One Direction is probably coming to Phoenix at some point in 2014. I've been following an account called @1DNeedstheheat for the better part of the year, which is how I know, but Live Nation has officially begun teasing the boy band event of 2014, and pretty soon you're going to hear about it whethe ... More >>
It's not that I'm rooting for The Maine to become nationally famous and then commit some terrible faux pas in Western Europe, but I'm halfway through a "Maine in Spain Fails Softly Something Something" headline that I'd really like to sell to the New York Post. They'll be back in town this weekend ... More >>
If pressed to come up with the metal version of classical music's "Big Three", Brahms, Beethoven, and Bach, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, a performer who's well versed in both styles, has got it covered. "You can't leave off Sabbath, because they were the first metal band from which everything der ... More >>
Legendary singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston is coming to Crescent Ballroom on Sunday, November 11. The mythic outsider artist and inspiration to Kurt Cobain (who famously wore a Johnston shirt), Beck, Bright Eyes, The Flaming Lips, more (see the tribute album The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discov ... More >>
More than 15 years ago, trance wunderkind Markus Schulz earned some serious scrilla performing at now-defunct Valley clubs like The Works in Scottsdale and Freedom in Tempe, as well as spinning up EDM on local radio. The German-born trance artist, who resided in the Phoenix area back in those days ... More >>
I have to say right away that the heading above is a summary of the plot and theme of this play, not a critique of the acting in the current production of Lauren Marshall's translation/adaptation of Molière's The Misanthrope by the ASU School of Theatre and Film. The writing and direction were much ... More >>
Shawn AndersonBest Coast singer Bethany Cosentino on stage at Clubhouse Music Venue on January 22, 2011.You know what record is severely -- "criminally," one might say if they were given to old timey rock writer sayings -- underrated? Hole's Live Through This. Some (a lot? a bit? -- I'm not exact ... More >>
Despite what you may have concluded from yesterday's list of the stupidest music stories of 2010, this year in music wasn't all that bad.In fact, a funny blog of Photoshopped album covers was created, a concert for dogs was proposed, and musicians exchanged some choice words.As promised, here ar ... More >>
Why is Sonic Youth Still So Important in Indie Land?
Jonathan McNamaraNaoko Yamano of Shonen KnifeHere at Up on the Sun, we're constantly shaking our fists in frustration watching band after band head to Tucson and pass us by. Last night, we rebelled. If Tucson's going to take our bands, we're going to take Tucson! At least that was the sentime ... More >>
The local heartthrobs of The Maine: Better than NOFX and Bad Religion. Until yesterday, I used to loathe the Warped Tour. Not because of the bands or music, mind you, but rather because of some bad experiences I'd had while attending the annual summertime mega-tour. When the Warped Tour first c ... More >>
Phoenix teems with guitar players, and some of them are actually pretty good. A handful of them are exceptional.
Some of the more well-received albums of 2008 have come from the rainy, bike-loving confines of the Pacific Northwest - a trusty bastion for indie rock and insanely innovative pop. When bands from the two meccas of the Pacific Northwest - Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington - emerge onto the na ... More >>
By Martin Cizmar Depending on who you ask, Cat Power is either really good or really bad live. In her younger days, as a notoriously stage-frightened boozehound, Chan Marshall didn’t impress anyone. Now sober and enjoying life, the indie diva mostly gets great write-ups praising ... More >>
Here’s a handful of shows that were just announced this week.
The original, legal art the County Attorney's office appropriated for its anti-truancy propaganda. "This crime sponsored by truancy"? A less-than crafty canard. A close up of the section used in the photo. Has the office of County Attorney Candy Thomas ripped off the work of a graffiti artist ... More >>
Music for every nobody anywhere
Under the covers with rock's old ladies
Come as you are to Krist Novoselic's book signing
There are issues amongst the yardlong list of vino and fromage
Underworld is a slick and silly creature feature
Have You Fed the Fish? (ARTISTdirect/XL Recordings)
Documentary outlines spiritual survival
Where there's a Willis, there's a schizophrenic cult icon who can whup all of rock's mad geniuses
Fainter Farther Still (Hayden's Ferry)
Restless Records' Flaming Lips anthology recounts the early chapters of one of indie rock's finest
Fromthe Week of May 13, 1999
Finding Glory at the Phoenix Greyhound bus station
Rock Club Rising offers a window into the glories and debacles of the local club scene
Where do Wendy and Rob rate among rock's most marginal contributors?
They're bad, they're nationwide, but this locally obscure band won't be Vitamin much longer
One man's Poison is another band's comeback
Hereafter, tunes extolling departed musicians should assume they might have a chance in hell