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    September 30, 2014

    Billy Sedlmayr's First Solo Album the Product of Prison, Art, and Age

    It's said you have your whole life to write your first album. Tucson songwriter Billy Sedlmayr would probably laugh -- one of the distinct, wheezing chuckles the Tucson songwriter punctuates most of his statements with -- at that sentiment.

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    September 24, 2014

    Violent Femmes' Profane Gospel Rock Album Turns 30

    In the "about" section of the Va href="" target="_blank">Violent Femmes official Facebook page, under the "description" header, it currently reads: "Violent Femmes are currently touring in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the release of their fir ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Slim Cessna's Auto Club's Music Filled With Sin and Sacramental Moonshine

    For as long as the folk songs of hillbillies and Appalachian wailers have been called "country songs," the genre has been the province of those tip-toeing between grace and damnation -- Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, the Louvin Brothers, and others for whom the pursuit of holiness ofte ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    10 Classic Punk Records That Actually Kind of Suck

    I put on The Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket To Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Riot Fest Chicago Day 2: Blink-182, Public Enemy, Violent Femmes

    Riot Fest Day Two Humboldt Park, Chicago Saturday, September 14 The Fall Out Boy craziness of the festival's first day carried over to Blink-182's set on Day 2. For about 15 minutes before the band took the stage, fans chanted the lyrics to songs like "What's My Age Again," "All the Small Things" an ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Was Coachella 2013 Worth The Drive From Phoenix?

    If you went to Coachella last weekend, you're probably still sunburned, dehydrated, and physically exhausted. Sleeping in your own bed is a glorious feeling after camping out or crashing on a friend's hotel room floor, but some aches and pains are bound to persist. Fortunately, if you had a good-en ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Alkaline Trio's Good Mourning: 10 Years Later, It's a Gothy Pop Punk Classic

    It's not uncommon for fans to have a soft spot for the first album they hear from a beloved artist. It might not be the band's defining work, but it was your entry point, your gateway. I'll always carry a torch for Alkaline Trio's fourth album, Good Mourning, and in this case, it's a significant alb ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Stop Hating on the 2013 Coachella Lineup

    Each year, like many of you, I impatiently wait for the Coachella lineup to be announced. Sometimes it's disappointing (if Daft Punk says they're not touring, chances are they're not playing the festival), but there's always going be a few redeeming artists. At best the lineup will be amazing, and i ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Official Lineup is Posted

    The wait, as they say, is finally over. You can cease all the speculation of who the hell is officially playing this year's Coachella as Goldenvoice unveiled the lineup in grand fashion. See also: -Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year? -The Rolling Stones Aren't Playing Coachella, but Some ... More >>

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    September 22, 2012

    Top Five 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 >>

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    September 19, 2012

    T.I., Andrew Jackson Jihad, Lady Gaga, and More Just Announced Phoenix Show

    Quasi-political folk band Andrew Jackson Jihad, a band that would be hard to take seriously, if not for the ballsy lyrical stylings displayed on songs like "American Tune" and "Joe Arpaio is a Punk," is hitting The Crescent Ballroom Sunday, November 18. If you've never heard them (unlikely if you' ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Ten Favorite Playlists at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    See Also: 10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix Let's face it, the music that streams through the speakers of a restaurant has the ability to make or break your dining experience. We know of a sushi shop that only plays religious music, a Mexican food joint that can't turn down the top 40 banger ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Snail Quail Covers The Violent Femmes

    See also: Snail Quail Learns to Love This Screwed-Up City See also: Field Tripp Covers Townes Van Zandt Snail Quail once combined covers of Rick Astley's legendary cheese anthem "Never Gonna Give You Up" with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," so suffice to say: the band is quirky. So it's no su ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Vive la France! Five Songs in Celebration of Bastille Day

    Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet, tout le monde! Pardon my Franglish, but it's Bastille Day tomorrow, so feel free to eat some cake and go raid a prison or something-- just leave your guillotine at home. La Fête Nationale celebrates the French Revolution on the anniversary of the storming of the Bastil ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Peel Me Off This Velcro Seat: 15 Songs About Being Bored

