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    June 6, 2014

    5 Must-See Concerts This Weekend, 6/6 - 6/8

    Who says live music slows down during the summer? This weekend, catch anything from local pop music to weirdo rappers to top-notch EDM producers. You can always check our comprehensive concert listings for many more options as well.

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    July 30, 2013

    Watch Bonnie McKee's "American Girl," A Celeb-Filled Bonanza

    You may never have heard of Bonnie McKee, but you've definitely heard her. The singer-songwriter's magical musical songwriting touch has graced everything from tracks by Katy Perry and Ke$ha, to Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Lambert -- all who appear in the incredibly star-filled music video for her new ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Rivers Cuomo's J-Pop Album Is Out In America, Whether You Want It Or Not

    If you and I visit the same Weezer forums, you've probably had Rivers Cuomo's J-Pop album--okay, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Murphy of Allister's J-Pop album--for a while now. If you don't visit the same Weezer forums I do, now's your chance: It was released yesterday on iTunes. It's called Scott & River ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Up On The Sun's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Music Stories of 2012

    Is this year over yet? Well, close enough. So in honor of 2012 we've dug through the past 12 months of stories looking for the greatest hits. Below you'll find the stories (minus most of the newsy stuff) that people clicked on each month. And if thousands of other people clicked on these stories, yo ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    July 18, 2012

    Are Casino Concerts Guaranteed to Suck?

    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 >>

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    July 10, 2012

    You Ready for the State Fair? A Guide to the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum Schedule

    See also: Snoop Dogg at the Arizona State Fair See also: Judas Priest at the Arizona State Fair It used to be that playing the state fair circuit meant you were a has-been, that your rock 'n' roll career had gone belly up (you know, like billed after the puppet show, Spinal Tap-style). Maybe it' ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Dave Pratt's Out, MasterChef Contestant Monti Carlo Is In at 103.9, Plus More Radio News

    Welcome to Radio Roundup, a new series in which we'll occasionally check in with the ever-shifting world of the Phoenix radio (FM, AM, Internet). Read on for June's news regarding changes at My Phoenix Music 1039 (goodbye, Dave Pratt; hello, Monti Carlo), Magic City Radio on Power 98.3, and why low- ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    February 16, 2012

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our February 16 Issue

    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 inspired Pickster One, Z-Trip, and LL Cool J's "Super Baller"? What five singers should team up with Queen in ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Five Guys That Should Be in Queen Instead of Adam Lambert

    ​Rumors are swirling that former American Idol Adam Lambert is going to be teaming up with Queen for live performances.We've got some bones to pick about this. While Lambert said he'll be doing this "to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs," that can't possibly b ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: American Aquarium Drinker​Remember Dave Holmes, the former MTV VJ?It turns out that he hasn't dropped off the face of the earth after all. In fact, he's been writing some pretty interesting blogs.This week we're bringing you Holmes' blog, American Aquarium Drinker (not to be confused with the ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    New Reality Show, "Majors and Minors,' to Feature 15-Year-Old Gilbert Boy and a Long List of Top 40 Stars

    ​Ah, to pass the harmless sound of Top 40 pop rock onto America's youth. That's really what this country is all about. Avril Lavigne, Adam Lambert, Colbie Caillat and a long list of other VH1 crowd favorites are out to make the dreams of 12 young musicians come true on The Hub's upcoming real ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    July 30, 2010

    10 Musicians in Guyliner to Love--or Mock

    In honor of impending arrivals in the Valley by Adam Lambert and Green Day, here is a list of 10 modern-day musicians who don't think it's girlie to rock a little black eye pencil. Emo girls, eat your hearts out. And the rest of you, feel free to point and laugh.His expression is energetic, but he l ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010

    Lady Gaga, Metalcore, Bar Bands, and More in This Week's Issue

    Lady Gaga: She doesn't want to be friends.​This week's music feature is on Lady Gaga's seemingly overnight rise to super-stardom. Ever wonder exactly how or why this happened? Nearly everyone agrees she's awesome. But is she really? We get to the nitty gritty.We also take a took at the subtle diff ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010
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    April 21, 2010

    'American Idol' Contestants Fail to Uplift on "Inspirational Song" Night

    ​When you have only 1 minute to sing to people, it's sort of hard to inspire them. That was the problem the contestants had last night on American Idol, when the seven contestants and four judges were forced to cram their singing and commentary into a measly hour, making for a hectic pace t ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    'American Idol' Get Glam as Adam Lambert Mentors, Is Praised for Tongue Action

