Devendra Banhart

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    February 17, 2014

    Jess Williamson To Bring Her Strange Folk to Phoenix and Arcosanti

    There are names you might expect to read in a review of Jess Williamson's Native State: Karen Dalton, Joanna Newsome, Devendra Banhart. But Pitchfork's Lindsay Zoladz struck mighty close to the source when she compared Williamson's voice to that of a coyote. Though it was clearly intended as an acco ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    The Best Phoenix Music Venues of 2013

    It seems like one has closed every month, lately--Hollywood Alley, Martini Ranch, Rocky Point Cantina--but the Valley is still blessed with enough music venues to make selecting some for each year's Best of Phoenix a little nerve-wracking. In any case, we did it. Here are the music venues that pic ... More >>

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    August 25, 2013

    FYF Fest Day One: Breeders, FLAG, Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 8/24/13 (PHOTOS)

    Day 1 at Los Angeles' FYF Fest was pretty hectic. Yeah Yeah Yeahs headlined, closing out the first night of the fest opposite of Death Grips. The action packed day also featured rare performances by The Breeders, FLAG, Thee Oh Sees, The Locust, and many more. The festival was divided into four sta ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Should You Buy FYF Fest Tickets This Year?

    My Bloody Valentine is headlining -- of course you should buy FYF Fest tickets; this is a no brainer. Okay, the decision isn't necessarily that simple. Backing up: FYF Fest is a two-day festival that takes place in downtown Los Angeles, featuring a variety of indie, electronic, punk, and comedy acts ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Du Hot Club de Bizarre - Crescent Ballroom - 5/8/2013

    Du Hot Club de BizarreCrescent BallroomMay 8, 2013 Turquoise Jeep looks and sounds like a novelty act at first, but that doesn't quite explain their appeal. What they're really doing with their bizarre slow jams and paeans to stretchy pants and choreographed dance moves is hitting the basic tropes ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Du Hot Club de Bizarre Brings Sci-Fi, Stretchy Pants, and More to Crescent Ballroom

    Crescent Ballroom wasted no time becoming a downtown Phoenix staple putting on shows almost every day of the year, and serving delicious food and drinks in the lounge. The venue expanded its horizons last year with Los Dias de la Crescent, where local bands performed both inside and outside for two ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Swans' Michael Gira Returns With The Seer

    See also: Swans Reboot Sinister Grandeur with The SeerSwans frontman Michael Gira is an underappreciated impresario. He led one of the most pioneering acts of the early '80s until their initial dissolution in 1997. Their early grim, repetitive throb had the same menacing quality as the factory in Da ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012
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    November 29, 2011

    Light in the Attic Records and Rhino Handmade Team Up

    Even with rumors rumbling that the Big Four (soon to be three?) will cease producing CDs at the end of 2012, Seattle-based label Light in the Attic has teamed with Rhino Handmade to help distribute ultra-deluxe compact discs. Turns out, certain people (collectors) still want some physical, musical p ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Ten Musicians To Help Inspire You This Octobeard

    October is a great time of year for a few different reasons. You've got the Arizona State Fair, Oktoberfest, the weather starts to get nice outside, and most importantly, it's now Octobeard. For those not familiar with Octobeard it's defined by as: A celebration of facial hair ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    March 7, 2011

    Grading The Strokes Side-Projects: Which Bandmate Did the Best During Their Long Hiatus?

    The Strokes​ It's been five years since The Strokes released their last album, First Impressions Of Earth. For a while it looked as if we may not be getting another record. Reports of tensions and creative differences within the group led many to believe that First Impressions might be the band ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Lollapalooza Chile Announces Solid Lineup

    ​The lineup for the first annual Lollapalooza in Chile has been announced, according to Consequence of Sound.The Killers, Jane's Addiction, and Kanye West are among some of the top names on the artist roster. Other big names include The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, The National, Cold War Kids, Devand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    10 Steps to Becoming the Next Indie Buzz Band

    Arcade Fire​So, it's Saturday night and you are playing another show in front of an empty dive bar. You can't figure out why your Linkin Park tribute band hasn't become more successful. You've spent hours working on your bands MySpace page, you've worked hard to get your original stuff played o ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Swans: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

    Fourteen years can seem like a long time.Believe it or not, it's been that long since New York avant garde/no wave pioneers Swans released their last studio album, Soundtracks for the Blind. The band called it quits roughly a year later in 1997 with figurehead Michael Gira letting his countless othe ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Top 10 Celebrity Cameos in Indie Rock Videos

    These days, the lines between indie and mainstream music are difficult to pinpoint. With indie artists featured prominently in mainstream media (I'm looking at you, Twilight soundtrack), it's hard to see what makes indie music, well, indie. When you add celebrities to the mix, it becomes even more d ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    10 Musicians in Guyliner to Love--or Mock

    In honor of impending arrivals in the Valley by Adam Lambert and Green Day, here is a list of 10 modern-day musicians who don't think it's girlie to rock a little black eye pencil. Emo girls, eat your hearts out. And the rest of you, feel free to point and laugh.His expression is energetic, but he l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Could Adam Ant Be Collaborating with a Gallagher Brother?

