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    August 20, 2014

    Kottonmouth Kings Might Be the Worst Case of Reefer Madness Ever

    For about as long as music recordings have existed, give or take 30 years, people have been using songs to pay tribute to weed. In 1929, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra laid down what's widely considered the first recorded tune referencing marijuana. "Muggles" had nothing to do with Harry Potter a ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Vanilla Ice vs. Wiz Khalifa: Who Made the Better Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Anthem?

    Rapper Wiz Khalifa is a mere three years my junior. What this means, perhaps of more importance than any other similarity, is that he and I shared a significant adolescent infatuation with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. None of us were immune. Turtle action figures were a mainstay across many ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    January 22, 2014

    Here's Why You Shouldn't Have Your Kids Help With Your Book About Hip Hop

    [In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] I am working on a new book. I cannot say too much about it yet, other than: 1. it's with the same company that published Bun B's Rap Coloring And Activity Book. 2. it will be a real act ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    The People of True Music Festival 2013

    It happened. Whatever else you can say about this year's inaugural True Music Festival in Scottsdale, the ambitious one-day festival went off mostly hitch-free, bringing The Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalifa, and Bassnectar, among others, to town for a very appreciative audience. This is that audience--sw ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    The Black Moods: We're Trying To Get A Grip On The Business Side

    When opportunity knocks, local rock and rollers The Black Moods are usually the first ones to answer. On Saturday, December 14, at the True Music Festival, the Black Moods will be part of a group of artists ranging from the psychedelic sound of the Flaming Lips all the way to Wiz Khalifa. TMF found ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013
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    December 4, 2013

    Glendale's Black Bottom Lighters Land in Jacksonville and at True Music Festival

    The Black Bottom Lighters are the biggest thing on the Valley reggae scene since white guys learned how to dreadlock their hair. The six-piece Glendale-based desert reggae crew has been jamming together for more than two years in their current form, and that's all it's taken to grab the ear of many ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    True Music Festival's Lineup Expands with Hellogoodbye, Kill Paris and More

    True Music Festival's lineup-opening one-two-three punch of Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, and Wiz Khalifa got a wide swath of Valley music fans talking when they were announced back in August. Now Kill Paris and Hellogoodbye have joined the bill in a second wave of touring acts. An updated look at ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    5 Reasons Why Miley Cyrus Is Good for Hip-Hop

    Forget gang and murder references. There is nothing more gangsta than singing about lines in the bathroom, getting high on purple stuff, and trees in your lap -- especially when you're 20 years old. No matter the bleached blonde hair or teddy bears she likes to bring on stage and dance with, Miley C ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Tech N9ne: "The Beats Tell Me What To Do"

    Kansas City's Aaron Dontez Yates has dipped his hands into both the worlds of hip-hop and rock 'n' roll, sold more than one million albums, founded a record label, and been featured in a ton of video games and films--including the upcoming sequel to the huge underground cult hit Devil's Carnival. Re ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Liquid Sol Festival, Still With No Lineup, Moves to Glendale (Maybe)

    It's been a quiet year for the Liquid Sol music festival, a "Coachella-like" event announced with some fanfare back in February. At the time it was scheduled for September 19-21 at Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, the site of the annual Country Thunder festival. Since then: Nothing. Until yesterday. ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    Scottsdale's True Music Festival Announces First Artists, Including Wiz Khalifa, Flaming Lips, Bassnectar

    The True Music Festival, scheduled for December 14 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, announced its first five performers on Tuesday, and it's a solid slate: In addition to noted festival heroes the Flaming Lips, they're bringing in Wiz Khalifa, Bassnectar, Capital Cities, and Lord Huron. What do ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    My Wife Saw Aaron Carter at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale Last Night

    Aaron Carter is the younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, and he sang some songs in the early 2000s that were fairly big hits: "Crush on You," "I Want Candy," "That's How I Beat Shaq." Then, you know, he sorta wasn't super-famous. But there's a twist to the story. Lately, A.C. has been mak ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Grammy Awards 2013: Katy Clowns Bon Iver, Miguel Shows How It's Done, and Taylor Swift Dissed Her Ex

    The Grammys are a huge night for music fans. While we tend to shake our head and wonder how some of these artists won (ie. "Album of the Year"), it's entertaining to watch the live performances and keep fingers crossed for our favorite artists. fun. won big last night, sweeping up the "Song of the Y ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

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    September 5, 2012

    Phoenix Rapper Sar KAZum Says "F**K a Label"

    When it comes to hip-hop, cadence is everything. Well, maybe not everything, but a rapper's flow is a damn big deal. Whether you're making a club banger or flexing your lyrical chops, delivery makes or breaks a jam. Phoenix emcee Sar KAZum knows this, so he looked to hip-hop heavyweights like KRS-O ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Identity Festival at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 8/19/12

    IDENTITY FESTIVAL @ ASHLEY HOMESTORE PAVILION | 8/19/12See also: Live Nation Looks to Cash In on EDM Rage with Identity Festival See also: Paul van Dyk on Why He Dissed Madonna, His Quest for the Perfect Track, and the Growth of EDM in America See also: Luke Romero on The Psychology of Club Nights, ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    What Are the Top 10 Most "Spotified" Songs in Phoenix?

