This set of concert recommendations won't apply to everyone, because we don't have one that takes place in an airport on your way back to your parents' house. But if you're sticking around, like me, you've got some options. Like Up on the Sun on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest local ... More >>
TMI on KWSS brought out just about every big local act they could for their Feast For The Famished concert at Tempe's Sail Inn on the day before Thanksgiving. More than 300 people piled into the beloved local dive to hear great tunes ping-ponging back and forth from their outdoor stage to the indoor ... More >>
Over the last few years Apache Lake Music Festival has made the just-barely-perceptible leap from curiosity to institution, and it's easy to see why; like most institutions, the core of it is a really simple idea done well: What if you could see a bunch of local bands in a novel, secularly fun setti ... More >>
This weekend McDowell Mountain Music Festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary in style, at a new primo location of Margret T. Hance Park, with good beer from Deschutes, and with awesome bands like The Shins, The Roots, Balkan Beat Box, Les Claypool, and more. You can catch up on our reviews, in ... More >>
Who's excited for the Instagram pictures Questlove is going to post of Phoenix this weekend? I sure am. The Roots will be in town on Saturday, March 23, to play as part of McDowell Mountain Music Festival, plus, Questo will be dropping a DJ set at Bar Smith afterward. That's sure to yield some good ... More >>
When people ask what kind of music I like, I'm tempted to say "Good music." I understand the need for musical terminology, but there's really too much good stuff to limit what you listen to. It's a lesson Zero Zero teaches well. Nicole Laurenne and Michael Johnny Walker have the garage rock thing lo ... More >>
It took a successful Kickstarter campaign, numerous fundraising shows, and generous outpouring from the local music community, but Sedona's decker. has successfully completed its fourth album, Slider (no relation to the T.Rex record of the same name) and was able to replace the instruments damaged i ... More >>
Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: 17 Don't-Miss Events During Arizona Beer Week, Feb. 16-23 6 Don't-Miss Events During AZ Cocktail Week: Feb 16-22 13th Annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival Hold on to your beer ... More >>
Love is one of those things that means something different to everyone. And for their new music video for "Kill It with Love," local funky pop band The Wiley One allowed artist Nathan Shields to apply his own artistic interpretation to the clip, using his speed drawing skills to capture the message ... More >>
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.
Palms, Wiley One, Jared and the Mill, and Sara Robinson and Midnight Special @ Crescent Ballroom|1/9/13South by Southwest, the sort of Mecca of indie music, is kind of a big deal. A good show there can make or break a band, even if the event itself is a tad self-indulgent. I once hitchhiked there, s ... More >>
With the holidays rapidly approaching, some of us have our sights set on another holiday. One awash in Olympic-sized swimming pools of Guinness and all the corned beef we can eat. It's one of the few holidays where public urination, vomiting, and rabble rousing are perfectly acceptable forms of cel ... More >>
The Blasters will be hitting The Rhythm Room on Saturday, December 15th. They'll no doubt be pushing their latest album, Fun on Saturday Night, a 12-track joyride through rockabilly and blues territory. The album also includes a June Carter Cash cover of "Jackson" with X's Exene Cervenka. After thir ... More >>
Apache Lake Music Festival has grown leaps and bounds since its launch in 2010. The festival now spans three days and features nearly twice as many bands as last year's installment, Arizona's beloved local music fest has continued to expand in size and scope in no time at all. See also: Phoenix Mus ... More >>
You don't need us to remind you that the Valley is a massive piece of land. Phoenix alone is a whopping 517 square miles according to Wikipedia (which is never wrong, right?). That dwarfs other major metropolises like Chicago, 234 square miles, and Seattle, which stands roughly at 142 square miles. ... More >>
See also: Apache Lake Music Festival 2011 Features Scenery and Over 30 Arizona Bands See also: Phoenix Music Heads to Tortilla Flat Apache Lake Music Festival 2012 is on: an official website has been launched, and the festival lineup has been announced, featuring scheduled performances from Robin ... More >>
Curious about 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.
