I'm not a Phoenix guy. I am from the great state of New Jersey, and I have been around the block a little bit, and I must say that Phoenix does weird better. The Pizza Underground came through the Rhythm Room with Har Mar Superstar and Candy Boys on Wednesday night, and their shtick just seems to be ... More >>
Courtney Barnett tends to find her songs in places no one else is looking. The Melbourne, Australia, singer-songwriter collects subject matter like a curio shop, her words turning the inexplicable or the mundane into fully formed commentaries and poignant observations on some of life's biggest que ... More >>
When writing about Things As They Are, the debut LP by Tucson psychedelic outfit Saint Maybe, for my 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012 column, I noted the album's sprawling, wide-open desert quality: "[It] sounds like the space between Phoenix and the Old Pueblo. It feels like a late night drive, the r ... 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.
Editor's note: Last November Daniel Johnston missed a flight and was forced to reschedule his stop at Crescent Ballroom. But time flies, and this weekend, on Sunday, February 3, he's slated to make up his date with a special performance. We ran this piece from New Times contributor Chris Parker in ... More >>
2012 isn't even over yet, and we're already feeling sort of nostalgic for it. We saw a lot of great shows this year, so narrowing it down to the most mind-blowing 20 wasn't easy, but it was a lot of fun. Enjoy, our Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012. See also: Top Five 2012 Heavy Releases In Pho ... 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.
As August comes to a close, I had the challenge of picking a fifth and final topic for drug month. There were plenty of options--alcohol, tobacco, Quaaludes, club drugs, bath salts, and so on, but I decided to go in a different direction this week. How about anti-drug songs? They're harder to come b ... More >>
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Jonathan Richman Crescent Ballroom Thursday, June 28 It's hard to know exactly what to say about about Jonathan Richman's performance at Crescent Ballroom last night. Not because things weren't memorable (they were) or uneventful. Not because the crowd wasn't interesting and hilarious. And certa ... More >>
Guess who's looking a lot older and more strung out than last time anyone saw him? Good ol' Jason Mraz. You'd think that someone who has "the remedy" would easily be able to keep himself from looking like an aging schlub of a musician. Au contraire, mon frère. Simply observe -- he looks something l ... More >>
This week, ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. What are our five favorite Jonathan Richman songs? Does heavy metal make you more sane?
We were about 20 miles outside of a town called Wikieup, standing off the road, a motionless 1967 Karmann Ghia shaking like a leaf with each passing semi off the road. I get a text: "Jonathan Richman is coming to Crescent Ballroom!" Our stalled trip to Las Vegas suddenly barely mattered. I told ... More >>
Jason P. Woodbury Mavis Staples and Dr. JohnCelebrity TheatreThursday, June 16"Joyful noise." That's how Mavis Staples described what her and her band create onstage. It's an apt characterization, one that is appropriately loaded with gospel history, and one that connotes how the 71-year-old sing ... More >>
It's hard to believe that Jonathan Richman turns 60 today.Not only has the man maintained a positively youthful outlook when it comes to his music (do a quick Google search and see how often the term "wide-eyed" gets attached to his name), but it's hard to believe that Modern Lovers, the self-tit ... More >>
As we all slowly warm up to the Tuesday after a holiday like Memorial Day, it's hard to put any focus on new music, and today's new releases reflect that sentiment. There are, however, a few gems in the rather meager new release lineup, like the latest album from Ontario rockers Born Ruffian ... More >>
By Benjamin Leatherman It’s a damn shame that in a city the size of Phoenix (the fifth largest in the nation last we checked) there’s a real dearth of cool independent music stores. But, hey, at least it lets us appreciate those scant few record shops that are available all the more. Like Revol ... More >>
Telephono/Soft Effects EP
Southern kisses from his room
. . . to the ball game
Chris Lee is the latest in a long line of songwriting eccentrics, but he's mannered enough to evoke -- Hall & Oates?!
At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band
Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow (Vapor)
Former Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn puts the ghost of his old band to rest with the finest album of his career
GBV's Bob Pollard shoulders some personal burdens with Isolation Drills
Girls Can Tell that Spoon's Britt Daniel is an unlikely soul man
Dialectrics' main man readies an intimate solo effort
The road goads on forever with the Groovie Ghoulies' latest CD, Travels With My Amp
Bright days ahead for Mark Norman and Ghetto Cowgirl
From punk to rock to country, Alejandro Escovedo has weathered the push and pull of family and music
For Wesley Willis, a mind is a terrible thing to waste
October 8 -14, 1998
There's Something About Mary--and it's funnier than Dumb and Dumber
In the tired realm of tribute albums, imitation is the sincerest form of flatulence
Helium comes up for air and brings along an intoxicating new album
New tribute album illuminates the art of Rainer Ptacek
A survey of recent soul, blues, R&B and roots reissues