Jack Howell Howell has been the producer/engineer/musician/owner of WilloDisc Production House since 1989. For more information, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KWSS 106.7 FM. What's the first album you bought? Michael Jacks ... More >>
Welcome to our Label of the Month feature, where we'll expound on some of our favorite music manufacturing companies, the folks that help mold the entire picture for amazing artists and shoot those ideas out into the world. This month, we're aiming our sights on Ghostly International, the Ann Arbor, ... More >>
From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>
If you are excited about Destroyer coming to town -- and we certainly are -- you can thank the world of jazz. When songwriter/vocalist Dan Bejar, who essentially is Destroyer, set out for another round of touring behind the 18-month-old, critically adored Kaputt, he had a specific goal in mind. "I ... More >>
Emma McIntyreEarlier this year The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to land on the cover of Rolling Stone after they won the magazine's Choose the Cover contest. Although they toured extensively before they entered the contest, their world was turned somewhat upside down when they finally ... More >>
Nothing is Wrong, the sophomore album from Los Angeles rock 'n' roll band Dawes, is an earnest effort. There are times you wonder if it's too earnest, to forthcoming about its mellow, sun-drenched intentions. But the album works, charming right past your cynicism, with golden-hued tracks like t ... More >>
America, though they have aged a bit since this photo was first taken America Wild Horse Pass Casino Friday, July 15, 2011 Sure, the venues that America is likely to play these days have gotten smaller, but it doesn't mean that the band isn't still capable of putting on a good show. The crow ... 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 >>
Enchantment: Songs About New MexicoWelcome to Obscuro, a weekly feature where Up on the Sun dives deep into the world of vinyl oddities: private press jobs, major label cast-offs, and general thrift shop clutter that's thus far escaped anyone's attention. These LPs have been hiding out, collectin ... More >>
Well, Thursday is finally upon us -- however, what could have been an entirely shitty day was made less so by the wonderful foresight of U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton and her injunctions on SB 1070. Gov. Brewer's evil army of mercenaries will have to wait until a decision is made on the ... More >>
This week, New Times ran a box 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. How was the Norah Jones show at Dodge Theatre? Why does Joni Mitchell think Bob Dylan is "fake?" What does lo ... More >>
Bob Dylan's fake? Them's fightin' words, Joni MitchellIn an interview with the LA Times, noted folk singer Joni Mitchell called out Bob Dylan, telling the interviewer she thought the celebrated musician was "not authentic at all."The two folk artists are no strangers, having spent plenty of ... More >>
Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 is not just some re-mastered re-issue. It ain't no run-of-the-mill recording. This is the first time that Cohen's entire performance at the historic festival has been released. Why is this exciting and noteworthy, you may ask? For several reasons.& ... More >>
The Bay Area's Nobunny will terrorize the Trunk Space on Saturday night. There are gonna be two kinds of people in the Valley this weekend: Those who can afford to go to Fall Frenzy, and those who can't. Given the $50-$60 price tag for tickets, its to be expected that a few thrifty types might consi ... More >>
Falling over in the forest
Comfort of Strangers
If Ani DiFranco surfed
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Follow his bliss
Israeli singer in concert November 27
This Is Americana
The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland
The Last Waltz (WB/Rhino)
Neal Casal Anytime Tomorrow (Morebarn Records)
Hard Times in Babylon (Red House)
Send in the crowds for folk legend Judy Collins
While they may not top the Billboard charts, this month's batch of jazz, blues and heritage releases is definitely worth hearing
Consumers fight back! You have the power to make the ultimate Christmas album yourself. Use it!
Both Sides Now
Where have all the overeducated, underachieving record-store clerks gone?
How much time was "Wasted on the Way"? Absolutely none, if you like a good rock 'n' roll soap opera.
In search of the historic double live album . . . who started it, and who finally finished it off?
A survey of recent blues, soul, R&B and roots releases
Some of the weirdest and worst albums still to make their digital debuts
K.D. LANG WAS ALMOST BURIED ON THE LONE PRAIRIE. NOW SHE'S CAUGHT FIRE WITH A HOT NEW ALBUM.
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