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    November 4, 2014

    Yelle Made Going Out on Monday in Phoenix Worth It Last Night

    Sometimes, no amount of coffee or marijuana can help you from lying around a dingy house instead of being able to write. I wasn't excited about Yelle. I almost considered not going at all. But I'm glad I forced myself to get out because this show was possibly the best I've seen all year, and certain ... 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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    December 19, 2012

    S.S. Coachella: Nail Master Class with Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss

    By Liz Tracy Fashion and music are the funniest-looking twin sisters. They're always together, always kinda sloppy. Sometimes they dress up like a swan or wear a big mouse head. Together, they're always looking to make a bold statement. If you follow Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss on Instagram (@Kra ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    S.S. Coachella Cruise, Day One: Father John Misty, Yeasayer, !!!, Pulp

    By Liz Tracy The S.S. Coachella set out to sea rather unceremoniously. There weren't horns, not a streamer in sight, and no one smashed bottles against the body of the ship. But we'd all been aboard the Celebrity Silhouette for about four hours at that point, and Father John Misty was launching o ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Are You a Cute Blonde Lady? Now is a Good Time to be in a Music Video

    Last week, a couple of so-called indie bands released music videos that featured quirky blonde actresses. Michelle Williams traveled to Niagara Falls Wild Nothing's "Paradise" and The Girl Next Door Elisha Cuthbert imagines herself in a movie in The Gaslight Anthem's video for "Here Comes My Man." B ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Yeasayer at Crescent Ballroom, 9/3/12

    See also: Rise Against Ends Boycott of Arizona; Sound Strike Changes Focus See also: Five Sound Strike Bands We'd Like to See Perform in ArizonaYeasayer @ Crescent Ballroom, 9/3/12 Last night had all the ingredients for a great performance: a band fresh off the Soundstrike, a sold-out show, a cool ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    S.S. Coachella Cruise Lineup Announced Featuring Pulp, Girl Talk, Z-Trip, and More

    See also: Z-Trip Talks Growing Up in Phoenix, Johhny D., Crate-Digging, Mexican Food, Smite, and More See also: Up on the Sun's Coachella 2012 Coverage Goldenvoice promised an announcement at 6 p.m. today, but looks like someone jumped the gun: Get ready for the S.S. Coachella cruise, which takes a ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Incoming: Metric, Yeasayer, Lightning Bolt

    Metric, who sound like a poppier, gentler version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, are dropping a new album, Synthetica, on June 12. They'll be hitting up the Marquee Theatre in support of the record, but it's likely that they'll perform old hits such as "Help I'm Alive" and "Gimme Sympathy" as well.By ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Five Sound Strike Bands We'd Like to See Perform in Arizona

    Last week, punk band Rise Against ended their boycott of Arizona by announcing two high-profile shows. That isn't to say that The Sound Strike , the boycott organized by rockers like Zack de la Rocha to impact the state in the wake of SB 1070 is over, but it's shifting it's focus away from boycottin ... More >>

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    November 5, 2011

    Youth Lagoon at Crescent Ballroom, 11/4/11 (VIDEO)

    Photos and video by Melissa Fossum​ Youth Lagoon Crescent Ballroom Friday, November 4, 2011 Last night can be summed up in one word: poetic. Phoenix got some long overdue rain, ushering in eagerly awaited hoodie weather, and Youth Lagoon, the brainchild of Boise's Trevor Powers, played its se ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Your Favorite New Band: Hooray For Earth

    Hooray For Earth​New albums reach my desktop pretty much every day -- it's a neat little privilege of being a music writer. Some are from bands I know, some from bands I've never heard of. More so, some are bands with silly names that cry "Oh, please PLEASE don't listen to this record." New York i ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Linkin Park Made Their OK Computer

    All hail A Thousands Suns, the finest dystopian fusion a major label can buy

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    February 14, 2011

    Beliebers Are Sore Losers After Grammy Awards

    ​Apparently Justin Bieber fans can be bitter and vicious, according to Billboard.After a loss for Bieber for Best New Artist award at the Grammy Awards last night, Beliebers took to the internet to express their anger with the intent to directly attack Esperanza Spalding, the talented jazz musicia ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 27, 2010

