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    April 11, 2013
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    January 17, 2013

    10 Greatest TV Themes of All Time

    Oh you don't own a TV? How brave. Seriously -- people love bragging about not watching TV, but they're missing out. Whether watching live, on Netflix, or on DVD, there's almost nothing as fun as zoning out in front of the TV. We're partial to music too (you might have guessed), so when we started ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Starfucker On Their Upcoming Album: "It's About Death. Surprise."

    Starfucker's highly danceable beats put the band in league with Neon Indian and Passion Pit, but frontman Joshua Hodges brings enough lyrical insight to the table to have you thinking and boogieing. Hodges has something of a fetish for The Grim Reaper's handiwork, even searching out the original c ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Com Truise: Not Quite the Future, Not Quite The Past

    As Com Truise, east coaster Seth Haley struggles with something resembling a gear fetish, owning close to 15 vintage synthesizers. Naturally, his instrumental monsters stem from some of the most influential '80s New Wave acts, from New Order to Berlin to Depeche Mode, but his grip on EDM, self-descr ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Five Summer Releases We're Excited About

    To our extreme delight, there are quite a few artists that are dropping new music this year for the first time in a long time. We've been waiting seemingly forever for No Doubt's next album. Thankfully a few other artists didn't leave us hanging for as long. We've selected five albums you definitel ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Ten Songs to Help Cope With Coachellaitis

    Coachella was a lot of fun. I crossed a bunch of bands off my bucket list that I never thought I'd be able to see live--Refused, Pulp, Justice, At The Drive-In, 2pac...okay, 2pac wasn't actually on my bucket list, but it was cool to kind of see him. A major downside to the festival is you're prett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Brad Steinke, What Are You Listening To?

    Brad Steinke​Steinke is a host and reporter for FOX Sports Arizona. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Sirius XMU. It features great new indie artists -- I've heard Lykke Li, Neon Indian, Chapel Club and Lana Del Rey on this station. W ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    March 8, 2012

    Miniature Tigers' Charlie Brand: "We Wanted To Have This Warm, Beautiful Feeling To The Album"

    If Miniature Tigers was ever to have an official "day" in Phoenix, it would be today. The band is playing two shows, one at Crescent Ballroom as part of the Modern Art Records Tour celebrating the release of Mia Pharaoh, and a free in-store performance at Stinkweeds at 5 p.m. There's also a rather l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Modern Art Records' Ben Collins on Why Bands Skip Phoenix on Tour

    In this week's issue (on stands tomorrow and online later today) I spoke to Miniature Tigers frontman Charlie Brand about the new album, Mia Pharaoh. Call 'em a "Brooklyn band" if you must, but they're showing Phoenix plenty of love: There's that downtown mural, and they're performing twice tomorrow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Blog Collectives Ad Hoc, Portals Embrace Communal Fandom Over Influence

    It's obvious music blogs have a unique place in the great big music discussion. Entire careers have been bolstered by one lone blogger posting a hot new MP3 that quickly catches fire and burns up RSS feeds. However, some of the biggest taste-makers on the Internet have combined forces and their new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2012

    Fitz and The Tantrums at CityScape, 1/13/12

    Maria Vassett​Fitz and The Tantrums CityScape: Pre-race concert for the PF Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon Friday, January 13 See the complete Fitz and the Tantrums slideshow. So much for drinking that Red Bull. All I needed for some real energy was Fitz and The Tantrums. Making their firs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Most Innovative Artist of 2011: The Flaming Lips

    ​It's been a very big year for The Flaming Lips.Big ups to Wayne Coyne and the gang, who took on approximately one project in every month of 2011 and somehow managed to pull it off. They're one of the greatest and weirdest psychedelic bands out there, and you've got to love 'em.Let's take a trip d ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Top 10 Albums of 2011: Mike Escoto

    Bon Iver​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. This installment comes from Mike Escoto, who contributes to Up on the Sun and is one of the main perpetrators over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Incoming: Childish Gambino, Andrew Bird, Rick Ross

    ​Comedian, Community actor and now rapper Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is coming to try out his new material on a Scottsdale crowd.His album Camp has been receiving an awful lot of good hype from the kids lately. (Some serious hate, too: Hipster Runoff has been slamming him for months ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    What's Selling: Revolver Records Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week

    ​​Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. Your friendly neighborhood record shop, Revolver Records, celebrates four years of buying, selling and trading LPs, CDs a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Ten Great Albums Overlooked in 2011

    When our sister paper The Village Voice publishes the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll next February, there will be three or four albums that invariably get a nod on every ballot. See: Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues, Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne, and Girls' Father, Son, Holy Ghost. ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week

    Neon Indian - Era Extrana​​Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. After thoroughly enjoying Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive and it's 1980's-inspired synth-pop soundt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Celebrate Your Favorite Undead Rock Star at Bar Smith's Memoriam Starting August 30

    Yeah, they're right. This guy definitely looks like he's about to die. ​​There's really no gentle way to say it. People were expecting Amy Winehouse to die young. Even her own parents were prepared for her death.  Celebrity deaths impact the public in varying ways, but there will always be ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    My Five Favorite Concerts During My Time at Up on the Sun

    Luke HolwerdaJemaine Clement, of Flight of the Conchords, from their May 2009 show ​For those keeping track (read: me), I have been blogging for Up on the Sun for nigh on three years now. I have more than enjoyed my time writing for the blog, wading through the hills and valleys of You Asked For I ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Neon Indian Reveals Era Extraña Details, Including "Polish Girl" Download

    Era Extraña, the highly anticipated sophomore album from Neon Indian​September 13 may just come to define new music for all of 2011 -- St. Vincent, Blitzen Trapper, Wooden Shjips and Neon Indian all have new albums due out. No one album, however, is as anticipated as the sophomore effort from Neo ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Your Favorite New Band: Hooray For Earth

    Hooray For Earth​New albums reach my desktop pretty much every day -- it's a neat little privilege of being a music writer. Some are from bands I know, some from bands I've never heard of. More so, some are bands with silly names that cry "Oh, please PLEASE don't listen to this record." New York i ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    The Flaming Lips Neon Indian, "Is David Bowie Dying?"

