Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. He shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always zany music biz. At the end of July, I wrote about Five Reasons I Don't Write About New Music, the most important of ... More >>
In the most head-shaking article unleashed on the Internet in recent memory, it was revealed that rapper/necrophiliac/federal agent impersonator DMX has been in talks to fight George Zimmerman, the infamous idiot who gunned down young Trayvon Martin. Luckily for humanity and overall decency in gener ... More >>
Over the last few years Apache Lake Music Festival has made the just-barely-perceptible leap from curiosity to institution, and it's easy to see why; like most institutions, the core of it is a really simple idea done well: What if you could see a bunch of local bands in a novel, secularly fun setti ... More >>
by Darryl Smyers 20 years ago, The Backstreet Boys were unleashed on an unsuspecting American public and the "boy band" phenomenon of the late '90s was officially under way. Inspired partly by the great doo-wop groups of the '50s and partly by the R&B of the '90s, Nick Carter and the rest of the bo ... More >>
Speaking with comedian Gregg Turkington about Phoenix's storied 80's punk scene, yielded plenty of yarns about seeing legendary bands in their prime. However, he also painted a vividly grotesque portrait of Arizona during the Reagan '80s and his own teenage experience in trying to navigate reactiona ... More >>
Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
See also: Eclecticism is The Elephant in the Room by Banana Gun When I sat down over rounds of Stella Artois to talk about the new Banana Gun album The Elephant In the Room, with Kevin Loyd, Kyle Scarborough, Ian Breslin, Nic Dehaan, and Ross Troost, there were some stories that didn't get included ... More >>
It's hard to find music videos on TV these days. Sure, one could argue that the internet has ushered in a new era of DIY or underground video creativity, but it's hard not to miss the days when you could waste hours watching clips on MTV or VH1. If musical nostalgia has been getting the best of you ... More >>
When the news broke that X103.9 would be
After tweets yesterday from Dave Pratt Live co-host Kassi Jayde indicated yesterday that KEXX-FM (103.9) would be shifting to a "classic rock" format, a Facebook post by Gadger, a X103.9 jock, who hosts (or hosted) the station's "Local Frequency" program, states that the format shift will be less " ... More >>
Casper LomayesvaArizona Hopi reggae artist Casper Lomayesva is used to playing big gigs. In 2009, he was invited by legendary folk artist Pete Seeger to play Seeger's 90th birthday party at Madison Square Garden (alongside the likes of Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, and Bruce Springsteen). He a ... More >>
The Legendary Sideman Is an Imposing Presence
Benjamin LeathermanThe Crooked Cucumber, which has absolutely nothing to do with John Cougar Mellencamp (*wink* *wink*).As Jamil Hyatt sees it, bartenders can sometimes be the welcome mat for certain restaurants and drinkeries.In addition to the maître d' or hostess, barkeeps are the cats who oc ... More >>
Bob Dylan, ever the people's musician, has announced he will take on a summer tour of America's prestigious minor league baseball stadiums to Glendale's brand new Camelback Ranch Ballpark on August 11. He has also employed the services of über-American musicians John Cougar Mellenamp and Willie Nel ... More >>
Third Eye Blind: Still alive.Did you know that Third Eye Blind is still around? Yeah, me either, but the "Semi-Charmed Life" guys (they were crystal meth before crystal meth was cool!) are still a band and still touring, apparently at venues as large as the Marquee. Go figure. What other bands you u ... More >>
Can an album comprised solely of samples really be an artistic achievement? Honestly, I'm a little bit torn about naming Girl Talk's Feed The Animals the best album of the year. After all, it is a record made up entirely of mashups, so, strictly speaking, there's not a note of new music in this ba ... More >>
Does the Guv secretly heart Sarah Palin, or does she just have hoof-in-mouth disease? What the hell is wrong with Janet Napolitano? The woman has a cushy job where she doesn't have to lift a pinky, and for nearly six years, she's mostly maintained a stunning record of boredom and do-nothingism. Now ... More >>
Not long ago, a three-CD, 50-track collection of America-themed songs that’s titled, appropriately enough, Song of America, arrived in stores. What’s so special about that? Well, aside from the fact that it features freak folker Devendra Banhart (“Little Boxes”) and Springsteen acol ... More >>
Kinda like The Beatles
Phil the music
In the Maybe World
(Young God Records)
And your point would be. . . ?
Mike Patton and Fantômas unleash cartoon rage with a new album
Louis Schwartzberg aims for America's Heart, but mostly sticks to the surface
True Reflections (RCA/Bama Rags)
When does stage banter spell doom for open country discourse? And why?
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Waylon Jennings' widow and youngest son say goodbye to a sad year -- with rock stars. In Phoenix!
Jimmy Eat World's new release is a pop meisterwork. But will their fans like it?
After a year of delays, N17 prepares to defy everything with a much anticipated new album
There's inconvenience in store when cops interrupt a late-night Circle K run
Trashman channel-surfs his way into hell
Dislocated Styles find the common ground for hip-hop, hard rock and old-school funk
Bobby Fuller billed himself "The Rock & Roll King of the Southwest." His reign was short. He dropped acid, died young and left behind some of the wildest rock guitar ever.