James Taylor

  • Calendar

    September 18, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    6 Obscure James Taylor Facts To Get You Ready for His Phoenix Concert

    It seems likely that, back in 1968 when James Taylor signed to Apple records for his first album as an aspiring singer-songwriter, he would have happily -- willfully -- consented to an interview with any publication that would have him. Ah, what good old days those must have been, because 2014 finds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Folk-Rock Is Revived In "Live From Laurel Canyon"

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    9 Guilty Pleasure Admissions of a Record Store Geek

    If you've read any of my prior ramblings, then you know that I explore the topic of musical credibility a lot. It's in my nature. Should you and I like what we like, regardless of critical stature, or should we concentrate on artists with a certain level of critical credibility? Here's the genera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Carly Rae Jepsen: "You Need to Stand By What You Do and Not Compromise"

    Carly Rae Jepsen seems worried about me. At the moment, she doesn't seem to care about the 13 million copies sold of her omnipresent "Call Me Maybe," her meteoric ascent, nor even the slightest mention of the stadium show she's about to play in Cape Cod, a stop on her Summer Kiss stadium tour.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Ron Hoon of Fox 10, What Are You Listening To?

    Hoon is an anchor of FOX 10 Arizona Morning. He'll be serving as emcee for the 2013 Phoenix Heart Walk on Saturday, March 23 at 8 a.m. at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix. Hoon was game to play a round of "What Are You Listening To?" with Up on the Sun.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Eddie Vedder, Comerica Theatre, 10/4/12

    Eddie Vedder @ Comerica TheatreEddie Vedder lists his tools. In the booklet handed out to concertgoers at last night's packed performance, the Pearl Jam frontman laid out a detailed list of gear he'd be using during the evening: guitars, ukuleles, amplifiers, a modified kick drum made from a Coron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    William Elliott Whitmore Isn't a Sad Singer/Songwriter (Anymore)

    Pity the Americana singer/songwriter. No matter how in vogue the genre may be (looking at you Mumfords, with a sidewise glare at The Lumineers), it's tough to stand out among the selvedge denim-wearing crowd. Tattoos? Everyone's got 'em. Suspenders? Grab 'em at Target. Punk past? Who doesn't have a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Tribute Band Haven Skye in Peoria Closes

    If your weekend plans included journeying to Peoria check out a rock or pop tribute act at Skye, better head back to the drawing board. You certainly won't be heading to the venue. The proprietors of the West Valley supper club and lounge, which regularly hosted tribute bands and live music on week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Joe Purdy Talks Songwriting, How To Lose A Job and The Office

    Joe Purdy​ You may not instantly recognize the name but if you're a fan of prime time dramas on network television there is a chance you may have heard the songs of Joe Purdy. The Arkansas singer-songwriter has had songs appear on Lost, House, and has become a bit of a regular on Grey's Anato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Third of 2011 ( Mp3)

    Toro y Moi​Did you know that a third of a year is called a tertile? Now you do!The first tertile of 2011 (great word, right?) comes to end at the close of this month, which seems like a good time to get caught up on the best songs from the first part of the year. Hey, it's never too early for a be ... More >>

  • Music

    September 30, 2010
  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    "Dad Rock," Glee Takeovers, and Caribou in This Week's Issue

    Hooves.​This week's music feature is about the local rock 'n' roll band Hooves. They've got a new EP coming out (check out one of our favorite tracks here) and you may be surprised at some of the antics that accompany their "dad rock" sound. We also take an examination of Glee and argue why it, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Local Vintage

    The legendary Doug Hopkins.​This opening of Long Wong's on Apache and McClintock has certainly stirred up conversation. Its authenticity in regard to the original Long Wong's is in question, and there's even debate as to whether it should be referred to as a "re-opening" or a "grand opening." No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Concert Calendar for This Weekend: E-40, Ben Taylor, Zappa Plays Zappa, Greeley Estates, and More

    The Venue of Scottsdale is gonna become a house of hyphy this Saturday, as the NoCal rap superstar E-40 (a.k.a. the "Ambassador of the Bay") will take over the joint. We're expecting plenty of slick rhymes from the "King of Slang," as well as the myriad local hip-hop artists that are also on the bil ... More >>

  • Music

    August 14, 2008
  • Calendar

    August 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 20, 2007
  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Prodigal Son

    Jonny Lang dumps drugs and finds Jesus

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    A Pack of Mutts

    Music's "designer dogs"

  • Home Entertainment

    November 24, 2005

    For Those About to Rock

    Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    Jason Mraz

    Another boy crooner

  • Music

    February 24, 2005
  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

    Covering baby-boomers' classics with a punk twist

  • News

    September 18, 2003
  • Music

    April 17, 2003


    Vintage Hi-Tech (K7)

  • Music

    January 30, 2003


    Other People's Songs (Mute)

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    Arizona Squeeze

    The Grammys blow off the state's most promising entries

  • Music

    January 2, 2003

    The Seeds of Time

    People remember 1982 for Men at Work more than they do for Elvis Costello or Gang of Four. Why should 2002 be any different?

  • Culture

    August 22, 2002

    Working Well

    An upstart company's musical take on working life more than gets the job done

  • Music

    February 7, 2002


    Love Is Here (Capitol)

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    Meatball Operation

    Caffe Portobello is frustratingly inconsistent

  • Music

    March 15, 2001

    Life Goes On

    Despite the recent passing of some of heritage music's finest, the music continues to flourish thanks to a handful of fine new releases

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    Pot Shots

    Who said if you can remember the '60s, you weren't there? Photographer Henry Diltz was, does and has the pictures to prove it.

  • Calendar

    June 1, 2000
  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    Leona Naess

    (MCA Records/Outpost)

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    Tombstone Blues

    1,161 rock stars were fatally injured in the making of The Encyclopedia of Rock Obituaries

  • Calendar

    December 16, 1999
  • Music

    July 8, 1999


    Various artists American Pie (Universal Records)

  • Music

    June 10, 1999

    Jonesing for Joan

    Trashman laments the decline of the American record store, and gets his Joan Jett fix

  • Dining

    April 22, 1999
  • Music

    February 26, 1998
  • News

    January 15, 1998

    Child Con Carny

    Abominable showmen bring new life to jarring midway attraction

  • News

    January 2, 1997

    Sticking By His Guns

    ccused conspirator Charles Knight talks about his days in the Viper Militia, why he's fighting the government's case against him, and how he fell in love with fellow defendant Donna Williams

  • Music

    November 7, 1996
  • Music

    September 19, 1996

    Good Old Oy

    Twenty-eight years later, Randy Newman is still America's last great grumpy songwriter

  • Music

    March 3, 1993
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