Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. He shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always zany music biz. At the end of July, I wrote about Five Reasons I Don't Write About New Music, the most important of ... More >>
As always, check out our comprehensive concert listings if you don't see anything that strikes your fancy. What are you> seeing this week?
Feeling warm? Don't let it get to you...seriously. Look, we know you're miserable now that the heat's really kicking in, but just crank up the A/C, grab a ice-cold beverage, and think happy thoughts. You can't stay inside all the time, especially there is many an excellent show to see during the mon ... More >>
Buffalo Killers, at the very least, seem to hail from another time, which makes them perfect for right now. This four piece Ohio-based band adheres to that old balls-to-the-wall rock and roll credo when music was all about style and substance as well as simply piling on the heavy.
For an up-and-coming band, the road to fame can be grueling. Little by little, a foundation must be poured to garner a following. Phoenix rock 'n' roll act Stone Mary is in the beginning stages of this tedious process. In their corner, they already have the support of local club promoters, word of ... More >>
Over the last 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been a blues rock institution, at various times featuring folks like Jimmy Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Kid Bangham, Marc Ford (of The Black Crowes) and ultimate bassist and badass Keith Ferguson. These days, founding member and vocalist Kim Wilson ... More >>
A few weeks ago Kanye West announced on his Twitter page that the original artwork for his upcoming album My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy had been banned here in the US.Technically, the artwork wasn't banned. Instead Kanye's record label, strongly suggested that the album artwork be replaced f ... More >>
Record store junkies at Hoodlums Music and Movies have a taste for alternative and blues funk sounds. This week, new records from folk men Ryan Bingham and Ray LaMontagne's were highly sought after. Local boys What Laura Says were quite popular as well. 1. Ryan Bingham, Junky Star See the entir ... More >>
Album tacos. That is all.What happens when delicious Mexican food meets the album cover of Billy Joel's 1980 album Glass Houses? Hilarity. Such is the case for Album Tacos, a fantastic new Tumblr that popped up on the radar this weekend. Rocket science, this ain't, but it yields some very funny a ... More >>
It's been a pretty big past two weeks for indie rock: Hold Steady, New Pornographers, Flying Lotus, The National, The Dead Weather. That's a lot of heavy-hitters. Meanwhile, some lower-profile stuff has been piling up on my desk, so it's time to give you a rundown of the other stuff I've been lis ... More >>
Let your genetic detritus shine forth at the Fair
blackcroweslive.comThe brothers Robinson, singer Chris and guitarist Rich, bring The Black Crowes to the State Fair this Thursday. Wow, has it really been two decades since The Black Crowes released their debut album Shake Your Money Maker? Just about, kids, that disc dropped in January 1990 ... 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: Feathered Bastard: Joe Arpaio Can Stop You If "You Look Like You Just Came from Mexico," and KTAR Forgets Who Us ... More >>
If you were one of the jilted music fans who got burned when Bob Dylan wimped out of his scheduled outdoor performance a couple weeks back, the folk rock legend has a way to make it up to you: He's putting on a free show...sorta. Dylan is set to perform at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum during ... More >>
The Burt Bacharach concert at Orpheum Theatre scheduled for Sunday, September 28 has been cancelled, LiveNation announced today. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
The Black Crowes show at Mesa Arts Center, postponed yesterday, is now canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Here’s a handful of shows that were just announced this week.
Devendra Banhart's latest bends and stretches, but doesn't break his spell
'Fro better blues
Darrell Hammond smokes hams
Five Guys Walk Into a Bar . . .
Human Conditions (Hut/Virgin)
Prince's monumental performance at the Dodge Theatre stands among the greatest shows to hit the Valley in recent years
L.A.'s twangy, trippy Beachwood Sparks ascend with a white-soul masterpiece
Bob Dylan's old enough to live in Sun City, let alone play there
Philly kids Marah mine the sights and sounds of their hometown for a brilliant sophomore effort
Venerable Valley roots club is on the move
Young scruffs Marah try to breathe life into a two-day Valley oldies show
Delta 72 bears witness to the enduring power of rock 'n' roll with 000
Underground Empire and rap supergroup The Ten Commandments find favor in Philly
Music, money and mayhem clog MP3 download sites
10-gallon hats and 10-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays
The 10 best rock 'n' roll records of '99
A pair of new releases from Gov't Mule find meaning in being a Southern man, anyhow
AzMFest no holiday in the sun
Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96
Your guide to H.O.R.D.E. White-boy dreads and a hemp-cloth hacky sack are recommended, but no longer required.