It's on. It's off. It's the end of the world. The sky is falling and I might die without ever seeing The Replacements. What a crazy, rain-filled day Saturday, September 27, was as torrential downpours, micro bursts, and low levels of chaos hit Tempe and almost ruined the fun for fans who flocked t ... More >>
The changes that mark the Hold Steady's new album are many. Starting out its second decade, the band added a new lead guitarist in Steve Selvidge. Singer Craig Finn left behind many of his signature lyrical elements. The band recorded with a new producer, Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) ... More >>
Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has been all over music news lately. Headlines have ranged from "Corey Taylor: There's Nothing Worse Than Forced Music" to "Slipknot's Corey Taylor Robbed of Music Gear, Late Bassists' Guitars Stolen." There are things that have come to light this past ... More >>
Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is pulling double-duty this year in more ways than one. Stone Sour is putting out its second album in as many years; the first was House of Gold & Bones Part 1, which dropped last year, and the second, House of Gold & Bones Part 2, came out in April. La ... More >>
Who's excited for the Instagram pictures Questlove is going to post of Phoenix this weekend? I sure am. The Roots will be in town on Saturday, March 23, to play as part of McDowell Mountain Music Festival, plus, Questo will be dropping a DJ set at Bar Smith afterward. That's sure to yield some good ... More >>
This year, Houston Press music blog Rocks Off and Dallas Observer music blog DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overl ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.
Hell hath no fury like metal fans "scorned." On July, 17, Savannah, Georgia, Baroness released its anticipated double record, Yellow and Green. Embraced by the kind of people who often ignore metal and backhandedly complimented as a "thinking man's metal band," Baroness' string of recordings -- F ... More >>
Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. We've been counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment takes a look at 2011's most memorable moments in late night television. Enjoy! Television occasionally has some special moments ... More >>
The Zombies Celebrity Theatre Friday, September 30, 2011 50 years is a long time. There's no getting around it -- The Zombies, lead by original members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, have been at it for a five decades; much longer than the original run of The Zombies, from 1961 to 1968, would ... More >>
In This Moment come off as intimidating to some people, and it's easy to see why. Founders Chris Howorth (guitars) and Maria Brink (vocals) are a real sight, with Howorth's crazy-long dreads, Brink's Alice In Wonderland-inspired outfits, and the intricate tattoos and cobalt eyes of both. B ... More >>
Jeff FreundlichJeff Freundlich Freundlich is the co-owner of Fervor Records, home to bands such as Super Stereo. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KWSS. Beef Vegan and the crew crack me up, and they embrace new music. What ... More >>
Any attempt on my part to play "rock critic" on this assignment would be complete bullshit. Few assignments have ever made me want to high five my inner fifteen-year-old more than a chance to interview Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, a band that dominated my Walkman in early high school. I'd spen ... More >>
By Jonathan McNamara It was the politically charged Flobots that took their song “Handlebars” and turned in into a smash hit on alternative radio stations, but it was local 103.9 The Edge DJ Craven Moorehead who turned it into a hyper-local parody that will live on in infamy. "Handlebars" ... More >>
Making music on location
Maná is huge in Latin America but still hopes to gain new fans in the U.S. Coors Light is helping their cause.
You Are Free (Matador Records)
Hot Rod Circuit traveled from barren place to less-barren place to get signed. They say the journey was worth it.
The public craves rare Nirvana. Fear not: 'You Know You're Right' is only the beginning.
As Tolerance strives for a denser sound, the majors are taking a longer, harder look
Valley rockers Jimmy Eat World prove to be the stuff that DreamWorks is made of.
Recharged with a new rhythm section, an ever-ready Nine Volt returns
Can one man persuade millions of people to pay for their 'free' music?
Native American singer-songwriter Bill Miller's formula for change is right there -- in his music and his life
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their 'free' music?
Loser, Amy Heckerling's clueless new teen com, lives down to its title
After a series of twists and turns worthy of a daytime soap, Sunny Day Real Estate returns -- this time for good
Andy Partridge polishes off Apple Venus' second installment, the mostly electric, totally stress-free Wasp Star
Under the Radar
Former '80s synth-poppers return from decadelong exile with a funky makeover
Jimmy Eat World gets some Rolling Stone-size love from Blink-182
Time to kill -- and create -- gives Gloritone a new sound
Shoeless Joe makes twangy art out of broken dreams
Queens of the Stone Age finds tipped-out serenity in its private desert oasis
Tempe power trio proves that it really is a fine line between clever and stupid
San Diego's Rocket From the Crypt is ready to take over the world, and make you like it
Hum may be the toast of Champaign, but success hasn't made the band space out
They're bad, they're nationwide, but this locally obscure band won't be Vitamin much longer
A rock resume with about as much fat on it as a PUSA tune (and that ain't much)
Will Silverchair's platinum success yield a golden opportunity for a slew of Aussie imports?