Is Phoenix’s Lit Scene Really On Fire—Or Is It Just Blowing Smoke?

Is Phoenix’s Lit Scene Really On Fire—Or Is It Just Blowing Smoke?

It is a cliché that the Phoenix is a bird which burns itself down to birth something new... but it's fucking true.
PHX SUX to Invade Tucson Noise Symposium

PHX SUX to Invade Tucson Noise Symposium

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.   Last updated March 24, 2017. Tucson is having a week-long “Tucson Noise Symposium” from Monday April 4th – Saturday April 8th. We were asked to book half of one of the nights, fulfilling a lifelong dream of Night of Neuralgia...
Rachel Goodwin's 'BAGGAGE' Was Like A [BLANK] in a [BLANK] Store

Rachel Goodwin’s ‘BAGGAGE’ Was Like A [BLANK] in a [BLANK] Store

This satirical exhibit dares you to explore the ritual of buying absolute bullshit by inviting you to actually buy absolute bullshit. The only thing lacking from this retail experience was a pimply, depressed teenager sulking at a cash register.
The Light Rail Plays Moves Us While We're On The Move

The Light Rail Plays Moves Us While We’re On The Move

Each year Rising Youth Theatre takes theater off the stage and gets it on the light rail for two weeks of live public performances. Our correspondent bought a metro pass and tagged along to see this year's Light Rail Plays. Was he impressed, or did he get off at...
Weird Phoenix DIY Veterans Playboy Manbaby Prepare New Album 'Don't Let It Be'

Weird Phoenix DIY Veterans Playboy Manbaby Prepare New Album ‘Don’t Let It Be’

Playboy Manbaby is self proclaimed “PHOENIX POST-FUNK” which they really live up to, having a sound almost enitrely unique to Phoenix and the band itself. Their new album Don’t Let it Be is dropping this Saturday through lolipop records.
Stop Calling Roosevelt Row an Arts District

Stop Calling Roosevelt Row an Arts District

Pete Petrisko tells us why it's NoMoRoRo. Calling Roosevelt Row an "Arts District" at this point might be the greatest bait-and-switch scheme Downtown Phoenix has ever witnessed.
How I Learned To Love Phoenix By Flirting With Seattle

How I Learned To Love Phoenix By Flirting With Seattle

A visit to Seattle reminds our writer about what's REALLY great about living in Phoenix.
Why Are the Names of Phoenix Suburbs So Shitty?

Why Are the Names of Phoenix Suburbs So Shitty?

The name Phoenix is nothing short of kickass, layered in meaning and metaphor. So why do all the other names for cities in Maricopa County fucking suck?
'The Last Phoenician' — Imagining Phx Lovecraft-Style

‘The Last Phoenician’ — Imagining Phx Lovecraft-Style

In the heart of this arid cradle once sprawled a city: a network of glass and steel that dared to defy the tyrant sun's will. Yet there came a time when the weeping earth did swallow all of mankind and its arrogance, while the great solar eye watched unblinking.
Loving the Blemish

Loving the Blemish

True to its perfect name, Phoenix is a risen city, one destined to destroy itself ad nauseum. Living here is pure defiance, not only to nature, but to reason.
Wait, So You Hate Phoenix?

Wait, So You Hate Phoenix?

Nope.
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Call For Submissions: PHX Public Transit SUX

Call For Submissions: PHX Public Transit SUX

This is an open call for submissions of your experiences, thoughts, and advice on the subject of riding public transportation in the Phoenix metro area. Submissions are welcome from individuals of all backgrounds and identities.
"Metropolitan" and The Indiscreet Charm Of The Bourgeois

“Metropolitan” and The Indiscreet Charm Of The Bourgeois

EDITOR’S NOTE: Harkins Valley Art (on Mill Ave) is hosting a free screening of “Metropolitan” this evening at 7pm. Director Whit Stillman will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. In honor of this rare (and rad) occurence, we’re taking a look back at this gem of early 90’s cinema. “The cha cha is no...
Peelander-Z Made Every Band In The World Look Lazy Last Night

Peelander-Z Made Every Band In The World Look Lazy Last Night

I’ve never felt more relieved not to be a musician than after seeing Peelander-Z live tonight at Valley Bar. Walking away after the show, with my ears still ringing, my mind was reeling from the utterly unhinged spectacle that the color-coded quartet had just put on. They had set the performance bar so incredibly high...
Fade Away and Radiate: The Phoenix Burn Grows Cold

Fade Away and Radiate: The Phoenix Burn Grows Cold

EDITOR’S NOTE: All photos in this piece were shot by Lauren Karp. Last weekend was the 29th Art Detour, and I couldn’t have given less of a shit about it. In past years, it was an exciting prospect: a chance to roam around the downtown scene, reconnect with folks, and see what they’re up to....
Terror Pigeon Put Us On Our Backs Last Night

Terror Pigeon Put Us On Our Backs Last Night

Last night, Terror Pigeon put on a special performance for an audience lying on the floor of the Trunk Space. Our correspondent, flat on his back, was there to experience it first-hand,
Getting Obliterated Before Yayoi Kusama's 88th Birthday

Getting Obliterated Before Yayoi Kusama’s 88th Birthday

Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment.” -Yayoi Kusama There are many reasons why Phoenix sucks. The hellish summer heat, for starters. Our repressive police force, for sure. Terrible drivers, Scottsdale douchebags, gentrification turncoats (enjoy your filthy airport lucre), and at least a hundred other factors combine to paint a picture...
Bloody Death Skull Take Their Devilish Bubblegum Pop to Church

Bloody Death Skull Take Their Devilish Bubblegum Pop to Church

For a band with a name that drips menace, Bloody Death Skull’s music is surprising sweet. Picture Lesley Gore covered in gore, or Roky Erickson & Wednesday Adams doing the Mashed Potatos at a sock hop in Hell and you’ll have some idea of what Bloody Death Skull sounds like. It’s old school bubblegum pop...
This Saxophone Kills Fascists Gave The Angels in Downtown Tinnitus Last Night

This Saxophone Kills Fascists Gave The Angels in Downtown Tinnitus Last Night

Last night This Saxophone Kills Fascists kicked up a transcendent free jazz ruckus inside Grace Lutheran Church's Sanctuary.
The Gentle Hits on Creating For The Right Reasons

The Gentle Hits on Creating For The Right Reasons

We got a chance to talk with scene veteran Ian Metzger (ex-Dear In The Headlights) about his new band The Gentle Hits and what he's learned as a musician in Phoenix.
YACHT on Festivals, The Future, & Making Music For Xenomorphs

YACHT on Festivals, The Future, & Making Music For Xenomorphs

“Renaissance man”, like genius, is a bestowed label that gets overused. There are far more Leonardo Ninja Turtles out there in the world than there are Leonardo Da Vincis. That isn’t the case with the duo of Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt, the polymath brains behind YACHT. Not only has the pair released astonishing albums...