Check out our picks for the best shows happening in Phoenix this week. Don't forget the browse our comprehensive music listings if you'd like more options.
In this week's cover story, we speak with Phoenix-based guitarist Nils Lofgren about his new collection, Face the Music, which documents 45 years of Lofgren's solo work. But his work as a sideman with some of the biggest songwriters in music history -- including Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Ringo ... More >>
If you weren't able to make it to Circus Mexicus earlier this month you'll have another chance, this week, to catch one of the festival's best acts, Shurman. Based out of Austin, Shurman spends little time at home--they tour the country relentlessly, spreading their shared love of music to pockets ... More >>
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 >>
So, songstress Fiona Apple played a set at Mesa Arts Center the other night. It was really very good, with Apple seeming quite happy in front of the crowd (bizarre rant about "small-titted girls" and her label aside). But anyway, that's Tuesday night's Apple news. Here's today's: Apple has been ar ... More >>
After Thanksgiving comes and goes, it seems like just about everyone gets into the holiday spirit. Even the creepy, strange and misguided among us (which describes most of the lovely Up on the Sun staff, now that we think about it). We're not sure what these artists were thinking when they relea ... More >>
Nick Cave, author of And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny MunroPeople like to dedicate the month of November to specific tasks. Say, growing a mustache (Movember) or writing a novel (National Novel Writing Month). One dude who clearly knows how to do both is Nick Cave. His books, ... More >>
Holli ChristensenHolli Christensen The owner of Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar is also a makeup artist and studio hair stylist who teaches a free class every first Friday of the month 6:00 p.m. at Park Avenue, demonstrating how to take the latest trends from the runway and translating them i ... More >>
BY LAUREN WISE If you've never heard of Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jace Everett, there's little doubt you've heard a song he's best known for--the theme from HBO's massively popular, supernatural-saturated television series True Blood. Everett's music is a fusion of blues, rockabilly and ... More >>
Councilman Claude MattoxThe Fiesta Bowl fiasco has raised questions about elected officials' judgement in pocketing tickets and travel to football games, especially when those sports organizations inevitably wind up before those same officials asking for financial support.Now, as Arizona pre ... More >>
Enchantment: Songs About New MexicoWelcome to Obscuro, a weekly feature where Up on the Sun dives deep into the world of vinyl oddities: private press jobs, major label cast-offs, and general thrift shop clutter that's thus far escaped anyone's attention. These LPs have been hiding out, collectin ... More >>
Breaking news: Phoenix, Arizona gets rather warm during the summer months.Is this a good reason to avoid scheduling an outdoor concert at a minor league ballpark in suburban Glendale for mid-August? Probably. But, if such a concert a concert is scheduled -- as Bob Dylan did, by planning to play ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaLoretta Lynn on the circular stage of Celebrity Theatre.It's been five years since Loretta Lynn's Grammy-winning collaboration with Jack White but it seemed even longer at last night's Celebrity Theatre show, where the Van Lear Rose era seemed long forgotten. Sure, a few curious hipste ... More >>
Third Eye Blind: Still alive.Did you know that Third Eye Blind is still around? Yeah, me either, but the "Semi-Charmed Life" guys (they were crystal meth before crystal meth was cool!) are still a band and still touring, apparently at venues as large as the Marquee. Go figure. What other bands you u ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaYou'd be hard-pressed to find a better-preserved 57-year-old rock star than Chrissie Hynde. Onstage at Dodge Theatre Wednesday night, the Pretenders frontwoman looked incredible and sounded exactly as she did 30 years ago, when the band recorded their eponymous debut. Really. Her distin ... More >>
Here’s a handful of concerts that were just announced.
Love Their Country
(Fat Wreck Chords)
Smells like profiling
Bad remake of an awful show
Santa bangs his head at the Clubhouse
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Rodeo (Bloodshot)
The crooners at a west-side bar put gringo karaoke lovers to shame
It's dirty but true: Former Arizonans the Supersuckers keep on rockin' on their profanely titled new album
Waylon Jennings' widow and youngest son say goodbye to a sad year -- with rock stars. In Phoenix!
Christmas CDs are as unpredictable as the seasons, but a few find character of their own -- somehow
Thousands of Arizonans smoke marijuana. Get over it.
Guitar Shorty comes to the Valley
By Chuck Klosterman
(Scribner; 288 pages; $23)
Live at the Performance Center (Glitterhouse Records, German import)
Young scruffs Marah try to breathe life into a two-day Valley oldies show
For the second time this decade, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel pay tribute to Bob Wills
June 11 - 17, 1998
Half-Baked requires a bit more cooking time
What if they staged a war and everybody came?
The Blues Brothers, Marilyn, The Killer, Ol' Blue Eyes, Der Bingle and The King himself! The "Legendary Superstars" revue takes a Las Vegas formula to Apache Junction and audiences are, well, doubled over.