This week is unreal, which is why I wanted to get it out as early as possible. The weekend is still a bitch decision wise, but not the trainwreck it was last Saturday. That said, with the strange exception of Wednesday…there are just good shows to see, there are fan-freaking-tastic shows to catch all of the other nights this week. I begin where I ended last week. Believe this many great shows is stressing me out too–I have to carefully schedule my writing regiment this week so I can go out and have some fun watching all the bands I’m writing about.
When & Where: Monday, December 12th, 7pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: So this is just a super cool thing that The Rebel Lounge is doing on the Monday nights before Christmas. All the details below. This week I am all about Vintage Wednesday. Those kids are talent on fire right now. You can pay the cover or bring a toy instead, but definitely get there for their set.
Other Details: The Rebel Lounge is pleased to announce The Rebel’s Holiday Toy Drive benefiting the children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital!
Every Monday in December leading up to Christmas, The Rebel Lounge will host a series of concerts and toy drives to benefit the children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The shows will feature a variety of great local talent and serve as an opportunity for the local music community to give back to a truly special local organization that helps tens of thousands of families every year.
Each show will have an $8 admission fee that is waived with donation of an unwrapped toy. Just bring a toy with you to the show and get in for free! See below for the full lineup for each show. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm for each night. All ages are welcome.
When & Where: Monday, December 12th, 7pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons To Attend: I am all about There Is Danger and Joe Vito, but they’ve got this great show with Nick Jaina and you should really check out his stuff on bandcamp. This show is a stunner for a Monday, that’s for sure.
Other Details: Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon. He is a co-founder and musical director of the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City. He has composed the music for three ballets and three contemporary dances with that group, featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet, Ten Hairy Legs, and Juilliard, performing at the Baryshnikov Center and the Joyce Theater. Their most recent performance was two sold-out shows at Brooklyn Academy of Music in May 2014. Of that show, the New York Times wrote, “[The] pure, pungent, earthy music for strings, piano, and percussion… was the most physically bracing part of the night.”
When & Where: Tuesday, December 13th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: This show will absolutely get me out on a Tuesday night. I haven’t seen Alien Atmosphere in few months and those twins are killer. Ghost Cat Attack will have the fantastic Meliza Jackson on guitar and it’s going to be unlike any GCA performance before. It’s Jane’s freaking birthday and they’re going to be super happy that day, so its going to be an awesome show. I CANNOT wait for Dirt Moon. I caught them a few weeks ago and they blew my mind. Tuesday. Rebel. Be there.
Other Details: JANE N THE JUNGLE at The Rebel Lounge. Going to be a great night of celebrating with some special surprises!
Hope to see you all there! 7:30PM Doors / 5$ / 21+
When & Where: Thursday, December 15th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: If you were at El West’s first release show for this record, you know it was a fantastic time at The Rebel. Well, they are releasing the record again and it’s every bit as brilliant as it was before, but this time it will be available again. Confused? You won’t be if you just show up. The Sink or Swim, The Real Fits and Sydney Sprague will be supporting El West and that has me over the top on this gig.
Other Details: El West EP Release Show
with special guests
The Real Fits
The Sink or Swim
December 15th at The Rebel Lounge!
Tickets available at Stinkweeds or online at: http://www.therebellounge.com/event/1385724-el-west-ep-release-show-phoenix/
When & Where: Thursday, December 15th, 8pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons To Attend: This is a crazy good Rogue lineup which is always nice to see. Anthony Fama will open up the evening with a solo set that will either make you sad, mad or just glad your not him, it will move you either way. The Bittersweet Way have recently reinvented themselves and it’s exciting as hell. The Combat Medic are touring and if you haven’t caught them live you really should. Finally, The Lonesome Wilderness totally slayed my soul with their set a couple weeks ago and I haven’t been the same since.
Other Details: Set times below…
09:30 Anthony Fama
10:15 The Bittersweet Way
11:00 The Combat Medic
11:45 The Lonesome Wilderness
When & Where: Friday, December 16th, 6pm at Yucca Tap Room
Reasons To Attend: Here is a benefit show that will also be an incredible evening of punk, ska and reggae.
Other Details: Punk , Ska and Reggae benefit show for our late friend James Ryan Fennelly . $5+ donation encouraged not required
1:00am- Rundown Roommates
9:00pm-Torn at the Seam
7:00pm- Good Rust
6:00pm- Ass Wipe Junkies
These are the set times each set is 30 minutes giving a half hour to load and unload equipment .
