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It’s kind of a strange weekend, there are very few shows that I can find, but every damn one of them is essential…so the choices are still difficult on Saturday at the very least. And this isn’t exaggeration…I’d like to split myself to attend all of the ten or so shows below. This weekend may get me out of the house ever night if I don’t watch it.

When & Where: Thursday, December 7th, 7pm at Crescent Ballroom
Reasons to Attend: It’s been many years since Captain Squeegee has put out some new music and this Thursday is the night their doing it. It’s been four years to be exact. Get ready to have your mind blown collectively at this stunning release show featuring The Stakes, Twin Ponies and Instructions. WoW!
Other Details80/20 Records Presents:

Captain Squeegee ‘HARMONY CURE’ EP Release Party
Featuring: The StakesTwin PoniesInstructions
$10 Advance Online // $15 Day Of Show // 16+ 

With a tremendous seven-member sound, Captain Squeegee leads a legacy to bend the boundaries of music and offer a mind-blowing experience… sonically, visually, & conceptually. Since their mysterious formation in 2003, they allowed fate to arrange their line-up which kept no original members, and assembled the power-house horn section that defines them today. Captain Squeegee has since performed hundreds of shows, dozens of festivals, released three albums, and manifested multiple music videos. Squeegee’s instrumentations and orchestrations have been described as “Fantasia music, with lead singer Danny Torgersen making like Mickey in a swirling maelstrom of flying horns, dancing guitars, broken melodies, and mad-prophet vocalizing.” Phoenix New Times

When & Where: Thursday, December 7th, 7pm at Eastside Records
Reasons to Attend: Sticking to the East side on Thursday night? Then head to Eastside Records, do not pass Go, do not collect $200, kill if you must…at least your TV. This lineup of feisty fun is flawless as far as I can tell.
Other Details: Come to Eastside Records and check out the live face-melting head banging goodness, and buy some cool records while you’re at it, ya dingus.




When & Where: Thursday, December 7th, 7:30pm at Valley Bar
Reasons to Attend: I hadn’t see Luna Aura in a minute until Lost Lake Festival and I was completely blown away. It had obviously been more than a minute and it was one of the best performances of the weekend. You may want to get yourself to Valley Bar to witness the bliss.
Other Details: Get tickets at Stinkweeds, or here online http://ticketf.ly/2wpU5Zt
Private Island
Luna Aura
*This event is 21 and over

When & Where: Friday, December 8th, 7:30pm at Trunk Space
Reasons to Attend: This is amazing. This is Trunk Space, nearly every show they have nowadays is fantastic and filled with the pulse of the local underground. This is where it’s at on Friday in Phoenix.
Other Details: Hey, everyone! This is a special birthday show I’m throwing in early December. Come and join me! Let’s have a fun time! No jerks allowed!

FEMNY: https://soundcloud.com/femny/sets/epfemny

Doomed To Bloom: https://doomedtobloom.bandcamp.com/

Plush World TV: https://plushworldtv.bandcamp.com/track/trouble

Max El Niño:

$7 at the door

When & Where: Friday, December 8th, 3pm at Minds Eye Studio, Mesa
Reasons to Attend: This is a cool charity event that Mind’s Eye Digital Recording Studio has put together, starts at 3pm and runs until the band stop. Check out the details below.
Other Details: The 3rd TOO POOR FOR PUDDING!!!
All $$$ Goes to the Animals!!!
$5.00 Cover!!!
Doors at 3pm/ Show at 3:30pm
Twelve InchTacks
Iron Ozzy
Throttle Head
Moons, Bird’s, Monster’s
Manic Monkeys
Serious Play
Wicked Sister
Gordon Circle
I am Hologram
Roxwell Z

When & Where: Noon on Friday, December 8th to 5pm on Sunday, December 10th, Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix
Reasons To Attend: I just found out about this so this is the first addition and it’s an amazing one. The lineups on the poster are pretty awesome and you can find everyone’s timeslots HERE. Awesome daytime events all weekend long so you can enjoy the weather and get prepped for the evening.
Other Details: Phoenix Festival of the Arts returns to Margaret T. Hance Park in time for some excellent holiday shopping opportunities, December 8-10, 2017.Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present the sixth annual event, featuring more than 150 art vendor booths. It’s a perfect time to connect with the local art community and celebrate the season.

Friday, December 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Are dogs allowed? YES!

