Original PHX Riot Grrrls Burning Bush Reignite for Reunion Show

Categories: Local Wire

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Burning Bush had attitude and was one of the only all-girl punk groups in 1980s-era Phoenix.
Before the Riot Grrrl movement of the early '90s or before the advent of social media, there wasn't a network of like-minded all-female bands across the country working together. All you had was the notion of DIY bands, pockets of groups in far-flung areas of the country maybe mining similar territory. Maybe you'd have a band like L7 in Los Angeles. And maybe you'd have a power-punk trio like Burning Bush here in Phoenix.

Burning Bush existed from 1987 to 1993 and consisted of Thomascyne Ryther (guitar, vocals), Denise Tanguay (bass, vocals), and Audrey Creed (drums). And in fact it was social media that brought them back together. When Kevin Daly posted a picture of his '80s band Hellfire on Facebook and mused about bringing them back together for a show, Denise Tanguay texted him that if he was going to do that, there ought to be a Burning Bush reunion as well.

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The DJs of Thievery Corporation Still Are Peerless Samplers

Categories: EDM

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Thievery Corporation

Twentieth-century writer Charles Colton coined the saying "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

For veteran club DJs Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, their modern interpretation of the phrase was to take the essence of their favorite '60s records, mesh it with their favorite electronica club sounds, and create a multicultural world-beat hybrid of dub, reggae, acid jazz, and bossa nova, a hi-fi sound known the world over as Thievery Corporation.

Now, 20 years later, the duo is on the verge of releasing a new album, its eighth studio effort, a reggae-punk mix of sorts, adding to a trip-hop/hip-hop melting pot that simply refuses to be classified.

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Heritage Hump Day: Less Pain Forever - "Throw Your Babies"

Categories: Local Wire

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Courtesy of Onus Records
Less Pain Forever was actually the better name of the band's two incarnations.

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.

The first time I saw Less Pain Forever, it was in 1997 at a Trunk Federation CD release party at Hollywood Alley when they still labored under the unwieldy name Lush Budget Presents the Les Payne Product. My first impressions were as thus:

"The Les Payne Project began feeding the throng a steady diet of wit and whimsy. Unlike most abrasive guitar-and-drum duos whose only objective is illustrating how two guys can make the noise of six, the Les Payne Project relies far more on humor and vocal harmony. Each number begins like a multi-tracked poetry slam and ends up like a grungier version of De La Soul."
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10 Must-See Bands At McDowell Mountain Music Festival

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Melissa Fossum
Phantogram is one of many great acts at McDowell Mountain Music Festival this weekend.

Long before the Valley of the Sun was boasting multiple major music events, as seems to be the rage these days, McDowell Mountain Music Festival stood alone as the premier metro Phoenix outdoor music festival. And arguably, the Valley's homegrown Bonnaroo is still the best music festival in town.

Before their big move to Margaret T. Hance Park, MMMF was already attracting top-tier jam band headliners like The Flaming Lips, Keller Williams, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, and Ozomatli. But since making the jump to downtown Phoenix the festival has kicked itself into high gear bringing in monster acts like the Roots, the Shins, Umphrey's McGee, Disco Biscuits, and STS9 among many others.

The 2015 festival boasts possibly the best lineup in the festival's history. Here are 10 acts you absolutely can't miss at this year's festival.


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Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Black Keys Headline to Outside Lands

Categories: News

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Melissa Fossum
St. Vincent will bring her weird self to Outside Lands.

Outside Lands, the San Francisco music festival, released its lineup today, including an impressive group of top-line headliners.

Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, and more top the lineup this year, which is heavy on the indie rock.

The festival takes place August 7 through 9 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.



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Review: Hardwell, Zeds Dead at Phoenix Lights EDM Festival

Categories: Last Weekend

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Benjamin Leatherman
At least one girl had fun.

As the sunset, shadows of buildings crawled through the empty streets of downtown Phoenix on Sunday, transitioning the city from day to night, from weekend to work week.

You would never guess from the quiet and calm streets that the world's number one ranked DJ -- at least according to DJ Magazine (whatever that means) -- Hardwell, had landed in Civic Space Park.

The nearly three-acre park was gated off, and from the the outside looking in, was filled with the movement of 20-somethings dancing under laser lights and to the thump of a kick and snare.

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10 People Who Won't Make It at Miami's Ultra Music Festival

Categories: EDM

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
These ladies survived. Can you?

Watching Ultra Music Festival's idyllic official after-movies, you might get the impression that UMF is some kind of utopian music-based society where the young and beautiful run only in slow motion, where everyone is welcome and everything is pleasant.

In some ways, this is true. You're more likely to have a good time than a bad one. But it is also possible to sabotage your potentially epic, super-memorable Ultra experience. Certain behaviors stemming from ignorance, naiveté, or just being kind of a party pooper can and will lead to a less-than-stellar UMF 2015.

Here are the ten people who won't make it at Ultra Music Festival. Don't let yourself be counted among them.


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10 Accurate and Honest Breakup Songs

Categories: Top Lists

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We were never able to watch Full House the same way.

While there's nothing wrong with Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" or Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts," they might be a little melodramatic.

Bob Dylan set the bar awfully high for great honest breakup songs when he wrote tunes like "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," but we think there've been some solid ones since.

Here are 10 of our favorite breakup songs that portray the realities of breaking up, rather than the over-the-top emotions.

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Social Distortion's Mike Ness Hit Rock Bottom Before Reaching the Top

Categories: Punk

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Danny Clinch
Social Distortion

In the song "California (Hustle & Flow)" from Social Distortion's Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, singer Mike Ness professes, "Life gets hard and then it gets good / like I always knew it would."

Ness, the one-time Fullerton, California, street punk and lone surviving member of the legendary So Cal punk band Social Distortion, is as recognizable for living the life he portrays in verse, both the bad and good, as he is by the shades, tattoos, classic punk snarl vocals and cautionary tales.

In short, he has gone from survival mode, having been kicked out of his childhood home at 15, to living life on his terms as a the band's leader, owner of Black Kat Kustoms (est. 2003) clothing line and car and bike parts, and having a solid marriage, two sons, a ranch, and most of all, happiness.

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5 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Categories: This Week

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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is coming to damn Phoenix.

Be sure to check out our comprehensive concert calendar for more options.

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