Danny Gokey

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    New Release Tuesday: And What You Should Buy

    ​Here's a sampling of today's new album releases:Il Divo- An Evening with Il Divo- Live in BarcelonaJuvenile- Cocky and ConfidentPrimal Fear- Eye of an EagleAllison Iraheta- Just Like YouR. Kelly- UntitledMartha Wainwright- Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A ParisNow it's time to see whether Allison ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    Idol Worship

    We may be ill, but these kids are alright

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Just Announced: Jenny Lewis, The Cult, Idols Live, Rick Ross

    Jenny Lewis: Coming to the Marquee in July. Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis is finally, finally, making an appearance in Phoenix, Stateside Presents announced today. The cute-as-a-button indie songstress is a critical darling (hell, my colleague Albert Ching in Orange County has reviewed her shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Scream On: Gokey Makes Ears Bleed on 'Idol' Top 4

    So I think we all knew going into last night's rock-themed episode of Idol that Danny Gokey was going to have problems. The guy is about as rock n' roll as my grandma after hip replacement surgery (Hi Nana!). I was honestly really excited to see him make a fool of himself, and, always eager to pleas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    About Damn Time: Matt Giraud Off of 'Idol'

    During his tenure on American Idol, Matt Giraud was like the Little Dueling Piano Player Who Could: Snubbed by the voting public in the Top 36, the judges made him one of their "judges choice" picks for the Top 13. Then, when he finally got voted off two weeks ago after his horrible performance duri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    'Idol' Keeps it Classy With Rat Pack Week

    Think she's got one more week left in her?So before we review last night's episode, can we please discuss the guest judges or the celebrity mentors or whatever they're calling them this season? They started out making sense, with Randy Travis and Smokey Robinson. But for the past couple of weeks, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Disco Wreaks Havoc on 'Idol'

    Disco: It's the musical genre that just won't die. Along with cockroaches and Twinkies, I'm pretty sure it's the only form of music that would survive a nuclear holocaust. It's been the butt of many a joke since it fell out of vogue in the 80s, but somehow, it still manages to find a tiny place for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    American Idol Top 8: Scottsdale's Scott MacIntyre Sucks It (Yay For Alliteration!)

    So we here at Up on the Sun are here to make sure you, our dear readers, get the best of Valley culture and music. Ergo, since Scott "Bringing Out My Punk Side Tonight" MacIntyre happens to hail from our great state, we thought we'd check out his performance before moving on the the other contestant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    American Idol Top 9: 3 Pianos, 1 Guitar, And a Heaping Plate of Cheesiness

    What's up, fellow AI watchers? After a brief hiatus, I am back, here to write on a Michael Sarver, Jasmine Murray, Jorge Nunez and Alexis Grace-less Idol. We shed a single tear for them all, and sing an off-key version of "I Will Survive" in honor of all their efforts.To be honest, I pretty much for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Cover Your Ears, American Idol Singers on the Loose!

    After a horrible, seizure-inducing Hollywood Week, I was actually sort of excited to get this show on the road and hear the offerings of The Best Singers in All the Land, as decreed by the "experts." I should have known better than to be optimistic. Have I learned nothing over the course of eight se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    'Idol' Boredom Reaches New Heights with Two Hours of People Sitting in Chairs

    Honestly, I didn't think anything would be able to top Tuesday night's people-sit-in-rooms-and- await-their-fates episode of American Idol in terms of sheer boredom, but Wednesday night's people-sit-in-a-room-and-then-go-into-another-room-wherein-they-sit-down-and-await-their-fates managed to do it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Kansas City American Idol Auditions Have Good, Bad and Ugly

    Tears, screaming and screeches - oh my! Wednesday's American Idol auditions, which were held in Kansas City, home of last season's Idol winner David Cook, had all of these things along with dozens of snarky comments from judge Simon Cowell.While one of our favorite moments took place in the beginnin ... More >>