Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jimmy Eat World's 'Home-State' Tour

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Jimmy Eat World, the rock band from Mesa that formed in 1993, released a new single last week titled "I Will Steal You Back."

The song is off their seventh studio album, "Damage," which comes out June 11.

Along with their new song and album, the band has also announced a "Home-State" tour throughout Arizona, beginning on May 3.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Country Thunder Is Trashy, But It's A Hell Of A Good Time

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM


Empty beer cans, flashing for beads and chugging whiskey out of the bottle pretty much sums up the 20th annual Country Thunder Festival in Florence, Ariz — at least, from what I saw.

The festival consisted of four days of nonstop drinking, two-stepping and listening to live music from smaller country artists and headliners, such as Toby Keith and Eric Church, alike.

Sean Caldwell who experienced his first Country Thunder this weekend hit it on the head: "There's so many trashy girls here!"

People play games from beer pong to dizzy bat, finding new and strange ways to make new friends and keep drinking. Cruising in the back of a truck isn't unusual — neither is watching people jump in next to you, despite not knowing whose truck they just jumped in.

While being drunk for more than 12 hours straight is what many people who attend Country Thunder experience, it's definitely not what everyone's weekend is like. Families attend the festival as well and enjoy camping out, barbecuing and dancing at the campgrounds and in the venue.

Gilbert Ochoa from Tucson said he was most looking forward to watching Toby Keith since he didn't get to see him while on base in Afghanistan.

"It's a lot of fun and you meet a lot of great people at events like this," Ochoa said.

Everything becomes a dance floor at Country Thunder, from the roof of an RV to the road and any part of the dirt lot venue where people enjoy the live music.

"I like how ... they have like a carnival type area with food and ... the dance floor," said Rachelle Linn. "It's just a very fun atmosphere."

Vince Thomas from Glendale has been going to Country Thunder for four years and said he enjoys partying with friends and watching the performances.

"I think they do a great job out here," Thomas said. "I think they got it down the best they can to make everybody happy."

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Rodrigo y Gabriela to Play Rialto in July

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM


Latin folk duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are set to play the Rialto Theatre in July, apparently ending their boycott of Arizona as part of the Sound Strike movement.

The Mexico City pair made a name for themselves by playing the street of Dublin, eventually developing a cult following. With their 2006 self-titled record came even more recognition, and the two are now known for their percussive and technical playing styles that anyone would be surprised to hear coming from just two acoustic guitars.

Tickets for the July 17 show will go on sale this Friday, and can be picked up at the Rialto's website.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Releasing New EP Before Phoenix Tour Stop

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

A new EP from Fleetwood Mac is set to drop any day now, shortly after the group embarked on their seven-month world tour in Columbus, Ohio on April 4.

The EP has no set release date or title yet, but has been foreshadowed by the band for quite some time: Stevie Nicks first mentioned that Fleetwood Mac was working on new material this winter in an interview with Rolling Stone before the band began rehearsals for the tour on February 15:

"We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey [Buckingham] two weeks ago we might play," says Nicks. "I had a really good time working with him for four days at his house. I got to hang out with his family and his kids, his grown up kids, and really connect with him again. We’re pretty proud of what we have done, and we’re looking at it through the eyes of wisdom now, instead of through the eyes of jealousy and resentment and anger."

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HUB, Rialto Partner For Discounts With Parov Stelar Tickets

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM


Hey, fans of Austrian electroswing and ice cream: Next Friday, April 19, is your lucky day.

The Rialto Theatre announced via its Facebook page last Friday, April 5, that Austrian DJ Parov Stelar would be performing on April 19. Better yet, if you stop for dinner at HUB Restaurant & Creamery before the show and present your ticket, you'll get 25 percent off your dinner bill.

The band is on a brief tour of the western U.S. in between their stops at Coachella before hopping the pond for an extensive European tour. Their latest record, The Invisible Girl, was released earlier this year.

Tickets to the show can be picked up at the Rialto's website.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rising Star Jake Miller Releases New EP

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

American rapper, Jake Miller released his new EP, “The Road Less Traveled" today.

In my humble opinion, I think it’s pretty damn good. He sounds like a more mature Justin Bieber, with much better lyrics, similar catchy beats, and significantly less auto-tune (sorry Beliebers).

Miller, a student at the University of Miami who grew up in Weston, Fla., taught himself to play the drums and guitar at a young age, according to his website. His first live performance was in March 2011, where he opened for Snoop Dogg in Pompano Beach, Florida. He also has played alongside other notable artists, such as Mac Miller, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, and Asher Roth.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Maine Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Earlier on Monday, The Maine tweeted out that they will be headlining the 8123 North America Tour this summer, beginning June 4 and ending on July 27.

The band, originally from the Phoenix area, first posted a video about their involvement in the afternoon. They told viewers that the opening bands on the tour would be announced every two hours Monday on the 8123 website.

Since then, they have announced that A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, and Brighten will be joining them on the summer tour. The last band was announced at 6 p.m.

The Maine recently completed their fourth studio album on April 2, tweeting "Album #4 is finished, mixed/mastered and ready for your ears! More info coming soon."

Althought details of the summer tour are limited for now, keep checking the 8123 website for dates and venues.

Below are the videos that the other performers posted today, announcing their involvement and excitement for the summer tour.

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Chécalo: La Santa Cecilia at the Rialto

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Check out this amazing video from the Latin Grammy nominated La Santa Cecilia. This Los Angeles band will be at the Rialto, Tuesday, April 9. Tickets are $10 presale or $15 at the door. They'll be playing with Santa Pachita, Vox Urbana, Salavdor Duran and Conjunto Imperial.

The video, sponsored by the the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), is for the group's new single "El Hielo" (I.C.E.). It was made in collaboration with director Alex Rivera, NDLON and La Santa Cecilia.

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