• Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    The New Pornographers Are Masters of Joyous Indie-Pop

    It hardly seems that 14 years have passed since Canada's New Pornographers dropped their debut full-length, Mass Romantic, upon a whole lot of virgin ears. To say that the indie power-pop band's initial offering was well-received is an understatement. Critics went cuckoo for it, and the recording ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    The Red-Brown Border Politics of Phoenix Hip-Hop Duo Shining Soul

    In May, Phoenix-based hip-hop duo Shining Soul -- Franco Habre, a.k.a. Bronze Candidate, and Alex Soto, a.k.a. Liason -- made a video for their track "No Mercy," off their album, released in September 2013. The video mostly is protest footage mixed with clips of the group performing in concert, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Tucson's Burning Palms Bring A Taste Of Egyptian Lo-Fi

    By Joshua Levine Just 15 months after their debut show, Lolipop Records recording artists Burning Palms will be headlining a free show at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix in the headlining slot on Sunday, May 11. The Tucson-based quintet will be supported by some of the valley's best underground ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Phoenix Avoids a Measles Outbreak

    A little more than a month after someone with measles flew into Phoenix, health officials say it looks like an outbreak has been avoided.There have been multiple measles outbreaks in places along the West Coast this year, including more than 20 cases in Orange County, California, and more than 400 c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    The Phoenix Coyotes Should Host an Outdoor NHL Game

    Today's one of the best days of the year for hockey fans, with this year's NHL Winter Classic being played between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium.In fact, the match-up in Ann Arbor is just one of six outdoor games being played across the NHL this year, with oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Oh God, Miley Cyrus Is Coming to Phoenix

    PHOENIX, AZ: 2 AMC. Some of the elders still remember the Beforetimes. They claim not to, especially to the guards, but I see it in their faces when they're alone together. They remember life before Miley Cyrus came to Phoenix. When they're alone--after work and before the Two Minute Sext--I watch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    "It's Friday somewhere" isn't strictly true -- I don't think the International Date Line works that way -- but if Jimmy Buffett were to write a song to that effect, and it made you feel better about going to see The Presets and Dragonette tonight at the Marquee, I think it would be a pretty useful f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Is There Such a Thing as a Foodstagram Eating Disorder? Researcher Says Yes

    If you don't think that taking and sharing photos of food is a big deal, open your eyes. It's become a big enough issue that some restaurants have started to impose an unofficial ban on the practice, saying tabletop photogs are turning the dining floor into a circus. See also: - Caution: Food Por ... More >>

  • Music

    May 2, 2013
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    April 2, 2013

    Florence Rescinds Ordinance Banning Sulfuric Acid Use for Mine; Curis Copper Project to Move Forward

    Millions of gallons of sulfuric acid could soon be spewed into underground crevices near Florence following that town's rescinding of a ban on the substance for mining. Last August, the Town Council in the southeast Valley burg, mostly recognized for its prison complex, passed an ordinance that pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    10 Greatest TV Themes of All Time

    Oh you don't own a TV? How brave. Seriously -- people love bragging about not watching TV, but they're missing out. Whether watching live, on Netflix, or on DVD, there's almost nothing as fun as zoning out in front of the TV. We're partial to music too (you might have guessed), so when we started ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Grimes, Crescent Ballroom, 10/8/12

    Grimes @ Crescent Ballroom| 10/8/12What a difference six months makes. The last time Canadian synth-pop visionary Grimes visited Phoenix, her set was riddled with painful sound problems and an unruly crowd. Rumor had it Grimes herself separated the bathroom fight that resulted in a swarm of cops in ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2012
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    March 5, 2012

    Tenaya Creek Brewery Hop Ride

    ​Beer: Hop RideBrewery: Tenaya Creek BreweryStyle: IPAABV: 7.2 percent "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is clever marketing, but it's far from true. Arizona benefits from several Sin City exports -- a liberal approach to strippers and gambling is one; yours truly is another (I grew up in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Power 98.3's DJ M2 Takes Second Place at Red Bull Thre3style Nationals in Las Vegas

    Garth Milan/Red Bull Phoenix's DJ M2 competes in the Red Bull Thre3style national finals last night in Las Vegas.It was a case of "close but no cigar" for DJ M2 last night in Sin City. Despite putting on an impressive display of spinning and scratching on the decks, the Phoenix turntablist king came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Destroyer: Kaputt

    Destroyer - Kaputt​What does Dan Bejar do for an encore?At this point in his long, celebrated career, there's not much he can do. Today marks the release of his ninth LP, Kaputt, under his Destroyer moniker. Tha Vancouver singer-songwriter and New Pornographer has been churning out albums since 19 ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 20, 2011
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    April 23, 2010

    Nik Richie's Legal Problems: Lost $1.5 Million Texas Lawsuit in 2009, Others Attacked on Web Site Plan to Sue

    Hooman Karamian, a.k.a. Nik Richie of, was ordered to pay $1.5 million to a Texas woman last year​ Does Nik Richie's new wife know about his legal bills? Richie, founder of the Scottsdale-based Web site, lost a $1.5 million judgment last year for posting a La Porte, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Aaron Johnson, What Are You Eating?