The Festival’s newest element takes the form of a huge 80×40 foot entertainment pavilion, located within the center of the Festival grounds. In addition to live music and dance performances, those wanting to learn more about the artistic mediums represented can participate in live artist demonstrations scheduled throughout the day.
As always, there are plenty of opportunities for adults and kids to get in on the artsy action. The Phoenix Mural Project, a hands-on community art project organized by acclaimed local muralist, Hugo Medina, is a signature component of the Festival, allowing community members to paint and create alongside professional local artists.
The Phoenix Festival of the Arts Family Zone, presented by the Teen Artist Guild, provides fun, free activities for families all day long.
Beer and wine, sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company, can be carried throughout the Festival grounds.

Food Vendors:
2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese AZSatay HutFluffy Vegans, LLCCactus Corn,Paletas BettyWhite Eyes Fresh Fry BreadFreak Brothers PizzaRoyal Solitude CoffeeLocal Lunchbox AZMamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole,Scottsdale Soda CompanyRockStar Hot Dogs, and Wandering Donkey.

Mainstage performances, sponsored by Rebel Lounge and Soliloquies, include local bands and solo artists, dance groups, spoken word poets, choral groups, and more. Lineup coming soon.
For more information, visit phoenixfestivalofthearts.org or call 602-254-3100.


When & Where: Saturday, December 9th, 7pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons to Attend: I have no words for this lineup. Obscene? Ridiculous? Over the top? Un-fucking-believable? I mean those are kind of close to what I’m getting at, but still, not hitting the mark. I have extolled the virtues of everyone of these bands at one time or another and here’s a chance to see why on all counts. Plus, everyone loves Playboy Manbaby and those that don’t, you probably don’t want to know anyway.
Other Details: Hey, this will be super fun I promise.
Tons of bands, 2 stages, all-ages!

Playboy Manbaby
Sonoran Chorus
Sol Drop
Exxxtra Crispy
Paper Foxes
James Band
Zero Degrees North

$8 ADV -> http://bit.ly/2BBSpyW
$10 DOS


1124 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

When & Where: Saturday, December 9th, 9pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons to Attend: The Rogue is going to rock hard on Saturday with Painting Fences, Hostile Work Environment, Monk Destroys the Monastery and friends on tour from El Paso. Brilliant lineup at my favorite dive bar.
Other Details: Enjoy your pre-Star Wars celebrations by going Rogue with Arizona’s biggest gathering of rogues and rebels and El Paso touring act “Never Too Late” Rene Hernandez.

9 PM
Monk Destroys the Monastary

10 PM:
Never Too Late “Rene Hernandez

11 PM:
Painting Fences

12 PM:
Hostile Work Environment

Music at 9 pm
Doors at 8
$5 cover charge, 21+ with ID
Let’s get Hostile folks

When & Where: Friday, December 9th, 9:45pm, at The Lost Leaf
Reasons to Attend: You’ll get to hear my thoughts on the new RPM Orchestra in the January issue of JAVA, but if you are at all familiar with this crew you have intimate knowledge of their brilliance. This is their last show of the year and their only show of December! Being the amazing folks they are, RPM Orchestra will be donating half the proceeds from CD sales on the night of this event to the Phoenix Trolley Museum relocation effort.
Other Details: The CD release show for RPM Orchestra’s “Stepwise” album (on zOnus Records), with M.B.E Mutant Beat Experiment and The Human Torch Appreciation Society also on the bill.
Describing its sound as “Proto-Industrial Americana music with a dash of old-fashioned hiss and scratch”, the orchestra’s set will include projecting, and live-scoring, some modern and vintage silent film shorts.
The Lost Leaf offers many different craft beers and spirits to choose from. NO COVER, come on down!

When & Where: Sunday, December 10th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons to Attend: I have no idea about The New Trust, but they have a new record on bandcamp I will check out soon…but, look at the locals. There Is Danger and Celebration Guns??? That’s like music geek heaven in a box. Seriously.
Other Details: Advance tickets available at Stinkweeds and online at: http://bit.ly/thenewtrustphx
The New Trust
with special guests
There Is Danger
Celebration Guns

When & Where: Sunday, December 10th, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom
Reasons to Attend: Pure fun with some great acts of Latin fusion with perchance a holiday bend if that poster is any indication. Possibly the best way to wind down the weekend.
Other DetailsOrkesta Mendoza feat. Brian Lopez
wsg/ Las Chollas Peligrosas
$10 GA // $20 Reserved Bleacher