What’s Going Ahhhn…

It’s an oddly low key week, and at the same time there’s no less than three record releases this weekend, four if I can dig up the flyer for it. Either way, here’s a dozen noteworthy shows that I can vouch for, I’ll be doing more research as the week goes on so look for updates on the weekend. Here’s what we’ve got going on..

When & Where: Wednesday, October 11th, 7:30pm at The Lunchbox
Reasons To Attend: I have to admit The Lunchbox and The Trunk Space are becoming the indie hubs of Phoenix, in addition to some stranger spaces. That said, they’ve usually got the best shows for keeping an ear on sounds below the radar. This show is a perfect example judging by the local support of Bear State, Nanami Ozone and Goldengoat. One of the best shows of the week and it’s on a Wednesday! You owe it to yourself.
Other Details: Band details below…
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- from Vancouver, on Sinderlyn

Bear State

Nanami Ozone


at The Lunchbox
1615 E. Catalina Drive

When & Where: Friday, October 13th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: The Oxford Coma’s been away for far too long, but that all changes on Friday night when the release Everything Out of Tune, their new full length album produced by Steve Albini. This show will most certainly blow your mind, but it may well violate your soul.
Other Details: The Oxford Coma — Phoenix’s own Psychedelic Metal pioneers releasing “Everything Out of Tune”, recorded by legendary Nirvana producer Steve Albini, and featuring a guest performance from Sacha Dunable of Intronaut, on Friday October 13th. Check out the debut track in Decibel here:


Show will include performances from special guests Dueño and NIL.



When & Where: Friday, October 13th, 8pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons To Attend: It’s a YabYum Wedding Spectacular. No. Seriously–it’s their post wedding hootenanny with JJCnV, French Girls, and Sixteen Eyes. They may be the most rock’n'roll couple in this city. Anyone that turns their Wedding reception into a rock show is bad ass. Period.
Other Details: Read the flyer…it’s pretty clear.

When & Where: Friday, October 13th, 8pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons To Attend: Gil Rodriguez’ Ghost In The Willow project reads like a dream roster of contributors from bands all over the scene and the EP is ready to launch. Add to that an immaculate lineup with Chatora, The Edisons and Elephant Gunn you’ve got every reason to plan your Friday the 13th at your favorite dive bar.
Other Details: A year in the making, Ghost In The Willow releases their second EP, “MISSING PERSONS” on October 13th, 2017! Marking the occasion will be a full band electric set from Ghost In The Willow performing the new EP in its entirety plus a few extra gems!

The new 7 song EP was recorded at Audioconfusion in Mesa, AZ by the infamous Jalipaz Nelson and features contributions from Jedidiah Foster (The Bittersweet Way), Brad Wandrey (The Riveras), Jess Pruitt (The Bittersweet Way, Doctor Bones, Seven Car Pileup), Sean Harris (The Combat Medic, GOMI) and Kayla Clancy (Meet the Sun)El

This special one night only event also features performances from The Edisons, Chatora, & Elephant Gunn

Come on out, get your hips swinging and toes tapping!

21+ Doors open at 8pm $5 (*First 20 people in the door will receive a copy of the new CD “Missing Persons” FREE!*)

9pm – Chatora
9:40PM- The Edisons
10:20PM – Ghost In The Willow
11:10PM – Elephant Gunn

When & Where: Friday, October 13th, 5:30pm-9pm at South Mountain Community College
Reasons To Attend: If you want to kick of the evening early before hitting another show, you can catch this brilliant idea in action. I feel like I saw The Stakes once a week in September and I can’t recommend their shows enough. Under the stars? That will be amazing.
Other Details: Presented by the South Mountain Community College Music Department, Music Under the Stars is a free outdoor concert open to the public on Oct. 13, 2017. It will feature SMCC’s Day Jazz Band, Latin Jazz Band, Montana del Sur Mariachi Band, and local special guest musicians, The Stakes. The Stakes are a Phoenix-based band playing a fusion of jazz, rock, and hip-hop.

Seating on the PAC Amphitheater lawn is open, so bring a blanket for your comfort. Outside food and beverages are welcome, but no alcohol please. This is an annual event, held every year in October and March.

