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A Festivus For the Rest Of Us!

With holidays approaching, the amount of shows slows down. Looking at the calendar I saw one that jumped out at me, with Harper and the Moths playing this pre-Christmas Eve night so I jumped on it. Turns out I ended up at a birthday show that I didn’t know the birthday guy, but he clearly has a bunch of awesome music friends. Opening up was Cameron Rodgers doing an acoustic set. Cameron played with some help from his brothers too. His first brother played drums with him for a couple…

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Rocking For Angela

Whenever friends and music come together for a cause, you can always expect excellence. My friend Angela, had an accident earlier in the year that created a domino effect of multiple nodules by her thyroids. It was deemed not to be cancer, but she has been in pain from it and surgery was a must to stop any more from forming. So long story short, a bunch of awesome local bands got together to help out and successfully raise money for her. Off the bat, I saw a local band…

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A Wedding Punk-iversary

Twenty Five years is a long time, and an amazing achievement. Tonight’s show was a celebration of two good friends, Barry and Isabel, celebrating twenty five years married. I did forget to ask what has made it work well for so long, but I have to imagine it is that punk rock spirit in it. Not only are they one of the most punk couples I know going to shows, they had a punk rock show with cake to celebrate those twenty five years instead of just a simple house…

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‘Tis the Season For Jared and the Mill

I don’t know how I’ve managed to do it being a Phoenix resident my entire life, but the second annual holiday show for Jared and the Mill is the first time I’ve seen the band. I’ve seen Jared play in things like the Phoenix Rock Lottery, and I’ve had a couple people give high recommendation to see the band. All I can say is that somehow things overlapped, but the drought is all over now. The Holiday Show was an awesome line up from top to bottom, with Sundressed kicking…

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The Tenth or Fourteenth Anniversary Squeegeeing By

Captain Squeegee is about fourteen years old, but that didn’t stop them from celebrating their tenth Anniversary tonight. How the math works out is that it has been about ten years since they stopped using the Soap Suds moniker on their name. The last release with that name on it was “Behind the Metal and Metric Pace” that came out ten years ago.  It makes for a good reason to throw a full of energy show with a trip down memory lane for Captain Squeegee. The show opened with a…

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A Little Bit Rockabilly, A Little Bit More

I went in thinking I was catching a Rockabilly show, and I left realizing there was a broader range of music in the Rebel Lounge. The one known quantity of the night of for me entering was Manual Sex Drive, and I simply presumed I was choosing a Rockabilly night for my Saturday. While two were Rockabilly, Whiskey Six gave me a much bigger mix over their hour and a half set. Off the bat was a great band, Roadkill Wranglers, on only their second show. These guys were full…

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AWS Can Be More Than One Band

The abbreviation of AWS can stand for more than A Wilhelm Scream. That didn’t cross my mind until Adrian, Assuming We Survive’s lead singer, pointed out they have a way to get into their next music video by using the hashtag “#aws” with a selfie with any of the band in it. That turned into a fun conversation after the show with Adrian about both bands, telling me how it is a frequent conversation with A Wilhelm Scream’s online hashtags and they are good friends. This is just one example…

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A Couple of Punks Solo It

This was a night catching one of my favorite touring friends, and seeing more of the great younger musicians in our punk scene. There was a good energy to the room. A lot of fantastic musicians I don’t usually see play by themselves, just usually with their appropriate bands. Three of the four didn’t even use a microphone. First up we had Dani Delarge, who comes from the super energetic band The Otos. His bandmate, Liam, I’ve watched go fearlessly into mosh pits for a few years now. Dani’s solo…

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It Gets Worse, But Not This Night!

Tonight was one of those nights where the magic of social media helps you discover a band somewhere else in the country, and when they finally come to your home city you make sure to go see them play. It Gets Worse is that band for me on this Tuesday night. They originally followed me over a year ago on Instagram, and I looked into who they were and some of their music to end up following back. The night started locally with the guys in Mr. Incommunicado. The first…

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Spoken Word With a Punk Legend

When the name Henry Rollins is brought up, most people will immediately think of Black Flag. While the legendary punk group is among his long history of talents and bands, he has branched out into the fields of writing, speaking, and acting. Some of my favorite Henry Rollins acting roles include lending his voice to comic animated roles in Batman and Green Lantern, but in addition starring in the film “He Never Dies.” He has retired from music, but he tours the world with his spoken word. Henry Rollins spoken…

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