The Black Moods: "We Want People to be Sad to Our Songs, and Also Have Sex to Our Songs."

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The Black Moods are scheduled to perform Saturday, August 30, at Crescent Ballroom.

Black Moods fans eagerly anticipating the release of the rock band's follow-up to their eclectic self-titled debut album will have to hold their breath a little longer. The Phoenix-based trio is tabling their upcoming album for a short time in an effort to strengthen the material, lengthen the album, and fine-tune the details. The decision came as a request from the band's new management team, Street Smart Marketing, who is working to push the group to the next level in their career.

"In the past year and a half, we've learned a lot about business," Black Moods drummer Danny "Chico" Diaz explains, "and about touring. We decided our goals were to get management, and then get a record label -- we've hit the first goal, and we have management now."

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Copper & Congress Find New Life in Trip-Hop

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Jimi Giannatti
Copper & Congress

Tucson's Copper & Congress is a self-described "indie soul" trio of singer/guitarist/keyboardist Katie Haverly, bassist Patrick Morris, and drummer Julius Schlosburg.

"We formed in 2012," Haverly recalls. "We had a different drummer and guitar player. Patrick and I have been together since the beginning. Our guitar player quit and our drummer moved away, so we got Julius a year ago."

Copper & Congress' first album, The Leap Year (2012), was a somewhat transitional effort more indebted to singer-songwriter Americana, but this year's just-released Fault Line is where the trio finds its own voice, in a more rhythm-based style improbably influenced by the likes of mid-'90s trip hop of Portishead, Bjork, and Jamiroquai.


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Former Queensrÿche Singer Says Band Name Was a Burden

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Geoff Tate

Geoff Tate has always been seen as one rock 'n' roll's archetypal frontmen. As singer of Queensrÿche, he sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and sold out shows in dozens of countries. Tate is ranked in the top 20 on Hit Parader's 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time, and comes in second on That Metal Show's top five hard rock '80s vocalists.

When I saw Queensrÿche perform with vocalist Todd La Torre at the National Association of Music Merchants in January, the only talk in the insanely packed crowd before the band went on were conversations and debates about the lineup and Geoff Tate's absence. One argument ended up with two girls getting into fisticuffs. The topic was creating as much buzz as the House of Blues' heavy whiskey pours.

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Sometimes, the Most Punk Rock Thing to Do Is Make Pop Music

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Brody Anderson
Head Over Heart

Whether it says more about Jordan Prather or Tucson's downtown music scene that the Head Over Heart singer/multi-instrumentalist likens himself to a punk rocker is up to you, but what's certain is that he sees himself as an outsider in his community.

"I remember reading in an Arcade Fire interview -- Arcade Fire and I have a lot in common," the 30-year-old Prather says, dripping with sarcasm. "They said when they were first coming up in their music scene everyone was very different. And they said 'what we thought was punk music was to play pop music.' Nobody else was doing that. They were just doing this avant-garde . . . whatever. I kind of feel like that. In general now, it's almost punk to make pop music. It's not cool in a lot of ways. Certainly people who are looking to avoid the mainstream aren't gonna be interested in us."

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Meet the Band the Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary Turned Down a $20K Gig to Produce

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The Burning of Rome

These days, The Burning of Rome frontman Adam Traub is a happy man. His band's self-described "Jesus and Mary Chain doing a spaghetti Western" style is fully realized on the Burning of Rome's new album, Year of the Ox (Surfdog Records), and in the last year, the band has shared stages with a number of notable acts, including one of their personal favorites, Nine Inch Nails.

But The Burning of Rome has taken a slow and steady build to reach its current success, after beginning seven years ago as a recording project in Traub's laundry room. For all of his band's accomplishments, Traub was most excited to to talk about Year of the Ox and how the record came to be. Naturally, I just stopped asking questions and let the tape run.

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Get Feisty and Foxy with Shovel at Tempe Tavern on Friday

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Photo: Kevin Maliszewski

Shovel is an underground rock band comprising many things -- the transgressive squall of late-'80s pigfuck (Butthole Surfers, the Touch and Go Records brigade), the anthemic stomp of early Mudhoney and Nirvana, and bathed in a drop or two of Kat Bjelland's sweat. However, if the frequent use of terms like "sassy" and "feisty" by Shovel's perfectly named singer and guitarist Dusty Rose are indicative of anything, the music she and also-perfectly named drummer Ward Reeder is as muscular as the aforementioned acts, but a lot more fun.

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Cavalera Family's Many Metal Bands Come Together for D-Low Memorial Concert

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Max Cavalera and his sons will honor D-Low, Cavalera's stepson, at an annual memorial concert.

Typically held in August, the D-Low show is a double-edged sword for many of us. It is both celebration and painful reminder wrapped in a tremendous rock 'n' roll show that Dana "D-Low" Wells, son (and stepson) of Gloria and Max Cavalera would have loved.

For the uninitiated, Dana was killed in an extremely questionable traffic accident on August 16, 1996, at the age of 21, which is where the painful reminder kicks in because, to many of us, Dana was a little brother, either by blood or by love for music, or both. His story has been well documented, and the question of what actually happened during those fateful early morning hours remains a mystery to this day. Regardless of the circumstances, though, the fact remains that the "tribe" to which Dana belonged comes together on a yearly basis to celebrate his memory with what is always one of the best metal shows of the year.

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7 Seconds Shows How Punk Bands Can Age Gracefully

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David Robert
7 Seconds

7 Seconds recently released its first album in nearly a decade, and the band is back with a vengeance. The new album Leave a Light on harkens back to the band's signature '80s hardcore punk sound and positive themes.

"It's an everyday process, it's not something that you just pick up and it looks great on a bumper sticker or on your t-shirt," Kevin Seconds says, reflecting on the song "Slogan on a Shirt."

We caught up with Kevin Seconds before he embarked on 7 Seconds' first full U.S. tour in nine years.


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Those Darlins' Sexy yet Sensitive Garage Rock Will Seduce All Your Senses

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Those Darlins

It's very easy to be seduced by the Nashville-based country/garage-rock quartet Those Darlins. Like a classic issue of Playboy, you pick it up because you love the cover, but you keep reading because the articles are good.

The cover of their latest album, titled Blur The Line, displays the four naked torsos of band members Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, Linwood Regensburg, and Adrain Barrera. It stirred up some controversy when it was displayed on a banner in front of a record store in Nashville. Then there's the video for their single "Optimist," a three-minute barrage of the female form twisting and shimmying all around seductively. Their follow-up video, "In The Wilderness," shows Zazu wearing pasties over her breasts as scenes from what appears to be a swingers party are shown. Stanley Kubrick might have even blushed if he were alive to see.

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25 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix in August

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Justin Timberlake is scheduled to perform on Saturday, August 9, at Jobing.com Arena.
We're officially hip deep into the time of year that's officially know as the dog days of summer, which -- if you're not familiar with the term -- refers to the most sweltering period of the season.

But while the weather might be keeping your ass glued to the couch, it's not stopping chart-topping touring bands and legendary acts from coming to the Valley in August. That's because the weather's quite lovely inside the air-conditioned bliss of Metro Phoenix's arenas, concert halls, and music venues, so if mega-stars like Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and Interpol get all sweaty during their upcoming shows this month, its due to their performance theatrics.


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