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    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 >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Metal of Honor Harness the Power of Metal for Charity

    A few weeks back we brought you a list of our favorite heavy metal charities. Here's one that we saved for this week, since Phoenix metal lovers can interact with this one as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this Friday, July 11, at Ak-Chin Pavilion. That's because this charity is ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Local Rock Bands Help Celebrate Epic Music Store's One-Year Anniversary

    It's been one year since Epic Music opened its doors, and the store is looking to celebrate. The store is hosting an anniversary concert at Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 14. The night is set to feature local bands Tricus, St. Madness, Jerry Robison, and Death Awaits, many of which are ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Top 8 Metal Shows in Metro Phoenix This June

    Now more than ever, there is lot of metal -- from comedy to thrash to black to grindcore -- getting slung in and around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and touring acts alike. As such, Up on the Sun's resident metal scribe, Lauren Wise, is on the lookout for the best upcoming sh ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Top 11 Metal Shows in Phoenix This December

    It can be easy to miss unless you're looking for it, but there's a lot of metal in the Valley, locals and touring acts alike. Our Metal Mondays columnist, Lauren Wise, is always on the lookout for the best local and national metal shows to come through town. That's why we had her compile this mont ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Six Hollywood Stars Who Are Undercover Metal Heads

    When it comes to Hollywood, metalheads are usually portrayed in a... not so flattering light. We're the drunks and stoners, braindead from too much head-banging, clad in grimy vintage band t-shirts and greasy hair. Well, that may be so. But who is Hollywood to judge? I'd take our stereotype over t ... More >>

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    August 31, 2013

    Black Sabbath - US Airways Center - 8/30/13

    Black SabbathUS Airways CenterAugust 30, 2013 (View the complete slideshow.)There were more devil horns on display at Black Sabbath's concert Friday night than at an ASU football game. That's not surprising, however, given the band's affinity for dark lyrics, occult-like imagery and satanic referenc ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Doyle: You Wouldn't Believe How Many Popular Musicians Have Regular Jobs

    Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein is most often identified as a celebrated member of horror punk act the Misfits, brought into the band at the tender age of 16 in 1980. Originally a roadie for the band, he was taught how to play guitar by his brother, Misfits bassist Jerry Only, and Glenn Danzig. He a ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time

    By Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    The Best Food Trucks and Food Porn for Metal Fans

    Everything eventually turns into porn. Guitar porn--Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 is all about it--whiskey porn... well, regular porn. But recently, food porn has blown up. Which is great for me. You see, there are only a few things that I take voracious pleasure in consuming, and two of those indul ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013
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    July 4, 2013

    Jeremy Spencer: "We're Five Finger Death Punch; We Sound Like What We Sound Like"

    Five Finger Death Punch appeals to a particular demographic in heavy metal: Their testosterone-driven, in-your-face music is heavy and angry at all that is evil--destruction, internal struggles, politics, war, bullying. Every friend I have in the armed services loves them. I've heard of soldiers who ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    That Tupac hologram probably gave the whole industry a scare, but for the moment it looks like tribute bands are safely ensconced as the only way you'll be able to see, say, Pantera live. A night of cover bands at the Marquee, don't-call-it-chillwave at Last Exit Live, the less-wordy parts of Grac ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013
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    May 28, 2013

    Eight Metal Bands That Killed It at Rock on the Range; See Three in Phoenix Soon

    Founded in 2007, Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range has become one of heavy metal's largest events, and every year, it just gets bigger and better. As Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach said in an interview: "As far as rock festivals in America go, Rock on the Range in No. 1 in my book. Straight f****n e ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Golden Gods 2013: How Gene Simmons Gets Out Of Interviews And Other Black Carpet Tales

    If you've been reading this whiskey-drenched, devil-horn-throwing column every week for more than a year, here's a little thank-you flashback to the beginning. In one of the first Metal Mondays installments, I talked about the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles--basically the heavy metal Gra ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    When Did Metal Fans Start Hating Each Other?

    As a metal head, I often face lots of people who assume I don't listen to anything else. Of course, I'm guilty of it too. It's the first agitated thought I have when douche bags roll up next to my car blasting Soulja Boy and all I want to do is ram into them. I automatically assume they have terri ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    The 17 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

    I'm almost a little bummed that the world didn't end on December 21. No War of the Worlds or 2012 scenes became a reality, although I was so sure that the only reason gas prices were down was because all the rich people were holed up in their submarines, burrowed into the Alps like a goddamn modern- ... More >>

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    October 28, 2012

    Korn at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 10/27/12

    Korn @ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum | 10/27/12 The Arizona State Fair got its yearly dose of metal when Korn paid a visit to the valley last night at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The nu metal pioneers treated fans of all ages to a career-spanning set consisting of hits, covers, and sta ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Shows Off His "Blood & Guts"

    Just in time for the Halloween season, noted heavy metal icon and horror enthusiast Scott Ian of Anthrax has launched a new web series,Blood & Guts, on the Nerdist YouTube channel. Ian visits various horror-oriented special effects studios, gets a close-up look at famous movie props (think the ori ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Recommended Roadtrip: Southwest Terror Fest This Weekend in Tucson

    In the past I have definitely bitched about how the Southwest gets skipped over by a lot of metal festivals. But here's some good news: our fair state is finally putting on one of its own. This weekend the Southwest Terror Fest goes down in Tucson, serving as a crazy-ass kick-off to the Halloween se ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Is Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah and Pantera Going to Open a Strip Club in Phoenix?