    Yeasayer Drop a Live Album; You Pick the Price

    ​Yeasayer's new album Live at Ancienne Belgique was released on Christmas, according to Pitchfork.The concert, which was recorded on October 28, 2010 in Brussels, has been released as a 13-track live album that is available for download on the band's website.As a Christmas treat from the band, fan ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    October 27, 2010

    The 88: The 88

    ​Artist: The 88Title: The 88 Release date: September 28 Label: Rocket ScienceWhat do you do if you're a band like The 88? You're top-flight songwriters and musicians, you get your songs placed in all kinds of big-name TV shows and high-profile TV commercials, you tour the country opening ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Warpaint: The Fool

    ​Artist: Warpaint Title: The Fool Release date: October 25 Label: Rough Trade The musical path taken by L.A. foursome Warpaint is well trodden -- but this kind of ultra-moody, sort of experimental, Joy Division-indebted music is usually plied by men. But Warpaint is a quartet of women, and in ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Half of 2010

    Dum Dum Girls​Today marks the halfway point of Nothing Not New. That means I've listen to nearly 140 records in their entirety in the first six months of 2010. Just another 140 or so to go before I can retreat to the familiarity of my record collection.To recognize the occasion, the Up on the Sun ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Foals: Total Life Forever

    ​Artist: FoalsTitle: Total Life ForeverRelease date: June 22Label: Sub PopThough I disagree with a commenter on one of my posts this week (Shawn from excellent local music blog Electric Mustache) about the merits of electro-punk Sleigh Bells, I agree with him that S.B. are a band that you either l ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Delta Spirit, Stereo Total, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Cringe, The Dig, and more

    ​Let's clear off the desk, shall we?Stereo Total: Baby Ouh! -- This band on the Kill Rock Stars label is a multi-lingual new-New Wave boy-girl band with songs sung in English, German, and French. It's quirky with a capital "Q" and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is. Still, most songs are un ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: CocoRosie, Natalie Merchant, Disco Biscuits, The Sadies, Small Black, and more

    ​It's been a pretty big past two weeks for indie rock: Hold Steady, New Pornographers, Flying Lotus, The National, The Dead Weather. That's a lot of heavy-hitters. Meanwhile, some lower-profile stuff has been piling up on my desk, so it's time to give you a rundown of the other stuff I've been lis ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Male Bonding: Nothing Hurts

    ​Artist: Male BondingTitle: Nothing HurtsRelease date: May 11Label: Sub PopRemember all the buzz about Wavves last year? I thought they were just okay. Hopefully, their next record (slated for release this year) will be better. In the meantime, I'll be listening to the new record by Male Bonding, ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Coachella: My Experience in 1,600 Words, Broken Up Into 140 Character Chunks

    These babies were hard to get if you waited too long.​Coachella is my favorite time of the year, like my birthday and Christmas combined. While I've been there before, this was my first experience documenting it on my phone, tweeting about camping, crowds and, umm, music.What follows is an annotat ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Arctic Monkeys at Marquee Theatre

    Luke HolwerdaArctic Monkeys: Anticipation has a habit to set you up. More photos from our slideshow here.​The blessing of Arizona's spot at the proverbial Coachella Kiddie Table is the huge number of shows we get by bands looking for a layover on their way Indio. On Thursday, Arctic Monkeys played ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Yeasayer at Rhythm Room

    ​I walked into the Rhythm Room on Thursday evening for the Yeasayer show and surveyed the crowd. Immediately, I saw signs of potential trouble: The joint was lousy with hipsters. There were three Ben Gibbard look-alikes within 10 feet of me, and between them, they'd consumed enough PBR to drown a ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds

    ​Stinkweeds has always been a haven for indie rockers and hipsters. They specialize in independent music in a way that few others do. While it seems like most of the kids jonesing for their fix of the lastest indie release head to Tempe, they also travel a little further west of ASU to Phoenix's S ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Sade and Other New Releases

    ​Sade has long been on the hook-up playlists of many, since the group debuted back in 1983. You know, light some candles, throw your stuffed animals off the bed and put on some smooth R&B stylings from the classic British group. Now the band is releasing their first album in 10 years, So ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Arctic Monkeys to Play the Marquee (More Coachella Runoff!)

