Upcoming Live Shows Archive

  • 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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  • There is a bizarre formula to the quirky chamber pop that Emby Alexander produces. They are at once composing a nervous aesthetic that will amplify your anxiety while soothing your mindset, they prey on your mental illness and entice you to love them, they abuse your senses, but hold you tight long into the night. They have developed a unique ideal for their own brand of indie rock, composed of influences that evoke nightmares, orgasms, love affairs and obsessions, with a fierce attention to art and compositional genius, they approach their songs like pocket symphonies and deliver them like power...

    Enter The Weird: Emby Alexander’s Frontispiece

    There is a bizarre formula to the quirky chamber pop that Emby Alexander produces. They are at once composing a nervous aesthetic that will amplify your anxiety while soothing your mindset, they prey on your mental illness and entice you to love them, they abuse your senses, but hold you tight long into the night. They have developed a unique ideal for their own brand of indie rock, composed of influences that evoke nightmares, orgasms, love affairs and obsessions, with a fierce attention to art and compositional genius, they approach their songs like pocket symphonies and deliver them like power...

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  • Well, there is a hell of a lot going on this weekend and there are no shortage of choices going on here that’s for sure. Interestingly enough three events alone center on the celebration of local luminary P.C. hitting the half century mark. This man has been a legend around the scene for many years and you can spend up to three nights in a row celebrating his 50th birthday. There is lots of other stuff to do as well, so let’s check out what’s happening. Sensibly, because this is Labor Day weekend the shows just spill into next week...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well, there is a hell of a lot going on this weekend and there are no shortage of choices going on here that’s for sure. Interestingly enough three events alone center on the celebration of local luminary P.C. hitting the half century mark. This man has been a legend around the scene for many years and you can spend up to three nights in a row celebrating his 50th birthday. There is lots of other stuff to do as well, so let’s check out what’s happening. Sensibly, because this is Labor Day weekend the shows just spill into next week...

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  • So I’ve been sleepy lately and a lot of stellar shows have been during the work week and I was sick for three quarters of July. It’s August now and life is kicking back up from the dog days of summer, weekends appear to be happening again and people have grown more accustomed to the daily scorching of the Earth by the evil day star. EPs and Albums are being released again and its that point of summer where everyone has gone a little insane and life has returned to normal in the annual bizarre thought collective that summer is...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    So I’ve been sleepy lately and a lot of stellar shows have been during the work week and I was sick for three quarters of July. It’s August now and life is kicking back up from the dog days of summer, weekends appear to be happening again and people have grown more accustomed to the daily scorching of the Earth by the evil day star. EPs and Albums are being released again and its that point of summer where everyone has gone a little insane and life has returned to normal in the annual bizarre thought collective that summer is...

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  • This week it appears that all the action is happening on Thursday and Friday night and not so much on Saturday. It seems we have displaced the weekend somehow. Maybe it’s that because everything is happening those two nights, all the venues decided we needed a break for once and would give us the night. Don’t get me wrong there is a show or two of note on Saturday and Sunday. There are a hell of a lot of shows that are getting crammed into the end of July, but I’ll cover that in next weeks installment. For now, we...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This week it appears that all the action is happening on Thursday and Friday night and not so much on Saturday. It seems we have displaced the weekend somehow. Maybe it’s that because everything is happening those two nights, all the venues decided we needed a break for once and would give us the night. Don’t get me wrong there is a show or two of note on Saturday and Sunday. There are a hell of a lot of shows that are getting crammed into the end of July, but I’ll cover that in next weeks installment. For now, we...

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  • What’s going on? Well, pretty tough fucking choices this weekend, that’s what’s going on. Local live music rages all weekend long and it’s some of the best. Seems that even with the amount of local venues greatly reduced in recent months the shows must go on and these are the places to find them. I know this is a little late in getting out, but I had the flu all week long and that greatly reduces my urgency to do anything. When & Where: Friday, 8pm at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale Reasons to Attend: Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    What’s going on? Well, pretty tough fucking choices this weekend, that’s what’s going on. Local live music rages all weekend long and it’s some of the best. Seems that even with the amount of local venues greatly reduced in recent months the shows must go on and these are the places to find them. I know this is a little late in getting out, but I had the flu all week long and that greatly reduces my urgency to do anything. When & Where: Friday, 8pm at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale Reasons to Attend: Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas...

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