For more than 20 years singer and guitarist Aaron Lewis' powerful, rolling baritone voice has carried fans on a personal journey into his life through songs of acceptance, consequences, depression, love, and family--both with the alternative metal band Staind and most recently his solo country balla ... More >>
Arizona's leg of Country Thunder 2013 begins Thursday, April 11, in Florence, and if you haven't decided whether to go already you have some ticket-buying decisions to make in a hurry. It's with that in mind that we at Up on the Sun are providing the following public service: A complete schedule of ... More >>
[Editor's note: Deathmatch pairs two things that have something in common, and determines who is better. It's a concept we sort-of ripped off from MTV, except that instead of claymation it's the printed word!] By Paul T. Bradley Released in 2003, 14 Shades of Grey is the fourth studio album from a ... More >>
Uproar: Godsmack, Staind, Hellyeah, and More @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore PavilionWhile Friday's Desert Uprising brought a wealth of debauchery, pyro, and sweat-drenched goths, metallers, emos, hipsters, well, damn, just about every type of rocker you can think of, Saturday's Uproar turned out a cro ... More >>
See also: You Ready for the State Fair? A Guide to the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum Schedule (feat. Adam Lambert, Weezer, Jane's Addiction, and More) See also: Joan Jett @ Talking Stick Resort I've always considered casino venues at the bottom of a musician's career, just above the state fair circ ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
New Times has come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass -- and we're all out of bubblegum.New Times writers and designers have been nominated sixfold for this year's Association of Alternative Newsmedia's AltWeekly Awards.This comes a month after raking in 30 journalism awards, including first-place ... More >>
This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week.Here are links to those posts. What happens when a Rebecca Black fan lash out at a New Times blogger? What's the real reason The Railroad Revi ... More >>
Song: Aaron Lewis, "Country Boy"Context: The insufferable fakeness of this terrible song is the focal point of a piece in this week's issue. The Tea Party bullshit and the sample of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at the end are only part of the reason why -- picturing this nu metal dbag on a trac ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Foreigner circa 1981No, you don't have double-vision -- veteran rockers Foreigner are playing a show at Wild Horse Pass' Ovations! Live Showroom this April. The band, formed in 1976 by former Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones, have cranked out numerous smash hits -- "Cold As Ice," "Feels Like The Fi ... More >>
Staind vocalist/guitarist Aaron LewisWe got word late yesterday that the Edge 103.9's annual holiday concert "How the Carolla Stole Christmas," scheduled to happen tonight at Dodge Theatre, has been cancelled due to the illness of Staind frontman/guitarist Aaron Lewis. Refunds for the event are av ... More >>
Not so violent
Ozzfest mates Disturbed and Chevelle prove balance and metal can mix
Deftones (Maverick/Warner Bros.)
Nikka Costa has a big, funky voice and a great butt. Which will you notice first?