What’s Going Ahhhn…

It’s definitely Summer. To celebrate that fact I’ll be playing chauffeur this weekend as my lady love entertains crowds in Bisbee and Tucson. That said, I may have some lingering feelings of missing out on a few shows. The good news is that you don’t have to feel that way, because unless you have travel plans, there’s a ton of great shows to catch this week and some amazing highlights during the weekend. Check it out below!

When & Where: Wednesday, June 7th, 8pm at Pho Cao
Reasons To Attend: Pan Complex is from Texas and I want to say Austin, because I like to hope for the best. T.O.S.O. is amazing, live, on record, in your living room and at Pho Cao. The Psychedelephants will be interesting to watch because Danger Paul is broken and may need to play from a wheelchair or barcalounger. Old Star may or may not have been previously called Day Before Plastics, but I haven’t quite figured that out yet. This should be your Wednesday night.
Other Details:  Set times below…

T.O.S.O. – 9
The Psychedelephants – 10
Pan Complex – 11
Old Star – 12

When & Where: Thursday, June 7th, 6pm at Helio Basin Brewing Co.
Reasons To Attend: If you want to listen to The Mainstay EP by El West before anyone else other than me and other people the band has shared it with under cover of the night, you can also enjoy it while drinking a beer crafted with El West in mind. It’s a cool deal when you’ve got a new record AND a new beer.
Other Details: El West has teamed up with Helio Basin Brewing Company to brew a collaboration beer for the EL West EP Release Show at Valley Bar, Friday, June 16th. We invite you to a early peak at our NEW EP, The Mainstay EP, and an early taste of this awesome El West inspired beer! The party will begin at 6PM, and we will play the EP at around 7PM and maybe again later for those who cant make it by 7. Come Celebrate with us!

When & Where: Thursday, June 8th, 7pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: Usually I recommend a show because of at least one band on the bill that I know can show you a good time. That said, I haven’t the foggiest notion who any of these bands are, but it’s kind of like buying an album based on the cover. Psyko Steve knows what he’s doing, The Rebel Lounge is fantastic and that flyer, my lord what a beautiful thing. I just have a feeling this will be great, but I make no guarantees.
After The Calm
The Take Over
Expiration date
Broke Hearts & Body Parts

June 8th at The Rebel Lounge!
Advance tickets are just $8 from the bands, at Stinkweeds or online at:http://www.therebellounge.com/event/1481316

(Due to an error with the Image file, there is no flyer here at the time of publication. It is a lovely flyer though, but it won’t upload to the site without an IO Error. Just imagine the flyer and all the details below with call outs to 93.3 and all of the bands)

When & Where: Thursday, June 8th, 7pm at Pub Rock Live
Reasons To Attend: Here’s that cool thing the mainstream alternative station in town is doing and I couldn’t love this kind of effort more. On this round New Chums, A Step Ahead, and Divided Minds will be on display which means you’re in for a fast paced night of fun. Also, as a reminder, Pub Rock is kind of close to other cool things and not drowning in Scottsdale as it were.
Other Details: ALT AZ 93-3 is proud to present Homegrown With Mo Local Showcase every 2nd Thursday of the month at Pub Rock Live!
Join Mo, New Chums, A Step Ahead, and Divided Minds on June 8th for ALT AZ’s local music showcase.
Doors Open at 7pm // $5 cover // All Ages

When & Where: Friday, June 9th, 7pm at 51 West
Reasons To Attend: There are five reasons to go to this magnificent show: sunlaand, Cheap Hotels, Zero Degrees North, Phantom Party and GOTH GRRRL ZINES!!! Before I realized I was heading to Bisbee this weekend I was marveling at this lineup and how I hadn’t heard Zero Degrees North before, but now I have. On another note, I’m really fucking sorry I missed on their Mandatory Story Time album last year. Really sorry. But I’m listening to it now and loving it, but better late than never I guess.
Other Details: sunlaand is hosting a show/zine release party at 51West! June 9th. doors at 6, bands at 7.
featured bands are some of our favorites:
Zero Degrees North
Cheap Hotels
Phantom Party
$10 day of show