South Mountain Community College
PAC Amphitheater
7050 S 24th St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85042

When & Where: Friday, October 13th, 9:00pm at The Lost Leaf
Reasons To Attend: I’m not sure where the moniker “the most hated band alive” came from for Exxxtra Crispy, because they’re quickly becoming my favorite live band in town. I’ve only seen them twice, but each time I just want to see them again and again. This lineup also has Dadadoh and Gimpheart to boot, which is to say a phenomenal lineup at The Lost Leaf this Friday night.
Other Details: The boys are back in town again! & when i say “the boys” i mean Exxxtra Crispy, the most hated band alive & when i say “in town again” i mean atThe Lost Leaf, the greatest bar in America. i think u get the idea. let’s move on, shall we?

this week it’s friday the 13th & the kids r on another wild & crazy mission to investigate some SPOOKY bullshit even though their moms warned them not to! we’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll change ur life. hell, we might even teach u something. hopefully u did ur homework bcuz we’re goin to class. but i digress.

will the gang ever find the stolen amulet?
did that tall lady on the train recognize me?
is the timewolf ever going to come back?
who is that man hiding art around the bar?
why do the dreams keep getting stronger?
find out this week on Exxxtra Crispy!

9PM - Dadadoh
10PM - Gimpheart
11PM - Exxxtra Crispy
all night - James B. Hunt

When & Where: Saturday, October 14th, 7pm at Alma School & Elliot
Reasons To Attend: Panic Baby (FKA The Real Fits FKA The Fits) are having a party. There will be kegs and a cold pool, but more importantly there will be really great music. Sun System, Beachwood Coyotes, Captive Cooks, and Panic Baby all for a fiver which also gets you drinks.
Other Details: Our dear friends Beachwood Coyotes are coming back through town on October 14th. So we’re throwing a party.
Panic Baby, Captive Cooks and Sun System would love to invite you to A House Show for some great music, drinks and fun.
There will be kegs, there will be a cold pool, and there will be an expereience to tell your children about.

$5 at the door. Drinks included!

Sun System
Beachwood Coyotes
Captive Cooks
Panic Baby

When & Where: Saturday, October 14th 8pm at Valley Bar
Reasons To Attend: MRCH are set to release their new full length album Reactions and it’s sure to blow your mind. Their ultra cool space eyed dream pop is as mesmerizing as it is catchy. This will be a special evening indeed.

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Doors 7:30pm // Live Music 8pm
$10 Advance Purchase // $15 Day of Show
PHX Indie Wonderkind MRCH celebrate the release of their new album ‘REACTIONS’ at Valley Bar with immense intense electronic emotion! 

Since their inception in 2015, indie electronic duo MRCH has been recognized by The Guardian as “band of the week” and CMJ as one to watch. MRCH makes their own brand of dark and dreamy Pop. Front woman Mickey Pangburn switches between electric guitar and synth. Drummer Jesse Pangburn combines acoustic and electronic percussive elements into grooving beats.
For fans of: Metric, Cocteau Twins, Phantogram, Beach House.

When & Where: Saturday, October 14th, 10:30pm, at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: Check it out now, those bad ducks, Puddles and Ducky are back at it and throwing a late night party at The Rebel Lounge which seems like a pretty great idea. You may want to plan to end your night flying into hyperspace while psychotic ducks program your mind with vulgar solutions to your existential dread. Try it. You’ll like it.
Other Details: HYPER SPACE:
Take a trip with the Drip Drop Records crew and friends into HYPER SPACE as we blast off from the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix.
Sounds through space and time will be provided by WASHKlüCubed,Sean WatsonBMARXLickElwer and maybe a few surprise artists on our way through the solar system.
Rebel Lounge (Phoenix)
$5 Door

When & Where: Saturday, October 14th, 9pm, at Rip’s Fine Ale & Cocktails
Reasons To Attend: Eleven Forties (1140s) will be releasing their new CD on Onus Records and it sounds like it’s going to be  a crazy night at Rips! Ironically, I had been thinking about how I wish Rip’s had a decent online calendar that was easily located because I know they’ve got shows going down there all the time. Then the Eleven Forties got a hold of me and proved it. Check it out!
Other Details: Yo! Eleven Forties released a 2nd CD, “HIDE THE BISHOP” on Onus Records. Let’s Party! Special guests San Jacinto Death Row Prison Band & Def Yeti.

