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    January 24, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Official Lineup is Posted

    The wait, as they say, is finally over. You can cease all the speculation of who the hell is officially playing this year's Coachella as Goldenvoice unveiled the lineup in grand fashion. See also: -Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year? -The Rolling Stones Aren't Playing Coachella, but Some ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Arc In Round's Jeff Zeigler on Balancing Life as a Producer and Performer

    A swirl of krautrock and shoegaze, Arc In Round (formerly known as Relay) draws as much influence from Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine as they do Camberwell Now and Can. The four-piece are also a primary figure in the Philadelphia music scene, thanks in large part to lead guitarist and vocalist Jef ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

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    August 16, 2012
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    July 19, 2012
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    July 19, 2012
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    February 1, 2012

    Purling Hiss on Philly, Becoming a Real Band, and Being His Harshest Critic

    I've never spent any time in Philadelphia, but I feel as if I have. Two of my favorite records of 2011, Kurt Vile's Smoke Ring for My Halo and War on Drugs' Slave Ambient both came from the town, sharing a blue-collar yet still out-there aesthetic. Adding the works of Purling Hiss, the project of so ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    The Young at Yucca Tap Room, 1/4/12

    The Young, Mangled Men, ROAR, The Plainfield Butchers Yucca Tap Room Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Bits of Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney's interview with Rolling Stone started hitting the web yesterday, with the bespectacled musician stating: "Rock 'n' roll is dying because people became okay with ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Top Cover Songs of 2011

    Charles Bradley​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. We've been counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment takes a look at 2011's best videos. Enjoy! The idea of The Beatles, The Pixies, Tom Waits, and Elton John sh ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Top 15 Albums of 2011: Jason P. Woodbury

    Ty Segall​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next week, we'll be counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. Enjoy! Is it just me, or was 2011 weird? Like, really weird? Lou Reed and Metallica made an album together. It w ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Five Favorite Shows of 2011: Jason P. Woodbury

    Kurt Vile at the Rhythm Room​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next week, editor Jason P. Woodbury and the staff will countdown their favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. A lot of people imagine this job as nothing but us writers lo ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Eastbound & Down: 13 Killer Songs Featured in Season Two

    "If at first you don't succeed then maybe you just suck."​ I hated Eastbound & Down when I first started watching it. The show's protagonist, Kenny Powers, portrayed by Danny McBride, was just so utterly unlikable. I couldn't get behind him, even as an anti-hero. He was just too racist, sexist ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Kurt Vile and the Violators at the Rhythm Room, 7/31/2011

    Jason P. WoodburyKurt Vile -- kind of like a Muppet. ​ Kurt Vile and the Violators The Rhythm Room July 31, 2011 I spent the day in Flagstaff on Saturday, and shortly after having lunch at Mountain Oasis International Restaurant, a woman approached me with a small flier which read: "Real Free ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    July 28, 2011

    Tony Culture, Kurt Vile, Katy Perry and More in This Week's Issue

    Kurt Vile​This week's issue features Tony Culture, a local artist who has his roots in Jamaica. As a fan of the Studio 1 and "lovers rock," he loves many styles of reggae. He's a do-it-all MC, DJ and Sound System master. His wife owns Afida's Hair Culture, which is where you can see Tony ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Iceage Scheduled to Play Yellow Canary Dance Hall on July 19

    ​ As a discerning music lover, you've no doubt been asking yourself, "Are any bands deemed "Best New Music" by the tastemakers at Pitchfork coming to Phoenix this summer?" Well yeah, a couple, including Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Kurt Vile, and Cut Copy. But if you were to ask yourself "Will any bands ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Third of 2011 ( Mp3)

    Toro y Moi​Did you know that a third of a year is called a tertile? Now you do!The first tertile of 2011 (great word, right?) comes to end at the close of this month, which seems like a good time to get caught up on the best songs from the first part of the year. Hey, it's never too early for a be ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    One Year On: Alex Chilton Remembered

    ​At the risk of sounding like a real nerd, when I got knockout drunk on this day last year, it had nothing to do with green beer or a quick embrace of my Celtic heritage. Big Star leader, Box Tops singer, and solo provocateur Alex Chilton died one year ago today, and I reacted the only way I knew ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    10 Steps to Becoming the Next Indie Buzz Band

    Arcade Fire​So, it's Saturday night and you are playing another show in front of an empty dive bar. You can't figure out why your Linkin Park tribute band hasn't become more successful. You've spent hours working on your bands MySpace page, you've worked hard to get your original stuff played o ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Glass Heroes, Sole and the Skyrider Band, Kurt Vile, Cris Kirkwood, and Other Weekend Events

    Glass Heroes are scheduled to perform at the George & Dragon on Saturday.​We're kicking it old school with our latest edition of "10 Things Under $10" by pimping a few unique shows by a handful of the Valley's more legendary musicians. Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets is holding a special g ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Incoming: Lady Gaga, A Perfect Circle, Snoop Dogg, Megadeth, Night Ranger

    Oh Gaga...Let's not beat around the bush -- there hasn't been a new shows list in a few weeks. This doesn't really matter, however, since the shows will get announced one way or the other and you know what? Now's the time to announce them.It's easy to see that list is heavy with the big name acts, a ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    What's Selling: Revolver Records

    ​One of the coolest things about reading What's Selling every week is seeing how people in different parts of town at different record stores in the same city buy such drastically different kinds of records. Revolver Records attracts a lot of the die-hard vinyl consumers in CenPho, and their taste ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds

    ​Here's what's been flying off the shelves at Stinkweeds, the local record shop named Phoenix's "Best Place to Buy CDs." Let the coolness seep in and discover some fresh albums.Kings Of Convenience - Declaration Of DependenceFlaming Lips - EmbryonicBroadcast & The Focus Group - Investigate Wit ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Concert Review: Kurt Vile and the Violators at Modified Arts

    BY MIKE ESCOTO Shawn Anderson courtesy of​In preparation for Tuesday night's concert at Modified Arts I spent a good chunk of my day listening to the latest album from Philadelphia singer/songwriter Kurt Vile. Although Vile (yes that is his real name) has released three solo a ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009
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    August 21, 2009

    Incoming: David Sedaris, Atticus Tour, Boys Like Girls, Skinny Puppy, Tech N9ne

    David Sedaris​Finally, a week packed with concert announcements! As we told you yesterday, The Arizona State Fair has Bob Dylan and a bunch of American Idol contestants coming, and that's not the only big show coming in October, as Boys Like Girls, the Atticus Tour, and Tech N9ne all bring thei ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Pearl Jam Pay Tribute To MJ, The Versitility of "Yakety Sax," Kurt Vile Coming to Modified

    Electric Mustache: Kurt Vile To Play Modified Arts This OctoberIdolator: Britney Spears' Secret Classic-Rock Past Revealed?Idolator: Ten Bands That Should (And Ten Bands That Shouldn't) Grace Us With A Cover Of "Yakety Sax"NME: Jay-Z's 'The Blueprint 3' tracklisting unveiledSo Much Silence: Throw Me ... More >>