Locals shine this weekend. Wooden Indian, Playboy Manbaby, and Thin Bloods are all releasing albums, so there are plenty of ways to support local arts these next few days. We've sifted through the listings and selected five shows worthy of checking out this week. If you'd like to double-check our wo ... More >>
No, Lady Gaga will not perform with Tony Bennett at Mesa Arts Center. There's long been talk of a collaboration CD between the two, and it seems that come September, the two finally will release Cheek to Cheek, an album that finds the unlikely collaborators crooning jazz standards, backed by consu ... More >>
Tempe's increasingly barren live music scene is about to get even more desolate as another landmark venue is about to go out of business. The Big Fish Pub, the infamous University Drive rock bar that's been featuring local and touring bands for nearly 20 years, will close its doors and unplug it ... More >>
Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz. Welcome back, my friends. When I last left you, I was discussing my favorite record sto ... More >>
Lil Wayne has just released his 10th studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II. It's been 18 years since his first album, True Story, as one half of The B.G.'z. In that time, he's been a lesser-known member of an embattled Southern hip-hop group, a scrawny kid, a mixtape hero, the greatest rapper aliv ... 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.
RAW: Natural Born Artists Showcase with The Deer Leader, Francis Dean and Bad Lucy @ Martini Ranch | Thursday, September 20What's an art showcase without a little live music at the helm? Underground art allies, RAW Phoenix, called on local acts The Deer Leader, Francis Dean and Bad Lucy to provide ... More >>
See also: Fast Food Dump Continues at Seventh Avenue and McDowell, and It Stinks See also: Potbelly Sandwich Shop (and a JoS. A. Bank Clothiers) Coming to CityScape: One Smoked Ham and a Dress Shirt, Please Enjoy a smoked ham sandwich while listening to the acoustic stylings of the next John Mayer? ... More >>
His major label debut, channel ORANGE, was only released digitally a week ago and physically yesterday, but I'm going to wager a guess: You're sick of hearing about Frank Ocean. The singer/songwriter has been the subject of hundreds of insightful think-pieces, a talking point in the (necessary) di ... More >>
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>
Songwriter Justin James started his musical career with a particularly violent incident -- not that his breezy, ultra-casual pop-rock would ever betray it. A former windsurfer, James was attacked by a shark. While put up in bed, he spent time strumming the guitar, which led to an unexpected mus ... More >>
Shawn AndersonWhite DenimWhite Denim Sail Inn Monday, May 23, 2011In the world of current indie rock, there seem to be two places which produce a fairly high number of quality bands: Canada and Texas -- specifically, Austin, Texas. One band in particular, White Denim, stands out amongs ... More >>
The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California has booked a third event to go down on their grounds between Coachella and the Stagecoach country festival this April.Metal fans are rejoicing over The Big 4, a one-day concert featuring some of metal's most prominent acts: Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer, a ... More >>
Dan MacMedan, USA TodayNicki Minaj, doing what she does best: always trying to get attention.The 2011 Grammy Awards kept things classy this year: There wasn't even a single mention of Ke$ha during the entire show!Good job, Grammy people! Thanks for taking out the trash this year. Aside from the l ... More >>
Were talking about Clapton, of course
Nobody plays bass and guitar like this
Welcome back to our continuing series The Grand Tour, a feature where PHXmusic.com takes you inside practice spaces, tour vans and seedy apartments occupied by Phoenix-area bands. This week we give you a look inside Seven Car Pileup's rehearsal space. If you'd like your band featured, tweet @PHXm ... More >>
Well, let's face it. That ground was desecrated in April 2008. A year and a half after the legendary punk club closed down, John Varvatos opened a boutique store on the spot. Since then, it has become something of an underground tradition for those passing by the intersection at Bowery and Bleecker ... More >>
Phoenix Tequila Festival in Photos The first Phoenix Tequila Festival went down this weekend at U.S. Airways Center. How many of them did we try? All of them. Tequila distilleries including Patron, Three Amigos, Cruz and many more were present and representing the agave goodness...see photos ... More >>
You'll never guess which one of these guys is a "cool" and successful musician and which one plays a nerd in child-oriented movies.Even if you're inclined to believe Gingers do indeed have a soul -- and as a matter of policy I take no position one way or the other on the matter -- you must conc ... More >>
Hello, my name is Norah Jones and I am not skipping Phoenix on my 2010 tour. Much has been made about why certain big name musicians skip Phoenix on their large-scale North American tours. Phoenix once was the jumping off point for the Fame Kills Tour, featuring both Kanye West and Lady Gaga. Wes ... More >>
The guys in Every Avenue cite hometown heroes Jimmy Eat World and Gin Blossoms as influences, and it's evident judging by the band's sophomore album, Picture Perfect.
How do you know when your local band has hit it big in Arizona? Just ask Joey Arroyo, who might point to the fact that this acoustic rock quintet is headlining at one of The Valley's top venues next month.The Marquee Theatre is usually reserved for national acts passing by on a tour, attracting peop ... More >>
Here are two big shows that were just announced this week.
That which we call Kirkwood
Flavor and texture
There's a hoot for every night owl at Valley clubs this summer
Forget Janet Jackson. The Purple One - now he'd make a great Super Bowl attraction.
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He's legal and he's legitimate. Blues prodigy J.D. Simo tells you how he's changed since 13.
The Grammys blow off the state's most promising entries
O.A.R. traveled instantly from Ohio State University to touring nationally. They have only their fans to thank.
Songstress Michelle Branch enjoys the spoils of success