Shows Around Town Archive

  • It blows my mind that I’ve known The Cherry Bluestorms since the International Pop Overthrow Festival of 2013. I’ve stayed in touch ever since the first time I saw them at the Sail Inn and reviewed their full length record Bad Penny Opera when they returned to Tempe for a set at Long Wong’s during Fairy Bones FBOM at Long Wong’s. How is that for a ton of local music scene history and oft-forgotten lore? They are currently working on completing their third album, which I am eagerly anticipating, because their classicist sense of psychedelic pop and rock drawn from...

    The Cherry Bluestorms are Back!

    It blows my mind that I’ve known The Cherry Bluestorms since the International Pop Overthrow Festival of 2013. I’ve stayed in touch ever since the first time I saw them at the Sail Inn and reviewed their full length record Bad Penny Opera when they returned to Tempe for a set at Long Wong’s during Fairy Bones FBOM at Long Wong’s. How is that for a ton of local music scene history and oft-forgotten lore? They are currently working on completing their third album, which I am eagerly anticipating, because their classicist sense of psychedelic pop and rock drawn from...

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  • This is another week where folks will be heading out of town for exciting destination like Coachella weekend two, camping up North, or the Miami Loco Festival (see below), but here on the homefront things will be kicking real cool too. There are a bunch of record releases this week, a celebration of some holiday called simply “420″ and Record Store Day on Saturday. If you’re staying in town, it’s gonna’ be a real good time… When & Where: Wednesday, April 19th, 7pm at The Trunk Space Reasons To Attend: Andy Warpigs is releasing a new single and he’s inviting...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This is another week where folks will be heading out of town for exciting destination like Coachella weekend two, camping up North, or the Miami Loco Festival (see below), but here on the homefront things will be kicking real cool too. There are a bunch of record releases this week, a celebration of some holiday called simply “420″ and Record Store Day on Saturday. If you’re staying in town, it’s gonna’ be a real good time… When & Where: Wednesday, April 19th, 7pm at The Trunk Space Reasons To Attend: Andy Warpigs is releasing a new single and he’s inviting...

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  • This week is a strange one for many reasons. There weren’t a lot of shows early in the week, otherwise I would have gotten this out earlier. That said, a lot of people are going to Coachella, including a lot of local musicians I know, then there is a local rockstar wedding that’s taking place in Bisbee which further diverts the crowd and the musicians away from town. Incidentally, it will also be diverting me. That said, the shows that are happening are truly explosive and no less than five record release show, four of which are on Friday. Now...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This week is a strange one for many reasons. There weren’t a lot of shows early in the week, otherwise I would have gotten this out earlier. That said, a lot of people are going to Coachella, including a lot of local musicians I know, then there is a local rockstar wedding that’s taking place in Bisbee which further diverts the crowd and the musicians away from town. Incidentally, it will also be diverting me. That said, the shows that are happening are truly explosive and no less than five record release show, four of which are on Friday. Now...

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  • It’s difficult to say if the choices are just as difficult on both Friday and Saturday. For once, both prime weekend nights are jam packed at equal volume. It’s a great weekend and some of this towns biggest names are showing up all over the roster, as well as a lot of my favorites. I may resort to multi show hopping depending on the vibe in the air, but I’ll probably pick one can’t miss show for each night and stay put. What will you choose? Check it out below, it all starts Thurday night at Shady Park and goes...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    It’s difficult to say if the choices are just as difficult on both Friday and Saturday. For once, both prime weekend nights are jam packed at equal volume. It’s a great weekend and some of this towns biggest names are showing up all over the roster, as well as a lot of my favorites. I may resort to multi show hopping depending on the vibe in the air, but I’ll probably pick one can’t miss show for each night and stay put. What will you choose? Check it out below, it all starts Thurday night at Shady Park and goes...

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  • Wow what a week! And it’s not all slammed into Friday night this round, though that’s a typical mess of difficult choices. Three shows on Tuesday, a few on Wednesday, a ton on Thursday (some not represented below for lack of a flyer)–there’s a reason I’m getting this out early this week. Actually the reason is that I’m going non-local tomorrow to catch WIRE for the first time in twenty years and then Wednesday I’ll be glued to Rebel Lounge so really this is my only night to write. Either way, this week is amazing and right in line with...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Wow what a week! And it’s not all slammed into Friday night this round, though that’s a typical mess of difficult choices. Three shows on Tuesday, a few on Wednesday, a ton on Thursday (some not represented below for lack of a flyer)–there’s a reason I’m getting this out early this week. Actually the reason is that I’m going non-local tomorrow to catch WIRE for the first time in twenty years and then Wednesday I’ll be glued to Rebel Lounge so really this is my only night to write. Either way, this week is amazing and right in line with...

