There are few dishes that demonstration our country's regional differences as well as the hot dog. This All-American dish has been personalized and adapted by nearly every major city coast to coast with regionally specific toppings ranging from mayonnaise and beans (Sonoran Dog, anyone?) to ham cook ... More >>
When The Grouch wrote "The Bay to L.A.", we're guessing he didn't make the hook say "Take me to L.A." over and over again because a restaurant in the area was making churro ice cream sandwiches, but he probably would've if they had been out back then. Regardless, you should probably book a $40 Greyh ... More >>
Bacchus and the Demonsluts put on one of the best album release parties of 2014 on Sunday for the release of their debut studio recording, The Rumors of our Demise Have Been Grossly Underestimated. The band really just did everything right for the show. The party had a stacked lineup with opening ... More >>
There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>
Since the release of their debut album, Tennessee, The Prowling Kind have been looking to prove that they are one of the premier indie rock bands on the Phoenix scene. They have already passed many of the traditional milestones for a Valley band looking to conquer that next step. They have some pret ... More >>
Less than half of Arizona students meet the standards for attending Arizona universities, according to a recent report.The "Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2013" prepared by the University of Arizona's Center for Education also cites a warning from ASU's Morrison Institute: "Arizona is at r ... More >>
One thing about being behind the bar for as long as I have is that part of my mind is an overstuffed Rolodex full of drink recipes. Sometimes things get misfiled (there's a slight chance I'll make you a Negroni when you ask for an Americano), but I generally have at least passing familiarity with mo ... More >>
Oregon-based reggae five-piece Synrgy played Tempe's Sail Inn on Friday night, along with locals Kush County and Vegas-based Lady Reiko and the Sin City Prophets. The entire show was played on the Sail Inn's indoor stage, which would generally be a bad thing. (Even jovial Synrgy front man Brian Zac ... More >>
This set of concert recommendations won't apply to everyone, because we don't have one that takes place in an airport on your way back to your parents' house. But if you're sticking around, like me, you've got some options. Like Up on the Sun on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest local ... More >>
Dry River Yacht Club released their newest album El Tigre on November 16 and they threw a party at the Crescent Ballroom to celebrate the release that seemingly brought out the entire Phoenix music scene. At the height of the party, the Yacht Club had more than 400 people packed into the Ballroom, l ... More >>
If you haven't been to Virtú Honest Craft in Scottsdale yet, you might want to make reservations soon. The tiny, wonderful cafe from chef-owner Gio Osso has been tapped by Esquire magazine's restaurant features writer John Mariani as one of this year's Best New Restaurants.
There's always something good cooking at FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale, and that includes the three dining and drinking series the restaurant is kicking off this fall. Owner and front-of-the-house host extraordinaire Pavle Millic has rounded up a group of "grape geeks" for a Late Night Winos Tastin ... More >>
In the future, you may have to clarify what you're talking about when you say "Tempe."Are you talking about the Arizona city that's home to Arizona State University, or are you talking about the penis-spray that was developed to combat premature ejaculation?
