20 EDM Songs We Don't Want to Hear in 2015

Categories: EDM, Lists

Sometimes songs are like a hit TV show. Let's use Dexter for example, since I really liked Dexter.

Everyone would have been satisfied if it would have ended at season five or six, after the Trinity killer, but no. They had to carry it out to eight seasons that slowly digressed to a point of incest and lumberjacks -- da fuck.

Sometimes music, specifically electronic music suffers the same tragedy. Everyone is so into a hit track when it comes out, that every DJ plays it, and plays it, and plays it....

Not that I have anything personal against any of the songs on this list, they have just drunkenly smashed my ears to the point that I don't feel anything for them anymore. It's not them, it's me.

With all the subgenres -- Chicago house, house, deep house tropical house, electro house, progressive house -- and innovation happening in dance music, there is really no excuse to keep playing the same music anymore. So let sleeping dogs lie, and let's all move on from these festival and club bangers in 2015.

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Sidney DeLorean Loves Dicks, Especially Marc Maron's

Categories: Weird

Courtesy of the artist

You might say Sidney DeLorean has an obsessive personality. Part of that obsession just happens to be dicks. And standup comic Marc Maron. And neon pink hair. And dicks. Lots of dicks.

What size dicks, you ask? Why, "Average Dicks," of course, as DeLorean, a local rapper (who once was in the slop-punk band Female Trouble), explains on her song. "When it comes to a sandwich, I'll take it foot-long / But half that length when it comes to the dong."

Sidney likes dicks so much that she made them a central theme of her senior thesis project at ASU West. Titled AssCashSeaBass, the installation was a room full of rainbow-colored taxidermic cocks mounted on the wall with a pair of headphones that played selections from her first EP. Named after her installation, it was recorded and mixed by Jalipaz at Audiconfusion with beats produced by Jason Kron of Hug of War.

We called up Ms. DeLorean to ask her what her deal is. She explains that she isn't a fan of music that explores personal issues, so she wrote about surface level things that make her happy.

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Here's How to Get Into Bud Light's Invite-Only House of Whatever Parties This Weekend

Categories: Super Bowl

Courtesy of Bud Light
A rendering of the Bud Light House of Whatever.
Downtown Phoenix is a bit busy right now, you might say. Between all the people roaming Super Bowl Central, the football fans heading for NFL Experience, and the usual downtown crowd, its streets and sidewalks are a hive of activity and attractions.

And one of the most curious Super Bowl-related attractions located in downtown is the massive blue-and-white encampment perched on the corner of First and Jefferson streets near the Hotel Palomar, which boasts circus-style tents and an colossal inflatable gorilla with its arms raised in a touchdown pose.

There's also a towering Bud Light bottle outside, which is only fitting, considering that the structure will function as the beer brand's House of Whatever, which will arguably be one of the more unique attractions and experiences of Super Bowl weekend.

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Heritage Hump Day: Haggis, "Turpentine"

Categories: Local Wire

Courtesy of Haggis
The early '00s were a rough time for band photos and names. Just look at this picture of Haggis.

Every Wednesday is Heritage Hump Day! That's because every Wednesday from now to the end of the year or before someone really big stops us, Heritage Hump Records (a temporary subsidiary of Onus Records) and New Times will be bringing you a limited edition collector's item of a much beloved Phoenix band that walked the scorched earth of Arizona before the year 2000 A.D. We will honor that band with a commemorative digital single that you, the digital public, will have only seven days to download to your computers and smart phones before this single gets marked up to an exorbitant price as determined by the mp3 collector community. When that happens, a new Heritage Hump subject will be chosen and the free-for-a-limited-time-only cycle begins anew.

This week we turn our attention to the practical rockers and journeyman jokers known as Haggis.

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Some Call Us Heroes Appearance Canceled at Yucca Tap Room

Categories: Local Wire

Chris Caminiti
Some Call Us Heroes

Update: Since this article went to press, the Some Call Us Heroes appearance at Yucca Tap Room has been canceled due to "unforeseen medical circumstances," as described on the band's Facebook page.

