I’ve got to apologize. I haven’t been writing lately. I’m sorry if you are feeling neglected. That is not my intention. I’d bake you an “I’m sorry” cake but I would probably procrastinate or flake out on doing that as well. If you’re reading, let me know. I don’t write this with the intentions of having an audience. I write because I enjoy writing. But if anyone is listening, I’d like to know. You see, I’ve often considered passing TWIL onto someone who can show it a bit more dedication than I have in recent months. I don’t often have extra hours to dedicate to the quality of research I prefer to conduct for a post but I do what I can. Here’s hoping you forgive me and still value my opinion on the local shows I choose to represent. As for promising to try to be better, well its all I can do. I can’t promise to deliver every week but I do promise to give you what I consider to be the best shows in town. Hope this finds you well, kids.
Tuesday 3.19- CITIZENS!, Palms, A Careless Skyline, Greyshot and Futurekind @ The Nile
Let’s welcome home local kids, Palms, from their first mini-tour across the southwest and ending at SXSW. Join them as they continue the debauchery with a UK influenced dance party at the infamous Nile. UK band Citizens! just released their debut album, “Here We Are” and are right in the middle of their first North American tour. If you get a chance, check out their recently released video for the first album single, “True Romance”. While I consider myself to be somewhat of a music video snob, this one got my seal of approval (not that that is worth a shit to anyone but myself). Joining them in the madness is A Careless Skyline, Greyshot and Futurekind.
Thursday 3.21- Black Carl Video Shoot @ Hayden Flour Mill
There is something incredibly satisfying about seeing a song you love set to a visually stimulating imagery. Black Carl, as we all know, has steadily risen to local fame over the last few years. I know people who aren’t necessarily big followers of the local music scene who know who Black Carl. Their music attracts fans all over the spectrum. Even my Dad out in southern California is a fan. Granted, my Dad is the ultimate in cool but you get what I’m saying. While they continue putting out soulful new jams, the one thing they lack is a good music video. On this night at 8pm, they are putting on a show and in the process, filming a music video. The invite specifically invites anyone but asks that you dress to impress. Something tells me that if your favorite frock isn’t available, you can probably wear whatever you want but at least be prepared to dance like mad.
Friday 3.22-3.24- McDowell Mountain Music Festival
For a few years, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival was something to get excited about. I’ll never forget watching Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in a glorified Petco parking lot in Paradise Valley or somewhere equally soulless. The festival that had once been big enough to host bands like The Flaming Lips and The Black Crowes, seemed to shrink drastically. Not that I’m complaining about seeing one of my favorite bands perform to a crowd of about a few hundred people (aside from locale, the show was actually really incredible) in a PetCo parking lot but the event had lost the festival vibe altogether. However, this year, the event is back with a pretty killer lineup and in a venue suitable enough to be considered festival grounds. While the price of the ticket seems to have gone up exponentially from previous years, when you recognize the money is going to three local childrens charities (Ear Candy, Phx Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers), it makes the blow to your wallet not seem so bad. I know personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros again but this time on real grass. The lineup for each day is as follows:
Friday: The Shins, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Kongos, Balkan Beat Box, Ladylike, Dry River Yacht Club and Yellow Minute
Saturday: The Roots, Iration, Deer Tick, Heartless Bastards, Mergence, Banana Gun, Cousins of the Wize, Fayuca, The Wiley One, Drum Circle and Sara Robinson & Midnight Special.
Sunday: Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Dr.Dog, JGB Band, decker., Future Loves Past, Drum Circle and Jared & the Mill.
Still not satisfied? Here are a couple more selections that hopefully compliment your well developed palette. As always, be sure to check the Echo Cloud calendar for all your local music needs.
Wednesday 3/20- Marianne Dissard, Spirit Cave, Waytansea Point and Budo @ The Trunk Space
Thursday 3.21- Me Vale Madre, St.Ranger and The Madera Strand @ Crescent Ballroom
Friday 3.22- Doctor Bones and Sun Ghost @ Hotel Monte Vista (Flagstaff, AZ)
Doctor Bones and Sun Ghost are playing at the the Monte V in Flagstaff this Friday. Care to head up the mountain for some nicer weather and a local dance party? Okay, cool. All ages, you say? Yup. Hotel known for its ghosts? Sure, why not?