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    No More Ho's: Hope for Hip-Hop

    By Brendan Joel Kelley Recently I wrote a column about the use of certain pejorative words - "ho's," "bitches," and "niggers" - in hip-hop and the controversy that's sprung up over them recently. Luckily, it's not just the media that's concerned. H...

    @ Up on the Sun on June 14, 2007 @ 1:17 pm
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    More Ways to Kill Time at Work: Phoenix Rock City and AZPunk.com

    By Brendan Joel Kelley Since I assume that if you're reading this you likely just don't have enough to do at your place of employment, I thought I'd point you towards another site that's got the potential to do some cool shit. It's phoenixrockcity.c...

    @ Up on the Sun on June 13, 2007 @ 12:35 pm
  • Article

    Metal Health: A Second to Die

    By Brendan Joel Kelley A Second to Die If you haven't noticed, I've spent a lot of time discussing metal lately, both in its traditional and innovative forms. It's earned me the ire of some and the praise of others, and apparently broken up at leas...

    @ Up on the Sun on June 11, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
  • Article

    The Smob, As Promised...

    By Brendan Joel Kelley My technical difficulties now resolved, here are the tracks I promised to give you from the Smob's just-released-last-night album I Hate Your Face. Fresh off of a triumphant release party last night at the Sets with Zion I and...

    @ Up on the Sun on June 10, 2007 @ 1:50 pm
  • Article

    Smobbed Up Hip-Hop

    By Brendan Joel Kelley I was going to grace you with some fresh new music today, being released tomorrow, but after wrestling with the internet for a while I found out that my capacity to upload and share music with you is temporarily hindered. None...

    @ Up on the Sun on June 8, 2007 @ 2:03 pm
  • Canvas 1011 Bar

    Article

    Canvas 1011 Bar

    It's about time they did something with that great big dirt lot on First Street and Roosevelt. For months, this prime location on the main drag of First Friday art walks was just another sidewalk stop filled with art and music booths. But on Friday, ...

    by Lilia Menconi on January 10, 2008
  • Article

    Seven nights of DJs and dancing

    THURSDAY 10 Axis/Radius: Crystal Thursdays Ladies Night (Top 40, rock, dance) The Blooze Bar: DJ El Dedo (rockabilly) Bobby C's: Willy B. (old-school R&B) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Casey Jones Bar & Grill: Da Gutter Thursdays with DJ ...

    on January 10, 2008
  • Music for Bowlers - Music For Bowlers
 (Ropeadope/Tangrams7s)

    Article

    Music for Bowlers - Music For Bowlers (Ropeadope/Tangrams7s)

    Whether it's straight-ahead rock, burning jazz, or experimental electronic fusion, we can get behind any project involving pianist Jacob Koller, percussionist Corey Fogel, and bassist Andrew Jones. When the three decide to gig together, they become a...

    by Steve Jansen on January 10, 2008
  • Black Carl - Black Carl
 (self-released)

    Article

    Black Carl - Black Carl (self-released)

    For us, the name Black Carl evokes images of Carl Weathers from Predator wailing on the harmonica while Family Matters' Carl Winslow, in full police regalia, belts out soulful tales of pain and hammers out blues notes on the guitar. While Tempe's ver...

    by Adriane Goetz on January 10, 2008
  • Dick Taut and The Ripcords - In the Willow Shade
 (self-released)

    Article

    Dick Taut and The Ripcords - In the Willow Shade (self-released)

    There's one thing certain about Dick Taut and The Ripcords, a whatever-they-feel-like-playing ensemble with members culled from various parts of the Midwest: You never know what goofball lyrics will come out of the piehole of lead singer Dick Taut, a...

    by Steve Jansen on January 10, 2008
  • Wyclef Jean - Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant
 (Sony)

    Article

    Wyclef Jean - Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant (Sony)

    In a recent interview, Wyclef Jean managed to sum up, in just a few words, the very thing fans both admire and abhor about the former Fugee. Bubbling over with understandable enthusiasm for Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant, the star-studded ...

    by Dan Leroy on January 10, 2008
  • Six Organs of Admittance

    Article

    Six Organs of Admittance

    Guitarist Ben Chasny is the primary member of Six Organs of Admittance, a traditional indie-rock group with an ever-changing lineup. He's pinned down a sound by blending his intricate guitar playing with Old World chimes, drones, and chanted vocals, ...

    by Joe Golfen on January 10, 2008
  • The Section Quartet

    Article

    The Section Quartet

    After spending years in the studio and onstage with some of rock's biggest names, The Section Quartet is out to see just how far novelty can take them by hitting the road in support of their debut album, Fuzzbox. Released earlier this year, Fuzzbox f...

    by Joe Golfen on January 10, 2008
  • The Iris, and Signs of Betrayal

    Article

    The Iris, and Signs of Betrayal

    Phoenix-based metal band The Iris seems to thrive on exploring and adapting electronic sounds to its format -- with no bass player, it relies heavily on the programming of guitarist Kasey Kautenburger and drummer Tim Klever, while Marilyn Manson-insp...

    by Ernest Barteldes on January 10, 2008
  • Will Guitar Hero save the music industry?

    Article

    Will Guitar Hero save the music industry?

    In high school, I quit guitar lessons after just six months. I have really tiny hands and got frustrated just making chords -- plus, my teenage self thought it'd be more fun to date an ax master than to be one. Later, I decided that writing about roc...

    by Lina Lecaro on January 10, 2008
  • DJ Bacteria and more than a dozen of his peers will gather at AREA Phoenix

    Article

    DJ Bacteria and more than a dozen of his peers will gather at AREA Phoenix

    The DJ scene around the Nix is quite tumultuous. Turntablists have a habit of changing up their weekly nights more often than Lindsay Lohan changes boyfriends. You know the drill: Your favorite jocks will be working the stage at a chic Scottsdale da...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on January 10, 2008
  • DJ Mike Relm brings turntablism to the unhip masses

    Article

    DJ Mike Relm brings turntablism to the unhip masses

    Mike Relm is single-handedly introducing turntablism to parts of middle America on his second stint with Blue Man Group, opening its current production, How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.1. With between 7,000 and 12,000 people at each show, it's the San Fr...

    by Ben Westhoff on January 10, 2008
  • Article

    This just in: Musicians also use performance-enhancing drugs

    Overlooked amid the hoopla surrounding the recent Mitchell Report -- former Senator George Mitchell's investigation into the use of steroids and human growth hormone in Major League Baseball -- was the release last month of the Quayle Report. The cul...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on January 10, 2008
  • Article

    Long Sonoita Nights with Andy Hersey

    By Brendan Joel Kelley (Thanks to my friend Paula Harms for taking the lovely photos of Andy Hersey) Last weekend, as I mentioned in a previous post, I took off down south to see my cowboy buddy Andy Hersey throw down at a barn dance in Sonoita to ...

    @ Up on the Sun on June 6, 2007 @ 10:07 am
  • Article

    Our Neighbors to the South: Phoenix Vs. Tucson

    By Brendan Joel Kelley Tucson This last weekend I took a road trip out of town to see some music (more on that later), visiting my favorite little town in southern Arizona, Sonoita, and cruising through Tucson on the way there and back. I don't car...

    @ Up on the Sun on June 5, 2007 @ 11:36 am
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