• Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    ASU Students Hate Nickelback, Coldplay, and Miles Davis, Spotify Says

    Back in December, music streaming service Spotify offered students a discount on its premium service, offering college kids a rate ($5/month) half of what us older rubes pay. The company has crunched the numbers of the students who took advantage of that offer, and the results have Arizona State U ... More >>

  • Music

    May 2, 2013
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    March 23, 2013

    The Shins, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 3/22/13

    The Shins @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margret T. Hance Park|3/22/13It's been 10 years since McDowell Mountain Music fest got started, and nine since Natalie Portman, as the prototypical "manic pixie dream girl" stated that The Shins would "change your life." In that time, McDowell Mountain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Ron Hoon of Fox 10, What Are You Listening To?

    Hoon is an anchor of FOX 10 Arizona Morning. He'll be serving as emcee for the 2013 Phoenix Heart Walk on Saturday, March 23 at 8 a.m. at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix. Hoon was game to play a round of "What Are You Listening To?" with Up on the Sun.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Grammy Awards 2013: Katy Clowns Bon Iver, Miguel Shows How It's Done, and Taylor Swift Dissed Her Ex

    The Grammys are a huge night for music fans. While we tend to shake our head and wonder how some of these artists won (ie. "Album of the Year"), it's entertaining to watch the live performances and keep fingers crossed for our favorite artists. fun. won big last night, sweeping up the "Song of the Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Coachella's "Bloom" Video: WTF Does it Mean?

    Yesterday afternoon, the home page of the Coachella website changed to a video called "Bloom," which shows plants and art exhibits sprouting from the ground. Some look pretty creepy--did those worm/slug things 30 seconds into the video really just form a structure? At least the rest are fairly cute ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012
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    June 22, 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.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Vinyl Station Makes a Living With Former Gin Blossom and Shows With Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World

    The life of a gigging band is pretty rough: Tempe-based alt-rockers Vinyl Station play eight gigs a week to make ends meet, populating Valley bars like the Rogue, Rosie McCaffery's, and Kazimierz Wine Bar with their original tunes and alternative covers. On Sunday, March 25 the band is scheduled t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Halloween Otoacoustic Emissions at St. Augustine's Church in Tempe

    ​Otoacoustic Emmission at St. Augustine's Church in Tempe Monday, October 31, 2011 According to the Billboard Contemporary Christian Music charts, "Courageous," by the Georgia-based band Casting Crowns, is the most popular Christian song in America. The song is a lot of things: vaguely arena ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Lollapalooza: "It Was 20 Years Ago Today..."

    ​It's kind of hard to imagine that Lallapalooza is 20 years-old. I wasn't in attendance in 1991, but the event still feels like a cultural touchstone for me (due in no small part to the "Homerpalooza" episode of The Simpsons, which introduced me to Sonic Youth, and cemented my growing love for The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Warner Music Group for Sale: The Multi-Billion Dollar Battle for Ownership Winds Down this Week

    Wikimedia CommonsWarner Music Group artist Madonna​Warner Music Group -- home to acts like Led Zeppelin, Green Day, and Tempe-based indie rock band The Maine -- is for sale. If you think it's tough outbidding other eBay users for a rare record, you should see the bidding battle currently underway ... More >>

  • Music

    April 28, 2011
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    February 23, 2011

    311 at the Marquee Theatre Last Night

    Maria Vassett311 performing at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.​311 Marquee Theatre February 22, 2011 Until last night I had never attended a sold out show at the Marquee. I had also never been surrounded by fans chanting any band's name as loudly as the audience of lovable stoners did last night as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    The Dears: Degeneration Street

    The Dears - Degeneration Street​A funny thing happened Sunday night at the Grammy's -- Montreal's Arcade Fire won best album of the year. The band managed to sneak in a few mercis in their humble acceptance speech, and rightfully so. None of those thanks, however, went towards fellow Quebecois roc ... More >>

  • Music

    December 23, 2010
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    December 14, 2010

    Michael Jackson Penned a Tune For Hanson

    ​At some point in time, Michael Jackson wrote a song for Hanson, according to ShowBiz 411.The song was written for them to play, not in their honor. Jackson never actually gave the song he wrote for Hanson to them. He intended to send it to the 90s boy band but never did. It must have been stashed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    26 Miles for This?! Marathon Runners Suffer Through Horrible Headliners at P.F. Chang's "Rock 'N' Roll" Marathon

    ​You could argue that the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon is as big an annual event as the East Valley has.Especially for the formerly important town of Tempe, which saw Glendale steal away the city's BCS bowl game in 2007. Since then, the East Valley really hasn't had any other high-profile sporti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    'American Idol' Live! at US Airways Center Last Night

    Luke HolwerdaAmerican Idol Live​American Idol Live! August 12, 2010US Airways CenterFor Valley residents who always wanted to make it out to the American Idol studios but never did, last night at US Airways Center was their opportunity to see the top 10 contestants from 2010's season perform on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Ronnie Winters at Rosie McCaffrey's

