Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz. When you are a music geek like I am, you are constantly aware of the music that's playin ... More >>
"The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it." --B.B. King "Metal confronts what we'd rather ignore. It celebrates what we often deny. It indulg ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Soul legends Ike & Tina Turner were renowned for their personal lives as much as their music career. In songs like "Should'a Treated Me Right" and "A Fool in Love," you can't help but cheer Tina on. In spite of the couple's strife, they were responsible for some great songwriting. See also: The Fat ... More >>
There are plenty of ways to show someone that you think they're sexy. Some methods are subtler than others, but Rod Stewart wants ladies to be direct and just reach out and touch him. Tempe rockers Rough Tough Dynamite take a culinary approach with their synthed out surf cover of "Da Ya Think I'm ... More >>
Say "Sex Pistols" and the names Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten might come to mind. Less likely is someone shouting out, "Glen Matlock." But they should; not only is he the band's original bassist, but drummer Paul Cook suggests he wrote most of the songs on the infamous Never Mind the Bollocks, Here' ... More >>
"This City," the first single from Patrick Stump, previously know as "that guy in Fall Out Boy who doesn't flash his wang on the interwebs," drops on iTunes today.The single, which features Lupe Fiasco, is from Stump's upcoming solo debut, Soul Punk. The record has been plagued with delays, but ... More >>
Being biased is just another part of doing jobs at Fox News. This time, they're suddenly changing their opinion of rapper Common now that he has received an invitation to a White House event, according to Rolling Stone.Fox News has labeled Common as a "vile rapper" without any support. The claim ... More >>
Is Weezy sober as good as the Weezy who was getting blazed and freestyling about Al Sharpon in a 9 minute song? Now that Lil Wayne is out of jail and on probation he's supposed to stay straight, which is bound to have an impact on his work. So is it for the better or not? Ben Westhoff tackles tha ... More >>
Rod Stewart ca. 1984Rod Stewart is the leader in the clubhouse for this week's just announced shows. He's 66-years-old and is the former lead singer of the Faces and The Jeff Beck Group. People who know of his non-solo work appreciate it, but the majority of folks cherish the Brit for his solo caree ... More >>
Jonathan McNamaraAir Supply performing at Talking Stick Resort.Air SupplyTalking Stick ResortSunday, January 16"Are you ready to fall in love tonight?" Air Supply singer-guitarist Graham Russell asked the crowd between songs Sunday night at Talking Stick Resort. It wasn't really a question. It wa ... More >>
By Frances Michelle Lopez It takes a brave person to release an album of covers. Sure, Rod Stewart's "Great American Songbook" had some sweet old school jams, not to mention the nostalgic tracks off of the infamous Pop Goes Punk compilations, and the growing number of indie artists covering hi ... More >>
A night at the opera -- sorta
Musicians muse on their favorite summer tunes
Man still at work
He invented pretty vacant
For your commiseration
A Tommy chronology
Feel the benefit
Five Guys Walk Into a Bar . . .
Who doesn't kid themselves nowadays they can pull off a Christmas album? Thankfully, a few of this year's offerings don't suck.
Come Feel Me Tremble (DVD and CD) (Vagrant)
Grandpaboy Dead Man Shake (Fat Possum Records)
Soul Jam with The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites and more
Retooled version of local music showcase returns to the FM dial
Delta 72 bears witness to the enduring power of rock 'n' roll with 000
11 great records paid for with your soul
How many Faces does it take to make a Rod Stewart record?
More than a footnote in Rod Stewart's story, the Faces wrote the only chapters worth rereading
Rhino's new collection proves that you have no hope of getting disco in a box without leaving something out
The boxed-set dilemma: When are four CDs too little and three CDs too much respect?
Hilariously terrible Eden provides a garden of unintentional delights
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
THE WORLD'S GREATEST-- OR DUMBEST-- ROCK 'N' ROLL BAND REFUSES TO DIE. PUCKER UP, BUTTERCUP.