Upcoming Live Shows Archive

  • Luna Aura makes captivating music that seduces the listener and I have a feeling that she is not of this Earth. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space. Then there is, of course, the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come. There is a sense of her adoration throughout her debut for pop, dance music, hip-hop, indie rock and a general love of her immersion within her own soul. The latter, I think, comes across quite...

    Luna Aura’s Debut EP

    Luna Aura makes captivating music that seduces the listener and I have a feeling that she is not of this Earth. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space. Then there is, of course, the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come. There is a sense of her adoration throughout her debut for pop, dance music, hip-hop, indie rock and a general love of her immersion within her own soul. The latter, I think, comes across quite...

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  • Sundressed is a band I have greatly enjoyed watching come into their own in the last couple years. This especially has to do with the growing confidence and songwriting ability of their leader and singer Trevor Hedges. It also seems that with each passing release they become more and more the band I envisioned they would when I first heard them. They also seem to let loose and rock the hell out a lot more as time goes on and that is the side I really like to see, because they do it so well. Don’t get me wrong, Sundressed...

    VideosAroundTown: Sundressed-”Best of/Worst of”

    Sundressed is a band I have greatly enjoyed watching come into their own in the last couple years. This especially has to do with the growing confidence and songwriting ability of their leader and singer Trevor Hedges. It also seems that with each passing release they become more and more the band I envisioned they would when I first heard them. They also seem to let loose and rock the hell out a lot more as time goes on and that is the side I really like to see, because they do it so well. Don’t get me wrong, Sundressed...

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  • So, someone asked me recently if I realized that I wrote about Fairy Bones roughly once a week. I thought about it for a moment and said,”Yes, I believe that’s true.” They asked me why to which I replied “Because they make it possible for me to do so. Well, to prove them wrong technically, I’m writing about them twice this week as I mentioned them in “What’s Going Ahhhn…” earlier this week. Yes, they are clearly one of my favorite local bands and I’m excited as hell about their forthcoming full length debut Dramabot coming out early next year...

    Fairy Bones: “Whipping Boy” video and Guilty Pleasures Covers Night!

    So, someone asked me recently if I realized that I wrote about Fairy Bones roughly once a week. I thought about it for a moment and said,”Yes, I believe that’s true.” They asked me why to which I replied “Because they make it possible for me to do so. Well, to prove them wrong technically, I’m writing about them twice this week as I mentioned them in “What’s Going Ahhhn…” earlier this week. Yes, they are clearly one of my favorite local bands and I’m excited as hell about their forthcoming full length debut Dramabot coming out early next year...

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  • This is clearly a big week in music, if for no other reason than the main event that will be consuming Tempe Town Lake for the entirety of the weekend. I hope this becomes an annual event, because this is just the kind of thing that we need to kick off the eight or nine months of paradise we have coming to us. It’s a pretty broad lineup and I’m going for the local acts as much as I am the national ones. Now, if the festival scene is not your bag or you’re broke, never fear, there is a...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This is clearly a big week in music, if for no other reason than the main event that will be consuming Tempe Town Lake for the entirety of the weekend. I hope this becomes an annual event, because this is just the kind of thing that we need to kick off the eight or nine months of paradise we have coming to us. It’s a pretty broad lineup and I’m going for the local acts as much as I am the national ones. Now, if the festival scene is not your bag or you’re broke, never fear, there is a...

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  • While I already mentioned this in this weeks edition of “What’s Going Ahhhn” I thought it necessary to emphasize the importance of this event, even though it’s already in progress. All the details are listed again below, but there is also info on the after party at the Icehouse after the event is over. Even if this reaches a few people that may not know about this, it’s well worth a Saturday afternoon blog post. The City of Phoenix has spoken and they say The Firehouse Gallery needs to do $7,000 worth electrical work to remain the bright and vibrant...

