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Rock On With Joe and Julie

Joe Lopez and Julie Mills talk about the career of vocalist and bassist John Wetton, known for his work with Asia, King Crimson and more.

Under The Radar Bands Playing Phoenix In February

Hoops, Tacocat, Surfer Blood And More Come To Phoenix In February And While These Bands Might Not Be Selling Out Huge Venues, They Still Put On Must-See Shows.

Top 10 Comics Of 2016

2016 Produced An Array Of Top-Notch Comics Including The Black Monday Murders, The Autumnlands, Brian K. Vaughn’s Paper Girls And More.

Top 10 Albums Of 2016

The Past Year Offered Listeners A Range Of Quality Music Choices From American Football’s Long-Awaited Sophomore Album To Rihanna’s Latest Tour De Force.

China Threatens Hollywood For Film Supremacy

With An Ever-Increasing Audience And Market Share, China Is Making Inroads In The Film Industry And Challenging Hollywood’s Movie Dominance.

Streaming Services Succeed Where Cable Failed

Shows Like Stranger Things, Transparent, Orange Is The New Black And More Prove That Netflix, Amazon, Hulu And Others Have Trumped Traditional Media.

Sallis Delivers A New Kind Of Protaganist In Willnot

The Originator Of The Driver And Lew Griffin Series Has Created A New Place That Calls For A New Type Of Hero In The Form Of Lamar Hale, Doctor To A Small Town On The Fringe.

James Cameron And The Military

From Terminator To Avatar, James Cameron’s Films Often Depict The Military As A Malevolent, And Sometimes Bumbling, Force.

The Truth Behind Hollywood's Remake Obsession

While It May Seem Like Hollywood Is Making More Remakes Than Ever, Films Like Ghostbusters And Jurassic World Are Actually Part Of A Trend That Goes Back Decades.

Warcraft And The Problem With Video Game Movies

Despite Huge Fan Followings And Movie Studio Support, Video Game Film Adaptations Like Warcraft Perpetually Pale In Comparison To The Source Material.

Homegrown Durant Biopic A Solid, Engaging Trip

Travis Mills, Director And Mastermind Of The Project, Deftly Weaves Plot Angles And The Performances Of Quality Hollywood Talent To Bring A Piece Of Phoenix Lore To Life.

The Waiting In Line For Star Wars Experience

For Hardcore Star Wars Fans, Braving Huge Lines And Hours-Long Waits Is An Integral Part Of The Moviegoing Experience.

2015 Warped Tour: A Sweaty, Musical, Happy Mess

The 2015 Vans Warped Tour Made Its Stop Through Arizona, And Opened A Very Mixed Bag Of Fun, Way Too Much Sun And Musical Treats That Somehow Makes It All Bearable.

First Look: Jurassic World

The Fourth Film In The Series Suspends Disbelief With A Tale That Is Remarkably Believable, Primarily Thanks To The Real Stars Of The Film: Raptors, Indominous Rex And The Rest Of The CGI Dinosaurs.

Phoenix Film Festival Rewind: Memorable Movies

The 2015 Phoenix Film Festival Recently Wrapped Up It's Eight Day Takeover Of The Harkins Scottsdale 101 And Had A Lot To Offer Attendees.

Five Phoenix Albums That Should Not Be Ignored

Small Leaks Sink Ships, Wolvves, decker., The Ricardos, And The Stakes Have All Dropped New Albums In The Early Part Of 2015 And So Far It’s Looking Like A Good Year For Phoenix Music.

Fairy Bones Shows Off A Flair For Dramatics

Phoenix-based Synth Punk Four-Piece Will Get Dramatical On Their Debut L.P. With A Listening Party At The Welcome Diner And A Release Party Jan. 31 At Scottsdale’s The Rogue Bar.

Coachella's Drake Pick Is Bad Mojo For Major Festivals

The Coachella Lineup Has Been Announced And With Emo-Hip-Hop Superstar Drake Headlining, It Appears The Essence Of Cool Which Festivals Like Coachella Once Exuded Is Now Available For Purchase To The Highest Bidder.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2015 Lineup

The Phoenix Metro's Best Musical Event Has Reached Back And Hit It Out Of The Park With Stellar 2015 Lineup Featuring Mainstream Appeal And Jam-Band Tradition, Featuring A Greater Emphasis On EDM.

ALMF: The Phoenix Metro Music Scene Rocked It

In Their Fifth Edition, The Apache Lake Music Festival Grew In Leaps And Bounds: They Attracted A DIverse Group Of Bands From All Over The Phoenix Metro  Music Scene With The End Result One Of The Most Fun Events Around.

