Phoenix's Treasure MammaL Joins Forces with Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Categories: Local Wire

Larah Pawlowski
Treasure MammaL will appear on a new Wayne Coyne project, performing a cover of the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home."

Treasure MammaL has been one of the weirdest musical acts in Phoenix for a decade, and soon the rest of the country will share Phoenix's spirit animal.

Treasure MammaL has been invited by the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne to play on his upcoming compilation tribute to the Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Treasure MammaL will add its rendition of "She's Leaving Home" to the effort, which also will feature guest appearances by Miley Cyrus, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch, Birdflower, and -- if Coyne gets his way -- My Morning Jacket and Sleigh Bells.

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Nas' Classic Illmatic Turns 20

Categories: hip-hop

Nas' classic album Illmatic turned 20 this year.

Like fiction, the best hip hop -- albums that persist beyond the noise of their release, lyricists whose lines take residence in your consciousness long after the record has stopped spinning -- transports you from whatever mundane existence you inhabit and into the world of the artist.

All music does that to a degree, of course, but hip hop does it with more urgency, more immediacy, more fervor. And no rap album has done it better than Nas' classic, Illmatic.

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Rhythm Room Mainstay MonaLisa Watkins Bids Farewell

Categories: Blues

Benjamin Leatherman
Mona Lisa Watkins' reign at the Rhythm Room has come to an end.

MonaLisa Watkins sang "Xanadu" with Tab Benoit, watched Dick Dale stand behind the bar telling stories to Rhythm Room employees, and watched Francine Reed sing "A Song for You" a cappella to the bar's staff. Those are some of the memories that she has after 17 years of working at the venerable Central Phoenix blues joint.

It's not often that a general manager of a club gets a going-away party in which several bands will play for free in her honor, but that's how much Watkins is loved by the Phoenix blues community.

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MS MR Take It to the Stage (Not Without Difficulties)

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MS MR are scheduled to perform Wednesday, April 23 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
It's a beautiful thing when the pieces fall into place. For Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow, the creative forces behind MS MR, the New York-based synth-pop duo currently supporting Grouplove on a nationwide tour, serendipity was strong at work during the band's inception. While studying at Vassar College, Plapinger having majored in media studies and Hershenow in urban studies, both members juggled extracurricular artistic endeavors that contributed to MS MR's direction. It was their academic pursuits, however, that were more key to the band's foundation than anything else.

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MIM 2014 Summer Concert Series Begins May 1

Categories: Announcements

Xan PadrĂ³n
Cristina Pato, a master of the Galician bagpipes, opens the the Musical Instrument Museum's summer concert series season May 1.

Summer in the Phoenix Valley doesn't wait for any official proclamation -- it just comes on hard in early May. With that in mind, the Musical Instrument Museum's summer concert series officially begins May 1.

"We get some of the greatest [musicians in the world] here," MIM music director Lowell Pickett says of the museum's 300-seat acoustically perfect theater. Tickets are on sale at

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Top 5 Concerts in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: This Week

Pamela Litky/Atlantic Records
Grouplove is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, April 23, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
If you happen to be suffering from a bad case of "Post-Coachella Depression" after spending one, or even two, weekends out in Indio, we've got a few suggestions on how to recover. First, give yourself a day or two to get your bearings back and decompress from the experience. Secondly, consider attending one of the many great concerts taking place around Metro Phoenix in the coming days, many of which feature Coachella artists.

While we understand said performances may not be as grand as the ones you witnessed during that epic, three-day party you attended out on the polo grounds, it might help lessen the doldrums and remind you that not only does life go on, but also that there's only about 51 weeks to go until Coachella 2015.

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Drones at Coachella

Categories: Coachella 2014

Timothy Norris
Nope, not a joke.

LA Weekly made an April Fool's post, about drones at Coachella. Well, it turns out they might have been prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella.

They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast and others. So what's the deal?

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15 Things I Learned at Coachella

Ed Carrasco
Coachella ended. What did we learn?

2014 was a year of Coachella firsts for me -- it was my first time camping and not going as a member of the press. It was a series of highs and lows all bundled up into one fun, yet exhausting weekend. I'm still coughing up dust, but I can say this was one of the most fun Coachellas I've attended yet.

I learn something new every year I go to Coachella, so here are my main takeaways from my fourth year at the festival.

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Alice Cooper's New "Doc Opera" Details Drug Abuse and Other Sordid Stories

Alice Cooper's new "doc opera" is coming to Phoenix.

Anything involving Alice Cooper is bound to push the boundaries of what's normal in the world of pop culture and music. Forty-five years after he began shocking the world for the first time, Cooper, along with a team of filmmakers, Cooper is back, this time in film form.

Unveiled as the first "doc opera," Super Duper Alice Cooper is a sight to be seen; a detailing of Vincent Furnier's childhood from a preacher's son to his transformation into Alice Cooper, followed by a brutal battle with the character that almost killed the real man behind the makeup -- all in the name of celebrating how the extremely influential and accomplished man came out for the better in the end. It isn't about glamorizing the hedonistic, chaotic and typical rock star lifestyle; it's a story of strong family bonds and how they can get us through the darkest of times. It's about survival, suffering, and stability.

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Dave Mason's Traffic Jam - Talking Stick Resort - 4/19/2014

Categories: Last Night

Glenn BurnSilver
Dave Mason could have been better.

Dave Mason was disappointing.

That's the bottom line, though many in the audience would say otherwise -- particularly during the "Dave set," which would be telling enough in itself. Billed as
Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, the idea of Mason playing Traffic tunes -- the band he was a founding
member of, leaving in 1969 before the band's real heyday -- seems like a ploy simply to get people into the seats he couldn't fill as a solo artist. Hard to say for sure, again given the applause to the solo material, but in any event the Traffic material was unfulfilling on many levels.

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