Country music queen Jessi Colter is both outspoken and well spoken. The esteemed chanteuse and Arizona native, widely considered to be one of the grand dames of the genre, speaks quite eloquently and loquaciously of both of her storied 43-year career in country music and her many experiences along t ... More >>
So long, 2012. You were a weird, uncomfortable, and scary year. You were also wonderful, at times so unbearably wonderful that I thought my brain was going to explode as I struggled to wrap my head around your pure, blindingly bright joy. You had all the things a monumental year should: elections, ... More >>
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas--even though Halloween is still just around the corner. As grocery stores begin to stock their Christmas crap decorations, the last show announcements of the year trickle in. Historically, the line up for Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding gets announced eve ... More >>
Peaking LightsWelcome 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 >>
Jeff FreundlichJeff Freundlich Freundlich is the co-owner of Fervor Records, home to bands such as Super Stereo. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KWSS. Beef Vegan and the crew crack me up, and they embrace new music. What ... More >>
Original outlaw country woman Jessi ColterJessi Colter is a woman full of surprises. She's most famous for her work on albums like Wanted! The Outlaws featuring her late husband Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Tompall Glaser. But she's also maintained a highly successful solo career, and at t ... More >>
Why is Sonic Youth Still So Important in Indie Land?
Luke HolwerdaGreen Day's Billy Joe Armstrong on stage at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.Depending on who you ask, there's something either: a) vaguelyorb) obviously and irredeemably pathetic about a 37-year-old man in skinny black jeans. So, yes, Green Day singer Billy Joe Armstrong immediatly ... More >>
The Cards sure played like wimps last year, but essentially naming their stadium Pussy Park?!
Waylon Jennings bucked the Nashville system, and became a legend in the process
Pop's gold-dust woman bounces back from drugs, depression and sluggish sales
By John Strausbaugh(Verso Books; 306 pages; $25.00)
Consumers fight back! You have the power to make the ultimate Christmas album yourself. Use it!
Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (Island Records)
White Trash Debutantes rock the Emerald
Three years after his death, Jeff Buckley continues to build a mystery with a new live collection
Roger McGuinn, still a Byrd man, doesn't wanna be a rock 'n' roll star
What happens when you cram too much music into one city and two pairs of eardrums? Nothing, if you move too fast to hear it all.
In search of the historic double live album . . . who started it, and who finally finished it off?
A recap of the releases that made it worthwhile to own a CD player in 1998
Singer/songwriter Billy Sedlmayr has spent half his life battling the law and his own dope demons
Lilith Fair returns with a more eclectic sequel
Helium comes up for air and brings along an intoxicating new album
Let's just get right to it
New Times critics look back on the "oohs" and the "ughs" of pop music '95 (results tabulated from individual critics' lists and comments)