    Share Fire Fest and After Party at the Icehouse Phoenix

    While I already mentioned this in this weeks edition of “What’s Going Ahhhn” I thought it necessary to emphasize the importance of this event, even though it’s already in progress. All the details are listed again below, but there is also info on the after party at the Icehouse after the event is over. Even if this reaches a few people that may not know about this, it’s well worth a Saturday afternoon blog post. The City of Phoenix has spoken and they say The Firehouse Gallery needs to do $7,000 worth electrical work to remain the bright and vibrant...

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  • There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the...

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  • Well, there is no doubt that Sister Lip are quite a force to be reckoned with and last May they finally presented the world with their first studio recorded EP launching it with an amazing two day release show held at the Sail Inn. Thanks For The Mondays (a title that is a sweet send off to the now defunct Long Wong’s where they held a long standing residency on Monday nights). The EP is every bit as impressive as the live shows they crafted and cultivated across that very residency, it also plays out much like their set list...

    Sister Lip – Thanks For The Mondays EP (And Welcome Home!!!)

    Well, there is no doubt that Sister Lip are quite a force to be reckoned with and last May they finally presented the world with their first studio recorded EP launching it with an amazing two day release show held at the Sail Inn. Thanks For The Mondays (a title that is a sweet send off to the now defunct Long Wong’s where they held a long standing residency on Monday nights). The EP is every bit as impressive as the live shows they crafted and cultivated across that very residency, it also plays out much like their set list...

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  • I don’t usually write about bands beyond Arizona in these pages, but if I do, they are usually from LA and usually they have some sort of local connection. In this case Statues Of Cats are from LA and they do have a local connection: they are the only band on the 80/20 Records roster that is not local to AZ. Along with Fairy Bones, Captain Squeegee and Zero Zero, they fill out the four artist roll call at 80/20 and they happen to be coming to town this weekend, which gives me a good opportunity to write about their...

    Statues Of Cats – Memorabilia EP

    I don’t usually write about bands beyond Arizona in these pages, but if I do, they are usually from LA and usually they have some sort of local connection. In this case Statues Of Cats are from LA and they do have a local connection: they are the only band on the 80/20 Records roster that is not local to AZ. Along with Fairy Bones, Captain Squeegee and Zero Zero, they fill out the four artist roll call at 80/20 and they happen to be coming to town this weekend, which gives me a good opportunity to write about their...

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  • There is a hell of a lot going on this week and kicks into gear early on Wednesday night. I love this time of year, because the feeling of Satan dry humping the desert is abating and everyone is finally coming out of their air conditioned cubes to celebrate life and music and art and fun. It’s the simple things really. Plus, bands are coming out more and more to play for the same reasons. Usually around this time of year the shows start and it’s a non-stop run until May of power packed weekends, excellent week night shows and...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There is a hell of a lot going on this week and kicks into gear early on Wednesday night. I love this time of year, because the feeling of Satan dry humping the desert is abating and everyone is finally coming out of their air conditioned cubes to celebrate life and music and art and fun. It’s the simple things really. Plus, bands are coming out more and more to play for the same reasons. Usually around this time of year the shows start and it’s a non-stop run until May of power packed weekends, excellent week night shows and...

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  • I’m not sure if I found Man Hands or they found me or it happened at the same time, but damn I was happy I did. In July 2013 they released their second album in less than a year and the seven track Misadventures is just pure surf punk fun—think SST recordings from 1985 transferred from cassette to CD…maybe Blast First or Dischord, actually.  You see there was a time when, after the bloated studio perfection sought by musicians who had no feelings, but understood calculus in the 1970s that punks and indie artists recorded albums that sounded like they...

    Man Hands – “Misadventures” & Tour Kick Off!

    I’m not sure if I found Man Hands or they found me or it happened at the same time, but damn I was happy I did. In July 2013 they released their second album in less than a year and the seven track Misadventures is just pure surf punk fun—think SST recordings from 1985 transferred from cassette to CD…maybe Blast First or Dischord, actually.  You see there was a time when, after the bloated studio perfection sought by musicians who had no feelings, but understood calculus in the 1970s that punks and indie artists recorded albums that sounded like they...

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