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    August 14, 2014

    Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle Rides from Minnesota to San Diego for New Documentary

    Better save up that bacon grease because one team of filmmakers and engineers, along with Hormel, are proving that it can really take you places. A custom-built bio-diesel motorcycle recently made the trek from Austin, Minnesota to San Diego, California, fueled by nothing but bacon thus proving that ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Weezer's "Burning Sun" finally leaked after 14 years

    Weezer is the official band of AOL Instant Messenger. The years between 1996 and 2001, in which they went from well-reviewed one-hit-wonder to (briefly) unimpeachable generational touchstone, were peak-Buddy-List; in 2002 they demoed a song called "Private Message," which is exactly what it sounds l ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    Paramore Has Staying Power and There's Nothing You Can Do About It

    A ghost from my high school years visited me this week. It spoke to me over the radio on a sudden trip home, blasting from tinny speakers in a random storefront. Staying purposefully out of touch with Top 20 radio, especially the songs that get spun in my hometown, I was shocked to hear what I hea ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014
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    December 12, 2013
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    December 5, 2013

    10 Kanye West Songs Amazingly Not About Kanye West

    Kanye West’s “Bound 2” video is the kind of thing we would normally cover on this blog, but we didn’t, and here’s why: It’s completely unhinged. If Kanye West is a happy, sane person I don’t want to encourage him to continue making videos with the same viral ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    A$AP Ferg Makes His Own Name in The Mob

    By Patrick Montes In the hype and haze surrounding the timeframe between the viral success of ASAP Rocky's song "Purple Swag" and the release of Rocky's first mixtape, much of the internet's gaze was directed squarely at the flamboyant, charismatic young Harlemite. Yet, when his "Live.Love.ASAP" mi ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Nobody Cares About Robin Thicke By Himself (Yet)

    It could be the relatively short notice or the confusing name--I would not have pegged him as a jazz artist, personally--but it's happening, universe: The Robin Thicke Controversy Machine is coming to Ahwatukee, as one of the headlining acts of the Arizona Jazz Festival. It may have taken us a whi ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Arizona State Fair Concerts: Who You'll See and When in 2013

    Arizona State Fair concerts aren't like most concerts--and this isn't even about the average age of the performers involved. They're different because you can go to them almost by accident. Exhausted your fried food budget? Unwilling or unable to win your sweetheart a gigantic, unlicensed Angry Bird ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013
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    June 3, 2013

    Will Nine Inch Nails' New Music Really Be F***ing Great?

    It's rare that musicians or other people in the public eye actually admit they've been lying--unless they're found out, Tiger Woods-style--but Trent Reznor is excited about his own "betrayal" of Nine Inch Nails fans. I guess the lie is okay when the truth stuns and excites millions of fans, right? ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Now Michelle Shocked Is on Yahoo! News, Because That's What Internet Outrage Does

    The Internet is a perfectly efficient outrage generator. People need things to be super-pissed about so that they can express their social positions to their friends; they burn through that outrage in an orgy of vague, well-intentioned social media protest; they look for something else to be super-p ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    MAN-CAT's Pussy Cola Antics Grabbed Attention of Pepsi's Lawyers

    Lana Del Rey's "Cola" put some interesting visuals in our heads, especially that line about the particular flavor of her labia - "My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola," she sings. As we've already gone into, local pranksters MAN-CAT took the vulgarity one step further, creating their own ad campaign, com ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Download Frank Ocean's Django Unchained Outtake

    By now you've probably formed an opinion about Django Unchained, the controversial new Quentin Tarantino film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo Dicaprio. But don't let that stop you from diving into Karina Longworth's excellent Phoenix New Times cover story this ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    The 10 Most WTF Moments of 2012

    Election years tend to carry more chaos then normal ones, but there was something else going on in 2012. Maybe it's the aura of apocalypse made people a little stranger this year. We had the Syrian Civil War, the Aurora Shooting, Israel being dicks to Gaza and vice versa, Mitt Romney was treated l ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Riff Raff: "Twitter's Dad" Has an Icee Pendant, Jack-'O-Lantern Chain, and an Iced-Out Wonder Woman

