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    October 20, 2014

    Phoenix Heavy Metal Bands Enter the Whiskey Game

    Some of the most legendary artists found inspiration from their favorite alcoholic spirits -- and unfortunately for several, an untimely death. However, it wasn't until the past decade or two when artists and the creators and distributors of said brands decided to put their (metal) heads together to ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Dick Wagner, esteemed guitarist who played with Alice Cooper and others, Dies In Scottsdale

    Dick Wagner, a guitarist who during his career worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, KISS and the Frost, died at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center this morning. He was 71. Wagner, a Detroit-bred guitarist, moved to Arizona roughly a decade ago. He had struggled with his health sin ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Horror Show The Evolution of the Metal Stage Show and the End of Mötley Crüe

    "For some, like Kiss, it is pure spectacle. Alice Cooper varies between psychodrama and pure theater. Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson said he feels their performance is close to pantomime. Talking Heads did surreal theater. Lady Gaga does surreal shock. The Rolling Stones opted for large circus-like p ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    KISS, Def Leppard - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 7/9/2014

    The surroundings of a KISS and Def Leppard concert are one of the most entertaining parts about it, aside from the legends performing on stage. Wednesday's concert contained a huge range of age groups, but the most amusing of them is what I like to call the "dad-rock" group. Dad-rock isn't a negati ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    The Beatles and The 10 Acts that Followed Them into Bubblegum Territory

    Editor's note: Since Oct. 6, 2012 (the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' debut album Love Me Do), we've been on a half-century celebration cycle in which we are scheduled to relive every Beatles innovation, every release of the Beatles' landmark career in real time, right until the ine ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding - Comerica Theatre - 12/7/2013

    Few people can flip through their rock 'n roll rolodex and put together a show quite as well as Valley legend Alice Cooper. After all, Cooper is the king of shock rock, and he paved the way for a legion of acts trying to get a rise out of mothers around the world. This year Alice recruited Vince N ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Alice Cooper: Our Christmas Is More Ozzie Nelson Than Ozzy Osbourne

    From blasting "Schools Out" during my teenage wasteland days to jamming out to the chugging guitar in "Under My Wheels" in my office, Alice Cooper has always played a prominent position in my heavy metal playlist. Not only did he help shape the sound and look of heavy metal with his horror and va ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Carly Rae Jepsen: "You Need to Stand By What You Do and Not Compromise"

    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.

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    September 3, 2013

    Five of the Weirdest Guitarists in Rock History

    In heavy metal, there's nothing better than an extremely talented guitarist. When a musician truly knows how to work some magic with that instrument it demands to be revered and acknowledged. But there's a trade-off for said talent: Creative people are often labeled as "weird" by their peers from ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Which Heavy Metal Band Would You Pick For The Super Bowl Halftime Show?

    Heavy metal and contact sports always seem to go hand-in-hand. Both share the same kind of aggression and unpredictability. Revolver's Golden Gods Awards has a "most metal athlete" category. And in football, one of America's favorite sports to get all amped up about, teams trot out onto the field to ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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    June 26, 2013

    Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack Talks Being Hated and Taking Panties in Stride

    Many things define the popular hard rock/metal band Black Veil Brides, depending on whom you ask. For some, it's their distinct appearance of black makeup and paint (decreasing more each year), tight black studded clothing and long hair. For others, it's their inspiration (some might call it a blata ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Your Holiday Heavy Metal Gift Guide

    What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Jesse Malin Links The Clash and The Grateful Dead

    See also: Chasers Sold to New Owners and Becomes Pub Rock, A Music Venue With an In-House Radio Broadcasting Studio Jesse Malin has done it all, or most of it at least. In his barely-teens he was fronting Jersey-based hardcore ensemble Heart Attack, then spent the '90s in glam-punk wreckers D-Gen ... More >>

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    August 11, 2012

    KISS and Motley Crue, Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion, 8/10/12

