Concerts 

Super Rad!

There are bands that are just pure joy. That joy can come to an audience through the lyrics they write, the way they perform, or just in how they treat their fans. For me, the Aquabats bring all of those kind of joys. Not only that, they were the second ska band I got into after discovering the genre. The song that first grabbed my attention was the one about school lunch and a celebrated food, “Pizza Day.” I have been attending their performances for the past fifteen years, not…

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Concerts To Consoles 

Concerts To Consoles: Episode 29 – TJ Friga

Add another fun episode to the books as TJ Friga, of Playboy Manbaby​ and Instructions​, joins me on this latest episode for Streets of Rogue’s quirky and humorous rogue-like gameplay. Conversations delve into his long music history, how he came to be in both bands, teaching School of Rock, touring, Earthbound, and plenty more.  Now up on YouTube and in audio only form on podcast services!  

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Concerts 

Frantic Fun and Discovery

One of the pleasures of life is pure discovery. Going out to a place you have never been or taking a hiking trail that just caught your eye off the freeway. It brings a pure joy to seeing and experiencing the new things you took the chance to investigate. In the case of the night’s show, it was Retirement Party that was that discovery, coming through with Prince Daddy and the Hyena plus our local Troubled Minds. The guys of Troubled Minds are deservedly popping up more on the shows…

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Concerts 

Double the Party, Four Times the Show!

Merriam-Webster defines party as a social gathering. For many, that is how most would define a concert or show. You could literally say we have double the party with both Pity Party and Dog Party on night’s bill. This is probably an obvious joke that has run its course over the time of their tour with Bad Cop/Bad Cop. No matter, it makes for a nice attention getter to talk about their stop in Phoenix with the added awesomeness of our local Venomous Pinks. Opening up was our local women,…

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Concerts 

A Familiar Pair

How often do you see a two band show? I feel like it is rare that any show I attend isn’t a minimum of three. However, that is exactly what happened on Streetlight Manifesto’s latest trip to Phoenix with Kitty Kat Fan Club. Although with bands this good, two is a good number. Our openers were Kitty Kat Fan Club, a familiar group to anyone who went to the last times that Streetlight Manifesto or Koo Koo Kanga Roo came to town. I was in attendance at both, though felt…

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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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Concerts 

Frenetic, Fast Paced Fun

Have you ever heard a song and immediately were enamored with it? Hearing Amyl and the Sniffers song “GFY” for the first time on the Jonah Raydio podcast was just that. After that, I immediately jumped over to Spotify to listen to the rest of the self-titled album that it came from. The energy and sound grabbed me song after another on it. Of course, luck would have it they would be in town about a month after with a rad group of locals. Up first is a band I…

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Concerts 

Come For A Pair of Bands, Get a Pair More

There are musicians from the first song you know that you just want to keep listening to after. On a tour last year with Lawrence Arms and Red City Radio, there was a solo musician called Sincere Engineer. She came out with not only catchy and well written verses, but an honest stage presence that played well with the Phoenix crowd. She is one of those musicians that you look forward to catching once you’ve heard her. This time around she brought her full band alongside co-headliners Heart Attack Man,…

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Concerts 

Sweet Discoveries

Despite what a few people might think, there are bands out there I have yet to discover. For one, there are bands always popping up while others end for one reason or another. I suppose you would refer to it as the ebb and flow of the music scene. In the case of this night at the Lunchbox, I returned to catch a band with no social media presence and one with that I had seen before. With them I found two local bands I had never seen. The musicians…

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