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

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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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There Are a Ton of Great Female-Fronted Rock Bands Right Now

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Though I confess to being an ardent reader of them, I'm resistant to shoveling my year's listening habits into a year-end list; looking back like that feels like underscoring the records I missed rather than the ones I was spinning endlessly. Beyond that, I find it nothing short of off-putting when critics pay particular attention to the gender of a given band, especially because that discussion only ever comes up when the gender is female. You never hear, "They're a really great rock band, and they're all men, too!" and, damn it, that ain't right.

With all of that said: Holy shit, there were a lot of great female-fronted records out in 2013.

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The 10 Best Phoenix Bands Under 21

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Whether they were adding a bit of flair to an old favorite, taking the scene by storm, or continuing their march to the top, 2013 was a big year for Valley musicians under 21.

Here's 10 of our favorites who spent most of 2013 in the all-ages sections of their own shows.

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