What’s Going Ahhhn…

Ah yes, we are in the thick of Summer now. The shows thin out a little bit, but folks are still releasing albums and EPs and even a cassette here and there. If you’re a true desert dweller, the heat won’t stop you from heading out to shows once the air becomes tolerable and the radiation from the streets and sidewalk have receded a bit. Plus, amazingly enough, all of these venues feature air conditioning. Shocking! Any check out all these groovy things happening…

When & Where: Thursday, June 29th, 7pm at The Listening Room
Reasons To Attend: I spent a pretty good percentage of last week listening to The Hierophant, the new record just released by Jerusafunk. You should have done the same. You still have time. After you’ve done that, maybe check them out at The Listening Room.
Other Details: Band details below…
The Sextet
The Sextet performs music for you to move to and be moved by. Their music combines the harmonic and structural elements of jazz with the groove and feel of funk and soul music. The result is music for your brain and your booty.
Instrumentation includes trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, guitar, electric bass and drums

Jerusafunk is Phoenix’s first and only Klezploitation band! Conceived in 2010 by Chris Del Favero (guitar) and Jessie Demaree (clarinet), the ten-piece ensemble seamlessly blends traditional Klezmer with American Funk and other world music genres such as Jazz, Salsa, Mambo, Samba, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, and Afrobeat. Phoenix New Times says, “Jerusafunk is not only one of the most original bands in town, it’s one of the most fun.” Jerusafunk’s will be releasing their new self-produced album, The Hierophant, June 2017 with a national tour to follow. They have been working on collaborations with local artists such as The Stakes, and are filming a new music video for their gender-bending blues mambo Jeckyl’s Heckle. Jerusafunk has also assumed the role of music directors and pit band for a live musical presentation of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth called The Goblin King’s City which will make its debut Comicon weekend in Phoenix. Since 2015, Jerusafunk has played events such as The Musical Instrument Museum Festival, Phoenix Comicon, Firefly Music Festival, and the Scottsdale Arts Festival. Jerusafunk has toured the Southwest and plays regularly at Crescent Ballroom, Valley bar and Orpheum Theater Flagstaff with bands such as Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Sunn Trio, The Lique, and Qais Essar.

When & Where: Thursday, June 29th, 7pm at Valley Bar
Reasons To Attend: This is going to be a stunner, that should have happened on a Friday or a Saturday, but hell I’ll take it on a Thursday and call it great. Weird Radicals is releasing their debut EP (if you don’t include last years, which is really just an online compilation of their four back to back singles) Flight of Fancy which, I can firmly say is amazing. But wait, there’s more. If you’re lucky, you may get to read the liner notes I wrote for the record or not, I’m not sure how that works. But wait there’s more. Goldengoat! The Breakup Society! The Echo Bombs! Weirdly radical indeed. See ya there.
Other Details: We here at Weird Rad HQ are proud to be finally releasing Flight of Fancy into the world.
With a little help from our friends:
The Breakup Society
The Echo Bombs

Doors at 7 PM – $5

When & Where: Thursday, June 29th, 7pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons To Attend: This is WOLFZiE’s Memory Department BeatLab Special Edition Cassette Release. If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I mention WOLFZiE then you need to be at The Trunk Space on Thursday night and check in with The Memory Department, they’ll get you squared away.
Other Details: Lineup details below…
Korey Wade
Skvnk Dvddy
Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm.

When & Where: Friday, June 30th, 6pm at Marquee Theatre
Reasons To Attend: I absolutely love the local music showcases at Marquee, even though I loathe the building itself. This lineup is tremendous including some of my faves Ghost Cat Attack, Soft Deadlines, The Edisions, Callie Young, Danielle Durack, as well as a chance to check out Post Hoc, Innocent Elaine, VIDA and Toxic Hearts…I almost always find some new band to follow at these events. If you love and support any of these artists, hit them up for tickets right now, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.
Other Details: This is one of the local music showcases at the Marquee this summer with an amazing lineup. Tickets are $10 and you may message any of the bands to buy tickets. Doors open at 6pm. The acts performing are…
Callie Young
Danielle Durack
Innocent Elaine
Ghost Cat Attack
Toxic Hearts
Soft Deadlines
The Edisons

When & Where: Friday, June 30th, 7pm at The Listening Room
Reasons To Attend: This show reminds me that I really need to check out The Listening Room. Also it reminds me that I haven’t seen Weslynn in a while, though I did wish Greg Olin a Happy Birthday the other day. That said, this lineup of Weslynn and Nathan Jude sounds amazing. Read about it below.
Other Details: Band details below…
Weslynn is an indie pop/rock outfit from Phoenix, AZ formed in 2013. Three Arizona State University schoolmates and long-time friends (Jared Geyer, Greg Olin, and Kevin Holmes) starting playing music under the band name WESLYNN, gaining a fanbase in their hometown by playing coffee shops, cover gigs, and releasing original home recordings online. The following year they released a professionally produced 5 track EP entitled Dark Days. The album was engineered and produced by Nashville recording artist, David Dreas. May 2015 yielded the single What Went Wrong. In a statement to Cronkite News at ASU they said, “Everything we have been through has brought us closer together. We have individually had so many personal trials, that when we start playing music, it all fades away. The world is constantly changing and throwing tragedy into our lives, but WESLYNN has given us the opportunity to rally around each other and made us even closer friends. This music is a direct response to those hard times of love and loss.”
After a yearlong hiatus, this Indie/Pop/Rock band is back stronger than ever. They recorded a 5 song EP in spring of 2016 with producer Dan Parker; leading off with the single, Strange Feelings. They draw their inspiration from bands such as Augustana, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Queen, and classic pop rock bands. With smooth vocals, haunting harmonies, and grooving guitar vibes, WESLYNN’s mature sound and style reaches people of all ages. The band continues to focus on writing new music.

