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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 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 >>
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 >>
Toro y MoiDid 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Jonny Lang dumps drugs and finds Jesus
Music's "designer dogs"
Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11
Another boy crooner
Strange but True Story
Covering baby-boomers' classics with a punk twist
Vintage Hi-Tech (K7)
Other People's Songs (Mute)
The Grammys blow off the state's most promising entries
People remember 1982 for Men at Work more than they do for Elvis Costello or Gang of Four. Why should 2002 be any different?
An upstart company's musical take on working life more than gets the job done
Love Is Here (Capitol)
Caffe Portobello is frustratingly inconsistent
Despite the recent passing of some of heritage music's finest, the music continues to flourish thanks to a handful of fine new releases
Who said if you can remember the '60s, you weren't there? Photographer Henry Diltz was, does and has the pictures to prove it.
1,161 rock stars were fatally injured in the making of The Encyclopedia of Rock Obituaries
Various artists American Pie (Universal Records)
Trashman laments the decline of the American record store, and gets his Joan Jett fix
Abominable showmen bring new life to jarring midway attraction
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
Twenty-eight years later, Randy Newman is still America's last great grumpy songwriter