Jason Keil, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re focusing on throwback acts. August 8 Teyana Taylor The R&B artist announced at the end of 2020 that she was retiring from music for good. And Taylor, who Eddie Murphy fans may recognize from the film Coming 2 America, is going out on a high note. Her third full-length, titled The Album, features appearances...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. August 2 David Gray The British singer-songwriter is touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough album White Ladder, which features the hits “Babylon” and “Please Forgive Me.” But the album first came out in 1998, so is our math off? Not exactly. The album was re-released in 2000 by Dave Matthews’ record label,...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re focusing on tried and true road acts. July 26 Anthrax The thrash metal pioneers celebrated their 40th-anniversary last year and are finally hitting the road to celebrate with Black Label Society and Hatebreed, so now’s the time to turn The Van Buren into a “madhouse” and get “caught in a mosh.” 6:45...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re focusing on legacy acts. July 20 REO Speedwagon, Styx and Loverboy Any rock band can put together a ballad, and then there’s REO Speedwagon. Tracks like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You” are rock radio staples. And Styx are no slouches either. Epic tracks like “Lady” and “Babe” have...

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After 14 years of country hits, Darius Rucker (scheduled to perform on July 22 at Arizona Federal Theatre) is finally better known as a critically acclaimed country singer than the front man of the unavoidable ’90s rock group Hootie & the Blowfish. But he isn’t the only artist to have changed musical lanes. Here’s a rundown of other performers who’ve dabbled in other melodic waters. Fleetwood Mac Just like Hootie nearly 30 years ago, you...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re focusing on offbeat acts. July 12 COIN Brad Pitt recently said in a GQ interview that he was on the last leg of his acting career. But the Nashville-based alt-pop group COIN, who used the movie star’s name for the title of the bouncy lead single off their latest album Uncanny Valley, doesn’t see Pitt...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re focusing on music with poetic lyrics. July 8 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony If you need proof that old-school hip hop is making a comeback, look no further than the rap battle that took place late last year on Verzuz. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony took on their rivals Three 6 Mafia in a fight for ’90s supremacy. While...

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XIXA by Julius Schlosburg Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week we’re rocking with a local lineup. June 29 AJJ and Open Mike Eagle If you’re familiar with the Valley’s folk-punk band’s dark sense of humor, then you might think the title of their 2020 album, titled Good Luck Everybody, was prophetic. And now that we’re (almost) on the other side of...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week we’re focusing on folk rock. June 23 Aldous Harding If the words “female folk singer” conjure up visions of a woman quietly playing an acoustic guitar, then allow New Zealander Aldous Harding to shatter your expectations. Her performances have a flair for the dramatic, and her fourth album, titled Warm Chris, has been described...

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Tori Amos | Photo courtesy Amarpaul Kalirai/Mercury Classics  Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week we’re focusing on throwback bands. June 7 Chicago and Brian Wilson Lake Michigan and the Pacific Ocean meet in the desert oasis of Phoenix for this classic co-headlining tour of musical powerhouses, with Chicago performing with their new vocalist Loren Gold, the keyboardist for The...

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Amos Lee | Photo by Shervin Lainez Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week we’re taking a look at bands influenced by blues and jazz. May 31 Steely Dan When Walter Becker died in 2017, many wondered if his songwriting partner Donald Fagen would let the jazz-rock collective carry on. Obviously, Steely Dan isn’t standing still. Fagen is still going...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week we’re taking a look at throwback acts. May 24 Yngwie Malmsteen Using the word “legendary” to describe the Swedish heavy metal guitarist doesn’t quite do his skills with a Stratocaster justice. Influenced more by Handel than Hendrix, the neoclassicist is known worldwide for the absurd number of amps at his shows and his...

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No one would stay at the same job without pay or benefits for 15 years, right? But that’s exactly what radio DJ Dani Cutler has done at KWSS 93.9 FM, Phoenix’s volunteer-run indie station. As she marks a decade and a half of hosting The Dani Cutler Show and the retro-themed Dani’s Diner, she shares with us why she’s proud of her time there. You’ve been at KWSS since MySpace was popular. What do you...

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Destroyer | Photo by Ted Bois Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week we’re taking a look at indie music. May 17 King Hannah This Liverpool-based band doesn’t sound like they’re from England at all. The duo’s sound is rooted in Southern blues with a little trip-hop thrown in for good measure. In its review of their debut album, Pitchfork described their...

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