    ​The Valley is getting a ton of runoff from this year's Coachella. First it was Yeasayer and Beach House. Deer Tick and Vampire Weekend then entered the fold. Finally, Sia and Frightened Rabbit scheduled Phoenix dates around the massive festival in Indio, California. The recent announcem ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Download Yeasayer's New Single "O.N.E."

    Yeasayer has released a new single, "O.N.E.," and they have made it available for download at their official website​It's shaping up to be quite a 2010 for Brooklyn psychedelic indie rockers Yeasayer. Their second album, Odd Blood, will be released 2/9 and they have already locked down a Friday sp ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Wednesday Album Stream: Beach House's Teen Dream

    You want this album in your life -- you need this album in your life.​If you listen to just one dream pop album this year, I implore you to make that album Beach House's Teen Dream. The Baltimore duo's second full-length comes out next Tuesday, but that didn't stop those in the know over at NPR fr ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Coachella 2010 Lineup Announced

    Behold, the official lineup for the Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival.​ My head just exploded. Goldenvoice has finally revealed the Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival offical lineup for their 2010 edition. The lineup is usually announced this time of year, on or around the MLK Day ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Beach House: Teen Dream, in "Nothing Not New"

    Welcome to "Nothing Not New," a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 40-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Each Monday through Friday, he will listen to one new record (no best ofs, reissues, or concert re ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Beach House Announces Rhythm Room Show

    Indie/dream pop duo Beach House will bolster an already strong April lineup at the Rhythm Room​Released in late 2009, "Norway," the latest single by Baltimore indie-pop duo Beach House landed on most everyone's radar. The song was a dreamy, perfect slice of indie rock/pop heaven, and it gave Beach ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    2010's Most Anticipated Albums

    2010 brings with it the hope of a new, much better decade chock full of impressive albums​Some of you may or may not have noticed that the 2000s, or aughts for the cool kids, was a pretty crappy decade. That sentiment is becoming more and more prevalent as we inch toward a brand new decade, and B ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Yeasayer Announce World Tour, Graciously Include Phoenix

    These young men were once lost in the woods, now they have released two stunning albums as Brooklyn indie/psychedelic rockers Yeasayer​Those savvy followers of the Rhythm Room's website may have noticed that there has been a Yeasayer show announced for April 15 for a few weeks now (it was in the l ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    December 15 In Blogs: The Shaky Hands, Stingray Sushi, and the DUI Task Force

    ​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: Up on the Sun: Yeasayer Announce World Tour, Graciously Include Phoenix Concert Review: The Shaky Hands and ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    NSFW: New Yeasayer Video For "Ambling Alp" Is Frighteningly Sexy

    Yeasayer's new NSFW video for their fantastic new single "Ambling Alp" confuses and titillates me all at once​If you were wondering if you should make bones about the recent rash of NSFW music videos these days, please don't. Bands and artists alike are stretching the boundaries for what should be ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    2010 Early Releases -- Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend -- Shaping Up Quite Well

    These fine young men call themselves Yeasayer and will have their sophomore album ready for February 2010​Is it too early to look ahead to already announced albums with 2010 release dates? No, especially when those releases carry the clout of such bands as Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer and Arcade Fire ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    30 Highly Anticipated Albums of 2009

    With 2008 in the can, it's time to start thinking about what 2009 will bring, musically. The upcoming year is stocked full of highly anticipated albums, not to mention some very impressive debuts. As usual, the early part of the year looks to be leading the way with a throng of solid albums. The fol ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    October 24, 2008

    Just Announced Shows: Dressy Bessy, Icy Demons, Reel Big Fish, Young Buck

    By Martin Cizmar So, sadly, Phoenix does not appear to be getting of Montreal’s Skeletal Lamping Tour, which MTV says is a much better bet than ... More >>

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    September 27, 2008
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