Top Five Phoenix Music Stories of the Week

Categories: Up on the Sun

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 from the week of August 20-24.

Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook on Giving the Fans What They Want

Five Finger Death Punch has been called a lot of things: overzealous, angry, a sell-out, fake (guess that sort of thing can happen when you name your third record American Capitalist during a period of economic turmoil). But forget it. FFDP knows how to rock and truly cares about the causes it stands behind.

American Capitalist likely will be the Las Vegas-based band's third gold album, moving serious units since it came out last fall. This weekend, they are swinging through the Valley of the Sun as part of the Trespass America Festival, along with God Forbid, Pop Evil, Killswitch Engage, and Triviu.

Up on the Sun spoke with guitarist/backing vocalist Jason Hook about set list arguments, why the band (at least most of it) is staying sober, the band's next album, and its involvement in suicide prevention. Check out the full interview.

--Lauren Wise

Just Announced Shows: Snoop Lion, David Bazan, Jimmy Vaughan, Nas, and More

You remember that infamous clip of Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman? The one where he announced to the world he was retiring from acting to pursue a career as a rap artist? Well, thank Baby Jesus, that turned out to be a hoax. But you know what isn't? Snoop Lion.

"I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion," Snoop told a group of journalists at Miss Lily's, a Caribbean restaurant in New York, in July. "I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.' From that moment on, it's like I had started to understand why I was there."

His Rhasta-inspired plunge from a hugely successful rap career into Mad Decent-assisted reggae is nothing short of bizarre. Of course, we'd be lying if we said we weren't curious to see him when he hits the Valley with Ice Cube and Too Short on Friday, September 14, at Comerica Theatre.

See who else is coming to town.

--Richard Noel

Location Info


Ak-Chin Pavilion

2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

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