Summers in Northern Arizona are some kind of magical. I spent my childhood helping my dad load our battered red farm truck up with alfalfa bails, unloading them under building monsoon clouds, racing from the barn to the house as the rain fell, hay hooks in hand. As idyllic a scene as that is, that's ... More >>
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 >>
See also: Top 10 Songs for Jukebox Warfare In the hands of a capable coin-popper, an Internet jukebox can be a great thing. A little far out Tropicália? That sounds nice. Some classic funk from Parliament? Yes, please. The deep cuts cost more, but can really set the mood. So we're not putting dow ... More >>
You don't need us to tell you that Ashton Kutcher is kind of a knucklehead, but country star Miranda Lambert apparently needs a reminder after the television goofballs on-stage attempt at country crooning. Kutcher presented Lambert with the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the Academy of Countr ... More >>
George Strait at US Airways Center Wow, I truly underestimated the amount of country fans in Arizona. Rising to their feet for the only and only "King of Country," George Strait walked onto the stage and the crowd went crazy. They whistled so loud that my ears continue to ring and women of all age ... More >>
Taylor MoonGeorge Strait US Airways Center Friday, February 3, 2012 Wow, I truly underestimated the amount of country fans in Arizona. Rising to their feet for the only and only "King of Country," George Strait walked onto the stage and the crowd went crazy. They whistled so loud that m ... More >>
"All My Ex's Live in Texas." That's true for me. What about you? The one and only "King of Country", George Strait, will be in Phoenix performing live tomorrow night, Friday, February 3. Now maybe it's just the fact that I am originally from Texas that makes me excited to him live again. When I ... More >>
Garret Dutton and his band, more commonly known as G. Love & Special Sauce, are coming back for more love from their fans in the Valley.The Philly group will be bringing their alternative blues jams to Martini Ranch in support of their latest album, Fixin' To Die.G. Love & Special Sauce, ... More >>
Over the last ten weekdays of 2010 Up On The Sun will be counting down the best live shows of 2010.Today we look at the #9 show of the year, outlaw country legend Merle Haggard at Mesa Arts Center.
If only the record came with a copy of the letter Lane Dawson's writing... Welcome of Obscuro, a new 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 attentio ... More >>
A few weeks ago I went on The Blaze 1330, the student radio station operated by Arizona's Third Most Prestigious State University and played an hour of George Strait.Now, I'm sure there are a few people who will find fault with how I spent my hour-long Guest DJ Week slot, but you can't argue with ... More >>
George StraitYes, a four-hour block of Phoenix New Times guest DJs is about to hit Arizona State University's student radio station, The Blaze.Tune in to hear clubs editor Benjamin Leatherman at 11 a.m., me (music editor Martin Cizmar) at high noon, Nothing Not New columnist Jay Bennett at 1 p.m. ... More >>
Who says you have to wait until the sun goes down to have a good time? Stan's snap of the Snap In last week's Day Drinker at The Snap Lounge, we felt like spaceships traveling through a magnetic field of man-mines. In this week's thrilling conclusion, the man-mines turn up the heat, and force u ... More >>
Who says you have to wait until the sun goes down to have a good time? "We can't go back in there." "I know. It's too much, even for the two of us." "You call it. I mean, I'll do it, but if we go back in, who knows what's going to happen." "Run. Run to the car." ------ Stan was there f ... More >>
George StraitThe music feature story in week's edition of Phoenix New Times is about George Strait.George Strait is underrated. Perhaps that statement sounds ridiculous: Strait has 34 albums that have sold over a million copies each, seemingly countless hit songs, and a string of sold-out concert ... More >>
Maybe I'm forgetting something, but I'm pretty sure a former American Idol contestant has never played The Rhythm Room. The Maricopa County fair? Sure. Even The Marquee. But, from what I've seen in local show listings over the past two years it's rare that anyone who gets the benefit of anIdol-st ... More >>
This show may not appeal to all our readers, but it's definitely worth mentioning: George Strait comes to U.S. Airways on Friday, February 5. Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack open. Like I said, maybe it's not for you, in which case I feel sorry for you. I'll personally be thrilled to hear "All M ... 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 >>
By Michael McCall Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGra ... More >>
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