These days, The Burning of Rome frontman Adam Traub is a happy man. His band's self-described "Jesus and Mary Chain doing a Spaghetti Western" style is fully realized on the Burning of Rome's new album, Year of the Ox (Surfdog Records), and in the last year, the band has shared stages with a number ... More >>
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By Gustavo Arellano
Jake Goldsmith is one funny dude. Whenever we get to speak with the 30-year-old selector and member of the Rebel Disco collective, he tends to be quick with quips or some sort of wittiness that always makes for a lively interview. Such was the case when Up on the Sun had a chat with Goldsmith recent ... More >>
The Donkeys Yucca Tap Room Monday, May 14, 2012 It's hard to tell your friends "I'm going to the Donkeys show" with a straight face. No, not some perverted freak-show in Mexico. I mean the psychedelic San Diegan blues rockers The Donkeys, who tore the Yucca Tap Room apart with their '60s-inspired p ... More >>
Grupo Fantasma and Fayuca Crescent Ballroom Sunday, April 8 There can't be too many places in the world where you can spend the first half of your day observing a certain notorious motorcycle club's barbecue shindig with a bunch of tattooed, leather-clad pistoleros and the second half at some swing ... More >>
Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. Today is our "off day," with only one show booked. But it's a big one, at Barbarella near Sixth Street, Austin's main drag. Treasure MammaL was put on the bill by Josh Lambert of The Octopus Project, so the pressure's on. Luckily, the show isn't until 5:00 p.m., giv ... More >>
courtesy of Dominic ArmatoFall is officially in the air -- so since a couple more foodie summer vacation reports fell from the sky, we figured we'd share. Today: Dominc Armato, who blogs his heart out at skilletdoux.com. Where I went: Big sky country... Marfa, West Texas. Popul ... More >>
July 5, 2011: The day everyone's cars were rendered absolutely filthyI was going to say that unless you were living under a rock the past few days, you probably heard about Tuesday night's massive dust storm -- known as a haboob in some parts of the world (parts that aren't home to Republican presid ... More >>
Time to party, thenAccording to Christian radio host/old-timey nutjob Harold Camping, the Rapture will occur this Saturday, May 21. On Saturday, all of Camping's followers -- an estimated 200 million -- will be taken into heaven as God's chosen people after earth is ravaged by a massive earthquak ... More >>
Enchantment: Songs About New MexicoWelcome to Obscuro, a weekly feature where Up on the Sun dives deep into the world of vinyl oddities: private press jobs, major label cast-offs, and general thrift shop clutter that's thus far escaped anyone's attention. These LPs have been hiding out, collectin ... More >>
The Whisperlights - Wake Up Dead EPArtist: The WhisperlightsAlbum: Wake Up Dead EPBasics: Phoenix's The Whisperlights are amongst the stable of indie rock bands currently making the rounds in Phoenix/Tempe -- Black Carl, What Laura Says, Dry River Yacht Club, and Gospel Claws. Many an opening slo ... More >>
Willie Nelson was arrested in Texas on Friday for possession of six ounces of marijuana on his tour bus, according to People.The 77-year-old country star was on his way to his ranch in Austin when he got stopped in El Paso at a border patrol checkpoint. Furthermore, he could face up to six months ... More >>
Emily Spetrino-Murtagh Emily Spetrino-MurtaghThe co-owner of Sweets & Beats hosts a show at The Trunk Space Sunday, October 17th, featuring Liam and the Ladies and more. What'd you eat for dinner last night? Homemade egg salad. Actually, egg salad or eggs of some form have been the last seve ... More >>
Name: Joshua Alan CasperAKA: Casper...That Funky DJ Current club nights: Currently a resident DJ for Relentless Beats You can catch me at Cream Stereo Lounge on Giant Wednesdays and their one of parties. Thursday nights at Incognito for Beat Freq. I also have regular guest appearances at a varie ... More >>
Victor Palaganofun. at their first Phoenix show.With their album, Aim And Ignite, set for release on August 25, Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit fun., the vehicle for former Format member Nate Ruess, has a new song called "Walking The Dog" out. Yes, Nate is still, apparently, a little obsessed with ... More >>
Roger Vanderpool, DPS Director The Arizona Department of Public Safety is taking credit for a decrease in auto thefts in Phoenix and Tucson, saying a smorgasbord of enforcement efforts made the difference. Referring to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau that show no Arizona city i ... More >>
I was once in a band. A hobo-themed band, actually. The Hobo Kin played our one and only show at a cemetery in Brimfield, Ohio on Halloween night 2002. We gave our fans – all girls we knew from our college paper – doughnuts.
By Jay Bennett A faithful Budget Beat reader recently steered me toward a place I’d never heard of called El Taco Tote. Like just about every living being, I love Mexican food, so I was excited about this discovery on Phoenix’s west side, on Camelback Road near 35th Avenue. Expecting a hole-i ... More >>
Diablo Joe, pre-baton: The horns suit him. Well, Monday was a thrilling Cinco de Mayo here in the Valley, with hundreds of anti-immigration nutbars baying at the moon and frothing at the mouth, all over three pinatas filled with candy. The pinatas -- two bearing the visage of our corrupt top consta ... More >>
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SF ballet troupe's got rhythm and Blues
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Even after catching the big unit's masterpiece, Robby Hammock still marvels that he's made it to the show.
An unusual show at the Heard Museum exceeds expectations
Apocalyptic art and an artist's true identity
Mexico and U.S. authorities finally captured Arizona's leading drug kingpin. Good work, guys. Now let him go.
The NFL isn't the only entity ripping off taxpayers
The Plea for Peace/Take Action Tour
He claimed custody of their child because his wife skipped town. Now he's in custody himself, for attempted murder of his wife.