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Indie Rock and Indie Pop

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    December 13, 2011

    Top 10 Songs of 2011: Christina Caldwell

    White Denim​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next week, we'll be counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment comes from Christina Caldwell, who came on board as a major contributor to Up on the Sun this y ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #9

    ​Welcome to our latest podcast, in which Martin Cizmar and I play some new music and about it, too. On today's program, we discuss the merits of such bands as Wavves, Arcade Fire, The Budos Band, Jimmy Eat World, and local superstars Snake! Snake! Snakes!Here's the playlist:Jaill -- "The Stroller" ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    10 Most Bizarre Videos of the Year (So Far)

    ​Floating heads shooting lasers, machete wielding mad men, exploding gingers and Lady Gaga.You're probably asking yourself what all of these things have in common. If you said, 'things you see while dropping acid,' you aren't that far off. Actually, those scenes are just some of the oddball image ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds

    Arcade Fire, The Suburbs​This week French Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire were the best sellers at Stinkweeds record store. And no matter what part of town you shop in, no one can seem to get enough of the latest release from Wolf Parade: They mysteriously find a way of showing up in nearly eve ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    What Does The Suburbs Hitting #1 Mean for Indie Rock?

    ​Arcade Fire is an indie band. I don't say that just because they sound like an indie band -- though they do -- but because they're actually signed to an indie label.All three Arcade Fire albums came out on Merge, a North Carolina-based company that was started in 1989 so D-I-Yers Superchunk could ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Arcade Fire Outduels Eminem, Lands Top Spot on Billboard Charts

    ​Big news from last night/this morning -- The Suburbs, the third album from Montreal indie rockers Arcade Fire, landed on the top of the Billboard 200 this week.The Suburbs sold 156,000 copies in its initial week, edging out Eminem's Recovery by 4,000 units. Thanks to a lofty $3.99 pricetag at Ama ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Cowboy Junkies, Winnie Cooper, Grieves, Shelby Lynne, and more

    ​Holy crap, only five-plus months left of Nothing Not New. I gotta get to a lot more new(-ish) releases. Let's roll . . .Cowboy Junkies -- Remnin Park: Who knew these dour Canadians were even still around? Remnin Park is a concept album inspired the Timmins' family month-long sojourn to China. Out ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds Records

    ​You can always count on Kimber Lanning and the good people at Stinkweeds Records to be ultra supportive of local bands. So are the customers who shop there.it's always a nice treat to see homegrown kids chart on a record store's top ten list of what's selling for the week. This time, the latest r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Authority Zero: Stories of Survival

    ​Artist: Authority ZeroTitle: Stories of SurvivalRelease date: June 22Label: Suburban NoizeI have a friend who's a native Phoenician and longtime fixture in the Valley punk scene, both as fan and musician. He loves West Coast punk, thinks Southern California spawned the best of the best punk, espe ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Half of 2010

    Dum Dum Girls​Today marks the halfway point of Nothing Not New. That means I've listen to nearly 140 records in their entirety in the first six months of 2010. Just another 140 or so to go before I can retreat to the familiarity of my record collection.To recognize the occasion, the Up on the Sun ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Foals: Total Life Forever

    ​Artist: FoalsTitle: Total Life ForeverRelease date: June 22Label: Sub PopThough I disagree with a commenter on one of my posts this week (Shawn from excellent local music blog Electric Mustache) about the merits of electro-punk Sleigh Bells, I agree with him that S.B. are a band that you either l ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    June 9, 2010

    Your Guide to Navigating Blogger-Created Genre Names

    ​ "What the fuck is chillwave?????" Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast tweeted back in April, when MTVU blogger Lindsay Hood described her band as "chillwave," after dismissing genres like "lo-fi," "glo-fi" and "Gorillavsbearcore" in her blurb advancing the video for the band's single "When I'm Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    What's Spinning: Radio Phoenix

    Dakota Jeane is just one of the local artists that made Radio Phoenix's weekly top ten list.​It's always lovely to see local radio stations supporting local bands. Radio Phoenix always makes an effort, but this week in particular they're spinning our local kids more than a little. Though MGMT's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    MGMT, Manchester Orchestra, Roky Erickson and Other Top Sellers at Local Record Stores

    Who would've thunk that this guy would outsell Coheed and Cambria at the Tempe Zia?​Here's a look at what's selling this week at local record stores.MGMT's Congratulations holds steady with several number one spots, Record Store Day exclusives manage to still be selling well, especially at Revolve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Jimmy Eat World Show Off How to Fly on Dogs, and Other Local Music News

    If you're craving a little vintage Jimmy Eat World, you're in luck. The Arizona rock band has a vintage video on YouTube from a performance way back in the day, at the 1997 Mind Over Matter Fest in Detroit. And if you happened to miss the band when it performed on the hip kids' show Yo Gabba Gabba!, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    MGMT: Cool Music, Bland Fashion Sense?

