R. Kelly

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    January 15, 2014

    Don't Listen To R. Kelly With Your Sister. Just Don't.

    [In his column Serrano Time, ward-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] When I was 15 years old, I punched a boy named Justin Zapata in the mouth (it was an impish punch, I'm sure, but a punch nonetheless). The punch served as the conclusion of an argument we w ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    R. Kelly's Black Panties, As Reviewed By Adorable Baby Animal GIFs

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning scribe and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] Here's what you need to know about Robert Sylvester Kelly: He's the fucking best. At singing. At wearing masks. At making videos of himself having sex. All of it. And so of ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Guys: Predatory Dance Floor Boners Are Not OK

    Gentleman, this is a public service announcement. We know that things can get hot and sweaty on the dance floor. The atmosphere is festive, the music is peaking and the ladies are looking good. You see one you like, and you want to dance with her. Totally cool. Men and women have been dancing togeth ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013
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    April 14, 2013

    New Order - Coachella - April 13, 2013

    New Order While over at the main stage the bulk of the Coachella crowd was enduring Phoenix with the hope that Daft Punk would come out -- they instead got R. Kelly -- a smaller but perhaps-more-enthusiastic crowd got a first-rate greatest hits set from New Order last night. See also: Doing Drugs ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013
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    February 8, 2013

    Ricky Brindley, What Are You Listening To?

    Ricky Brindley Brindley performs with sketch comedy troupe Bully Mammoth tonight at the Tempe Center for the Arts 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? The station that plays my iPod or 91.5-FM (NPR ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Dave Grohl's Sound City Documentary Is Coming to FilmBar in Phoenix

    Maybe you're a Foo Fighters fan and maybe you're not, but it's impossible to deny that frontman Dave Grohl knows how to milk the "famous rockstar" thing. He plays on records with his friends, teams up with his idols, and drums every now and then just to remind everyone that he's really, really good ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012
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    October 8, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.

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    October 4, 2012
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    August 15, 2012

    R. Kelly Cruise Canceled: Looks Like an Arizona-Based Company Is To Blame

    See also: The R. Kelly Love Letter Cruise Sets Sail in October! It's a pretty damn pleasurable idea: R. Kelly, a bunch of partiers, on a boat. But R. Kelly announced via his website on Friday, August 10, 2012 that the R. Kelly Love Letters Cruise was off, stating the folks that booked the thing, th ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Mr. ORNG, What Are You Listening To?

    Mr. ORNGMr. ORNG is the official Phoenix Suns Fan Ambassador -- and an avid Suns fan. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Ha-ha -- no key, keyless start. But to your point, 98.3 FM or 101.1 FM The Beat will be the main stations.What' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Ten Awesome Mixtapes To Download Right Now (NSFW)

    In this week's print edition we profile rapper Childish Gambino. Of course, if you don't recognize the name you might better know him as Troy Barnes on NBC's Thursday night comedy Community. Childish Gambino is just one of many up-and-coming talents who are breaking the hip-hop mold, and a big part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    R. Kelly Wants to Make 32 More "Trapped in The Closet" Chapters; Why This Needs to Happen

    ​Immoral rapper/lyrical genius R. Kelly is itching to keep his famous hip-hopera going. I don't know what he spends his money on, how much he's making these days, or how much it costs to produce an hour-plus music video. In any case, R. Kelly is seeking investors to fund 32 more chapters of "Trapp ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    December 15, 2011

    Alice Cooper, Balam Acab, Savant, and More in This Week's Issue

    ​Alice Cooper is a lot of things: Shock rock pioneer, radio personality, golfer, restauranteur, and advocate for at risk youth. This weekend's 11th annual Welcome 2 My Christmas Pudding event is yet another instance of Alice Cooper atoning for his dark, dark past (you know, like the chicken t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Terrible People Explain "Bill Murray"

    ​If you've ever been dumped, you know the therapeutic value of locking the doors, shuttering the windows, and losing your sorrow in a movie marathon. We've all got our favorites films and actors-- and for Cary Miller, who runs Surface to Air Records and fronts the rock band Terrible People -- ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Damon Brasch, What Are You Listening To?

    Damon Brasch​Welcome to What Are You Listening To?, a new weekly feature on Up on the Sun where notable locals talk about their favorite music. Damon Brasch Brasch is the owner and chef of Green restaurant in Tempe with a new location coming soon to Phoenix. He is also the guitar player for the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Singer/Assailant Chris Brown Added to Roster for Phoenix Celebrity Shootout

    ​Yesterday I kinda bagged on the "celebrities" committed to playing in this year's version of the annual Jack in the Box Celebrity Shootout at US Airways Center.Today organizers added another big name. The Good News: The name is big. REALLY big. Pretty much everyone who cares even a little about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    World Cup Theme by Shakira Plagiarized?

