Is it possible to have a New Years Resolution for a whole city? Not sure, but I have one. One for Phoenicians one and all, myself included. So here goes: Let's take some musical risks, Phoenix. Let's look for opportunities to try new things. No sticking to known quantities.
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Father John Misty @ Rhythm Room"I want to do what a stripper does, and in another way do what a carnival barker does, or a shaman, some kind of Pentecostal preacher," Josh Tillman, the singer/songwriter known by his alter ego Father John Misty, said when we spoke in advance of his show at Rhythm Roo ... More >>
Two years ago, when Frankie Rose started talking about following her breakthrough debut album with a synth-pop record, friends assumed she was joking.
As the drummer for Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, and Dum Dum Girls, Rose was at the center of a 1960s girl pop revival even before her first solo ... More >>
In this week's issue, I interviewed Shawn Stern of Youth Brigade and Tony Brandenburg of The Adolescents to determine what has kept punk alive for all these years. Both musicians have obligations outside of their perspective bands, with Stern running BYO Records and preparing for Punk Rock Bowling a ... More >>
Some vidcasts you just have to make a leap of faith that everything will work out all right. Like when singer songwriter Lonna Kelly tells you she's just formed a girl group called Make My Baby, you book them on the show and ask questions later which is what we did.
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Cassie Ramone and Fiona Campbell in a scene from Vivian Girls' "Take It as It Comes" videoDespite what Pitchfork says, Vivian Girls' Share the Joy didn't suck. Sure, it wasn't as impressive as their 2008 self-titled debut, but it was on par, if not better than Everything Goes Worst.
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Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Jason P. Woodbury, a New Times contributor, a staff writer at Tiny Mix ... More >>
It seems like you couldn't peruse a list of new albums in 2009 without some damn dubstep/grime album amongst the entriesThose talented/opinionated individuals over at Pitchfork have released their 2009 Readers Poll with plenty of lists, albums, and artists to vote on. It is pretty standard fare f ... More >>
Electric Mustache: Electric Mustaches ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!!!Idolator: Sean Kingston Tweets Song About Tweeting As The Internet ExplodesNME: Lily Allen confirms break from musicNME: Flaming Lips to cover Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of the Moon' at New Year's Eve gigPitchfork: Radiohead's Marching Band ... More >>
Brooklyn has become a mecca of sorts for indie rock in the past decade, with numerous new bands emerging from its brownstone-lined streetsI was listening to Sirius XMU yesterday while driving with the air conditioning on, since it's a balmy November in the Valley. On came a song by new indie/psyc ... More >>
Frances Michelle LopezAlthough the Vivian Girls and Wavves don't come from the same coasts, their melodic surf pop music and close ties to Brooklyn-based label Woodsist/ Fuck-it Tapes can easily clump them together. For Those Darlins however, it's their nitty-gritty southern fried swing that make ... More >>
Michael Escoto: Courtesy of www.ElectricMustache.comVivian Girls frontwoman Cassie no-relation Ramone is a shitgaze bombshell. She's the leader of a band that exemplifies a cultural phenomenon of what is hip, of glorifying paradoxes: greasy Cobain hair, $100 jeans, makeup free but with a wash of ... More >>
Electric Mustache: Photos: Vivian Girls at Modified Arts 10/13/2009Idolator: Would You Go See Creed If You Only Had To Pay 75 Cents For The Privilege?NME: Sex Pistols to sue over 'God Save The Cream' ad campaign?Pitchfork: Rivers Cuomo to Work With Katy PerryPitchfork: Hear Bon Iver's "Last Show for ... More >>