Kris Allen

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    American Idol Live! Is The Last Refuge of Idol Superfans

    American Idol Live!, coming to Comerica Theatre next week, is a testament to how much smaller American Idol gets every year as a cultural institution. Don't get me wrong -- it's still big. Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' debut single is still impossible to avoid if you are or have ever been ins ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2012
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    July 26, 2010

    Barenaked Ladies, Night Swim, Justin Bieber, and Halloween on the Salt River Over the Weekend

    ​Barenaked Ladies and Kris Allen at Dodge Theatre Ed Robertson is probably the more talented of the two founding members of Barenaked Ladies. Creative input aside, Robertson is a master chameleon, both able to mimic the boisterous nerdiness of ex-frontman Steven Page and do all the little thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Incoming: Brian Wilson, Roger Waters, Smokey Robinson, George Benson

    ​What draws better these days than older, more beloved musicians from bands such as The Beach Boys and Pink Floyd? Not much, outside of an act like Lady Gaga or Justin Beiber -- that is why both Brian Wilson and Roger Waters lead the pack for an impressively fruitful week of show announcements.Let ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Pop Music Video Round-Up

    I just spent all morning catching up on the latest music videos by watching VH1 (since MTV doesn't show music videos unless its viewers are sound asleep.) Here are my impressions of some of the stuff I saw:Adam Lambert- "What Do you Want from Me"- Wow, I was a Kris Allen fan last season, but Adam La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    New Release Tuesday: And What You Should Buy

    ​Here's a sampling of today's new album releases:Il Divo- An Evening with Il Divo- Live in BarcelonaJuvenile- Cocky and ConfidentPrimal Fear- Eye of an EagleAllison Iraheta- Just Like YouR. Kelly- UntitledMartha Wainwright- Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A ParisNow it's time to see whether Allison ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009

    El Diablo Wears Prada

    Bilingual play illustrates dilemmas of the down-and-out

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Upset! Allen trumps Lambert in 'Idol' Finale

    Sorry, Adam, even your goth angel wings couldn't save you. Single tear.Coming into last night's finale, even the most ardent Kris Allen fans would have to admit that their adorable little troubadour was a long shot for the big title (check this out if you missed the play-by-play). The media (myself ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    And In This Corner...Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Go Mano-A-Mano on 'Idol'

    PictureGroup for FoxAmerican Idol finale: Out come the claws. Mee-yow!So, my American Idol-watching comrades, after several months (it feels longer though, doesn't it?) of the hard work and dedication it takes to be glued to our television sets for at least three hours every week, we finally get the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    The End of an Era: Gokey and His Glasses Go Home

    Don't cry, Gokey. You always have a future as a Lenscrafters model...I will be the first to admit that as excited as I am about last night's Idol results, I am also really shocked (as are a lot of other people, apparently). I think most people--whether they were Gokey fans or not--thought his large ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    And Then There Were Three: Gokey, Allen, Lambert Left on 'Idol'

    We haven't had a good crazy-looking Adam picture for awhile. So here you go.So after Allison Iraheta got kicked off American Idol last week, there was only one question that remained: Who would join guy-linered Adam Lambert in the finals? I've made no secret about my Gokey hatred. But even I can adm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Just Announced: Jenny Lewis, The Cult, Idols Live, Rick Ross

    Jenny Lewis: Coming to the Marquee in July. Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis is finally, finally, making an appearance in Phoenix, Stateside Presents announced today. The cute-as-a-button indie songstress is a critical darling (hell, my colleague Albert Ching in Orange County has reviewed her shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Scream On: Gokey Makes Ears Bleed on 'Idol' Top 4

    So I think we all knew going into last night's rock-themed episode of Idol that Danny Gokey was going to have problems. The guy is about as rock n' roll as my grandma after hip replacement surgery (Hi Nana!). I was honestly really excited to see him make a fool of himself, and, always eager to pleas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    'Idols Live' tour to Hit Glendale

    If you've been trolling the streets of Scottsdale in the hopes of bumping into hometown American Idol also-ran Scott MacIntyre, at the very least now you know where to find him July 20. MacIntyre, along with the other eight runners-up and whoever the Idol winner ends up being (cough--Adam Labert--co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    'Idol' Keeps it Classy With Rat Pack Week

    Think she's got one more week left in her?So before we review last night's episode, can we please discuss the guest judges or the celebrity mentors or whatever they're calling them this season? They started out making sense, with Randy Travis and Smokey Robinson. But for the past couple of weeks, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Disco Wreaks Havoc on 'Idol'

    Disco: It's the musical genre that just won't die. Along with cockroaches and Twinkies, I'm pretty sure it's the only form of music that would survive a nuclear holocaust. It's been the butt of many a joke since it fell out of vogue in the 80s, but somehow, it still manages to find a tiny place for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Holy Post-Easter Miracle! Matt Giraud is Saved on 'Idol'

    As far as 'Idol' results shows go, last night was actually semi-exciting, no? After Matt tanked Tuesday night (and he really did tank), it was pretty obvious he was going to be in the bottom three, if not last place. The judges' decided to take advantage of this new Wild Card rule, where they can "s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    American Idol Top 8: Scottsdale's Scott MacIntyre Sucks It (Yay For Alliteration!)

    So we here at Up on the Sun are here to make sure you, our dear readers, get the best of Valley culture and music. Ergo, since Scott "Bringing Out My Punk Side Tonight" MacIntyre happens to hail from our great state, we thought we'd check out his performance before moving on the the other contestant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Caw Caw: Megan Joy Flies the Coop on 'Idol'

    Oh Megan "Joy" Corkery. We hardly knew ye. Wait, scratch that--we actually knew ye really well, and that was the problem. A crazy-ass, cawing milk-it-for-all-it's-worth single mom whose voice went from interesting to nails on chalkboard within a matter of weeks. Even you, with the exaggerated faces ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    American Idol Top 9: 3 Pianos, 1 Guitar, And a Heaping Plate of Cheesiness

    What's up, fellow AI watchers? After a brief hiatus, I am back, here to write on a Michael Sarver, Jasmine Murray, Jorge Nunez and Alexis Grace-less Idol. We shed a single tear for them all, and sing an off-key version of "I Will Survive" in honor of all their efforts.To be honest, I pretty much for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Idol's Top 12 Gets a Big, Fat Dose of Faaaaabulousness

    At least the judges liked your legs, Jeanine Vailes. Better luck next time.Before we get to the nittty-gritty of last night's American Idol Group 2 results show, I just want to take a moment to brag and say that I called it. Yes, I know it wasn't that hard to predict who, out of Tuesday night's grou ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    American Idol Group 2: Adam Lambert Will Rock Your Face Off Whether You Like it or Not

    After last week's Group 1 train wreck, American Idol's Group 2 was pretty much destined (to borrow a Randy Jackson-ism) to "knock it out the box" last night. And, overall, they did. Obviously, there were still some performances that made me want to strangle myself with my laptop power cord and those ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Reality Show Results Episodes: The 11th Plague

    So after sitting through two hours of complete pap Tuesday night as American Idol's first group of 12 attempted to stay on key long enough to get halfway-decent remarks from the judges, you'd think we'd deserve a break, right? In the Land of the Sea-douche, however, there is no rest for the weary, a ... More >>