Madison Rutherford, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Phantogram has been making waves in the music scene for nearly a decade, boasting half a billion streams, two Gold-Certified singles and a slew of sold-out headlining shows since its debut album, Eyelid Movies, in 2010. The duo, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, is known for its infectious, frenetic beats and airy vocals that crash into crescendos of synth-heavy catharsis. Its punchy, pioneering sound has led to collaborations with everyone from Miley Cyrus to Outkast’s...

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Once Charlie Levy and his team found out that more than 160 different languages are spoken in Phoenix, they knew they had to do something to showcase the city’s diversity. “We were just discussing how there’s so many different cultures and people from all over that live in Phoenix and how little we knew about this,” says Levy, who owns popular Downtown haunts The Van Buren and Crescent Ballroom. Enter Phoenix Unknown: World Food and...

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Restaurateur Julian Wright says the Mill Avenue music scene had a heyday in the ‘90s, when Hayden Square Amphitheater would host national touring acts like Phish. Wright, who owns Pedal Haus on Mill Avenue, is reviving the intimate outdoor venue and Tempe’s music scene with a one-day music festival aptly named Hay Day Music Fest. The event will take place on Saturday, September 28 from 2 to 11:30 p.m. The lineup was handpicked by Wright,...

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Proof, an American Canteen at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is whipping up some delicious competition. The Wild West-inspired eatery, known for its comfort food, craft beer and cocktails curated exclusively from the 50 states, is gearing up for its second annual American Pie Fights, which launched on August 24 and will end on the biggest pie day of the year – Thanksgiving. Every Saturday night through October 12, two pies will be...

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Taco Guild, known for its cilantro-studded guacamole and robust food lineup featuring more than a dozen taco options, recently launched a new brunch menu. The unique uptown Mexican eatery is housed in an old church, which seems fitting since some consider brunch to be an almost religious ritual. In fact, the new menu kicked off on Sunday, August 25 with a full gospel band, which will return every Sunday in September. The brunch menu features...

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Beer lovers and football aficionados rejoice – two local forces are teaming up to create a fan favorite. Four Peaks Brewing Company and the Arizona Cardinals recently collaborated on a light, toasty lager with “a crisp finish that satisfies from kickoff to the final whistle,” according to an announcement on the brewing company’s Twitter page. The drink, which comes in a ruby red aluminum bottle, is dubbed Red Bird Lager. Four Peaks has partnered with...

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Looking to get out of town this Labor Day weekend? Arizona boasts a slew of short drives that are sure to make lasting memories. Hop in the car and make the most of this three-day weekend and the Grand Canyon State’s unique landscape with these three adventure itineraries.   Page What to do: This unassuming town in northern Arizona is home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery this side of Lake Powell. Hike...

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The menu at Mill Avenue mainstay Pedal Haus Brewery just got a major facelift. The lively brewpub recently unveiled its vegan and gluten-free options, which are displayed prominently on the back of its robust menu. Pedal Haus’ owner Julian Wright wanted to make an isolated section for those with dietary restrictions, who he says usually have to scour the menu or ask the server for suggestions. Now, plant-based patrons can choose from 22 meat-free meals...

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Nestled in an unassuming strip mall, east Mesa newcomer Tucked Away Craft Kitchen and Bar is aptly named. Owned by Sean Hayes and Jo Ann Franko, the couple behind Mesa’s Tipsy Cactus TapRoom, there’s more to this cozy, chef-driven eatery than meets the eye. “Our landlords had approached us with an offer to open a second spot in another of their locations,” Franko says. “Since we already owned a tap room where only beer and...

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