    KISS and Motley Crue Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion Friday, August 10, 2012 See also: KISS and Makeup: 8 Male Makeup Icons See also: KISS/Crue Openers The Treatment Make American Rock 'n' Roll (But Hail From England) See also: The Full KISS/Crue Slideshow A few things are guaranteed at a KIS ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    KISS and Make-Up: Eight Male Make-Up Icons

    See also: KISS/Crue Openers The Treatment Make American Rock 'n' Roll (But Hail From England) See also: Gathering of the Juggalos or S.S. Coachella? We Break Out the Scorecard See also: Alice Cooper's Mom Has the Original "School's Out" Panties See also: Dee Snider Talks About His New Book, Shut Up ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    The Treatment Makes American Rock 'n' Roll (But Hails From England)

    What do you do when, as a young band of musicians barely out of your teens you're asked to fly across the pond and spend most of the summer churning out 30 minute sets in quarter-full arenas to crowds more intent on settling in for headliners KISS and Motley Crue than listening to you? You make the ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Six Music Advertising Deals We'd Love to See

    It's been a weird couple of weeks in the world of music-meets-advertising. Between Andrew W.K.'s announcement to speak at a My Little Pony convention and KISS' licensing deal with Family Guy, it's been pretty damn weird indeed. But think about it: a hard-partying My Little Pony would look great sit ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    How About Some Rock: KISS and Mötley Crüe Are Coming to Phoenix (Together!)

    See also: Ace Frehley on KISS and His New Memoir, No Regrets You guys like guitars? How about makeup? Well, KISS and Mötley Crüe are coming to town. The "summer's biggest, baddest rock tour" (their words, not ours) is headed to Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion (I feel like Gene Simmons has g ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Joey Bradfisch, What Are You Listening To?

    Joey Bradfisch (center) with musical group Karmin ​Joey BradfischBradfisch is a producer for the Johnjay and Rich radio morning show on 104.7 KISS-FM. His segment, What'cha Doin At The Courthouse?, airs on the station every Friday at 7:40 a.m. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Five Holiday Gifts for Your Metal-Loving Uncle

    ​Alright, slacker. There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family. It's hard to forget your metal-loving ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Ace Frehley on KISS and His New Memoir, No Regrets

    ​No Regrets: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir is the new book by legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Assisted by Joe Layden and John Ostrosky, Space Ace pretty much hits it all: his young years in a gang, his audition to be in KISS (there was a job application), the band's rise, his drug abuse, leavin ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    October 12, 2011

    10 Band Merch Items to Turn Into Halloween Costumes

    No one can pull off dressing as Snooki's hair other than Ellen DeGeneres. No one.​It's that time of year again. Halloween is nearly here, and you're lacking the creativity to come up with an epic costume.We're here to help.When all else fails (or if you're just really enthusiastic about music), dr ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Incubus at Comerica Theatre, 10/5/11

    ​Incubus Comerica Theatre October 5, 2011 For some fans an Incubus show may be all about hearing their favorite band's heavier tracks from back in the day, but for others it's about enjoying the band's entire collection. While the new album If Not Now, When? sounds sort of like a sequel to Boyd' ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011
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    October 5, 2011

    Five Bands That Set Out to Be Creepy, But Ended Up Lame

    ​As a kid, a lot of things creep you out that really shouldn't. Shower drains, primarily, along with cryptic pictures of Jesus Christ and, of course, clowns (John Wayne Gacy, Jr. being the exception.) Certain bands seem to play on that irrational childhood fear, making their music a year-roun ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Luz de Vida Benefit Compilation Unites National Indie Acts and Tucson Bands

    ​Luz de Vida, a compilation featuring Neko Case, Spoon, Jimmy Eat World, Calexico, Giant Sand, Lenguas Largas, Robyn Hitchcock, Brian Lopez, The Meat Puppets, and many, many more, is set to see release in two formats, a 37-track digital album, and a limited-edition 12-song vinyl release, on Octobe ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life and Seven More Music Flicks That Don't Suck

    A scene from A Heroic Life​I didn't make it out to the French pop spectacular at FilmBar on Saturday night, but the pics posted on Facebook got me super-pumped to catch Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. Non-documentary or concert films are tough to pull off (those are, too) but when a movie ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    The 10 Best Spoken Word Intros