When & Where: Friday, June 9, 7pm at Last Exit Live
Reasons To Attend: This show is so ridiculously good that it should seel the hell out if there is any justice in the world. Last Exit Live is more impressive ever, not only as THE best place to HEAR a band in this city, but just a cool hangout space with the garage door thing going on. Venue aside you have some of the best bands in the damn state all gathered under the creative umbrella of the Mescal Porch Collective. I won’t be able to make this show, but you should go in my place with all of your friends in tow.
Other Details: Mescal Porch Collective @ Last Exit Live
Pleased to finally share and unveil some of the work we’ve been doing with Mescal Porch Collective. Please join us for this Showcase and Meet & Greet and watch some of these bands do what they do.
The Sink or Swim
Foresteater (West Coast Tour Kickoff)
Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
The Lonesome Wilderness
More Special Guest Appearances TBA
Tix @ ticketf.ly/2piajUs

When & Where: Friday, June 9th, 7pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons To Attend:  I feel like I’ve been to an Emperor X show before, but I was probably drunk and I may not remember that correctly. I remember it being at the old Trunk Space, again, I was drunk if that happened. Either way, it’s a special treat, plus you get The Expos, Weird Radicals and Raquel Denis showing local love and support. This is your downtown indie dream come true.
Other Details: After years away, our beloved Emperor X returns from his new home in Berlin, with an amazing new record on Tiny Engines in tow.
Emperor X
Hyperactive electro-acoustic singer-songwriter
The Expos
Youngblood shreddy-type pop-punk

Weird Radicals
Textured garagey-pop

Raquel Denis
Slightly jazzy singer-songwriter

When & Where: Friday, June 9th, 8pm at Unexpected
Reasons To Attend: This is the final (?) performance of this magical show and the one show to feature Joobs in the role of Jareth! This has been fabulous the last couple weeks. I only wish this would get a run at a proper theatre, but maybe they’ll work on it. It would be worth it. Either way, if you haven’t caught this yet, catch it Friday!
Other Details: Goblins! Fairies! Live Music! Magic! The Bog of Eternal Stench!
Pan Productions presents the live stage musical, The Goblin King’s City, an adaptation of the 1986 film Labyrinth.
From the directors and producers of Rocky Horror at The Firehouse, and A Swimming in the Head, this full stage production includes a large cast and crew of seasoned favorites, along with many new faces. A live, re-imagined version of the score will be brought to life by local favorites Jerusafunk, including two original songs written and performed by We Are Hologram, the first full band performance by local musician I am Hologram. The show will also include an original song written by Serene Dominic.
This showing will feature local musical artist Joobs, as Jareth, The Goblin King.
We will feature Kendra Ruth Martinez as Sarah.
The cast features Jesse Abrahams as Hoggle, Will Jones as Ludo, Alexandra Morfin as Sir Didymus, and Uche Ujania as Merlin/Ambrosias. Puppets for the production are crafted by Adam Bullock.
This is an all ages show.

We had a wonderful opening night on May 26 at The Pressroom, and a packed house for our second showing on June 3, at Unexpected. Be sure not to miss our final performance on Friday, June 9, at Unexpected Gallery.
Facebook made us create separate event pages for each date, so apologies for multiple invites.

The June 9 showing at 8:00pm (door at 7:00).


Tickets will be available at the door, or you may buy online at:
https://panductions.com/ in the “Store” section.

When & Where: Saturday, June 10th, 10am at The Grand
Reasons To Attend: This is the coolest residency idea I’ve seen in a while and it’s the second round for this. Maybe round three I’ll have my shit together to make it to my favorite downtown coffee bar, but with The Grand’s new menu in tow, amazing coffee, fantastic tea and a wide selection of beer and spirits…well, add the vision of E Alo and WOLFZiE to the mix and you’ll just want this to happen all the time.
Other DetailsE AloWOLFZiE Monthly Residency
You can expect some smooth, downtempo music to start off your Saturday right.
We have a few friends joining us this time:
The Spider Institute
Majestic Dubs
Friends are always welcome to join the fun and jam. Just reach out to either E Alo or Wolfzie to make it happen
The Grand is a cafe, bistro & bar… so come get your drinks and your eats while you enjoy this sonic experience

When & Where: Saturday, June 10th, 6pm at Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe
Reasons To Attend: This is super cool and I’d be all in for Cait Brennan alone, but if you know the writing and music of Brian Smith, you know that this is doubly special evening. Check out the details below.
Other Details: Join us in Tempe, AZ for a night of great music, beautiful words and the premiere of the latest Spent Saints web episode, based on Brian Smith’s riveting story, “Grams.”

