Randy Jackson

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Mob Fam Release New Video for "Fresh As Im Izz," Set to Play Rocky Point Cantina Friday

    Latino hip-hop brothers Mob Fam were fresh off of signing with local legend MC Magic's music label, Nastyboy Records the last time we caught up with the Phoenix-natives. Javi C., T.S., and S.C., had also just finished wrapping filming for their first music video on the label for the single, "Fresh ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Holiday Gifts for Your Hip-Hop Cousin

    ​Alright, slacker. There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family. Yo yo yiggity yo, son. Christmas is u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Iceage at Yellow Canary Dance Hall, 7/19/2011

    Victor GonzalesIceage frontman Elias Rønnenfelt​ Iceage, Weird Ladies, and Nihilism Yellow Canary Dance Hall Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Hipsters and their irony -- goddamn, it's cute. The place is called Yellow Canary Dance Hall, however, there weren't any birds, and only a handful of people dancin ... 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

    January 31, 2011

    Handsome Family at Rhythm Room Last Night

    ​Handsome FamilyRhythm RoomSunday, January 30th, 2011"We stopped for coffee, in the redwood forest," Handsome Family guitarist/vocalist Brett Sparks sang, opening Sunday night's cozy show at the Rhythm Room. The lyrics, written by his wife and Handsome Family bassist/banjo-playing vocalist Rennie, ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    May 26, 2010

    'American Idol' Finishes Season with Crystal Bowersox as Clear Winner

    The winner's on the left​Well, American Idol fans, it's down to the wire. Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze had their final competitive performances, and the most boring season of Idol ever is almost over. What wasn't boring: Randy's outlandish outfit. What was up with that red jacket?Anyway, DeWyze ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    'American Idol' Teaches Us More About the Contestants, and the Show Is Not Boring for the First Time

    This teddy bear was the star of the night​Tuesday night was Beatles night on American Idol, and with no guest mentor, viewers were lucky enough to see clips of the contestants talking about each other, and real personalities were shown for the first time ever this season.And, everyone's also lucky ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Simon Cowell Leaving 'American Idol'

    ​Our music editor Martin Cizmar seems to think an American version of X Factor would be sort of pointless, but not if Simon Cowell has anything to do with it. The notoriously cranky American Idol judge wants to make the similarly performance-based X Factor a hit here in America, accordin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009

    Beat Wave

    Super Bowl’s DJ Ravidrums spins at the Mondrian

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Disco Wreaks Havoc on 'Idol'

    Disco: It's the musical genre that just won't die. Along with cockroaches and Twinkies, I'm pretty sure it's the only form of music that would survive a nuclear holocaust. It's been the butt of many a joke since it fell out of vogue in the 80s, but somehow, it still manages to find a tiny place for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    American Idol Top 9: 3 Pianos, 1 Guitar, And a Heaping Plate of Cheesiness

    What's up, fellow AI watchers? After a brief hiatus, I am back, here to write on a Michael Sarver, Jasmine Murray, Jorge Nunez and Alexis Grace-less Idol. We shed a single tear for them all, and sing an off-key version of "I Will Survive" in honor of all their efforts.To be honest, I pretty much for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    American Idol Group 2: Adam Lambert Will Rock Your Face Off Whether You Like it or Not

    After last week's Group 1 train wreck, American Idol's Group 2 was pretty much destined (to borrow a Randy Jackson-ism) to "knock it out the box" last night. And, overall, they did. Obviously, there were still some performances that made me want to strangle myself with my laptop power cord and those ... More >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2009
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    January 28, 2009

    Little Idol Thrill in Jacksonville (Hey, That Rhymed!)

    I've never been able to pinpoint exactly the reason, but I've always had an extreme, visceral dislike of the state of Florida. Maybe it's the alligators, perhaps it's the humidity that turns my hair into a giant puff ball, or maybe it's the fact that my parents forced my brother and I to spend every ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009

    Requiem for a Rock Band

    Phoenix Symphony salutes a heavy-metal legend

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    American Idol Gets All Southwest On Your Ass

    So last night marked the return of the out-of-control musical delusionfest known as American Idol. And the first episode of the eighth season featured summer auditions that took place RIGHT HERE IN PHOENIX!!! Oh my God, the excitement was just too much! How exciting was it going to be to see watch a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Kansas City American Idol Auditions Have Good, Bad and Ugly

    Tears, screaming and screeches - oh my! Wednesday's American Idol auditions, which were held in Kansas City, home of last season's Idol winner David Cook, had all of these things along with dozens of snarky comments from judge Simon Cowell.While one of our favorite moments took place in the beginnin ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008
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    January 10, 2008
  • Music

    February 1, 2007

    Led Nuts

    When you just have to keep a rock legend from swallowing his own tongue

  • Culture

    June 2, 2005

    Idol Cafe

    Just let them sing? What a concept!