There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>
Last, if you live with the cook in question, don't buy an appliance that makes something you love and want made for you. In this case, buying me a waffle iron so I can make you waffles isn't really a gift for me - it's for you.
If you've never heard World Class Thugs' heady mix of Americana, psychedelia, Kurt Weill and just plain ol' weird, might I suggest imagining what it might sound like if Scout, Jem and Dill of To Kill a Mockingbird making up songs about the creepy adults of that hot summer, truthful enough that it gi ... More >>
Fans of Zia Records Phoenix largely shopped for hip-hop, rap and metal this week.Disturbed topped the chart with Asylum.Iron Maiden's latest release made the list, and Fabolous slipped into the mix too.1. Disturbed, AsylumSee the entire list after the jump...
The feds let themselves get played by this guy? What the hell's wrong with them?Delay, delay, delay. Thow up legal obstacles. Thumb your nose. Hold out till what seems like the last minute. Appear to compromise. Start all over again, and never give anything up unless you absolutely have to. Eve ... More >>
The music lovers who frequent Zia Records in Phoenix tend to favor heavier fare -- typically metal and hip hop. But they always pepper in a few surprises. While the latest from Bun B comes out on top this week, The Black Keys slide right in the middle. The newest Arcade Fire record that indie-hip ... More >>
Eminem, RecoveryThis week we decided to report on a record store in the deep south. While typically our charts go to the indie shops rooted in CenPho and Tempe, we thought it important to note that people in Chandler buy records too. This week the folks that shop at Zia Records in Chandler are s ... More >>
What the fuck?Perhaps it's not that evident for a casual observer, but this week is painfully slow for new music releases. It is my job to select one album that comes out every Tuesday and find some reviews of said album to post on Up On The Sun for my Review Roundup. Some weeks it's difficult to ... More >>
from the Goldwater InstituteG.I.'s Bolick, sticking it to the man, and the man, he be Sheriff JoeThe Goldwater Institute can be reactionary on various issues, particularly when it comes to denouncing President Obama on health care reform, siding with the tea bag types or rah-rahing charter schools. ... More >>
Lauren GilgerSeared Scallops with Sweet Corn and Vanilla Bean Sauce from 98 South.When one of Chef Brian Ferguson's young cooks wanted to leave his restaurant, 98 South in downtown Chandler, to move out of Arizona for the first time in his life and cook in Oregon, Ferguson said, "Take-off you ... More >>
The latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report is out. The quarterly mag is practically a must-read for those following hate groups in AZ, the immigration issue, and how they overlap. Though the lead article "Immigration Backlash" deals directly with everyone's favorite to ... More >>
If Maricopa County supervisors wanted to go after Sheriff Joe Arpaio, they could. They could focus on his office's finances
Bringing smarty back
Too much at steak
When a career courthouse scam artist joins forces with a top Arizona criminal defense attorney, it ain't pretty
Matt "Scar" Haugen loves the pain of local extreme wrestling
Has ex-governor J. Fife Symington III gotten his just desserts?
A harrowing evening with the church of body modification, where parishioners reclaim their bodies and have gory tug-o-wars - then something goes wrong
Life as a restaurant critic
Mafia comedy delivers shrinking returns in Analyze This
Spice Girls shrewdly work every angle at Desert Sky
DERAILED BY AZSCAM, DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE MIKE CRUSA HAS WAGED HIS BEST CAMPAIGN YET---TO SALVAGE HIS OWN CAREER