Memorial Day is when we, as a nation, proudly get together and celebrate the men and women of the armed services who have died in order to give us an extra day off. Bad joke. But the reality is so damned depressing it's hard to think of anything else. It might have vanished from our country's coll ... More >>
See also: A Hot Ghetto Mess of Hip-Hop, Art, and B-Boys: The 10-Year Journey of The Blunt Club See also: DJ M2 Talks Power 98.3, Groove Candy, Disney Cartoons, James Brown, KRS-One, and MoreYou probably haven't seen Element at many local club gigs recently, and there's a good reason. The 30something ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
If Adele could rap, she probably would have won that Grammy as well. Sunday night's Grammy Awards made for interesting viewing, with Adele's sweep, some amazing tributes, performances, and a downright weird and horrible showing from Nicki Minaj. Host LL Cool J opened up with a prayer for Whitne ... More >>
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are back with more of the same garage soul that they do so well. Their loud personality and groovy James Brown-style outshine those of other bands in the genre. Frontman Joe Lewis spoke to Up On The Sun about why the group loves playing at clubs, having Bro ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Rapper DMX, after his arrest in June, 2004As we reported yesterday, Mic Todd, the bass player for metal band Coheed and Cambria, was arrested on Sunday at a venue in Massachusetts where the band was scheduled to play. Todd's alleged crime? He reportedly walked into a Walgreens, claimed he h ... More >>
DJ M2Opportunities abound for y'all to catch DJ M2 in action, whether it's during his weekday shift on hip-hop station Power 98.3, or every Thursdays over at Dirty Pretty during Groove Candy. Either way, it's well worth going out of your way to do so, as M2 weaves some mixing magic on the tu ... More >>
We at Up on the Sun, like Clinton himself, feel your pain. Every year Presidents Day rolls around and you're struggling to plant that cherry tree and buy all the stovepipe hats you can, all so that you can have the best damn Presidents Day party possible. (C'mon, we can't be the only ones.)So to ea ... More >>
Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsIn terms of venues to have Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings play in Phoenix there probably isn't a better choice than the Orpheum Theatre. When you combine the retro late '60s/early '70s funk and soul of Sharon Jones with the historic music venue it could be a li ... More >>
Shout FactoryFor all its merits of recognizing artists' contributions to modern music, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by rule, honors musicians for work they created at least a quarter-century earlier. Thus, you have creaky 50- or 60-year-olds performing the music of their youth at the inductio ... More >>
Controversial faith-based musician performs
After 13 years together, the ladies of Phoenix blues group Sistah Blue have announced they will play their last show on Thursday, May 22, at the Rhythm Room.
Greatest Hits, Volume 1 (Volcano)
Live at Couleur Café
Rappin' and skankin' until the cows come home
Wikimedia Commons The Kingdom and the Power, as long as you've got crossword puzzles and Disney teenyboppper tripe. Five-plus years since the largest terrorist attack on American soil, and readers of The New York Times, still the nation's most esteemed news source despite Jayson Blair's mo ... More >>
Say it loud! You're intact and you're proud!
Ten of the year's most timeless records
What the funk
Everybody's gotta go sometime
How they misspell relief
Mickey's supplies the hangover on NYE
Ultra Proteus (Coup d'Etat)
Infinity Through Purification (Olympic Recordings)
Lialeh (Light in the Attic)
Under Construction (Elektra)
Dap-Dippin' With (Daptone Records)
It seems every fa-la-la-la-lousy Christmas recording is in light rotation, but not these holiday turkeys
A guided tour of the best releases across the musical spectrum
Trashman suffers through a holiday weekend's worth of wife-beaters, prison cutthroats and Ian Astbury songs
Taking a look at some of the best music literature from the past few months
Where'd you hear that funk riff before? L.A.'s Breakestra is so glad you asked.
Despite the recent passing of some of heritage music's finest, the music continues to flourish thanks to a handful of fine new releases
Icky Flix DVD (The Cryptic Corporation)
Live Mix Tape Part Two (Stones Throw)
Famous parting shots from artists formerly "under exclusive arrangement" with their labels
A survey of recent roots, funk, R&B and surf releases
Tone Def just may be Phoenix's funkiest foursome. Why isn't everybody dancing?