Tag: Phoenix Music

Weekend Concert Roundup

March 30, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

It’s Friday, and what a lovely Friday at that, and that means it is time for the Weekend Concert Roundup. Let’s take a look at some of the great shows going on around the Valley this weekend.

Chandler Center for the Arts presents Joan Rivers tonight at 8:00 p.m. Watch what you are wearing to tonight’s show, we would want you to be on her next Fashion Police episode. North Dakota, no not the state, but the all female three-piece indie rock band will be at Tempe’s Fort Wanderlust tonight as well. If you find yourself in downtown Phoenix, make a stop over the Crescent Ballroom to see White Rabbits, a NY transplant rock band worthy of your viewing pleasure.

Saturday is a great night for entertainment. Jane Krakowski will be performing at the Virginia G. Piper Theater at 8:00 p.m. You might recognize her from TV show 30 Rock as the one and only Jenna Maroney. Krakowski will be impressing the audience with her stunning voice, singing some of her favorites and standards from her The Laziest Gal in Town show.

Do you wish you were around for Led Zeppelin when they were in their prime? Well, you can get the next best thing. Led Zep Again will be at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Saturday night. If you’re feeling a little exquisite this weekend, then the Phoenix Symphony Hall is where you should be on Sunday. Starting at 2:00 p.m. the Phoenix Symphony will play classics that make your heart skip a beat. On the opposite side of the spectrum, industrial music pioneers Mindless Self Indulgence will make an appearance in Tempe Sunday night. Check out MSI at the Marquee Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

The Mix Tape: Video Games

January 21, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Sound | By Staff

This weekend’s mix tape. It’s for you, for you, it’s all for you from our resident mix master DJ William F-ing Reed. This is our idea of fun. Listen. Enjoy. Repeat.
Apparat – Ash/Black Veil by Mute UK

Steve Aoki – Ladi Dadi feat Wynter Gordon (Part II) by steveaoki

The Maccabees – Pelican (Official Audio) by leonardalbert

Ana Tijoux – Shock by evolucionproducciones

Lana Del Rey – Video Games by Ella Corneea

The Weekend Concert Roundup: Wilco, War & More

January 20, 2012 | 12:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

It’s that time again for another weekly Weekend Concert Roundup and we’re pretty excited about all the shows going on in the Valley this weekend.

Legendary funk band War will be hitting up the Celebrity Theatre tonight at 8:30 p.m. War, what is it good for? Great music, that’s what. For tickets click here. Get your laugh on Friday and Saturday night with Steve Rannazzisi, of the popular FX show The League, performing at Phoenix’s Stand up Live, show starts at 9:45 p.m. Friday and 7:00 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday is a great night for some rock ‘n’ roll. Local bands Black Carl and KNESSET will be playing Tempe’s Sail Inn, starting at 10:00 p.m. you won’t want to miss this one. Wilco will be in Tempe Saturday as well, at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium, show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Head to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Sunday to relax with the Virginia G. Piper Piano Series featuring Simone Dinnerstein.

Image via War

The Mix Tape: Active Child

January 13, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Sound | By Staff

DJ William Reed's Mix TapeDJ William F-ing Reed rocks our worlds again with this week’s Mix Tape. Mark your calendars for the 19-year old prodigy Comic Strips coming to Sticky Fingers in association with Stateside Presents, joining William F-ing Reed and others January 20th at Bar Smith. The electronic dance music man Comic Strips is already a critically acclaimed original dance track producer and remix-master, even mixing beats for the likes of Grammy Award Winner Skrillex. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 for two-floors of music and dance fun. And don’t forget the Sticky Fingers super classy drink special: $30 for one bottle of champagne + 4 PBR’s. Until next week, listen. Enjoy. Repeat.

BAR SMITH | 130 E. Washington Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004

 
Dour Percentage by of Montreal

With Just One Glance – Nicolas Jaar by deardeerdash

Active Child – High Priestess (CFCF Remix) by The 405

Bassnectar – Heads Up (The Glitch Mob Remix) by Bassnectar

And the just leaked track, Lana Del Rey – National Anthem


The Mixed Tape: Open Eyes

January 6, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Sound | By Staff

DJ William Reed's Mix TapeOpen your eyes and get to bizness it’s 2012! DJ William F-ing Reed’s ringing us in this week with a new roundup of his favorite beats for the weekend. Listen. Enjoy. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat.

 

Grimes – Genesis by factmag

The xx – Open Eyes (Demo) by The 405

Holocene by boniver

sbtrkt – ride to freedom by sbtrkt

tUnE-yArDs – Bizness (4AD) by Ragged Words

Weekend Concert Round Up

January 6, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

What Laura Says

This first weekend of the new year is full of rock and roll. There are plenty of shows to choose from around the Valley, here are a few of our top picks:

1/6 Local supergroup What Laura Says will be playing a pre-party at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival Friday at the Compound Grill. The show starts at 9:00 and costs $5. Click here for more info.

1/6 The Maine with special guests is enough to have any power-pop fan ready to jump at The Clubhouse in Tempe. Doors open at 6:30. Purchase your tickets here.

1/7  Legendary punk band NOFX will be starting mosh pits at the Marquee Theatre this Saturday. Playing with Pulley, Old Man Markley, and The Grim, this show will not disappoint punk lovers of all ages. Doors open at 6:00. Purchase tickets here.