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  • It’s been a minute since we’ve had a genuine “Night of a Million Shows”,  at least I think it has and this coming Friday is that exact kind of clusterfest. Then Saturday’s got a couple all day festivals and a noise show, so that’s sensible. I know there’s no way of planning these things, but it feels a bit ridiculous with feast or famine scheduling. Sorry for the rant, the good news is there is no bad decision when you choose to spend your time and energy enjoying live local sounds and getting down with the musical community that surrounds...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    It’s been a minute since we’ve had a genuine “Night of a Million Shows”,  at least I think it has and this coming Friday is that exact kind of clusterfest. Then Saturday’s got a couple all day festivals and a noise show, so that’s sensible. I know there’s no way of planning these things, but it feels a bit ridiculous with feast or famine scheduling. Sorry for the rant, the good news is there is no bad decision when you choose to spend your time and energy enjoying live local sounds and getting down with the musical community that surrounds...

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  • Just to get the Elephant out of the room, The Pot of Gold festival is this weekend and you can read about that everywhere else. It will be a great way to welcome Summer’s early rearing. Seriously, I’m sure every publication has that thing sussed for you. Anyway, major festival aside, there are a lot of really cool shows this weekend and one of the best records of the year is being released at The Rebel Lounge on Thursday night. Seriously Sundressed’s new record is insanely good. That is but one of many peaks this week, here’s a sneak preview...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Just to get the Elephant out of the room, The Pot of Gold festival is this weekend and you can read about that everywhere else. It will be a great way to welcome Summer’s early rearing. Seriously, I’m sure every publication has that thing sussed for you. Anyway, major festival aside, there are a lot of really cool shows this weekend and one of the best records of the year is being released at The Rebel Lounge on Thursday night. Seriously Sundressed’s new record is insanely good. That is but one of many peaks this week, here’s a sneak preview...

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  • I totally meant to get one of these out last week, but I didn’t because real life happens and let’s face it, I do this for free, so there’s that. Either way, back for this weeks roster and we have Viva PHX! on the front this Saturday and that’s going to consume most of the downtown venues in its wake. There will be details and links on that below. Needless, to say it’s another banner year for this burgeoning annual festival. There are tons of great shows outside of that juggernaut and that’s what this is mostly about. Shows actually...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    I totally meant to get one of these out last week, but I didn’t because real life happens and let’s face it, I do this for free, so there’s that. Either way, back for this weeks roster and we have Viva PHX! on the front this Saturday and that’s going to consume most of the downtown venues in its wake. There will be details and links on that below. Needless, to say it’s another banner year for this burgeoning annual festival. There are tons of great shows outside of that juggernaut and that’s what this is mostly about. Shows actually...

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  • This is extremely late, but I’ve had a lot on my plate, but as they say, the show must go on. Plus, there’s so much cool shit on the next four nights that something must be said. Also, I’ve had a hell of a February where nothing went as planned and I wanted to get one more of these out this month. No less than three records coming out this weekend and all the release shows are on Saturday. From here to Monday there’s a hell of a lot of good music to be had. When & Where: Friday, February...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This is extremely late, but I’ve had a lot on my plate, but as they say, the show must go on. Plus, there’s so much cool shit on the next four nights that something must be said. Also, I’ve had a hell of a February where nothing went as planned and I wanted to get one more of these out this month. No less than three records coming out this weekend and all the release shows are on Saturday. From here to Monday there’s a hell of a lot of good music to be had. When & Where: Friday, February...

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  • Getting this out a little late this week, which I suppose is better than not getting this out at all like the last two weeks. Regrets? Maybe a few, but hey, I do this for free so that you can give your money to the musicians that make your ears fire up. Anyway, check this out, because there’s a lot of cool stuff going down over the next four nights, some of it costs money, some of it is free, some of it you’ll hate and some you’ll love. Enjoy it while you have it, whatever get’s you going…a lot...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Getting this out a little late this week, which I suppose is better than not getting this out at all like the last two weeks. Regrets? Maybe a few, but hey, I do this for free so that you can give your money to the musicians that make your ears fire up. Anyway, check this out, because there’s a lot of cool stuff going down over the next four nights, some of it costs money, some of it is free, some of it you’ll hate and some you’ll love. Enjoy it while you have it, whatever get’s you going…a lot...

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