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    February 18, 2013

    The xx, Rialto Theatre, 2/17/13

    The xx @ Rialto Theatre|2/17/13The rivalry between Phoenix and Tucson is well-documented, but I'm not about to talk crap: The Old Pueblo's Rialto Theatre is a gorgeous, well-organized venue, and it was a perfect place to watch as The xx closed out its current tour. Last night's show sold out well in ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Sufjan Stevens' "Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Tour: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice," Rialto Theatre, 12/3/12

    Sufjan Stevens @ the Rialto Theatre in TucsonIt was a night of deliberate holiday kitsch. It was an ugly Christmas sweater gone awry. If someone told me I mistakenly traveled down to Tucson for a Katy Perry Christmas celebration, based on the costumes, blow up unicorns, and giant game show style " ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Chicano Batman Descends Onto Phoenix

    It's bad enough the city has run amok with dastardly brown people crawling up and down the streets. So what's ol' Joe gonna do when El Caballero de la Noche swoops into town this weekend? The conservative pricks that run the proverbial show in Arizona have been targeting the Valley's Latino communit ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Popular Flagstaff Restaurateurs Expand to Tucson (Not Phoenix) and Who Can Blame Them?

    When Flagstaff restaurateur Paul Moir of Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar and Criollo Latin Kitchen and his good friend and fellow eat-local enthusiast Derrick Widmark of Diablo Burger left me a voice mail saying they had some good news to share, I was delirious. I figured they were expanding their ope ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Destroyer Announces Phoenix Date This Summer

    ​Up on the Sun favorite Dan Bejar and his band Destroyer released their newest album Kaputt more than a year ago. We liked it then, we liked it at the end of the year, we like it now still. It's a charming ode to the smooth sounds of late-'70s/early-'80s yacht rock, cannily balancing the line betw ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    What Makes the Ideal Music Venue in Phoenix?

    Time to stop living in the past, people. ​ Editor's Note: As we continue our observations of 2011, Up on the Sun contributor Christina Caldwell looks at the state of venues around town, and speculates about what the Phoenix music scene has and what it lacks. Answering "what makes a perfect music v ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Five Holiday Gifts for Your Metal-Loving Uncle

    ​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. It's hard to forget your metal-loving ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Jacki Orr, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Jacki Orr The multi-media artist, humorist, performer and publisher of the ladies' indie adult naughty mag PoolBoy Magazine hosts First Friday Night Live Friday, December 2 at The Firehouse at 11 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 online here. $7 tix at the door or $5 online here. When ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Los Lobos in Tucson: Derechos Humanos Refuses To Cross Sound Strike "Picket Line"

    Drew Reynolds Strikebreakers, rockers, or both? Los Lobos was never officially part of the Sound Strike, the musicians' boycott of Arizona over Senate Bill 1070, Sand Land's notorious breathing-while-brown law. But when the old-school Chicano rock band announced the cancellation of a gig at&n ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Sound Strike Responds To One-Sided Article

    Zack's been coming to AZ long before 1070 was an issueWhen I read the recent article "How a boycott meant to save Arizona is hurting it," I wondered to myself how its author, a woman by the name of Drew Grant, ended up writing such an insipid, one-sided piece about the Sound Strike, a piec ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Steve Earle Caves to Sound Strike Pressure, "Postpones" Tucson Show

    ​Score one for Zack de la Rocha, Javier Gonzalez and the Sound Strike.Steve Earle has bowed to intense pressure from organizers of a boycott of Arizona related to an immigration law that will never take effect, postponing his upcoming Arizona show indefinitely.In a statement, Earle says he was "un ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2011
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    January 12, 2011

    Calexico's Joey Burns on Giffords, Upcoming Show at Corona Ranch

    Joey Burns (left) is a big fan of Gabby Giffords. Giffords, in turn, is a big fan of his band, Calexico.​In 2008, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was given the chance to choose the "wake- up" music to roust her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, and the rest of the crew slumbering above Earth a ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Could Jan Brewer's Henchmen Close Tucson's Rialto Theatre?

    ​Jan Brewer might shut down Tucson's famed Rialto Theatre.Sounds weird, right? You thought she was so busy flubbing debates, hating on Mexicans and trying to keep her mentally-ill son's rape conviction on the d-low that she'd have bigger fish to fry.Nope. Turns out Ms. Brewer (alma mater: Glendale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Why Bands Play Tucson Instead of Phoenix

    ​It's possibly the oldest, loudest gripe in Phoenix's music scene: Why Tucson?By that they mean, "Why is this cool band that I really love playing that bumblefuck shithole down South when they could play our sprawling metropolis of interconnected stripmalls?"Electric Mustache's photographer/hatche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Incoming: Of Montreal, The Walkmen, Dungen, Sea Wolf, Ratatat

    Patrick Heagney​There was a huge slate of show announcements from Stateside Presents today, including a Halloween night show by of Montreal (pictured above) at The Rialto in Tucson.The Walkmen drop by The Clubhouse on September 17, while Ratatat comes to The Venue of Scottsdale on September 25 and ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Cypress Hill Cancels Tucson Show in Protest of SB 1070 (UPDATE)

    ​Sorry, folks: There will be no hits from the bong in Tucson. Latino rappers Cypress Hill posted an announcement on their website saying they will cancel an upcoming show at Tucson's Rialto Theatre because of the law, which requires Arizona law enforcement officers to ask suspected illegal immigra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Concert Review: Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta

    ​I cannot claim to be an expert on -- or even a dedicated aficionado of -- Latin music. My Spanish skills, though purportedly honed by classes taken over three years in high school and another two semesters in college, are more suited to ordering food and drinks than following the dialog ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009
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    September 9, 2009

    Sonic Youth Reschedules Phoenix Date, West Coast Tour

    Mr. Sampras stands in the middle right, between the familiar forms of Kim and Thurston.​Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo has fractured his left wrist in that most punk rock of ways -- playing tennis -- requiring the band to reschedule their upcoming west coast tour. The new dates include a stop a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Andrew Bird, Franz Ferdinand, Bon Iver, and Courtney Marie Andrews are Just Some of What's Selling at Stinkweeds Record Exchange

    It sucks pretty hard that Tucson gets all the cool shows these days. Like Andrew Bird, who's making a stop in the Old Pueblo this Saturday to gig at the Rialto, but won't make a stop in Phoenix. This truly blows, since we've been digging on the talented singer/songwriter since we first saw him perf ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2001

    Peace Out

    Roger Clyne and company postpone album release; Cousins of the Wize get some Love

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Critical Mass

    A recap of the releases that made it worthwhile to own a CD player in 1998