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    September 29, 2014

    13 Best Metal Shows in Phoenix in October

    Our desert summer is finally winding down; and really, it wasn't so bad, now was it? It's probably in part to the awesome parade of metal shows that came through our fair state since the music industry's touring season was in full swing. Either way, at least the October nights will only be in the 90 ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    The 15 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live in Arizona

    Stevie Nicks doesn't live here anymore. Neither does Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Dokken's George Lynch, Kerry King of Slayer, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, nor Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt. At one time, all of these rock greats may have called Arizona their home, ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    7 Best Shows to See This Weekend

    In summertime, when we put together this list of best shows to see in Phoenix on any given weekend, we don't have very many options. It can be slim pickings for live music around here when it hits triple digits. Not this week. There are more concerts than you could possibly hope to see this weekend, ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Horror Show The Evolution of the Metal Stage Show and the End of Mötley Crüe

    "For some, like Kiss, it is pure spectacle. Alice Cooper varies between psychodrama and pure theater. Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson said he feels their performance is close to pantomime. Talking Heads did surreal theater. Lady Gaga does surreal shock. The Rolling Stones opted for large circus-like p ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013
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    May 30, 2013
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    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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    January 2, 2013

    Maynard James Keenan: Being Wrong Sucks

    Editor's Note: With a tip of the cap to the man, we bid Maynard James Keenan adieu. This is MJK's final column for Up on the Sun, as he's devoting 2013 to more music and more wine. You won't have to wait too long to hear some of the fruits of his labor: On Tuesday, February 19, Puscifer will release ... 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 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 >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Your Holiday Heavy Metal Gift Guide

    What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Maynard James Keenan: Up on the Sun's New Columnist

    Maynard James Keenan has a lot on his resume. He's a musician, known for leading Puscifer, Tool, and A Perfect Circle, an actor, record producer, comedian, multimedia artist, and winemaker in Northern Arizona, where he co-owns Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, and oversees Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vi ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend. Saturday, May 12: Right to Marry to Stage Benefit Show @ Trunk Space It's been a big week for the cause of ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    January 26, 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 >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Dayvid LeMmon, What Are You Listening To?

    Jesse RieserDayvid LeMmon​Dayvid LeMmonThe photographer, who also shoots photos for our sister blog, Chow Bella, is the recipient of the Arizona Commission on the Arts' 2010 Artist Project Grant, is currently one of the City of Phoenix's selection for this year's ongoing 7th Avenue Streetscape pub ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    July 7, 2011
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    July 7, 2011
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    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 >>

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    March 21, 2011

    A Perfect Circle To Play Comerica Theatre in July

    Tim Cadiente​ Looks like last fall's string of tour dates (including two nights at Marquee Theatre, which our own Mike Meyer covered) has invigorated the long-inactive A Perfect Circle, as the band has dropped news of a North American tour set for this summer, including a stop at Comerica Theatre ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    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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    March 10, 2010

    This Weekend: Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic

    Jason Silva A year ago, I sipped some wine at West of Western culinary festival with entrepreneur and small business advocate Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona, chatting about boosting the profile of local restaurants. If only I'd brought a crystal ball with me. ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Concert Review: Puscifer at The Orpheum

    Even if you're not a fan of Maynard James Keenan's two main projects, Tool and A Perfect Circle, -- and I generally am not -- you've gotta admit the guy has good taste in comedy. He helped popularize Bill Hicks by bringing the late comic along on Lollapalooza, he's done some work with Mr. Show and h ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Puscifer Tix On Sale Friday

    ​Tool frontman and vino aficionado Maynard James Keenan's on-the-sly musical endeavor, Puscifer, is set to headline two nights at downtown Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre this December. Lucky for you, tickets are available this Friday, October 9, at 10 a.m. via Live Nation.Apparently, Keenan leaves behi ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    August 10, 2009

    Radiohead Taking A Break, British Rapper Threatens Prince, New Chromeo Mp3

    Electric Mustache: mp3: Chromeo "I Can't Tell You Why" (Eagle Cover) Idolator: ProTools: Proving What Anyone With Ears In 1989 Already Knew NME: Dizzee Rascal: 'I threatened to punch Prince Harry' NME: The Shins working with Danger Mouse on new album Pitchfork: No Age's Randy Randall Dislocates Shou ... More >>

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    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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    February 9, 2009

    First Friday, The Heart is a Drum Machine, and More Over the Weekend

    First Friday: February 2009 Modified bikes, tasty drinks and The Love Me Nots had Phoenix's streets covered in First Friday fans on February 6, 2009. See: shots direct from Phoenix in this First Friday Slide Show. 'The Heart is a Drum Machine' Draws Big, Loud Crowd For Premiere It's not often a ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    AZ Stronghold Gets Props from Wine Spectator

    89! I hear this is the best score ever given to an Arizona wine (Callaghan's 2001 Syrah scored the same). Not bad for a debut label, huh? Wine Spectator rated Arizona Stronghold's Nachise in a recent Super Bowl feature where the editors rounded up 22 top wines (a la 22 players on the football fiel ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    June 13, 2008

    Future Shock: Burt Bacharach, Melvins, Todd Rundgren, and more

    Here’s a handful of shows that were just announced this week.

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    February 28, 2008
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