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    August 3, 2013

    Seven of Our Favorite Shows From Hollywood Alley History

    The website for Hollywood Alley contains a fairly lengthy rundown of some of the vast array of renowned musicians and bands that have performed at the Mesa rock dive over its 25-year history, and it's both enormous and impressive. Said list includes name both iconic and influential, ranging from suc ... More >>

  • Music

    July 25, 2013
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    May 28, 2013

    Eight Metal Bands That Killed It at Rock on the Range; See Three in Phoenix Soon

    Founded in 2007, Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range has become one of heavy metal's largest events, and every year, it just gets bigger and better. As Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach said in an interview: "As far as rock festivals in America go, Rock on the Range in No. 1 in my book. Straight f****n e ... More >>

  • Music

    April 18, 2013
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    February 11, 2013

    Unearthing Metal's Classical Roots

    I wasn't raised on Anthrax or Zeppelin, or anything between in regards to the heavy metal alphabet. No, the soundtrack of my youth was classical music. I competed in classical piano competitions for the better part of a decade, and Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Up On The Sun's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Music Stories of 2012

    Is this year over yet? Well, close enough. So in honor of 2012 we've dug through the past 12 months of stories looking for the greatest hits. Below you'll find the stories (minus most of the newsy stuff) that people clicked on each month. And if thousands of other people clicked on these stories, yo ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Wine Lover

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the wine lover. See also: - Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Beer Lover - Cho ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Intended Zing: Maynard James Keenan Would Like You To Stop Effin' Around

    I base my life and my movements throughout it on quite a few assumptions. These may or may not be accurate, factual, or even realistic. And until they actually prove themselves to be inaccurate, I follow them without question. (Insert silly comment about assuming here.) Today's rant is centered on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Maynard James Keenan: Events and Rituals

    The journey known as "Vintage 2012" is almost complete. Not finished, but it's most certainly arriving at a fairly calm station. No more 2 a.m. panic-related insomnia attacks, where I stare at the ceiling going over and over the logistics of a tiny workspace. I'm not about to kid myself; there's sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Why Arizona?

    Since the New Times is moving this column to coincide with the print edition, I thought I'd take a moment to re-introduce myself and give you a peek into why I've resided in Arizona for the past 17 years. It has a little to do with the glowing gray area between synchronicity and fate. By this I mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Maynard is Moving to Wednesday

    By now you've probably grown accustomed to starting every other week with a dispatch from "Chicken Little" himself, Maynard James Keenan. Up on the Sun is proud to feature Kennan's column twice a month, and you folks have responded in a big way to the the winemaker/multimedia artist/musician/actor's ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    What is Puscifer?

    What is Puscifer? (Besides being the International Multi-Media Project I've been developing since 1995?) Good question. We usually respond with the very dismissive and obviously evasive answer: "What is Puscifer is what Puscifer is." A less evasive version of the answer is that it is an "uncertain c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2012

    Top Five Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

    The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Six Desert Metal Bands You Need to Hear

    See also: Monday Monday: Is Heavy Metal Really The Devil's Music? The desert is the perfect place for heavy metal to spawn: desolate, hot, seemingly devoid of life, save for the plants and critters that spit poison or are encased in thorny flesh. Yet Valley of the Sun's healthy metal scene just c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Whitehorse at Yucca Tap Room 6/27/12

    White Horse Yucca Tap Room Wednesday, June 27, 2012 I feel I should mention this is the first show I've ever worn earplugs to. Why? Because as three of my friends can demonstrate, the dangers of tinnitus are very real, you guys! Also, because nothing would help me from being such a Nancy boy in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Here's The Heavy Metal Soundtrack to Your Sexcapades You've Been Looking For

    We might not all agree on musical taste, I mean, metal, indie rock, jazz, hip-hop, none of it is made for everyone, but I think we can all agree that there's really nothing so appealing as all-out sex appeal. Sex might not be the first thing you think of when you think of heavy rock, but it's in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Entrance Band, Amen Dunes, and Wooden Indian at Chasers, 5/1/12

    Entrance Band, Amen Dunes, and Wooden Indian Chasers Bar and Night Club Tuesday, May 1, 2012 See also: Amen Dunes on Living a Million Musical Lives I'm sitting at a table with Paz Lenchantin a few hours before her heavy psych-blues outfit, Entrance Band, decimates the stage at Chasers in Scottsda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2012

    Ross Rocks Benefit at Hollywood Alley, 4/28/12

    Ross Rocks Hollywood Alley Saturday, April 28 Ross Wincek, the co-owner of Hollywood Alley is responsible for bringing countless great bands to Phoenix over the past 25 years, as well as giving local bands a place to grow. Wincek had a stroke in March, so local bands and fans of the Alley are doing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Chevelle's Pete Loeffler Loves the '80s; Gun-Wielding Fans? Not So Much

    Illinois-based rockers Chevelle have a clear-cut formula when it comes to making music: They keep it honest and real. They've never strayed far from their controlled chaos and somehow gentle rampage or their mix of dark magnetism and gothic pop (think early Tool meets The Cure if you haven't heard r ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2012
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    November 17, 2011

    Maynard James Keenan (Puscifer, Tool, A Perfect Circle) on The Importance of Keeping It Local

    ​Maynard James Keenan is a successful guy: he's fronts two massive rock bands, Tool and A Perfect Circle, owns Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars in Jerome, Arizona, where he lives. Though ostensibly a "side-project," Keenan's band Puscifer seems to be increasingly be where Keenan's hear lies. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Puscifer to Bring Conditions of My Parole Tour to Phoenix

