Parquet Courts, Destruction Unit, Dogbreth Crescent Ballroom 1/20/2014 Those looking for the through line connecting Brooklyn-by-way-of-Texas post-punkers Parquet Courts to Dogrbreth and Destruction Unit, the two Phoenix bands they shared the Crescent Ballroom stage with last night, might look to t ... More >>
Since 1983, California-bred Testament has evolved into one of the biggest names in thrash metal. If you were a metal fan in the past three decades, chances are such albums as 1987's The Legacy, 1992's The Ritual and 2008's The Formation of Damnation. And of course, the band's most recent album, 2012 ... More >>
Folks can dance their blues away and help the St. Mary's Food Bank by attending the 12 Hour Blues for Food Benefit Festival October 19 at the El Dorado Bar and Grill in Scottsdale. The festival runs from noon to midnight. There's no cover charge, but those attending are asked to bring five food ite ... More >>
The Who @ Jobing.com Arena|2/6/13If anything stoked the fears that this Who go-round was going to be another case of living legends living off their legends and treading the floorboards only to show off their diminished firepower, it might have been this announcement, which went up on the big screen ... More >>
Earth @ Rhythm Room|10/31/12"The last time I was in Phoenix, I was opening for The Lemonheads," Earth guitarist Dylan Carlson intoned with a chuckle last night at the Rhythm Room. "I was all by myself." See also: Earth Drummer Adrienne Davies Discusses Cutting Loose (By Earth Standards) The contr ... More >>
See also: Chasers Sold to New Owners and Becomes Pub Rock, A Music Venue With an In-House Radio Broadcasting Studio Jesse Malin has done it all, or most of it at least. In his barely-teens he was fronting Jersey-based hardcore ensemble Heart Attack, then spent the '90s in glam-punk wreckers D-Gen ... More >>
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Crescent Ballroom Friday, February 24 Okay, Phoenix. First, the good news: According to no less an authority than Stephen Malkmus, godfather of slacker cool, genuinely tall and good-looking former frontman of Pavement and current leader of The Jicks, Portland now consi ... More >>
www.gottahaverockandroll.comA 1960s jacket signed by George HarrisonStarting today, you can bid on historic music memorabilia, like the strap from the guitar Jimi Hendrix burned on stage at the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967 and a glove Michael Jackson wore at a 1997 concert in London -- provide ... More >>
Winner Don Hyde with representatives of The MIM and Fender Musical Instruments The Musical Instrument Museum is, simply put, an absolute treasure in Phoenix's collective backyard. The Museum recently became a Smithsonian Affiliate and celebrated their first anniversaryin April. New Times partnere ... More >>
Crusher Sound System and Mr. Meeble Last Night at The Sail Inn You know, the old substance over style debate can get a little old. Isn't it possible to have both? It sure seemed like it watching Mr. Meeble on the outdoor stage at Next Fest at Sail Inn last night. The band was premiering its n ... More >>
Maria Vassett Dirty Beaches, Outro Mundo, Where Dead Voices Gather The Trunk Space Friday, April, 29 2011 My favorite review of Dirty Beaches' latest LP, Badlands, is also the most negative one I've read. In a review for Dusted Magazine, Doug Mosurock states: So, the '50s sucked, right? They ... More >>
Welcome to Obscuro, a 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, collecting dust, until we come along, investigate, pro ... More >>
Dirty Beaches is the work of Alex Zhang Hungtai, a 30-year-old born in Taiwan before spending time in Hawaii, San Francisco, New York, China, and, currently, Montreal. To call Dirty Beaches a band would be a misnomer. What Zhang Hungtai does is more akin to performance art, with live performance ... More >>
Dick Dale and his boy Jimmy.Dick Dale is the King of the Surf Guitar. Actually, the Boston kid turned OC beach bum pretty much invented the guitar sound associated with everyone from Brian Wilson to Wavves.So it makes sense that Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum is super stoked about his Januar ... More >>
Never Shout NeverIf you're a fan of indie pop act Never Shout Never, Thursday, October 28 at Marquee Theatre is your last chance in the Valley to see the band as you've grown to love them. That's because frontman Christofer Drew says he's getting rid of the NSN moniker and is forming Christofer D ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaEric Clapton and Steve Winwood play together, just like their Blind Faith days. See more shots in our slide show.Clapton began his career with the bluesy stylings of The Yardbirds and then segued into John Mayall's Blues Breakers. In his days with Cream, he slid headfirst into psychede ... More >>
By Martin Cizmar It’s not often an album I’ve never heard before makes me nostalgic for my high school days, let alone one that came out last year and is sang partly in Japanese. But so it was with Toybox’s five-song EP, Five Seconds To…, which really took me back. ... More >>
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