Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz. When you are a music geek like I am, you are constantly aware of the music that's playin ... More >>
There's a lot of Steve Hunter in your CD collection. If you read the four-point type, you'll see that he's played (with and without guitar buddy Dick Wagner) on three of Lou Reed's most revered RCA albums and over a half-dozen Alice Cooper albums, as well as albums by Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, B ... More >>
Hoon is an anchor of FOX 10 Arizona Morning. He'll be serving as emcee for the 2013 Phoenix Heart Walk on Saturday, March 23 at 8 a.m. at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix. Hoon was game to play a round of "What Are You Listening To?" with Up on the Sun.
Kristy Aguirre Aguirre is the booker/promoter for Tickle Your Bone Comedy at Brigett's Last Laugh, Tuesday's at 8 p.m. For more information, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I'm without a vehicle at the moment, but when I did ... More >>
Craig Citizen is the sort of dude you only wish you could be. He's an enigmatic lothario with a certain renown as a hipster DJ, and has been behind some of the more infamous dance nights in the Valley like the old Party Foul! While he used to be a regular fixture at dive bars and dance clubs, Citi ... More >>
Jose GarcesThe Iron Chef and James Beard award-winning chef is executive chef of Distrito, Old Town Whiskey and Garces Trading Co. To-Go at The Saguaro Hotel. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I have Sirius/XM in my car, and ... More >>
Todd WalshTodd Walsh Walsh is FOX Sports Arizona's host for Phoenix Coyotes hockey and Arizona Diamondbacks baseball. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Depends. Sirius '80s on 8, or Pearl Jam radio on Sirius. What's the first album ... More >>
Blind Boys of AlabamaLadies and gentlemen, The Blind Boys of Alabama have gone country. Well, kind of. The long running gospel group, which formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind way back in 1939, released Take the High Road in April of this year. Featuring Hank Williams Jr., Willi ... More >>
There are tribute bands, and then there's something like The Musical Box. The Canadian band doesn't just pay tribute to Genesis, it painstakingly recreates specific periods of the prog rock band's history, using vintage equipment, stage sets, and in the case of their Lamb Lies Down on Broadway ... More >>
The Tubes circa 1977 The Tubes have serious roots in Arizona. Formed after two Phoenix-based bands, The Beans and Red, White and Blues Band, moved to San Francisco and combined, The Tubes were remarkably ahead of their time. The group's mix of simulated sex and hard rock landed them some primo op ... More >>
Bon Iver In case you've missed practically every noteworthy blog hyping it, or didn't watch The Colbert Report last night, here's some news: Bon Iver, the band, released Bon Iver, the album, today. It's the band's second outing, and technically the first that was recorded as a band and not just ... More >>
The African djembe drum may be a familiar sight for pop music fans -- it's popped up onstage with plenty of Western artists like Paul Simon, Ben Harper, and Peter Gabriel -- but intrepid percussionists will have a chance to hear the drum played by two grand masters, Mamady Keïta and Famoudou Ko ... More >>
Danny Zelisko's name should be a familiar one to Valley music fans. The promoter has been putting on shows in Arizona since 1974, and hosts The Regular Radio Guy program on 93.3 KDKB every Sunday night. Zelisko announced the end of his relationship with Live Nation and his production compa ... More >>
JRCJRC The co-owner/founder of The Trunk Space invites you to Dr. Zombie's Movie Lab of Terror at the venue this Saturday, April 23. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? NPR. It's the the most "reasonable volume" news in the mornin ... More >>
Girl Talk - All DayAs we inch towards December -- traditionally a graveyard for non-Christmas related new releases -- the weekly roster of new music becomes dangerously slim. Some of the more notable new releases in this week's lineup include yet another Glee volume, a new Black Eyed Pe ... More >>
According to conventional wisdom, Mondays often suck. Today is not one of those Mondays, thanks to a goofy white dude from Pittsburgh named Gregg.Seemingly out of nowhere, Gregg Gillis has made his fourth Girl Talk album, All Day, freely available via illegal-art.net.Do you like Jay-Z r ... More >>
Iggy & The Stooges will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, amongst others.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting its induction ceremony tonight.Too bad you can only watch it if you get the Fuse channel, or if you happen to be at the Waldorf Astoria in New Y ... More >>
Chart Attack readers named Lucas Silveira of Canadian rockers The Cliks, the "Throw Your Underwear Award." This makes him the first transgender man to win. He even beat out Avril Lavigne's ex, Sum 41 front man Deryck Whibley. Considering that the rock world is progressive, but still has stark lin ... More >>
African musician does justice to Jimi
In anticipation of Queensrÿche's upcoming new album, we take a look at our picks for the "Top 10 Concept Albums of All-Time," ordered from least to most outstanding, with apologies to Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Styx's Kilroy Was Here for just barely missing the list.
It wasn't exactly a banner year for proprietors of the record-slinging shops. Album sales at in general were down 14 percent nationwide from 2007, and this obviously hit brick-and-mortar retailers where it counts. But while folks are increasingly more likely to boot-up CD Baby or iTunes to get t ... More >>
By Jonathan McNamara Last Wednesday, Music Editor Martin Cizmar gave mention of Futurekind's CD release party held at Last Exit this past Friday. Always on the look out for a new source of sonic sensation, I took his advice and checked them out for myself. Now you can too even if you didn't make ... More >>
It's got a good bite
Out of Africa
Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio
Shall We Dance? twirls into a feel-good finish
Gospel, blues, and R&B rolled into a "pop grab bag"
Death Cab for Cutie may make pretty indie-rock, but don't mess with 'em on their way to a wider audience
Producer of geniuses Daniel Lanois whips out his pedal-steel and goes it alone on Shine
In Whale Rider, a Maori lass confronts her heritage and destiny.
Redemption's Son (Real World/Universal)
2002 spent the year in a 9/11 hangover. Through the confusion, notable and amazing works still arose
The Blind Boys of Alabama bring their brand of Southern gospel closer to the mainstream -- and help keep roots music alive
Up (Geffen Records)
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Multitalented artist Joseph Arthur finds reward in more than just song
Gumbo celebrates Independence Day and Satchmo's birth with the latest in jazz, blues and heritage
The creators of Wallace & Gromit have cooked up a radical bucket of fun with Chicken Run
Not content to simply milk his invention, trance music pioneer BT continues to trip the light fantastic in a never-ending search for sound
Guided By Voices' Bob Pollard lives out his rock 'n' roll fantasy