Think Mother Nature is behind all of those intense dust storms we like to call the haboob phenomena? Well what if the rolling dirt clouds were actually kicked up by an alien spacecraft landing in Phoenix and not the product of atmospheric currents? On any other day it might seem like a ridiculous ... More >>
Gardner Cole Cole, who has written and produced for artists such as Madonna, is the producer for local country pop band Arrowheart, who are schedueld to perform Sunday, May 27 at Hidden Meadow Ranch. For more information, head here. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what ... More >>
It still feels hard to believe. Friday's news about the passing of MCA (Adam Yauch) of The Beastie Boys shocked nearly everyone, forcing us to confront mortality and look back on the group's lasting legacy. "At first, I didn't want to believe it, then came shock and, lastly, my heart sank down into ... More >>
See also: St. Patrick's Day Guide 2012 In a cultural and religious sense, St. Patrick's Day is a day of feast and celebration of Irish culture. Of course, for most of us it's simply a great chance to party. St. Paddy's falls on a Saturday this year, which means the green beer will flow in even m ... More >>
Sam Wiley of The Wiley OneNew York is a magical place for a lot of musicians. Frank Sinatra, Jay-Z, and U2 have all written songs about The City That Never Sleeps, and joining the neverending roster is local folky pop band The Wiley One, with the band's new track "Thank You New York."The son ... More >>
Okay, so let it be known that I'm a nerd -- a supernerd, even -- but I think the dudes of A Life of Science have me beat. The band's label, Sundawg Records dropped two brand new exclusives on Up on the Sun, an animated video promoting the group's strange, "I'm-not-quite-sure-what's-going-on" co ... More >>
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers The margarita makers are primed, and the shots have been poured. It's Cinco de Mayo, and if there's one party Phoenix knows how to throw, it's this one. With spicy food specials, drinks discounted all around town, and practically every cantina rolling out some so ... More >>
Mr. Meeble is scheduled to perform on Friday at Cityscape.First Fridays in December are something of a big deal. Although the mercury will likely dip into the 40-degree range, we're expecting a horde of culture vultures will be traipsing about Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue in order to make the scen ... More >>
Local rockers Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers tweeted the unsurprising news that the GreenStock has been canceled this afternoon.I've been unable to confirm this with organizers -- who don't seem to have voicemail and haven't answered an e-mail -- but there's little reason to doubt it's true.
Heard of GreenStock™? Me either, but the expo, scheduled for September 17-19 -- the exact same dates as Arizona Fall Frenzy, as it happens -- has a pretty decent selection of acts.They've got big local names (Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Gin Blossoms, The Wiley One) and two veteran na ... More >>
Sammy Wiley The lead singer and guitarist from local pop band The Wiley One just released a new single, "Never Bored on a Board," which the band is currently giving away for free at www.thewileyone.com. The band plays at The Compound Grill in Phoenix Saturday, August 14. What'd you eat for din ... More >>
Phoenix fedora-rock band The Wiley One admits right up front to being wily, so I approached their latest single, "Never Board on a Board," with a little hesitation.This is a song about how great all board sports are? Seriously? Kinda seems like a ploy to get a song featured on a broadcast of the X G ... More >>
For those who are still complaining about the lack of local music heard on the airwaves today, they obviously haven't checked out KWSS 106.7 FM, a station dedicated to all local and indie music--which is really cool because you're just as likely to hear bands such as Coheed and Cambria as you are ... More >>
If you're a fan of progressive rock band A Life of Science, get ready to experience the band in comic book form as the band releases 'The Apneist,' a comic that supplements their debut album of the same name.
Tempe-based music artist The Wiley One has been booked to perform at the "Jocks That Rock Super Party" in Tampa, Florida on Friday, January 30. The Wiley One's newest album, No. 7 Kid, was released on Sun Dawg Records last year, and serves up a well-wrought mix of ska, hip-hop, and folk, with a styl ... More >>
No. 7 Kid