Joyride tacos deliver with traditional Mexican elements

By March 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

This local taco shop provides a nice place to take a business partner as much as your first date. see more

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Short Leash Food Truck's Permanent Location Doesn't Dissapoint


By November 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

We take you to a downtown restaurant offering a creative outlook on a classic, American favorite. see more

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An Uptown Vig Visit

By October 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

If you're at that point where the dinning hall food and microwavable meals just aren’t cutting it anymore, it may be time to try out some local cuisine. see more

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Fall of the House of Escher

By October 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

Punctum Theatre presents Fall of the House of Escher, a play that combines quantum mechanics, Poe, and Escher all in one. see more

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By April 18, 2013 at 1:59 am

A new French café in downtown Phoenix attracts customers with the richness of its food palette but can easily put a dent in the college student's billfold. see more

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Welcome Diner: A Local Love

By February 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

Welcome Diner, a local provider of genuine dishes, offers adventurous meals. see more

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Courtesy of HBO

By January 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Season two of "Girls" premieres on HBO on Jan. 13 see more

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Underage and Over-analytical

Some restaurants claim their fame thanks to their bar, but the food still needs to be good for those drinking water.

By December 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

An underage critic sets out to determine how alcohol factors into food reviews. see more

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Gol Gappe, And Hold the Hospitality

SPM gol gappe

By October 24, 2012 at 12:00 am

When craving exotic cuisine, The Dhaba Café will need to be bumped off the list of go-to places. see more

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Review: (Sometimes) Hop On Over to World of Beer

Photo by Kailin Biggerstaff

By September 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

One writer explores a multitude of drafts in a high-tech, old-world atmosphere. see more

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Review: Bringing Down the (Brat) Haüs


By August 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

One writer ventures into Old Town Scottsdale to sample traditional German bratwursts in a not so traditional place. see more

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Review: Sandwich and Salad 2.0 at Baratin

Photo by Alex Forestier.

By March 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

From FnB creators Pavle Milic and Charleen Badman comes Baratin, and our resident foodie couldn't be more thrilled. see more

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Review: Barrio Queen, or Handmaiden?

Barrio Queen offers more than 20 types of tacos, including the nopal y chile verde tacos. Photo by Alex Forestier.

By March 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

One writer tries out one of the most anticipated new spots in the Valley – Barrio Queen. see more

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Railroad Revival Tour: A Duo Review

By April 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

On Saturday, April 23, Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford and Sons took over a dirt field in Tempe for a night of bluegrass, folk, and bonding. The Railroad Revival Tour has taken these three bands to six southern towns to liven up the area with good old tunes. […]

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The YouTube Generation: Grimmie and Ward

By March 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Video sharing site YouTube is growing more and more popular for independent artists to show their stuff. Christina Grimmie and Tyler Ward are among the best of the bunch. see more

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Fresh-Faced Bright Eyes

By February 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm

It may seem presumptuous, but Bright Eyes' new (and possibly last) album "The People's Key" is a game-changer for the band and for rock music. see more

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Nicole Atkins impresses with 'Mondo Amore'

By February 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

While as a whole “Mondo Amore” is a good listen, it does suffer in some spots. see more

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Interpol Rocks the Marquee

Interpol at the Marquee. Photo courtesy Kevin Yeanoplos.

By February 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

“Success”: The opening number also provided the best description of Interpol’s show Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe. see more

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The Grime Fades as Art Stays at Modified Arts

By February 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Although it has always served as an outlet for the arts, Modified washed its hands clean of the music scene as the venue developed into a more refined art gallery early last year. see more

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Internet Radio Saved the Video Star

By February 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

The rise of sites like Pandora may be just the ticket for how people get their music. see more

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Vanilla Ice drops new album: 'WTF'

By February 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

“WTF” 1 out of 5 Pitchforks Vanilla Ice StandBy Records If there’s one thing you’ve heard by largely forgotten ’90s rap star Vanilla Ice, it’s his most popular song, “Ice Ice Baby.” And if there’s one thing you need to know about Vanilla Ice, it’s that he released an album today. Dallas-based rapper Robert Van […]

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Students Sound Off on ‘Skins’

By January 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

MTV’s “Skins” premiered just two weeks ago, but the sex-fuelled drama has left viewers’ (and advertisers’) heads still spinning. see more

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The 83rd Annual Academy Awards: Who Will Win?

