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  • Drawn Together

    published October 13, 2011

    Things you likely miss from your long gone childhood: pretending to be a superhero (without catching judgmental stares), melodramatically... More >>

  • Ladies' Night

    published December 29, 2011

    On New Year’s Eve, it’s perfectly acceptable to get wasted and kiss anyone you find attractive, so long as you can keep your beer... More >>

  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Arena, 12/30/11

    published Dec 31, 2011

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra Arena Friday, December 30, 2011 See also: Our complete Trans-Siberian Orchestra slideshow. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a lot like Christmas itself: The pretty l... More >>

  • Club Candids: Coach House

    published Dec 28, 2011

    Christmas may be over, but Coach House continues to promote the holiday spirit with more Christmas lights than the Griswold house in Christmas Vacation. We grabbed a coat and checked out the holiday... More >>

  • Slice of Strife

    published December 22, 2011

    Edward Scissorhands has all the makings of a cult classic: Tim Burton’s signature creepiness, Johnny Depp playing a mysterious... More >>

  • NOFX's Fat Mike on Cokie the Clown, Drinking, and Occupy Wall Street

    NOFX's Fat Mike on Cokie the Clown, Drinking, and Occupy Wall Street

    published Dec 26, 2011

    NOFX has been a mainstay of punk rock for almost 30 years. The band has gained notoriety for its antics and activism, recently getting banned from Emo's in Austin because frontman "Fat Mike" Burkett... More >>

  • Royal Icing

    published December 1, 2011

    Once December rolls around, lots of folks feel more stress than cheer, and less merriment than anxiety over dwindling bank accounts. And, it... More >>

  • Top 10 Albums of 2011: Melissa Fossum

    published Dec 22, 2011

    Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. We've been counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. Today's list comes from contributor Melissa Foss... More >>

  • Scrooge You

    published December 15, 2011

    That stretch from Black Friday to New Year’s Day is just plain annoying. Between the nonstop onslaught of Christmas music, packed malls,... More >>

  • Bah, Humbug: Eight Un-Christmas Songs

    Bah, Humbug: Eight Un-Christmas Songs

    published Dec 19, 2011

    Maybe I'm still bummed that Santa won't pay my bills or leave fancy camera equipment under my tree, but Christmas is lame. The holiday makes people mean and greedy -- it must have something to do wi... More >>

  • 10 Favorite Shows of 2011: Melissa Fossum

    published Dec 19, 2011

    I went to a lot of shows this year. Thanks to, I can conform that I went to at least 56 concerts, not counting the numerous times I swung by Yucca Tap Room or Crescent Ballroom just for fun.... More >>

  • Andrew Jackson Jihad at Crescent Ballroom, 12/17/11 (VIDEO)

    published Dec 18, 2011

    Andrew Jackson Jihad Crescent Ballroom Saturday, December 17, 2011 See the full slideshow of Andrew Jackson Jihad at Crescent Ballroom. Some guy spat on my face, I have random bruises all over my... More >>

  • The Quakes' Paul Roman on New Lineup, Getting Deported, and Psychobilly in the '80s

    published Dec 16, 2011

    In spite of limited commercial success, The Quakes are one of the most influential bands in the tatted up, creepers-and-pompadour subgenre psychobilly. The band formed in Buffalo, New York in 1986 ... More >>

  • All-Tempa-Cheer

    published December 8, 2011

    Scouring the mall on Christmas Eve for last minute gifts is never a good idea, and, let’s face it, your significant other is probably... More >>

  • Club Candids: Joe Strummer Memorial and Benefit at George & Dragon

    published Dec 14, 2011

    It's hard to believe that Joe Strummer, one of The Clash's founding members, has been dead for almost a decade. George & Dragon continues to keep his memory alive with annual benefit shows. This yea... More >>

  • Total Lunar Eclipse of the Heart

    published Dec 12, 2011

    This weekend's lunar eclipses was exciting, especially if you were able to catch that elusive red moon. If you were among those who got up early or stayed up late (it was a nice break after writing ... More >>

  • X at Club Red, 12/9/11

    X at Club Red, 12/9/11

    published Dec 10, 2011

    X Club Red Friday, December 9 For more photos, click here. Eight overlapping bands in four hours. Last night's X show felt more like a music festival than a Friday night concert. Eager fans bounce... More >>

  • X's Exene Cervenka Refuses to Get Cynical

    published December 8, 2011

    Nineteen-eighty was a strange time for music. First-wave punk was finished; disco was on its way out, and practically every pop song on the air... More >>

  • X's Exene Cervenka's Advice to Female Musicians: Don't Get Married

    X's Exene Cervenka's Advice to Female Musicians: "Don't Get Married"

    published Dec 06, 2011

    X set itself apart from its first-generation punk contemporaries with Exene Cervenka and John Doe's dueling vocals and a serious dose of roots and rockabilly in its sound. X has a difficult and fas... More >>

  •  Tennis' Patrick Riley on Growing Up in Arizona, Working with Pat Carney of The Black Keys, and Living With His Wife on a Sailboat

    Tennis' Patrick Riley on Growing Up in Arizona, Working with Pat Carney of The Black Keys, and Living With His Wife on a Sailboat

    published Dec 05, 2011

    Best Beach Wavves Coast House Fossils. There are plenty of "beachy" bands out there, and most of them combine 60's pop melodies with boatloads of reverb. Tennis plays off the nautical theme -- on in... More >>

  • Haffo Announces Reunion Show

    published Dec 05, 2011

    Most break-ups end horribly, and reunions are often just as rocky. Despite the original magic, it's nearly impossible to recapture the love. But sometimes it's not so dramatic. Haffo had one of tho... More >>

  • Fugazi: Five Waiting Room Listening Essentials

    Fugazi: Five "Waiting Room" Listening Essentials

    published Dec 01, 2011

    What do Fugazi and The Grateful Dead have in common? The similarities go beyond diehard fans and a few experimental instrumental tracks. These Washington, D.C. post-hardcore juggernauts have joined... More >>

  • Club Candids: Electroball at Radius

    published Nov 30, 2011

    Radius hosted Electroball, its first 18-and-over rave on Wednesday, November 23. Axis was closed off, but guests had plenty to be thankful for at this pre-Thanksgiving bash. DJs Henry Dilema, Sean W... More >>

  • The ROAR and Andrew Jackson Jihad in "I Can't Handle Change" Music Video

    published Nov 29, 2011

    If you want to get noticed on the internet, cats are an easy way to do it. If you have any doubts, just watch this Catvertising video. Roar, a local pop/indie band got hip to the cat formula for its... More >>

  • Rugrats

    published November 17, 2011

    Being a grown-up sucks sometimes. Remember obligatory naps and snack time? Those were the days. Recapture that youthful feeling when Apollo 12... More >>

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