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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Peaking LightsWelcome 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 >>
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 >>
Pavle MilicPavle 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Amazon takes their shot at indie rock's 100 greatest albumsThe fine folks over at amazon.com 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 >>
There is something new under the (Silver)sun
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
What's indie rock? Who cares? Here are 10 great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition
Chart-busters for the week
Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio
The First Fiction tour treats new authors like rock stars
Modest Mouse: On the Mellow Tip
The bastardization of a genre
How long will the Marquee Theatre be a royal pain?
For years, Calvin Johnson has loomed enormously over the Northwestern rock scene. Now, he's powerfully going solo with What Was Me.
Death Cab for Cutie sees itself as just another guitar band, but you might disagree
Burton Barr Library opens its doors to high-volume rock
DeVotchKa's cultural collisions make for fascinating art
After four attempts at recording an album, the Loud Americans are finally getting heard
Down With Buildings and Seven Storey rise up to claim the mantle of Valley indie rock
Valley rockers Jimmy Eat World prove to be the stuff that DreamWorks is made of.
Weekends of Sound
Tempted by record company largess? Drink up and dig right in.
Even with impending Willennium looming, 1999 proved to be a banner year for music
The Lo-Fidelity Allstars pose some dizzying musical questions with a riot of sounds and styles
Van troubles spoil Chula's maiden trip to California, but the band is back to christen an explosive new CD
Seattle's 764-HERO expands its lineup, abandoning the ranks of the Northwest's great indie duos
The members of Modest Mouse make brilliant music, but they'd rather not talk about it
Illinois foursome Braid proves itself the happy exception to the college-town rule
New Jade Tree compilation explores the underground phenomenon of the late, great Cap'n Jazz
The highs and lows of another adventurous year in the world of indie rock
Olympia festival embraces ideals of indie rock
A periodic tour guide to indie rock subterranea (where the seven-inch is still king)