Live Updates From Apache Lake Music Festival 2014

Music/Arts Editor Jeff Moses Will Be On The Ground All Weekend At Apache Lake For ALMF 2014 Providing Commentary And Exclusive Interviews At One Of The Premier Music Events In Phoenix.

Nothing ‘Sublime’ About A Glorified Cover Band

It Is Rude And Somewhat Embarrassing To Anyone Who Ever Listened To The Bradley Nowell Line Up's Music That Eric Wilson Is Enabling The Monstrosity Known As Sublime With Rome To Tour Using The Name Sublime, Or Even Play Music At All.

It May Be Fall, But It Is Always Springtime For Hitler

Arizona Broadway Theater Has Opened Their 10th Season To Uproarious Laughter And Outrageously Offensive Jokes With Mel Brooks’ Hysterical Broadway Hit The Producers Featuring A Cast That Might Make One Forget They Are Not On The Real Broadway.

Summer Ends Music Disaster

Luckyman’s Big Time Fall Festival Falls Flat On Its Face Due To Poor Planning, Underwhelming Promotion, Incoherent Musical Acts, Way Too Many Rules, And A Destructive Storm.

Going Deep Over Deep Purple’s New Tour

Take A Trip Down Memory Lane And Then Back To The Future With The Original Highway Stars Who Bring To The Stage Some Of The Most Recognizable Riffs In Rock.

Apache Lake Music Festival 2014 Wishlist

ALMF Is Preparing For Their Fourth Annual Festival And Since The Lineup Has Not Been Released Yet Here Is Our 10 Best Hopefuls For The Lakeside Party.

Peter Pan Opens At Arizona Broadway Theatre

Peoria Based Dinner Theater Company Brings The Flying, Pirate Fighting, Perpetual Child To The Phoenix Metro With A Laugh-Heavy Rendition Of The Beloved Classic.

Summers End Music Festival Local Wish List

The Three Day Music Extravaganza Is All Set At Tempe Beach Park Except For The All Important And Heavily Coveted 14 Local Time Slots, And Music/Arts Editor Jeff Moses Makes His Picks.

Wolvves Attack!

Phoenix Based Garage Punks New E.P. Go Demon Or Go Home Has Bark, Bite And A Little Dangerous – A Noble Effort For An Up And Coming Band.

Keeping The Faith In Hollywood

In Recognition Of Jewish-American Heritage Month, A Remembrance Of Some Of The Greatest Contributions To Popular Culture From Hollywood Icons And Legends Including Spielberg And Seinfeld.

Review Pet Shop Boys Plug New Album Electric

The Synthpop/Electronic Dance Music/House/New Wave/Alternative Dance/Disco Group Most Famous For Their 1980s Hits Makes A Stop In Phoenix In Support Of Its Latest Album.

Exclusive Video Of Sleigh Bells' Return To Phoenix

Brooklyn-Based "Noise Pop" Duo Made Their First Appearance in The Phoenix Metro Since 2011 And Sold Out The Crescent Ballroom For A Raucous And Celebratory Show.

NBC Sitcom Understands The 'Community' Experience

Hit TV Show Is One Of Those Network Attempts At Capturing A Slice Of American Life That Gets It Right And Could Seemingly Be Happening Right Now on Any Community College Campus.

Phoenix Comicon Dominates Pop Culture In The Metro

Arizona’s Premier Pop Culture Event Is Exactly What It Claims To Be: The Largest, Most Attractive And Hip (For The Allegedly Not Very Hip) Event That Happens In The Southwest.

Why Are The Haymarket Squares Not Playing MMMF?

If There Is A More Perfect Local Band For McDowell Mountain Music Festival Than The Haymarket Squares, It's A Mystery To Modern Times Magazine's Jeff Moses.

The Expendables 3: A Cinematic Orgy Of Stars

Stallone and Company Are Preparing To Roll Out The Third Film Of Their Expendables Saga Featuring More Explosions, More One Liners, And The Addition of Han Solo, Simon Phoenix And Martin Riggs.

A McDowell Mountain Music Festival Wishlist

The Headliners Have Been Announced For The Next MMMF, But Even More Important Will Be The Picks That Will Bring Phoenix Metro Flair — The Local Stage Acts.

