Kelly Wilson

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    May 11, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    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. Saturday, May 12: Right to Marry to Stage Benefit Show @ Trunk Space It's been a big week for the cause of ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Chelsea Handler's Pals, Chris Franjola and Sarah Colonna, Perform in Tempe

      Sarah Colonna​While Phoenix vodka lovers are celebrating Chelsea Handler's upcoming appearance Thursday, March 11 at Dodge Theatre, a few of her writers from her late-night comedy talk show, Chelsea Lately, are also coming to the Valley. Next Saturday, March 20, stand-up comics, write ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Non-Critics, Bon Jovi Gang Bangs, and More in This Week's New Times

    ​Jay Bennett's Nothing Not New column has given us all cause to think about, and listen to, brand new music, even if we're more inclined toward cassette aged vinyl.But when do we, (and when should we) cross the lines between "fan," "listener," and "critic?" Jay answers... "They say everyone's a c ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010
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    February 4, 2010

    PBR Brings Lucero To Yucca For Free

    ​A day after playing Coachella, Lucero will be in Tempe playing an outdoor show in the parking lot outside Yucca Tap Room on April 17. The show, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, will be free and have a carnival-type atmosphere like last year's Tiki Throwdown. The event will have a Jersey Shore them ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Yucca Tap Room Hosts Tiki Party With Music From Fishbone

    ​The Yucca Tap Room will host a "Tiki Throwdown" next month featuring local acts like Fivespeed, Black Carl, Liar's Handshake, The Revenge, The Necronauts, and What Laura Says. The event is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon (the cheap suds which The Onion has pointed out is still cruising on a medal ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Taking Back Sunday at Marquee Theatre: Why Can't You Sound More Like Your First Two Records?

    Mitchell TayTaking Back Sunday take on Tuesday at the Marquee.Dear Taking Back Sunday, I'm soooo not ready for you to be "new again" as you sing about on the self-titled track to your fourth album. In fact, I wish you would just return to your former ways and be old again. Remember Tell All Your Fr ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Hairforce at Upper Deck Sports Grill: Move Over Metalhead, Hairforce Wants a Piece of the Money-Making Pie

    Kelly WilsonBobby Scott and G-String give love a bad name rockin' out to a Bon Jovi track. Metalhead must be pissed. There's another hair metal cover band in town and they have G-String, the group's old guitarist who was the most charismatic member of the group. First, let me say I love Metalhead. ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Lucero Live: Moshing to Pedal Steel

    Martin CizmarLucero: Music to mosh to!Dear ex-hardcore kids,Please stop ruining roots music.Look, I get it, you're pretty much aged out of hardcore shows, but you're covered in tattoos and have plugs in your earlobes, and it's hard to find a scene. Every band you've ever liked seems to be starting a ... More >>

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    April 5, 2009

    Tempe Music Fest 2009: How 3 Doors Down, Kid Rock, All-American Rejects and Shiny Toy Guns Rocked Us

    This weekend Tempe Music Fest 2009 united us once again from scattered Valley citizenry to one cohesive force bent on rocking the hell out. This year Fergy and My Chemical Romance got traded in for straight ahead rock-'n'-rollers Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down with a couple of All-American Rejects and S ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    Where to Party During St. Patty's Day Tomorrow

    Tomorrow is one of the biggest drinking/partying holidays of the year and definitely don't wanna be unprepared. So if you're looking for a place to suck down a little (or a lot) or green beer and sport a funky green hat, make sure to peep our exhaustive St. Patrick's Day Guide for a comprehensive li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Maine Posts New Video

    Girls Do What They Want Tempe kiddie rockers The Maine released a new video via their MySpace yesterday. The video shows the band, which is on the cover of this month's Alternative Press, doing typical band stuff: hanging out on the tour bus, rocking, hanging out on the tour bus, engaging in some b ... More >>

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    March 8, 2009

    Jimmy Eat World's Clarity Anniversary Show Impressive

    Luke Holwerda All week we've been sharing personal essays about Jimmy Eat World's Clarity, online and in print. Sadly, I don't have a Clarity story because I wasn't in to the Mesa emo/pop act until my college paper got an advance copy of Bleed American, the follow-up to Clarity, in July 2001. But ma ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Flier of the Week: Shake!

    Rarely will you find me at a Scottsdale dance club on a Saturday night -- if you're looking for an Up on the Sun contributor, keep your eyes peeled for Kelly Wilson -- but, if you do, there's a very high probability it will be at The Rogue for "Sir" William "Fucking" Reed's Shake!Other than the way ... More >>

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    January 3, 2009

    Strung Out singer appears on track from Valley's Intrinzik

      Strung Out singer Jason Cruz lends his vocals on Valley hardcore/hip-hop artist Intrinzik's "Live Fast, Die Young," a track from Intrinzik's latest disc Fall Guy: Resurre6t7on. The single and the disc can be found on iTunes. Intrinzik will open for (hed)p.e. at the Marquee Theatre on Sunday ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Tempe's Black Moods reunite for New Year's Eve Show

    Tempe's Last Exit Bar & Grill will reunite The Black Moods on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, for a headlining performance. The once-hot high-energy trio, who broke up (guitarist Josh Kennedy is now in Violet Wild) more than two years ago, were unlike most bands in the local music scene and brou ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Golden Cousins Record Song for Playoff-Bound Cardinals

    Valley hip hop act Golden Cousins - a project of members from the groups Golden Tung and Cousins of the Wize - released a new video for a song they penned for the Arizona Cardinals. The song, titled "We Do This Together," is played often during halftime at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The vide ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Concert of the Year Countdown: #10 The Loveblisters

    It was a year of transition for the New Times music section, with Niki D'Andrea being promoted to staff writer and Martin Cizmar taking over as music editor. And so, for the rundown of the 10 best shows of the year appearing, we're teaming up to bring you five shows reviewed by both Niki and Martin. ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Violet Wild at Last Exit

    It's nearly 1 a.m. and I'm a few drinks into the night. I'm at Tempe's Last Exit Bar & Grill to watch Violet Wild, one of my favorite local pop-rock bands who used to play anywhere and everywhere a year ago and pretty much whored themselves out in the local music scene - playing gigs almost ever ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Ghost Hunting at Casey Moore's

    By Kelly Wilson Is Casey Moore’s really haunted? Most of the staff at the Tempe neighborhood bar – located off Ninth and Ash – have personal ghost stories, some that are sure to make the hair on the back of yo ... More >>