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    September 18, 2014

    How to Become a DJ in Phoenix

    The local nightlife scene can be a mess of wannabe DJs trying to make a name for themselves. There is some great local, innovative talent out there, but it's hard for most aspiring DJs to stand out among the masses. Unless you have a friend who knows someone, most DJs are mystified by the process ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Skrillex Performs On Phoenix-Created Art Car, Kalliope, at Bonnaroo

    People that have never been to music festivals may think it's an easy, thoughtless experience. You just show up and party. Well, that's somewhat true. But it takes endurance. 80,000 people gathered across a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., this past weekend for the 13th annual Bonnaroo Music and ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    April 17, 2014

    How Chromeo's Patrick Gemayel Broke His Wrist in Phoenix

    Since Chromeo's formation almost a decade ago, they have become a leader in dance music with their innovative, modern take on funk. Most notably, the band's third album, 2010's Business Casual, released hits like "Hot Mess" and "Don't Turn the Lights On." Chromeo's fourth studio album, White Women, ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    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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    June 25, 2013

    A Metalhead at Bonnaroo: Four Hippie Myths Debunked

    Shortly after writing Are Out of Town Music Festivals Worth The Hassle? I decided to embark on a cross-cultural adventure. The mission? To explore the Nashville music scene and attempt survival at the 80,000-person music festival Bonnaroo. Four days of camping in the heat (actually, we slept in th ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Are Out-of-Town Festivals Worth the Hassle?

    Music festivals have been around for decades, and they're only becoming more popular. Each year, millions of fans fly around the world to attend more than 270 fests of various genres in the United States alone. They aren't a cheap experience, either: between festival tickets, travel, hotels and basi ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    11 Ways to Survive Music Festivals on a Budget

    Let's face it: Arizona isn't exactly prime real estate for music festivals. Yes, we have the party-hard atmosphere of Country Thunder and the locally beloved McDowell Mountain Music Fest, the EDM-drenched Soundwave and some killer jazz fests. But our fair desert doesn't yet have the appeal or pull o ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013
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    April 18, 2013
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    April 9, 2013

    Worst Idea Ever: Travel Dating Site Calls Coachella a Great First Date

    By Katie Bain Ladies travel site recently named named Coachella the number one music festival at which to go on a first date. For so many reasons, this is a terrible idea. Issue number one is that unless you have a day-pass scenario worked out, a first date at Coachella means that ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013
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    March 21, 2013

    Haley Grigaitis of Ruca Explains "B Family"

    Pick up a copy of this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, and you'll learn all about Haley Grigaitis, front woman for the feel-good, reggae-infused local band Ruca. Though she and her band are climbing the music ranks now, having played the TMI Radio Showcase at South By Southwest last week, she had ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Five Things You Need to Know About Apache Lake Music Festival

    Sarah Ghasedi spent her summer interning at KWSS' TMI morning program, learning the ins-and-outs of local music. This past weekend, she headed to the Apache Lake Music Festival, where over 50 Arizona bands showed of their stuff. Here are her findings. By Sarah Ghasedi The stretch of washboard roa ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    The Gathering of the Juggalos 2012 Lineup Is Pretty Good. Really!

    See also: Soulfly and Fear Factory to Play The Gathering of the Juggalos See also: Seven Awesome Things About The Gathering of the Juggalos 2011 See also: FBI Report Officially Classifies Juggalos a Hybrid Gang; Arizona Boasts "Strong Juggalo Presence" Okay guys, so hear me out. I.C.P.'s The Gather ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Top Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that our you the reader might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    F*ck You, I Like Dave Matthews Band

    Dave Matthews Band announced yesterday that they'll be dropping their new album, Away From the World, on September 11. Their highly anticipated follow-up to Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King will feature 11 new tracks.People aren't shy about hating on DMB, but the band's music isn't just for f ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Puscifer's Matt McJunkin Says The Band is Working on a New Project (Plus, He's Working with Katy Perry)

    It's hard to keep up with Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer, let alone predict where he's taking the project next. The music melds the masculinity of industrial, comedic and experimental rock with the feminine side of ambient, trippy instrumentals. After all, Keenan, the only permanent member of the ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Bad Lucy Make Push For Bonnaroo, Use Google Maps for Scavenger Hunt

    Yeah, there's that spectacle in the desert going on this weekend. And next weekend. And yeah, maybe there's a lot of us that didn't have enough skrilla to nab a couple of passes. Big deal. You still have a chance to catch the next big festival later this year, although you'll have to go to the Mis ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Jose Garces, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Jose GarcesThe Iron Chef and James Beard award-winning chef is executive chef of Distrito, Old Town Whiskey and Garces Trading Co. To-Go at The Saguaro Hotel. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I have Sirius/XM in my car, and ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Road Trip Anyone? The Beach Boys Are Playing Tuscon on April 24

