Up on the Sun's 10 Top Music Stories of 2014

Valley resident Max Cavalera, Soulfly singer, released an extremely entertaining autobiography in 2014.
Valley resident Max Cavalera, Soulfly singer, released an extremely entertaining autobiography in 2014.
Courtesy of Max Cavalera

2014 is come and gone, and lots happened. Here's a recap of our most-read stories of the year.

10.) Max Cavalera Once Pissed on a Fan, and Other Tales

Valley resident, former Sepultura singer and Soulfly founder Max Cavalera is nothing if not a character. He's sober now, but when he was drinking. anything could've happened. In this interview, Cavalera revealed some juicy tidbits from his new autobiography, including one revolting, yet hilarious, story.

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Nils Lofgren
Nils Lofgren
Andrew Pielage

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9.) Nils Lofgren Finally Gets His Day in the Spotlight

Nils Lofgren's success as a sideman in Crazyhorse and the E Street Band has overshadowed his own prowess as a solo artist, and the Valley resident released a career-spanning box set earlier this year that delved into his musical accomplishments.

Black Flag
Black Flag
Courtesy of SST Records

8.) Black Flag's Mike Vallely Rags on Former Singer Ron Reyes

Current Black Flag singer Mike Vallely spared no words for former singer Ron Reyes, in this interview from May, which helped shed light on the dramatic on-stage firing that happened earlier. "But Ron was always Ron's own worst enemy. Ron was Ron's only impediment to making this whole thing work -- He couldn't get out of his own way. So, he can rant on and on about the drummer, the Theremin, the start and stops of songs and anything else that he can think of, but really it was only Ron Reyes that stood in the way of Ron Reyes."

Emma Pew of Black Carl, performing at the Sail Inn Farewell Festival
Emma Pew of Black Carl, performing at the Sail Inn Farewell Festival
Benjamin Leatherman

7.) The Sail Inn in Tempe to Close in June

This year saw many storied venues, in Tempe and out, shutter their windows. Few, if any, hit harder than the news from March that the Sail Inn was closing. Gina Lombardi's bar hosted many storied local bands, and the venue's leaving left a void no one has yet filled.



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