Dear readers, let's get this out of the way: In nearly every possible way, being the music editor of the Phoenix New Times/Up on the Sun has been my dream job. No joke: I've chatted with Brian Wilson (it was a terrible conversation, and my chat with Al Jardine was much better, but still); I had the ... More >>
Nick Lowe has worn more than a couple stylistic hats in his over 40 years as a songwriter, performer, and producer. He played ambling country rock with Brinsley Schwarz, ushered in pub rock, punk, and new wave with solo records and production for Stiff Records, and eased into a remarkable career as ... More >>
Kurt Vile at the Rhythm RoomWelcome 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 >>
There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family.
We're starting with dear old dad. Here ... More >>
Jason P. Woodbury Mavis Staples and Dr. JohnCelebrity TheatreThursday, June 16"Joyful noise." That's how Mavis Staples described what her and her band create onstage. It's an apt characterization, one that is appropriately loaded with gospel history, and one that connotes how the 71-year-old sing ... More >>
Two of R&B/soul's most loved voices are headed for Celebrity Theater on June 16. Mavis Staples and Dr. John are set to take the rotating stage, and the show ought to be utterly fantastic.
Staples' last record, You Are Not Alone (2010) found the 71 year-old songstress teaming with Wilco songw ... More >>
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, and The Black Keys will be headlining the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for its 10th year, according to the Bonnaroo website.The good people who run Bonnaroo have put together a bomb-ass lineup. Other artists confir ... More >>
Eminem has confirmed he's recording with Dr. Dre again, according to MTV News.Marshall announced on Satellite Radio that he and Dre are brewing up something good, saying that he might rap over one of Dre's new beats.After one more single gets released from his latest album, Recovery, Eminem plans ... More >>
Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsIn terms of venues to have Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings play in Phoenix there probably isn't a better choice than the Orpheum Theatre. When you combine the retro late '60s/early '70s funk and soul of Sharon Jones with the historic music venue it could be a li ... More >>
There are people who just don't like music festivals. It won't matter who's on the bill or whether the show is in the middle of the desert or the center of a city; they're just not interested in seeing bite-size sets crushed by an often bikini topped mob. Don't get me wrong, I understand. I hadn ... More >>
Buyer Beware.It seems the fight over who actually owns music is never-ending. This time, the fight isn't about burning CDs, online torrents, or album leaks. It's about re-selling physical copies of a record that you bought and paid for. Who knew that this was a problem?Well, the folks at Uni ... More >>