Concerts 

That Small Venue Feel

Venues define the personality of a show. How much a venue defines that personality varies from place to place. For some of the midsize to larger, it can create a distant experience. In those spaces, it is up to a band’s performance to engage the crowd more. However, the smaller spaces bring the sense of energy closer to both the fans and the bands. From the moment it was announced that Guttermouth was playing the Yucca Tap Room, I was excited. That is a room that the performance style of…

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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 

A Night Full of Character

Character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. They are what tend to separate you from your friends. They come out in many forms, from personality to what you wear. This is a word you could use to describe this lineup at the Marquee.   In a night full of character, it started a little bittersweet with the last set by GodSpeedBall. One last fast paced punk rock performance on the big stage a good way to go out. Their on stage performance transferred from the small…

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Concerts 

Hot Pockets and A Farewell

As life goes on, we continue to grow and change. Our interests jump around and with that we tend to make changes to adapt. With bands, that sometimes ends up the case too. When a member of a favorite band decides it is time to make that kind of change. This night was part that, as Mitch performed on drums for the last time with a band I discovered thanks to him, American Standards. Of course, anytime you pair their energy with that of Playboy Manbaby it’s going to be…

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Concerts 

Random Joy

There are a few events that put together music in my favorite ways in Phoenix. One unfortunately came to an end in Viva PHX, while others continue to flourish like the Indie 500 at the Trunk Space. An event on that list, that I have loved every time I’ve attended, is the Phoenix Rock Lottery. In the six years, I’ve only missed the first one and last year’s due to an overlapping commitment. It is put together by Psyko Steve and the ticket sales benefit Rosie’s House. The rules are…

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Concerts 

All Hail Our New Imperial Overlords

Album release shows bring with them bigger crowds and higher energy. They tend to inspire creativity and more showmanship from the bands. One band that tends to not only go with the bigger room, but it brings out the best of their creativity is Playboy Manbaby. Leading up to this night, we had political ads and signage for the band lobbying to become Imperial Overlords. With that, we had a broader musical spectrum of a few of Phoenix’s finest musicians leading into their album release set. Opening up were the…

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Concerts 

The Triple Release

Album release shows are an excellent way to bring out everyone into one place to pick up and celebrate new music. They tend to usually be for a single release, and occasionally for a dual release. However, in this case we had three bands releasing three new albums of their own. This would be a first for my concert going, as Playboy Manbaby, T.O.S.O., and Not Confined had a brand new album this night. On top of those, we had Exxxtra Crispy playing to start the entire thing off. Exxxtra…

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News 

The 2017 Top 10 of the Arizona Locals

I’ll say it here, for all the complaints people have for 2017, and I have a couple of my own, the Arizona music scene is strong. They are killing it in this last year. It made my choices tough. Fighting the urge to make it the longest list since 2016, I have cut it down to my top 10 local Phoenix and Arizona band albums. You can see my genre of preference in it, but I’m sure you will find surprises. So without further adieu… Alex Squared “Mexican Fishing Tricks”…

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Concerts 

Warped Tour: Part One

The amount of times I have gone to Warped Tour over the years is in the double digits. I have never gone for a full day in all these years until today. The triple digits routinely found here are the biggest reasons. However, armed with a photo pass for the first time and a ton of bands I didn’t want to miss, I made sure I was there at open. The only casualty was not glancing at the schedule to find our local girls in Doll Skin were a 1PM…

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Concerts 

The Last Day Of Punk Rock Bowling 2017

The last day of Punk Rock Bowling turned into the one I knew most the prior three years. It would start with security check before entering the main stage. I was told my camera wouldn’t be allowed in. They didn’t stop me the prior two days, but it was deemed my camera was too professional with the security for today. I took it as this was the universe telling me to go enjoy Punk Rock Bowling the way it should be. By that, I mean that I drank for about…

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