Muse, Silversun Pickups, Elvis Costello, Owl City, Arizona BBQ Festival, and Zombie Ball Over the Weekend

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Muse and Silversun Pickups at US Airways Center
You guys saw that, right? You watched the veils drop on the three towers revealing all three members of British arena rockers Muse as they ripped into "Uprising"? You saw them perched over 20 feet high on their respective stages, the lights shining bright on them as the crowd went absolutely bonkers? That was, for lack of a better term, pretty fucking insane...full story

See: Muse and Silversun Pickups in photos.

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Owl City, Lights, and Paper Route at Marquee Theatre
Say what you will about will about Minnesota synth-pop outfit Owl City. None of it seems to bother Owl City vocalist and mastermind Adam Young or his fans. And man does this guy have fans. Most of whom showed up last night at the Marquee Theatre as Owl City played in front of a sold-out crowd...full story

See: Owl City, Lights and Paper Route in photos.

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Elvis Costello at Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater
When an artist's repertoire is as wide and varied as Elvis Costello's, it's hard to know exactly what one will get when attending his concert. Last night's show at Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater had all the trappings of a toned-down affair: The amphitheater's lush lawn was covered in blankets and silver-haired NPR listeners, the stage was filled with acoustic guitars, the sound system played a mellow mix of jazz and blues. Taking my place on the grassy knoll, I couldn't help expecting Costello to deliver a polite set befitting his surroundings and audience...full story

See: Elvis Costello in photos.

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Zombie Ball at Venue of Scottsdale
If its true that the dead can dance, then they definitely demonstrated that fact during Horns & Halos's annual Zombie Ball at the Venue of Scottsdale on Friday, April 9. A variety of freak fetish fun took place as sexily-dressed costumed revelers painted up like the undead partied and played while superstar DJ Chris Vrenna provided the beats...see photos

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Arizona Barbecue Festival: Lessons Learned from Competing in a KCBS Event
I am embarrassed to report that in addition to preparing pork ribs, pork shoulder, brisket, and chicken at the Scottsdale contest, which I was dared into participating in after a heated exchange in the comment section of our blog (backstory here) I very nearly caught my teammate Jonathan McNamara's car on fire...full story


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