    ​Song: The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian, "Is David Bowie Dying?"Context: The Flaming Lips are reportedly planning a Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots musical. It could be cool, but it could also suck. This song is to remind everyone that not everything the group does is both weird and awesome... th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Miami Horror: Illumination

    Miami Horror - Illumination​There is absolutely nothing new coming out today. With only four days left in the year -- and everyone's best of 2010 lists already compiled -- why would any self-respecting band release their album on December 28? It would make no sense.In lieu of this glaring lack of ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    5 Reasons Why "Wonderful Christmastime" Is The Best Christmas Song Ever

    "Wonderful Christmastime" - the best Christmas song ever​The joy and delight of the holiday season is something you either absolutely love, tolerate to a certain degree or loathe with all your being.Those who take the latter stance probably blame the season's music for their hatred, and ... 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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    October 28, 2010

    Miniature Tigers Finally Face The Roots in Red Bull-Sponsored Rock Battle

    ​In a case of "why?" and "how did this even come about?," (editors note: to sell energy drinks) once Phoenix-based indie rockers Miniature Tigers will face Philadelphia legends The Roots in a turn-based, Red Bull-sponsored rock battle November 20 in Scottsdale.The whole thing is going down at Amer ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010
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    July 22, 2010
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    July 20, 2010

    Early Listening: Miniature Tigers - Fortress

    ​Listening to Fortress, the latest album from indie rock quartet Miniature Tigers, is a rather enjoyable affair, yet it leaves me heartbroken. My sorrow is born of the fact that Fortress would have been a top contender for album of the year among Arizona bands, if the band was still operating out ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Check Out Silver Medallion's Cracked-Out Video for "Camera"

    When it comes to music videos from Arizona-turned-NYC acts, Miniature Tigers sorta set the standard for hype with their video for the Neon Indian produced "Gold Skull." Personally, I think Silver Medallion's brand new and totally cracked-out (in the good way) video for "Camera" is a lot cooler."Gol ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010
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    June 9, 2010

    Your Guide to Navigating Blogger-Created Genre Names

    ​ "What the fuck is chillwave?????" Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast tweeted back in April, when MTVU blogger Lindsay Hood described her band as "chillwave," after dismissing genres like "lo-fi," "glo-fi" and "Gorillavsbearcore" in her blurb advancing the video for the band's single "When I'm Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Miniature Tigers Set Release Date For Fortress, Hear The New Single Here

    ​Phoenix refugees Miniature Tigers have set a release date for their sophomore album, Fortress.The followup to their stellar debut Tell It To The Volcano is set to hit the streets on July 27.The band moved to New York with the rest of the Modern Art records gang late last year, but we still love t ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Announced: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Weezer, Stevie Wonder and More

    ​Tennessee's Bonnaroo music festival has announced a full line-up for this June. No real surprises here: Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, and the Flaming Lips are the top of the pile.The Dead Weather, Phoenix, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Top Ten of 2009: Michael Lopez

    Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Michael Lopez, a New Times contributor, and regular blogger at Up on th ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Show Your Hatred of Dubstep & Afropop Indie with the Pitchfork 2009 Reader Polls

    It seems like you couldn't peruse a list of new albums in 2009 without some damn dubstep/grime album amongst the entries​Those talented/opinionated individuals over at Pitchfork have released their 2009 Readers Poll with plenty of lists, albums, and artists to vote on. It is pretty standard fare f ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Concert Review: Neon Indian at the Rhythm Room

    Alan Palomo's lo-fi project Neon Indian played to a well-sized Sunday night crowd at the Rhythm Room last nightWhat do you do when you create a lo-fi masterpiece -- a meticulous side-project that builds on your already impressive resumé as an electronic music mastermind? Get some friends to tour wi ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Phoenix Art & Soul, Phoenix Indie Bowl 2009, and Neon Indian Over the Weekend

    ​Phoenix Art & Soul While music-minded patrons shopped for deals on used CDs and audio equipment at the Used Beats Swapmeet, more than fifty artists set to work painting New Times stands with their own artistic visions. See them up close and personal at Local Breeze next First Friday. In the m ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    This Just In: Brooklyn Has Own "Sound," Numerous Bands

    Brooklyn has become a mecca of sorts for indie rock in the past decade, with numerous new bands emerging from its brownstone-lined streets​I was listening to Sirius XMU yesterday while driving with the air conditioning on, since it's a balmy November in the Valley. On came a song by new indie/psyc ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    2010 Early Releases -- Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend -- Shaping Up Quite Well

    These fine young men call themselves Yeasayer and will have their sophomore album ready for February 2010​Is it too early to look ahead to already announced albums with 2010 release dates? No, especially when those releases carry the clout of such bands as Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer and Arcade Fire ... More >>