Can a local band pack the Crescent Ballroom? The Prowling Kind hopes so

Categories: Local Wire

Since the release of their debut album, Tennessee, The Prowling Kind have been looking to prove that they are one of the premier indie rock bands on the Phoenix scene. They have already passed many of the traditional milestones for a Valley band looking to conquer that next step. They have some pretty big shows to their credit, a phenomenal album, and one of the best music videos to come out in so far in 2014 for their single "Melted Together."

Their next mountain to topple will be a headlining set at Crescent Ballroom, on a Wednesday, April 23 to be precise.

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Top 10 Record Stores in Metro Phoenix

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Phoenix is flush with record stores. Here are 10 you should know.

There is no shortage of vinyl -- and places to get it -- in The Valley of the Sun. Jazz, blues, rock, psych, soul, oldies, Latin, children's, soundtracks, surf, drag, indie, metal, punk ... it's all here somewhere. The key is finding who has what you want. More often than not, each record store has at least a little of everything. Yet, not all record stores are created equal. Some focus on vinyl and only vinyl, and most stock some CDs (they're not dead yet), while others are more "full-service," offering everything music-related under the sun from DVDS to movies to t-shirts to instruments.

On a recent sunny Wednesday, I sped about the Valley to see which music outlets offered up the best vinyl. I also was interested to discover which stores offered a comfortable shopping experience, with reasonable prices and knowledgeable employees. Of course, every record shop has its own vibe and atmosphere -- that's what makes each so fun to explore -- and there are plenty of variables. Therefore, as a former record store owner, someone who has been involved in record collecting since age 10, and has been in more record shops across the globe than I care to remember, I know something about what makes a good record store.

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Top 5 Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: This Weekend

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Future Islands plays the Crescent Ballroom on Sunday, April 20.

Music loving Phoneicans have been basking in Coachella's sunshine all week, and this weekend is no different. High-profile acts from the California festival will continue swooping into the Valley of the Sun. It's a great time to be a fan with disposable income.

Local music festivals abound too, from the Under the Bridge Folk Fest to Phochella to the Arizona 420 Festival. There's something for every fan, on every budget.

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Crowne Plaza Hotel Cancels This Weekend's Arizona 420 Festival, Cites Payment Default

Categories: News

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Benjamin Leatherman
Attendees of last year's Arizona 420 Festival.

Sorry to harsh your mellow, stoners, but we've got some bad news. If you were planning to attend the three-day Arizona 420 Festival this weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel -- including seeing Fishbone or any of the four dozen other acts booked to play the event -- said plans may have gone up in smoke earlier tonight.

News broke in the last few hours that hotel management has cancelled the marijuana-friendly festival less than 24 hours before its scheduled kickoff tomorrow due to an alleged "breach of contract" and "payment default" on the part of the festival's promoter.

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Best of Coachella 2014's First Weekend

Categories: Coachella 2014

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Timothy Norris

Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all soar, sunburned and smiling. For those of you heading to Cali for Round 2, here's the best of what we saw during the festival's first weekend.

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Is Playing Festivals a Waste of Time for Unknown Bands?

Categories: Fan Landers

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Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality is assured, unless you want to use your drama as a ticket to Internet microfame.

Dear Fan,

We're a nobody Canadian band. Does it still make sense these days to play a showcase with hundreds of other nobodies at a behemoth festival like SXSW or CMJ? It seems to us that unless you're buzzing going in, it's just a waste of money (especially if you have to drive from Halifax to Texas). But say we do it anyway (and many do): What is the best way to maximize your time there? Is a festival the best or worst time to approach a booker/promoter/label rep/music supervisor?
-Showcase Suckers

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How Chromeo's Patrick Gemayel Broke His Wrist in Phoenix

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Chromeo is scheduled to perform Saturday, April 19, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.

Since Chromeo's formation almost a decade ago, the band has become a leader in dance music with its innovative, modern take on funk. Most notably, the group's third album, 2010's Business Casual, released hits like "Hot Mess" and "Don't Turn the Lights On."

Chromeo's fourth studio album, White Women, is set for release on May 12. The duo already has released a few tracks from the album, including "Come Alive" (featuring Toro Y Moi) and "Sexy Socialite" (featuring Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem). Along with the album release, Chromeo is on the roster for some of the world's largest music festivals this year, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Glastonbury.


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Here Are Five Songs at the Bottom of the Charts When the Beatles Made History


In case you haven't noticed, since Oct. 6, 2012 (the 50th anniversary of the release of "Love Me Do"), we've been on a half-century celebration cycle in which we are scheduled to relive every Beatles innovation, every release of the Beatles' landmark career in real time, right until the inevitable 50th anniversary of their breakup in 2020. Until that day comes, no day will pass that isn't The 50th Anniversary of Something.

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Lana Del Rey - Comerica Theatre - 4/15/2014

Categories: Last Night

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Thousands of fans packed a sold-out Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix Tuesday night to catch a rare performance from singer Elizabeth Grant, a.k.a. Lana Del Rey, in between her Coachella stops. With no opening act, Del Rey hit the stage around 8:30, with opener "Cola."

Sporting jean shorts, U.S. Postal Service T-shirt and belt, Grant looked a little more comfortable in Del Rey's skin and less like "a groupie posing as a real singer" during the sexy "Gods & Monsters." Her voice was on point, and she was able change from her upper and lower vocal register with ease while constantly smiling at fans. The ballad "Blue Jeans" was simply beautiful as she sang, "I will love you 'til the end of time / I would wait a million years, Promise you'll remember that your mine / Baby, can you see through the tears."

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Foster the People - Marquee Theatre - 4/15/14

Categories: Last Night

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K.C. Libman

Foster the People
Marquee Theatre
4/15/14

It's official: Foster the People is now, well, for the people. Gone are the days of the band's crowds being elitist and hip, and now we enter the age when 40-somethings know more words to Foster the People songs than you do. This is great news for the Los Angeles-based group, which has risen to elevated status in just a few short years. The group's popularity could be measured in its selling out the Marquee Theatre on Tuesday night. Supported by the art and music collective Young & Sick -- whose single "Glass" may be one of the most fun songs I've heard this year -- it was an evening of straight-ahead pop that anyone could shamelessly enjoy.


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