    While Americans don't take to football ("soccer" in our land) the way the rest of the world does, there's something special about the World Cup. Something so special, that even musicians can't help put take part in all the excitement. While R. Kelly wrote an official theme for the global quadrennial ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    The Gourds

    Swampadelic hippies the Gourds rock the Casbah all the way to Jericho

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    February 12, 2010

    6 Last Minute Valentine's Day Don'ts of this either. ​ News flash: Valentine's Day is in less than 48 hours. If you don't have plans now, you will be tempted to take dangerous paths towards Valentine's Day merriment. Luckily for you, we have experienced all of the possible p ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Creepy Tokio Hotel Record Cover, Roxanne Shante Doctorate a Fraud, R. Kelly Works on Jackson Tracks

    Electric Mustache: Videos: Miniature Tigers at The Ice HouseIdolator: Tokio Hotel's Frontman Reveals That He's Either A Robot Or A Real DollIdolator: Don't Go Calling Roxanne Shanté A Doctor YetNME: Ryan Adams records hair metal song for blogNME: R Kelly to complete songs recorded with Michael Jack ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Epitaph Tour Comes To Marquee on September 21

    Every Time I Die.​Epitaph Record's self-titled tour will be coming to Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Sept. 21. The tour features Buffalo hardcore act Every Time I Die and UK metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon. The latter was involved in a notable imbroglio when the singer was accused of pulling ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    New Smashing Pumpkins Drummer is 19, Weezer Names Album Raditude, New Wavves Song

    NME: Smashing Pumpkins confirm new drummerElectric Mustache: mp3: Headlights "Get Going"Idolator: Tommy Lee Plays With Fire, Gets BurnedIdolator: R. Kelly And Keri Hilson Make Love On The RadioPitchfork: Weezer Reveal Ridiculous Album TitleRolling Stone: Flaming Lips Road Test Dark New Tunes From "E ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Nayo Jones: You Asked For It

    ​Nayo Jones My Name Is Nayo Soul (PowerMove Records) Grade: C Critics have been commenting on the death of R&B for a few years now, to the point it's almost universally accepted that the genre is artistically bankrupt, with few if any quality acts still practicing the time-honored craft of m ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    Other People's Blogs: New R.Kelly, Rock Smells, Dandy Warhols Promote Pot

    Electric Mustache: Photos: Dusty Rhodes and the River Band @ The Yucca Tap Room 5/30Rolling Stone: R. Kelly Preps For New Album With Debut Mixtape, "Demo"Idolator: The Most Horrifying Song You Will Hear All Day: It's Like "Butterfly Kisses" Meets The Birds And The BeesWaved Rumor: Smells Like....Roc ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Rotten Tomatoes' Ofay-Centric Critics, and the Biggie Smalls Biopic Notorious

    There are very few film critics I can read without getting at least mildly peeved at their gasbaggery. But the critics' pool on the geek-fan site really ticks me off, particularly in regards to the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious, which I caught over the weekend.If you're a fan of ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    By Randall Roberts You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barrier ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Haunted House Review: Final Destination III

    By Martin Cizmar Final Destination III Arizona Avenue and Frye Road Chandler The good: Impressive acting, great props. The bad: Not as thought provoking as it could be, nor as controversial. The ugly: ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008


    Paper Trail

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    August 28, 2008
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    December 6, 2007
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    February 23, 2006

    Caramel Kisses

    P-town's bi-Beyoncé and her chubby Chamillionaire check up on some Latin flava at Pan Dulce

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    February 23, 2006


    Throw your clothes on the floor

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    February 2, 2006

    Death Pool for Cutie

    Everybody's gotta go sometime

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    January 5, 2006

    Hip-Hop's Trends in 2005

    A genre as big as Texas

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    January 5, 2006

    They Did What?

    2005's top WTF? moments

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    November 3, 2005
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    September 22, 2005

    Overseas MP3s

    For pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia

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    September 2, 2004

    What's Selling

    Top 10 selling CDs at Circles Records (800 N. Central Ave.) for August 22 through 28

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    January 1, 2004

    Original Soul

    This time, it's personal: Our look back at an intimate year in music.

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    December 25, 2003


    Soulstar (Def Soul)

    Private Room (Geffen)

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    December 11, 2003

    A Fan's Notes

    Ideas that were forgotten but not gone in 2003

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    October 2, 2003


    Ice Cream (DreamWorks)

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    June 19, 2003

    The Isley Brothers

    Body Kiss (DreamWorks)

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    January 30, 2003

    Wallpaper Chase

    On the coffee-house circuit, the trick is in outperforming the decor

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    September 13, 2001


    Aaliyah (Blackground)

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    September 6, 2001


    Now (Columbia)

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