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    October 1, 2014

    Belle & Sebastian Guitarist Pined for Scottish Independence

    Belle & Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson hoped to be celebrating Scottish independence. What better way to commemorate 18 years of making music, the re-release your out-of-print vinyl back catalog, and your first-ever Phoenix appearance in a place (Civic Space Park) putting on its major-concert-ve ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Why Cassette Store Day Exists

    In spring of last year, Stephen Rose shot an email to Jen Long and Matt Flag about an idea he had. Each of the three headed independent labels that release cassette tapes: Rose had SEXBEAT, Long ran Kissability and had a hand in Transgressive Records alongside Rose, and Flag oversaw Suplex Cassettes ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Baths' Will Wiesenfeld Would Rather Make Electronic Pop Than Tour

    Will Wiesenfeld, if nothing else, is a musician who is acutely aware of many things. Specifically, Wiesenfeld knows who he is: Focused on the concept ahead of him, he's unyielding to anyone's artistic input but a select few individuals, he has produced some of the most buzzed-about electronic pop re ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Five Great Places to See an All-Ages Show around Phoenix

    Yes, we know. Your fake ID is spectacular. Nobody cards you because your mustache is simultaneously full and rich and completely earnest-looking. Your friends buy cases of Natty Light from extremely vigilant chain stores for sport. But if you're just getting back in town for the fall semester, and ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Sea Wolf: "Even Good Reviews Can Bum Me Out"

    Indie rock band Sea Wolf is getting ready to wrap up a lengthy tour in support of their new release, Old World Romance. The third full-length offering from the group founded and orchestrated by California native Alex Brown Church veers a bit from their previous endeavors. The folk elements that prev ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Rodriguez Show Moves From the Orpheum Theatre to Mesa Amphitheatre

    Atención, long-lost singer/songwriter types: If you're looking to make a big comeback, having a mythical backstory, two stone-cold classic LPs in the can, and a blockbuster documentary goes a long way. Such is the case with Sixto Rodriguez, whose rise from dusty-fingered crate digger obscurity to ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week in Phoenix

    For every up there's a down. It's like reading the awesome news that Elton John plays on the new Queens of the Stone Age record the same day you read Christina Applegate is leaving NBC's Up All Night.. Bummer! So here's the bad news: It's Monday, which is the worst. But some good, too: There's some ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Saint Maybe: Psychedelic Patti Smith and Bob Dylan Compatriots Hit the Highway

    When writing about Things As They Are, the debut LP by Tucson psychedelic outfit Saint Maybe, for my 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012 column, I noted the album's sprawling, wide-open desert quality: "[It] sounds like the space between Phoenix and the Old Pueblo. It feels like a late night drive, the r ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Matt Anderson, What Are You Listening To?

    Matt Anderson The local comedian performs at Monkey Pants Bar and Grill at 8:30 pm, Thursday, January 31. Follow him on Twitter @MattAnd3. When you put your key in the ignition, what station would play right now? I am an FM guy because I'm the poorest of them all. So, probably between 94.5 KOOL-FM ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Why Would Any Band Play Spokane?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wro ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Height With Friends: Not Freakishly Tall, Not Quite Hip-Hop

    Baltimore MC Height (known by his mother as Dan Keech) got his start rapping with Wounds and Dogg and Pony and Keech's first solo show was opening for Animal Collective in mid-2000. Eight years later, Keech started collaborating with other Maryland musicians, starting Height With Friends. As part ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Packrat, Boyfrndz, and Feuding Fathers Help Make Math Rock Look Easy

    See also: Packrat Explains "Vultures of Knowledge"I'm used to hearing bands getting excited for an upcoming gig, but when a band is also excited for the other groups on their bill, it tends to be a special night of music. Local rockers Packrat have one such date coming up next week when Austin's Boy ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Local Wizards Enlists Santa Claus to Promote New Album

    See also: Local Wizards: Songwriter Makes "Based Garagebandcore;" We Interview Via TwitterThe pre-release fanfare for highly-anticipated albums has gotten particularly elaborate recently. Avant-industrial legends Swans have the entirety of their latest two-hour, triple-LP epic available to stream on ... More >>

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    July 23, 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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    June 7, 2012
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    May 18, 2012