By January 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

"The Social Network" is the frontrunner for Best Picture, with "The King's Speech" not far behind. see more

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A Bumpy Relationship: Hip-hop Meets Indie

By January 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

News broke a few weeks ago that Drake would be collaborating with some of indie's best. Is the relationship between hip-hop and indie rock the next big thing? see more

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Iron & Wine returns to roots

By January 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Folk phenomenon Samuel Beam (aka Iron & Wine) brings to life a fresh, yet authentic sound on his fourth album, “Kiss Each Other Clean.” see more

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SPM Presents the Top 10 Worst Movies of 2010

By January 21, 2011 at 12:02 am

Another year has come and gone. For every great movie of 2010, there was an equally excruciating one. Today I’m getting my money’s revenge on Hollywood by counting down the 10 worst movies of 2010. 10. “Jonah Hex” This is laziest and most forgettable of all recent comic book adaptations. Despite its inexplicable plot and […]

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White Lies revisit tried and true brood

Courtesy Polydor.

By January 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

The band’s latest release, “Ritual,” does very little to break from the dark ‘80s sound they are known for. see more

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‘Bieber Fever’ takes over Tempe Marketplace

Kiana Brown, 13, spent nine hours at Tempe Marketplace on Saturday for a 60-second shot at winning tickets to Justin Bieber's movie premiere in Los Angeles. Her snappy rendition of "Baby" led her to victory over the other 49 teens. Photo by Lauren Jordan.

By January 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Hair flips, high-pitched squeals and young talent flooded Tempe Marketplace last Saturday as the search for Phoenix's number one Justin Bieber fan began. see more

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Decemberists ditch baroque for pure folk

Courtesy Capitol Records.

By January 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

The band's most recent release, “The King Is Dead,” is a welcomed breath of fresh air. see more

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Rape, Feminism and Dragon Tattoos

Courtesy Knopf.

By September 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

You know that middle-aged, nondescript person you saw reading one of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” books on a plane last month? They were reading about anal rape, sadomasochism and butt plugs. see more

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Video Games and Music Merge into Gamers’ Dream Band

Protomen. Photo courtesy Sound Machine Records.

By September 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Video games can be deep if you let them, something that Tennessee-based “Mega Man“-influenced rock band The Protomen showed Phoenix at the Trunk Space Aug. 27. see more

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While We Were Away: 5 Albums of Summer

LCD Soundystem's "This is Happening." Courtesy DFA, Virgin.

By September 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

While State Press Magazine was away over the summer, Lady GaGa and Katy Perry continued to rule the airwaves while some of the finest albums of the year surfaced from below the radio's radar. That's not to say SPM's five favorite summer albums didn't make the charts or strike a chord with fans. From hip-hop veterans the Roots to Arcade Fire's newest release, we proudly present a list of this summer's top five best albums. see more

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MGMT Gives 'Congratulations'

Courtesy Sony/Columbia.

By April 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Maybe “Congratulations” isn’t the MGMT album everyone wanted. The band’s first release, “Oracular Spectacular,” was a trippy, independent opus. It filled concert venues, found critical acclaim and scored the band opening slots for acts like Radiohead and Beck. see more

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Fiverr's Online Market

The two Petes.

By April 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

These days it’s often difficult to find a postcard from Turin, Italy, a genuine rock from a garden in Ireland, or even someone willing to burn a paper effigy of your enemy, especially all in one place. However, all of these things and more can be had at, for the price of $5 each. see more

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