    ​As I perused Sirius/XM 90's on 9 the other day, I was greeted with an intriguing song from a particular Canadian, alternative rock/pop one-hit wonder.This song included an intro featuring a conversation between two fellows that, while intriguing, was pretty pointless. But it got me thinking -- wh ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    9 Totally Crazy Pieces of Band Merch

    If someone is a hardcore fan of a band or artist, it seems he will shell out any amount of money to get his hands on their merch.I'm not just talking shirts or albums, either, and bands have been answering that call by offering up some truly ridiculous shit to satisfy the needs of their fans to have ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Artist Behind Album Art of Magical Mystery Tour and Exile on Mainstreet Signing in Tempe this Weekend

    ​You probably don't know the name John Van Hamersveld, but chances are you own and cherish a few pieces of his work. Van Hamersveld is the artist who designed the album covers for The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, Jefferson Airplane's Crown of Creation, ... More >>

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    February 25, 2010

    What's New Pussycat?

    Check out these lesser-known ‘80s rockers

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    December 7, 2009

    Kiss Posts New Times Review of Their Glendale Concert on Their Web Site -- After Editing Out All the Criticism

    Luke Holwerda​The official Web site for the band Kiss has re-printed my review of the band's show Tuesday night at Arena in Glendale. That's not a big deal; bands do it all the time. What is a little shady, however, is the way they edited it.Turns out they removed anything remotely n ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    KISS: You Wanted the Best, You Got Something Resembling the Best at Arena

    Luke Holwerda​The scene: June 28, 1996. Detroit, Michigan. For the first time, in 13 years, Kiss is playing its first show in makeup with the original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss. It's nearly midnight at the now-defunct Tiger Stadium, and despicable opening a ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    November 23, 2009

    WTF? This Year's Phooson Is In Tucson Only

    Luke Holwerda Fallout Boy from last year's Phooson. ​ One of the highlight's of last year's concert season undoubtedly was the superstar-studded Phooson put on by 104.7 KISS FM last December at Cricket Wireless Pavillion. (Relive the coverage by Martin Cizmar and Jonathan McNamara in all it ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Bon Jovi Comes To Glendale on February 24

    ​If this week's U2 stadium show didn't slake your thirst for overblown artists from yesteryear, the coming weeks and months will undoubtedly satisfy your cravings for throwback acts: KISS is on their way to the Valley, as well as The Misfits, Y&T, MC Hammer, Cameo, and Brian Setzer. You can s ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Incoming: Kiss, Gogol Bordello and King Khan & BBQ Show

    Kiss is bringing their over the top stage act to Glendale this December as part of their Kiss Alive 35 Tour​Get excited, Kiss Army, because the Starchild, the Demon, the Spaceman and the Catman are on the prowl yet again. Seminal 70s rockers Kiss have just announced their Kiss Alive 35 Tour and it ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Jonas Brothers to Come to Valley and Play, Yes, Kickball

    In what will probably be described sarcastically as a "dream come true," by fathers of 10-year-old girls across the Valley, the Jonas Brothers are scheduled to play in a public kickball game in Peoria in August. The pop-tarts -- who vehemently campaign for chastity, cle ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    You Asked For It: St. Madness

    St. MadnessSaintanic(Evil Me Music)Putting a cover song as the second track on your CD is ballsy. Either you've got 'em right there, or you've lost 'em forever. For a metal act to put a cover of an Ozzy/Black Sabbath song second on their record? Well, that's pretty much suicidal. Sure, Sabbath can b ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    From BFE to PHX

    Quirky music fest lands at Cricket

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    August 7, 2008

    Planet Rock

    Back to the days of stupid and fun

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    November 22, 2007

    Kid Rock

    Rock 'N' Roll Jesus

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    January 6, 2005

    Sex Factor

    All this and First Friday, too

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    December 2, 2004

    Surf Paradise

    Dick Dale catches a wave to the Rhythm Room

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    October 7, 2004

    Eagles of Death Metal

    Garage and classic rock breed

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