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    March 21, 2014

    Maricopa County Mugshots of the Week: Get Mad

    At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.This week, all of our alleged offenders get mad.

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    December 6, 2013

    Alice Cooper: Our Christmas Is More Ozzie Nelson Than Ozzy Osbourne

    From blasting "Schools Out" during my teenage wasteland days to jamming out to the chugging guitar in "Under My Wheels" in my office, Alice Cooper has always played a prominent position in my heavy metal playlist. Not only did he help shape the sound and look of heavy metal with his horror and va ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    How Heavy Metal Was Framed By Disney's Tween Stars

    The VMA's, Miley Cyrus, "twerking," foam finger-humping--I'll be so happy when all the bullshit about this Disney star turned disgusting excuse for a pop culture icon is over. Usually it's supposed to be hard to look away from an emotional trainwreck, but Miley Cyrus's dead eyes and awkward tongue ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    The Top 10 Glam Metal Bands of All Time

    These guys were glam enough, but were they good enough?by Alex Distefano Call it what you will--glam metal, hair metal, cock rock, or plain old '80s metal--but there's something to be said for a subculture that extended from the late '70s into the early '90s that refuses to wash off its makeup and ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack Talks Being Hated and Taking Panties in Stride

    Many things define the popular hard rock/metal band Black Veil Brides, depending on whom you ask. For some, it's their distinct appearance of black makeup and paint (decreasing more each year), tight black studded clothing and long hair. For others, it's their inspiration (some might call it a blata ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Eight Must-Read Heavy Metal Books

    Metalheads are some of the most devoted music fans on the planet. No--I mean we really love our music. Oh, you memorized Lady Gaga's music video dance moves? Check out my Kreator Coma of Souls back piece, and meet my friend's daughter, Sabbath. Later we're going to karaoke to cover Pantera and Motor ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    Joe Arpaio Recall Supporters Set Up "Camp Recall Arpaio" in Downtown Phoenix

    Nativists, Comicon enthusiasts, and supporters of the effort to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office. Downtown Phoenix was abandoned on Sunday, save for these three groups as members of the pro-recall organizations Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona set up tents on the plaza in fron ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Flogging Molly, Tempe Beach Park, 3/17/13

    Flogging Molly @ Tempe Beach Park| 3/17/13I could hardly contain my excitement as I boarded the light rail last night. It wasn't my first time or anything, but I remember how insane last year's St. Patrick's Day experience was: Coming home from Seamus McCaffrey's and making a brief stop at Sky Harbo ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Top Metal Festivals of 2013

    When the lineup for Rock on the Range was announced last week, a flurry of emails between myself and three other of my fellow chick metal journalists/enthusiasts ensued regarding flights, hotels, and tickets. We had all attended the weekend festival together in 2012, and relished the thought of a he ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Revisiting Dee Snider's Awesome Halloween Soundtrack

    The only thing scarier this Halloween than a Joe Arapio or Jan Brewer mask is Oculus Infernum: A Halloween Tale, a dark album of Halloween music devised by Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. Anyone who has ever watched a horror film or felt the fear of walking alone at night will certainly relate ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Do You Look "Metal Enough" for Metal Shows?

    See also: Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and More @ Comerica Theatre See also: Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook on Giving the Fans What They Want See also: The full Trespass America slideshow This weekend I attended two intense yet intriguingly different metal shows. I spent Saturda ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    KISS and Make-Up: Eight Male Make-Up Icons

    See also: KISS/Crue Openers The Treatment Make American Rock 'n' Roll (But Hail From England) See also: Gathering of the Juggalos or S.S. Coachella? We Break Out the Scorecard See also: Alice Cooper's Mom Has the Original "School's Out" Panties See also: Dee Snider Talks About His New Book, Shut Up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our May 17 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. Ever wonder what's acceptable in a mosh pit? We discuss. How did Chilean MC Ana Tijoux throw down at Puente he ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Dee Snider Talks About His New Book, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, and New Album

    Dee Snider fronted heavy metal act Twisted Sister in the '70s and '80s, but we'd forgive you for knowing him more for reality TV, radio, voice acting, screenwriting, and hanging out with Donald Trump. The dude likes to keep busy. Which is why it made sense to release a new book, Shut Up and Give ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Music Videos Beavis & Butt-Head Should See

    ​Beavis & Butt-Head makes its triumphant return to MTV on Thursday, October 27 at 10/9c, and quite frankly, we can't wait. This preview of "Holy Cornholio" looks promising, but one thing is missing--music videos! Half the fun of watching Beavis & Butt-Head was listening to the duo's commentar ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    October 18, 2011

    Ten Protest Songs for the Occupy Phoenix and Occupy Wall Street Protesters

    Johnny Paycheck​The most common accusation of the Occupy protests has been that those gathered don't have one main voice; a streamlined, focused goal. It's a fair criticism, but it's a little difficult when you've been screwed over from every direction to pin down exactly what you want change.&nbs ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Long Live Mock 'n' Roll

    Is it live, or is it Hair Raid?

