Tom Petty

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    A Fond Farewell to The Sail Inn

    It was a bittersweet send off, at best, this weekend at The Sail Inn. On the one hand, it was one of the most amazing local music lineups that could have possibly been arranged, but on the other, there was the idea that this was never going to happen again at this location looming in the back of y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    How Beatles Fangirls Inspired Lewis Ray Cammarata To Strum His First Chord

    The beautiful excited girls dancing on the TV screen were the ones who caused Lewis Ray Cammarata to go into music. That was when he was watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Cammarata remembers it likes it happened yesterday because his dad was wincing with disgust, but his mom thought the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Somehow I Found Some '80s Albums That Still Sound Good

    A few months ago, I took 80's music to task in a little ditty called High School Music: A Reunion from Hell. Of course, I took some shit from some of my friends and classmates, so I promised them I'd try to look at the positive side to the eighties down the road. That moment has arrived. Like t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    West Water Outlaws Keep Vintage Rock 'N' Roll Alive and Well

    With a goal of playing 150 shows all over the country in 2013, Boulder-based rock 'n' roll band West Water Outlaws have come a long way from 2010, playing shows in singer Blake "Whiskey" Rooker's basement. The band's urgent message to keep vintage rock alive was heard loud and clear over the DJ- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2013

    Iration's Micah Pueschel Talks Roots, Fusion Reggae, and Their Writing Process

    Hawaii-bred reggae rock group Iration take change in stride. Each of their albums explores a different side of their musical influences--ranging from drummer Joseph Pickens' love for Lamb of God to lead vocalist/guitarist Micah Pueschel's penchant for the Beatles--while keeping their roots in tradit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Dave Grohl's Sound City Documentary Is Coming to FilmBar in Phoenix

    Maybe you're a Foo Fighters fan and maybe you're not, but it's impossible to deny that frontman Dave Grohl knows how to milk the "famous rockstar" thing. He plays on records with his friends, teams up with his idols, and drums every now and then just to remind everyone that he's really, really good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Ryan Gaumont, What Are You Listening To?

    Ryan Gaumont Gaumont is a member of local sketch comedy troupe Bully Mammoth and is a stand-up comedian. See him perform at Stand Up Scottsdale! in Scottsdale this Friday, August 31 at 9 p.m. For more details, go here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would ... More >>

  • Articles

    July 19, 2012
  • Music

    July 19, 2012
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    February 22, 2012

    Shurman Finds Inspiration in Independence

    Now that we all know most record companies are the loss leaders for their conglomerate parent company we always believed they were, you kinda wish just once someone at the label would say "I don't know how to do my job" instead of "We don't have a way of marketing you." That was the speech Aaron Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Five Favorite Shows of 2011: Jason P. Woodbury

    Kurt Vile at the Rhythm Room​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next week, editor Jason P. Woodbury and the staff will countdown their favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. A lot of people imagine this job as nothing but us writers lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Blind Boys of Alabama Founding Member Jimmy Carter: "We're Testing the Water, and I Hope We Don't Drown."

    Blind Boys of Alabama​Ladies and gentlemen, The Blind Boys of Alabama have gone country. Well, kind of. The long running gospel group, which formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind way back in 1939, released Take the High Road in April of this year. Featuring Hank Williams Jr., Willi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Those Darlins at The Rhythm Room, 7-27-2011

    Victor GonzalezKelley Darlin of Those Darlins​Those Darlins The Rhythm Room Wednesday, July 27 Better Than: a "Snaggle Tooth Mama" Ah, the South. Damn I miss it. Geographically speaking, the southern states have produced some of the best music this country's ever heard--Buddy Holly, Hank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Stevie Nicks' In Your Dreams: Yes, It Really Is Her Best Album in Years

    ​Phoenix resident Stevie Nicks' new album, In Your Dreams, was released today. Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield has already given the album rave reviews, calling it Nicks' best album in a decade. It's hard to argue with that, especially considering that Nicks hasn't released an album in a deca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Third of 2011 ( Mp3)

    Toro y Moi​Did you know that a third of a year is called a tertile? Now you do!The first tertile of 2011 (great word, right?) comes to end at the close of this month, which seems like a good time to get caught up on the best songs from the first part of the year. Hey, it's never too early for a be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Jimmy Eat World, Rx Bandits, Ed Kowalczyk, and Other New Year's Eve Concert Options

