Operation Ivy

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    10 Classic Punk Records That Actually Kind of Suck

    I put on The Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket To Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 24, 2013
  • News

    October 17, 2013
  • Music

    July 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2013

    Playboy Manbaby CD Release Party - Cartel Coffee Lab - 4/27/2013

    Playboy Manbaby CD release partyCartel Coffee Lab, TempeApril 27, 2013 I get weirded out when large crowds share unbridled enthusiasm. I chalk it up to either "rugged individualism" or "special snowflake syndrome," depending on how positively or negatively I want to look at myself. This makes me a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Top 5 Punk Albums of 2012

    Happy New Year loyal punk fans. If you really tied one on and you're nursing your hangover by chugging some Pedialyte, punk music may be the last thing you want to listen to. But 2012 was a great year for punk releases, which made this list difficult to narrow down to a top five. See also: -10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our July 19 Issue

    This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up on the Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. What are the weirdest instruments we found in Phoenix thrift shops and on Craigslist? What's the wildest thing DJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Why Operation Ivy Will Always Be Better Than Rancid

    See also: Throwback Thursday: Green Day's Dookie Ronald Reagan's wars, both on drugs and against the "evil empire," made the '80s a prime time to be a punk band. The scene was ripe in California, notably in the Bay Area, as 924 Gilman Street opened and crossover genres exploded in popularity. At ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Throwback Thursday: Green Day's Dookie

    We've been having fun examining various one-hit wonders and FM curiosities of the '90s each week with our Throwback Thursday columns, but now it's time to get serious and examine one of the biggest records on the '90s: Dookie by Green Day. Dookie was a game-changer, both for young millennials and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival at Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3/24/12

    The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival Dr. AJ Chandler Park Saturday, March 24, 2012 Better Than: The last five years of Warped Tour. There was a little something for everyone at the Chandler BBQ and Beer Festival, and it was pretty clear who was there for what purpose. Families formed long line ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Peelander-Z Brings Out the Freaks and Geeks to the Trunk Space

    In my five years of covering the local music scene for New Times, I've seen some pretty crazy things happen at the Trunk Space. I've witnessed lobster-handed ladies, full grown men dressed as diaper-clad babies, and even half-naked body modification artists piercing their supple flesh with gleaming ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007
  • Music

    November 15, 2007

    Perfect Misfits

    Music for every nobody anywhere

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2007


    don't buy this I happily admitted in a previous column that I was a fan of Authority Zero frontman Jason Devore's solo album, Conviction. But I also made it clear that I don't appreciate or understand AZ's music; I find it generic, formulaic, and oftentimes a bad blend of genres. So I just got my ... More >>

  • Music

    January 11, 2007

    Rollover DJ

    Bringing on the punk

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    Country Punks

    More than one rocker has become an Americana convert

  • Articles

    November 25, 2004
  • News

    January 22, 2004


    Letters from the week of January 22, 2004

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    Spun Out

    Zia's still in business. So what?

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    The Bad: And a Few Stunk . . .

    One writer scrapes his $1 bin for the worst records of the year

  • Music

    November 4, 1999

    Growing Pains

    After 11 albums, Berkeley's Mr. T Experience is starting to abandon the punk-pop sound it pioneered

  • Calendar

    August 14, 1997
  • Music

    July 3, 1997

    Hi Times

    Garage-pop heroes rebound from rhythm-section implosions

  • Music

    March 13, 1997
  • Music

    December 5, 1996

    Poppin' Off

    Basking in the glory of coolness that is Cherry Poppin' Daddies, woefully unsung heroes of evolutionary, cross-genre rock

  • Music

    March 28, 1996


    A periodic tour guide to indie rock subterranea (where the seven-inch is still king)