Editor's Note: We'd like to welcome local hip-hop artist and writer Jaron Ikner to Up on the Sun. You're probably familiar with his Black One project, and now he's bringing his voice to the music blog here at New Times. Salute!
Longevity and consistency are two things that are considered a rare fi ... More >>
With the holidays rapidly approaching, some of us have our sights set on another holiday. One awash in Olympic-sized swimming pools of Guinness and all the corned beef we can eat. It's one of the few holidays where public urination, vomiting, and rabble rousing are perfectly acceptable forms of cel ... 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.
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Talib Kweli doesn't seem to like downtime. Last year he released the celebrated Gutter Rainbows, and Idle Worship, a nu-soul collaboration with singer-songwriter Res, teamed with Yaslin Bay (his partner in Black Star) for the Colbert Report, and took to the streets for Occupy Wall Street.
It's dif ... More >>
The recent 10th anniversary party for The Blunt Club saw plenty of old favorites making a return to the long-running hip-hop night. That includes former host Emerg McVay (who's been busy shooting music videos these days) and onetime resident John Hyder.
While the 30something hip-hop selecta left b ... More >>
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.
Saturday, April 28: Ross Rocks! @ Hollywood Alley
Hollywood Alley owner Ross Wincek has been an important f ... More >>
It's a hard pill to swallow, but music venues in the Valley tend to come and go. Fact. Look no further than the closing of The Compound Grill within the past week or last month's nixing of Clubhouse Music Venue for proof.
Some live music joints and concert halls have figured out the magic for ... More >>
Bob Log III and friend.You've got to be one bad, weirdo mofo for King Khan, leader of The Shrines, 1/2 of King Khan and BBQ show (before duo went bust), and about a thousand other obscure soul-funk-garage releases, to dedicate a whole song to you.
But that's exactly what's going on with "Bo ... More >>
We shared news on Monday that blues-rock duo The Black Keys are finished with their follow-up to the freaking great album Brothers, and this week we profiled young Ohio-based singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield in our print issue, whose latest album Tell Me, along with her previous, With Blas ... More >>
For the first time ever, Adam Levine's voice is saddening people. The vocals of Maroon 5's frontman are simply way too over-processed on Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's new collaborative single, "Moves Like Jagger." Idolator thinks the song is the best thing since sliced bread, but I disa ... More >>
Take the L out of "lover" because it's over. Liam and Noel Gallagher of British rock group Oasis, are essentially calling it quits as brothers, according to Spinner.Is this the fiftieth or the fifty-first time they've declared this? I've lost count. We get it, they hate each other and they'r ... More >>
Toro y MoiDid you know that a third of a year is called a tertile? Now you do!The first tertile of 2011 (great word, right?) comes to end at the close of this month, which seems like a good time to get caught up on the best songs from the first part of the year. Hey, it's never too early for a be ... More >>
Warped Tour 2011 - coming to a parking lot near youNot a whole lot of new shows to announce this week, but at least there's a Warped Tour for that. The venerable punk rock tour is now in its 17th year, a rather impressive feat in this day and age. Bands such as NOFX, Poison The Well, Gym Class He ... More >>
"I'll kick anyone out smoking reggie."
Those were Curren$y's first words to the audience at the Clubhouse Music Venue on the eventful last stop for the Smoker's Club Tour. The crowd -- mostly flat-brimmed baseball cap clad guys in their early 20s -- received the threat warmly. A few minutes later t ... More >>
2 Tone Lizard Kings: Spicing up the AZ ska scene.Although there isn't particularly an abundance of ska bands in Arizona, local ska band the 2 Tone Lizard Kings are keeping the genre fresh. They incorporate the energy of Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore, a maturing sound, and the vibes of a raucous ... More >>
Pictured: badassesI'll be honest with you: this week's group has to be the most random assemblage of just announced shows I have seen. Leading this week's pack is Los Gatos rockers Trapt, whose 2002 song "Headstrong," it has been confirmed, will simply never go away. Trapt has released three albums ... More >>