Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz. As you might expect, working in a record store is a pretty cool job. Sure, there ar ... More >>
Record Store Day is tomorrow. So I shouldn't have been surprised when my editor said, "Hey, maybe you can write something about Record Store Day." Makes sense. I do write under the moniker Record Store Geek. It's just that my editor has only asked me for one specific column in the entire two yea ... More >>
Think back on a gig you saw six or seven years ago, and about how much the landscape in our fair city has physically changed since. Now try imagining a gig from 46 or 47 years ago, and how much history has been paved over--then you'll get some idea of the amount of digging Arizona music historian Jo ... More >>
Birthday parties for 13-year-olds are usually pretty awkward (or maybe I'm thinking of my own, just-sorta-pubescent 13th birthday), but that doesn't seem to be the case with Hoodlums Music's 13th birthday bash this weekend. On Saturday, November 5, the local record store institution celebrate ... More >>
A little over three years ago, I wrote here in my column Revolver about the sad descent of Zia Records from a truly indie and customer oriented record store into an algorhythmically stocked clone of chains like Tower and Best Buy. I would venture to guess that a lot of Zia's current customers don't ... More >>
Letters from the week of February 5, 2004
Zia's still in business. So what?
Two '90s Valley favorites, Beats the Hell Out of Me and 100 Iced Animals, re-form to honor and raise money for a fallen family member
A look at two rising music venues, ones that couldn't be more different but are in the same boat anyway
Bluegrass is a rising trend. Just don't tell Busted Hearts' Bruce Connole.
The Piersons carry on as a trio for CD release party and for their sidelined brother
An old-time Zia man goes up against Brad Singer's old company -- using the lessons he learned from Brad Singer
Sale of Zia Enterprises ushers in a new era for 20-year-old record-store chain
Robin Wilson and the Gas Giants have a phantom hit
The Rasta Farmers plant their first CD
Images from 25 years of Phoenix music
Long Wong's Sara Cina looks back on a decade of booze, bars and bands
A trio of Valley vets goes for aride down that lonesome highway
Against all odds, John Dixon continues to carry the torch for Phoenix's unsung musical history
Three key ex-Zia employees set up a new record store at Zia's old ASU location
Rock Club Rising offers a window into the glories and debacles of the local club scene
The man who transformed Nita's Hideaway into a beloved music venue now focuses on full-time band management
Less than three months after the death of Brad Singer, Zia Enterprises endures the summer of its discontent
After six years of punky rowdiness, the Piersons call it quits, at least for a while
The sudden demise of Zia founder Brad Singer shakes the local music community he helped to build
Gary Parra and Noisy Neighbor try to catch a ride on the prog-rock revival train
BLESSEDBETHYNAME stirs up the scene with industrial-strength spectacle
When is a bootleg not a bootleg? When it's "official." Howe Gelb explains why.
The Piersons come out swinging on a raucous first CD
CAN A BAND SURVIVE HERE? IS IT TOO HOT TO PLAY A GUITAR? ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE CONTINUING SAGA OF MUSIC IN THE VALLEY.