Somewhere outside of Phoenix, in the blistering desert, towering rock and roll legends of the past buried a time capsule containing the key to a long lost sound. Through perseverance, talent and brilliance, The Black Moods from Tempe, AZ seem to have uncovered that capsule and tapped into the secret ... More >>
If you want to see the Refreshments, who haven't played together as a band since 1998, now might be a good time to figure out whether you're legally allowed to go to Mexico. I don't mean to spoil this week's Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend, but it might take you a little time to figure that ou ... More >>
Not everyone has the luxury of having an auxiliary jack in their car stereo. With the amount of leaks, holes, and weird noises coming from my engine, I'm lucky my beat up truck still runs period. I can't be asking for a decent stereo. So my commuting music consists entirely of FM radio, which is sti ... More >>
Jill Bryan The comedian hosts Stand-Up Live's Comedy Gold showcase and radio's "What A Mouth." Check out www.jillbryancomedy.com for upcoming shows and events! When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KMLE Country, 107.9-FM. I'm a big fan of T ... More >>
Happy Independence Day, Up on the Sun readers. Check out our review of last night's '90s nostalgia-festival Summerland (featuring Gin Blossoms, Lit, Sugar Ray, Marcy's Playground, and Everclear), then hit the pool, drink some cold American beers (or one of these), eat whatever the hell you want to ... More >>
This summer is bringing in a miraculous flood of awesome shows if 90s alt-pop rock is your cup of tea. Everclear, Sugar Ray, The Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground are hitting the road together for what is sure to be an absolutely epic dream of a Summerland Tour. We apologize for having ju ... More >>
See also: Phoenix New Times New Year's Eve Guide Ring in the New Year With These Local Shows (Minibosses, Meat Puppets, Futurekind, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Thieves We owe a lot to The Meat Puppets around here (you know, our name and all), so we're always happy when the Kirkwood boys are back in town. ... More >>
Meat PuppetsA year full of excellent local shows has come and gone, and like years past, we're sad to see them go. We look forward to a fruitful future of local music in 2012. To ring in the New Year, a gracious amount of local bands have decided to play shows around the Valley, including so ... More >>
Featuring former members of Tempe jangle-pop kings The Pistoleros, Dead Hot Workshop, The Gin Blossoms, and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, The Persuaders debuted earlier this year, cranking out the same kind of melodic pop rock that defined the sound of their earlier bands.If you've spent any ... More >>
Drummer Scott Kusmirek -- who did two stints with the Gin Blossoms in the midst of the band's feud with Phillip Rhodes, the drummer they rode to prominence in the early 90s -- has a new project."The Kooze's" new band is called Vinyl Station and an "indie-rock" trio also featuring bassist Darell C ... More >>
You could argue that the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon is as big an annual event as the East Valley has.Especially for the formerly important town of Tempe, which saw Glendale steal away the city's BCS bowl game in 2007. Since then, the East Valley really hasn't had any other high-profile sporti ... More >>
Local bands were in demand at Zia Record Exchange in Tempe this week.Jimmy Eat World took the top spot with their new album Invented, and the Gin Blossoms also found their way onto the list with their anticipated second comeback album. Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn snuck onto the top 10 with his se ... More >>
Let Go, are one of several Valley acts, who will rock out for boobs at Last Exit on March 21. Promoter Lance Wilson will host his annual Rock for the Cure (aka "Save the Boobs") benefit concert Saturday, March 21 at Tempe's Last Exit Bar & Grill. The bill is packed with some of Arizona's fines ... More >>
Valley indie-rock buzz band Source Victoria (a Jim Adkins favorite!) and Gin Blossoms über-guitarist Scotty Johnson are mixing it up this weekend with gigs outside the box. Source Victoria will perform at Scottsdale's Art One Gallery, 4120 N. Marshall Way. The show starts around 10 p.m. Cov ... More >>
Today is the 15th anniversary of what I'd say is the darkest day in the history of Arizona music. On December 5, 1993 Doug Hopkins, former guitarist of Gin Blossoms took his life. I'm not really the person to talk about this myself, having been 13 and living in Ohio at the time, but I wanted to shar ... More >>
Former Tempe scenester hypes new book, disc
Let the Sunshine Out
(New Circle Entertainment)
Alive and picking
Paper Heart makes a Modest Proposal
The gigs are great, but the strains of middle age catch up with the Gin Blossoms
Pop's gold-dust woman bounces back from drugs, depression and sluggish sales
Older, wiser Pistoleros are no longer defined by rock 'n' roll, but they're still committed to it
Back together after a decade of ups and downs, Dead Hot Workshop tries to restore its legacy
A new millennium in Phoenix, where the motorist in the next lane is your auld acquaintance
Where were you when the lights didn't go out? All the dangers of Celebration 2000 that Phoenix shut-ins sat out.
Wondermeat's Will Nerini and Eric Long have seen the future of Phoenix rock, and it's downloadable
The Chimeras are the Tempe band that would not die
Ten days, five cities, chainmotels and a van named Sugar. This is how Dead Hot Workshop doestheroad.
LOCAL RAP RULERS PHUNK JUNKEEZ DON'T KNOW WHEN TO SHUT UP. IT'S MAKING THEM FAMOUS.
ANOTHER LOOK AT THE LATEST IN MUSIC RECORDED BY BALLEY ACTS
WHAT'S IN A NAME? PLENTY, WHEN IT'S THE GIN BLOSSOMS.