Critics Wrongly Lament 2014 MMMF Lineup

One Year After McDowell Mountain Music Festival Blew The Lid Off Of Margaret T. Hance Park, The Festival Prepares For Round Two In Downtown Phoenix By Releasing A Lineup That Is Solid, Balanced And Not Based On Name Recognition Alone.

The Breaking Bad “Felina” Finale Is A Wow Moment

The Six-Year Run Of The Vince Gilligan Series Concludes With Closure For Nearly All Of The Characters, Providing A Fitting Wrap-up For The Legions Of Fans That Made The Show A Hit.

Musically Musing: The Resurrection Of The Cassette

First, Audiophiles Realized How Great Vinyl Had Been And Now Everything Old Is Turning New Once Again As Cassette Tapes Are Finding Devoted Followers Thanks To Their Low Cost And Ease Of Duplicating.

The Penultimate Breaking Bad: Heisenberg’s Vacation

Preparing For His New Life, Walter White Hibernates In New Hampshire Under His New Identity As Mr. Lambert, But Instead He Emerges As His True Persona: The Villainous Heisenberg.

Does “Ozymandias” Foretell Breaking Bad Climax?

Walt Apparently Sacrifices Jesse For A Final Time After The Shootout Results In Hank And Gomez Dead And Manages To Walk Away With A Portion Of His Riches. But For How Long?

Lushfest Is Definitely Going To Be One Great Party

Future Loves Past Is Putting On Lushfest, A Two-Day Festival  To Hype The Release Of Their Newest Album, All The Luscious Plants.

Breaking Bad’s Final Four: “To’hajiilee”

Solve The Riddle Of How Showing Some ‘Stinkin’ Badges’ Could Have Saved A Couple Of Bodies From Bullets, And How A Monologue Doomed A Villain.

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road Is Still A Gut Punch

The 2006 Work Does Not Live On Its Reputation Alone But Through Its Ability To Tell Human Tales And Create Tension In What Might Be The Final Piece That Places The Author In The Pantheon Of Modern Greats.

Why Twilight Could Not Have Taken Place In Arizona

For Those Who Might Ponder Whether Twilight Should Have Been Set In The Author’s Home State, They Must Remember How Old, Foreboding And Downright Smelly The Desert Can Be.

Kings Of Summer Should Rule Box Office

Take The Plunge Into Summer By Eschewing The Blockbusters To Watch A Film With Dialogue, Wit, And Romance Wrapped Around A Coming-Of-Age Tale.

Phoenix Author Delivers Joyride With Drive

Forget The Film Adaption: Drive By James Sallis Weaves A Different, More Intricate Tale Of Adventure, Betrayal And Excitement That Also Ponders Life’s Moral Quandaries.

The Rockefeller Who Wasn’t

Mark Seal’s The Man In The Rockefeller Suit Lays Bare The Tale Of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, Who Stole A Famous Name, Abducted His Child And Is Now On Trial For Murder.

Skull Drug Proving Phoenix Punk Is Not Dead

Punk Music Is As Much About Attitude As It Is About Music And The Phoenix Metro Band — That Is Also An Impressive Bowling Team, BTW — Is Proving They Have Both.

Presenting: The Shnobscars

The First Annual (And Probably Last) Awards For The Most Deserving Films The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences Dismissed In 2013.

MacFarlane Succeeds With Controversy, Ratings

The Brouhaha Surrounding Seth MacFarlane’s Selection And Performance As Host Of The 2013 Academy Awards Show Was Nothing More Than A Calculated Public Relations Gambit.

Haymarket Squares New Album A Righteous Ruckus

At Release Party, The Phoenix Metro's Most Popular And Boisterous Political, Punk And Folkgrass Band Revels In New Songs As Fans Relish In The Party.

Summer Music Festivals A Tale Of Similar Sounds

Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo Have Released Their 2013 Lineups With Old Acts, Big Time Performers And A Lack Of The Regional Flavor That Established Their Reputations.

Why The Grammy Awards Sucked Big Time

What Has This World Devolved Into When Taylor Swift Outperforms The Heirs To Bob Marley, And The Combined Force Of Chuck D And Tom Morello Get A Commercial Played Over Their Set?

The Who Pay Homage To Moon, Entwistle

At Phoenix Metro Stop Of The Legendary Band’s Quadrophenia And More Tour, Fans Relish In The Still Potent Thunder Of Surviving Members And Pay Respects To Those Departed.

Wax Tailor Brings Trippy Sounds To Phoenix

French Trip Hop And Hip Hop Producer Brings His Illustrative, Melodic Show To The Phoenix Metro And Gives The Packed House A Monday-Night Escape.

