The Hourglass Cats Shift Musically on Pair of New Singles

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Jason Sessler (left) and Cori Rios of The Hourglass Cats in a still from their new video for "Be That Way"

The Hourglass Cats are leaning more rock 'n' roll than ever after the Saturday evening release of their two new tracks "Be That Way," and "Been Thinkin" at Tempe's C.A.S.A. SunBá. There isn't even a hint of THC's early reggae and ska influences, as the tracks go in a far more garage rock directions that almost borders on punk.

"The show went very well. It was a good time," says Cori Rios, lead singer and guitarist of THC. "You know how in Phoenix how there's always that gap between the stage and the crowd? That gap was about two inches at C.A.S.A., which is what we like and what we dig on. People I've never seen before and I know don't know our friends were, like, attentively watching our video on this 80-inch screen."

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Wilco, Dr. Dog to Play Independence Day Music Festival July 3-4 at Salt River Fields

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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy

Salt River Fields has expanded its annual Fourth of July Festival to two days, and it's announced a pair of big-name headliners to celebrate.

Alt-country (and dad-rock) icons Wilco and rock 'n' roll band Dr. Dog will play the festival on Friday, July 3, and Little Big Town with Brandy Clark will play on Saturday, July 4.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6, via Ticketmaster. Prices start at $29.75.

A fireworks show will follow the concert each evening, rain or shine.


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Madonna Announces October 22 Concert at Gila River Arena in Glendale

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Madonna is coming

Madonna will grace Glendale with a performance at Gila River Arena on October 22, as part of the Rebel Heart Tour.

Tickets go on sale March 23.

Madonna last visited the Valley in 2012, when she performed at US Airways Center, now known as Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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Spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity Announces Live Music Lineup

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Tis' the season for great festivals in the Valley -- and we aren't just referring to all those massive indoor and outdoor concert extravaganzas that are happening almost every weekend until the summertime. There are also events celebrating art, food, makers, and anything else of a creative nature.

That includes next month's Spark! festival at the Mesa Arts Center, a four-day fiesta from Wednesday, March 18, to Saturday, March 21, that is inspired by the elemental forces of earth, air, water, and fire and focuses on "arts, innovation, and creativity." It also features a number of performances by local musicians and bands, as well as a few exhibits of a music-oriented nature.

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Sam Smith to Play Gila River Arena in Glendale August 12

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That's the smug look of a guy who just won four Grammys.

Stay with me -- Sam Smith is coming to Gila River Arena on August 12.

The soulful Brit just won four Grammys, including Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 27, via Ticketmaster.

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Red Bull Thre3style National Finals to Come to Phoenix April 2-4

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Phoenix's DJ Akshen performs at the Red Bull Thre3style regional qualifier at Monarch Theatre.
When it comes to biggest cities in the U.S. for DJ culture, Phoenix has (sadly) played second fiddle to the likes of Las Vegas, NYC, Chicago, and L.A. That's not to say that our town hasn't produced loads of world-class artist or hosted some phenomenal gigs, its just that those bigger 'bergs have hogged more of the spotlight in the DJ world over the years.

Come early April, however, that's gonna change, at least for a few nights, when the national finals of the Red Bull Thre3style take place in the Valley.

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Viva PHX Announces New Headliners, Including Best Coast and Jim Adkins

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Best Coast will top the bill for Viva PHX on March 14.

March 14 is going to be a busy day for music fans in the Valley of the Sun. Viva PHX just announced a few headliners that will make it a little busier.

Best Coast, Jim Adkins (of Jimmy Eat World, who will perform solo), Unwritten Law, and Fenix TX are all officially part of the bill. Also, organizers confirmed today that Andrew WK will now be performing with a full band.

These bands join the 40 or so bands already announced for the festival, which will take place in 20 venues across the city, including Crescent Ballroom, Cityscape, Monarch Theatre, Phoenix Masonic Temple, Bar Smith, Last Exit Live, and more.

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Kid Rock Announces Phoenix Concert at Ak-Chin Pavilion 8/26

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Kid Rock announced a Phoenix date today, on the heels of a wildly successful concert at the Coors Light Birds Nest during the Phoenix Open at the end of last month. The singer will play Ak-Chin Pavilion on August 26. Foreigner will open. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 24.

The Kid, 44, is releasing a new album, First Kiss, on February 24. You gotta hand it to the guy -- he's once again insisting that ticket prices be capped at $20, and beers be available for $4. Those prices are almost good enough to make you want to become a Kid Rock fan.

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Ricky Martin Announces September 26 Concert at Phoenix's Comerica Theatre

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Ricky Martin's coming to town, playing Comerica Theatre on Saturday, September 26. The singer is promoting his 10th studio album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar, which came out Monday.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. at Live Nation's website.


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Macklemore to Appear at the W Scottsdale Hotel on Sunday Night

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As if you weren't already aware by now, we're currently hip deep in the utter madness of Super Bowl week as the showdown is less than 48 hours away.

And even though the onslaught of parties and concerts associated with the game are already taking place, a high-profile event was literally just announced within the last hour or two. Late this afternoon, the folks over at the W Scottsdale announced that Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Macklemore will host a "Big Game Finale" party on Sunday night at the hotel.

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