When & Where: Sunday, October 15th, 4pm at Yucca Tap Room
Reasons To Attend: This stunning lineup of some of Tempe’s best getting together and throwing a benefit show for Puerto Rico. This is more like a festival with the sheer amount of talent listed below. I’m sure donations will be accepted and there are also links below.
Other Details: Sara Robinson Band, Japhys Descent, Sugar Thieves, Woodworks, Ghetto Cowgirl + Special Guests, Haley Green, Psychedeliphants, Gabo (of Fayuca), Zubia Brothers and more TBA…


When & Where: Sunday, October 15th, 7pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons To Attend: Need a super indie Sunday night. Let The Trunk Space make all your dreams come true. The lineup of local support is stunning for two great bands from Utah.
Other Details: Slow No and I Buried the Box With Your Name are gonna be on tour from SLC, UT ! Come out to Trunk Space to support them! Locals are: The Living Receiver, Adult Feelings, and Deja Voodoo!!!
Slow No (UT) https://slowno.bandcamp.com/releases
I Buried the Box With Your Name (UT) https://ibtbwyn.bandcamp.com/
The Living Receiver https://thelivingreceiver.bandcamp.com/
A Blackbird En Route https://ablackbirdenroute.bandcamp.com/album/everythings-great
Deja Voodoo https://dejavoodoo.bandcamp.com/
Forest Walldorf forestwalldorf.bandcamp.com


When & Where: Sunday, October 15th, 7pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: I’m pointing this out because Breakup Shoes and Broken Girls From Affluent Backgrounds will be giving insane support for Maybird. Plus, Sunday shows at The Rebel are always a great way to end the weekend or plan to extend the weekend.
Other DetailsMaybird (from Brooklyn/Rochester) fuses expensive psychedelia with evocative roots rock accents. In the Summer of 2016 the band spent time in Nashville, TN working with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys at his home recording studio. The new set of songs are hitting the road this fall!

Catch them live at The Rebel Lounge on October 15th with Breakup ShoesBroken Girls From Affluent Backgrounds!

Advance tickets available at Stinkweeds or online at: bit.ly/maybirdphx

When & Where: Monday, October 16th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons To Attend: Hell, you may as well just stay overnight. No, don’t do that. I’m certain Steve wouldn’t like that. Again, the flawless local support of Bear State and Danielle Durack speaks volumes about Sam Evian–there is no doubt in my mind this will be a solid show and your best bet for putting Monday to bed. Lot’s of info on Evian below.
Other DetailsPsyko Steve presents…

Sam Evian
with special guests:
Bear State
Danielle Durack

October 16th at The Rebel Lounge
Doors at 730pm / show at 8pm

Advance tickets available at Stinkweeds or online at: bit.ly/samevianphx

“New York-based Sam Evian, the project of songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Owens, announces his “Need You” EP, a creative collaboration with Chris Cohen.

The EP was recorded over five days in Cohen’s garage studio in Los Angeles with Evian on guitar and Cohen on drums, and the two sharing overdubs. “It was a new process for me,” says Evian. “Normally, I record most of my music live with a band. With Chris, I had the chance to carefully consider each part. Chris’s playing on these songs is really special, and I think his production style is super clear and tasteful. I took the songs back to New York to cut vocals and mix, but I kept everything true to the sound we had out in California. The result feels really good and pure to me.”

Evian is currently in the studio working on the follow up to his debut album, Premium.

Premium is the glistening debut album from New York-based Sam Evian. Sam describes the album as; “an analogue dream in a digital world.” Like flowing water, its cool surface entices and refreshes – then reveals hidden emotional depths. The sound of Premium recalls a sunbaked cassette of Pet Sounds or All Things Must Pass, composed with glowing guitar chords, aching pedal steel, Wurlitzers and iconic 20th-century synths. Inspired by the soulful classic sounds of Jackson Browne, Shuggie Otis, Sly and the Family Stone and The Band, as well as contemporary influences such as Cass McCombs, Broadcast, Cate Le Bon, and Chris Cohen, this is music meant for a close-up experience; spacious, dreamy, fun, and disarmingly open and honest.”