When & Where: Friday, December 16th, 7pm at Tempe History Museum
Reasons To Attend: The SunPunchers are always a treat and if you’v never had the pleasure of catching Jon Rauhouse on the steel guitar, well, you should probably treat yourself to this early show on Friday.
Other Details: Join us at the Tempe History Museum for an evening with The SunPunchers! Their signature desert roots revival sound will be enhanced by steel guitarist extrordinare Jon Rauhouse. Music starts at 7PM, and is free, fun, and family friendly!
When & Where: Friday, December 16th, 7:30pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: So many great shows this Friday, but I think this one has my heart. Saddles will release the stunning YOKE with Snake Snake Snakes!, Celebration Guns, Dent and Whither Is God. Just say that lineup to yourself and feel how good that sounds. I mean this is an evening where magic happens. Check out this months JAVA for my thoughts on the new Saddles album, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Other Details: SADDLES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW at The Rebel Lounge
When & Where: Friday, December 16th, 8pm at Rockbar, Inc.
Reasons To Attend: Pure rock’n'roll at Rockbar on a Friday…Go figure. This should be great if you’re Scottsdale bound.
Other Details: This is shaping up to be a splendid evening of Rock and/or Roll!
$5 at the door and worth every penny!
FREE Audious 12 Song album!!!
We hope to see you there!
When & Where: Friday, December 16th, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom
Reasons To Attend: Danny promised there will be five different versions of Captain Squeegee available at any given time throughout the evening. This is going to be the most packed place in the universe on Friday, because of the aliens. Anyway, this show is ridiculously off the hook.
Other Details: Captain Squeegee’s 10th Anniversary show will be a LEGENDARY event. Expect songs throughout the years from their ska origins up to their latest. There will be special guests from previous members of the band and because it’s Squeegee lots of suprises as well.
Joining forces with Captain Squeegee are Fayuca, Bear Ghost and HIDEOUT.
Sponsored by Bravo – Tip or Pay. Download their app and get a free Captain Squeegee 10th Anniversary poster at the merch booth!
Presented by Psyko Steve and 80/20 Records.
When & Where: Saturday, December 17th, 7pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons To Attend: This is a super cool night that opens with Heavy the Lightweight and TOSO and then turns into a record listening party. The record that you’ll be listening to is fucking magical. Seriously.
Other Details: Really stoked to have just finished this record for Meet the Sun. It’s an experimental folk album with ten tracks ranging from gothic and industrial feels, to spoken work / beats, haunting ballads, and fingerpicking folk vibes. “Lost the Plot or Idioms & Allusions for an Unsound Mind, Mad as a March Hare.” Doors @ 7pm. Come early and don’t miss the homies.
8-9pm Heavy the Lightweight ft Nicholas Villa
Experimental grunge-rock psychedelic-punks
10-11pm Meet the Sun Record Listening Session
Come glow in the dark
$5 entry to support Trunk Space, TOSO, and the music. Trunk Space is a alcohol-free zone, and closes at 11. We will move along to somewhere else locally after!
I’m going to have some copies of a handmade lyric-book zine next to a donation jar for those that want one. Just coming out and showing your support means the most.The zine is a handmade booklet with all the lyrics/poetry of the record, printed on a nice parchment paper. Zine includes mp3 download card for the record. Special thanks to Scott Mitting for recording, mixing, and helping my sonic vision come to life, and to homies on the record…Delaney Moos (Trash Mullet) on banjo and Andy Warpigs on percussion.
When & Where: Saturday, December 17th, 7pm at ThirdSpace
Reasons To Attend: I like Third Space, because there is like a coffee shop right there and I can get coffee and they don’t care. Most venues make me pour 20 oz. of scalding latte down my throat before entering the building, but then they don’t actually have coffee inside the venue, but that’s all I drink, but I had to drink mine or throw it out, it’s my decision I suppose. More venues should have courtyards with coffee shops. Oh, also this is a completely amazing lineup with art, and music and DJs. All the gooey details below.
Other Details: Bands:
Snake! Snake! Snake!
NXOEED // James B. Hunt
Zachary Dean Glover
Rob Locker and Ryan Swick
Trent T-Unit Pittard
When & Where: Saturday, December 17th, 7pm at Club Red
Reasons To Attend: A holiday food drive show is always a good way to feel good while getting groovy. Club Red will be hosting DRYC, The Hourglass Cats, CooBee Coo and Dreams and Doorways for this, which will be amazing. I just caught CooBee Coo this weekend and it was damn near a religious experience.