    ​Maynard James Keenan doesn't seem to like down time. When not working with prog rock giants Tool, he performs in the arty A Perfect Circle, and when not keeping busy with either of those bands, he makes wine here in Arizona, and has a major role in the upcoming existentialist country comedy, Quee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Metal Goes Pop: Five Examples of Doing It Right

    ​Yesterday our compatriots at Country Grind announced that heavy rockers Torche and Part Chimp will team for upcoming Chunklet-issued 12-inch record that finds Torche covering legendary lo-fi rockers Guided By Voices. Torche have always been a metal band unafraid to embrace big pop sounds, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Queens of Country Soundtrack to Feature Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Wanda Jackson, and Classic Country

    Lizzy Caplan as Jolene Gillis​Directors Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke (of Phoenix bands Less Pain Forever and Runaway Diamonds) are no strangers to "music movies." The pair's documentaries, Moog, The Heart Is a Drum Machine, and Blood Into Wine are all insightful looks at the various way ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 7, 2011
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    July 7, 2011
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    June 3, 2011

    Top 40 Songs with Arizona in the Lyrics: Songs 20 through 1

    Wikimedia CommonsArizona sunsets have inspired many songs.​Yesterday, we brought you 20 songs about Arizona, or with some reference to Arizona in the lyrics. We found 170 songs total, and whittled our list of the best down to 40. Our post yesterday counted down songs 40 through 21. Here are the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Top 40 Songs with Arizona in the Lyrics: Songs 40 through 21

    Wikimedia CommonsArizona: Land of sun and song.​There have been more than 140 songs with lyrics about Arizona in them. Seriously. Some of them have been big hits by huge acts, too ("Get Back" by The Beatles, "Take It Easy" by The Eagles). The lyrics to these songs capture various snapshots of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

    ​Between the Buried and Me, The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesMetal Blade RecordsRelease Date: April 12, 2011 What is it about prog metal bands and two-part albums? Last year, the Ocean's one-two punch of Heliocentric and Anthropocentric topped my "Best of '10" list. Now, Raleigh, North Carolina' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Coachella 2011 Dangerously Close To Selling Out [UPDATE: Coachella 2011 Is SOLD OUT]

    The message at Coachella's official website​With Kings Of Leon and Kanye West as headliners, I understand that some may choose to read that headline with a different meaning.However, what I mean to say is that festival passes are very, very close to selling out for the 2011 edition of Coachella. U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Phoenix Filmmakers' Movie The Heart Is A Drum Machine Gets Soundtrack from Flaming Lip

    ​Stephen Drozd of The Flaming Lips is releasing a soundtrack to the documentary The Heart Is a Drum Machine which was produced by local filmmakers Ryan Page and Chris Pomerenke.The film, a documentary which explores why people feel such a connection to music and features cameos by George Clinton, ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    A Perfect Circle at Marquee Theatre Last Night

    Maria Vassett​A Perfect Circle Marquee Theatre November 4, 2010 There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air before A Perfect Circle took the stage at a sold-out Marquee Theatre last night. It's not often you go to a concert and feel like you're part of a rare and significant happening -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Winemaking 101: A Crash Course at Studio Vino

    There's something magical about making food or drink with your own two hands. Not that I haven't passed a few store-bought cakes off as my own at dinner parties, but it just doesn't feel the same when your contribution to the meal comes out of a bottle, box or KFC bucket. But what abo ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Puscifer Takes Tour East This Spring

    ​Arizona's own Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) takes the his side project, Puscifer, east in spring 2010. The musical/comedic/theatrical stageshow that is Puscifer played a few shows in the Southwest earlier this month including two dates at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix (o ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2009
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    December 2, 2009

    Puscifer Plays The Orpheum Thursday and Friday

    I'm definitely on the record with my thoughts about Tool's lame-ass stage "show" but honestly I'm pretty excited to see Maynard James Keenan's new side project Puscifer at The Orpheum Thursday. Why? Well, this video should help explain, as should the article we ran in this week's paper, which expl ... More >>

  • Music

    September 17, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Lynyrd Skynyrd: Point/Counterpoint

    By Martin Cizmar and Brian BardwellUnfortunately we were unexpectedly barred from taking photos at last night's Lynyrd Skynyrd show at Celebrity Theatre.​Sometimes one perspective on a show isn't enough. So, like we did with Beck and Tool, Up on the Sun is bringing you a point/counterpoint style w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2009

    Green Day Brings Classic Rock Feel To U.S. Airways Show

    Luke HolwerdaGreen Day's Billy Joe Armstrong on stage at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.​Depending on who you ask, there's something either: a) vaguelyorb) obviously and irredeemably pathetic about a 37-year-old man in skinny black jeans. So, yes, Green Day singer Billy Joe Armstrong immediatly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    July 22 In Blogs: George Gascon, Yo La Tengo, Lisa G's, and Tool

    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: Neo-Nazi Oi Fest II Scheduled for October 24 in Tonopah, Arizona George Gascon Was Threatened w ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Maynard James Keenan Opens Wine Tasting Room in Jerome

    It's 110 degrees here today. It's 83 up in Jerome. Sounds like a good time for a road trip, no? Oh, if only there weren't that four-letter word called WORK to deal with. Well, if you can play hooky -- or hold out 'til the weekend -- I already have something to add to your itinerary. It's ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Local Wine Wins at Whole Foods

    Lauren GilgerVoters tasting the local wines on Saturday at the Arizona Wine Consumer Choice Awards at Whole Foods Market in Chandler.Move over, Napa. Arizona's young wine industry is currently undergoing a growth-spurt akin to a 12 year-old basketball player. For proof, see Michele Laudig's cover st ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    June 19, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    November 8, 2007


    "V" Is for Vagina
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  • Film

    October 28, 2004

    A Cut Above

    Saw is cinematic carnage of the highest order