Anyone who's been waiting for the other shoe to drop in Scottsdale's nightlife scene following the violence at Martini Ranch this past weekend, take note: It's in the process of going down. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane released a statement earlier this week indicating that he and other city officials ... More >>
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill exited Wednesday afternoon's 3-1 win against the Miami Marlins early after suffering a right hip contusion in the first inning. No problem. Reliever Josh Collmenter entered the game in the second inning and proceeded to shut down the light-hitting ... More >>
If you can't stand the heat -- get in the kitchen. On Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at the Lounge at Crescent Ballroom, Chow Bella writers are warming up for summer with "Fried," an evening of true stories. Admission is free; food and drink will be available for sale. There are a few ingredients th ... More >>
Arizona Restaurant Week -- the Spring 2013 Edition -- begins Saturday, May 18 and ends Monday, May 27 (which is Memorial Day, when most of us will be grilling burgers and drinking beer at home . . . but never mind). By the end of this week, ARW officially will be upon us: a 10-day eating extravaganz ... More >>
All of the emo/scene blogs have been ablaze with last week's news that Phoenix hardcore act The Word Alive have signed to Fearless Records, the California based indie label that has released such divers bands as At the Drive-In, the Aquabats, Sugar Cult and most recently Phoenix phenomenon The Maine ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released records last week showing what New Times readers already knew: Most jailed inmates kicked out of the country under the county's 287(g) agreement with the feds were picked up by local police forces for relatively minor crimes. O ... More >>
"People have to eat." This is what Roland C. Spongberg, Corner Bakery Café Franchisee, said in response to Corner Bakery Café's plan to open not one, but 15 new locations in Maricopa County over the next few years; a plan which happens to take place during one of the more taxing economic depressio ... More >>
Raise a can of PBR in salute, as P-Town punk bar Jugheads is re-opening to the public tonight with a special celebration. As I reported a few weeks ago, former proprietor Tonya Copeland (the widow of original owner Sid Copeland) sold the bar at the end of January to the punk scenester trio of Jason ... More >>
When Verbal Kent first heard about how Sheriff Joe Arpaio paraded 200 shackled Hispanic inmates through the streets of downtown Phoenix last week, the enraged Chicago-based hip-hop artist took action immediately. Kent phoned his friends in the Valley, the promoters behind the weekly GALLERY BLU re:D ... More >>
If you've been reading Up on the Sun or paying any attention to the local music scene, this image should look familiar. It's the first thing you see when you visit the MySpace page of the Phoenix band, Miniature Tigers.And it's an original work by Rick Alvin Schaier, the band's drummer.
As our readers have pointed out before, "Top 10" lists are subjective. The list that follows is our take on the ten best hip-hop MCs in the Valley. But since there are dozens and dozens of rappers in the PHX, we're sure to leave somebody's favorite out.
The partygoers at the Draw 10 are whipped into a frenzy by DJ Unknown Error at Jumpdown Sessions Vol. II. Click here for more pictures from the event. It's just after 11 p.m. on a Saturday night and the Party Crasher feels like his eardrums are about to burst. Standing less than two feet from the ... More >>
If these two were around today in P-town, the knuckledraggin' KTAR-types'd shoot 'em on sight: Keith Haring (above) and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ah, let the provincialism roll like a mighty wave of something brown through our benighted Valley, where every time someone hacks a loogie or lets fly an air ... More >>
Don't tell us that you're surprised. Really, did y'all expect anything different besides the same ol' bloody Cardinals? Since the team's division-clinching victory against the lowly St. Louis Rams on November 2, your Arizona Cardinals have lost four of their last five , including the previous two a ... More >>
The last time I saw Wu Tang Clan was possibly the most disappointing concert-going experience of my life. I was in high school when the boys from Staten Island stopped by Cleveland to open for Rage Against The Machine. It was awful. They were over an hour late -- O.D.B. having gotten arrested som ... More >>
The third runway show of Phoenix Fashion Week 2008 took place Friday night in a loft-like space in the unfinished condos at Hayden Ferry Lakeside. The bulk of the evening's participating designers presented T-shirts -- seriously, four lines of T-shirts in a row, which made me itch to run off to Targ ... More >>
By Amy Silverman They're not calling Moses Anshell the Arizona Republic's Refugee Camp for nothing. He wasn't nearly old enough for a buyout, but A1 editor (and for our money, an all-around kinda A1 guy) Chris Fiscus flew the Gannett coop recently, landing in the nest former Republic columnist ... More >>
Phoenix is one of the most diverse cities on the West coast, and the eclectic, multi-cultured sounds on the Diverse-Fi Music label provide ample examples of the rich sonic stew we’ve got brewing in P-City. This week, we tip our hat to Diverse-Fi.
