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    September 3, 2013

    Five of the Weirdest Guitarists in Rock History

    In heavy metal, there's nothing better than an extremely talented guitarist. When a musician truly knows how to work some magic with that instrument it demands to be revered and acknowledged. But there's a trade-off for said talent: Creative people are often labeled as "weird" by their peers from ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Former Guns N' Roses Manager Launches Arizona Record Label

    Usually people move from places like the middle of nowhere to big industry cities like New York and Los Angeles to find musical success, and stay there. Not the other way around. But for former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven and his wife Heather Vincent-Niven, finding solace in Arizona's godfors ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Up On The Sun's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Music Stories of 2012

    Is this year over yet? Well, close enough. So in honor of 2012 we've dug through the past 12 months of stories looking for the greatest hits. Below you'll find the stories (minus most of the newsy stuff) that people clicked on each month. And if thousands of other people clicked on these stories, yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Slash, Celebrity Theatre, 9/5/12

    See also: Slash Still Has an Appetite for Destruction See also: Buckethead on His Time in Guns 'N' Roses: "No Answer." See also: Guns N' Roses at Comerica Theatre, 12/27/11 See also: Tommy Stinson of Guns N' Roses and The Replacements: "A [Replacements] Reunion Is About As Likely as an Original Guns ... More >>

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    August 12, 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 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 f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Buckethead on His Time in Guns 'N' Roses: "No Answer."

    In the world of eclectic guitarists, Buckethead stands out. With his face hidden by a hockey mask and long dark hair cascading out of a KFC bucket perched on his head, and using guitars shaped like human torsos and other visages of the macabre, he is not easily missed. And, yes the man born Brian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Incoming: Buckethead, The Mynabirds, Xiu Xiu

    Multi-genre guitarist extraordinaire Buckethead is coming to Phoenix in August to show off his extreme shredding skills. Some of his work is quite lively while some of it is actually kind of soothing. Either way, give him six strings and a chicken bucket and he can do anything. Buckethead, The Mynab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend. Saturday, May 12: Right to Marry to Stage Benefit Show @ Trunk Space It's been a big week for the cause of ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    June 15, 2011

    Why Buckethead's Better Off Solo than in Guns 'N' Roses

    Wikimedia CommonsBuckethead​Virtuoso Brian Carroll, better known as Buckethead, is an unheralded musical genius. Sure, it's weird that he performs with a bucket on his head and a white costume mask as he assumes the role of a character who survived a "chicken holocaust," but anyone who's listened ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    2009 NBA All-Star Game: Defense (For a Change), Jumpshots, and Forced Drama

    The only thing the sports media love more than a good feud is a half-assed gesture to end it under meaningless circumstances. So it was that Kobe and Shaq were forced to awkwardly hoist a trophy together at the 2009 NBA All-Star game, just as they did back when they were three-time champions togethe ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Attending the Phoenix Comicon (Or, How I Learned to Stop Caring and Just Eat Brains)

    It would be easy to dismiss an event like Phoenix Comicon by pointing out all the nerds and laughing at their elaborate Ouran High School Host Club costumes or their excitement over the presence of Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. Make no mistake, there were plenty of "nerds" (in the most traditional s ... More >>

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    November 23, 2008

    Why I Was The Last Man In America To Hear Chinese Democracy

    By Martin Cizmar I very well may be the last man in American to hear Chinese Democracy. Almost certainly, I was the last music critic, and among last Guns n' Roses fans. Honestly, though, as bad as I wanted to hear it, I couldn't bring myself to log on to MySpace to hear the record I've been waitin ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Chinese Democracy on Nov. 23? Really? REALLY???

    By Martin Cizmar It's been a good day in metal, what with Metallica opening their World Tour here in Phoenix Tuesday night, and now Guns N' Roses announcing a release d ... More >>