    It seems that Riff Raff can't be broken. The Houston born-and-bred rapper is the epitome of ADD-ready Tumblr rap; the man is a meme unto himself that seems to alternate between authenticity and erraticism. Now based in Hollywood, Riff Raff has taken on a British alter ego under the self-appointed m ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Dan Deacon: The Avant-Garde Pop Artist Feels "Out of Place" Everywhere He Goes

    When I called and spoke with Dan Deacon earlier this month, he was in the middle of his tour and didn't know where he was (he guessed somewhere between Georgia and North Carolina). Deacon, who is known for many weird side projects and his bizarre, experimental music, has become a popular figure in t ... More >>

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    October 8, 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.

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    October 4, 2012
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    September 27, 2012
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    July 5, 2012

    Andrew Jackson Jihad to Tour With Against Me!; No, They Aren't Playing Here

    See also: Against Me! Plays First Tempe Show Fronted by Laura Jean Grace See also: Andrew Jackson Jihad Headline Trunk Space Benefit Show There's no band making headlines quite like Against Me! these days. Ever since frontman Tom Gabel announced that he would begin living and performing as Laura ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Obsessed with "Call Me Maybe?" You're Not Alone

    As much as everyone might be sick of Carly Rae Jepsen's smash hit "Call Me Maybe," none of us can get the song out of our heads, much to our chagrin. Let's admit it: We're all secretly jamming out when we're all alone in our car or bedroom. We're not proud of that, but it just keeps happening and we ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    TABS Remixes Indie Pop and EDM Hits into Ass-Shaking Extravaganzas

    In last week's issue of New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun. See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to Th ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Bon Iver Erotic Stories

    It felt like kind of a big deal when indie soft-rocker Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) won a Grammy Award. But that's nothing compared to his status as the world's unlikeliest sex symbol. I mean, have you ever fantasized about Justin Vernon?Perhaps you've envisioned yourself in a romantic scenario with him ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Sleevefaced

    We feature a lot of brilliant music-related Tumblrs full of funny Photoshopped pictures. What's better than that, you ask?Sleevefaced, that's what.Sleevefaced is a collection of photos of people incorporating vinyl album artwork into their posed pictures. These pictures involve anything from the pho ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Metal Mondays: The 10 Hottest Chicks in Metal

    See also: Those Dungeons and Dragons Nerds Are More Sane Than You While heavy metal is a lifestyle to some people, to many it's just a fashion statement. Take Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen of the Pretty Reckless, for example. She dresses like a hooker, flips people off, and publicly talks about her se ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Phoenix Indie-Rocker Band Knesset Is Big in Japan

    Released last year, Coming of Age is an appropriate title for Knesset's first album, as the band is only now starting to step up locally. Pronounced KA-NESS-ET and named after the legislative branch of the Israeli government, these locals have played in the background of Phoenix since 2007. "[Orig ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Dustin Wong: Melody Isn't Dead

    Former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong's latest album, Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, a blur. A focused, impressionistic one, yeah, but a blur in an almost literal sense, with legato stretches of melody bumping into spiky, angular tones, kosmische rhythms gently pulsing beneath the surface ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Girls That Look Like Skrillex

    ​Considering I'm not a fan of his wub-wub music whatsoever, I hate that I've been giving Skrillex so much attention lately.  But this blog is a gem nevertheless.Look-alikes are always fun to scroll through, and we've seen some convincing celeb-to-non-celeb look-alikes in our day.That's r ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Suspect in Clubhouse Music Venue Shooting Identified by Tempe Police Department

    ​Tempe Police officials have revealed the identity of the suspect in custody from Friday night's gang-related gun battle in the parking lot of the Clubhouse Music Venue. At a news conference earlier this afternoon, Tempe cops identified Raynon Keswun Jones, a 19-year-old gang member, as the indiv ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Who is Bon Iver?

