For more than 20 years singer and guitarist Aaron Lewis' powerful, rolling baritone voice has carried fans on a personal journey into his life through songs of acceptance, consequences, depression, love, and family--both with the alternative metal band Staind and most recently his solo country balla ... 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.
Jason P. Woodbury Bill CallahanThe Rhythm RoomWednesday, June 15His reputation as a "sad guy with a guitar" notwithstanding, one defining element of Bill Callahan's music struck me the most while listening to him at The Rhythm Room last night: his sense of humor.Don't misread me; Callahan never e ... 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 >>
KMLECheck out more photos of Country Thunder from KMLE here.Toby KeithCountry Thunder 2011 at Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, ArizonaSunday, April 10 If Woodstock '94 holds the title for "Muddiest Music Festival, Like, Ever," then Country Thunder 2011 out in Florence over the weekend has to go dow ... More >>
Jaein LeeChicago indie rockers Smith WesternsLet me be the first to say that the initial slate of just announced shows for 2011 is quite a dandy.It's the little moments like this that give hope that 2011 will be a much better year than 2010, and bringing home the hope is Chiacgo trio Smith Wester ... More >>
Letting Chip fall where he may
By Martin Cizmar and Brian BardwellUnfortunately we were unexpectedly barred from taking photos at last night's Lynyrd Skynyrd show at Celebrity Theatre.Sometimes one perspective on a show isn't enough. So, like we did with Beck and Tool, Up on the Sun is bringing you a point/counterpoint style w ... More >>
The annual Country Thunder festival at the dusty Canyon Moon Ranch just outside of Florence is country music's version of a cattle drive, where over four days some of the bigger names in country music are herded on stage to bleat their biggest hits, then lassoed off to make way for the next artist. ... More >>
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Jon Rauhouse gives his music the ol' iPod shuffle
Letting Chip fall where he may
Self-promotion still means legwork in a wired world
Who doesn't kid themselves nowadays they can pull off a Christmas album? Thankfully, a few of this year's offerings don't suck.
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys keep rockabilly a-hoppin' in a 30-year-old school bus
Caught in the Webb: A Tribute to the Legendary Webb Pierce (Audium)
The Convincer (Yep Roc)
By Nick Tosches (Little, Brown, & Co.; 352 pages; $24.95)
Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife
The Sadies are a little bit country. But just a little.
Sawbones (Wagon Wheel)
Dwight Yoakam's new acoustic retrospective casts a shining light on the preeminent alt-rocker
A lifetime of ups and downs helps 'Bama songbird Shelby Lynne craft a stunning Southern pop masterpiece
CPR offers a breath of life to the Valley Latin scene
10-gallon hats and 10-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays
What happens when you cram too much music into one city and two pairs of eardrums? Nothing, if you move too fast to hear it all.
A Buck Owens tribute turns into a celebration of the local music scene
A group of admiring locals is set to salute country legend Buck Owens with a birthday bash
Texas troubadour Dale Watson is waging a war for the heart and soul of country music
Singer/songwriter Billy Sedlmayr has spent half his life battling the law and his own dope demons
The country-rock heroes of Whiskeytown find solace in their instability
New X, Replacements, and Pixies anthologies tell the bittersweet tale of '80s underground rock
The Old 97's form from wreckage of musical mishaps
Johnny Cash may be just a legend, but he has never sounded better
JACK ROSENBERG IS A FULL-TIME MORTICIAN. HE'S ALSO A PART-TIME CLOWN. HE DOESN'T SEE MUCH DIFFERENCE.
JODY "QUEEN OF THE HOUSE" MILLER IS BACK JTO RECLAIM HER CROWN
NEWCOMER BOB WODDRUFF PLAYS BY NASHVILLE'S RULES; HE JUST PREFERS THE OLD ONES
NEW RELEASES: YOU'VE SEEN 'EM IN STORES, NOW READ ABOUT 'EM