Adele Leads Third British Music Invasion

British Entertainer Has Best Selling Album For Second Year In A Row As Fellow European Sensations Mumford & Sons, One Direction Have Big Impacts In U.S.

Weezer Uninspired At Arizona State Fair

Frontman Rivers Cuomo Goes Out Into The Crowd To Embrace The Fans, But It Still Seemed Like The Band Was Hurrying To Finish Up And Get Off Stage.

Red Dawn Remake Is Still A Bad Idea

The Remake Of The 1984 Patrick Swayze Cult Classic Was Approved And Filmed, But Never Released After The Chinese Government Cries Foul.

2Pac Holopac Powered By Greed

Coachella Hologram Stunt Is A Capitalistic Travesty That Sullies The Reputations Of Snoop Dogg And Dr. Dre.

Farrellys Deserve Thanks For ‘Three Stooges’

Thanks To The Furiously Funny Minds of Bobby And Peter Farrelly, The World’s Youth Will Again Grow Up With The Three Stooges.

A Writer’s European Muse: Epilogue

At The End Of A Weeks-Long Jaunt Through The Old World, A Young American Writer Finds The Golden Calf.

A Writer’s European Muse, Part II

Can Viewing The United States From The Old World Bring The Love Affair With American Culture In Perspective For A Young Writer?

Dissecting The Walking Dead

The First (And Best) Zombie Television Series Delivers Thrills, Chills And Introspective Looks Inside Mankind.

In Search Of The Muse of Europe

Seeking Inspiration While Traipsing In The Footsteps Of Hemingway, Fitzgerald And Other Legendary Greats.

The Academy Awards Are A Joke

Today’s Corporate Hipsters Will Hit The Red Carpet Sunday Night But Will The Best Films Really Be Honored?

It’s Always Nietzsche In Philadelphia

Is The Hilarity And Popularity Of The Hit FX Series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Proof That Frederich Nietzsche Was Right And God Is Dead?

Purveying Artistic Anarchy

Or, Removing The Labels, Restraints And Institutions That Limit The Output Of Our Collective Artistic Minds.

Literature Is Not Created Equal

Defending The Classical, Introspective Literature of Camus Against The Invasion Of the Pop-Entertainment Canon Of Rowling.

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and Arizona

Would The Wildly Popular Twilight Series Have Benefited From Being Based In The Grand Canyon State?

Evan Weiss Is An Unexpected Surprise

Phoenix Frank Turner Show Turns Into A Revelation Of The Power Of Punk And A Talented Chicagoan.

Say It Ain’t So Sequels

Hollywood Is Suffering From A Glut Of Formulaic Garbage That Is Hogging Movie Screens.

Way To Go, Amy Winehouse

As The World Moans The Loss Of Amy Winehouse, Hopefully Some Will Remember How They Felt Before She Died.

Bon Iver’s New Album Devoid Of Organic Power

The Sophomore Jinx Seems To Have Hit Justin Vernon As The Sounds On Bon Iver's Bon Iver Are Experimental And Distant.

The Anthrax Baby

Heavy Metal scion Scott Ian trumpets his first missed shows with Anthrax, but why?

Can Bon Iver Repeat Past Success?

From nowhere to everywhere: What will happen to Bon Iver and Jason Vernon now that he has hung out with Kanye West?

Bridges Prospers with Virtue

True Grit star reigns supreme over the box office by filling the void caused by a vapid Hollywood culture.

‘Super Sad’ Future

Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story reveals a world that trades love for status, prestige, youth and credit score.

What’s Wrong With Chuck Palahniuk?

After a succession of superior works, Chuck Palahniuk, infamous author of “Fight Club,” has begun to churn out more cliche than substance.

Novelist Rock Star

Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom," sparkles with prose that is the embodiment of prozac, ritalin and autism nation.

This Is My Suitcase has a Bag of Tricks

Ohio-based This Is My Suitcase might not be taking the country by storm, but their music has a unique sound thanks to songwriter Joseph Anthony Camerlengo and the ability to seem like regular folks with talent.

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The Blizzard That Never Was

A Storm Predicted To Produce One Of The Worst Blizzards Of The Century Peters Out And Some Local News Media Outlets Just Can't Let It Go.

Dietary Restructure

A family man decides to get a consultation from a nutritionist. But when he realizes that losing weight will mean cutting out food items like cheddar fries, he obfuscates: all in good taste, of course.
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