    Adam Ant.​According to NME, Adam Ant has publicly stated that he's made his first album in 15 years, and that you'll be able to hear an ex-Oasis member on it.If you're anything like me, and you were totally and completely devastated when you found out that Noel Gallagher had finally had it up to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our 4/1 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a box in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. How did freak-folker Devendra Banhart break his leg before a sold-out show at The Clubhouse? Did Wrestlemania do ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Devendra Banhart Breaks Leg Skateboarding Before Tempe Show, Cancels Tour

    "I love skateboarding...what can I say?"​The anticipation for freak-folker Devendra Banhart's show at The Clubhouse was palpable Saturday night -- and it all came to a crashing stop thanks to Banhart's affinity for skateboarding. The rocker "broke some bone" in his leg whilst tearing it up on ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Iggy and The Stooges Shake Up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Billie Joe Armstrong savors the moment with Iggy Pop.​Rolling Stone gives everyone the highlights of last night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. You know -- just in case you lost your ticket to the Waldorf and/or cannot afford top-tier cable channels.While each year is unique, peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Incoming: Devendra Banhart, High on Fire, Past Lives

    Devendra Banhart leads a big day of announcements for Phoenix shows​There have been big days for live music in Phoenix, and then there have been BIG days for live music in Phoenix. Today has been absolutely bonkers for Valley music fans as a plethora of artists have all announced upcoming shows fo ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009
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    November 30, 2009

    Final Folk Festival at Modified

    ​Sunday afternoon, Modified filled to capacity for River Jones Music Label's Final Folk Fest. Seventeen bands and solo artists played to eager audiences, mainly sitting pretzel-legged on the rickety floorboards, hot beverage in hand, while wintery winds sauntered through the old house. This ain't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Amazon Trots out Their "100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time"

    Amazon takes their shot at indie rock's 100 greatest albumsThe fine folks over at decided that the time was ripe to assemble a list of the best indie rock albums of all time. Indie rock is a genre either really easy to define or kind of confusing to define, but that sentiment did not hol ... More >>

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    March 18, 2008

    Southbyscurvy: The Best of SxSW

    Well, I managed to survive another fun and frantic SxSW festival. While I'm laid up at home recovering, I thought I'd bring you some of the highlights from this year's fest.

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    December 4, 2007

    New National Anthems, By George! (Wherein we ruminate on the ridiculousness of Janet Reno rockin’ our worlds)

    Not long ago, a three-CD, 50-track collection of America-themed songs that’s titled, appropriately enough, Song of America, arrived in stores. What’s so special about that? Well, aside from the fact that it features freak folker Devendra Banhart (“Little Boxes”) and Springsteen acol ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2007

    Drastic Elastic

    Devendra Banhart's latest bends and stretches, but doesn't break his spell

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    September 6, 2007
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    March 22, 2007

    Xiu Xiu

    Painfully alone for a reason, maybe

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    March 15, 2007

    Bunny Rabbit

    Ooooo, dark, sweaty electro-crunk -- our favorite!

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Various Artists

    Vogue Presents Karl Lagerfeld: My Favorite Songs
    (Defend Music)

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    May 4, 2006


    The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves
    (Six Degrees)

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    April 27, 2006
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    April 13, 2006

    Fever Pitch

    Changes of venue

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    February 2, 2006

    Various Artists

    I Am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey

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    January 26, 2006


    Epic freakiness

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    October 27, 2005
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    October 20, 2005

    O.C. Can You Say

    When indie goes prime-time, what's left?

  • Music

    October 6, 2005


    Noah's Ark
    (Touch and Go)

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.

  • Music

    July 1, 2004

    Devendra Banhart

    Indie folkster performs at Modified Arts

  • Culture

    June 3, 2004


    There's a hoot for every night owl at Valley clubs this summer

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    May 27, 2004
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    January 16, 2003

    Devendra Banhart

    Oh Me Oh My . . . The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit (Young God)