Other Details: Phoenix’s own Dry River Yacht Club are coming to groove out Club Red AND help feed those in need! This holiday food drive show is going to be a rocking good time with additional performances by The Hourglass Cats, CooBee Coo, and Dreams and Doorways. Bring some canned food, get an admission discount and enjoy the show knowing you’ve helped feed some hungry people.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW:
$10 day-of-show / online (http://ticketf.ly/2eXPUeH)
OR Get $8 presale tickets from one of the bands
***Another live musical experience by Appalling Events***
When & Where: Saturday, December 17th, 8pm at Last Exit Live
Reasons To Attend: If you had listened to the new Soft Deadlines record as much as I have you would have no choice but to be anywhere else on Saturday night. This is a ridiculous lineup with no regrets. I’m going to slam dance during every song of The Echo Bombs set and probably just explode when Citrus Clouds finishes at midnight.
Other Details: 8:00 Echo Bombs
9:00 Soft Deadlines
10:00 The Edisons
11:00 Citrus Clouds
When & Where: Saturday, December 17th, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom
Reasons To Attend: Jared is saying this is their second annual holiday extravaganza but it seems like they’ve been doing this for longer. Maybe it’s just 2016′s been a really long year. It would not surprise me in the least if this sells out being all ages with Sundressed and Playboy Manbaby joining them on the bill.
Other Details: JARED & THE MILL’S SECOND ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
PLAYBOY MANBABY, SUNDRESSED
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
This event is all ages
Join JARED & THE MILL for THE SECOND ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!
A night featuring friends & family with great holiday music & entertainment, as well as many cheerful surprises… All benefitting TOYS FOR TOTS!
Get tickets Crescent Ballroom, or here online http://ticketf.ly/2eTK51I
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When & Where: Saturday, December 17th, 8pm at Pho Cao
Reasons To Attend: Whitherward is stunning and they’re playing with Ghost Cat Attack, The Banter and Dirty Sunset. This will be your second chance to catch GCA this week and they have a lot of surprises planned for the evening. This is most likely The Banter’s last set of the year and Dirty Sunset are always fantastic. Great lineup from start to finish.
Other Details: Whitherward returns from touring to jam with friends Ghost Cat Attack, The Banter and Dirty Sunset- a night of fun for all! And delicious food too!! $5 cover.
The Banter just released two singles on Spotify and are stoked to rock with some awesome bands in celebration! Come check out The Banter’s last show of 2016 as we play with Ghost Cat Attack, Whiterwhard and Dirty Sunset for a night of Pho and fun! Check out Mason Jar and Ms. Loneliness on Spotify, iTunes SoundCloud and all your favorite listening sites!!
When & Where: Sunday, December 18th, 7pm at PPC Crackhaus
Reasons To Attend: I’m sitting here right now listening to The Smiling Faces live album that they put out this year and it’s fucking great in this indie rock meets punk meets stand up comedy sort of way. Seriously, though it’s a great time. This whole lineup is amazing, but The Smiling Faces may get me out of the house next Sunday.
Other Details: Come to PPC Haus to see these awesome bands:
THE SMILING FACES:
When & Where: Sunday, December 18th, 8pm at Yucca Tap Room
Reasons To Attend: If you were dreaming of an Americana Sunday…well, here you go. This is an awesome lineup and I love Americana on Sundays. I’m not sure why, it’s just something I notice I favor on that day of the week.
Other Details: Performing the first show back in Phoenix in over a year will be the Jacob Acosta Band. Gearing up for the forthcoming release ‘Desert Sounds’ which will feature many songs about Arizonan culture and the Southwest.
Treasurefruit, fronted by the great music wizard Anamieke Quinn, brings out with their newest record ‘Poisonous Dwellers of the Desert’. Truthfully, one of the sexiest desert rock outfits you can find here.
Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers fresh off their new CD release, ‘Eyes On The Prize’ is one of their grandest rock records to date! They will take us into the rest of our evening dancing and groovin’
This will be a hootin and hollerin’ good time brought to you by one of best venues in Tempe since 1970, Yucca Tap Room.
LISTEN TO BANDS below
8pm-10pm-Jacob Acosta Band
11:15pm-?? – Carol Pacey and The Honeyshakers
When & Where: Monday, December 19th, 7pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: Please check out the descriptions for this event at the top of the page where you began, the band list is stunner for this one.
Other Details: Band Details below…
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19