What’s Going Ahhhn…

This week is a strange one for many reasons. There weren’t a lot of shows early in the week, otherwise I would have gotten this out earlier. That said, a lot of people are going to Coachella, including a lot of local musicians I know, then there is a local rockstar wedding that’s taking place in Bisbee which further diverts the crowd and the musicians away from town. Incidentally, it will also be diverting me. That said, the shows that are happening are truly explosive and no less than five record release show, four of which are on Friday. Now let’s get to the good stuff.

When & Where: Thursday, April 13th, 6pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts
Reasons To Attend: This is probably the best way to kick off Weekend’s Eve as I now like to refer to Thursday, in fact you can catch this early on and have time to hit a completely different show. I’ve been to a lot of Anamieke’s shows lately with or without Treasurefruit and you should take the time to fall in love with her voice the way I have.
Other Details: Per Anamieke herself: Share an intimate evening with me, singer/songwriter Anamieke of Treasurefruit. Hear the stories behind the songs, highlights from the deep catalogue, and new material that the band doesn’t even know yet.
Free acoustic concert with just me and my heart on my sleeve at the Tempe Center for the Arts, in the lobby looking out over the lake.
6pm – 7:30pm

When & Where: Thursday, April 13th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: This is going to be fanfreakingtastic and I mean that if you want to shake your ass for four or five hours straight, head right to The Rebel Lounge. The last two shows I’ve seen with The Stakes have left indelible impressions in my heart, mind and my soul. Also, they’ve got this new song they played the last time they were at Rebel that will blow your mind.
Other Details: April 13th is the return of GET UP! A night of neo soul funk and good times! This month featuring special guests The StakesDr. Delicious! Come party! Advance tickets are just $3 – you can purchase at Stinkweeds or online at:http://www.therebellounge.com/event/1449327-get-up-night-neo-soul-funk-phoenix/

When & Where: Thursday, April 13th, 8pm at Time Out Lounge
Reasons To Attend: I meant to listen to the local acts on this lineup, but then I listened to Russian Girlfriends from New Mexico and I couldn’t stop. Wax Castle and Bad Funk are lending great support to an equally great visiting band. Highly recommended.
Other Details: Band links below…
Russian Girlfriends
Wax Castle
Bad Funk
21 and over sorry kids

When & Where: Thursday, April 13th, 9pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons To Attend: Check this stunner of a lineup out! Ghost Cat Attack will be opening things up and if you haven’t seen their last couple shows, I advise you get to this one, because it’s going to be every bit as stellar. Dirty Sunset is working on a debut record, The Scorched is visiting from somewhere near here regionally and the evening finishes with Angels & Aliens! Solid evening indeed.
Other Details: Set times locked and loaded…
Doors at 8pm-$5 //21+
09:00 Ghost Cat Attack
10:00 Dirty Sunset
11:00 the Scorched
12:00 Angels & Aliens

When & Where: Friday, April 14th, 5pm at Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, Mesa
Reasons To Attend: I don’t normally promote meet and greets, but there happens to be some live music from 3Nations, JAM NOW and Lauren Case, which makes all the difference in the world. So you can meet Alice Cooper, have a great sandwich and enjoy the tunes. Pretty perfect start to a Friday.
Other Details: Come on out to meet Alice Cooper and Ike! Please join us to try the new Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Sandwich, created by Ike and Alice Cooper. $1.00 from each sandwich will be donated to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center in Phoenix. Live music from 3NATIONS, Jam Now and Lauren Case along with a live remote with Mo! from 93.3 ALT AZ! This event is free.

When & Where: Friday, April 14th, 7pm at The Newton
Reasons To Attend: So this is the first of five album release shows for the weekend spotlighted here. You can here Robin Vining’s new single right HERE and you should go check out this performance and his new album. Robin is one of the first musicians I ever wrote about on this local scene and his genuine genius has always impressed me, add the legendary Jon Rauhouse to the mix and Brandon Decker and this is where I’m going early on Friday night.
Other Details: New Album by Robin Vining, Is There Someone For Everyone?, CD release show with Jon Rauhouse and Brandon Decker.
pre-sale Tickets are $8.00 , $10.00 door day of show admission. see link below.

When & Where: Friday, April 14th, 7pm at The Listening Room Phoenix
Reasons To Attend: Scattered Melodies just released another record today, well, at least on Spotify. It’s a short EP called Acoustics Vol 1 and I have every indication that you’re going to love the hell out of it. This is kind of a release party, but not officially, but this is an acoustic session for the band and they will be playing everything from the EP…so, yeah I’m calling it a release party.
Other Details: We encourage you to join us for an intimate performance by Scattered Melodies here on Friday April 14th. This dynamic duo and featured artists team up to bring you unplugged versions of some of their favorite songs. For more information on Scattered Melodies visitwww.scatteredmelodies.com, and stream their music online via Spotify or bandcamp.