Diablo Joe, pre-baton: The horns suit him. Well, Monday was a thrilling Cinco de Mayo here in the Valley, with hundreds of anti-immigration nutbars baying at the moon and frothing at the mouth, all over three pinatas filled with candy. The pinatas -- two bearing the visage of our corrupt top consta ... More >>
By Sarah Ventre Every third Friday of the month, Mesa-based Hollywood Alley turns their space into a place where art and music can come together with good food and cheap beer. Less upscale and underage than First Fridays downtown, Theonix Arts Showcase doesn’t follow the formula of taking an a ... More >>
The doods at MySpace have an offer for Valley punk fans that they can’t refuse.
Don't spoil your appetite on the weekend of March 15 and 16! That's when the West of Western Culinary Festival will bring a jaw-dropping lineup of some of Arizona's most high-profile chefs into one central location for guests to sip wine, sample delicious foods, and socialize all afternoon. Consid ... More >>
You won’t need to crack open any Shasta when reading this week’s edition of Future Shock, since the latest crop of “just announced” concerts heading to the Valley is already packed with plenty of pop. From squeaky clean bubblegum starlets to cutie-pie pop-punkers, we’re gonna be giving you ... More >>
P-Orridge puts the smack down, right on Tom Anderson's skully. Genesis speaks! And Anderson takes it on the chin. What else can be said? So let it be written, so let it be done...I love the line at the bottom, "PEE WHERE THOU WILT SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE LAW!!!" A new twist on an old Crowley-ism. ... More >>
We’re debuting a new feature with Up on the Sun where every Friday we’re gonna give you the heads up and 411 on any just announced kick-ass or big-ass concerts that will be visiting Valley venues in the coming months.
The gang's all here, everyone but Uncle Fester... Add another white supremacist to the ranks of Kia-peddler Rusty Childress' United for a Sovereign America. A source sent the above photo to me, stating that they got it off Rusty's Web page at http://immigrationbuzz.com/. According to the source, th ... More >>
Well, Elliott Smith's not with us in the physical world any longer, but, especially for those of us who got to know him at least briefly, he's still living in his beautiful songs, a double-CD of which is being released in a few weeks on May 8 (which I dig, because that makes a great birthday gift fo ... More >>
The curvaceous Shelly, aka DJ ///she///... Droogs Necro and Jules at the Sadisco Milk Bar... Cue Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, me droogies, I've just now found time to post these pics from A Clockwork Sadisco, the A Clockwork Orange -themed soiree thrown on a recent Saturday by tho ... More >>
Courtesy of West of Western Great chefs of the West: Cookin' up a storm at the Arizona Center Thousands of growling bellies will descend on the Arizona Center this weekend for downtown's most delicious event of the year -- West of Western Culinary Festival -- and they're all sure to leave s ... More >>
Yo, Lani, got a last-minute Xmas gift for ya... What pisses me off more than PHX light-rail construction, Mayor Phil "I'm a Pissant" Gordon, and the fact that most P-town restaurants close before 10pm? Answer: Tards who write me letters calling me a cross between Satan and Sasquatch, while us ... More >>
Rob Locker of local skateboard/record label/promotion company AZPX does what many folks only wish they could do - release records by great local artists past and present like Junior Achievement and the Smoky Mountain Skullbusters and throw shows by skate rock greats like JFA. Here's what Locker has ... More >>
So Much Silence is an awesome little music/mp3 blog run by a guy named Kevin Murphy, who seems to have pretty goddamn good taste in music. He also does some pretty nifty shit, like putting together a mix of the "Essential Q-Tip Mix," side A of which he posted today. He's also got a tight-ass Four Te ... More >>
In this week's installment of my column Revolver, I take up with Zack Vinyard, guitarist for Glendale band Rizir, who's been arrested twice for disorderly conduct because his band was practicing at his house (at perfectly sane hours). The complainants, his neighbors to the rear, have called the Glen ... More >>
Mayor Goober and his Crime Czar, Tickle Me Elmo. Remember Mayor Phil "Pipsqueak" Gordon's front-porch bench program -- you know, that lame-ass Mayberry-esque initiative where people were supposed to park their fannies on these stupid benches, eat popsicles, and protect their neighborhoods "f ... More >>