There are flashier country bars in the Valley -- ones that try to impress with sprawling stages, dozens of high-def televisions, and more neon lights than Times Square. The Western keeps its cool without ever going over the top. The newest project from partners Tucker Woodbury, owner of The Vig ... More >>
Tucker Woodbury has been keeping himself mighty busy lately. He and his partner, Jim Riley, have been refurbishing the historic house at Fillmore and 4th Avenue most recently occupied by Local Breeze and slated to become The Fillmore Vig by the second week in July, if all goes well. See also: -- Th ... More >>
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>
A few hours from now, the dulcet crooning of Mario Moreno and the swingy sounds of his backing act The Ramblers will waft out of The Western and into the Scottsdale night air, announcing the arrival of the area's newest live music spot. The stylish honky-tonk, which (as we reported last month) was ... More >>
Good news for those who dug last year's locally focused Los Dias De La Crescent event: it's coming back for a second round. Crescent czar Charlie Levy sent out an e-mail blast Thursday night trumpeting the lineup for this year's version of the two-night concert, and just like some of the best seque ... More >>
There's certainly no dearth of hangouts in the Valley where cowboys, cowgirls, or anyone else sporting a western shirt can down something tall and strong, get in some two-stepping action, or just hear some ol' fashioned daggum country music, pardner. Off the top of our heads, we can name close to tw ... More >>
See also: New Documentary Bigger Than Sound Tracks the Career of Local Promoter Charlie LevyIf you didn't catch the screening of Bigger Than Sound at ASU's downtown journalism school last May, then chances are you probably haven't seen the student-made documentary that chronicles the career of local ... More >>
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 >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
See also: The Haymarket Squares Blast Sheriff Joe With New Video; Raise Money For New Record See also: Conor Oberst Disses Lady Gaga, Other Acts who Refuse Arizona Boycott See also: Charlie Levy of Promoter Stateside Presents Pens Open Letter to SB 1070 Boycotters See also: Conor Oberst Pens Totally ... More >>
As a recent graduate from Arizona State University, I can attest to the student showcases the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication regularly hosts. The second floor of the school's downtown building houses the First Amendment Forum, where CNN constantly airs. The public space ... More >>
The Ghost of Eastside RecordsWelcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. We've been counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment takes a look at 2011's some of the most memorable music stories from 2011. Enjoy! Well kids, anoth ... More >>
Okay, so Crescent Ballroom has been open two full weeks, which is long enough for us to review five shows there, eat one of Chris Bianco's burritos, and listen as all the "cool kids" started calling the place "Crescent."Stateside and Crescent owner Charlie Levy has enjoyed the past two weeks, too ... More >>
In case you haven't been paying attention, Phoenix is getting a new music venue called the Crescent Ballroom (you can read about it here). Phoenix music fans are pretty excited for the venue's October 3rd opening and it looks like Phoenix foodies have something to look forward to, as well.&nb ... More >>
The new home of Crescent Ballroom at 308 N. 2nd Avenue in downtown Phoenix. But it's not quite finished yet. After teetering between Valley venues for years, Stateside Presents announced this morning that it finally has a spot to call its own. Downtown's Crescent Ballroom, as we speculated earlie ... More >>
Charlie Janssen: The man who may make Conor Oberst boycott his own state.Dear Conor,Open letters about SB 1070 are all the rage right now, so I'm writing you one. I enjoyed the letters you and Arizona promoter Charlie Levy exchanged a few weeks ago and I thought your essay on the topic was though ... More >>
Patrick HeagneyThere was a huge slate of show announcements from Stateside Presents today, including a Halloween night show by of Montreal (pictured above) at The Rialto in Tucson.The Walkmen drop by The Clubhouse on September 17, while Ratatat comes to The Venue of Scottsdale on September 25 and ... More >>
It was just about a week ago when Pitchfork name-dropped Up On The Sun -- specifically Charlie Levy's eloquent open letter and the anti-SB 1070 compilation A Line in the Sand -- in a post about Zach de la Rocha's The Sound Strike adding more names to the always-growing Arizona boycot ... More >>
Remember local promoter Charlie Levy's open letter urging bands not to participate in the Sound Strike boycott of Arizona because of SB 1070?It was, as Chris Farley might say, awesome.Levy has received a response from Conor Oberst (a.k.a. That Guy Who Should Re-Assemble Bright Eyes).Link here.Obe ... More >>
This week, New Times ran a box in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. What happened when New Times clubs editor Benjamin Leatherman joined a fight club? What does local promoter Charl ... More >>
A big thanks to Pitchfork for doing their part to make the world know not everyone in Arizona is a racist bastard.Today the Site of Record for the music-loving hipster elite mentioned our anti-SB 1070 compilation, A Line In The Sand, and linked to this excellent open letter by local promoter Char ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Jonathan McNamara A crowd gathers outside the alleyway entrance of the Underground during its soft opening.By all accounts, the soft opening of the Underground this past weekend was a big success. According to Erin Peters of the Mantooth Group, more than 160 people turned out on Frid ... More >>
Ok, just a warning: I'm going to be mean in this blog. But I assert that anything I say here does not hold a candle to the suffering I feel everyday on my way to work, when I've had to take in a begrudging eyeful of the Monsters of Folk Tour mural.The Monsters of Folk Mural by Joe Pagac.Yeah, I ... More >>
Courtesy of Steve ChiltonIf you've driven by Eye Lounge at Roosevelt and 4th Street lately you maybe have noticed this cool mural promoting the upcoming Monsters of Folk show at The Orpheum. Turns out local promoter Charlie Levy (the man behind Stateside Presents, which, if you've seen our Best O ... More >>
Songwriting duo Nate Ruess and Sam Means had enough of major-label drama, so now they're calling the shots
Why throw an indie festival if no one will come?
Valley promoter won't let scene erode
A look back at the music scene in -- 2005?
Want to see a good band? Go to Tucson.
Wreck your head at 'HAZ MAT'
Local alt-rockers Gloritone 'crack' the big time, thanks to a great song and one very willing band member
With a new DJ night at Nita's Hideaway, Z-Trip redirects his energies back to the local scene
New Tempe club promises to mix the old Nita's Hideaway with a touch of Portland
Nita's Hideaway returns to its old locale, but once again it's up for sale
Sale of Nita's Hideaway ushers in The Heat