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  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    4 Locally Released Tapes of 2014 You Should Hear

    Though independent cassette releases have been a fixture in the underground for decades, the format has been steadily on the rise to mainstream prominence in recent years. As we arrive at the halfway mark of 2014 we decided to recap some of the better local releases since the year turned over.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    Want to get in a show this week? There are plenty of concerts over the next five days around Metro Phoenix to choose from, as you can see for yourself by viewing our extensive online concert listings. And we're fairly certain that there's something for everyone, regardless of your particular tastes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Janet Weiss: Quasi's Music Needs No Explanation

    Portland's Quasi will be visiting the Rhythm Room Monday in support of their excellent new double-album, Mole City. The band, which turned 20, features two accomplished vets of the Northwest scene, Sam Coomes (guitar/vox/keyboards) and Janet Weiss (drums/vox); when they aren't devoting their time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    The Best Phoenix Music Venues of 2013

    It seems like one has closed every month, lately--Hollywood Alley, Martini Ranch, Rocky Point Cantina--but the Valley is still blessed with enough music venues to make selecting some for each year's Best of Phoenix a little nerve-wracking. In any case, we did it. Here are the music venues that pic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    10 Music Life Lessons I Learned On My Summer Road Trip

    This summer I took a trip of epic proportions, leaving the hot, sweltering desert for the cool, mosquito-filled vastness of Alaska and points north. I saw amazing sights--bears, whales, glaciers, rain forests, rivers two miles wide, etc.--before school forced my return to this urban existence. All ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Lindsay Cates (Stinkweeds) on Span Phly, Labor Party, and Otro Mundo

    ​Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, where Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your songs to be considered for future Sound Off columns, please email music ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Kings of Leon, Kinch, and Not Missing the Lilith Fair in This Week's Issue

    Kings of Leon: Critics love to hate them.​Ever wonder why Kings of Leon have such a massive following, even though critics love to hate them? This week's music feature offers up a few explanations on the love/hate phenomenon. Valley favorites Kinch have been keeping busy, writing personalized son ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Top 10 Albums of 2009: Mike R. Meyer

    Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Mike R. Meyer, a New Times contributor, wannabe musician, video game en ... More >>

  • Music

    September 24, 2009
  • Music

    September 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Deer Tick Tonight At Modified Arts

    We already told you a lot about Deer Tick in this week's paper, and we'll tell you a little more tomorrow, after tonight's show at Modified Arts but in the meantime we just wanted to give you a little reminder: DEER TICK IS TONIGHT.In case you're too lazy to click the above link:The group cranks out ... More >>

  • Music

    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 3, 2007

    Beyond Compare

    There is something new under the (Silver)sun

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Modest Mouse

    We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Independence Day

    What's indie rock? Who cares? Here are 10 great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition

  • Music

    May 4, 2006
  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Band of Horses

    Three-trick ponies

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    Freestyle Fellowship

    Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio

  • Music

    December 2, 2004
  • Calendar

    October 21, 2004

    Novel Tease

    The First Fiction tour treats new authors like rock stars

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    Mouse Trap

    Modest Mouse: On the Mellow Tip

  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    Islands in the Stream-o

    The bastardization of a genre

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Marquee de Sad

    How long will the Marquee Theatre be a royal pain?

  • Music

    November 28, 2002

    Stepping Darkly Out Front

    For years, Calvin Johnson has loomed enormously over the Northwestern rock scene. Now, he's powerfully going solo with What Was Me.

  • Music

    February 28, 2002

    Photo Finish

    Death Cab for Cutie sees itself as just another guitar band, but you might disagree

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Moth Balls

    Burton Barr Library opens its doors to high-volume rock

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001

    Best Club For Rock

    Nita's Hideaway

  • Music

    August 16, 2001

    Brave New World

    DeVotchKa's cultural collisions make for fascinating art

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Loud, White and Blue

    After four attempts at recording an album, the Loud Americans are finally getting heard

  • Music

    May 31, 2001

    Heavy Construction

    Down With Buildings and Seven Storey rise up to claim the mantle of Valley indie rock

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    Let It Bleed

    Valley rockers Jimmy Eat World prove to be the stuff that DreamWorks is made of.

  • Music

    August 10, 2000


    Weekends of Sound
    (Up Records)

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Bugs' Buffet

    Tempted by record company largess? Drink up and dig right in.

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Critical Mass

    Even with impending Willennium looming, 1999 proved to be a banner year for music

  • Music

    July 15, 1999

    Are You Coming With Us?

    The Lo-Fidelity Allstars pose some dizzying musical questions with a riot of sounds and styles

  • Music

    June 3, 1999

    Blythe Spirits

    Van troubles spoil Chula's maiden trip to California, but the band is back to christen an explosive new CD

  • Music

    October 8, 1998

    Hero Worship

    Seattle's 764-HERO expands its lineup, abandoning the ranks of the Northwest's great indie duos

  • Music

    May 14, 1998

    Mouse That Roared

    The members of Modest Mouse make brilliant music, but they'd rather not talk about it

  • Music

    May 7, 1998

    Dropout Rock

    Illinois foursome Braid proves itself the happy exception to the college-town rule

  • Music

    February 5, 1998

    O Cap'n, My Cap'n

    New Jade Tree compilation explores the underground phenomenon of the late, great Cap'n Jazz

  • Music

    January 22, 1998
  • Music

    January 1, 1998

    Indie Outings

    The highs and lows of another adventurous year in the world of indie rock

  • Music

    July 31, 1997

    Yo Yo a Go Go

    Olympia festival embraces ideals of indie rock

  • Music

    February 20, 1997
  • Music

    March 28, 1996


    A periodic tour guide to indie rock subterranea (where the seven-inch is still king)

  • Music

    November 9, 1995
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