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    November 5, 2014

    Roger Clyne Builds an Empire From His Music

    Roger Clyne sits at a table at Four Peaks Brewing Company's Tempe stronghold, and he's about three beers into an afternoon dominated by Pumpkin Porter. Through the patio speakers, Coldplay's "Yellow" comes on. When the song came out, Chris Martin's reedy, thin falsetto crooning "your skin, oh, yeah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Nicki Escudero, What Are You Listening To?

    Alas, after 3 years of asking Valley dwellers what their favorite musical tastes are, What Are You Listening To? is coming to an end. Today, Up on the Sun has been gracious enough to feature my own tastes as the farewell blog, and after week after week of putting this blog together, I couldn't be mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Vattnet Viskar Describe Their Sound as "An Obnoxiously Loud Coldplay" to People Who Don't Get It

    Since 2010 New Hampshire-bred metal band Vattnet Viskar has adroitly melded all sorts of metal: sludge, atmospheric, black, and the mixtures has impressed crowds in dark, dingy venues all over the country. Two EPs deep and their debut full-length album in the works through Century Media Records, V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Is Heavy Metal For Easy Girls?

    I know it sounds weird, but I've always been a fan of Men's Health magazine. But in a recent issue, the magazine featured an article about updating sex playlists from such old cliches, like substituting Air's Talkie Walkie in for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. This article linked back to one t ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2012
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    February 13, 2012

    Adele Won and Nicki Minaj Creeped; We Recap the Grammys

    ​If Adele could rap, she probably would have won that Grammy as well. Sunday night's Grammy Awards made for interesting viewing, with Adele's sweep, some amazing tributes, performances, and a downright weird and horrible showing from Nicki Minaj. Host LL Cool J opened up with a prayer for Whitne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    What's Selling: Hoodlums Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week

    ​Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. It's been 13 years since neighborhood music store Hoodlums made their first sale. Last week we caught up with owner Steve W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Pharrell Launches Liqueur For Working Women

    Pharrell Williams has concocte​d a liqueur for working women, according to Paste.N.E.R.D. frontman Pharrell is releasing Qream, which he says was "created for contemporary women who work hard and want to relax with friends at the end of the day."One of the aspects of Qream that ladies will like th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Ten Strange Names Rock Stars Gave Their Kids

    Wikimedia CommonsMama, don't let your babies grow up to be Bronxes -- or Diezels or Moon Units.​On Monday night, singer Jewel and her husband, Ty Murray, had their first child, a boy they named Kase Townes Murray. And while "Kase Townes" isn't that bizarre of a name, it's not as traditional as say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Incubus, If Not Now, When?

    ​Incubus fans expecting the band's popular brand of guitar rock are in for a shock with the group's seventh album, If Not Now, When?, released today. Listening to all twelve of the slow, concise power ballads here, one might even start to think they were listening to a Coldplay album.Well, guitari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    U.K. Buzz Band A Silent Film Relocates to Phoenix

    A Silent Film​It's logical for a band from the U.K. that's been compared to Coldplay and Snow Patrol and received more than a thousand spins for their first single on Sirius-XM's Alt Nation channel to move to the U.S. seeking stateside success. But Phoenix seems like an unlikely relocation choice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    T-Pain Parts Ways With Auto-Tune, Does the World a Favor

    ​The world is now a better place thanks to T-Pain. He recently declared that he has sworn off using auto-tune, according to Prefix.He better keep his promise! If he doesn't, Jay-Z will have something to say about it. Along with his new vow to do away with auto-tune came the unfortunate introductio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Lollapalooza Unveils Lineup: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse

    ​Lollapalooza has revealed an absolutely killer lineup for its 20th-anniversary show, according to Consequence of Sound.Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Muse are at the top of this summer's impressive bill. Other big names scheduled to perform include My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circ ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011
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    March 7, 2011

    Gwyneth Paltrow May Be Signed to Atlantic Records For Country Album

    ​Renowned actress Gwyneth Paltrow is negotiating a record deal with Atlantic Records, according to Monsters and Critics.The label is in talks with Paltrow to make a country pop album. After all, she seems to be a hot reborn star in the performance market right now, having recently made appearances ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Stars Performed For Qaddafi's Family

    ​Usher, Mariah Carey and Beyonce are among some of the artists that have been performing for the family of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, according to Rolling Stone.Qaddafi's sons Muatassim and Seif al-Islam al-Qaddafi hired the afformentioned artists for their consecutive New Year's parties. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Drake Collaborating With Florence and the Machine (VIDEO)

    ​Young Money rapper Drake and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine are set to collaborate, according to Spinner.Who's Florence Welch, you ask? She's the singer in the band that sang that hit "The Dog Days Are Over." You know, the one in the overplayed commercials for the film Eat, Pray, Love ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Coldplay Rings in the Holidays With a New Christmas Song (VIDEO)

    ​Coldplay is back with a new Christmas single, according to Consequence of Sound.The band is prepping for a busy and exciting 2011, having just announced a handful of European festival dates in which they will take a headlining slot. Leading up to the new year, Chris Martin is bringing his band ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Courtney Love Sued: Hole Frontwoman (and Certified Hot Mess) in Court Over Borrowed Jewelry