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    July 27, 2010

    Hair Raid at Whiskey River Saloon

    Hair Raid: So named for a reason.​This is part of a series of reviews of bands who play weekly at local bars. The show: Hair Raid at Whiskey River Saloon. The look: Honky tonk with a coat of Aqua Net. The smell: Sweet. The carpet was sticky and you could tell lots of drinks had been spilled there ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Alice Cooper Schedules Christmas Pudding 2009: Warrant, Lita Ford, Dee Snider Coming

    ​Phoenix-based shock rock icon Alice Cooper has scheduled his ninth annual holiday show, Christmas Pudding. The Christmas-themed variety show is a blend of comedy, music, and dance and will take place on Friday, December 18 at Dodge Theatre.This year's acts has a heavily hair-metal bent. Besides A ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Metal Elvis Bring Their Unique Concept to Martini Ranch Friday

    Metal Elvis isn't your Mother's kind of Elvis! Scottsdale-based Elvis Presley tribute act Metal Elvis, who have been covering The King's classics with a metal twist from hard to glam to thrash metal, will bring their covers to Martini Ranch Friday.The group is comprised of lead singer "The K ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Hairforce at Upper Deck Sports Grill: Move Over Metalhead, Hairforce Wants a Piece of the Money-Making Pie

    Kelly WilsonBobby Scott and G-String give love a bad name rockin' out to a Bon Jovi track. Metalhead must be pissed. There's another hair metal cover band in town and they have G-String, the group's old guitarist who was the most charismatic member of the group. First, let me say I love Metalhead. ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008
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    December 24, 2007

    A Joe Arpaio Christmas at Pruitt's: Bigotry and hate aplenty.

    Jeez, what fell in my eye? Did that come from The Bird!? Ah, the Christmas season, so full of joy and goodwill towards one's fellow man. But not at the PHX Pruitt's protests, boyo, where the Prince of Peace would certainly not be welcome by the nativists if his eyes and skin in any way resembled th ... More >>

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    October 26, 2007

    Sonic Cinema: Twisted Sister

    Every week, we're going to be reviewing a music DVD. We kick off with Twisted Sister's The Video Years...Twisted Sister used to scare the shit out of me. When I was 8 years-old, I would lay on my bunk bed in the dark, blasting the Under the Blade album, imagining that huge, leather ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007
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    June 28, 2007
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    December 22, 2006

    It's That Time of the Year

    I didn't grow up with Xmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or any other winter-time holidays - I was raised in a cult, which should surprise very few people that read my shit - but as I've acclimated to the real world with all its mistletoe and trees and menorahs, I've developed a small (rather small, actually) ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Season's Beats

    Trolling for recent Yuletide carols

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    Candy Thomas

    Judge Thomas O'Toole made tough-talkin' Andy Thomas a loser, but sounds like he's a big chicken, too?

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    July 21, 2005

    Fashion 101

    Get schooled in style at Karamba

  • Film

    November 18, 2004

    Hip to Be SquarePants

    There's nothing absurd about the appeal of SpongeBob's first movie

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    April 8, 2004

    Scare Tactics

    Twisted fans flock to Horror Con

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Original Soul

    This time, it's personal: Our look back at an intimate year in music.

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    The Bad: And a Few Stunk . . .

    One writer scrapes his $1 bin for the worst records of the year

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Nashville Pussy

    Georgia rockers revel in excess

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    August 3, 2000

    Hair Pain Turn

    Trashman endures follicle torture after a night at the headbanger's ball

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    December 24, 1998

    Song for Xmas

    The trailer-park Grinch revisits his year of misery

  • Music

    August 15, 1996

    I Love a Band in a Uniform

    The fashionable dos and duds of pop's greatest costume gimmick bands

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    July 11, 1996
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    June 20, 1996

    Talk Dirty to Me

    A sampler box of the best (worst) heavy-metal lyrics of the '80s

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    June 20, 1996
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    April 6, 1995
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    January 8, 1992