Brooklyn-based rapper El-P has had a tumultuous last few years. After reaching the Billboard Top 100 in 2007 with I'll Sleep When You're Dead, he lost his friend and musical collaborator Camu Tao the next year. In 2010, he chose to close up his label Definitive Jux, an indie rap cornerstone that inc ... More >>
In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun. See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listeni ... More >>
Welcome to the latest installment of our recurring feature, Sound Off, in which Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your songs to be considered for future Sound Off columns, please email email@example.com ... More >>
It's impossible to not hate almost everything about Twilight. The books changed what "vampire" means to an entire generation. Now, it's less about being an undead monster than it is about misunderstood hunks with sparkly pale skin. Then, the movies went on to solidify the idea that as long a ... More >>
In this week's issue Nicki Escudero brings you the story of The New F-O's, who are taking the Old Town Scottsdale scene by storm with dance-friendly hip-pop. In our Shrapnel section Mike Escoto pontificates on the Bon Iver/Fleet Foxes gig (which may well be the Superbowl of indie concerts), and ... More >>
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 eight months since Adele's sophomore album, 21, debuted with a bluesy pop fervor that has helped the soulstress c ... More >>
Apparently you can get Funky for free. Now we feel awkward about paying for it this whole time... Del the Funky Homosapien, perhaps best known as the rapper behind trip hop's Gorillaz, is giving his music away left and right. Like some kind of mad used car salesman. His prices are so n ... More >>
Luke Holwerda Gorillaz Comerica Theatre 10/26/2010 Twelve years ago Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett decided to create a cartoon band. The concept was to separate celebrity from pop music. This was the perfect vehicle for someone like Albarn, who is probably best known as the front man for B ... More >>
Not too many acts have as streaky a career as Nine Inch Nails. One tour they're playing the Marquee, the next they're headlining at Cricket Wireless Pavilion with Jane's Addiction, as they will in May. The bands are joined by Tom Morello's new band Street Sweeper. That show is just one of the big co ... More >>
The underground is where its always been
True & Livin'
Socially conscious, lyrically lush
Old-school hip-hop is ready for a revival
Band finds focus on new album
Blackalicious: A hip-hop group for people who don't necessarily like hip-hop
John Vanderslice is an excellent musician and songwriter. He's also a pretty good prankster.
Talib Kweli offers his reflections on the state of hip-hop, Levi's, and the role of MCs in the African-American community
DJs Megadef and Fact bring a touch of youth and New York flavor to the local hip-hop scene
It took four years for Blackalicious to make its second album. It's been worth the wait.
With a new DJ night at Nita's Hideaway, Z-Trip redirects his energies back to the local scene