    Back in 2007 when Vinnie Paul and Chad Gray announced their new band Hellyeah, fans weren't sure what to expect of group made from members of Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan, and Nothingface. No doubt it was going to be heavy, but would it gear towards visual theatrics and sonic experimentation like M ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Is Heavy Metal Really The Devil's Music?

    See also: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson to Headline KUPD's Desert Uprising See also: Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "Why I'm Trying to Become a Pastor" Last week, I found myself in an awkward conversation with douchebag with a popped collar and frosted tips. He asked me if I worshipped "the Devil," lo ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Here's The Heavy Metal Soundtrack to Your Sexcapades You've Been Looking For

    We might not all agree on musical taste, I mean, metal, indie rock, jazz, hip-hop, none of it is made for everyone, but I think we can all agree that there's really nothing so appealing as all-out sex appeal. Sex might not be the first thing you think of when you think of heavy rock, but it's in the ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Corsets and Grindcore; The Dudes Get it Right, the Bitches Own It

    Once again I found myself writing a Metal Monday column on a plane with a glass of whiskey. I'm headed to Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, to see Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, and about 30 other acts (stay tuned for that review next week). Most importantly, I'm sitting nex ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Heavy Metal Is Going to Be Fine

    See also: Metal Mondays: Phoenix Needs a Heavy Metal Strip Club A friend of mine brought up a very pertinent question the other day, questioning the validity of current heavy metal. Metal will always have fans, turned on by classic metal gods who've been around for decades or whatever crap current ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy and Five Other Self-Help Books From Eccentric Sources

    Sometimes help can come from the unlikeliest of places. You might not think of Ozzy Osbourne as a self-help guru, but you sure as hell can't say the the dude doesn't know how to survive. His years of hard living benefit his new book, Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy, out on bookstore shelves today. In the b ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    July 19, 2010

    Mayhem Festival, Silversun Pickups, and Drag Wars Over the Weekend

    ​Smashingsun Pumpkinups at Marquee Theatre on 7/17/2010 Anyway, I decided to stick around to see the next band, which, as luck would have it, turned out to be beloved 90s alt-rockers Smashing Pumpkins, on tour again and playing what seemed to be some b-sides from Gish. Pretty sweet, right?...f ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Lady Gaga, Rise Against, Disturbed Join Korn's BP Boycott. Oh, Yes, and Creed Too!

    ​When news of Korn's boycott of BP broke last week it sorta looked like a joke. I mean, at first, it was pretty much just marble-mouthed Jonathan David, his band and fellow 90s-refugees Backstreet Boys.Now, well, the lineup is not awesome or anything, but it's getting better. One huge, relevant ar ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    What's Selling: Zia Records Tempe

    ​Though spring break may be fast approaching, college kids are still buying up the latest and greatest at Zia Records in Tempe. Though indie rock typically makes up most of the top ten album sales at this location, there are a few unexpected records that made the cut this week.While Joanna Newsom ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Nick Jonas & The Administration and Other New Releases

    Take in the eye candy that is Nick Jonas​If there's any teeny bopper performer who really stands out for having musical chops these days, it's Nick Jonas, the youngest JoBro--and also the cutest. The 17-year-old Virgo writes much of the Jonas Brothers' music and is the bonafide leader of ... More >>

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    November 14, 2009

    An Eviscerating Experience: GWAR at Marquee Theatre on Saturday, November 14

    Photos by E. GrovesGWAR singer Oderus Urungus​Nothing was sacred in splatter metal band GWAR's theater of costumed insanity at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Saturday. Michael Jackson's face got ripped off. Babies were disemboweled. President Obama's noggin got partially severed and was rolling a ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009

    FX Marks the Spot

    West-side horror emporium centers on a bloody piece of local color

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    June 2, 2008

    In-Stores for You Today: June 2

    As much as it blows having to report to work after a weekend of fun, sometimes Mondays aren’t all that bad. Like this coming Monday (June 2, for all you calendar checkers out there) offers a couple cool-ass events to check out after you’ve clocked out for the day.

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    February 28, 2008
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    October 5, 2007
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    September 6, 2007

    Brown Box Breakout

    DJ AL3 pushes all envelopes

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    August 23, 2007
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    March 22, 2007
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    July 27, 2006
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    January 5, 2006

    Rogues' Gallery

    Racists, louts, and terrorists earned their place among the best of 2005

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    November 24, 2005
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    November 10, 2005
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    September 15, 2005

    SuperMix Saturday

    Our nightlife ninjas brave crackheads and broken bra straps to party 'til dawn at RedMonkey

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    April 14, 2005

    Caught on Disc

    Finding ultraviolence on DVD, and old-school punk on CD

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    March 29, 2001

    Monster Magnet

    God Says No (A&M)

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    December 3, 1998

    Frying Chaucer

    Steamrolling a classic, Canterbury Street turns into a dramatic dead end

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    August 27, 1998

    Night & Day

    August 27 - September 2

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