    Rx Bandits are scheduled to perform on Friday, December 31, at Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party.​Without being too hyperbolic, New Year's Eve is a major night when it comes to revelry. Besides the endless amounts of nightclub events and parties that will take place in an around the PHX, some big ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    The Eagles at US Airways Center: They Can Still Sing the Hits

    Luke HolwerdaThe Eagles long after hell froze over in Phoenix.​"We should just close our eyes, and maybe they'll sound the same," she says about The Eagles, the band we're headed to see.  I'm sitting next to her in our crowded light-rail car. She smells of strong perfume, too strong, but her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Thanksgiving Weekend

    The Limit Club is scheduled to perform on Friday at The Firehouse in downtown Phoenix.​Turkey Day is almost upon us, which means there's five straight nights of drinking and debauchery ahead. There's gonna be plenty of fun and frolicking to be had starting tonight through Sunday, with much of it h ... More >>

  • Music

    October 1, 2009
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    August 5, 2009

    Hey, dude, I know that song! A look at a trio of new all-covers albums by power pop stars

    Shout FactoryMatthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs make beautiful music together... other people's music, that is.​ Covers albums, by their very nature, are a mixed bag. Not only are their songs usually drawn from disparate sources, but the quality of interpretations varies wildly as well. Beyond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Deer Tick Gets Sweaty At Modified

    Despite sweltering heat and scarce air conditioning, about 160 folks crammed into Phoenix's Modified Arts last night to watch the much-hyped Deer Tick as they rolled into town in their converted school bus to support their new record, Born on Flag Day.  The boys, lead by singer/songwriter John ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    You Asked for It: Prehab

    PrehabOne is Too Many (A Thousand Is Never Enough)Self-ReleasedIf Prehab's One is Too Many (A Thousand Is Never Enough) sounds a little too polished to be a debut, there's good reason. The guys spent five years as The Bedspins in the mid-90s, racking up 500 shows and serving as songwriters for the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    You Asked For It: Sketching in Stereo

    Submissions to our weekly You Asked For It local CD review column come in all kinds of packaging. We've received everything from CDRs with the title scrawled on the disc in barely-legible Sharpie to thoughtful, handwritten notes with handmade custom art. We've never had anything quite as polished as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008
  • Dining

    March 13, 2008

    5 nights of pints

    Pint-size guide to Phoenix's Irish Pub scene

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    ¡Viva la Revolución!

    A rogues' gallery of rock 'n' rollers reflects upon the USA's big day

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Smells Like Indie Spirit

    Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again

  • Music

    January 29, 2004

    Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers

    ¡Americano! (Emma Java)

  • Music

    September 4, 2003

    Warren Zevon

    The Wind (Artemis)

  • Music

    May 22, 2003

    The Thorns

    The Thorns (Aware/Columbia)

  • Music

    August 15, 2002

    Laura Minor

    Salesman's Girl (HighTone)

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    Damien Jurado and Gathered in Song

    I Break Chairs (Sub Pop)

  • Film

    April 11, 2002

    Hairy Plotters

    Ignoble savages go ape in Human Nature

  • Music

    December 13, 2001

    Tucson Confessions

    Mark Insley does an emotional detox in the desert and creates an Americana gem

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Nicks of Time

    Pop's gold-dust woman bounces back from drugs, depression and sluggish sales

  • Music

    September 20, 2001

    A.C. Cotton

    Half Way Down (A.C. Cotton)

  • Culture

    September 13, 2001

    Feel His Pain

    Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Casal in the Air

    Neal Casal Anytime Tomorrow (Morebarn Records)

  • Music

    August 30, 2001


    Pete Yorn at Nita's Hideaway

  • Music

    February 1, 2001

    Flashing Red

    New compilation finds the local indie scene burning brightly

  • Music

    January 25, 2001

    Gotta Have the Phunk

    Valley rap-rock pioneers return with a new record

  • Music

    November 9, 2000


    The Subversive Sounds of Love (Hear Diagonally)

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    The Vision

    Native American singer-songwriter Bill Miller's formula for change is right there -- in his music and his life

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Jive Talkin'

    Local rap metalers ink a bionic record deal

  • Music

    July 1, 1999
  • Music

    April 1, 1999

    Where There's a Will

    Trashman goes to blows over Hagar's Halen

  • Music

    February 25, 1999

    Talent Show

    Paul Westerberg gives up on the charts, and rediscovers his muse

  • Music

    August 8, 1996
  • News

    October 12, 1995

    Median Income

    Homeless people hawk three different publications on curbs all over the Valley. What's brought about the proliferation of street sheets, and who, if anyone, benefits?

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