Record Store Day is tomorrow. So I shouldn't have been surprised when my editor said, "Hey, maybe you can write something about Record Store Day." Makes sense. I do write under the moniker Record Store Geek. It's just that my editor has only asked me for one specific column in the entire two yea ... More >>
Some residents of Moon Valley, a well-to-do North Phoenix neighborhood, are not giving up their fight against a Goodwill retail store that's opening there, in their neighborhood.With the store's grand opening scheduled for tomorrow, some residents are actually planning to picket outside the store.
On Wednesday, Tesco, the English-based company and owner of Fresh & Easy, announced it was getting the hell out of the U.S. and selling its money pit grocery store chain that wouldn't let you touch the fruit, never had the brands you wanted, and made you check out your own damn self. See also: - CL ... More >>
By Brett Koshkin While the corpses of corporate music retail chains litter strip malls where outlets like Tower Records and Blockbuster Music once stood, Amoeba Music is an independent juggernaut with three California-based stores the size of supermarkets. They've been a celebrated shopping destina ... More >>
The quickly expanding lineup of McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013 has added two more big names to the roster: The Shins and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes. The 2013 installment of the festival is looking to have the most impressive lineup in MMMF history, as The Shins and Sharpe join Th ... More >>
See also: Tediberto's: Drop Your Vitamix and Put on Your Animal-Friendly Dancing Shoes, Vegans, We're Goin' Out to Eat See also: Vegan Mexican Restaurant Coming to Downtown Phoenix See also: Vegan Mexican Restaurant Owner Not Helping Stereotype of Vegans It's one of the worst kept secrets in the do ... More >>
Whether you got up early to buy the Feist/Mastodon split or went to one of the many free shows in town yesterday, it's safe to say that yesterday was a good day. Stinkweeds celebrated its 25th anniversary and Record Store Day with a barbecue and live performances by Dylan Pratt, Mergence, Source Vic ... More >>
If you're "desperate and humiliated" because you're 35 years old and living with your mother, getting caught stealing more than $45,000 worth of merchandise from 25 different Walmart stores probably won't remedy that.Still, that's what police are saying Jason Dee Draper did to land him in jail on 28 ... More >>
Aaron Dontez Yates, better known to the world as Tech N9ne, is not a big fan of the typical. "How many black dudes do you see painting their faces and coming out with bishop robes on the stage?" he asks me, speaking from his tour bus "somewhere in New Mexico." He's taken a strange, twisted path ev ... More >>
Unite and Take Over Vol. 2, Record Store Day variant cover by Jason PedersenOne of our favorite Kickstarter success stories was last year's Unite and Take Over, a graphic collection of songs inspired by the lyrics of The Smiths. Editor and writer Shawn Demumbrum took to the crowd-funding s ... More >>
Fred's at Barneys New York, the stylish, modern bistro and brainchild of Fred Pressman, son of Barneys New York founder Barney Pressman, closed today. Located on the second floor of Barneys New York, which opened in October of 2009 in the Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, a Barneys' associa ... More >>
Yesterday, Pitchfork did an interview with experimental musician John Maus as part of their Guest List series. Most of the interview was typical stuff from the column, with Maus riffing on his love of South Park, Odd Future, Panda Bear, and Ariel Pink. Things took a weird turn, however, whe ... More >>
This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts... Why did Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst diss Lady Gaga's concert in Arizona? What are Phoenix's most obnox ... More >>
"Folks who work here are professors. Don't replace all the knowers with guessors -- keep'em open -- they're the ears of the town." - Tom Waits, on the important of independent record stores. If you're a nerd like me, April 16 isn't just another Saturday. It's Record Store Day, the day independent ... More >>
Tech N9ne wants you to visit StinkweedsRecord Store Day is upon us this weekend, the day set aside by, well, record stores, to showcase their goods, and debut a whole mess of exclusive collector items. Phoenix-area shops are planning all sorts of special events to sweeten the deal. In ... More >>
Alan Ellis, operater of former p2p juggernaut OiNK, was cleared of all charges last Friday in a British court.For those not in the know, file-sharing is a pretty big way of life for some music fans. Shawn Fanning pushed the practice into prominence in the late 1990s with his super-slick software ... More >>
Simply Bread's fabulous challah.Today is the infamous Black Friday, and even if you're not braving the Wal-Mart madness or the bumper cars of a mall parking lot today, you've likely got shopping on the brain. What auspicious timing for Local First Arizona to introduce Buy Local W ... More >>
eMusic adds Sony and pisses off its indie rock-savvy clienteleThese troubling financial times call for belt-tightening across American society. We all know what's going on with the auto industry, and the record industry is not safe from this recession. As announced Monday, online music retailer eMus ... More >>
Record Store Day - it exists and it is happening this SaturdayBelieve it or not, record stores still function in this digital day and age. On top of that, this Saturday is Record Store Day, or "Time to Give a Shit About Record Stores." While record stores are a debatable topic, a day that celebrates ... More >>
The Z Gallerie stores on Mill Avenue in Tempe and at Scottsdale's Fashion Square Mall closed over the weekend after huge sales that saw quality home furnishings going for 75 percent off.While the mall still has big-name anchors like Nieman-Marcus and Dillard's, the funky furniture store was itself a ... More >>
Happy New Year, Phoenix. Here's one last look at 2008 with the top five blogs as determined by the sheer number of eyes that read them. Catch the top three slots after the jump. 5 - The Nintendo Experience Mobile Tour I want to be the kind of Nintendo fan that happily shrieks at the chance to pl ... More >>
By Lilia Menconi Everyone has felt the pressure to really bring it with personal style. You've got a big work event coming up and it's necessary to make an impression. Easy enough. You hit the gym a little harder a month before and grab up some fashion magazines to help you make the perfect attire ... More >>
What the hell is wrong with Metallica? I had some empathy about the whole Napster snafu in 2000, when the band complained about copyright violations and being ripped off for royalties when Napster was a free file-sharing site. Metallica won a settlement from Napster (now a pay site), and alienated a ... More >>
Saturday, April 19 marks National Record Store Day, whereupon hundreds of independent record stores across our great nation will celebrate the (sadly) dying breed of “mom & pop” music shops through sales, giveaways, food, and live music.
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