    You have to look pretty hard for someone who doesn't have an opinion about Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service that launched in 2008 and hit the States in 2011. It's hard to deny its ease, selection, and um, free-ness, but it's also been a magnet for controversy. In both the controversial ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: The Hood Internet

    See also: Isaiah Toothtaker Discusses the Hood Internet-Produced Tooth Wavy It's been tough for us to stop spinning Toothy Wavy, the collaboration among Tucson-based Isaiah Toothtaker, Max B, and The Hood Internet, so it only makes sense that we'd wind up spending a some time with The Hood Internet ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    15 Songs to Light Up to on 4/20

    You never say an unkind word about the time. It's that time of year again. We hope you're stocked up on all of your supplies, namely munchies before you begin your 4/20 shenanigans. Whether you're lighting up at home or going to a party, we've got you covered with 15 songs about marijuana or gettin ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Ten Movies Kanye West Should Have Starred In

    Kanye West is currently scouting locations for a short film in the vein of "Runaway" that will be filmed somewhere in the Middle East in March. Government officials based out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Doha are in the middle of a bidding war to get Yeezy's contract, The New York Observer reports. S ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Incoming: Jimmy Buffett, The Game, Trampled By Turtles, Joe Walsh, Wiz Khalifa

    ​Calling all Parrotheads! Put on your fins and shake up some margaritas because Jimmy Buffett's coming to town! This calls for an extended summer all the way through October 20, when Jimmy parades his cheery ass through Phoenix for an evening full of tropical-themed sing-alongs and awful Hawaiian ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is an Awesome Producer

    ​ We shared news on Monday that blues-rock duo The Black Keys are finished with their follow-up to the freaking great album Brothers, and this week we profiled young Ohio-based singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield in our print issue, whose latest album Tell Me, along with her previous, With Blas ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    The Best Concert Photos of June 2011

    Luke HolwerdaBritney Spears at Arena​Yeah, we know. It's a little late. Somehow all the mojitos we consumed during the fourth at the massive haboob from last week, have us a little behind. Be that as it may, we're confident that even a cursory glance at the below photos will have yo ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Wiz Khalifa at Mesa Amphitheatre, 6-28-11

    Photos by Shawn AndersonWiz Khalifa performed a sold-out show in Mesa.​Wiz KhalifaMesa Amphitheatre Tuesday, June 28, 2011The cloud of smoke that lingered over the crowd at last night's sold-out Wiz Khalifa show was proof positive that the Pittsburgh rapper's Rolling Papers tour had lived up ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    June 23, 2011

    Train Makes 'Drops of Jupiter' Wine

    ​Pop music hit makers Train are making a "Drops of Jupiter" wine, according to Entertainment Weekly.Train's wine, which is a 2009 Petite Sirah, will be available for just $9.99 as of July 18. The proceeds from the sales will be donated to a charity called Family House.The idea for making the group ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    What's Selling? Top Ten Lists from Valley Record Stores

    Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues ​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. Looks like Fleet Foxes are doing pretty well this week, with their heady folk album Helples ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    February 17, 2011

    The Strokes Album Was Delayed Due To Casablancas' Differences

    ​The Strokes' experiences while recording their upcoming album Angles wasn't so happy-go-lucky throughout the entire process, according to NME.There was plenty of resentment amongst the band members. Things got better after they moved to a new location to complete the recording process, but until ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys Headlining Bonnaroo

    Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival​ Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, and The Black Keys will be headlining the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for its 10th year, according to the Bonnaroo website.The good people who run Bonnaroo have put together a bomb-ass lineup. Other artists confir ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Lil Wayne Releases Green Bay Packers Anthem

    Lil Wayne's not shy about rooting for green and yellow in the Super Bowl this year.​Lil Wayne will be rooting for the Green Bay Packers in this year's Super Bowl, according to SPIN.Weezy's all about reppin' the green and yellow, stating in his newly released Wiz Khalifa rip-off "Green and Y ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Lollapalooza Chile Announces Solid Lineup

    ​The lineup for the first annual Lollapalooza in Chile has been announced, according to Consequence of Sound.The Killers, Jane's Addiction, and Kanye West are among some of the top names on the artist roster. Other big names include The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, The National, Cold War Kids, Devand ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Duran Duran, The Strokes Tapped For Coachella; Official Lineup Coming Soon UPDATE

    ​Coachella's official lineup should be announced very, very soon -- lest anyone forget that this week is usually when the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival makes it big announcement.In lieu of the entire festival lineup, a few acts have already been confirmed for the festival's 2011 editi ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    The 10 Stupidest Music Stories of 2010

    ​Every year a few ridiculous stories get squeezed in between the serious ones. In honor of the year coming to a close, it's time to poke some fun at those who entertained us by making the stupidest headlines in music news in 2010.In no particular order, here are some real winners... err, well, act ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Wiz Khalifa's Bitches Love Him in "Black and Yellow"

    Wiz Khalifa​Dang, it's sad when a song climbing up the Billboard Hot 100 charts refers to women as hos and bitches. Such is the case with Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," which had to be cleaned up extensively for radio play. The original "dirty" version is riddled with n-bombs, as well, but it's ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Glastonbury Going Green... But Who's Playing?

    ​Worthy Farm, home to the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in the UK, now boasts what festival organizer Michael Eavis calls "the best solar power system in the country," according to NME.The cluster of 1,116 solar panels that is fixed on top of the cowshed at Worthy Farm is pr ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Jack White and Norah Jones Join Danger Mouse for New Project

    ​Jack White and Norah Jones will be featured on Danger Mouse's long-running project with Daniele Luppi, according to Consequence of Sound.While Norah Jones has only been rumored to be on the album in some capacity, Jack White has been in the loop for a while. After having showed off his work to Ja ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Incoming: Jónsi, Best Coast, Surfer Blood, k-os, Caribou, The Tubes

    ​Here's a fun fact about seminal 80's band The Tubes -- their origins are in Phoenix. Tubes' founders Bill "Sputnick" Spooner and late keyboardist Vince Welnick were born and raised in Phoenix, playing in early high school bands before packing up shop, moving to San Francisco in the late 60's and ... More >>