Artist Spotlight Concerts 

Artist Spotlight: Potty Mouth

In my latest artist spotlight, it is a case for why you show up early for every band. I first saw Potty Mouth as part of the tour with Skating Polly. Skating Polly was a band I was recommended prior, but had not had a chance to watch live before. Though before those guys played there was this band called Potty Mouth. They are an all-girl four piece live, and three piece otherwise, that brought an enthusiasm to the stage. They played a pop punk brand of music with fantastic…

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Artist Spotlight: The Maybe Next Years

On the newest Artist Spotlight, I highlight one of the newer members of the Phoenix Punk scene, The Maybe Next Years. It is a band that I actually first watched a pair of the members in other bands. For one, Davey I first watched in the band the Darling Sounds. That was a slower tempo band, a little indie and alternative rock. He apparently had energy and enthusiasm he was holding back until The Maybe Next Years. Then there is Sage, who I first caught in her other band Dwarf.…

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Artist Spotlight: Broloaf

In this artist spotlight, it is one that occasionally brings their own spotlight since I found them, Broloaf. They are a band put together by random chance for a contest. Lucky for us, they decided after the competition to keep these members together to continue spreading the fun. Broloaf is a band with East Coast Hardcore influence and WWE flair. They write songs mocking the bro culture to the style of that genre. Well performed, as the music experience and talent of the band members shines at any given performance.…

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Artist Spotlight: Masked Intruder

Masked Intruder is a band that first appeared on my radar as part of the Fat Wreck tour in 2013. On stage each member adorns a color coordinated ski mask and instrument. All the while, they sing songs about love and crime in a Ramones inspired pop punk. Personality radiates from the stage as they are constantly telling jokes and stories about their criminal escapades. This personality extends to Officer Bradford. He starts off serious looking like their parole officer, but then works to beat on the occasional intruder and…

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Artist Spotlight: Snailmate

Continuing on with the artist spotlight feature brings a local Nerdcore duo into the light. This is one you may not see as often locally because they have been doing a lot of trekking around the country since they started. My history with them goes back to when April was drumming in this fantastic blues and soul style band, Sister Lip. When that band ended up calling it quits, a few members went onto new projects with April joining Kalen for Snailmate. In the more than a decade since I…

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Artist Spotlight: The Bombpops

For the third band in my most recent feature, the Artist Spotlight, I am shining it on the Bombpops. This is a band I discovered the first time at Last Exit Live on a tour with the Swingin’ Utters in April 2015. This unknown was upbeat and the right kind of pop punk I love. A little Ramones blended with Joan Jett with their unique take on it. Lyrics I could relate to, with a few specifically because I had just come out of one of the worst relationship of…

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Artist Spotlight: Boss’ Daughter

In my second Artist Spotlight, I am bringing your attention to this awesome band out of Reno called Boss’ Daughter. My history with them goes back to a backyard barbecue during Punk Rock Bowling 2015 where a couple members played in a band called Vampirates. They technically played openers of that barbecue for PEARS. Keeping in touch with one member in particular, Chris Fox, brought his newer band Boss’ Daughter to my attention in the time following that. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the stars align for a Phoenix stop yet.…

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Artist Spotlight: Sad Dance Party

Sad Dance Party is a band that sounds like it pulls influences from a few directions. A listen to their brand new album, Spontaneous Human Combustion, reveals this immediately. It kicks off strong with “Airplane” opening up with a fast pace and high energy. The vocals from Peter give me Sean Bonnette, of AJJ, and Jello Biafra vibes. It is that higher octave pitch and occasionally fast paced singing found on the new album. Their faster tracks like “Fade to Black” and “Passion Tinn” completely remind me of AJJ and…

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