    ​Summer vacation is a wonderful thing, but once you reach the end of the internet, the prospect of going back to school starts to look good. Fall semester may be right around the corner, but there's still plenty of time to watch reruns and unlock all those stubborn Xbox achievements. Savor the ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Alkaline Trio at Nile Theatre, 7/24/11

    Melissa Fossum Alkaline Trio​Alkaline Trio The Nile Theater July 24, 2011 After 15 years, the guys in Chicago punk staple Alkaline Trio still rock as hard as ever. It just may be a bit harder to hear them over the roar of their boisterous fan base. From the moment the band took the stage at th ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano Discusses 15 Years as a Band, Song Meanings, and Violent Femmes

    That's Dan on the le​To celebrate 15 years as a band, Alkaline Trio released a semi-acoustic greatest hits album called Damnesia earlier this month, which features a couple new songs from the band and a Violent Femmes cover. Alkaline Trio is scheduled to play at The Nile Theater on Sunday, July 2 ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    July 22 In Blogs: Tea Party, Jean-Luc Picard, Alkaline Trio, Two Hippies, and Jason Dubin

    ​​​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:

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    July 21, 2011
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    February 21, 2011

    The 15 Best Songs About U.S. Presidents

    We at Up on the Sun, like Clinton himself, feel your pain. Every year Presidents Day rolls around and you're struggling to plant that cherry tree and buy all the stovepipe hats you can, all so that you can have the best damn Presidents Day party possible. (C'mon, we can't be the only ones.)So to ea ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Ronnie Winters at Rosie McCaffrey's

    Ronnie Winters.​This is part of a series of reviews of bands who play weekly at local bars. The show: Ronnie Winters at Rosie McCaffrey's. The look: Standard Irish pub. The smell: Residual from pub food consumed earlier in the evening. The taste: Thick, dark, beer. Three words/phrases to describe ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010
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    August 12, 2009

    Woodstock '94 Started 15 Years Ago Today

    Fifteen years ago today, Generation X arguably reached it's zenith, as Woodstock '94 began in Saugerties, New York.Upstate locals 3 kicked things off on a Friday that also saw Blues Traveler, Collective Soul, Ice T, Live and The Violent Femmes. Tomorrow, August 13, was when the big guns of the day c ... More >>

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    July 9, 2009

    Nonsense and Nonsensibility

    Experimentalist may be a goofball, but he’s a freakin’ great one

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    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    By Randall RobertsAny knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive hous ... More >>

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    August 14, 2008
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    August 14, 2008
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    April 10, 2008
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    September 13, 2007


    The ornery oriole chugs brews with bikers at a fundraiser for convict Ignacio Ramos, and investigates Rusty Childress' banishment from the American Freedom Riders

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    February 5, 2007
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    December 28, 2006

    Added Up

    Punk + folk + evolution

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    April 6, 2006


    Return to the Sea

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    November 24, 2005

    Got Mole?

    Cut a rug with Page from history

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    March 17, 2005

    Two Much

    Tegan and Sara's twin-powered pop is no ordinary sister act

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    August 14, 2003

    Future Tense

    Chronic Future, long absent from the local scene, reemerges with a major-label deal

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    September 19, 2002

    Gordon Gano

    Hitting the Ground (Instinct Records)

  • Film

    July 26, 2001

    Churl Power

    For better or for worse, Lost and Delirious lives up to its name

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    July 5, 2001

    Deliver the Goods

    The Sadies are a little bit country. But just a little.

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    March 29, 2001

    Music From the Masses

    Sweden's (International) Noise Conspiracy has more than a few things they'd like to talk about

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    September 14, 2000

    Revenge of the Nerds

    More than just another mid-'90s alt-rock act, Weezer spawned a now-popular genre and still commands respect from scenesters

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    August 31, 2000

    Kids' Play

    The Moss Brothers are a novelty act -- until you hear them

  • Dining

    August 24, 2000

    Artificial Hip

    This is "Scottsdale's newest fine dining" experience?

  • Music

    January 27, 2000

    Really Raw Power

    A new, exhaustive Rhino boxed set documents how Iggy and the Stooges created a new genre of music and a now-classic American rock album

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    July 1, 1999

    Rig and Roll

    Flathead turns upside-down technique into a winning hybrid of raw country and roadhouse

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