Rubber Brother Records is really cool--the cassettes, the amazing DIY shows, the sincere work with high-school-aged musicians, and now a seamless transition from an epic underground festival to a sardine-can-tight all-ages show at Crescent Ballroom along with one of Phoenix's premier acts, Wooden In ... More >>
Pop music has a proud tradition of socially awkward lead singers--the Brian Wilsons, the shoegazers, the Rivers Cuomos. They are not what this list is about. This is about the other kind of frontman and frontwoman--the one who gets inside your head, or maybe right up in your face.
Welcome to the holiday season nexus. Please turn in your seasonally appropriate pop songs. Please return to the city where you work. Please await further instructions. Do not think about New Year's Eve. It's not here yet, and kind of a disappointment anyway. (View our complete concert calendar her ... More >>
Sometimes it seems like wishing for a band to be famous is just the most polite way imaginable of wishing for all of its members to lead miserable, unloved, unfulfilling lives. Rest assured that when our writers got together to talk about Phoenix bands who deserve to be famous none of us meant it th ... More >>
How Emby Alexander learned to love the cassette tapes trend and how they may have captured the Phoenix Lights in their latest video.
Given the recent press devoted to the return of the cassette, you may have expected a bigger coming-out party than the first-ever "Cassette Day" on September 7. The Zia Records Exchange on Camelback rolled out all of six cassettes at the front counter, all easily dwarfed by a Questlove book and a Be ... More >>
So this one time, my brother left a large tube of salami under our bunk bed -- because he likes to hoard food -- and totally forgot about it for three weeks, until it started to smell so bad that we almost called the paramedics. We looked down there and there's this dildo-shaped green pickle that's ... More >>
Located just an hour and a half north of the valley, Prescott is better known being a premier Christmas getaway than for its artistic community. With a population composed of more retirees than the average small town, it's safe to assume that its music scene is also a little dated. The introduction ... More >>
Hope those thinking caps aren't too snug: Phoenix New Times' Big Brain Awards are back. The annual awards designed to recognize innovative artists in the fields of design, visual art, fashion, performing art, and culinary art, and give each $500 for their creative endeavors.
If you're like us, you're probably already sick of hearing about the Rapture that didn't happen last Saturday. But we reserve the right to kick dead horses, even in the midst of our apocalypse fatigue. This week, Up on the Sun comic artist Robbie Pfeffer explores a world without Christians -- or ... More >>
Tragedy struck the hip-hop world last Sunday, when rapper M-Bone (of the group Cali Swag District) was killed in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, California. As of this writing, the investigation is ongoing, and police have not released the names of any potential suspects, nor any possible ... More >>
Sometimes, when art imitates life, you get a bunch of glorified karaoke videos dressed as talent competition shows. In this week's "Noise Complaint" comic, Robbie Pfeffer explores the vacuous realm of music and celebrity judges on "reality" TV.
www.reverbnation.com/blackbottomlightersBlack Bottom LightersThis weekend, you can have your local funk and experimental art rock, too. Not only are Black Carl and Gospel Claws playing a free show at hip hot spot The Duce on Friday, but there's another killer music show of local acts lined u ... More >>
To some people, being cool is all about not caring if you're cool. This week, Up On the Sun cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer explores the idea that the less effort you put into being hip, the more hip you really are -- and if you're putting more effort into putting less effort into being hip, you' ... More >>
French pop star Yelle played Rhythm Room last week and Up On The Sun cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer was there.As a result, he has some advice for people who wish to blog about such events. Read on for those tips...
Were you at the big Soundwave Music Festival at Big Surf this weekend?If so, check out our photos here. While you're browsing through those photos maybe play a little Where's Waldo with the face of Up On The Sun cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer.Pfeffer hadn't been to a rave in several years, and suffere ... More >>
Are you going to Coachella?Woooooo! Awesome!Now shut up about it -- at least if you're talking to Up On The Sun's cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer.Robbie is sick of hearing about how awesome the music festival in Indio, California is going to be, as shown with this week's installment of his comic.
Remember Rebecca Black?Her Hung-ian fame is probably already on the wane, but Up On The Sun cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer remains fascinated by her meteoric rise and nearly simultaneous fall. It used to take years for a teen sensation to become a tabloid fodder. No more.Check out Pfeff ... More >>
It's Spring Break at Arizona State University which means the streets of Tempe are silent as most date-rapers and date-rapees their victims are out in Lake Havasu (note: for the love of God, not Rocky Point, please don't be in Rocky Point! Your mother is sick with worry! She can't sleep ... More >>
There's a certain art to pouring an espresso shot, and many baristas won't serve a shot of espresso if it's not perfect. Robbie Pfeffer, manager of The Fixx coffee shop and arts venue in Tempe, says some people take "the art of espresso shots" too seriously, but even he throws out his first shot ... More >>
Would you correctly identify Blessthefall as a Christian band? To me, it seems sorta obvious that the local post-hardcore band on Fearless Records with "bless" in the name is pro-religion.Yet this is the band that gave Noise Complaint cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer his "Freddie Mercury Momen ... More >>
In this week's Noise Complaint comic, Up On The Sun cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer riffs on the sorry state of the Valley's bus system.Sure, they might have What Laura Says doing cute little commercials for them, but the Valley's buses as seen through his eyes aren't anywhere you'd happily be. Some ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
In this week's Noise Complaint comic, Up On The Sun cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer bemoans the fate of one of his favorite Scottsdale spots. The Chop and Wok in Scottsdale, which is a really cool place, recently had a devastating fire. The bar is still open, though, so do your part by stopping by for ... 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. What's up with Frankie Muniz's alleged suicide threat? How fast is the Arcade Fire show at Comerica Theatre g ... More >>
In this week's Noise Complaint comic, Up On The Sun cartoonist Robbie Pfeffer imagines what county jail would be like for the typical Phoenix hipster...Enjoy!
Welcome to the second installment of Phoenix New Times new music cartoon Noise Complaint drawn by local artist/publisher/musician/venue operator Robbie Pfeffer.Click through to see the cartoon.
Hey there,Today Up On The Sun is stoked (YES, "STOKED" IS THE RIGHT WORD) to debut a new music-related comic by local artist/musician/venue operator Robbie Pfeffer.It's called Noise Complaint and is awesome.That's really all the introduction this new feature needs. Come back for more weekly.You c ... More >>
The Mill Avenue scene has always been well-lubricated -- more boozy than arty, with happy hour deals and/or long lines of girls in heels, depending on the spot.The Fixx aims to change that. The new all-ages coffee house/venue at 15 E. 7th Street, behind Jack In The Box, will officially open Satur ... More >>