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 >>
Geoff Tate has always been seen as one rock 'n' roll's archetypal frontmen. As the singer of progressive metal band Queensrÿche, the band sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, and sold out shows in dozens of countries. Tate is ranked in the top 20 on Hit Parader's 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists ... More >>
August is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. So check out the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley next month.
It can be easy to miss unless you're looking for it, but there's a lot of metal in the Valley, locals and touring acts alike. Our Metal Mondays columnist, Lauren Wise, is always on the lookout for the best local and national metal shows to come through town. That's why we had her compile this mont ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
As August winds down, it's time to start thinking about your upcoming Halloween weekend. Believe it or not, there's better options than sitting at home ripping through your siblings' candy for all the Reese's. I would suggest heading over to Axis/Radius for the 12th annual Ghostball, which features ... More >>
New Times has come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass -- and we're all out of bubblegum.New Times writers and designers have been nominated sixfold for this year's Association of Alternative Newsmedia's AltWeekly Awards.This comes a month after raking in 30 journalism awards, including first-place ... More >>
Queensryche wasn't in town last night, but for their fans, what went down at Club Red had to be the very definition of "next best thing." Following an introduction by Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, in town to pimp his Insania Wine, the Ryche took the stage.Arguably the premier Queensryche tribute ... More >>
Regardless of your politics, you have to admit that interesting things are happening musically at the White House. Since Barack took office, the First Family has hosted a number of notables in the music world. While last year included a "Jazz Studio", a country music celebration, and a classical mu ... More >>
Claudio Sanchez rocks out at the Marquee Theatre.Due to a guest list snafu, we were unable to attend last night's Coheed & Cambria concert. Here's how we imagine the show might have gone, had we actually seen it: Coheed & Cambria put on the show of a lifetime last night at the Marquee The ... More >>
Band: Prophet & The Cowboys of ApocalypseTitle: The EdgeBasics: The eight-song cowboyfied debut from metal man Prophet celebrates all things Arizona while also featuring songs written with some substance -- a rarity in this YAFI game. Prophet (who leads a band called St. Madness that was ripp ... 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 >>
Who Needs a Shepherd?
Maybe it's because I don't listen to a lot of it in my off hours - that time when I want only the sweet, sweet voice of Karen Carpenter to sooth me over AM radio - but I'm constantly surprised by the depth and quality of the Phoenix metal scene. In the seven months I've been doing You Asked For It I ... More >>
Today Dan Gibson, a Phoenix-based contributor to Idolator, e-mailed me about two shows we haven't mentioned here yet, but which are definitely worth telling you about.Leonard Cohen is coming to Dodge Theatre on April 5 (presale tickets Tuesday) and Depeche Mode is coming. We didn't get the Depeche M ... More >>
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.
Here's what happened
Ax on a plane
New discs from local acts
Umlaut pioneers bring noisy lucidity
De-Loused in the Comatorium (Strummer/Universal) Vendetta Red Between the Never and the Now (Epic)
The Piersons carry on as a trio for CD release party and for their sidelined brother
After a series of twists and turns worthy of a daytime soap, Sunny Day Real Estate returns -- this time for good
New Times music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets
Billy Squier gets philosophical and Trashman gets sick
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as passionless poseurs
The promised reviews are here at last