Up On The Sun's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Music Stories of 2012
Is this year over yet? Well, close enough. So in honor of 2012 we've dug through the past 12 months of stories looking for the greatest hits. Below you'll find the stories (minus most of the newsy stuff) that people clicked on each month. And if thousands of other people clicked on these stories, you'll want to too. Don't trust us, trust your fellow readers.
By Mike Escoto
Hi, my name is Mike Escoto and I like music. In particular, I enjoy live music. As you might reasonably guess, my enjoyment of live music is why I contribute to Up on the Sun, in addition to co-running my own blog, Electric Mustache. It's a little crazy, but I actually get paid to go see concerts. Whether or not I actually deserve to get paid for my reviews is a discussion for another time, or, you know, the comments section of this blog post.
By my count I've reviewed 34 concerts for Up on the Sun since 2009, and I've probably been to another 30-or-so in that time frame either for another publication or my own personal enjoyment. Most have been enjoyable; a few have been amazing and a few have been total shit.
Usually, my enjoyment is based on the performance of the band or musician I'm going to see that night. That is, in my opinion, how it should be. But occasionally, external factors creep in. Sometimes it's the sound mix, or the lighting, but lately, I've noticed an increasing problem at the shows I go to. It's likely a problem you have experienced yourself.
By Lenni Rosenblum
Former American Idol Adam Lambert teamed up with Queen for live performances this year.
We were decidedly unhappy about this development. While Lambert said he was doing this "to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs," that couldn't possibly be his only motive. If he wanted to pay tribute to Queen, he should have started a tribute band.
Lambert wasn't exactly the best pick for someone to take the place of Freddie Mercury, which, for the record, nobody should even be doing in the first place. He's Freddie Mercury. You can't top that. But if anyone is going to try, we came up with a few other suggestions that would have easily topped Lambert.
By Anthony Sandoval
We found out this year that a lot of people like Radiohead. I mean, really like Radiohead.
Just kidding. Of course we knew, because most of us really like Radiohead too, but some of our readers had a field day admonishing my colleague when she casually admitted that she didn't quite "get" the British band ahead of their show in Glendale.
Fans wasted no time correcting her, with one reader even making a pretty-much-valid point, saying Yorke and the boys "de-constructed and then re-assembled the structures within contemporary rock music, introduced new shades and colors of sound to create fresh, sonic terrain and ambient landscapes, and single-handedly changed the way many bands [begin] to create music."
By Benjamin Leatherman and Jason P. Woodbury
It's a hard pill to swallow, but music venues in the Valley tend to come and go. Fact. Look no further than the closing of The Compound Grill or the nixing of Clubhouse Music Venue for proof.
Some live music joints and concert halls have figured out the magic formula of how to both thrive and survive throughout the ups and downs, whether that means booking the right bands, finding ways to keep fickle music fans satisfied, or just offering them a suitable aura where they can lose their shit. Some are newer than others, and a couple were beloved enough to be raised from the dead.