Why Dillon Francis Will Never Name His Future Children After Taco Bell Menu Items

Categories: Outtakes

Dillon Francis takes a break from giving out free Doritos Locos tacos as a part of one of his many pranks.
Despite anything you might've read online, Dillon Francis does not own a Taco Bell. That was just a clever April Fool's prank. That said, the infamous dance-music producer seems to spend enough time patronizing the fast food chain and professing his love for its various menu items that one could easily make that assumption.

As we mentioned in this week's music feature on Francis and the Mad Decent Block Party, which makes its Valley debut later tonight, the 26-year-old is a man of many passions. And just off the tops of our heads, that includes, but is by no means limited to, his aforementioned love of Taco Bell, as well as a big thing for cats, Internet weirdness, and absurd humor.

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Big Fish Pub Reopens at Arizona Event Center in Mesa as the Big Fish Theatre

Categories: Opening/Closing

Benjamin Leatherman
The Arizona Event Center in Mesa, now home to the Big Fish Theatre.
Don't look now, but the live music scene in Mesa has gotten bigger and a bit livelier recently. Yes, you read that right -- Mesa.

The often-quiet East Valley suburb, which was notoriously deemed as one of the "10 Most Boring Cities in America" earlier this year, has become noisier with the sounds of rock, punk, and hip-hop over the last couple of months thanks to some new venues, including the Big Fish Theatre.

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Alkemé: "If It Were Up to Me, Everyone Would Go Home and Make Babies After My Sets"

Categories: DJ Dossier

Aaron Wallace
Alkemé wants you to get busy, on the dancefloor or elsewhere.
Dancing, as famed poet Robert Frost once wrote, is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. In other words, when some couples take to the dance floor at your average club night, it's not only from a desire to show off some sweet steps and fancy moves. More carnal intentions might be afoot, which is something that Alkemé is more than happy to help facilitate.

The right song or groove can certainly heighten any sort of mood, especially those of an amorous nature, and act as audio aphrodisiac of sorts -- its pure chemistry, or, in her case, alchemy.

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Yoga Is Key for Touring Musicians, Says Kopecky Family Band

Categories: Q&A

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Overnight success can take years. The Kopecky Family Band's buoyant folk-estral sound goes back seven years to Nashville's Belmont University where they all met. The sextet had released three EPs and were about to self-release their full-length debut, Kids Raising Kids, when they inaugurated a co-headlining tour with an equally anonymous Colorado band, the Lumineers. While they didn't emerge from those dates as popular as their tourmates, it did secure them a label deal from ATO. It re-released the album and helped send the singles "Heartbeat" and "Are You Listening" up the Adult Alternative charts.

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Neon Trees Cancels Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre Concert

Categories: Announcements

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Neon Trees

So few concerts come through downtown Phoenix's majestic Orpheum Theatre that when one cancels, it's always a shame.

Unfortunately, that's the case for October 5 Neon Trees show.

The Provo, Utah, mega-poppers announced that they had to cancel several upcoming tour dates due to health reasons.

Here's the statement:

"Neon Trees regretfully must postpone some dates of their upcoming fall tour due to health issues of bassist Branden Campbell, who recently underwent open-heart surgery for a valve replacement. The intense touring schedule has been exhaustive and doctors have advised Campbell to slow down.

"We had initially thought we should cancel the entire tour, but Branden wouldn't let us, thus the new abridged dates can be found on our website www.fameisdead.com. We are very sorry that we are postponing some of our upcoming dates. Obviously, our bass player's health must come first, and we thank all of our fans for understanding. We will make it up to you in the near future - we promise."

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5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: This Weekend

Scott Simontachhi
Sarah Jarosz is playing the Musical Instrument Museum Theater on Sunday and Monday.

Filed under the category of "Everything That's Not Mad Decent Block Party," here are your five best options for live music this week in Phoenix. Be sure to check out our comprehensive concert listings for more options.

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Autobot of Flosstradamus: "There's Always Going to Be Haters, No Matter What You Do"

Categories: EDM, Q&A, hip-hop

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J2K (left) and Autobot of Flosstradamus.
In the 2013 mini-documentary chronicling the rise of the Mad Decent Block Party, über-producer and festival founder Diplo has a bit of advice for anyone who performs at the event: "If you're an act, don't play after Flosstradamus," he says. "That's really hard."

It's a simple edict that illustrates not only the Chicago-based duo's prominence in Mad Decent land (and the realms of both dance music and trap they occupy), but also their abilities as party instigators and performers.

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11 New Sponsor Ideas for US Airways Center

Categories: Lists

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How about one of these names for the arena?
US Airways and American Airlines merged at the end of last year, and in 2015, the airline formerly know as US Airways' sponsorship deal will end. American Airlines already has the American Airlines Center in Dallas and the American Airlines Arena in Miami, so there's no need for the company to buy the naming rights to a third NBA arena. That creates a gap for an opportunistic re-branding of the 22-year-old venue, which is currently hosts the home games for the Phoenix Suns, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, and the AFL's Arizona Rattlers, as well as a slew of concerts throughout the year. While no one can say for sure what the future holds for the arena downtown that bears the airline's name, we're thinking ahead for possible new names for Ye Olde America West Arena.

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Linkin Park - US Airways Center - 9/10/2014

Categories: Last Night

Jim Louvau
Linkin Park, AFI, and 30 Seconds to Mars played US Airways Center last night. Full slideshow here.

The Carnivores Tour featuring Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI hit the US Airways Center last night in downtown Phoenix.The evening included some of the best angst-driven rock anthems of the past 15 years -- well, from at least two of the acts.

The night began with a very solid 40-minute opening set from AFI, who, like Linkin Park, has evolved musically since their heyday. While they still may be labeled as punk, newer tracks like "I Hope You Suffer" from their latest record Burials are far from the punk roots from which they came. Older tracks from their breakout record 2003's Sing the Sorrow dominated most of their short set.

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Casting Martin Scorsese's New Ramones Movie

Categories: Punk


By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
A couple weekends ago, word got out that an upcoming Ramones biopic would be helmed by one of America's greatest living filmmakers, Martin Scorsese. The movie would be one of several band-related projects slated for 2016, the 40th anniversary of the bruddas' debut album, Ramones.

Scorsese isn't that odd a choice to direct a film about the groundbreaking punk band. He's a New Yorker who loves music, and directed The Last Waltz and Shine a Light. He also knows what to do with a good story. Like The Wolf of Wall Street or Raging Bull, the tale of the Ramones is a fascinating one, filled with underdogs, victors, losers, users, lovers, betrayers and a litany of insecure gods.

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