This is the beginning. The beginning of the heat. The sweltering dryness that takes our city over for 4 months of verifiable torture for some or just another reason to wear less clothes for others. As much as I have hated the heat in the past, the main reason I don’t look forward to 100+ temps is so unbelievably vain and trivial that I almost hesitate to state the reason but I will anyways. My bangs. My bangs get sweaty so fast that for a person with naturally wavy hair they end up looking so ridiculous that its almost impossible to justify even having bangs during the summer. But along with such pettiness also comes pool parties, grilled delights, acceptable day drinking, sweaty musicians playing to sweaty people, stinging salty skin and perhaps some watermelon. Whatever your favorite or most hated part of summer is, we’re here to sweat it out together. The summer still has a good month and a half or so before its official but the desert isn’t like other places. Much like Phoenix’s partying loyal local music fans, the heat starts early and stays late.
Tuesday 4.30 – Knesset, No Joy, and Clinic @ Crescent Ballroom
Arizona has talent ripe for the picking. Tuesday will be a fantastic example of this as Knesset (who is relocating to LA) is opening for Clinic and No Joy. No Joy sounds pretty descent. While all three bands have been featured on Pitchfork Knesset will definitely hold their own in this line up, and possibly be even better than the touring acts. Catch Knesset while you still can.
Saturday 5.4- TMI Cuatro de Mayo @ Salty Senoritas
TMI radio show on 93.9 KWSS has practically made an art of putting together all day events that showcase our local talents. Cuatro de Mayo is no exception. We are all aware of the 5th of May and what it means for the people of Phoenix: party. I’ve actually been to Mexico on Cinco de Mayo and not much was going on. However, here we love it and even though so many have no idea what it represents, there is never a shortage of debauchery around the city. And since we must use Saturday as THE night to get down, we change the name of the holiday as well as the date and call it something completely different. That way we get an extra day of celebrating the actual holiday on Sunday ensuring that Monday will actually FEEL like Monday. I’m not sure if this is making sense to anyone other than me but to me its perfectly clear. In honor of the first night of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, TMI’s putting on a show with a lengthy and impressive lineup. Mergence, The Veragroove, Mouse Powell, Bob Domestic, Future Loves Past, Sam Wiley, Snake Snake Snakes!, Ruca, Sara Robinson, Bad Lucy, Banana Gun, Andrew Duncan Brown/Marc Norman, Jared & the Mill and Taylor Oulette. The show starts at 2pm and goes long into the evening.
Saturday 5.4- Sounds Around Town Music Showcase featuring Zero Zero, Rough Tough Dynamite and Fairy Bones @ Last Exit Live
Echo Cloud contributor Mitchell Hillman has had great success in Phoenix writing for locally hip publication, Java Magazine all while maintaining his own local blog.. He is a master at his craft and as far as I’m concerned, our local version of Matt Pinfield (don’t know who that is? Look him up). Hillman’s local blog site (Sounds Around Town) features local album reviews, show reviews, venue listings, etc. He writes well and often using his personal passion to give a voice to the growing community. In fact, I often go to his article in Java when I’m in need of shows to write about. It only makes sense that he would eventually put together his own showcase of the bands he so often praises. The very first Sounds Around Town Music Showcase is just that. With a respectable lineup and a DJ set by Peachcake’s pajama pant wearing “Stefan of the 80’s” at one of the latest and greatest venues in town, I don’t know how this can’t turn into the first of many more showcases.
That’s it for this week. I know its only two shows and they happen to be on the same night but that should just make your decision that much more important. Here are a few more shows happening within the week to hopefully hold you over until the weekend.
Monday 4.29- Laura Meyer (CA), Anamieke Quinn, Andrew Duncan Brown, J.Miller @ The Rogue Bar
Tuesday 4.30- Moon Block Party featuring Of the Painted Choir @ The Rhythm Room
Friday 5.3- Fayuca Record Release Party @ Martini Ranch
Friday 5.3- The Pistoleros, Dead Hot Workshop and decker. @ Last Exit Live