Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. He shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always zany music biz. At the end of July, I wrote about Five Reasons I Don't Write About New Music, the most important of ... More >>
Santa Claus and I have had a tenuous musical history. There have been some good years, for sure, especially in 1986 when he brought me Christian Death's "Only Theatre of Pain" on vinyl. I'm sure Kris Kringle, viewing from his magic snow globe, loved seeing my sheer delight as I relished the irony o ... More >>
David BickfordDavid Bickford Bickford writes two prominent local blogs, PHX Rail Food and PHX Trail Dude. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I listen to KJZZ for news by day and jazz by night. I grew up listening to rock, and it still ... More >>
"This City," the first single from Patrick Stump, previously know as "that guy in Fall Out Boy who doesn't flash his wang on the interwebs," drops on iTunes today.The single, which features Lupe Fiasco, is from Stump's upcoming solo debut, Soul Punk. The record has been plagued with delays, but ... More >>
Paul Weller: "The Modfather" is now a fashion designer.It seems that since the break up of Oasis, Liam Gallagher hasn't quite figured out what to do with himself. He has been busy working on a film about the Beatles. This really isn't so far fetched since John Lennon is his ultimate idol, claimin ... More >>
Fresh off a weekend that found Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen and Morrissey all play one of the biggest outdoor music festivals in the U.S. -- in one day -- we find ourselves, as a music-loving society, head over heels for live acts with a touch of gray. It doesn't help that the festival in question, ... More >>
Ten bands that weren't singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in '06
Music's "designer dogs"
White Riot: A Tribute to the Clash (Uncut Magazine)
Big Band Rhythm & Blues (Warner Music)
Self-Assembly (Bar/None Records)
The Living End is a living legend in Australia. Now the band is taking on U.S. audiences.
Music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets in New Times' annual poll
Rev 9 (Not Lame Records)
Lookout! Freakout: 2000 Sampler Compilation (Lookout! Records)
Fire & Skill: The Songs of the Jam
The boxed-set dilemma: When are four CDs too little and three CDs too much respect?
As we reach the fifth anniversary of Doug Hopkins' suicide, his best music remains unheard by all but a few friends
Blur trades its status as Britpop laureate for a dose of Amerindie messiness
After tinkering with its original mod design, this hard-rocking foursome is ready to cruise off the showroom floor