    No one can compete with the force that is Bowersox​In what was either a Freudian slip or a bid to stir up controversy, Ryan Seacrest commented to Adam Lambert on American Idol Tuesday night, "My tongue is not nearly as talented as yours." Sadly, that was one of the most exciting parts of this seas ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010
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    January 22, 2010

    Pop Music Video Round-Up

    I just spent all morning catching up on the latest music videos by watching VH1 (since MTV doesn't show music videos unless its viewers are sound asleep.) Here are my impressions of some of the stuff I saw:Adam Lambert- "What Do you Want from Me"- Wow, I was a Kris Allen fan last season, but Adam La ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Top 10 'American Idol' Moments

    ​Paula Abdul already left, and Simon Cowell may be on the outs, too. But no matter what happens to American Idol, the singing competition has left us with plenty of memories we'll forver cherish. Here are 10 of our favorites to get you ready for the upcoming season, which begins January ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Adam Lambert Gets Back on ABC

    ​After glam rocker Adam Lambert was shunned by ABC by having performances on Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live! cancelled, the very openly gay singer is finally getting back on the station this Thursday, December 10 when he performs on the estrogen-powered The View. Maybe it's becaus ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    New Release Tuesday: And What You Should Buy

    ​Here's a sampling of today's new album releases:Il Divo- An Evening with Il Divo- Live in BarcelonaJuvenile- Cocky and ConfidentPrimal Fear- Eye of an EagleAllison Iraheta- Just Like YouR. Kelly- UntitledMartha Wainwright- Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A ParisNow it's time to see whether Allison ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    November 24, 2009

    'Good Morning America' Needs to Get a Life, Cancels Adam Lambert

    ​In lieu of the whole, "I'm gay and open and will fondle whomever I darn well please on-stage" performance by Adam Lambert at the American Music Awards this past Sunday, ABC's Good Morning America has canceled an appearance by the fabulously glam singer on tomorrow's show. Because, you know, ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    November 24 In Blogs: ASU, Adam Lambert, The Lost Leaf, and A Mountain

    ​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: Feathered Bastard: Joe Arpaio "First Amendment Forum" at ASU Cronkite School To Be Protested by Student Acti ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    July 16, 2009

    Idol Worship

    We may be ill, but these kids are alright

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    June 22, 2009

    PETA Asks Phish To Change Name, Winehouse Plots Move, Wilco's Tucson Show Reviewed

    Idolator: The Case Against Phish's Name: Why It Seems Like PETA's Press Releases Are Being Written By "The Onion" Editorial Staff NME: Amy Winehouse launches St Lucia residency bid State Press: Review of Wilco show in Tucson Electric Mustache: Renminbi's New EP is Free and Great Idolator: Would You ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Geek Beat: Feed Your Fetish at Rocky Horror

    Ok, folks, it's time to get personal. While we here at the New Times strive not to navel-gaze too much when it comes to our blogs, there's simply no way to get around it this time. Full disclosure: I am a former Rocky freak. I did a stint in a college theatrical troupe as Columbia and Frank N. Fu ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Just Announced: Tears for Fears, KMFDM, Lyle Lovett, Ratt

    Our weekly concert announcements are always a bit of a "Wait, those guys are still alive and playing music" shock, but I've never been quite as blindsided as I was seeing Tears For Fears slated to place Tempe Marketplace in July.Yes, Tears for Fears. They're still around. In fact, the British they n ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    Other People's Blogs: Queensryche Singer In Chandler, Meg White Marries, New Phish Record Out in July

    The Dish: Queensrÿche singer to appear at Chandler Whole FoodsRolling Stone: "American Idol" 's Adam Lambert on Sexing Up Johnny Cash and Getting on His SoapboxPitchfork: Meg White Got Married in Jack White's Backyard Last WeekendNME: Brody Dalle's new band Spinnerette announce LA/NY datesRolling S ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Upset! Allen trumps Lambert in 'Idol' Finale

    Sorry, Adam, even your goth angel wings couldn't save you. Single tear.Coming into last night's finale, even the most ardent Kris Allen fans would have to admit that their adorable little troubadour was a long shot for the big title (check this out if you missed the play-by-play). The media (myself ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    The End of an Era: Gokey and His Glasses Go Home

    Don't cry, Gokey. You always have a future as a Lenscrafters model...I will be the first to admit that as excited as I am about last night's Idol results, I am also really shocked (as are a lot of other people, apparently). I think most people--whether they were Gokey fans or not--thought his large ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    And Then There Were Three: Gokey, Allen, Lambert Left on 'Idol'

