The record store gods giveth and they taketh away. Over the past six months or so they've imparted another iteration of Eastside Records in Tempe, a mega-sized Zia Records on Camelback, as well as the equally quaint Record Room in Scottsdale, while claiming beloved East Valley shops like Rockzone an ... More >>
Atención, long-lost singer/songwriter types: If you're looking to make a big comeback, having a mythical backstory, two stone-cold classic LPs in the can, and a blockbuster documentary goes a long way.
Such is the case with Sixto Rodriguez, whose rise from dusty-fingered crate digger obscurity to ... More >>
2012 is at its end, and just like I did last year, I thought it would be good fun to try and recap the reissues and compilations I couldn't seem to get off my phonograph this year. So here they are: The 10 reissues and compilations I dug most in 2012.
- The 10 Most WTF Moments of 2012
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By Michael Alan Goldberg
Jess Rotter truly racked up the frequent flyer miles this year. The long-time in-house publicist and marketing wiz for Brooklyn-based indie record label Mexican Summer practically lived in airplanes, repeatedly jetting out west and back to handle her duties repping Best Coa ... More >>
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In this week's issue, we cover the psychedelic trajectory that brought songwriter/pr ... More >>
It's almost here: Record Store Day. The day the industry bands together and does its best to shine a light on the independent record stores that dot neighborhoods in cities all over the U.S. Now, I could take this opportunity to lecture about how music fans should treat normal days like Record Store ... More >>
In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled Queens of Country, a new movie filmed on location in Cave Creek, Arizona, which debuts this weekend at the Phoenix Film Festival.
In this episode UOTS: The Podcast, we speak with Ron Livingston (Office Space), who stars opposite of Lizzy Capla ... More >>
Welcome to the first 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.
Earlier this year, someone called me "an old soul." A little earlier, someone joked t ... More >>
Even with rumors rumbling that the Big Four (soon to be three?) will cease producing CDs at the end of 2012, Seattle-based label Light in the Attic has teamed with Rhino Handmade to help distribute ultra-deluxe compact discs. Turns out, certain people (collectors) still want some physical, musical p ... More >>
Motown's Mowest Story: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We LoveIf you haven't picked up the new Mowest compilation, Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story 1971-1973, you are missing out. The anthology features music from Motown's short lived West Coast venture, MoWest, and the tu ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsLeslie WestAside from perhaps Lynyrd Skynyrd, you'd be hard pressed to find a classic rock band that's been through more tribulations than Mountain. The Long Island, New York-based band is perhaps best known for their 1970 hit "Mississippi Queen," but there's some ugly lore in t ... More >>
"Folks who work here are professors. Don't replace all the knowers with guessors -- keep'em open -- they're the ears of the town."
- Tom Waits, on the important of independent record stores. If you're a nerd like me, April 16 isn't just another Saturday. It's Record Store Day, the day independent ... More >>