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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Following fIREHOSE's blistering set of punk jazz, I was almost worried that the hushed immediacy of Portland-based singer/songwriter/produce ... More >>
By now it's news to no one that the United States Postal Service is in trouble. As detailed by Nick Greene earlier this month at Village Voice's Running Scared, this means print media is in for a punch (you know, while it's down and everything), your bills are going to show up later than they ... More >>
As you've no doubt noticed, we've dived headfirst into the holiday spirit around here. We've got song to string your Christmas lights to, our favorite WTF Christmas albums, and even a weekly series, "Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck" (look for installment number two tomorrow).
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The past few years have been busy for prolific songwriter Loudon Wainwright III: he revisited his early records with Recovery, a full-band effort produced by Joe Henry, won a Grammy for his High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project , a tribute to the American banjo player, and released ... More >>
If every discerning music nerd only gets to pick one pop princess to admit to unapologetic digging, I totally pick Katy Perry.Yes, she's good looking-- that's a given, but it's much more than that. Perry has a sort of easygoing charm, a rare thing in the realm of radio dominating queens. Yeah, I ... More >>
At the risk of sounding like a real nerd, when I got knockout drunk on this day last year, it had nothing to do with green beer or a quick embrace of my Celtic heritage. Big Star leader, Box Tops singer, and solo provocateur Alex Chilton died one year ago today, and I reacted the only way I knew ... More >>
Sister Lovers, "Paula Stop Pretending" Welcome to Obscuro, a weekly feature where Up on the Sun dives deep into the world of vinyl oddities: private press jobs, major label cast-offs, and general thrift shop clutter that's thus far escaped anyone's attention. These LPs have been hiding out, coll ... More >>
Alex Chilton.Alex Chilton, singer and guitarist of '70s rock band Big Star died last night in New Orleans at age 59. The cause of death is suspected to be a heart attack, and Big Star was set to play at this year's SXSW.The band is cemented in history as a highly influential with a cult following ... 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: Feathered Bastard: Russell Pearce Bigot Bill Scuttled by Freedom's Phoenix? And Ernie Hancock Calls Pearce a ... More >>
John FryThe mighty Big Star in their original early 1970s incarnation. L-R: Jody Stephens, Chris Bell, Alex Chilton, Andy Hummel.
More than a decade into the internet age, it's hard to imagine a time when music and the artists who created it carried an aura of mystery. Before information abo ... More >>