    We haven't had a good crazy-looking Adam picture for awhile. So here you go.So after Allison Iraheta got kicked off American Idol last week, there was only one question that remained: Who would join guy-linered Adam Lambert in the finals? I've made no secret about my Gokey hatred. But even I can adm ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Just Announced: Jenny Lewis, The Cult, Idols Live, Rick Ross

    Jenny Lewis: Coming to the Marquee in July. Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis is finally, finally, making an appearance in Phoenix, Stateside Presents announced today. The cute-as-a-button indie songstress is a critical darling (hell, my colleague Albert Ching in Orange County has reviewed her shows ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    About Damn Time: Matt Giraud Off of 'Idol'

    During his tenure on American Idol, Matt Giraud was like the Little Dueling Piano Player Who Could: Snubbed by the voting public in the Top 36, the judges made him one of their "judges choice" picks for the Top 13. Then, when he finally got voted off two weeks ago after his horrible performance duri ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    'Idol' Keeps it Classy With Rat Pack Week

    Think she's got one more week left in her?So before we review last night's episode, can we please discuss the guest judges or the celebrity mentors or whatever they're calling them this season? They started out making sense, with Randy Travis and Smokey Robinson. But for the past couple of weeks, it ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    Disco Wreaks Havoc on 'Idol'

    Disco: It's the musical genre that just won't die. Along with cockroaches and Twinkies, I'm pretty sure it's the only form of music that would survive a nuclear holocaust. It's been the butt of many a joke since it fell out of vogue in the 80s, but somehow, it still manages to find a tiny place for ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Holy Post-Easter Miracle! Matt Giraud is Saved on 'Idol'

    As far as 'Idol' results shows go, last night was actually semi-exciting, no? After Matt tanked Tuesday night (and he really did tank), it was pretty obvious he was going to be in the bottom three, if not last place. The judges' decided to take advantage of this new Wild Card rule, where they can "s ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    American Idol Top 8: Scottsdale's Scott MacIntyre Sucks It (Yay For Alliteration!)

    So we here at Up on the Sun are here to make sure you, our dear readers, get the best of Valley culture and music. Ergo, since Scott "Bringing Out My Punk Side Tonight" MacIntyre happens to hail from our great state, we thought we'd check out his performance before moving on the the other contestant ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Scottsdale's Scott MacIntyre Blindingly Good On 'Idol'

    So, it'd be easy to reduce blind singer Scott MacIntyre to a series of puns about his visual impairment (read: the title of his post). Lots of other bloggers refer to him as Blind Guy, and he's actually got a good sense of self-deprication about the whole thing, so we don't think he would really min ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Idol's Top 12 Gets a Big, Fat Dose of Faaaaabulousness

    At least the judges liked your legs, Jeanine Vailes. Better luck next time.Before we get to the nittty-gritty of last night's American Idol Group 2 results show, I just want to take a moment to brag and say that I called it. Yes, I know it wasn't that hard to predict who, out of Tuesday night's grou ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    American Idol Group 2: Adam Lambert Will Rock Your Face Off Whether You Like it or Not

    After last week's Group 1 train wreck, American Idol's Group 2 was pretty much destined (to borrow a Randy Jackson-ism) to "knock it out the box" last night. And, overall, they did. Obviously, there were still some performances that made me want to strangle myself with my laptop power cord and those ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Reality Show Results Episodes: The 11th Plague

    So after sitting through two hours of complete pap Tuesday night as American Idol's first group of 12 attempted to stay on key long enough to get halfway-decent remarks from the judges, you'd think we'd deserve a break, right? In the Land of the Sea-douche, however, there is no rest for the weary, a ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    'Idol' Boredom Reaches New Heights with Two Hours of People Sitting in Chairs

    Honestly, I didn't think anything would be able to top Tuesday night's people-sit-in-rooms-and- await-their-fates episode of American Idol in terms of sheer boredom, but Wednesday night's people-sit-in-a-room-and-then-go-into-another-room-wherein-they-sit-down-and-await-their-fates managed to do it. ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    'Idol' Hollywood Week 2: The Return of Kai Kalama

    So before we delve into Tuesday night's episode of Idol, I need to pose one very pressing question: What the eff was Paula wearing around her neck?! Abdul has worked some pretty funky neckwear over the span of Idol, but this particular piece of hardware takes the proverbial cake. It looked as if sh ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    San Francisco's Akilah Askew-Gholston is Story of the Night on Idol

    The home of Rice-A-Roni, the Golden Gate Bridge and a bevy of fabulous gays was host to the third night of pre-Hollywood American Idol auditions, and can we agree on one thing right off the bat? Yes, yes, there was the excitement of the Inauguration, but isn't it really Akilah Askew-Gholston's AI au ... More >>

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