Musical hotspots seem to circulate around the country. Hair metal was birthed along the Sunset Strip in late-1980s Los Angeles, but before those boys started teasing their hair and wearing makeup there was a counter-culture movement (mostly make-up free) that happened decades earlier and just a few ... More >>
I'm feeling a little guilty about last week's column, in which I took the crappy popular music of the '80s to task (High School Music: A Reunion from Hell). Why? It was negative, and generally I like to promote good music instead of baggin' on bad stuff. I've fed my family for almost thirty years ... More >>
Jackson Browne @ The Orpheum Theatre|2/13/13Back in 1975 Olivia Newton John lyrically asked the question "Have you ever been mellow?" Such a question would never be posed to Jackson Browne. The singer/songwriter has to be the mellowest rock star on the planet.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, some of us have our sights set on another holiday. One awash in Olympic-sized swimming pools of Guinness and all the corned beef we can eat. It's one of the few holidays where public urination, vomiting, and rabble rousing are perfectly acceptable forms of cel ... More >>
Nothing is Wrong, the sophomore album from Los Angeles rock 'n' roll band Dawes, is an earnest effort. There are times you wonder if it's too earnest, to forthcoming about its mellow, sun-drenched intentions. But the album works, charming right past your cynicism, with golden-hued tracks like t ... More >>
Kevin HaysWhile it's pretty easy to come across light alternative music these days, there's something that sets Dawes apart from the rest. Their sound is simple and basic, yet still maintains a soulful charm, not to mention they harmonize beautifully, in an almost Local Natives-like way. Dawes op ... More >>
Zack's been coming to AZ long before 1070 was an issueWhen I read the recent Salon.com article "How a boycott meant to save Arizona is hurting it," I wondered to myself how its author, a woman by the name of Drew Grant, ended up writing such an insipid, one-sided piece about the Sound Strike, a piec ... More >>
In this week's issue our new Clubs Editor Jason P. Woodbury writes about up and coming Tempe post-punk act Vegetable. The band has only been together about three months but already done a regional tour, pressed vinyl and had the honor of playing the last show held inside the now-shuttered Eastsid ... More >>
A Tucson-based community group has a huge benefit show lined up in the wake of the Laughner shootings.Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Sam Moore, Nils Lofgren, Keb' Mo', Jerry Riopelle, Dar Williams, Ozomatli, and Calexico are all signed up to play Tucson Convention C ... More >>
Enchantment: Songs About New MexicoWelcome to Obscuro, a 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 attention. These LPs have been hiding out, collectin ... More >>
Is this the greatest Christmas album of all time?Things are about to get real religious up in here, thanks to a just announced Amy Grant show this coming February.Other artists may have released their own successful Christmas albums in the past, but Grant's 1992 yuletide juggernaut Home For Chris ... More >>
Rolling Stone, that music magazine that felt it necessary to feature the ladies from MTV's The Hills on the cover of its May issue, just released its list of top 50 albums of 2008. Wouldn't you know it; they put Bob Dylan at number two. Why not number one, Rolling Stone? Maybe because they realize ... More >>
While I took the weekend off to run away to Sedona and celebrate my birthday, several stories unfolded in national music news. Read on for the skinny about Metallica’s upcoming Phoenix concert, Jackson Browne’s lawsuit against presidential hopeful John McCain, and more.
Here’s a handful of upcoming shows that were recently announced.
By Clay McNear Why are tribute bands so maligned? By definition, they lack original thought, but most make up for it with suicide-bomber zeal. Not to mention pride of craftsmanship. As someone who used to play "Smoke on the Water" and "We're an American Band" in a shitty junior-high band, I can tel ... More >>
Judd Apatow explains himself
Dave Alvin paints it blue
In a scandal-ridden election year, the top 10 music stories were all about winning the popular vote
Activism, schmactivism: where's the real rock?
Come Feel Me Tremble (DVD and CD) (Vagrant)
Grandpaboy Dead Man Shake (Fat Possum Records)
The Wind (Artemis)
Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen
Jane's Addiction tries to find relevance in a rock world it helped to shape
Neal Casal Anytime Tomorrow (Morebarn Records)
Valley rap-rock pioneers return with a new record
State fair means music -- and the most toothless people you'll ever see
Take a look at the many versions of The Wizard of Oz
Seasoned musician Walt Richardson shares his tasty licks with the neighborhood.
Zevon's older, but he can't get much wiser
Before the double live album, there was "THE SINGLE LIVE ALBUM!" Here are some noteworthy and note-fudging selections.
Seagram's merger invites a look into how the suits took record labels away from the true music enthusiasts
Jewel went from coffee-house songstress to rising star overnight, but Homer's where her heart is
HAVING SUNG EVERYONE ELSE'S SONGS, YO LA TENGO NOW WRITES ITS OWN