Nathan Jude
Nathan’s shows are an entertaining blend of genres including Pop, R&B, Bachata, Acoustic Rock and so much more. He is known for covering pop songs in unexpected genres. He currently performs with his two brothers, Micah and Jeremy. Nathan’s live set combines traditional singing and instruments with live looping.

When & Where: Friday, June 30th, 7pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: Radio Moscow returns and they are great and I hope they keep returning. The only band I know called PETYR is pro skater Riley Hawk’s pretty awesome stoner rock band. Yes the son of Tony Hawk, not sure if that’s the band, but fuck wow if it is. Icing on the cake, local psychedelic darlings Strange Lot will be there for support as well!
Other DetailsRadio Moscow returns to The Rebel Lounge on Friday, June 30th! With special guests PETYR and STRANGE LOT.

Tickets available at Stinkweeds or online at: http://www.therebellounge.com/event/1466680-radio-moscow-phoenix/

When & Where: Friday, June 30th, 8pm at Time Out Lounge
Reasons To Attend: Phantom Party keeps good company. I have research to do. That said, it would be worth it for Phantom Party alone.
Other Details: Band details below…

The Nixon Brothers

Phantom Party


Doors at 8pm! No Cover!

When & Where: Friday, June 30th, 8pm at The Grid, Mesa
Reasons To Attend: If you are in Mesa, Mesa bound or Mesa adjacent you should check out a lovely show filled with noise, pure venom and some folk punk,  if that’s like your deal. This is a pretty fantastic lineup and possibly a crew that should tour together like a circus.
Other Details: So much awesome music, we couldn’t fit it in the event title!
Wayward Sun:

The Spider Institute:

Andy Warpigs:

Lana del Rabies:

Fugly Chuds:


When & Where: Saturday, July 1st, 4pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons To Attend: This is a fantastic lineup for a fantastic cause. Seems like they could get another band to squeeze in at the end, so we could push it to 2am, but it will probably roll that way regardless. If nothing else, stop by and make a donation for Steve and Selena, though if you can’t do that, there’s a link below. I mean if you plan on missing all the amazing music.
Other Details: Recently, our friends Steve and Selena lost their home and nearly everything they had in a fire that started in their neighbors condo. Thankfully, they are ok and their dog and tortoise are fine too. But they need our help getting back on track during this particularly rough time of year.
Please join us at The Rogue Bar for music, drinks, and probably snow cones. All the proceeds will go directly to Steve and Selena.
You can also donate to their gofund me page here:
Cost of admission is $5 and there will be a donation jar.

Bands and set times:
Jerry Ford-4pm
Manic Monkeys-6:30pm
Hannah Bones-8pm
Page The Village Idiot-9pm
The Bittersweet Way-10pm
The Woodworks-11pm
Captive Cooks-12am
Live art by Shenia Bosch and Matt Brown

When & Where: Saturday, July 1st, 4pm, at 1635 N 51st St, Phoenix
Reasons To Attend: This is going to be the best house party ever, ever. The Stakes make damn sure that every show they do is exactly that. Anyway, this is where I’m camping on Saturday, because it’s got a pool and The Stakes, Paper Foxes, Haze, Mr. UU, The Psychedelphants, Hostile Work Environment, The Bittersweet Way, The Desert Beat…and hot diggity damn it seems to good to be true.
DJ sets by Stoney Pie & A Claire Slattery!
Live Performances by: The Stakes, Paper Foxes, Haze that Saxy Rapper, Mr. UU, The Psychedelephants, Hostile Work Environment, the Bittersweet Way, De Leon & the Desert Beats!
Bring friends, budz & booze. Respect the space, respect everyone, have fun! :)

When & Where: Saturday, July 1st, 6:30pm, at Marquee Theatre
Reasons To Attend: This seems to be an unlikely show I’d want to attend, but note Dierdre and Vintage Wednesday on the bill. Also, it must be said that if you are a huge Vintage Wednesday fan, you need to be here because it is the last show with JAM and Andy Hahnke. I’m sure Vintage Wednesday will reimagine their lineup in no time, but you may want to catch their last dash with these two bright young lads a final time.
Other Details: Join CO-OP, Dierdre, Vintage Wednesday, and My Life Sentence as they open for the Iron Maidens! This is an all ages show! Tickets in advance are only $15 through any artist! Cheaper than online.

When & Where: Saturday, July 1st, 8pm, at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: Sundressed is heading out on tour…again. This crew lives to tour and that’s how they get fans from coast to coast wondering about the state of Trevor’s hair or Forests mustache of the moment. This is going to be a stunning show with a killer lineup through and through. Also, they are one of the best live bands to come out of Phoenix and every show proves it.
Other Details: Band details below…
(Tour Kickoff / Fundraiser)

The Breaking Pattern,
The Deadbeat Cousins
A Step Ahead
Oceans Deep
at The Rebel Lounge
7PM doors / 8PM Show / ALL AGES

When & Where: Sunday, July 2nd, 8pm at The Lost Leaf
Reasons To Attend: Charles had a plan to let me know when he was coming back to town. I had a plan that I’d write a review on his new album when he returned to town. We both failed to mention our plans to each other. So I found out about this today. Seriously though, his new album is fucking brilliant. You may hear more about it in the coming days. Oh, also go to this, there doesn’t seem to be anything else happening on Sunday.
Other Details: Artist details below…
Charles Ellsworth - https://charlesellsworth.bandcamp.com/

El Sonida De Reposa - https://elsonidadereposa.bandcamp.com/

Nicole Hale - https://nicolehale.bandcamp.com/

Show starts @ 8:30pm
No Cover, 21+