Cait Brennan, on the heels of her killer brand new album, Third, and just back from recording her next full-length at Ardent Studios in Memphis, will kick our hearts open with her soulful pop. Brian’s bro Barry Smith will again woo with his original electric violin and then we will screen “Grams,” which features Cait’s music (as well as Gilby Clarke and Ohio Players). Brian will read one from one his stories and a Q&A and book signing will follow.

Please join us for this very special night celebrating the family and friends of Spent Saints.

When & Where: Saturday, June 10th, 8pm at Time Out Lounge
Reasons To Attend: I feel like North By North visits Arizona so often that they should be given honorary citizenship of our weird Southwest nation. They’ll be at Time Out Lounge on Saturday with Sunset Voodoo, Kim Jong Swoon and Mr. Spaceship.
Other Details: Join us at Tempe’s favorite dive bar along with……
Sunset Voodoo
North By North (Chicago, IL)
Kim Jong Swoon
Mr. Spaceship
Doors at 8pm
Free show with suggested donation to the touring band

When & Where: Saturday, June 10th, 8pm at The Grid
Reasons To Attend: I don’t understand The Grid and it’s in Mesa, but I like what’s happening there, especially when I see three bands I love on the same bill. I would like to see this lineup as a travelling tour, actually.
Other Details: Join us for another night of great music and games at The Grid in Mesa. Honestly, the best bar you’ll find in town.
We’ve got Elephant Gunn’s heavy psychedelic grooves, the blues rock of The Old Storm, and the progressive pop of Sedan Sedan.
$5 cover, 21+, the whole thing starts at 8.

When & Where: Saturday, June 10th, 8pm at Pho Cao
Reasons To Attend: Looking for a low key night of great drinks, amazing food and great  vibes. Pho Cao has you covered. Cassidy Alisa, Jake Walters, What’s Left and Manic Monkeys will keep you in the groove all damn night.
Other Details: Pho Cao presents
Cassidy Alisa at 8:30pm
Jake Walters at 9:30pm
What’s Left at 10:30pm
Manic Monkeys at 11:30pm
Everyone is welcome. No Cover.

When & Where: Saturday, June 10th, 8pm at The Frame, Mesa
Reasons To Attend: The last time The Frame had an event like this it was really cool. I have no idea if this will be just as cool, but I like giving you options, plus it’s a really weird thing, so massive points for “novelty” that should be experience.
Other Details: Having a party with some live bands just for the hell of it. Free of course. We will provide some Drinks but feel free to bring what ever you like. Performances by:

The Key Pieces
Heavy Steps
Muno Bars 24k Dance Band
Picture Living
Music starts at 9pm. We hope to see all your beautiful faces.


When & Where: Saturday, June 10th, 9pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons To Attend: A) The Woodworks have a new video and they want you all to see it. B) This is where to go see it first. C) Hostile Work Environment is on fire these days. D) The Woodworks say they will play an “epic set” and they don’t say things like that lightly. E) Just fucking go.
Other Details: Please join us in celebrating the release of The Woodworks new single and music video for “The Doctor Says I’m Fine” at The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale, AZ!
We’ll show a screening of the video and play an epic set! Also performing are our friends Hostile Work Environment!
Cover: $5

When & Where: Sunday, June 11th, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom
Reasons To Attend: Do you want to go see a monster of a show that should have been scheduled on a Friday or Saturday night? This is that show. An amazing line up that is a flawless collection of some of the best up and coming talent in the Valley right now. Only pure exhaustion will keep me away from this one, it’s a stunner. Another home run from Third String Productions who doesn’t seem to have a bad show in their lexicon.

When & Where: Monday, June 12th,  8pm at Valley Bar
Reasons To Attend: I need to check out Unwed Sailor because Goldengoat and The Bittersweet Way are my jam. I have every indication that this is going to be a fantastic show that will leave you blistered and thankful in the end.
Other Details: Details below…
Unwed Sailor
with special guests
Goldengoat and The Bittersweet Way

at Valley Bar
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm / $10.00
This event is 21 and over / Get tickets at Stinkweeds, or here onlinehttp://ticketf.ly/2mtGONY