Ben "Macklemore" Haggerty has quickly become an unlikely and conscious voice in hip-hop. His name may seem new, but this is really Haggerty's second wind, and he's using his newfound platform to speak out -- but also to have some fun. Speaking by phone from his native Seattle, Haggerty picks up in a ... More >>
The Ghost of Eastside RecordsWelcome 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 some of the most memorable music stories from 2011. Enjoy!
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Music can be a lot of things: powerful, divisive, heartbreaking, cathartic. When Manu Chao came to Phoenix in September, his music served a rare purpose: healing.
Like it or hate it, The Sound Strike has linked the topics of immigration and music. The Sound Strike endorsed Chao's appearance (it wa ... More >>
Immortal Technique at the Puente Office
Friday was a good night to fight the powers that be, especially if you were in Phoenix around 13th and Van Buren. In the wake of the Pearce recall, Puente Movement and Sound Strike hosted a neighborhood style Hip Hop show to celebrate and hone in on the new ... More >>
It's another packed weekend in the Valley. Tonight, Sound Striker-Immortal Technique performs a benefit show at the Puente Office, and Mr. Meeble brings its crazy-as-hell laser show to Crescent Ballroom. On Saturday, you've got folk from Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine, and funky pop cou ... More >>
http://breakinginfinity.tumblr.com/We love bringing you tight tracks from local artists, so this week we're bringing you Breaking Infinity, a blog run by hip-hop/rap artist Jaron Ikner, aka Black One.You can even get yourself some fresh new music for free just by going to the site.More on wh ... More >>
"There is no better time, or more perfect setting, for the powerful voice and uplifting message of Immortal Technique." That's how a Sound Strike press release reads regarding an upcoming performance by the Harlem-based rapper to benefit AZ-based human rights organization Puente. The press releas ... More >>
The Sound StrikeArizona activist Leilani Clark, Sound Strike organizer Javier Gonzalez and rapper Immortal Technique pose after The Sound Strike panel at SXSW.A day ago, I told you what happened at the panel discussion The Sound Strike hosted at South By Southwest. The group, which is organizing ... More >>
Besides pissing off big-name recording artists and motivating them to boycott Arizona, last month's passage of SB 1070 became an absolute call to arms for those in the local music scene. And one of the first artists to answer the call was DJ John Blaze.Along with P-Town hip-hop siren Queen YoNasDa, ... More >>