A few years ago, five Phoenix musicians from various respected local bands came together and hit the ground running.

It all started with Laconic. When the metalcore act disbanded, Danny Brian (vocals/guitar) and Sanjay Parikh (guitar) couldn't stay away from making music, so they began to put together some demos -- no band, no name, no direction of any kind. Suddenly, drummer Ian Schad (Adavant) joined the duo.

"At first, we just wanted to be a studio band and have fun to get back to the roots of why we began playing music," Brian says.

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Generationals' Happy Pop Music Stems from a Lifelong Friendship

Categories: Interview

Cara Robbins

How much of a band's music is determined by where and how it records?

For Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, who formed Generationals in 2008 and have released an album or EP each year since, their fourth album seemed to be the right time to leave behind a process that was both familiar and successful. What effect would leaving their comfort zone have on Generationals' music?

"It wasn't an active reason that we needed to change. We were just interested in what that would bring about and how that would change our method and how that would change our output," Widmer says. "It's healthy to upset [your routine] when you're creating."

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Kid Ink, Jeremih, and Dej Loaf Headline Concert at Comerica Theatre on 3/19

Categories: Announcements

Kid Ink and others are coming to Phoenix March 19.

Just announced: Kid Ink, Jeremih, and Dej Loaf are coming to Phoenix for a March 19 concert at Comerica Theatre.

The concert is one of the many dates on the Scream Nation: The Reintroduction Tour, a new partnership between Scream Tour and Live Nation.

Phoenix DJs take note: The tour is hosting an line DJ talent search to help promote the concert dates. DJs from all over the country will compete, and the winner has a chance to perform on the Scream Tour date in their hometown. Visit the Scream Tour website for more details.

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25 Best Super Bowl Week Parties

Categories: Super Bowl

Knife Party is scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 30, at The Pressroom.
It has begun. Like it or not, Super Bowl week is officially upon us, as events, parties, and celebrations tied to the big showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots have already gotten going different parts of the Valley, such as the ESPN Fan Fest over in Scottsdale and the NFL Experience. And the biggest celebration of the entire week, the ginormous Verizon Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix starts tomorrow.

Both areas of the Valley will serve as major hubs and will experience record crowds, as will pretty much everying adjacent to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale (including Westgate and the site of the attention-grabbing DirecTV Super Fan Fest).

The hullabaloo surrounding the Super Bowl has gotten considerably bigger since the last time the game came through Phoenix in 2008. way bigger.

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8 Most Expensive Super Bowl XLIX Concerts and Parties

Categories: Super Bowl

With Super Bowl XLIX just days away, it's tempting to hungrily eye the vast array of entertainment options as a buffet -- and there are many, many choices available to you. Except that not every event is on the all-you-can-eat buffet, some of the dishes are seasonally priced and off the menu, and if you have to ask, you can't afford it. Phoenix is practically Los Angeles or Las Vegas this weekend, complete with the ridiculous prices. Here are the most expensive parties happening this Super Bowl weekend.

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Fairy Bones Is All Business About the Music

Categories: Local Wire

Francisco Cordova
Fairy Bones

What is so satisfying about the level of recognition that local synth-punks Fairy Bones get is that the band has gone about its entire career the "right" way. The foursome is equally about business as it is party, they don't kowtow to local promoters, they work with as many local artists as they possibly can, and they make catchy and fun original tunes.

Is there a better recipe for success than that?

With spunky frontwoman Chelsey Louise Richard, recently named one of the 10 best lead singers in town, leading the charge, Fairy Bones has forced its way into the conversation of who are the best bands not only in Phoenix, but who is the next band to join Andrew Jackson Jihad and Kongos the national stage.

It's hard to believe that a band that couldn't find the right show two years ago is preparing to release one of the most anticipated albums of the year. But it was that willingness to play the wrong shows, just to get the Fairy Bones name out there, that helped the band grow.

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