Music

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Nate Garrett devoted himself to metal after seeing a clip of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” on VH1 in middle school. More than two decades later, Divided by Darkness, the second album from his band Spirit Adrift, was awarded an 8.1 rating on Pitchfork (trust us, that’s good). The Phoenix-based guitarist and songwriter spoke with us about the record. You grew up in Oklahoma and lived in Arkansas. How did you find your way to Arizona? I...

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For a truly low-budget Mother’s Day outing that you can be reasonably sure Mom’s never been offered before, why not take her to a free, sing-along version of Mamma Mia! at Harkins Camelview at 10 a.m. this Sunday, May 13? The Scottsdale multiplex is one of 25 theaters around the country to show the special version of the 2008 “jukebox musical,” showcasing the songs of ABBA.

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World Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 21. Locally-based Zia Record Exchange, which opened its first store in Phoenix in 1980 and now has eight locations across the Valley, Tucson and Nevada, is set to throw its biggest celebration ever as records continue experiencing a phenomenal resurgence in the popular zeitgeist. 

Zia is throwing a week-long celebration to keep the WRSD party going, with live music at all locations on Saturday, plus DJs, giveaways, exclusive offers and rare LP releases. Check back in throughout the week for more special discounts and deals. All Zia locations are also collecting donations for the Boys & Girls Club through May 9, and entering donors into automatic raffle.

In honor of World Record Store Day, the PHOENIX mag editorial team picked our favorite albums. Check out our selections below and read on for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Zia Records.

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The fifth annual Phoenix Rock Lottery returns to Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 27. Twenty-five local artists will come together bright and early in the morning to form five bands. Then, they get less than 24 hours to write three songs and learn one cover to perform that night.

Stephen Chilton started the event in 2014 to provide a challenge to some of the local talent and a unique show concertgoers won’t find elsewhere. All proceeds will go to Rosie’s House, a nonprofit that brings music education to underserved youth.

This year’s artists includes Scott Hessel of the Gin Blossoms, Tom Linton of Jimmy Eat World, Mark Glick of AJJ, Nicole Laurenne of The Darts/The Love Me Nots and more. PHOENIX magazine got the chance to catch up with Chilton, Hessel and Laurenne about tomorrow’s show.

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When you're in the mood for a night of live music, the West Valley doesn't come immediately to mind. But the entertainment tides may be changing for our west side neighbors with the addition of a 120-acre outdoor music venue. TopWater at The Landing, on the banks of the recently restored Hidden Lake in Buckeye, will be kicking off their inaugural event this Saturday, Novemnber 11, with a concert from local folk rock band Luxxe.

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Arizona Musicfest has taken place in and around the North Valley every winter for the past 27 years, showcasing the best local classical and country talent. Some artists travel far to perform while others grew up honing their craft right here in Phoenix.

For the second time, Arizona Musicfest will hold a Fall Festival from Nov. 3 to Nov. 17 featuring acts like Dennis Rowland and Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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You spent about two years making your latest album. How did you know when it was finished? It definitely feels like a long time. I think there’s a little bit of an intangible feeling when something feels complete. On this record I wrote a lot more than I have in the past. I had a lot more options in terms of trying to craft what I thought would be the best story and best collection...

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Phoenix has successfully survived its first full-sized music, arts and culinary festival. Lost Lake Festival took over Steele Indian School Park Friday through Sunday with performances from Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Major Lazer and more. It modeled Superfly’s other events like Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, but there was an obvious emphasis on highlighting Arizona’s unique culture.

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The second day of Lost Lake Festival began a little slow like the day before, but it quickly picked up as more big name artists like Kongos, The Roots and The Killers. Three different local artists were showcased and I explored more of the park including The Lost Playground after dark and Found: The Lost Lake Marketplace.

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The first day of the Lost Lake Festival kicked off on Friday afternoon. The crowd was slow to trickle in, but by the time the sun was going down the park was swarming with people dressed in Coachella-inspired garb. Lost Lake proved to be much more than a concert line up. Superfly, the organizers of this event, welcomed local chefs, artists and shop owners to contribute in the experience of getting “lost in the Valley of the sun.”

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