Make the Most of a Brewery Tour: Sage Advice from Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and SanTan Brewing

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For the average beer drinker, a commercial brewery is a mystery. It’s the place glimpsed in glittery commercials where, through magic and science, the world’s favorite fermented beverage is produced. For the homebrewer, however, the brewery is a place of … Continue reading

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Pearl Jam’s Fan Connection and Dedication Inspire Band on Lightning Bolt Tour

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Pearl Jam, Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix, Arizona November 19, 2013 Pearl Jam concerts are different. It’s not just a bunch of guys on stage cranking out rock songs; even in Jobing.com Arena, it’s an intimate, more personal affair. Artists talk about … Continue reading

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Los Angeles punks X Continue To Play the Songs That Built Its Legacy

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Of all the stars of the ’80s punk scene, only one band is still having impact some 35 years after forming: X. Mixing driving punk energy with rockabilly riffs, staccato rhythms, unexpected dual vocal drive, and socially conscious lyrics, X … Continue reading

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Just Like Home: Terakaft Bring Malian Desert Blues to Phoenix Desert

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Terakaft Rhythm Room, November 7, 2013 There are few places in the world where Touaregs–Malian Bedouin nomads can feel at home, but the Arizona desert is one of them. “This caravan started in the desert of Mali, but we ended … Continue reading

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Lita Ford is a Bitch; Still Bitter About The Runaways

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Lita Ford is a bitch. Her word, not ours: She’s touting the title track of her new album, The Bitch Is Back . . . Live. “I heard [the original song] on the radio, and it just came tumbling down on me … Continue reading

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More Beer, Breweries Bubbling Up in Alaska

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Though there is no definitive source declaring exactly when the first brewers arrived in Alaska, the consensus indicates beer’s arrival coincided with the Alaskan Gold Rush of the late-1800s. It makes good sense. Yet, while gold miners are now a … Continue reading

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Summer Twins: California Dream Poppers

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Brotherly love is something of an oxymoron when it comes to bands fronted by brawling male siblings like The Kinks or Oasis. Sisterly love, however, is altogether real with Summer Twins, the dreamy Riverside, Calif.-based pop-facing group fronted by sisters … Continue reading

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Dead Boots: Veronica Offers Power Pop Slap to the Face

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Dead Boots Veronica (Self-released) Raw, bluesy, loose and gritty in the manner of The Rolling Stones with the southern edge of The Black Crowes and Cheap Trick’s arena rock panache, Dead Boots is a throwback to the days of full-throttle, … Continue reading

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Buena Vista Social Club Keep Golden Era of Cuban Music Alive

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The Buena Vista Social Club is not so much a musical ensemble as a brand name encapsulating the golden age of Cuban music. This period flowed from the 1930s to 1950s, when large orchestras developed the moving, often jazz-influenced rhythms … Continue reading

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The Polyphonic Spree Are Back in Business After Serious All-Night Jams

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Wildly psychedelic, stylishly dressed, always uplifting in spirit (so much that some considered them just another wayward Texas cult), The Polyphonic Spree has kept a relatively low profile lately. The band has been holed up in leader Tim DeLaughter’s home studio jamming the … Continue reading

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Black Sabbath Conjures Up a New Batch of “Evilly Things” on 13

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After a lengthy absence–33 years–Black Sabbath have returned with 13. And unbelievably, this is your grandmother’s Black Sabbath. (See also Glenn BurnSilver’s complete Tony Iommi’s interview and Black Sabbath U.S. Airways concert review.) Eschewing a turbulent history that left the band frequently in … Continue reading

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10 Music Life Lessons I Learned on My Summer Road Trip to Alaska and back

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This summer, I took a trip of epic proportions, leaving the hot, sweltering desert for the cool, mosquito-filled vastness of Alaska and points north. I saw amazing sights — bears, whales, glaciers, rain forests, and rivers two miles wide — … Continue reading

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Glen Campbell’s See You There Gives Old Songs New Relevance

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There’s always been a dark edge lurking behind the glittery pop and warm strings of Glen Campbell. Yet, it’s taken an unexpected album, culled from a series of time-killing studio outtakes, to reveal this side of Campbell. See You There, coming … Continue reading

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Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker’s David Lowery’s Pandora Fight Continues: “Does Silicon Valley Need A Bailout?”

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Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery is royally pissed. Make that royalty pissed for the lack of compensation he’s received for the use of his songs on online webcasts, most notably Pandora. On June 23, The Trichordist, a … Continue reading

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Street poet/musician: Rodriguez concert review @ Mesa Amphitheatre, April 18, 2013

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Given the build-up over the Oscar Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man– the reason Sixto Rodriguez is only now getting his due, and the reason for a surprisingly large Mesa Amphitheatre audience — it seemed only fitting that the street poet … Continue reading

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