetical Super Bowl halftime shows

    With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlining Super Bowl XLII’s halftime show, we couldn’t help but wonder what other acts deserve the chance to play to one of the year’s biggest crowds. Of course, then also we got to wondering about what rare duets the event could motivate, especially after ... More >>

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    June 26, 2007
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    March 15, 2007

    Alabama Thunderpussy

    Open Fire
    (Relapse Records)

  • Calendar

    August 4, 2005

    Red Rocks

    Sammy Hagar hosts a party

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    August 5, 2004

    Van Halen

    Sammy's back with the boys

  • Music

    May 1, 2003

    El Tri

    It's about love, pride and politics

  • Film

    September 19, 2002

    Burr, Not Chilly

    With the rich, says Igby, always a little pity

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Laughing Matters

    The Bloodhound Gang and Nerf Herder differ drastically in terms of musical style and stage presence, but they share emphasis on the humorous and insulting

  • Music

    August 19, 1999
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    April 1, 1999

    Where There's a Will

    Trashman goes to blows over Hagar's Halen

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Song for Xmas

    The trailer-park Grinch revisits his year of misery

  • Music

    July 23, 1998

    Fear and Loathing

    Trashman sinks his teeth into the unholy union of porn and Vegas

  • Music

    June 19, 1997

    The Trashman

    Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are

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    April 10, 1997
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    December 5, 1996
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