His annual Christmas Pudding show and more make up this weekend's 5 must-see Phoenix shows.More »
The streets will be a graveyard during normal working and drinking hours this weekend. If you didn't stand in front of Best Buy at two in the morning to get an admittedly pretty good deal on plasma TVs -- better black levels, is the thing -- you can take advantage of this by seeing one of these really pretty good concerts around Phoenix. (Be sure to check out our extensive online concert calendar for more live music events in the Valley this weekend.)
Promo Fairy Bones has an EP you should listen to and a show you should check out.
The weekend before Thanksgiving can't help but disappoint you. It's trying as hard as it can, and it's perfectly happy to remind you that you've got a short week coming up, but really the only positive you can take from it is that you won't get trampled chasing down a really big Vizio TV at Walmart for another week, unless you're, you know, into that. As maybe a sex thing.
Oh, and there's also these must-see Phoenix shows. (View our complete concert calendar here.)More »
You've got less than a month of shopping days until you think about doing Black Friday for a minute and then just decide to go closer to Christmas instead.
In the meantime, consider giving yourself the gift of any of these five must-see Phoenix shows.More »
Final Halloween costume-related update: At least one of these weekend shows will offer you a discounted ticket in exchange for coming in costume, which is a little like getting a free meal for dragging your Christmas tree somewhere in February.
If you'd like to know which one, you can just wear your costume to all five shows and see what happens or view our complete concert calendar here.
I've been talking to the judges, and they tell me that--because this is the last genuine weekend until Halloween--they're going to uphold your appeal about being able to wear costumes without being judged too badly about it.
Melissa Fossum Black Carl
Well, most costumes. Good luck trying to get that super hilarious Miley Cyrus costume you've been working on through the Marquee's security. (View our complete concert calendar here.)More »
Usually the preamble to these Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows posts is longer than this, but I spent most of the week sending long letters to venues suggesting that they make inroads into the state fair market by also selling novelty fried foods before and after shows, possibly year-round.
Nobody's gotten back to me. Well, their attorneys have, but not them.More »
It's not easy competing with the fair. For one thing, it has a built-in audience; you can go to a fair concert on a whim, having gone there first to watch a team of expert divers or pig racing or whatever it is people do here in Arizona (I'm extrapolating from my Illinois experience) when the weather's nice and they've resigned themselves to feeling a little ripped off by their parking spot.
For another: Fried food. I mean, what's Martini Ranch's farewell party to do besides making an extremely late pivot to candy bars dipped in corn dog batter? (View our complete concert calendar here.)
There are very few legitimate extreme metal festivals in the United States; typically fans have to head overseas to events like England's Damnation Festival, Netherland's Eindhoven Metal Meeting, or France's Hellfest to get their fix. However, in the past couple years we've slowly gained some speed. Maryland's Death Fest has been shredding the scene for more than a decade, and Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, which is all about underground metal and horror films, comes later this month.
Southwest Terror Fest is Arizona's DIY extreme metal festival.
Now Arizona has entered the frontier, hosting the DIY, booked-by-musicians-for-musicians Southwest Terror Fest right in our rattlesnake-filled, heavy metal-loving backyard.More »