It’s been a minute since we’ve had a genuine “Night of a Million Shows”, at least I think it has and this coming Friday is that exact kind of clusterfest. Then Saturday’s got a couple all day festivals and a noise show, so that’s sensible. I know there’s no way of planning these things, but it feels a bit ridiculous with feast or famine scheduling. Sorry for the rant, the good news is there is no bad decision when you choose to spend your time and energy enjoying live local sounds and getting down with the musical community that surrounds you. There is a lot to do!
When & Where: Wednesday, March 26th, 7pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons To Attend: What’s that you say? You want a completely fucking weird Wednesday night? Well, you take whatever you got saved up and then head to The Trunk Space and have your mind reinstalled. It’s painless, and ultimately enlightening. This is the ticket to your own inner freak this evening.
Other Details: Bari sax growls, immersive electronic installation, queer electro-pop, a freaky DJ, and multimedia beat music join forces in a night that could only be produced by the magic that is SXSW season.
Terror Pigeon Surround Sound Lay Down
Normally crazy-wild-party-time-electro, but as he waits for a new album to come out…..
“TPSSLD is a new show I’m building this winter. It’s a set of mostly brand new TP music performed for an audience that is lying on the ground. The music is performed in hexaphonic sound, with a speaker in each corner and a subwoofer on each side of the audience all operating independently, creating a lush, serene, and for brief moments, punishing, soundscape.The show is a half hour long. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, pillows, foam, thermarests, and big stuffed animals to the show for their comfort. Air mattresses cannot be accommodated for spatial and sonic reasons.”
Ex-Iowan DIY maven; still a sax-y sweaty good time
JAX FLA queer electro-pop
+ LOCAL LOVE
Freaky-ass beat tapes
Multimedia melodic-electronic beats
+ BETWEEN-SET JAMS FROM:
DJ DJ Tanner
Jammin’ tunes from yr most treasured mammal
$8 at the door
When & Where: Friday, March 24th, 7pm at Last Exit Live
Reasons To Attend: Chloe Tang is coming home to release her record and she’ll be getting support from the a dream lineup of Vintage Wednesday, Wild Earth and Royaltides who will all blow your minds.
Other Details: Chloe Tang is coming home to Phoenix!!! Come celebrate her hometown EP Release on Friday, March 24th at Last Exit Live with special guests Vintage Wednesday, WILD EARTH, and Royaltides!
Tix: $7 presale, $10 at door
When & Where: Friday, March 24th, 7pm at at The Nile Theater
Reasons To Attend: It blew my mind wide open to see Andy Warping and The Echo Bombs on a Nile lineup and after checking out Four Skin and The Critical Shakes that would make this worthy of a trip to Mesa. Not much makes that trip worth it, but this show makes a solid case for an adventure East.
Other Details: Oregon based punk duo The Critical Shakes will be performing at The Underground @ The Nile Theatre in Downtown Mesa, AZ. Direct support includes the valley of the sun favorites Andy Warpigs, FOUR SKIN and The Echo Bombs.
Join us for an entertaining evening with some of Phoenix Metro’s most talented artists.
When & Where: Friday, March 24th, 8pm at Valley Bar
Reasons To Attend: I have literally no information on this show I barely found other than that The Technicolors are playing a rare hometown show. There will be guests. They also apparently released a new single. They rarely disappoint.
Other Details: THE TECHNICOLORS with SPECIAL GUESTS! at Valley Bar
When & Where: Friday, March 24th, 8pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons To Attend: SURF was amazing the last time they returned to the stage and I’m certain tonight will be no exception. Joined by The Lonesome Wilderness and Shadow Wave, this is the perfect show to enjoy at your favorite dive bar.
Other Details: Ste times below…
Aaron ” surf ” Tijerina (acoustic set) -830p
Shadow waves -930p
The Lonesome Wilderness- 1130p
When & Where: Friday, March 24th, 7pm at Crescent Ballroom
Reasons To Attend: So, I have to admit, this seems to be the knockdown, knock out event of the night. Four amazing bands releasing four new singles in one night. I just heard the track by The Sink Or Swim on the radio and it’s fantastic. Anyway, this whole event is an awesome concept that should happen more often. Just reading the details on the event below will make you want to go.
Other Details: SUNSET VOODOO + THE HOURGLASS CATS + THE SINK OR SWIM + THE REAL FITS
QUADRAPHOENIX IS NOT AN AVERAGE SHOW… It is an immersive experience for community-driven, creative-minded, and fun-loving people. Join the discussion and get ready for an amzaing night coming this Friday!
* All four bands release a new single, with compilation CD’s available to the first 300 people through the door.
* Four live canvas paintings created by four different artists during each band’s set that will be raffled off throughout the night. Raffle money goes towards Unity Through Community, a non-profit startup that aims to support and encourage artistic growth in the valley.
* Face painting
* Psychedelic light shows
* Top notch carne asada burritos… Seriosuly, they’re amazing
Purchase presale tickets below and stay posted for more details!
When & Where: Friday, March 24th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: No Volcano always puts on a great show and they are one of my top five live bands in town. Add to that The Rebel Set and US Depressed and you have a pretty righteous night at The Rebel Lounge.
Other Details: Band links below…
The Rebel Set
at the Rebel Lounge
When & Where: Friday, March 24th, 9pm at Chopper John’s
Reasons To Attend: If you haven’t seen Ghost Cat Attack or Hostile Work Environment or Manic Monkeys in a while, you need to check in all three bands. Ghost Cat is better than ever, Hostile Work Environment has reached a new level with the addition of Jamison McQueen, and Manic Monkey have a fundraising campaign because they are eager to lay down their new tracks. It’s a pretty exciting lineup and an interesting combination.