    Ernest Allen Aaron Johnson eating a Gringo Starr at That's A Wrap!​Aaron JohnsonThe local poet hosts First Friday Ignite at The Firehouse this Friday, April 2. What'd you eat for dinner last night? All-you-can-eat sushi at Koi Sushi Bar and Grill (4372 West Olive Ave., Glendale). Favorite food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Conan O'Brien Makes Phoenix Date Official, Announces Full Tour

    Oh, Coco, we knew you'd make it happen​Conan O'Brien has announced via his twitter account (@ConanOBrien) that he will tour North America this spring.O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" will span 30 dates will kick off April 12 in Eugene, Oregon and will come th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Wayne Gretzky May Be Final Olympic Torchbearer in Vancouver

    "The Great One"​After being chewed up and spit out as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, "The Great One" could be getting a little love from the Vancouver Olympic Committee. Wayne Gretzky, the Coyotes former coach, is being considered to be the final torchbearer at the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Puscifer Sets Tour Dates, Plays Phoenix December 3 and 4

    ​Arizona-dwelling Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan's side project, Puscifier, has announced fall tour dates, including two shows at Phoenix's stunning Orpheum Theatre. The show, which actually allows you to see Maynard, unlike Tool's concerts, where he stands on the back of the stage, has been e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    The Love Me Nots Set Album Release Date, Plan Tour

    ​The top act in Phoenix's garage rock scene, The Love Me Nots, has set a September 18 release date for their new record, Upsidedown Insideout, which they recorded at Mesa's Flying Blanket Recordings with the legendary Detroit-based producer Jim Diamond. (You can read my interview with Diamond, don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Unskinny Bop, Local Poison Tribute Band, To Appear in John Cusack Flick

    This guy is about to be a movie star.We thought enough of local Poison tribute band Unskinny Bop to give them a Best Of Phoenix award last year. John Cusack apparently thinks enough of them that they're slated to appear in his new flick Hot Tub Time Machine, which is filming in Canada right now. The ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    June 14, 2007

    Snake on a Plane

    Continental Airlines had a cold-blooded killer on board but refused law enforcement's pleas to land

  • Music

    March 30, 2006


    Human subs could also be fun

  • Film

    February 16, 2006

    Primal Fur

    Disney parade of pooches

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Destiny's Child

    All grown up and leaving the nest

  • Film

    January 20, 2005

    Is It Over Yet?

    Kids + road + romance = surprisingly little

  • Music

    February 26, 2004


    Your Blues (Merge)

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2003

    Idle Talents

    Comedian's performance leaves out the Spam

  • Music

    December 11, 2003

    Jolie Holland

    Catalpa (Anti-)

  • Music

    August 7, 2003

    Subpoena Me!

    The record industry thinks I'm a criminal. Here's the evidence.

  • News

    July 17, 2003


    Letters from the week of July 17, 2003

  • Film

    January 30, 2003

    Dead Again

    There's fresh meat for the Reaper in Final Destination 2

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Off the Rails

    The Guns N' Roses tour collapses, and Axl folds. Is anyone really surprised?

  • Film

    October 31, 2002

    Fly Spy

    Murphy and Wilson fool around with formulaic fun

  • Music

    October 17, 2002

    Canadian Smoke

    With a new album, killer fashion and trendy referencing, Hot Hot Heat prepares to invade the hip U.S.

  • Music

    August 1, 2002

    Drive Away

    The members of Sparta leave At the Drive-In, expectations and a so-called hiatus behind

  • News

    January 6, 2000


    Working for the weekend, indeed

  • News

    November 4, 1999

    Straits of Magellan

    Canadian investors in a Phoenix-based company say they are victims of an international incident

  • Music

    February 6, 1997
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    September 5, 1996
  • Calendar

    December 7, 1995
  • Culture

    March 2, 1995
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    November 17, 1994
  • Music

    February 21, 1990

    The Men Who Love Women

    Hard-caore band Nomeansno slams against sexism

  • Music

    January 17, 1990

    Grapes Juice

    The Grapes of Wrath, newcomers to folk city

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