When & Where: Friday, April 14th, 8pm at Last Exit Live
Reasons To Attend: I’ve been following along the MASON show because I tend to stalk everything Jacob Acosta does, well, musically anyway. This album is amazing rock’n'roll through and through and they’ve invited Harper and the Moths and Lonesome Wilderness on board for a fantastic night. This show is going to slay.
Other Details: $10 online or at the door //21+//Doors 7:30pm
Mason is releasing their first full length album Midnight Road. This heavy blues rock record was recorded in each band members home studio, mixed by Chris Robinson in Indiana, and mastered by Jason Livermore from The Blasting Room. The modern retro style they’ve sculpted is reminiscent of rock music of the 60′s, with Hendrix-like vocals, bracing guitar solos, Zeppelin-esque drums, and overdriven bass much like Muse or Royal Blood. Midnight Road’s 10 original tracks are all stripped-down, short blasts of blue-collar blues, heavy on the rock with some contemporary flash.

Website: http://www.mason.band/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/masonbandofficial
Music: https://mason.bandcamp.com/


Harper and the Moths is a Rock-Pop-Soul band from Phoenix, Arizona. A pop-rock-soul group akin to bands like The Killers and Neon Trees, the band produces energetic and complex rock and roll with a new wave twist that the whole family will eat up like sugar-flaked cereal. Harper and the Moths consists of lead singer and frontman, Harper Lines, Guitarist and singer, Chan Schulman, Bassist, David Campbell, Keyboard player and singer, Kelsee Kilo and Drummer, Etti Bowen

Website: http://www.harperandthemoths.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/harperandthemoths
Music: https://harperandthemoths.bandcamp.com/


Desert garage rock filled with traces of surf rock, classic punk and psychedelic rock, all mixed with sounds of the American Southwest.
The Lonesome Wilderness is a Phoenix-based rock band, formed in 2011. Members include sex-panther Joe Golfen, his time-traveling brother Paul, rocknrolla Andrea Custer and Baron Brian Weis. They originally drew their sound from surf, punk and 1960s influences, but while their backs were turned, some southwestern dust seeped under the door. You can find them playing shows on ramshackle stages in dirt lots, backyards and dark bars.

Website: http://thelonesomewilderness.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/lonesomewilderness
Music: https://thelonesomewilderness1.bandcamp.com/music

When & Where: Friday, April 14th, 8pm at Valley Bar
Reasons To Attend: Did you ever have a dream where shit got completely out of hand at Valley Bar and you trashed the place while thrashing to amazing tunage? This is the night to make that dream a reality with The Father Figures and French Girls on Friday night. It’s yet one more fantastic record release for the week and you can listen to “Heavy Lifting” right now, in case you have any reservations or want to make some.
Other Details: FINALLY! Please come out and celebrate the release of our fourth album, “Heavy Lifting,” on Friday, April 14th at the Valley Bar – and only $5. We’ll have four new songs to throw at you along with a couple new t-shirt designs based on the album cover. We’re excited to have French Girls sharing the night with us along with a couple of vinyl DJs. These release shows are important to us, but this one is different: we are releasing this one on vinyl with Slope Records AND this is by far our best collection of songs to date (we’ll also have CDs available). DJs at 8 and the whole show will be over at 11. Yes 11. Valley Bar only holds 275 so get a ticket to be safe. Thanks to Jim Andreas for the flyer and Mike Fisher for the ridiculous album art. See you soon!

When & Where: Friday April 14th, 6pm at Rockbar
Reasons To Attend: I need to check out the other acts on this roster, but let’s face it, your going for your favorite Neds. Okilly Dokilly is going to be great, because they always great, now I need to research the kind of bands that are opening for them. This should be as much fun as you can have in Scottsdale without a trust fund.
Other Details:  Rockbar inc. presents
––––––– Okilly Dokilly ––––––
with special guests
Ella Kaye
Lost In Lies
Prepare The Gallows
Her Name Echoes
6pm Doors • $15 presale • 21+
ViP Table Res TEXT 480-331-9190

