It looks like all these Record Store Days are paying off. In 2012, global sales for vinyl records hit $171 million, their highest point since 1997--the same year that Hanson's "MMMBop" topped the charts.
This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day, when artists and labels dish ... More >>
When the lineup for Rock on the Range was announced last week, a flurry of emails between myself and three other of my fellow chick metal journalists/enthusiasts ensued regarding flights, hotels, and tickets. We had all attended the weekend festival together in 2012, and relished the thought of a he ... More >>
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Phoenix heavy music fans, prepare to bust out the heavy metal sex playlist and celebrate: KUPD has announced Desert Uprising, a huge, two-day metal festival headed to Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pav ... More >>
In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled ten new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple days here on Up on the Sun.
See the entire list: 10 Local Bands You Should Be Listen ... More >>
Al Jarreau ca. 1983There's lots of diversity in this week's just announced shows, with offerings from The Black Lips, Danzig, Keith Urban and KUPD's U-Fest. None of those artists, however, have won a Grammy in three -- count 'em, three -- different categories. Al Jarreau has. Hell, he joins Micha ... More >>
Tennessee pop rockers Kings of Leon were what people wanted most this week at Zia Records Chandler.Indie hipsters Steel Train's self-titled album from earlier this year was a hot item. The album Lil Wayne wrote from prison was in pretty high demand as well. The latest release from the hardcore sc ... More >>
As much as we like to deny that we were awkward teenagers, the fact remains that we most certainly were. When I think of my own teenage years, I tend to reflect on the music that I really liked. While I started to come around in my late teenage years, the early portion reflected a certain ge ... More >>
The Gaslight AnthemIt's been nearly a year since The Gaslight Anthem started buzzing with the release of their second album, The '59 Sound, but they're showing no signs of cooling off. In fact, last month was arguably the band's best ever month, as a guest appearance by Bruce Springsteen, the God ... More >>
SlayerTwo stages, 13 bands, more than nine hours of music, and yet the Rockstar Mayhem Festival could easily be summed up in one word:
Unfortunately, New Times doesn't pay me for one-word reviews, and to be honest, a handful of other bands on the bill definitely made an impre ... More >>