1/7 If Rockabilly is more up your alley… Firebird International Raceway will host the 5 & Diner Rockabilly Bash Car and Bike show Saturday, January 7. With Pat Roberts and the Heymakers, Kenny Love and the Rockerfellers, Rattle Rockin’ Boys, Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio, The Hi-Low Boys, The Moonlight Howlers, and DJ El Dedo. The festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here.

1/8 Finish off the weekend with a celebration of the late and great Elvis Presley. The Musical Instrument Museum will host a celebration in honor of the King’s birthday Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Show is free with museum admission.

 

Worth Repeating: Dear Phoenix, Get Thee to the Crescent Ballroom

October 9, 2011 | 10:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Andrew From AZ

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories OF ALL TIME (aka last week). Just in case you missed it.

Here’s the latest from Andrew From AZ. (This might shock you, but that’s not his real name.) Plucked from the obscurity that is our comments board, Andrew is snarky and a bit of a (reluctant) scenester, and he’s back documenting where to be and be seen in AZ.

They don’t look like much, hanging from the ceiling. When they’re blasting the fullest, clearest sound you’ve heard in Phoenix, it’s hard not to be impressed. The Crescent Ballroom’s four Electro-Voice speakers fill every corner of the space with a full sound that you can feel in your chest cavity. If you sit in the wooden bleachers in the back of the room, you can feel the sound in your a$$ and through your feet. “Everyone here is smiling,” a friend screamed in my ear during an intense guitar solo. We were standing about ten feet from the three-foot-tall stage, surrounded by a couple hundred hipster music lovers, plastic cups in hand, enraptured.

The just-opened Crescent Ballroom still smells like varnish. Its bathrooms are still shiny. They ran out of paper towels in the men’s room on Sunday and my IPA on Monday, but both quibbles were fixed by Tuesday’s show. Tiny issues aside, this place is legit. With an occupancy limit set by the City of Phoenix Fire Department at 543 souls, the Crescent Ballroom is a mid-tier concert venue. Larger than the Rhythm Room but slightly smaller than Tempe’s Clubhouse, Crescent has been making its impact felt across Phoenix’s indie music scene all summer. “What’s this Crescent Ballroom thing?” we wondered, as acts like Gang Gang Dance and Album Leaf released fall tour schedules with a mysterious paucity of details surrounding their Phoenix dates. When the venue was officially announced, music lovers valley-wide were awed at the first month’s lineup. »READ MORE

Dear Phoenix, Get Thee to the Crescent Ballroom

October 7, 2011 | 1:30 PM | Andrew From AZ | By Andrew From AZ

Here’s the latest from Andrew From AZ. (This might shock you, but that’s not his real name.) Plucked from the obscurity that is our comments board, Andrew is snarky and a bit of a (reluctant) scenester, and he’s back documenting where to be and be seen in AZ.

They don’t look like much, hanging from the ceiling. When they’re blasting the fullest, clearest sound you’ve heard in Phoenix, it’s hard not to be impressed. The Crescent Ballroom’s four Electro-Voice speakers fill every corner of the space with a full sound that you can feel in your chest cavity. If you sit in the wooden bleachers in the back of the room, you can feel the sound in your a$$ and through your feet. “Everyone here is smiling,” a friend screamed in my ear during an intense guitar solo. We were standing about ten feet from the three-foot-tall stage, surrounded by a couple hundred hipster music lovers, plastic cups in hand, enraptured.

»READ MORE

New Music Monday: Neon Indian

September 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

This isn’t the first Neon Indian Video we’ve shared, but it is the newest off their latest album, Era Extraña. Take a few minutes out of your Monday morning to get lost in a cyber-world of lights, robots and the sweet, electronic pop sounds of “Polish Girl.”

 

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Found Out About You: Crescent Ballroom

September 9, 2011 | 1:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Welcome guitarist-turned-contributor Scott Johnson from the popular local-bred band, Gin Blossoms. Each month, Scott will bring his favorite music news to the people in this “Found Out About You.”

For those who don’t know Charlie Levy of Stateside Presents, he cut his teeth on the local music scene back in the heyday of Tempe, booking the popular Nita’s Hideway and other Tempe hot spots. Now returning from a stint in Tucson, he’s back with a bang, opening the anticipated Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix. “Top of October and that’s all I’ll commit to,” comments Levy on the actual opening date of the Phoenix venue. However, Crescent’s website shows Blind Pilot & Dan Mangan booked for October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. The 7,000 square foot venue will offer two rooms, each with a unique vibe. The smaller Crescent Lounge, opening daily at 4:00 p.m., will be a place for singers, songwriters and DJ’s to gig and will be free for music-goers. The ballroom will open for larger shows featuring new artists like Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears.

Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Blind Pilot Image via The Bowery

Saturday Music Video: Beyonce 1 + 1

August 27, 2011 | 12:00 PM | Uncategorized | By Alanna Watson
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Talk about Sasha F.I.E.R.C.E. Beyonce’s new video for 1 + 1 is total trip, but quite different from her usual glitzy, glamorous, bootylicious videos. We love it and would expect nothing less from the reigning Queen B.

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