When & Where: Saturday, April 15th, 1pm at Pho Cao
Reasons To Attend: This event is absolutely amazing and I hope this is shaping up to be an annual event that continues to grow each year. Last year was great, but it’s location was a bit prohibitive, this year it’s right at Pho Cao, so you know amazing food, drink and atmosphere will be on hand. If I wasn’t heading to Bisbee, I would be stationed here all day. This lineup is absolutely insane and so many of my favorites are on the roster. Please, for the love of all that is good, go to this for me and feel good about giving to this tremendous cause.
Other Details: Ball-A-Palooza 2017 -It’ll Rock Your Nuts Off!
In memory of Justin Muriett
Join us for a day long music festival to raise awareness of the most common cancer in men aged 15-35 years old and raise money for theTesticular Cancer Awareness Foundation a nonprofit organization promoting early detection of the disease.
For a $10 donation you get some of the best that Arizona Local Music has to offer, check out this Lineup!
Tickets available via Bravo – Tip or Pay NOW. Search Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation and click $10 !
1:30-2:10 Shawn Johnson
2:25-3:05 Soft Deadlines
3:20-4:00 Painting Fences
4:15-4:55 Vic Tims & The Kentucky Rifles
5:10-5:50 Divided Minds
6:05-6:45 Derek Day
7:00-7:40 Vintage Wednesday
7:55-8:35 The Sink or Swim
8:50-9:30 Painted Bones
9:45-10:25 Captain Squeegee
10:40-11:20 Harper & The Moths
11:35-12:15 Sunset Voodoo

Acoustic Entertainment Between Sets provided by:
Raquel Willand
Elizabeth Tighe
Callie Young
James Mills
Add the great food available all day at Pho Cao and you’ve got the right mix for a great event! Did I mention it is ALL AGES?
Shirts and compilation CD’s will be available for purchase! Even if you can’t attend, click the ticket link to donate!

When & Where: Saturday, April 15th, 7pm at 51 West
Reasons To Attend: The last of five record release shows that I know of this weekend. This is going to be one hell of a show and if you want to get your serious weird on, this is where to do it. The Cult of the Yellow Sign, 20 Ft Neon Jesus, Nerdzerker and Snailmate. Hell, that script writes itself. Amazing.
Other Details: Phoenix’s most beloved/obscure apocalyptic doomsday cult, The Cult of the Yellow Sign, is releasing their first full length album, “Top Of The Pile,” and wants to share their madness with you!
20 Ft Neon Jesus
Limited Special Edition “Top of the Pile” comes in a hand-embossed black velvet bag with Cult trading cards! Perfect for holding dice or tarot cards or whatever you nerds like!
At FiftyOne West! April 15th! 7pm! ONLY 8 DOLLARS!

When & Where: Saturday, April 15th, 7:30pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons To Attend: File under the greatest sounds you’ve never heard in the Phoenix music scene. I mean I’ve heard them and written about most of them at some point, but this is a wonderful lineup of some of our most underrated bands. This is going to be a life changing event, bring extra pants.
Other Details: On the heels of the successful local hip-hop showcases, the Trunk Space is proud to present a showcase of the weirdness that makes up Phoenix’s “psych” scene
Sun Conscious
PHX surfy-psych

Ancient Egypt
Tempe “psychedelic garage-funk”

Ramses II
Tempe “hard soul”

Heavy, hazy punk shit


When & Where: Saturday, April 15th, 8pm at Chopper John’s
Reasons To Attend: I dream of the day I see eXSupemodels live and hear their new record. Not necessarily in that order. It won’t be this weekend, but sometime soon. I can attest to how great they sound from their initial singles and I need to research their friends here. I also dream of a day where they update their flyer from February…thus no flyer which I normally wouldn’t post, but I already wrote this and I’m a bit on edge today.
Other Details: Please join us and our good friends Lady and the Jakes and Psychotropics this Saturday, April 15th at Chopper John’s for a stellar night of bands, music, drinks and fun! Set times below this text! Hope to see you there!
Surfing Godzilla’s – 8:45pm
Pyschotropics – 9:30pm
eXSupermodels – 10:30pm
No cover charge and awesome drinks!

When & Where: Sunday, April 16th, 5pm at Chopper John’s
Reasons To Attend: What’s better than Foresteater and Easter? ForestEaster. If you wanna dress up in your alternative best help Foresteater make a video and have a great evening all the while. Infinite details below…I love these guys.
Other Details: Foresteater is shooting their first music video and YOU should be in it! We really need people to come out for this and really want to have all our friends in the video!

Just come to Chopper Johns on Easter! it starts at 5pm and goes till 10pm!

Plot: We are doing a Portlandia-Esk Satire about a hipster/alternative Nightlife scene where people take the nightlife as gospel and change their entire lives to fit who they are in the nightlife reguardless of how much of their real selfs they have to give up.

Dresscode: Super Alternative Hipster. Darker tones. Flashy clothes and accesories are a plus. You can get some uber-hipster ideas at http://lookatthisfuckinghipster.tumblr.com/. The better dressed you are the bigger of a part you will have!

The bar will be open so you can drink and party, we just ask that you be respectful and take the shoot seriously (It’ll​ be lots of fun!)
Please message Mikey Pro if you have any questions.
NO LABELS ON ANY CLOTHING PLEASE. We won’t be able to film you if you are wearing clothing with labels​. This includes brands, sports teams, bands etc.