• Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Blessed Be This Heavy Metal Union in the Valley of the Sun

    When I saw this viral video the other week of the "most metal first dance at a wedding," I couldn't help but feel a little warm and fuzzy. The goth couple created a playlist that included song snippets from Grave Digger, Pantera, Devil Drive, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God and Rammstein.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The 25 Best Club Candids Photos of July

    The Club Candids crew logged a helluva lot of miles and shutter clicks in July as we found ourselves venturing into some rather interesting places From shiny and new Scottsdale bars to the dark and sweaty rave venues out in Mesa, we crisscrossed the Valley and sought out wild times while attempting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Horror Show The Evolution of the Metal Stage Show and the End of Mötley Crüe

    "For some, like Kiss, it is pure spectacle. Alice Cooper varies between psychodrama and pure theater. Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson said he feels their performance is close to pantomime. Talking Heads did surreal theater. Lady Gaga does surreal shock. The Rolling Stones opted for large circus-like p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Ghost B.C. Brings Together Heavy Metal and Dildos (Finally)

    It's about time someone finally brought heavy metal and sex toys -- a match made in heaven -- together in one package. And Swedish heavy metallers Ghost (also known as Ghost B.C.) was just the band to do it. Known for their eccentric on-stage presence -- five of the members (known as "Nameless Ghou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    NES in the West Tour, Trunk Space, 2/6/13

    NES in the West Tour with Mega Ran and The Writer's Guild @ Trunk Space | 2/6/13Local rapper Mega Ran a.k.a Random completed the Phoenix stop of his latest tour at the Trunk Space and made it a point to drive home the old saying: "You're only as strong as your crew." With solid supporting acts, as w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Synth Metal Band Element a440 Hoists Its Genre-Defying Freak Flag

    It doesn't matter who synth metal band Element a440 is playing with. It could be a punk band, a DJ, or death metal group. The outfit's only concern? To put on a theatrically, entertaining show, visually and audibly. In this week's issue, we profiled the band and delved into the details concerning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    The Year in Heavy Metal: 2012

    The year 2012 brought an array of exciting moments in heavy metal, from album releases by veteran acts like Napalm Death and younger bands like Goatwhore, to some of the biggest ever heavy metal festivals, to a few of my personal favorite interviews with metal legends. Enjoy -- and happy metal fuc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    8 Kids More Metal Than You

    See also: The Most Anticipated Heavy Metal Releases of the Fall See also: The 10 Hottest Chicks in Metal See also: Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear See also: A Closer Look at KUPD's MILF Contest 2012There are few things in this world that have the ability to coax an "Awwwww...that is so damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Four Must-See Shows This Weekend (And One Psychedelic Movie)

    Saturday, May 19: Yellow Submarine @ AMC Desert Ridge The actual Beatles don't actually show up in the 1968 animated flick Yellow Submarine (not until the end at least, and that's not John, Paul, George, and Ringo providing voices), but don't let that dissuade you from taking in a special noontime ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Our 12 Favorite NSFW Videos (NSFW. DUH.)

    See also: Miniature Tigers Get Sexy @ Crescent Ballroom We've documented the fact that Miniature Tigers' new album, Mia Pharaoh has no shortage of totally sexy songs. The group's latest video, "Sex on the Regular" furthers the vibe, featuring a fox lady with a singing vagina. You know, because no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Top 10 Music Videos of 2011

    It's a Katy Perry kind of year...​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. We've been counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment takes a look at 2011's best videos. Enjoy! Quite a few bomb-ass videos have been released ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Incoming: Il Divo, Rammstein, Yip Deceiver

    ​Multinational male opera group Il Divo has plans to make Phoenician females go crazy for good-looking foreign men who can sing beautifully.Opera might not be your thing, but Il Divo could very well change that. These guys have got some major pipes, and crossover ever-so-slightly into the pop musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    This Week in Music History: June 20 through 26

    Wikimedia CommonsHappy birthday, Brian Wilson​Music and musicians have been around for centuries, and every day, new music news breaks. Every Monday, we're going to take a look back at the notable music stories, births, and deaths that took place that week. This week was a doozy: Columbia Records ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Combichrist at the Nile Theater

    Photos by Maria VassettCombichrist​REVIEW BY DANIEL RAVEN Combichrist Nile Theater Sunday, May 22  Industrial is a tough genre for newer artists to emerge from and become truly successful in, but the potty-mouthed misogynists in Combichrist found the secret for doing just that:&nb ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Lil' Kim Beheads Nicki Minaj on New Mixtape Cover

    ​Nicki Minaj is dead to Lil' Kim, according to Idolator.When will these chicks stop ripping each other off? Nicki Minaj's whole character is partially modeled after and influenced by Lil' Kim. If Lil' Kim can't be the bad chick on the block then someone had to replace her, and Nicki Minaj came alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    9 Totally Crazy Pieces of Band Merch

    If someone is a hardcore fan of a band or artist, it seems he will shell out any amount of money to get his hands on their merch.I'm not just talking shirts or albums, either, and bands have been answering that call by offering up some truly ridiculous shit to satisfy the needs of their fans to have ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 15, 2010

    Mayhem Explained

    A Look At Each of the Mayhem festival’s Headliners

  • Music

    July 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    30 Highly Anticipated Albums of 2009

    With 2008 in the can, it's time to start thinking about what 2009 will bring, musically. The upcoming year is stocked full of highly anticipated albums, not to mention some very impressive debuts. As usual, the early part of the year looks to be leading the way with a throng of solid albums. The fol ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2008

    Apocalyptica Now

    There's always room for cello

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Future Shock: Apocalyptica, Etta James, and more

    Here are some upcoming shows that were just announced this week.

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2008


    What does Euro metal and the Hoff have in common? Answer below.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008
  • Music

    December 13, 2007
  • Film

    July 22, 2004

    Meow Mixed

    Batman's feline nemesis stretches out with her own film

  • Music

    January 23, 2003

    Hello, Cleveland!

    Unlike Spinal Tap, Iron Maiden made it to the stage, as a new boxed set gloriously demonstrates

  • Film

    August 8, 2002


    Bond is reincarnated — sort of — as a shaven-headed punk in xXx

  • Music

    August 23, 2001


    Mutter (Republic/Universal)

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Laughing Matters

    The Bloodhound Gang and Nerf Herder differ drastically in terms of musical style and stage presence, but they share emphasis on the humorous and insulting

  • Music

    October 8, 1998

    Father Cube

    Ice Cube re-stakes his position as a rap icon on the Family Values tour