Web Radio Station's Future Uncertain After Manager Allegedly Posts Racist Ferguson Rant

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Benjamin Leatherman
Pennie Layne (left) and Jason Harris (a.k.a. Dr. Jay) of local Internet radio station 101 The Feed broadcast at ThirdSpace during the Grand Avenue Festival.

A fledgling online radio station that launched in early August with a focus on local music is losing support quickly after its general manager and registrar of the station's website, allegedly posted a racism-laced rant on Facebook in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

After New Times contributor Jeff Moses took a screenshot of the status and shared it, Jason P. Harris, general manager of 101 The Feed, Serving Your Local Addiction, at first defended his right to free speech. He later said someone digitally manipulated his words in an attempt to bring down his radio station.

After New Times contacted Harris for comment, the station released a statement distancing itself from the post.

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Tempe History Museum Exhibit Shows That Music Scene's History Goes Beyond Gin Blossoms

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Jason Keil
"The Tempe Sound" exhibition shows the musical side of the college town of the nation's largest university.

Walking through the back rooms of the Tempe History Museum, it's easy to get distracted by the various artifacts of the city's lore. Boxes are stacked like in the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark; one clumsy turn could result in someone accidentally getting his face melted. Navigating confidently through the relics is Josh Roffler, curator of collections at Tempe History Museum. He steps inside a fluorescent-lit room to unveil a seemingly ordinary brick. His eyes widen in excitement.

The block doesn't look valuable or important, but intrinsic sentimental value lurks within the shale and clay. It is one of the remnants from the influential Tempe nightclub Long Wong's, where so many musicians, including The Refreshments, Dead Hot Workshop, and Gin Blossoms, staked their claim and rose to prominence. In another corner sits the soundboard that the groups plugged into before taking the stage at the legendary venue.

These items are among the numerous displays making up "The Tempe Sound" exhibition, now at Tempe History Museum through October 4, 2015. The 2,500-square-foot space is filled with nostalgia-inducing artifacts, including costumes, vintage band T-shirts, guitars belonging to artists such as Hans Olson and Roger Clyne, and even a replica of the Long Wong's stage. The exhibit will host concerts and a series of rotating exhibits throughout the year, including a photo display from New Times archives (coming June 2).


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MIM's New Exhibit Examines the Universal Language of Drums

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Josh Chesler
The Musical Instrument Museum's new exhibit explores the universal nature of drums.

For thousands of years, the drum has been one of the most integral pieces of human civilization. It's provided a steady beat for everything from war marches and healing ceremonies to weddings and initiation rituals.

Beginning November 15, Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will host its "Beyond the Beat" exhibition, containing one of the most diverse collections of drums ever seen. Featuring roughly 110 drums ranging from the remains of a 6,000-year-old ancient Chinese drum to the 1969 drum set used by Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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Phoenix's Jerusafunk Is the World's First Klezploitation Band

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Rosie Torres
Jerusafunk might be the world's first Klezpolitation band.

Wait a second, you might say -- Phoenix has a Jewish funk band? It's true. As the name implies, Jerusafunk skillfully blends traditional klezmer with the ass-bopping sensibilities of R&B rhythms, tossing in jazzy twirls here and there. Using instruments such as bass clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet, the band attacks its southeastern European roots with sarcastic, hip-gyrating Afrobeat sensibilities. Oddly enough, no one in the band is actually Jewish.

And with nine core members, plus three rotating drummers, Jerusafunk is far from being the smallest band in town. We met in the cluttered, instrument-filled living room of the north Central Phoenix house where four of the band members reside. The boogie bungalow also serves as a practice space for other bands, including Wolvves.

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Ice House Tavern Cancels All Its Upcoming Shows

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Don't expect to see this sort of thing at the Ice House anytime soon.
You won't be able to catch local indie band The Brown Tones performing at the Ice House Tavern later tonight. Ditto for Six Gun Satellites and their gig on Saturday night at the dive bar.

That's because all upcoming live music events at the Ice House Tavern have been canceled.


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4 New Songs by Phoenix Artists to Check Out

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Scattered Melodies

Need some new ear candy? Here are four tracks brought to you by locals to get you grooving.


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On 10th Anniversary of Futures, Jimmy Eat World Still Relishes the Present

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Michael Elins
Jimmy Eat World iscelebrating the 10th anniversary of their album, Futures.

Back in 2004, when Jimmy Eat World released its fifth album, Futures, singer/guitarist Jim Adkins sang in the title track that he hoped "for better in November" and that listeners would "believe your voice can mean something."

It was around this time President George W. Bush was up for re-election against Senator John Kerry. The song wasn't released as a single until the following year (Adkins says he's fine with the label's decision to release "Pain" as the lead single), and Bush took his seat again in the White House.

Despite any political swaying "Futures" could have made 10 years ago, Adkins insists that, despite the album name, he tries to live in the moment -- an attitude that has seen him through more than 20 years of playing with the band.

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Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World Digs into 4 Songs from Futures

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Tony Woolliscroft
Jimmy Eat World: celebrating 10 years of 'Futures'

As Jimmy Eat World gets ready to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album Futures on Thursday, October 30, at Marquee Theatre, singer/guitarist Jim Adkins reflects on the inspiration behind some of the album tracks, including a number one hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, "Pain."

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The Haymarket Squares Make Democracy Work for Them in "Buy My Vote" Video

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Jeff Moses
Haymarket Squares, performing at Apache Lake Music Festival

Whether or not you agree with their political views there is no denying that downtown Phoenix's original protest band The Haymarket Squares is one of the most distinctly talented groups in town. The all strings quintet make some pretty amazing sounds when they get on stage, or in the studio.

Something else the Squares seem to have a knack for is mischief. Whether it's guitarist John Luther handing out business cards proclaiming himself a rabble rouser, or mandolin/accordion/keys player Mark Sunman's appearance on a list of known agitators at Phoenix-based protests, the Squares never miss a chance to stick it to the man.

For their next big middle finger to the system, the punk-grass band is releasing their video for their track "Buy My Vote" just less than a week before election day. Because the song is a stark reminder that who one votes for doesn't matter, all that matters is which candidate is balling the most.

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Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, Korn Headline Pot of Gold Music Festival in Tempe

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Kendrick Lamar

It seems one music festival at Tempe Beach Park in six months wasn't enough for Lucky Man Concerts -- on Saturday the promoter announced another event, the Pot of Gold Music Festival, on March 13-15 and March 17.

That's right, four days of music.

And the lineup is pretty massive, as well.

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