Tale of Two Cities

Tale of Two Cities

"We'd always wanted to write a song about Seattle," recalls singer Emily Nokes.


Noise Annoys

Comedy has always been about storytelling as much as punchlines.

Vintage Vinyl: The Dearly Beloved

1966 As the Beloved One’s: Boyd Records BB157; As Dearly Beloveds: Columbia 4-43797 The record was also released on CBS, UK (202398) And CBS Australia (BA-221340)

Know Your Product

Kansas City's Tech N9ne is a producer, songwriter, and co-founder of the Strange Music record label.


Alex Soto grips his microphone.

Liberate, Create!

If there’s a single theme that shapes The Wild Reeds’ new record The World We Built, it centers on the word liberation.

Noise Annoys

Big Meridox has always functioned as a larger-than-life presence of moral conscience, and a barometer of consciousness in Old Pueblo hip hop.

Growing Old with Moz

Screw the Clash. The jocks and popular kids had already ruined “the only band that matters” by playing Combat Rock to death before I could even get my learner’s permit. It fell to a different gang of British lads to soundtrack my teens: The Smiths.

Bad Behavior

It's been 10 years since alt-rockers The Maine formed in Tempe, Arizona and quickly released the Stay Up, Get Down EP.

Preaching the Bad Testament

If you'll turn to your Bible for a moment, you may notice that the Bad Testament is nowhere to be found.

Noise Annoys

Some of the best music in recorded history fulfills an urgent need to escape the mundane realities of everyday life.

Noise Annoys

One of Tucson’s greatest—and most fun—rock ’n’ roll bands in this decade was called Prom Body.

Little Girls Understand

Punk band Zeke formed in Seattle back in '92, around the time the city's music was exploding internationally.

Know Your Product: Social D.

Orange County's Social Distortion, led by the inimitable and impossibly charismatic Mike Ness, has never been your run-on-the-mill punk rock band.

Vintage Vinyl

Jack Wallace and the High Tones “You Are The One”/”I Think of You” Zoom Records, ZR001, 1959

In the Moment

Spread across Austin Counts' new record are songs of jealousy, sin and heartache, scenes of jail cells and barrooms, and if you look hard enough, even a bit of redemption.

Know Your Product

Since forming in Detroit as The Wildbunch back in '96, the Electric 6 has been one of the more consistent bands from that city's actually-eclectic '90s garage scene.

10 for 10 at SXSW

For 30 years South by Southwest has been bringing a smorgasbord of film, music and innovative lectures and showcases from around the world to Austin, Texas

Noise Annoys

No, he didn’t invent rock and roll music.

Energy is Anger

Otep Shamaya—frontwoman, songwriter and concept-creator with the band that bears her name—is fired up.


The debut release from Tucson’s Lowlife is a concept album about memory and the self, essentially a one-sided, internal conversation that looks back in time.

Battle Acts: Elton John vs. Kinky Boots

If you know anything about the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which won a half-dozen of the Tonys it was nominated for back in '13, its storyline centers on a failing shoe factory's attempt to cater to an "under-serviced niche market," in this case, quality footwear for transvestites.

Noise Annoys

Modern funk has taken off and luckily I'm in the middle of it.

Know Your Product: Miss Olivia

Olivia Reardon’s sound could be called a mix of Erykah Badu soul and the gospel-tinged blues of The Black Crowes. “Jazzy, funky, r&b, rock, blues, country,” she calls it.


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