Will Anderson

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The Making of the Phoenix Metal Scene: A Peek at the Men and Women Behind the Curtain

    There's a lot to love within our fiery little corner of the rock and metal industry. We've thelped breed some pretty legendary bands, like Sacred Reich, Flotsam and Jetsam, Job for a Cowboy, and Alice Cooper, to name a few. We have dozens of brutally talented underground bands, from melodic death ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Off! - Crescent Ballroom - 4/22/2014

    Holy punk rock, Batman! So, like many of you, some who have earned it, some who have not, I am not easily impressed these days. Whether you call it "jaded" or "been there, done that," it really doesn't matter, as long as you call it like you see it, with honesty and conviction. If I can do those th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Will Anderson, X, Cake, and More in This Week's Issue

    Benjamin LeathermanWill Anderson at Hollywood Alley​When it comes to local music (and apparently, everything) all things must pass. So goes the reign of punk promoter Will Anderson, whose belly laugh, dirty Avail hat, and jovial smile have been a near-constant presence at punk shows in the Valley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Punk Promoter Will Anderson's Five Favorite Shows of All Time

    Will Anderson (right) sings along with a member of My Mind at a 2008 gig.Renowned local punk promoter Will Anderson, who recently left the Valley and is the subject of this week's music feature, has lost count of the number of shows he's attended or promoted over the past 20 years.  "I can't re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    The Underground Opens for Business. Will the Nile Theater Soon Do the Same?

    Jonathan McNamara A crowd gathers outside the alleyway entrance of the Underground during its soft opening.​By all accounts, the soft opening of the Underground this past weekend was a big success. According to Erin Peters of the Mantooth Group, more than 160 people turned out on Frid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    VW Trainwreck: Terrible Music, Worse Flier

    ​ It's been a few months since I had the onerous task of reviewing Tempe punk band VW Trainwreck's super-shitty record Dramaturgy in our You Asked For It column, only to field comments from the band suggesting:1) I did not really listen to the record even once.2) Record companies pay for good ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009
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    October 5, 2007
  • Music

    March 29, 2007

    Liar Liar´s, Amps on Fire

    Shake their hands say yeah

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2006

    Says Who??

    Jimmy Eat World I'm sure you're all aware that tomorrow is election day, which I wouldn't ordinarily type about up in this piece, but it's made for some strange endorsements this year. Check out the video here, and you'll see local music scene players like Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World, Will Anders ... More >>

  • News

    July 6, 2006

    Format Busters

    Songwriting duo Nate Ruess and Sam Means had enough of major-label drama, so now they're calling the shots

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Quitting Is a Drag

    It's for the fans

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Simple Plan

    Spanning audiences and genres, the Rescue Plan keeps busy

  • Music

    October 16, 2003

    Door A-Jar

    The Phoenix metal club's line-up isn't quite so metal nowadays

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Glass Ceiling

    Punk vets Glass Heroes got tired of waiting for a break. They've turned to the Net.

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    Checkers, Anyone?

    Like game pieces, Tempe music venues keep jumping around

  • Music

    February 20, 2003

    Against All Odds

    Two local promoters come together; Kazaa cooks up response to the majors

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Rocanrol Heartburn

    The Valley's unstable Latin rock scene leaves a bad taste in local promoters' mouths -- and keeps international acts away