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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Johnny PaycheckThe 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 >>
Is it live, or is it Hair Raid?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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HE CHANGED HIS NOSE AND BLEACHED HIS SKIN. BUT WHEN HE CHANGE HIS MUSIC, HE WENT TOO FAR.