New Year's Eve Live Music Guide for Phoenix

We’re coming up fast on the 20th anniversary of an album Roger Clyne says he looks back on as “that first step” on his journey — the Refreshments’ “Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy." And Clyne intends to celebrate, beginning New Year’s Eve with a solo performance of that landmark album, dusting off the songs in sequence and sharing his thoughts on each number. Then, after taking a break while Banana Gun plays, he'll return to the stage with the Peacemakers to ring in 2016 at full volume. And get there early for Mill's End. Those guys are great.


Live: Music Picks Dec. 24-30

Mannheim Steamroller, the musical vehicle of Omaha, Neb., producer/composer Chip Davis and compadres, has acheived the not inestimable task of adding to the dense and relatively impenetrable canon of holiday music groups that can be said to be "a tradition." A combination of dazzling musical virtousity, "fresh" arrangements (early albums were titled Fresh Aire I-IV) and compositions blending classical, rock and light jazz elements have made for an eminently listenable mixture that's sold in the millions. Amid an extensive list of releases, their Christmas records, starting with the first in 1984, have been their audience's overwhelming favorites.


Monkstar Live: Music beyond cinema

Antardhvani, The Harish Chandra project, Empty Sepulchre, After Acoustics, The Tapes and Deathtrap are names of music groups that one doesn’t hear in mainstream music. Mainstream that has become synonymous with film music. These groups, along with others, are a part of Monkstar Live Season One.Monkstar Live is an initiative of Monkstar Music, a digital platform that intends to promote independent music. Bands are encouraged to perform their original compositions and given a platform. Monkstar records their song, helps them shoot their video and market it online.


Why LCD Soundsystem Reuniting to Tour Again is Not a Big Deal

In 2005, LCD Soundsystem was a solo project by a weirdo DJ on a small label. Their big song was a novelty song called “Daft Punk is Playing At My House,” on an album peppered with self-effacing self-analysis and oddball cultural commentary. At the time, “Daft Punk is Playing At My House” could well be situated next to other outsider goof-anthems like Electric Six’s “High Voltage,” Peaches’ “Fuck the Pain Away” or LeTigre’s “Decepticon.”


Nightlife: Support live music in 2016

Like it or not, 2016 has arrived, so why not make the best of it and take in some live music at one of our local venues. There are always plenty of opportunities to see local or just visiting bands, and here are just a few suggestions for you.The Record Collector in Bordentown, which is a well-known independent record store (and yes, I am saying record because they have lots and lots of LPs) has live performances on a regular basis. The Bumper Jacksons are coming Jan. 16.

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