That Was 2012: Our Year-End Lists
Riot Earp & DJ Melo
As I type this, it's still 2012, but by the time we hit "publish," it'll be 2013. So I'll turn to the great poet Kanye West to sum it all up: "I'm livin' in the future so the presence is my past. My presence is the present, kiss my ass."
That was 2012, welcome to 2013 -- here's our end of the year lists all bundled up for your convenience.
Top 5 Punk Albums of 2012
Happy New Year loyal punk fans.
If you really tied one on and you're nursing your hangover by chugging some Pedialyte, punk music may be the last thing you want to listen to. But 2012 was a great year for punk releases, which made this list difficult to narrow down to a top five.
Teenage Bottlerocket once again struck pop punk gold; Hot Water Music came back with a vengeance with Exister; and Jesse Michaels' Classics of Love is his best work since Operation Ivy. These three albums would be designated somewhere in the top 10 range, as these five other albums blew them out of the water.
It's been a mighty big year for hip-hop music in Arizona, most notably with the explosion of the locally-produced platinum hit "Mercy" by Kanye West. Producer and New F-Os member Lifted helped direct ears towards our corner of the map for his work on the massively popular track, but he hasn't been the only one putting in quality work in the Valley. Here's a look at some of our favorite hip-hop beats provided by Arizona's own.
The Year in Heavy Metal: 2012
TwinGiant performing at Southwestern Terror Festival
The year 2012 brought an array of exciting moments in heavy metal, from album releases by veteran acts like Napalm Death and younger bands like Goatwhore, to some of the biggest ever heavy metal festivals, to a few of my personal favorite interviews with metal legends.
Enjoy -- and happy metal fucking New Year.
As 2012 draws to a close, we couldn't be more optimistic about the state of music in the Valley of the Sun. With new bands emerging from various scenes and subgenres, it can be hard to keep up with the latest in Phoenix music.
What follows are our picks for 13 acts that will make an impact on the Southwest in the coming year.
The overwhelming popularity of electronic dance music continued its exponential growth over the last 12 months, both nationwide and here in the Valley of the Sun. Beats were bumping nearly nonstop across the local music landscape in 2012 as new dance clubs (such as the Monarch Theatre and EPIQ) debuted in grand fashion and Phoenix DJs and EDM producers got love via the blogosphere and worked big-time gigs across the globe.
We've spent plenty of the past year listening to the efforts of local turntable fiends and producers and have compiled a rundown of a dozen of our favorite tracks and mixes that grabbed our attention.
People like to complain that Phoenix isn't "a music town." Well, you could have fooled us. The Valley of the Sun churned out all kinds of interesting stuff this year, and we've been doing our best to keep up. From the arena-cum-indie rock of IAMWE to the synth club rock of Vial of Sound, Up on the Sun's staff took to the blog to describe the sounds that had us excited all year long.