    Courtney Love, looking gross as usual.​Courtney Love has been sued over $114,000 worth of gems that she borrowed from a jeweler and never gave back, according to Star Pulse.She has given back one of the items of jewelery that she borrowed back in September but has yet to give back the rest. Well, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    OK Go FTW With Toasty New Viral Video

    ​OK Go is back with a brand new soon-to-be-viral video, according to SPIN.The video for the new song, entitled "Last Leaf," shows that the band has gone in a new direction with their visuals. Rather than another video that showcases the Rube Goldberg Machine (which was shot 89 times), a treadmill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    YouTube Begins Live Streaming Trial

    ​YouTube has announced it's in a testing period for live streaming, according to TechCrunch.Today and tomorrow only, YouTube will partner with a group of companies to make a live broadcast schedule. Unfortunately the feature will be removed from the site once the trial is over, so be sure not to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Six Reasons Fox's Glee Is Infuriating

    At least he's not rapping​The recent news that Fox's hit high school music-drama Glee will use some of Coldplay's music for future episodes made me honestly wonder what planet the show's producers live on.Now, I am not just some curmudgeonly young man who has never watched the show and who ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Santarchy, Joe Strummer, and Roller Girls

    Jonathan McNamaraThe annual Santarchy affair will fill the streets of Scottsdale with kooky Kris Kringle clones on Saturday.​When Clement Clarke Moore first penned The Night Before Christmas in 1823 (and thus, gave birth to many of the conceptions associated with Jolly Old Saint Nick), the Victori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    You Asked For It: Broken Poets

    ​Band: Broken Poets Record: Everything In Nature Basics: An indie duo that recently re-tooled their sound to emphasize Tom McDonald's deep, brooding voice, the Poets have a the same vibe you'll find in the slowest Death Cab for Cutie songs. Though they at times sound a lot like the standard alt-ro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009

    Ten Dollar Outfit

    And that's a lot of jam

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    June 2, 2009

    Live Nation Gives Concert Fans Something to Sing About With "No Service Fee Wednesdays"

    Live Nation wants to help you save money in this trying economy. The concert promoter will eliminate its service fees on more than five million lawn seats and hundreds of concerts throughout North America beginning Wednesday, June 3 for a 24 hour event.No Service Fee Wednesdays will kick off June 3, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Billy Joel and Elton John Show Lacks Special Moments

    In 1994, when Billy Joel and Elton John first took the stage together in Philadelphia, it was quite a novelty. Two piano-playing singer-songwriters -- who've each sold more than 100 million records on their own -- together in concert! Wowza!Five tours and 15 years later, the newness is gone. Last ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    NIN Prove Radiohead was Right: FREE SELLS

    Amazon just announced their list of the Bestselling Albums of 2008 on their MP3 digital service. At first glance you might not think much of the list: Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie, 3 Doors Down, Beck, and Radiohead are all near the top of the list. What is remarkable and noteworthy is the #1 spot, ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
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    December 22, 2008

    The Best Album of 2008? Sorry 'Science,' I Go With Girl Talk

    Can an album comprised solely of samples really be an artistic achievement? Honestly, I'm a little bit torn about naming Girl Talk's Feed The Animals the best album of the year. After all, it is a record made up entirely of mashups, so, strictly speaking, there's not a note of new music in this ba ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008
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    August 19, 2008

    What's Selling: Zia Records in Phoenix

    By Benjamin Leatherman This week’s version of “What’s Selling” focuses on the central Phoenix location of Zia Record Exchange, 1940 West Indian School Road. The store’s list of top 10 best-sellers for the week of August 11 to 17 is a pretty eclectic mix, ranging from from hard rock and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    What’s Selling: Revolver Records

    By Benjamin Leatherman It’s a damn shame that in a city the size of Phoenix (the fifth largest in the nation last we checked) there’s a real dearth of cool independent music stores. But, hey, at least it lets us appreciate those scant few record shops that are available all the more. Like Revol ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Snow Patrol

    Awaiting the avalanche

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    March 22, 2007

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    The Very Best of Echo & The Bunnymen: More Songs to Learn and Sing

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Ten Dollar Outfit

    And that's a lot of jam

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    January 18, 2007


    Mississippi mod

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    May 18, 2006

    Mat Kearney

    Holy crossover

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    July 14, 2005
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    May 12, 2005

    Mixing It Up

    Variety is the spice of Coachella

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    April 28, 2005

    Next Wave

    The Wonder Stuff is back, with one finger raised for the Britpop it spawned

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    The Devlins

    Epic but poppy

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    December 23, 2004
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    October 7, 2004

    Snow Patrol

    A K.O. from the U.K.

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    January 22, 2004


    Cast of Thousands (V2)

    Silence Is Easy (Capitol)

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    December 4, 2003


    Brash pop from a motley crew

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    October 2, 2003

    Hilary Duff

    Metamorphosis (Buena Vista/Hollywood)

  • Culture

    April 10, 2003

    Made With Love

    Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't

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