Aesop Rock

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    I've never done anything interesting enough to merit a Kickstarter, but if I ever happen to by accident I could do worse than following the example of Northern Hustle, who's celebrating their crowdfunding victory with a CD Release show this weekend. That's just one of the titular must-see Phoenix ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Tobacco of BMSR: "It's Not About Creating a Persona, It's About There Being No Persona"

    Master of the mindmelt, Tobacco is probably best known as the enigmatic frontman of Black Moth Super Rainbow, penning the vocoder-drizzled psychedelia of a digital generation that misses Super Nintendo and VHS tapes. While BMSR is often the kind of tuning you'd slap on as you peaked on a mushroom tr ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Official Lineup is Posted

    The wait, as they say, is finally over. You can cease all the speculation of who the hell is officially playing this year's Coachella as Goldenvoice unveiled the lineup in grand fashion. See also: -Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year? -The Rolling Stones Aren't Playing Coachella, but Some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Fiscal Cliff: The Up on the Sun Playlist for Your Financial Woes

    If you're not a thumbsucking moron who only cares about which overzealous rapper impregnated which leg-spreading reality star, you might've heard of this thing called the "fiscal cliff." If not, lemme just clue you in via economist Paul Craig Roberts: "The fiscal cliff is automatic spending cuts an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    The 10 Greatest White Rappers

    See also: EL-P's Dystopian Hip-Hop is No Sci-Fi Fantasy See also: Asher Roth Is Bro Rap Incarnate, but Don't Hold It Against Him See also: Action Bronson @ Club Red See also: Ten Awesome Mixtapes To Download Right Now (NSFW) What are the first names to come to mind when we say "white rapper?" Vani ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.

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    August 9, 2012
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    June 21, 2012
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    June 20, 2012

    El-P's Dystopian Hip-Hop is No Sci-Fi Fantasy

    Brooklyn-based rapper El-P has had a tumultuous last few years. After reaching the Billboard Top 100 in 2007 with I'll Sleep When You're Dead, he lost his friend and musical collaborator Camu Tao the next year. In 2010, he chose to close up his label Definitive Jux, an indie rap cornerstone that inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Five Sound Strike Bands We'd Like to See Perform in Arizona

    Last week, punk band Rise Against ended their boycott of Arizona by announcing two high-profile shows. That isn't to say that The Sound Strike , the boycott organized by rockers like Zack de la Rocha to impact the state in the wake of SB 1070 is over, but it's shifting it's focus away from boycottin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Incoming: Chick Corea, Shockwave 2012, Dionne Warwick

    See also: Up on the Sun's interview with Chick CoreaOne of America's jazz great and Grammy Award-winner, Chick Corea, is coming to town. The jazz legend has played alongside people like Miles Davis, but his own catalog is rife with creative explorations. With a little help from Gary Burton, the pian ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    February 24, 2011

    Linkin Park Made Their OK Computer

    All hail A Thousands Suns, the finest dystopian fusion a major label can buy

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    D-JR Talks Pussycat Lounge, Requests, Blockhead, Z-Trip, Swingers, and More

    D-JR​Name: J.R. Philips. AKA: D-JR Current club gigs: I'm at Dirty Pretty on Tuesdays, Airia at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler on Thursdays, Pussycat Lounge and Dirty Pretty on Friday and Saturday (kinda like a rotation, I'm either at one or the other). I'm also doing PCL on Sundays several times t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Creepy Tokio Hotel Record Cover, Roxanne Shante Doctorate a Fraud, R. Kelly Works on Jackson Tracks

    Electric Mustache: Videos: Miniature Tigers at The Ice HouseIdolator: Tokio Hotel's Frontman Reveals That He's Either A Robot Or A Real DollIdolator: Don't Go Calling Roxanne Shanté A Doctor YetNME: Ryan Adams records hair metal song for blogNME: R Kelly to complete songs recorded with Michael Jack ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009

    Chad Krystal$


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    June 2, 2009

    You Asked For It: Chad Krystal$

    Chad Krystal$ Superconscious (Self-released) GRADE: B-I generally try to make our weekly You Asked For It review more about music than career counseling, but there's no way to avoid it with this week's pick, Phoenix rapper Chad Krystals.Krystal$ has some things going for him. His white boy flow isn ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009
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    October 15, 2007

    Black Moth Super Rainbow Aesop Rock @ The Clubhouse, October 13

    Have you ever wished more bands would take a cue from the Navy Seals and—as you’re quietly admiring the architecture of the venue rafters—creep up behind you, grab your hair in a fist, and open your carotid artery from ear to ear? I know I have, ha ha! Although Black Moth Super Rainb ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007
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    August 13, 2007
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    May 17, 2007

    No Sleep for Brooklyn

    Guest star day

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    January 3, 2007

    Instro Magic

    the Brothers Bell Today I'm talking with brothers Mike and Jared Bell, aka the Lymbyc Systym. The duo's on the verge of releasing its first LP for Mush Records, already home to avant-weirdos and ethereal experimentation from artists like Clouddead, Her Space Holiday, Aesop Rock and more. The LP, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2006

    Bro Beats

    Jared and Michael Bell are the Lymbyc Systym Jared and Michael Bell, the brothers who make the pretty noises in Lymbyc Systym, are about to drop the band's first album on the influential Mush Records label, home also to avant-beatmakers and MC's like cLOUDDEAD, Aesop Rock, Jel, Odd Nosdam, and Her ... More >>

  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Rappin' Radical

    Grime is the unholy terror of the Valley's hip-hop scene

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    May 4, 2006

    Looking Better

    Beats working

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    January 5, 2006

    Hip-Hop Sans Hova

    Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some lovable Limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down

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    November 17, 2005

    Collective Cool

    Holding on loosely and making a scene

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    June 16, 2005

    Aesop Rock

    No more misheard lyrics

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    May 12, 2005

    Mixing It Up

    Variety is the spice of Coachella

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    March 17, 2005

    Aesop Rock

    Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives
    (Def Jux)

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    April 8, 2004

    Definitive Jux Tour

    New York hip-hop spins in Tempe

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    April 1, 2004

    Crunk and Disorderly

    Hunting for rapture in the live music capital of the world

  • News

    January 1, 2004

    BLACK - Digging for Beats

    Aside from OutKast, most of 2003's best black music bubbled underground

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    December 11, 2003

    Aesop's Riddles

    The indie hip-hop legend of Aesop Rock grows as his rhymes become more mystifying

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    August 28, 2003

    C-Rayz Walz

    Ravipops (The Substance) (Definitive Jux)

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    May 30, 2002


    Fantastic Damage (Def Jux)

  • News

    January 10, 2002


    'N Sync? Get real