Toby Keith, Summer Softball Splash, Deceased, and Lollapalooza 2010 Over the Weekend

Toby Keith at Cricket Wireless Ampitheatre on 8/8/2010
I have to admit I went to Toby Keith's show at Cricket only partially to hear classics like "Should've Been A Cowboy" and "How Do You Like Me Now?!" Sure, it's always nice to hear Toby belt out his Blue Collar anthems, and, yes, Toby has a new record coming out in October. But, as it happens, this was The American Ride Tour, and that already came around last year...full story

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Summer Softball Splash at the Wyndham Hotel
The Cactus City Softball League's Spartans celebrated their upcoming appearance at the Gay Softball World Series with a party on Saturday at the Wyndham Hotel's rooftop pool. The afternoon-long affair featured dancing, drinks and a deejay...see photos

Deceased, Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Vehemence, Hemoptysis, and Chaos Ascending at UB's
In most Christian sects, Sunday is typically reserved as a day of rest, but last night at UB's there was no rest for the wicked, as six bands converged on this Mesa club to provide a night of demonic delight for the many metalheads in attendance. A pair of Tucson bands - Genocaust and Chaos Ascending - opened the show to a small-but-appreciative audience of Valley metal fans...full story

Lollapalooza 2010: All Your Festivals Belong to GaGa
There are people who just don't like music festivals. It won't matter who's on the bill or whether the show is in the middle of the desert or the center of a city; they're just not interested in seeing bite-size sets crushed by an often bikini topped mob. Don't get me wrong, I understand. I hadn't been to Lollapalooza before, but it's certainly a festival, with all the sweat, portable toilets and spilled beer that come with that experience...full story.
See also: Lollapalooza 2010: Lessons on How to Entertain a Festival Crowd

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.