The Van Buren Archives

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Before Glendale-raised Nate Ruess hit it big as the lead singer of Fun — the band behind “We Are Young,” “Some Nights,” “Carry On” and many more indie-pop bops — his Valley-based band The Format was making waves locally and beyond in the 2000s. Now, 16 years since the release of their last LP, Ruess and the duo’s other half, Sam Means, are taking The Format back on tour this spring for a very limited...

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Writer Amy Silverman believes everyone has a story worth telling. “We all have something to say, something to report,” she says. “People are way better writers and storytellers than they give themselves credit for and sometimes what you really need is permission to tell your story.” Silverman gives people that permission during her live storytelling series Bar Flies, which is held once a month at Valley Bar. Each event has a theme and features five...

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When Sleater-Kinney visits The Van Buren on November 11, the now Los Angeles-based band brings more than just rock ’n’ roll firepower to the Valley of the Sun. It also brings legitimate star power. Guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein shares center stage with longtime bandmate Corin Tucker, but has greater name recognition due to her involvement on the hit IFC show Portlandia. Along with comedian Fred Armisen, Brownstein wrote, produced and starred in the satirical sketch comedy...

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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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