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Crash Test Dummies singer Brad Roberts is surprised about the placement of “Mmm Mmm Mmm” in “Black Bird,” a true story of convicted drug dealer Jimmy Keene who is offered his freedom in exchange for coaxing a confession out of suspected serial killer Larry Hall and finding out where his victims are buried.

Country star Thomas Rhett has a new motto: “Pure joy.”The mantra refers to his shows, his music and his life.“I don’t look at this as playing a bunch of songs,” Rhett says about gigs like his Thursday, August 4, date at Ak-Chin Pavilion.“We’re there to bring joy to people. We’re extremely en…

For Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, culinary pursuits both in and out of the kitchen sustained him during the pandemic. And then there’s the release of “Butter Miracle: Suite One,” an EP that is the first Counting Crows release since 2014’s “Somewhere Under Wonderland.”

Billy Howerdel’s moody, atmospheric debut album was released June 10 via Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG. The founding member of A Perfect Circle and Ashes Divide will support “What Normal Was” with shows, including one at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix.

By Alex Gallagher Blood and their last name are not the only ties that bind brothers Iggor and Max Cavalera. Since they were kids, they have shared a love of music. That will be on display when the duo concludes their first U.S. tour at the Marquee in Tempe on Saturday, June 25. “It’s cool […]

By Jordan Rogers The Phoenix Improv Festival is trying its hand at virtual reality for its 21st year. The digitally spaced event is Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25. Phoenix Improv Festival producer Bill Binder says he wanted to boost its visibility after resorting to Zoom last year. “We did online shows with Zoom, […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Holly Minto’s road to the English buzz band was “weird.” She was inspired by her parents’ love of music to pursue various forms of entertainment. “My mom was a big goth, and my dad was a punk,” the singer says with a laugh via telephone from Liverpool. “He had a broken Bee […]

By Alex Gallagher When the alt-rock band Grey Daze wanted to honor its late lead singer, Chester Bennington, one way stood out. Drummer Sean Dowdell approached Bennington’s widow, Talinda, and her children about breathing new life into 20 unreleased tracks with the Linkin Park singer’s vocals. “I told Talinda that we’re going to curate this […]

By Annika Tomlin Nikki Glaser has wrapped her comedy shows around sexual innuendos for 20 years. She’s continuing that with her summer tour, “One Night with Nikki Glaser,” which comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, June 11. “I wanted to really get away from all the sexual connotations and double entendres, because that’s what […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sitting in his Montreal hotel room, Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis is a bit husky. The previous night, he played “a big show” in Boston, which led to an impromptu post-concert singalong with fans outside the club. Fans have had this rabid response to his honest, thought-provoking music. He’ll showcase his music — […]

By Alex Gallagher Archetypes Collide was soldiering its way through the local metal scene for nearly six years when a big break came its way. After recording the single “Your Misery” in Ohio with Beartooth bassist Oshie Bichar, Archetypes Collide returned to its home state of Arizona to film the video. When the band put […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson knows there’s something to be said for talent. But the “One Week” band’s show comes with impromptu jams and, well, mistakes. “I know the songs are going to go great because we work really hard on them,” Robertson says via Zoom. “We take that part seriously. For […]

By Zakkary Brog When Mel Martin was 17 years old, he was fascinated with automobiles. He already opened a repair garage as a senior in high school and aspired to build his own collection of cars. He started with a 1917 Douglas that was gifted to him by his great uncle. In fact, Martin still […]

By Zakkary Brog When COVID-19 shut the world down in 2020, mere months into Chuck Montgomery’s tenure as executive director of the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, he didn’t panic. In fact, he viewed it as a chance to do something special. “It ended up being an awesome opportunity,” Montgomery said. “In the three […]

By Summer Aguirre With summer fast approaching, Salt River Tubing & Recreation has returned to take floaters on adventures throughout the season. Since 1981, the family-owned company has provided tube rental and shuttle bus transportation to Salt River adventurers. “We are celebrating our 42nd anniversary this summer,” says Lynda Breault, vice president of Salt River […]