    ​Road trip, anyone? The Beach Boys -- you know, those old dudes in funny hats who played with Foster the People and the certified cool guy and totally-not-the-worst Adam Levin-fronted Maroon 5 at the Grammy's -- are coming to Arizona, but they are skipping Phoenix in favor of launching their t ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Citizen Cope on SOPA/PIPA, Songwriting, and His Upcoming Album One Lovely Day

    Blues rock band/solo artist Citizen Cope has been on the road for years. With a new album entitled One Lovely Day in the works, Tempe is bound to be blessed with both the oldies but goodies and some new material that hasn't yet been released.We were lucky enough to catch up with the face of Citizen ... 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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    December 3, 2011

    Iron & Wine at Crescent Ballroom, 12/2/11

    Jason P. Woodbury​Iron & Wine Crescent Ballroom 12/2/11 How much saxophone is too much saxophone? You might want to ask the young lady who passed out during the extended dub-into-free jazz-psychedelic blues skronk of "Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog)," the fifth song played by Iron & Wine ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    November 3, 2011

    Ewan Currie of the Sheepdogs on Rolling Stone, Their Next Album, and Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Emma McIntyre​Earlier this year The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to land on the cover of Rolling Stone after they won the magazine's Choose the Cover contest. Although they toured extensively before they entered the contest, their world was turned somewhat upside down when they finally ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    September 12, 2011

    Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker's David Lowery on Texas, Barry Goldwater, and John Wayne

    David Lowery and Cracker​David Lowery stands at the helm of two well known bands -- Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker -- and he's playing with both of them tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13, at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale. Not only is Lowery pulling double duty, but both bands will be playing semin ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is an Awesome Producer

    ​ We shared news on Monday that blues-rock duo The Black Keys are finished with their follow-up to the freaking great album Brothers, and this week we profiled young Ohio-based singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield in our print issue, whose latest album Tell Me, along with her previous, With Blas ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    When Crowds Attack: Concert Edition

    Local and national sports pundits are still somewhat befuddled by the degree of ferocity with which Arizona fans brought the hate on Monday and Tuesday nights. But don't let this uproar fool you. Unruly crowds can appear anywhere. And not just in sports.

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    June 17, 2011

    Mavis Staples and Dr. John at Celebrity Theatre 6-16-11

    Jason P. Woodbury​ Mavis Staples and Dr. JohnCelebrity TheatreThursday, June 16"Joyful noise." That's how Mavis Staples described what her and her band create onstage. It's an apt characterization, one that is appropriately loaded with gospel history, and one that connotes how the 71-year-old sing ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Tupac Shooter Allegedly Confesses

    ​The man that shot rapper Tupac Shakur in a 1994 shooting has allegedly come forward, according to Consequence of Sound.Dexter Isaac, who is already an inmate, confessed to the shooting. Isaac's shooting took place two years prior to Tupac's death. Isaac has claimed that he was hired to shoot Tupa ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Seven Awesome Things About The Gathering of the Juggalos

    ​ When it comes to summer music festivals, most people tend to think of well established, corporate-sponsored events like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, or the Pitchfork Music Festival. But one music festival that seems to be establishing itself as something of a big ticket in recent years is the annual ... More >>

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    June 5, 2011

    Givers at The Trunk Space, 6/4/11

    Shawn AndersonGivers lead singer Taylor Guarisco​​GiversTrunk SpaceSaturday, June 4, 2011It's not hard to tell when you've just watched a young, buzzworthy band perform. They usually thank the crowd for coming out -- regardless of how big it is -- while perhaps mentioning that it is the band's f ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Lollapalooza Unveils Lineup: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse

    ​Lollapalooza has revealed an absolutely killer lineup for its 20th-anniversary show, according to Consequence of Sound.Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Muse are at the top of this summer's impressive bill. Other big names scheduled to perform include My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circ ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    The Decemberists Coming to Mesa Arts Center

    ​Huge and old-timey show announcement today: The Decemberists will play Mesa Arts Center on August 11.The date comes at the end of the Portland indie-folk act's extended summer tour, which is in support of their January record, The King Is Dead. No support for this date announced yet but other leg ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Beastie Boys to Release Star-Studded Short Film 'Fight For Your Right Revisited'

    ​In addition to releasing their highly anticipated upcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, on May 3, the Beastie Boys will be releasing a short film in a few weeks, according to Pitchfork.Fight For Your Right Revisited is the Beastie Boys' new star-studded 22-minute short film directed by th ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010
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    June 16, 2008

    Over the Weekend: The epic battle that is Father's Day

    By Jonathan McNamara Father's Day Paint Ball at Ballers Arena Maybe you showed Dad how much you care by taking him to brunch. For the players at Ballers Arena, ham and eggs weren't going to cut it. They showed Dad their love by shooting him in the face! Ballers Arena, an indoor paint ball faci ... More >>

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    June 16, 2008

    Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester Tennessee

    By Jonathan McNamara No dear reader, we haven't gone loco on you. We know Bonnaroo went down in Tennessee, but members of the Village Voice family were there recording it all for you. BB King shows he's still got it at Bonnaroo. Check out not one, but two galleries from the festival: Bonnaroo 2 ... More >>