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Gloritone is scheduled to perform on Friday, November 3, at Long Wong's in Tempe. Showtime is 9 p.m.

. . . before the paint had dried is available online at www.semifamous.com/gloritone

Sonik Boom: Urban music fans should take note of the appearance of Sonik magazine, a new publication that cropped up on newsstands in mid-September. The brain child of editor/publisher Ryan Phillips, Sonik is devoted to covering electronic music, fashion and culture. Though the magazine technically isn't Valley-based -- Phillips is currently headquartered in Tucson, though he plans a move north soon -- its primary focus is on the thriving Phoenix DJ/dance scene.

The première issue includes features on trance music pioneer BT and local DJ tech whiz Focus (both recently profiled in New Times), as well as internationally renowned turntablists Nick Warren, John Digweed and Frankie Bones. A second issue of the monthly mag featuring jump-up jungle DJ Aphrodite is going to press shortly.

Phillips says he started the 'zine to help bring together local electronic music enthusiasts. "Arizona has a healthy nightlife scene," he says. "It's just that there aren't as many people aware of it as there should be. Part of the problem with Phoenix is that everything is so spread out that often people in north Phoenix don't know what's going on in Tempe. We're trying to help educate everybody."

The magazine's long-term goals include some regional franchising. According to Phillips, Sonik is already flirting with the idea of expanding to the Los Angeles and Las Vegas markets.

Given its sleek design and better-than-average content, Sonik is a welcome respite from the bulk of nightlife guides, most of which wallow in a predictably puerile frat boy mentality, like the hoary No Cover magazine. Early distribution of Sonik is still relatively limited, but it can be found online at http://sonikmagazine.com.

Reunited and It Feels So Good: Even though they've long been regarded as the critical punching bag of local music, the members of pop combo Satellite have decided to follow on the heels of Dead Hot Workshop and "get the band back together, man." The five-piece will reunite for a Saturday, October 21 show at Nita's Hideaway in Tempe.

This turn of events comes less than a year after the group's acrimonious split. Since then, front man and über crooner Stephen Ashbrook has continued to perform his wildly popular solo sets. The singer has also managed to lead an eerily-similar-to-Satellite combo called Ashbrook! (the exclamation point is our own embellishment).

The reunion gig will feature a lineup consisting of Ashbrook, bassist Paul Cardone, drummer Mike Kellums and keyboardist Tim Rovnak. Guitarist Chris Whitehouse, who played in the group's final incarnation but has since relocated to Colorado, will be replaced by Freddy Gildersleeve, a founding member of Satellite who recently swung his ax as part of Ashbrook's solo backing troupe. The Nita's show is set to begin at 9 p.m., with an opening set from Truckers on Speed.

Sam Sham: Recently, an employee at a local record retailer relayed a story about arriving at the store early one Sunday morning and finding a small army of Sammy Hagar fans lined up to buy tickets for the singer's appearance at the second annual Cave Creek Music Festival.

He especially marveled at the two, um, corpulent ladies -- cruisers and bruisers, as Sammy might say -- who plunked down thousands of dollars in cash to buy the maximum number of tickets allowed, each priced at a scandalous $80. And all this for a "festival" whose lineup, apart from Hagar, was filled with a clutter of "to be announced" designations.

Still, that's just the kind of perverse devotion the Red Rocker inspires in his crimped-hair, acid-wash-bandanna-wearing acolytes. But man cannot live on Warboritas alone. So it is that organizers have bolstered the lineup for the weekend-long rock 'n' country event with a number of big-name, no-name and lame-name acts.

Local institution and mascara abuser Alice Cooper is the highest-profile addition to the rock roster. The Coop will take the stage just before Mr. "I Can't Drive 55" on the festival's opening day. Also playing Saturday is guitar wanker extraordinaire Joe Satriani, who's sure to shred up a storm, as is Southern metal outlaw Jesse James Dupree, late of Jackyl. Seventies prog-rock heartlanders Kansas -- insert your own eye patch joke here -- are also on the bill.

The event's country bill boasts the expected rash of Nashville "hat acts" (John Michael Montgomery, Toby Keith), as well as female twangers Terri Clark and LeAnn Rimes. We'll cut Rimes some slack, as the one-time redneck prodigy has matured into a dolled-up hillbilly tart. And yes, she sure has a purty mouth.

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Bob Mehr
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