Concerts Photo Gallery 

Photo Gallery: The Damned, Radkey, and The Darts

A new feature that I will use time to time are these Photo Gallery posts. In this case, I wanted to be sure to post up the full collection of pictures from the night of The Damned tour coming through Phoenix with Radkey and our own locals, The Darts! I was taking pictures for Yab Yum this night, so you can see the accompanying words Tom Reardon put to a couple of these pics by clicking here. Enjoy!

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Artist Spotlight Concerts 

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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Concerts 

Warehouses Were Made For Music

Going to music brings you to a variety of places. We have our house shows, the hole in the walls, the bigger venues, and the DIY shows. These DIY shows more often are houses, although they have brought me to a rental space and now to a warehouse. This warehouse gave an awesome aesthetic surrounded by stacks of computer parts and cases. It brought together a variety of musicians with Bad Times, Not Confined, Monty O’Blivion, TOSO, and the Linecutters. Opening up is the always great to see familiar face…

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Concerts 

A Visit To Mt. Nerdcore

There are shows that are just a magical coming together of musicians. They have artists that when you list dream shows, you put them together. When it gets announced, it is hard to contain that excitement. The Mt. Nerdcore tour is that magical dream show of artists coming together. For the first time on the West Coast, it brings together four of the biggest names in Nerdcore with MC Lars, Mega Ran, Mc Frontalot, and Schaffer the Darklord plus one local surprise. That surprise was Teek Hall opening up the…

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Concerts 

Celebrating Celebration Guns

Not everything I go to sits in the punk rock and ska genres. Through my first years with a driver’s license, I listened to our local Edge 106.3, and later 103.9, station playing alternative rock. In part that was because the Ska Punk Show was only on Sundays. This has continued with the local airwaves from KWSS and Alt AZ. With that said, one of my favorite alternative and local bands, Celebration Guns, has a brand new album. For the occasion they put together the awesome line up of Captain…

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Concerts 

All In a Afternoon

The old Mason Jar used to do regular afternoon shows for years before it closed. In a nod to the old tradition, the Rebel Lounge that reopened the space as a venue has started it again. This past weekend I took up the opportunity finally check it out. It was a mix of anticipation to see Audrey Heartburn again while watching musicians I haven’t seen perform before with Connor Carmody, Ambient Six, and Corey PA. Opening up was a gentleman I had met before, Corey PA, but I had not…

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Concerts 

Kill Your TV Says Goodbye… For Now

A favorite local band of mine is coming to an end, for now. Not sure how long the break will be. They aren’t stopping on bad terms, just a member escaping to the cooler confines of Flagstaff for college. Hopefully we will see the Kill Your TV’s return down the road. Though for a possible last show, the PPC Estate was the perfect setting and the Kill Your TV performance was a fantastic transition into their break. One thing to spotlight in here is my visit to the intimate PPC…

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Concerts 

The Up and Comers

Sometimes shows are going to be quieter and smaller. They tend to be the ones sitting on a Sunday, although a few big bands buck that trend. You find the gems at these shows. One such occasion is a week ago at the Yucca Tap Room, where we found our punk regulars, Birth of Monsters, joined by the up and coming young punks of Not Confined and the latest acoustic duo of Shamehole. Up first were the familiar faces of Shamehole. This two piece band is made up of Evan,…

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A Streak of Ska

Most of the year the amount of ska shows is not too concentrated. It usually lends to me making sure to support every ska show in hopes it will bring more. However, we had a strange week in July. There was a stretch of four ska shows in a five day span around Phoenix. That third show was the fun as hell bringing The Holophonics into town joined by Bowcat, Rundown Roommates, and Los Lerpes. Kicking things off first was a three piece Los Lerpes. Down a man, we saw…

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