Ghost Cat Attack
Hostile Work Environment
When & Where: Friday, March 24th, 9pm at Spinelli’s Pizzeria, Tempe
Reasons To Attend: I love that these events happen at a pizza place. I have yet to get to one of these, but when I do I’m hoping it’s this kind of lineup, or this exact lineup. Does Spinelli’s do this every Friday? Or do I just find out about them when they have bands I like? Cool digs, oh and pretty decent food.
Other Details: HERE WE GO AGAIN…
Come enjoy some rad psychedelic rock bands, pizza and beer!
When & Where: Saturday, March 25th, 1pm at Shady Park
Reasons To Attend: Check that shit out up there. It’s a flyer that shows the set times. They are not fucking around. I don’t need to explain to you that this is the perfect event for staying drunk all day through and to the bitter end, which in this case isn’t bitter with Wyves closing out the night. Here’s to memories of venues past!
Other Details: Hollywood Alley’s Spring Informal hosted by Fun Bobby
21+ // Shady Park Tempe // Doors open at 1:00pm // Presales $10, Doors $15
Wyves, Pinky Tuscadero’s WKAF, Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Fred Green, Gladhammer, Fat Gray Cat, Flathead, Grave Danger, U.S. Depressed, Shovel, The Bovine Fury and Faux Fighters
Featuring Page The Village Idiot and DJ Chiliwhisper in between bands
When & Where: Saturday, March 25th, 3pm at Cactus Jack’s Ahwatukee Tavern
Reasons To Attend: I think this is the post I’m hitching to on Saturday. I missed the last IPO because of commitments, the one before that due to illness, so I’m primed to catch up with the legendary David Bash and enjoy the fantastic selection of bands in a great location, who once made the finest salsa I’ve ever had. I’m hoping they still do. The more I look at the lineup the more I want to be there from beginning to end. This should just a super cool fun event to dig in and enjoy the music and the laid back time. There is no place I’d rather be.
Other Details: I’m proud to announce that International Pop Overthrow will return to Phoenix for our ninth straight year, on Saturday, March 25, at Cactus Jack’s! IPO Phoenix will feature 12 of the best pop and rock artists from Phoenix and beyond! Here’s the ultra-cool lineup, a superfine mixture of youth, experience, and pop music stylings:
3:00 Don’t Tell Mom
4:00 School of Rock Sugar Skulls
5:45 Dreams and Doorways
6:30 The Armoires
7:15 Cait Brennan
8:00 Casey James Brooks
8:45 Naked Chollas
9:30 Cheap Hotels
11:00 Carol Pacey and The Honey Shakers
11:45 The Redemptions
Cactus Jack’s is located at 4747 E. Elliot Rd. They can be found on the web at http://www.cactusjacksbar.co/ and can be reached by phone at 480-753-4733.
The event is ALL-AGES until 8:45, and then 21+ from 8:46 until finish.
Tickets are $10, at the door.
IPO Phoenix is truly gonna be great, and is the perfect way to kick off the 2017 IPO schedule! Come on out and join the fun…and tell your friends to come down as well!
When & Where: Saturday, March 25th, 7pm at PPC Crackhaus
Reasons To Attend: I like that noise shows have turned a corner in PHX and now I have multiple noise shows to choose from during the week. This is Saturday’s noise show and it’s a kickass lineup. Set times are below, if this is your gig, this is your Saturday night.
Other Details: An event hosted by Pages Per Content
Featuring various noise acts around the valley
$5.00 Voluntary Donation is being accepted at the door. No one will be turned away if they don’t have the funds. Please Enjoy.
THE FUGLY CHUDS: 9:30PM-10:10PM
E ALO: 11:30PM-12:10AM
DANIEL FURY: 12:30AM-1:10AM
There will be some merch for sale from some of the acts.
B.Y.O.B. – No Cops – Bad Vibes Only
When & Where: Sunday, March 26th, 7:30pm at The Pueblo
Reasons To Attend: Remember that thing I said about noise shows on Saturday night? Well, same. This is Sunday’s Noise show at a different place with different people.
Other Details: If we do a door charge it’ll be voluntary. maybe we’ll just sell you stickers. I’ll let you know. If you’re unfamiliar with this event series, here’s an article with lots of photos (and words if you’re so inclined.) https://phxsux.com/2017/02/12/looking-back-at-phx-suxs-previous-nights-of-neuralgia/
A Light Among Many (Denver) – Drone noise https://aloopamongmany.bandcamp.com/
Depressive – Shitty devil music, apparently. Figures.
Kill Follins – I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life (oh, different guy?)
The Wood Knots my bloody valentine if they were doing noise in phoenix
Zalenka nerdcore self-described half-assed weirdo https://soundcloud.com/zalenka
DJ Bong Load will be entertaining between the sets.
I think that’s for real the list. Man I can’t wait!!!
When & Where: Sunday, March 26th, 8pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons To Attend: The Rogue Bar can either be the best thing or the worst thing on a Sunday night. Like it’s either kind of soul crushing or it’s the best decision you made all weekend. This is going to be the latter experience. I can feel it in my bones. I may be running a little ragged by Sunday, but this would be worth it. Pay no attention to the creepy flyer, this is going to be great.
Other Details: Doors at 8pm-$5 21+