• Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Glendale's Black Bottom Lighters Land in Jacksonville and at True Music Festival

    The Black Bottom Lighters are the biggest thing on the Valley reggae scene since white guys learned how to dreadlock their hair. The six-piece Glendale-based desert reggae crew has been jamming together for more than two years in their current form, and that's all it's taken to grab the ear of many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    What Are the Top 10 Most "Spotified" Songs in Phoenix?

    You have to look pretty hard for someone who doesn't have an opinion about Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service that launched in 2008 and hit the States in 2011. It's hard to deny its ease, selection, and um, free-ness, but it's also been a magnet for controversy. In both the controversial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    The Decemberists Coming to Mesa Arts Center

    ​Huge and old-timey show announcement today: The Decemberists will play Mesa Arts Center on August 11.The date comes at the end of the Portland indie-folk act's extended summer tour, which is in support of their January record, The King Is Dead. No support for this date announced yet but other leg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Fit For Rivals: "Damage" (Luke Holwerda's First Video)

    We try not to get too homerish around here, but I've gotta share this new video produced by Up on the Sun's senior freelance photographer Luke Holwerda.The video is for a Jacksonville pop-punk band named Fit For Rivals but it was shot here in Phoenix. Aside form being shot here and directed by loca ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Lynyrd Skynyrd: Point/Counterpoint

    By Martin Cizmar and Brian BardwellUnfortunately we were unexpectedly barred from taking photos at last night's Lynyrd Skynyrd show at Celebrity Theatre.​Sometimes one perspective on a show isn't enough. So, like we did with Beck and Tool, Up on the Sun is bringing you a point/counterpoint style w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Tucson's Digital Leather Signs To Fat Possum

    ​Tucson's Digital Leather has signed to hip Mississippi-based label Fat Possum (Wavves, The Black Keys, fellow Tucsonian Bob Log III) and is prepping for a national tour and album release. The band, a project of multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree, who grew up in the Baha'i hippie commune of Souther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    You Asked For It: Serious Side Effects

    Serious Side EffectsMay Include:(self-released)Grade: DDemonstrating even a small affinity for a band as roundly despised as Limp Bizkit takes some balls. Sure, Fred and the boys sold a gazillion records, but even the unhippest guy in the Valley -- I picture him as baggy-jeaned dude inking Chinese l ... More >>

  • Music

    April 23, 2009
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    March 17, 2009

    ACLU Demands Peoria School District Allow Kid to Wear "Rainbows are Gay" Wristband

    The American Civil Liberties Board of Arizona is threatening action against the Peoria Unified School District after an eighth-grade student was prohibited from wearing a "Rainbows are Gay" wristband. The 14-year-old gay student was told to wear the wristband inside out or quit w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Hooray for Hollywood on 'Idol'

    It's a day I was starting to think might never come--after three long, back-breaking weeks of watching American Idol auditions, we finally arrive at Hollywood Week, where the good-enough-to-make-it-to-Hollywood-but-too-mediocre-to-make-it-to-the-finals are weeded out and the best of the best are l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Little Idol Thrill in Jacksonville (Hey, That Rhymed!)

    George Ramirez at Gettysburg--Whoops, we mean the Jacksonville American Idol auditions.I've never been able to pinpoint exactly the reason, but I've always had an extreme, visceral dislike of the state of Florida. Maybe it's the alligators, perhaps it's the humidity that turns my hair into a giant p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Lynyrd Skynyrd Pianist Billy Powell Dead at 56

    Lynyrd Skynyrd pianist Billy Powell died in his home near Jacksonville, Florida last night. He was 56 years old. While an official press statement from the band states "We have no further details," this article from suggests that Powell may have died from a heart attack.

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Idol's Louisville Auditions Provide Viewers With Job Ideas

    So, last night, American Idol took its tone-deaf dog-and-pony show to Louisville, Kentucky. But, really, does it matter where we were? Louisville was the same as Phoenix, which was the same as San Francisco, which we all know is going to be just like Tuesday's show in Jacksonville. There's the ho ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Walking on Water

    Fred Unger's idea of gondolas on Scottsdale's canal went under. Now he's back with a bridge and $250 million

  • Culture

    May 31, 2007

    Amblin' Man

    The "topical pop" creations of a bass-playing adventurer

  • Music

    October 27, 2005
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    October 6, 2005
  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Ryan Adams

    Jacksonville City Nights
    (Lost Highway)

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    Sufjan Stevens

    50 nifty songs to look forward to

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2005

    You Say You Wanna Resolution . . .

    Well, you know, we all want to change careers

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Authority Wins

    Time is on the side of Authority Zero, Mesa's masters of the tempo change

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    Molly Hatchet

    Greatest Hits (Epic/Legacy)

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    Rebel Rouser

    The recently rediscovered Lee Hazlewood finds his place among a new generation of fans

  • Dining

    February 22, 2001

    Prance Charming

    Octogenarian dancer still on his toes

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    Song of Salvation

    R&B legend Sam Moore finds serenity in Scottsdale

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published January 27, 2000

  • News

    November 18, 1999

    The Reformation

    BFA case may inspire legislative action; investors grapple with recovering their savings

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Track Marks

    Going into the red with the greyhounds

  • News

    April 8, 1999
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    March 25, 1999

    Is John McCain a War Hero?

    The senator's five years as a prisoner of war have been widely viewed as heroic. But as he prepares a White House bid, a small group of detractors is determined to expose him as a wartime traitor

  • News

    May 23, 1996

    Scrum of the Earth

    Tempe's Old Devils to play for national rugby championship

  • News

    March 7, 1996

    Shoed From Dillard's

    Three young African Americans say a security guard singled them out, then ran them off

  • News

    January 27, 1993
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    September 9, 1992



  • Music

    January 8, 1992