In 1998, after grunge ground down and MTV flirtedwith electronica before getting completely in bed with reality TV, David Bash founded the International Pop Overthrow Festival to give support to a fractured pop scene that had probably given up all hopes of being signed to a major label since The Pos ... More >>
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October 16, 2011
Last night I got my face melted off by one of the greatest acts in present-day rock 'n' roll. Everything about the band's show, from the guitar showdown to their two hour and 45 minute set, proved why the Foos deserve their place on to ... More >>
The Unlucky 8s - Leave It Be EPArtist: The Unlucky 8sTitle: Leave It Be EPBasics: Well, looks like it's back to some more old guy garage rock for this week's YAFI. Thankfully, these rock bands with decidedly older members know a goddamn thing or two about recording good music, and The Unlucky 8s ... More >>
There may or may not be a Rebecca Black concert at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in June.Some outlets, such as our sister paper in Orange County, have reported the fliers for Black's mall tour are not a joke. The New York Times had reported the same thing but is now backpedaling.If the ... More >>
This week's issue of New Times has Best of 2010 lists from a slew of contributors to our music section as well as Nothing Not New columnist Jay Bennett and a few other staffers.
We compiled 13 writers' lists of the top 25 albums of the year into our own little Pazz & Jop-style top 25 list wh ... More >>
Could the new Gorillaz song "Phoner To Arizona" be about an interview I did with Damon Albarn?That sounds like, at best, a ridiculous stretch and, at worst, a fit of narcissistic insanity. I can only imagine what Carly Simon would say... According to the band's stat sheet, the song -- part of a sui ... More >>
This is the sort of thing that should probably be a big deal in the Valley: Gin Blossoms, possibly the most successful Arizona-based rock act ever, released a new record on Tuesday.It's called No Chocolate Cake and, as singer Robin Wilson told Ed Masley of The Arizona Republic in a recent feature ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaToby Keith on stage at Cricket Wireles Pavilion.Toby KeithAugust 8, 2010Cricket Wireless AmpitheatreI have to admit I went to Toby Keith's show at Cricket only partially to hear classics like "Should've Been A Cowboy" and "How Do You Like Me Now?!" Sure, it's always nice to hear Toby ... More >>
The July 8 Lilith Fair tour stop scheduled for July 8 at Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix has been canceled.
Live Nation's only statement on the matter is, "We apologize for any inconvenience."
We've received no response from an inquiry about why directed at the promoter's publicist.
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Luke HolwerdaArctic Monkeys: Anticipation has a habit to set you up. More photos from our slideshow here.The blessing of Arizona's spot at the proverbial Coachella Kiddie Table is the huge number of shows we get by bands looking for a layover on their way Indio. On Thursday, Arctic Monkeys played ... More >>
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.
Why did Howard Stern give Phoenix band The Heartless $5,000?
Why is John Lennon Advertising cars?
Why did th ... More >>