    ​Bon Iver is the new Arcade Fire of the Grammy Awards. In classic "Who is..." Tumblr fashion, a plethora of people have taken to the interwebs to express their disdain for Justin Vernon and co. because they won the Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album awards, simply because they had "never ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Ash Avenue Comics Staff on Galapagos, Faces, and Drainbow

    Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, in which Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your songs to be considered for future Sound Off columns, please email music@new ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012
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    December 2, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: The Maine Daily

    ​The fans who run this Tumblr love the hell out of The Maine. How do I know? They've got nearly 950 pages worth of Maine-related material!Everyone seems to love The Maine, which is why we're giving you more of them, courtesy of The Maine Daily.More on what's awesome about this week's Tumblr of the ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: The Whisperlights​The Tumblr made by The Whisperlights, who we recently touched upon in a post about Drinkify, is worthy of a mention.The Whisperlights are a great local group that has a self-described "dreamy folky stadium pop" sound. We definitely recommend that you check them out ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Analog Society​If electronic dance rock from Arizona is your thing, then you need to know about Analog Society.Analog Society was one of the bands that was in the running to be the opening act at this year's Fall Frenzy. They're a five-piece local band with a ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Eyes Set to Kill​After featuring The Format last week, we're going for a bit of a genre switch-up.Turns out fans of post-hardcore band Eyes Set to Kill are pretty fanatical about their love for the band, so this week we're bringing you FY [F**k Yeah] Eyes Set to Kill.More on ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: F**k Yeah, The Format​As much as ASU's radio station The Blaze 1330AM still overplays the hell out of "The First Single," The Format is still a lovable band that will always be in our hearts.One blogger has made it his or her mission to keep The Format's spirit alive since the group ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Andrew Jackson Jihad

    ​Wacky local duo Andrew Jackson Jihad has a whole lot of awesomeness to offer on their Tumblr. AJJ is currently on tour with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and Into It. Over It.The band has just released their new album, Knife Man, about three weeks ago. It's full of enthusiastically perfor ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Awesome Girls in Bands​Even though I'm an awesome female, I'm not particularly girly. I prefer male vocals when I listen to music, I think women's sports aren't very important, and I can't stand feminists.But I still think it's important to recognize some truly great famous female ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: You Don't Want to Be Todd Martens​I'll admit that once in a while, a few of us at Up On The Sun might write about things that people who aren't journalists might not appreciate as much because they aren't journalists. Maybe we occasionally write things that will please other journalists. ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: 120 Minutes​MTV just turned 30 years old yesterday! There are so many shows on MTV that I either wish would come back or are finally coming back. It's a shame Daria isn't still around, though Beavis and Butthead is returning on October 27.MTV2 has graciously brought back 120 Minu ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Five Totally Rad Things About Katy Perry

    ​If every discerning music nerd only gets to pick one pop princess to admit to unapologetic digging, I totally pick Katy Perry.Yes, she's good looking-- that's a given, but it's much more than that. Perry has a sort of easygoing charm, a rare thing in the realm of radio dominating queens. Yeah, I ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Iceage Scheduled to Play Yellow Canary Dance Hall on July 19

    ​ As a discerning music lover, you've no doubt been asking yourself, "Are any bands deemed "Best New Music" by the tastemakers at Pitchfork coming to Phoenix this summer?" Well yeah, a couple, including Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Kurt Vile, and Cut Copy. But if you were to ask yourself "Will any bands ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Tumblr of the Week: Swag or No Swag?

    swagornoswag.tumblr.comHaving enough money to wear this while doing this: swag or no swag?Whether people think they're talented, brilliant, obscene, or all of the above, there's no disputing the fact that Odd Future has got the whole "fuck everything, let's offend people with our shock rap" thing pr ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    May 19, 2011
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    May 11, 2011

    Overo, Good Amount, Dangerville, & The Cult of the Yellow Sign Last Night at the Trunk Space

    ​ What do you call a night of absolutely FUBAR noise, improv musical comedy, a cult recruitment/job seminar, the death of the dunkwave genre, and an experimental Pentecostal church service complete with demented exorcism and cross-dressing?A normal Tuesday night at Trunk Space, of course. 

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    March 31, 2011
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    December 8, 2009

    Top 10 Geek Obsessions of the Decade

    Doomsayers and the easily fooled are focused on 2012 right now (so much so that poor NASA had to issue statements debunking the movie myths). But we've got a different date in mind: 2010. The New Year begins the end of an era. Well, a decade actually. Technology has certainly advanced in ... More >>

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