Concerts 

Raking It In

With a cover band, it tends to be hard to tell the true personality of the musicians. However, when you go to a Me First and the Gimme Gimmes show, the personalities shine the most. Tonight was a bigger example of this when you bring in awesome personality of the openers touring with them. The sold out crowd was in for a treat from all three bands on Wednesday. If there was a contest for best band name to tour with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, it would be…

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Big Eyes for CJ Ramone

Nostalgia holds a strong grip on a lot of humanity. When you bring in nostalgia for a band that helped usher in the punk genre, you’re going to attract a lot of people looking for that original sound. While I enjoy watching CJ Ramone play some covers of The Ramones, what I enjoy more is watching him do his original stuff. He brought along Big Eyes for the tour, plus one of my local favorites, No Gimmick, opened up the Phoenix stop. Despite No Gimmick being a band for about…

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What’s R and R When There’s Music Nearby?

Living closer to one of my favorite venues to visit is a luxury. Although when you go to it after your first day of moving things, may not always be the best for your energy. Regardless, I was going to take in some music after being deprived of it while I was busy packing most of the prior week. I mean, it was a quick trip from the new place. It entailed hearing three genres of music in one night too, with the Phenomenauts being a mix of a couple…

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No Trick For JT’s Birthday!

Tonight was one of those nights about being with friends and celebrating a birthday. It just happens that JT has some super talented musical friends to celebrate with. Over the years he has been putting on great shows in Phoenix, helping get local musicians in front of the eyes and ears of more people. You can see the awesome cake that Kristin made for him too. Plus he is one of the tallest people I know. Let’s start this write up off with a Happy Birthday JT! Opening up the…

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Neither Girls Nor Russians

Music festivals tend to give you a great amount of music for your buck. However, they make it hard to catch every band and musician you came to see. Either they overlap parts of the set, or the entire set at times. Such was the case when I first saw Russian Girlfriends during the Rebel Riot. Sandwiched between the 2 Tone Lizard Kings and Broloaf, I only caught a portion jumping between the outdoor and indoor stages. Tonight was where I fulfilled catching a full set from the talented group…

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Guitar Party Power, Confirmed!

Bob Log III is a musician I have somehow missed seeing. He comes from Tucson, so he is nearby and plays Phoenix often enough to catch. He was on a club show that I attended on the inside stage of the Bunkhouse, during Punk Rock Bowling. I somehow missed him then too. Not sure how I have avoided his performances, but tonight was the night to correct that wrong. The night opened with only a single opener, but with the awesome named, Shit Show Duo. This pair of hilarious guys…

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T.P.F.R.

I will admit at the top that my experience and knowledge of hip hop isn’t that strong. This includes dating back to early nineties hip hop, where the extent is a little of Wu-Tang and having listened to a bunch of Beastie Boys. It was more that I couldn’t relate to it. Enter the Nerdcore genre, where these were lyrics and topics that bring out things I’m familiar with. For an example of how engrained into some of the nerdcore topics I am, my left arm includes two video game…

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An Anniversary for Local Music

Last night was like a show I used to see at Sail Inn. Made up of amazing musicians, some of the best female vocals, and watched Sara Robinson sing at Sail Inn before too. Tonight these super talented musicians and bands came out in celebration of Dani’s ten years with KWSS. It was a celebration and thank you for getting some great local music in front of people in the valley. The night opened up with the talented RUCA. This is going to be sentiments echoed a lot through this,…

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Don’t Question Your Desire

There is a lot great music in Phoenix. There are a lot of great venues with music in Phoenix. Busy nights of music like tonight bring out the math, because then I’m stuck trying to figure out where to go and hope not to upset anyone I miss. This website has amplified how I want to try to get everyone covered, and I still want to watch some of my favorites. It makes for tough decisions, but no matter the choice, I always catch some amazing music. For example, tonight…

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Bring An Open Mind

Always keep an open mind, as it will bring with it awesome things you would have never experienced. Tonight was a case of that, with a lot of people telling me how amazing A.F.I. can be live and that I must see them at least once. Like probably a lot of punk fans I know, I haven’t purchased an album from them since Sing the Sorrows. However, watching them perform tonight showed me what amazing musicians they are, including some of the newer stuff I was just hearing for the…

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