Merrill Garbus

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    October 24, 2014

    How Social Media is Ruining the Music Festival Experience

    I had been waiting more than 20 years to see Pearl Jam live, and the time had finally come: I was going to see Seattle's finest at the final weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It was worth the wait. Eddie Vedder drank a bottle of wine onstage and sang his heart out. Mike McCreedy pl ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    tUnE-yArDs - Crescent Ballroom - 6/3/2014

    I've been to maybe 100 shows at Crescent Ballroom, yet I've never seen the place so packed for an opener. Someone screamed, "We're here for you," so apparently Sylvan Esso has some fans in town. Their glockenspiel samples and soft, pitter-patter vocals made Esso feel like a modern version of Portish ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus Loves Puppetry, And Other Quirky Facts

    Following her critically acclaimed sophomore album Whokill, it seems tUnE-yArDs' brainchild Merrill Garbus was crippled with self-doubt, perhaps gripped by a feeling known as the Imposter Syndrome. As she chirps in her song "My Country," "The worst thing about living a lie / Is just wondering when t ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Top 5 Concerts To See In Metro Phoenix This Week, 6/2 - 6/5

    At the this this was written, it was 104 degrees in Phoenix, with a projected high of 110. Summer is coming. Since we all know that ignorance is bliss when it comes to Phoenix summers, here are five concerts, all in climate-controlled, air conditioned environments, that will make you forget you ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    The Gathering of the Juggalos 2012 Lineup Is Pretty Good. Really!

    See also: Soulfly and Fear Factory to Play The Gathering of the Juggalos See also: Seven Awesome Things About The Gathering of the Juggalos 2011 See also: FBI Report Officially Classifies Juggalos a Hybrid Gang; Arizona Boasts "Strong Juggalo Presence" Okay guys, so hear me out. I.C.P.'s The Gather ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: The Hood Internet

    See also: Isaiah Toothtaker Discusses the Hood Internet-Produced Tooth Wavy It's been tough for us to stop spinning Toothy Wavy, the collaboration among Tucson-based Isaiah Toothtaker, Max B, and The Hood Internet, so it only makes sense that we'd wind up spending a some time with The Hood Internet ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Five Reasons Artists Shouldn't Respond to Critics or; Don't Bite the 'Fork That Feeds

    Former-Fleet Foxer J. Tillman turned Los Angeles mystic/comedian Father John Misty, took Pitchfork to task on Monday afternoon, taking to Twitter to express his beef with the sites review of his latest LP, Fear Fun (previous records were released under his given name). His mammoth rant against indie ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Feist and Timber Timbre, Orpheum Theatre, 4/22/12

    Feist and Timber Timbre Sunday, April 22, 2012 Orpheum Theatre Last night's Feist show was excellent. Leslie alternated between beautiful whispers and melodic shouts. She delivered every note with a sort of gentle, delicate power. The theatre was in constant awe of her enthusiasm and her signature ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs

    See also: Coachella: Radiohead's Weekend 1 Set Has No Alarms and No Surprises See also: The Best of Coachella Sunday, April 15, 2012 By Ben Westhoff At Coachella, folks come from all over the world to lose themselves in the music. They'll employ almost anything in this quest -- but mostly drugs. S ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Literal Band Names: Radiohead, Black Keys, Meat Puppets, and More

    There are some weird band names out there, so we let our imaginations go wild to envision what some of these names would literally look like. We chose Radiohead as our jumping off point because love them or hate them, the band is playing at arena tonight, and it's sure to be one of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Pazz and Jop Poll Critics' Poll 2012

    The Village Voice's 39th annual Pazz and Jop critics' poll is live. Drawing from some 700 ballots, tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l topped the favorite albums list, and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" topped the singles list. Those looking for familiar New Times bylines in the individual ballots will not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Top 10 Music Videos of 2011

    It's a Katy Perry kind of year...​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! Quite a few bomb-ass videos have been released ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Top 10 Albums of 2011: Chase Kamp

    Peaking Lights​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next couple days we'll be counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This entry comes from Chase Kamp, a Phoenix musician and writer. Kamp began writing for Up on the Sun w ... More >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2011
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    November 3, 2011

    Odd Future, Rock the r3volution, tUnE-yArDs, and More in This Week's Issue

    ​ This week's issue is a weird one. In our feature, Danny Torgersen and Trevor Denton of Captain Squeegee and Sun Ghost discuss the Rock the R3volution tour, a musical celebration of Ron Paul. Yeah -- as strange as that is. In our Shrapnel section, Chris Piel examines the potentially long-lasting ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    World Famous Rani "g" Talks Cypress, Lofty Monikers and Straying From the Mainstream

    ​DJ Name: World Famous Rani "g."Real name: Rani GharfehGenres spun: House, global soul, afrobeat, ancestral soul, jazz, hip-hop, rap, R&B, funk, worldbeat, disco, indie dance, UK garage and whatever else feels right at the moment.Current residencies: Mabel's On Main on Friday and Saturday, Ret ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    A Plea For Phoenix Music Fans Concerning the Crescent Ballroom

    ​Editor's Note: We here at Up on the Sun are sad to announce that we are losing Michael Lopez as a staff blogger. Lopez is moving back to his hometown, Portland, Oregon. Over the past three years, M.Lo has been a distinct voice on this blog and in print. You may not always have liked what he s ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    What's Selling: Hoodlums Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week​Washed Out's Within and Without topped last week's list at Stinkweeds. This week we look at what's selling at Tempe neighborhood music store Hoodlums. The independently-owned music and movie haven has been rooted in Tempe since 1998, when they first opened their ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    March 25, 2011

    tUnE-yArDs: "Bizness"

    Merrill Garbus, aka tUnE-yArDs​The sophomore effort from Merrill Garbus' brilliant tUnE-yArDs -- w h o k i l l  -- is out April 19, yet the lead single "Bizness" has been around for a few weeks now. Well, Garbus just released the video for "Bizness," which features kids and adults dancing and ... More >>