    JEFF the Brotherhood, North Dakota, and Wooden Indian at Rhythm Room, 5/17/12

    JEFF the Brotherhood, North Dakota, Wooden Indian Rhythm Room Thursday, May 17 The three bands on stage at Rhythm Room didn't sound very much alike -- and that's a good thing. It was a treat to see three distinct bands perfectly execute their respective sounds at last night's JEFF the Brotherhood g ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Top 10 Albums of 2011: Chase Kamp

    Peaking Lights​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next couple days we'll be counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This entry comes from Chase Kamp, a Phoenix musician and writer. Kamp began writing for Up on the Sun w ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011
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    October 4, 2011

    Tune and and Trip Out: Prince Rama to Open for Gang Gang Dance

    Kids today, y'know? Thinking that all they need to figure out transcendental psychedelia is a tube of face paint, some Jodorowsky DVDs and a handful of funky -looking mushrooms. Pshaw! They should take a cue from their peers in Prince Rama, a Brooklyn-based act specializing in profoundly psychedel ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Your Favorite New Band: Hooray For Earth

    Hooray For Earth​New albums reach my desktop pretty much every day -- it's a neat little privilege of being a music writer. Some are from bands I know, some from bands I've never heard of. More so, some are bands with silly names that cry "Oh, please PLEASE don't listen to this record." New York i ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Overheard at Coachella​Sometimes one of the best parts of a concert experience can be what you hear someone else say before, during, or after the show.Obviously there's plenty of crazy shit that goes on at Coachella, which makes for a lot of great selective listening. Some people dress up to get ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011
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    March 11, 2011

    Pavle Milic, What Are You Listening To?

    Pavle Milic​Pavle Milic You can find the co-owner of restaurant FnB at the Old Town Farmers' Market in Scottsdale every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? If my wife drove, it's highly likely that NPR will ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    The Strokes, Angles: Worth the Wait

    'Angles' by The Strokes. Could this be the big comeback we've all been waiting for?​After listening to the Strokes' new single, "Under Cover of Darkness" when it dropped, I didn't set my hopes very high for the rest of the album.The single, which dropped a few days ago, was just ta little better t ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Tuesday Album Stream: Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

    Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT​It all started with the most bizarre/flat-out-awesome press release I had ever received -- and now it's a mere week until the release of S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, the fifth studio album from experimental/fo ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Duran Duran, The Strokes Tapped For Coachella; Official Lineup Coming Soon UPDATE

    ​Coachella's official lineup should be announced very, very soon -- lest anyone forget that this week is usually when the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival makes it big announcement.In lieu of the entire festival lineup, a few acts have already been confirmed for the festival's 2011 editi ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of 2010 Explained

    Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig​The wonderful people over at Pitchfork just released their 10 best albums of 2010 today. In what should have came as no surprise, Kanye West took the top spot. His latest album had been given a notorious perfect 10 a month ago and, if Rolling Stone and Spin have anyth ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Grinderman Accused of Plagiarism for 'Palaces of Montezuma'

    ​Nick Cave of Grinderman has been called out by a random 29-year-old shmoe who claims Cave ripped off his song to make "Palaces of Montezuma."Cave addressed the issue at a show in London on Friday, stating that someone is trying to sue him for supposedly basing the Grinderman song on his own. The ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Indie Music Fans Beg for Some Play on Phoenix NPR Station KJZZ 91.5, Get Smackdown from Music Director

    KJZZThis is the woman who doesn't want you to hear Animal Collective on the radio.​There's an interesting facebook battle shaping up over the future of Phoenix's NPR affiliate, KJZZ 91.5.The instigator is a guy named Greg Ensell who likes to listen to . . . well, umm, pretty much what I listen to: ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    The Whigs: In The Dark in a Roundup of Record Reviews

    The Whigs -- In The Dark On their third album, In The Dark, Athens garage rock trio The Whigs have taken up a controversial influence: former tourmates Kings of Leon. While admitting Kings of Leon are an influence is a gigantic red flag to indie snobs these days, it's undeniably true about this reco ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Sex Pistols' John Lydon to Record Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon?