    Ronnie Winters.​This is part of a series of reviews of bands who play weekly at local bars. The show: Ronnie Winters at Rosie McCaffrey's. The look: Standard Irish pub. The smell: Residual from pub food consumed earlier in the evening. The taste: Thick, dark, beer. Three words/phrases to describe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Frat Games, Free Shows, and Freaky Movies

    Kyle Cesmat Safe Haven is scheduled to perform tonight at Club Mardi Gras.Dear College Students of the Valley, Welcome back from your summertime hiatus. Your absence was particularly missed by local bar and club owners, as was your supply of disposable income. A few things are different sinc ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
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    July 8, 2009

    Beyonce Gets Emotional Over Michael Jackson At U.S. Airways Show

    Victor J. PalaganoBeyonce busted out several gold dresses for her show at U.S. Airways Center... and we mean "busted."Given that yesterday was the day the world said goodbye to Michael Jackson with a glitzy, arena-sized sendoff, it shouldn't have been surprising to see Beyonce dedicate a song to the ... More >>

  • Music

    May 28, 2009
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    February 20, 2009

    Pop Fans Rejoice: There's a Brand-New Tommy Keene Record!

    It's one thing to have a musical career that's lasted more than a quarter-century. Impressive? Sure. Noteworthy? Not really -- plenty of popular artists have pulled it off by this point. It's quite another thing to have a musical career of comparative anonymity that lasts more than a quarter-centur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    M. Ward, Vetiver, Owen, and Sigur Ros are Just Some of What's Selling at Revolver Records

    We fully admit to our jealousy of Mathew Ward. Not only does the Portland guitarist have an obscene amount of talent (which he's demonstrated much over the past decade on seven separate full-length albums), Ward's collaborated musically with such indie all-stars as Cat Power, Bright Eyes, and Yo L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    You Asked For It: Kinch

    So I've made a big deal out of the relentless first come-first served policy we have for You Asked For It, our weekly local CD review column, a few times before. This week, I'm breaking it. I'm only moving Kinch up one week, but I wanted to confess it up front. I feel guilty, but for the band who ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Local Indie Record Store Owners Weigh In With Their Favorties of 2008

    It wasn't exactly a banner year for proprietors of the record-slinging shops. Album sales at in general were down 14 percent nationwide from 2007, and this obviously hit brick-and-mortar retailers where it counts. But while folks are increasingly more likely to boot-up CD Baby or iTunes to get t ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    By Dan Leroy A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    By Dan Leroy A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Rolling Stone: Still Blowing Bob Dylan

    Rolling Stone, that music magazine that felt it necessary to feature the ladies from MTV's The Hills on the cover of its May issue, just released its list of top 50 albums of 2008. Wouldn't you know it; they put Bob Dylan at number two. Why not number one, Rolling Stone? Maybe because they realize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Dir en Grey, Deerhunter, Night Train and More

    Whoa! A little turkey and merriment and next thing you know it feels like months since we were hitting the blogosphere full force with all the music, arts and culture it can handle. We've got a lot to catch up on:  Night Train Up on the Sun is counting down to the Light Rail opening on December 27 ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Concert Schedule for Thanksgiving Weekend: Suicidal Tendencies, Yeasayer, Deerhunter, Mushroomhead, and more

    Suicidal Tendencies, Yeasayer, Deerhunter, Dash Berlin, Mushroomhead, Times New Viking, Thanksgiving

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    You Asked For It: Evan Brightly

    Let it never be said that Evan Brightly lacks ambition. The Narrator, this week's You Asked For It, not only comes with a novel, it’s also augmented by a web site featuring paintings. I only skimmed the first chapter of novel, but ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008

    You Asked For It: Smokescreen

    For a Phoenix band, Smokescreen sound pretty British. Not, like, Blur British, but British enough. It’s not the vocals – singer Gus Holwerda doesn’t sound like Liam Gallagher or anything – but the band’s musical vocabulary definitely owes a debt to the lads across the pond.

  • Music

    October 4, 2007

    Turbo Charged

    The denim demons ride

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    August 30, 2007


    Planet Earth

  • Film

    May 24, 2007

    Busker Love

    Once upon a time in Ireland, a girl met a guy and they made sweet music

  • Film

    April 19, 2007

    Arresting Development

    Like Shaun of the Dead? This'll bust a cap in your arse

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Español Sung Here

    Crossing over — who's doing it, who's not

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Dark Star Rising

    Watch out for the undertow

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Rebuilding Fiona

    Thankfully, Fiona Apple has decided to remain with us

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    S.A.T. Words

    In discussing Bloc Party's anthemic dance rock, you gotta get deep

  • Music

    August 25, 2005


    Easy listening

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    Keep It in Play

    The humble iPod strikes a chord with Matt Kata and his D-Backs brethren

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    Street Music

    Videos lay down soundtrack for the skateboard generation

  • Music

    November 25, 2004

    I ♥ Bono

    How to deconstruct U2's Bomb? Let Mom review it.

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    August 19, 2004
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    July 4, 2002

    Más y Más

    Mexico's bubbling rocanrol scene whips up something Kinky

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Bang to Hype

    At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band

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