    MGMT: Interesting music, plain clothes?​For better or worse, music and fashion have been tied together for a long time. GQ published a short photo spread featuring several indie-cool bands all decked out in designer suits. While I always love a sharp-dressed man, it's hard to feel good about indie ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Nothing Not New: Podcast #4

    Peter M. Storch​Oh, do we have a show for you this time around. We're all very excited here at New Times studios because we've grasped the podcast technology to the point that our shows almost sound passable.But you're not listening to this stuff to hear music editor Martin Cizmar (he even says th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    What's Selling: Record Store Day Roundup

    ​This week, looking at What's Selling is a little different. That's because Saturday was the long-anticipated Record Store Day, and hopefully you didn't miss out.Not only did all of our favorite local record stores have live in-store performances, but they sold a ton of exclusive material only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Coachella, Epic Super Hero Battle, Scottsdale Culinary Festival, and reWAX at Pussycat Lounge Over the Weekend

    ​Coachella Day 1: Vampire Weekend, La Roux, Imogen Heap, and The Specials Despite major difficulty actually getting in to Coachella this year, the 2010 festival launched on Friday, April 16 full of great performances and over-sized art installations. Check out shots from Ra Ra Riot, Imogen Hea ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Coachella: My Experience in 1,600 Words, Broken Up Into 140 Character Chunks

    These babies were hard to get if you waited too long.​Coachella is my favorite time of the year, like my birthday and Christmas combined. While I've been there before, this was my first experience documenting it on my phone, tweeting about camping, crowds and, umm, music.What follows is an annotat ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    April 14, 2010

    Vampire Weekend at Marquee Theatre

    ​Vampire Weekend's 19-song set at Marquee Theatre Tuesday was totally devoid of riffs or deviations from their studio versions -- the crowd couldn't have cared less.In fact, the crowd knew every vocal and instrumental cue so well that, had the band gone off-script at any point, they may not have k ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010
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    March 22, 2010

    Album Stream: MGMT - Congratulations

    Yup. That's the album art.​A funny thing happened Friday night: MGMT's sophomore album Congratulations leaked on the internet. With the album not due out until April 13, the band figured they might as well use this to their advantage and stream it on their official website. The band had this ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Sasquatch Announces 2010 Lineup

    The 2010 lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival has been announced, and it is, my friends, rather impressive (finally)​​It's been a long time coming, but the Sasquatch! Music Festival -- held annually at Washington's Gorge Amphitheater over Memorial Day weekend -- has come of age. Too long the ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Announced: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Weezer, Stevie Wonder and More

    ​Tennessee's Bonnaroo music festival has announced a full line-up for this June. No real surprises here: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, and the Flaming Lips are the top of the pile.The Dead Weather, Phoenix, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010
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    January 27, 2010

    What's Selling: Zia Records Tempe

    ​Vampire Weekend tops out the list of best selling records at Zia in Tempe this weekend. While Phoenix sold out their upcoming show at Marquee, they're not doing too bad in album sales either. Here are the trendy records bought trendy college kids are buying at Zia. 1. Vampire Weekend - Contra 2. ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    What's Selling: Revolver Records

    ​Revolver Records does a phenomenal job of keeping us connected. Not just with good music, not just with new albums, or with incredibly cool, undiscovered artists; they give us everything. Even vinyl. For those of us who prefer the old fashioned turntable, we can get both the new and the us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Cursive to Play the Marquee in March (with Alkaline Trio, Of Course)

    These fine young gentleman will accompany Alkaline Trio to their March date at the Marquee. Their name? Cursive​Omaha indie rockers Cursive are winding their way through Tempe this spring, almost a year to the day since they last played The Valley. They will be playing with The Dear & Departed ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010
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    January 7, 2010
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    December 31, 2009
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    December 7, 2009

    Concert Review: Passion Pit at The Clubhouse

    Ben Gibbard: Without his short-lived Postal Service project contemporary rock radio might have nothing at all to play​Damn you, Ben Gibbard, you're fucking up indie rock. Not by virtue of anything you've done yourself, mind you. Death Cab for Cutie is fantastic, The Postal Service's lone album is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    This Just In: Brooklyn Has Own "Sound," Numerous Bands

    Brooklyn has become a mecca of sorts for indie rock in the past decade, with numerous new bands emerging from its brownstone-lined streets​I was listening to Sirius XMU yesterday while driving with the air conditioning on, since it's a balmy November in the Valley. On came a song by new indie/psyc ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    2010 Early Releases -- Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend -- Shaping Up Quite Well

    These fine young men call themselves Yeasayer and will have their sophomore album ready for February 2010​Is it too early to look ahead to already announced albums with 2010 release dates? No, especially when those releases carry the clout of such bands as Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer and Arcade Fire ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Built To Spill

    There Is No Enemy
    (Warner Bros.)

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    September 10, 2009
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    July 9, 2009
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    July 9, 2009

    Discovery

    LP
    (XL Records)

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    July 2, 2009
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    July 2, 2009
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    April 9, 2009
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    February 28, 2008

    Earley to Rise

    Blitzen Trapper catches buzz through the fuzz

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    May 24, 2007

    Star Tech

    Noisy boys assault the eardrums

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    December 18, 2003

    DeVotchKa

    The band hits the surface streets of Tempe

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