By Allison Brown The Travis Manion Foundation hopes to bring the community together to celebrate the lives of America’s fallen during the first Joggin’ for Frogmen. The event is set for 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Bell Bank Park, 1 Legacy Drive, Mesa. Runners can participate virtually, too. All proceeds benefit the Travis Manion […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Failure multi-instrumentalist Greg Edwards appreciates fans for their patience. That trait will be especially helpful when Failure dives deep into its catalog and its new album, “Wild Type Droid,” for its upcoming tour. Failure takes the Crescent Ballroom stage at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 5. “The great thing is our audience is […]

By Alex Gallagher To return to stage, the Outsiders have traveled a tumultuous road. The Mesa-based metalcore outfit was riding high in early 2020 after playing an opening set for Gilbert’s Scary Kids Scaring Kids and guitarist Besart Sezairi was plotting a headlining gig when the world shut down. “It was interesting because we had […]

By Alex Gallagher Much like the name suggests, the shock-metal outfit Nekrogoblikon mixes theatrics and humor. For its forthcoming tour, guitarist Alex Alereza says it’s pairing with a similar act, GWAR. “In terms of how we fit in with GWAR, we have the theatrics, but we offer it in a different direction and avoid being […]

By Annika Tomlin | May 17, 2022 Phoenix Fan Fusion convention director Matt Solberg likens his upcoming event to a legendary tourist destination. “It’s really like Disneyland for geeks to come to our show,” he says. After a multiple-year pandemic-dictated break, Phoenix Fan Fusion will make its return to the Phoenix Convention Center Friday, May […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | May 16, 2022 Tears for Fears felt the need to refresh its live show when it planned its first tour since 2017. A single here, a single there, would have sufficed. But when Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith started writing, it snowballed — but only on their terms. The result was […]

By Kamala Kirk | May 12, 2022 After returning home from Afghanistan in 2014, Luis Garcia knew he wanted to help rescue and rehabilitate sex trafficking victims. At the time, he had no idea what that would look like or how he would achieve it. Seven years later, the Army combat veteran brought his vision […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | May 4, 2022 Blues prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has been hailed by the media and fans as the next big thing. His sophomore album, “662,” took home the best contemporary blues album prize at the 64th Grammy Awards. The 23-year-old musician takes it all in stride. “Any musician would love any […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | May 4, 2022 The English band Bastille has a way of writing dark songs wrapped in buoyant, joyous pop songs. Keyboardist Kyle Simmons says that’s the charm behind Bastille. “There are elements of hope in there, which is a bit of a Bastille standard,” Simmons says. “There’s the negative and the […]

By Staff If there’s anything we learned from the pandemic, it’s that musicians are passionate. They continued to perform for us, albeit in a new realm: livestreaming. Now that the pandemic is calming, singers like Justin Bieber, Barenaked Ladies, AJR, Calum Scott and Bastille have returned to stages. Welcome to’s summer music guide. […]

By Dave Gil de Rubio | May 4, 2022 In the decade since St. Paul & the Broken Bones came out of Birmingham, Alabama, the eight-piece outfit has made a name for itself as a horn-driven neo-soul act fronted by frontman and namesake Paul Janeway. And while the pandemic kept Janeway and company from touring, […]

By Bridgette M. Redman | May 4, 2022 Debra Ann Byrd didn’t come to Phoenix to be reborn. However, that’s what happened when she joined the Mesa-based Southwest Shakespeare Company as its artistic director. “I’m a Christian girl, a Bible girl and I was living in the Valley with the mountains surrounding me,” Byrd says. […]

By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | May 4, 2022 When Australian indie rockers The Church first came to mainstream attention in the late 1980s, it was a time of splendid musical chaos. Whitney Houston and Madonna shared the charts with Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses, George Michael had shed his Wham!-era teen idol persona, […]