Arizona State Fair concerts aren't like most concerts--and this isn't even about the average age of the performers involved. They're different because you can go to them almost by accident. Exhausted your fried food budget? Unwilling or unable to win your sweetheart a gigantic, unlicensed Angry Bird ... More >>
If you've driven past Coach & Willie's near the stadiums downtown recently you may have noticed the banners covering the old signage that say Legends Sports Bar and Restaurant. While the official grand opening celebration isn't until February 15, Legends has been busy repainting, remodeling and gene ... More >>
Derrick Hall Hall is the president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Arizona Sports 620, KNIX or KMLE. What's the first album you bought? Kiss, Love Gun. What's the first concert you saw? Loverboy, ... More >>
Southwest Arts and Music and Jackrabbit Lounge are up to a new collaboration: an original live music showcase -- the only of its kind -- held every Wednesday night in the Valley of the Sun. I know, I know, Jackrabbit Lounge, right? Well, after being completely refurbished, the managers are trying ... More >>
If you're looking for a good time on St. Patty's Day, there are tons of local options. With all of the great shows that will be going on, seems like all of Tempe is turning Irish for a day!Flogging Molly's annual St. Patrick's Day Bash at Tempe Beach Park is our top pick though, and this flier is ... More >>
Draplin Design Co.Editor's Note: An abridged version of this article appears in this week's issue, featuring 100 Songs that Defined Arizona. In celebration of Arizona's centennial, we've rounded up sound clips for (almost) everything featured in our list, and will be rolling them out over the ... More >>
Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. Contrary to popular belief, CD's and vinyl are moving off of music store shelves just fine. According to a report in the Washing ... More >>
Featuring former members of Tempe jangle-pop kings The Pistoleros, Dead Hot Workshop, The Gin Blossoms, and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, The Persuaders debuted earlier this year, cranking out the same kind of melodic pop rock that defined the sound of their earlier bands.If you've spent any ... More >>
Tell people you're a music critic and they're likely to get all sorts of ideas about you -- some right, some wrong. More often than not, they seem to think you're a failed musician who picked up a pen when his band's demo failed to catch any important ears. I've always been pretty clear abo ... More >>
Devoured definitely gives new meaning -- in a good way -- to the all-you-can-eat-buffet. We weren't blown away by the beverage choices yesterday during the food festival's first day at the Phoenix Art Museum -- but who has room for booze with food like this? At least the shrimp were drunk. Keyon Far ... More >>
Erica O'NeilPayton Curry, former head chef of Caffe Boa, chats with current head chef Matt Smith during the sausage grinding demonstration at Devoured. Devoured is history for another year -- and we're full.We got started early Sunday morning. We highly recommend this method as a solid way to go ... More >>
The Refreshments are playing South By Southwest. No, not those Refreshments. The famous Tempe act from the 90's is still very much broken up. Not that you'd know it from a hilarious listing on a SXSW site which names a band called the Refreshments from Tempe, Arizona. The site&nb ... More >>
2 Tone Lizard Kings: Spicing up the AZ ska scene.Although there isn't particularly an abundance of ska bands in Arizona, local ska band the 2 Tone Lizard Kings are keeping the genre fresh. They incorporate the energy of Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore, a maturing sound, and the vibes of a raucous ... More >>
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grinandbakeit.comHungry for for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Gig at The VigTonight and every Wednesday night or the rest o the summer, join The Vig and the Mill Avenue All-Stars on the patio for a free concert. The Mill Avenue All-Stars are made up o ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaWhen "alternative rock" radio debuted in the early '90s -- displacing stations spinning hard rock, classic rock, hair metal, or '80s college rock -- it seemed to be a format designed to evolve. At least to a middle-school me, who imagined it to be fresh, vital, and destined to change ... More >>
Meet Chuck E. Baby... He might just be the best local musician in Phoenix. According the Arizona Republic, at least.Longtime PHXmusic.com readers may remember the scandal surrounding the "Best Local Band" category in last year's Arizona Republic readers' choice poll. First, the paper put togethe ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaAlice Cooper performs at the 2009 installment of his annual Christmas Pudding charity show. By Lindsey HolderFriday night was the ninth installment of Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding, though speaking in Christmas/culinary terms, it was really more of a fruitcake, with ingredients bo ... More >>
Jonathan McNamaraWhen you're down there, you ain't worried about sick pigs.Roger Clyne has posted a blog entry on The Peacemakers' website declaring that Circus Mexicus will go on a month from today, despite the Mexican Swine Flu pretendemic and the very real surge in violence along the Mexican bord ... More >>
Is this the best band in Phoenix? The Arizona Republic is about to say so.I actually try to keep Republic-bashing to a minimum here on Up on the Sun, but, as you'd probably expect of one of the largest papers in the country to never win a Pulitzer, the Gannett-piloted drone just keeps embarrassing i ... More >>
Photos By Jonathan McNamaraSee more shots from Tempe Music Festival. This weekend Tempe Music Fest 2009 united us once again from scattered Valley citizenry to one cohesive force bent on rocking the hell out. This year Fergy and My Chemical Romance got traded in for straight ahead rock-'n'-rollers ... More >>
MutemathTempe Music Festival has bolstered their lineup with three acts that give the beachfront festival -- headlined by Kid Rock and Three Doors Down -- some indie cred. The Outlaws, Mutemath and Shiny Toy Guns pad a lineup that also includes Cowboy Mouth, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers and The A ... More >>
Kid Rock is coming back to the desert.We're still waiting for the full lineup, but Sarita Ray of LiveNation has confirmed several acts for Tempe Music Fest on April 3 and 4: Kid Rock, Cowboy Mouth and Roger Clyne play Friday. Three Doors Down and All-American Rejects play Saturday.
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Road Trip Songs (Steve Larson Recordings)
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