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 >>
Arizona Highways magazine won't be hitting the newsstands this month, after it wrongly identified a certain mushroom as being edible.Let's just say that while most people wouldn't consider the fly agaric mushroom to be edible, hippies at a Phish concert might.
What do Fugazi and The Grateful Dead have in common? The similarities go beyond diehard fans and a few experimental instrumental tracks. These Washington, D.C. post-hardcore juggernauts have joined the ranks of live-oriented acts like The Grateful Dead and Phish by sharing an archive of over 800 li ... More >>
Enrique Iglesias wasn't down to be on board with Britney for an upcoming tour after all, according to the Amplifier.Only two hours after Britney made the tour announcement on Good Morning America, Enrique bailed from Britney's tour, and I sure don't blame him.Enrique dropped out without an explan ... More >>
Usher, Mariah Carey and Beyonce are among some of the artists that have been performing for the family of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, according to Rolling Stone.Qaddafi's sons Muatassim and Seif al-Islam al-Qaddafi hired the afformentioned artists for their consecutive New Year's parties. M ... More >>
Sour Soul, a funky indie-rock band from Mexico City, will be at Rogue Bar on March 8.Please, no one mention this to Sheriff Joe. True, the band played 110 other dates north of the border last year, and, yes, they don't particularly look like the economically-oppressed small-town Mexican day labor ... More >>
After facing charges for cocaine possession in September, Bruno Mars is taking a plea deal, according to MTV News.He's scheduled to appear before a judge in Las Vegas on February 4, a week before the Grammy Awards. He will be pleading guilty to his charges.As long as Bruno Mars, whose real name i ... More >>
Hardcore fans of jam bands are a very giving, as are the bands they support. The Grateful Dead recently donated some band memorabilia to a charity auction, while Phishheads/Phans (call them what you will) have raised and distributed over $1 million for charity organizations started by fans of the ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Martin CizmarClick here for more photos from the festival where Phish 3D was recorded.A concert film that takes viewers inside Phish's three-day Festival 8 will be screened at two Phoenix-area movie theaters next week.Phish 3D was shot at Festival 8 in Indio, California during Halloween weekend ( ... More >>
Electric Mustache: 10 Music Documentaries You Really Should SeeElectric Mustache: Turn Back O Man @ Local First Festival 11/7/09Idolator: Fergie Calls Kanye West "Gay Friendly" (But Not a Gay Fish)Idolator: Eat It, 'Les Miz': Pop Music Takes Over BroadwayNME: Steven Tyler onstage with Joe Perry: 'I' ... More >>
Martin CizmarSee more pics from Phish Festival 8 in our slideshow. It's odd to think of Phish's massive Festival 8 in Indio, California as "intimate" but that's exactly what some of the band's long-time fans were saying this weekend. The 3-day fest held at the same Indio, California polo g ... More >>
The Final Shake! at the Rogue After five long years of indie/rock/electro/etc. dance tunes, celebrity guest DJs and stylish drunks gyrating on the dance floor, Shake! finally let out its death rattle. Fortunately the old dame went out with a bang and not a whimper Saturday night, yielding an ... More >>
Did you miss Phish's festival in Indio, California last weekend but just really, really want to be at a show where everyone is high? You're in luck, as 311 comes to The Marquee on Dec. 10. If smack is more your speed there's also a Sublime cover band coming through as part of this week's announce ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Lou Dobbs' Account of Gunfire Incident "Chuckled" at by New Jersey Police Spokesman Up ... More >>
Phish Halloween Indio, California = Pumpkin carving contest. Phish takes the stage playing "Party Time" in Indio, California for their Live 8 Festival. The reunited Vermont jam band is combining two of their biggest traditions, a massive festival and a Halloween concert that features the ... More >>
Idolator: The Case Against Phish's Name: Why It Seems Like PETA's Press Releases Are Being Written By "The Onion" Editorial Staff NME: Amy Winehouse launches St Lucia residency bid State Press: Review of Wilco show in Tucson Electric Mustache: Renminbi's New EP is Free and Great Idolator: Would You ... More >>
Idolator: The Case Against Phish: Why A Once-Great Band Should Have Stayed Dead Waved Rumor: The Points/Said Gun, Modified, Phoenix Pitchfork: Wavves Cancel First Post-Meltdown Show Rolling Stone: Flashback: Phoenix's "Lisztomania" Makes Ringwald And Cryer Feel Like Dancing Spin: Amanda Palmer Talks ... More >>
The Dish: Queensrÿche singer to appear at Chandler Whole FoodsRolling Stone: "American Idol" 's Adam Lambert on Sexing Up Johnny Cash and Getting on His SoapboxPitchfork: Meg White Got Married in Jack White's Backyard Last WeekendNME: Brody Dalle's new band Spinnerette announce LA/NY datesRolling S ... More >>
Langerado, an annual music festival in Miami, has announced it's canceling its 2009 event because of sluggish ticket sales. The festival, which has been going since 2003, had problems beyond the economy, having moved from a rural Indian reservation where a legendary Phish show happened to downtown a ... More >>
By Martin Cizmar Q-Tip is a perfectionist. Or so he said Monday night as he derailed his show one song in, taking a five-minute interlude to adjust the sound. “Any of ya’ll bloggers out there? Any bloggers?” he asked. “So when you blog about this, just be a little gracious. ... More >>
Max and the Marginalized: Tuesday, July 15, at Modified Arts By Clay McNear Max Bernstein, Jon Ryggy, and Dave Watrous -- the musicians who comprise the political-punk band Max and the Marginalized -- will be shocked by what I'm about to do. What's that, you ask? Lump them in with Vanilla Ice and ... More >>
'Fro better blues
Indie rock teams up with a baseball video game. No, really
Musical taste reveals more than you think
Capturing the sounds, the souls and the smells of Battle of the Jams
Phish launches its first summer tour in three years in Phoenix -- and attracts a maturing audience
And the trip continues
The influence of Jamaican remixes has spread far and wide since British punk rockers took to dub reggae in the 1970s.
Local improv musicians converge on Sail Inn for 4:20 Fest. Sedona may lie in their future.
The Icelandic band cometh
Round Room (Elektra)
O.A.R. traveled instantly from Ohio State University to touring nationally. They have only their fans to thank.
For his first official solo album, Phish's Trey Anastasio scales back the guitar and hauls out the funk
The Disco Biscuits give fans of electro-jam fusion something to snack on
Trio of Valley vets proves to be the Wild Bunch of local music
The Dark Side of Oz? Man, that's just the tip of the iceberg.