    The former Johnny Rotten.​It seems these days lots of folks want a chance to record or perform Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. The Flaming Lips have been known to take on the project on occasion. Now, John Lydon (formerly known as Johnny Rotten) is talking about an unsp ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010
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    January 27, 2010

    Susan Sarandon Of Montreal Pig Spankings = Real Life

    Yeah. The on-stage antics created by Of Montreal were pushed just a little bit further. Right over the edge of the cliff. They had Susan Sarandon come one stage and spank a man in a pig suit with a ruler. Even for those who aren't easily shocking, this is pretty disturbing. Warning: You may have a ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Vitamin String Quartet and Other New Releases

    ​There sure are a lot of greatest-hits albums out today, including ones from Backstreet Boys and Mariah Carey, but what is most exciting in this week's new releases is Vitamin String Quartet's Death Cab for Cutie tribute album, Ghost.On the record, listeners will find a selection of ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Beach House Announces Rhythm Room Show

    Indie/dream pop duo Beach House will bolster an already strong April lineup at the Rhythm Room​Released in late 2009, "Norway," the latest single by Baltimore indie-pop duo Beach House landed on most everyone's radar. The song was a dreamy, perfect slice of indie rock/pop heaven, and it gave Beach ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    The End of Idolator

    ​Is there anything more ridiculous than finding yourself upset by a change in management on a music blog? No one seems to managed to stay employed in one place anywhere for long, so Maura Johnston's three year run at Idolator (starting with the site's founding) was bound to come to an end eventual ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Concert Review: Meat Puppets and Dead Confederate at Marquee Theatre

    ​At first blush, The Meat Puppets and Dead Confederate, who joined forces for a show at a half-full Marquee Theatre last night, don't seem to have much in common. Originating two decades and 2,000 miles apart the two twangy alt-rock bands acts do have some small musical similarities, but even m ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Micachu - Innovative Pop Genius, Bona Fide Album of the Year

    Armed with subtle yet snarky British vocals and a staggering amount of originality, Britain's Mica Levi has assembled an album that stands as one of 2009's best so far. I know I have already deemed Reintegration Time by Edmonton's Shout Out Out Out Out as my favorite of 2009 (and Animal Collective b ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Amazon Trots out Their "100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time"

    Amazon takes their shot at indie rock's 100 greatest albumsThe fine folks over at decided that the time was ripe to assemble a list of the best indie rock albums of all time. Indie rock is a genre either really easy to define or kind of confusing to define, but that sentiment did not hol ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Shout Out Out Out Out: Dumb Name, Album of the Year

    It's just barely March and I already have a solid pick for my favorite album of the year. Animal Collective gave us Merriweather Post Pavilion and I fawned over it. It's a solid offering, scaling back the Baltimore act's weirdness to produce some very catchy tunes. But I got a tip a few weeks ago to ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Yeah Yeah Yeah's Create Big Buzz for New Album

    For an album that doesn't come out out until April 14th, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's have been creating a healthy amount of buzz for their next offering It's Blitz. Last week saw the first two tracks off the album find their way onto the internet, much to the delight of their fans (and fans of smart, well- ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Andrew Bird, Franz Ferdinand, Bon Iver, and Courtney Marie Andrews are Just Some of What's Selling at Stinkweeds Record Exchange

    It sucks pretty hard that Tucson gets all the cool shows these days. Like Andrew Bird, who's making a stop in the Old Pueblo this Saturday to gig at the Rialto, but won't make a stop in Phoenix. This truly blows, since we've been digging on the talented singer/songwriter since we first saw him perf ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Feb. 3 In Blogs: Baby Man, Wine Spectator, Stapley, Animal Collective and More

    We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Stapley Case Bombshell: Indicted Supervisor Disclosed Wolfswinkel Part ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Yes, Tribune, We're Covering American Idol

    It's nice to know our coverage of American Idol is getting some attention, even if The East Valley Tribune's food and fun columnist Jess Harter thinks it's a little, uh, Tiger Beat.As Jess notes, we had four Idol posts last night. Jess writes: Yes, a portion of Tuesday's casting call show involved ... More >>

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    March 1, 2007

    Poppy Hybrids

    Annuals´ sound stems from Brian Wilson, Brad Paisley, and "big-ass dogs"

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