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Greek Classic, American Contemporary: Now & Then’s New Take on Antigone

by Dale I. Rasmussen

How do we define “loyalty?”

When confronted by others whose viewpoints we find toxic or offensive, just how important is steadfast resolve to our own values? Are there prices for “being right” that are too high to pay, and if so, where is that threshold? At what point does fidelity to our responsibilities to God or country mutate into obstinate, self-serving pride?

These questions, which haunt us in 2019 America form the spine of a story first told nearly 2,500 years ago in Sophocles’ Antigone, and this shockingly contemporary work is being told anew in Now and Then Creative Company’s final show of their second season, directed by Cody Goulder…

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Tastemaker’s Ten: Jen Holiday of The Declaimed

Jen Holiday is one badass babe. As the fierce frontwoman of band, The Declaimed, she’s reigned over the boys’ club of Phoenix hardcore for two decades now. And she can do it all with coke bottle curls and a gold sequin dress. Jen Holiday pairs vintage style with post-human rage. That has “tastemaker” written all over it. Check out the 10 tracks Jen Holiday thinks everyone should hear…

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Radio Phoenix Broadcast of It’s Not Our Fault: Derrick Bostrom Part Two

Derrick Bostrom is back for Part Two of It’s Not Our Fault with Amy and Tom!! This time it’s all sorts of early PHX punk history and songs along with some great history and music of the Meat Puppets as well. Check out the complete playlist below as well as Part One of Derrick Bostrom on It’s Not Our Fault…

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¡Dale! featuring Quay Dash Brings Out Local Artists, DJs, and Live Performers

On my endless journey of searching Phoenix metro for the truly unsung, I came upon a flyer for the mononymous ¡Dale!. Marketed as an underground QTPOC (Queer Transgendered People Of Color) after-hours party featuring DJs, live performances, and two locally-prolific drag queens, the convincing point for me was the inclusion of headliner Quay Dash: a no-nonsense wordsmith rapper from The Bronx, NYC. ¡Dale! isn’t your run-of-the-mill, mainstream “queer” event. Instead of making it palpable for the lowest common heteronormative denominator, it separates itself by solely and consistently booking queer performers and artists of color. I would later learn from a speech by organizer and DJ La Siento, this would be the last edition of the event in its current form as he announced his move to New York…

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‘Afro-Punk’ Screening, Salon, + Discussion Coming to Filmbar This Weekend

Local performance artist and entertainer Katrina Rainsong teamed up with her sister/BFF, Aliya Mack (aka  Cam Apparently), to bring a special screening event of the documentary, Afro-Punk, to Phoenix’s Filmbar. Under the moniker of Rainsong Productions, this sister-power-team started producing burlesque shows, and even a small circus, in 2017…

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Bassist Ali Dean on Architects’ Latest Album ‘Holy Hell’ [interview]

by Jacob Unterreiner

At its height, music is a monument to emotion.

You can use words to express powerful emotions, but a sentence or two can never capture the scope of a feeling. Language alone, to some degree, is always minimizing the intensity of an emotion. Music, however, can capture how big a feeling feels–it’s a large part of the reason we make it. We say to ourselves, “My feelings are so big, that they deserve more than words, they deserve a song.”

Architects’ new album, Holy Hell, is a monument to a pain too large to simply be talked about. It is a a monument to a pain that needs to be screamed into microphones and battered into drums.

I spoke with bass player, Ali Dean, about the new album and how the band has moved forward after the death of founding member Tom Searle…

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