Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven once told me that rock 'n' roll is created because people are subconsciously trying to form the perfect family that they didn't experience as children. As transparent as that may seem, it's an easy concept to grasp. Heavy metal lyrics celebrate the underdog ... More >>
The Butcher Babies have been slaughtering their way through the Valley of the Sun as of late. In fact, the heavy metal band's upcoming September 27 at PubRock Live will mark their third show in Phoenix during the past year and a half. After getting signed to Century Media, the Los Angeles band rel ... More >>
So I know that everyone thinks that the heavy metal lifestyle revolves around be sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- but really, that mentality is pretty cliché. Overstated. Presumptuous. Then again, I've clearly never been a rock star; but the majority of the ones I interview are more obsessed with ... More >>
A few months ago, I took 80's music to task in a little ditty called High School Music: A Reunion from Hell. Of course, I took some shit from some of my friends and classmates, so I promised them I'd try to look at the positive side to the eighties down the road. That moment has arrived. Like t ... More >>
The only thing better than rocking out to great live metal is rocking out for a great cause. With that in mind, there are four upcoming metal shows that are celebrating metal legends and local idols that should have a spot on your concert calendar. We're talking Slash, the best of Arizona metal ba ... More >>
Last week at the O Music Awards, rock musician Andrew W.K. set the world record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store after he spent 24 consecutive hours (from June 19-20) at his drum set. While the songwriter/instrumentalist/party connoisseur was hitting the skins, lots of other rock musicia ... More >>
That Tupac hologram probably gave the whole industry a scare, but for the moment it looks like tribute bands are safely ensconced as the only way you'll be able to see, say, Pantera live. A night of cover bands at the Marquee, don't-call-it-chillwave at Last Exit Live, the less-wordy parts of Grac ... More >>
Here's what I expected from The Butcher Babies on the opening night of their "Hush Little Baby" tour: Sexy, sexy bitches; electrical tape-adorned boobs; vocals ranging from erotically melodic to ear-shatteringly demonic, intermixed with headbang-worthy breakdowns. For those of you who don't know w ... More >>
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In the world of eclectic guitarists, Buckethead stands out. With his face hidden by a hockey mask and long dark hair cascading out of a KFC bucket perched on his head, and using guitars shaped like human torsos and other visages of the macabre, he is not easily missed. And, yes the man born Brian ... More >>
By Chris Kornelis In the two decades since Nielsen Soundscan started to keep track of U.S. album sales in 1991, the company has seen the industry fold in half, digital sales catch up to physical, and vinyl mount a resurgence. But until last week, they'd never seen old records outsell new ones. The ... More >>
William Fucking ReedReed deejays Sticky Fingers every Friday night at Bar Smith. For more info, visit Sticky Fingers' official website. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Currently, my car radio defaults to KWSS 106.7-FM, which hosts ... 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 >>
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Benjamin LeathermanI finally made it into The Ghost of Eastside Records last night, and it was awesome. A little hard to find, sure (someone yank that "Records" sign from Smoke Shop Records, er, Headquarters and hang it up at the new spot), but worth the search. What it lacks in size (and nat ... More >>
Alright, slacker. There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family. It's hard to forget your metal-loving ... More >>
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, now featuring Anthony Kiedis as Machete Those speculating about Coachella 2012 (I for one would love to see Refused, but a reunion would ruin the whole breakup, and if Tom Waits is indeed playing, I'll probably soil myself) should take note of the little logo at the ... More >>
No matter how many times you've stated the contrary, you will more than likely find yourself on a black buoyant tube floating along Salt River's murky waters this summer. You will drink copious amounts of alcohol, forget to apply sun block on at least 13 percent of your body, and you will lose at le ... More >>
I called it from the very beginning of the football game: The Super Bowl halftime show would be 10 minutes of the Black Eyed Peas shouting. And indeed it was.Between the bad pickup on the microphones and the complete lack of nip-slips, this year's Super Bowl halftime show downright sucked.Th ... More >>
Hopefully you've prepared yourself for this year's lamest Christmas gift. According to Paste, Ubisoft just dropped a Michael Jackson video game available for Nintendo DS and PSP.As if there weren't enough terrible video games that revolve around dancing already. Yet this one might take the cake. ... More >>
It's not often a movie with Elijah Wood, Juliette Lewis, George Clinton, Wayne Coyne and a host of other big names premieres in Phoenix, so it probably wasn't surprising that The Heart is a Drum Machine's opening at Phoenix Art Museum drew a huge crowd last night. Free wine from the Arizona winery o ... More >>
Can an album comprised solely of samples really be an artistic achievement? Honestly, I'm a little bit torn about naming Girl Talk's Feed The Animals the best album of the year. After all, it is a record made up entirely of mashups, so, strictly speaking, there's not a note of new music in this ba ... More >>
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is scheduled to perform on Friday, December 19, at the Celebrity Theatre. As we get closer and closer to Christmas (just seven days to go), the number of regular concerts tends to dwindles off, and the number of holiday-themed performances increases substantially. Which means, ... More >>
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