Phoenix
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,
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.
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...
Soft Deadlines, redactions, and the modern intelligence state

Soft Deadlines, redactions, and the modern intelligence state

It’s common enough to go check out a local band, and find some musicians that clearly got a handle on their craft and a cohesive sound.  But every once in a while one of those damned hooks get stuck in your head and you just have to go home with a copy.  After repeated exposure,...