After last week’s Open Mic Night at Drew & Joe’s, that question was left burning in my mind. Maybe not just poets, but any non-musical art.
Don’t get me wrong, I love music, especially in its formative stages… But an Open Mic comprised of only musical acts is hard to get through, no matter how fun and entertaining the musicians are. Not to mention it pretty much just ends up being a Tempe Unplugged concert event.
Remember when Eric brought out our innermost aggressions with a performance piece that involved chucking tomatoes at him whilst he was clad in all white? Remember when Tracy read quirky politically correct fairytales out of the book her mother taught her the classics from? Remember all the other readings and personal poetry shared in the past five months?
Even if you don’t remember, it sounds like fun, right? Right.
Tempe: Show me your performance artists, your poets, and your raving, ranting speeches. I’ll show you my smile and clap politely, even if it totally sucks.

In case you were wondering though, one musician I think passes as a poet is Key Losers, aka Katy Davidson aka Dear Nora. Her set at the YOBS welcome back show was fantastic. Sort of a mid-90’s strong female soloist a la Fiona Apple or Ani DiFranco but more abstract and a lot less preachy. Get her tape “ADJUST.”

Other than that, I have to admit my own error in an earlier post where I said XNA Shop was donezo. (I really did think Miss Nasty was in London for good.) Truth is, there is one last show there and it’s on Sunday. My bad is your good. Go to it. Strainz, Chandails, Stephen Steinbrink, Doth, and Soam are all playing starting at 1PM. See some jams, say bye to XNA Shop properly, and partake in some Vegan Taco’s courtesy of Anna Nasty, as well as coffee and “stick n’ poke” tattoos… if you dare.

STRAINZ, CHANDAILS, STEPHEN STEINBRINK, DOTH, SOAM

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New Update: The Teeets have been added to tonight’s show! YAY!
Get pumped and get over there! The show that has tested my reaction time and typing skills starts in half an hour.

I just wanted to make a quick update before the show actually starts.
Unfortunately, it seems that Sissy Fits can’t play at YOBS tonight anymore. According to resident YOBber J.R., “3 out of the 4 shows on their tour fell thru and i don’t expect them to drive from SF—>TMPE for a single YOBS show. they will be missed :'((((((”
But Key Losers, Præcum (a band that forced me to find the æ option on my keyboard), and French Quarter are all still playing. Maybe, just maybe, if we’re lucky, that super secret out-of-town act will play too!
Anyways, that’s all for now, so get over to YOBS for a great five skrilla bill.

Over and out!!

So recently I have been a less than faithful representative for the house show scene… Sorry ’bout that. But, on the bright side, I have a lot to let you know now to compensate my absence.
Last I posted, Trevor Haus ended it’s reign as the king of all scuzzy dance parties and punk shows. Sadly, I announce that XNA Shop recently closed its doors to shows as well due to owner Anna Nasty’s prospects abroad. We wish her good luck, but turn our sights back to old friends to pick up the torch.
That’s right, dear readers, YOBS IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE! And with that, I present a list of upcoming house shows sure to quench your insatiable music lust:

January 14:

Like Bats, Parkway Wretch, Bear Awesome, Might’ve Beens & COMEONDIEYOUNG
@ Sound Kontrol
$5/ 7 PM

January 18:

KEY LOSERS, SISSY FISTS, PRÆCUM & FRENCH QUARTER*
@ YOBS (first show post-90 noise violation)
$5/ 8 PM
*Rumor ’round town is that a very special super secret out-of-town act will be playing this show… but that’s all I can say.

January 19:
Open Mic Night featuring local artists like Michael Plunkett & the Girl Parts
@ Drew & Joe’s Place
FREE/ 8:30 PM

January 23:


Give, Devotion, Never Meant & Rising Tide
@ Sound Kontrol

While the next four events aren’t house shows, I do want to mention them due to their importance to the music community and the Tempe community as a whole. Check this shit out:

January 21:
The Shape of the Universe: An Art Show
@ The Trunk Space
FREE/ 6 PM
If you like The Teeets, Yellow Canary Black Belt, or Bike Saviours Bicycle Collective, come see what else renaissance woman extraordinaire Sunny can do.

Since I consider the wonderfully skeezy, yet tragically hip, dive bars of Tempe to be a second home to my own antics, as I’m sure many others do, I implore you to attend at least on of the Sunset Showdown 3 concerts:

January 21:

DJ’s T.Murder & Horsepussy, Ultramaroon, Shark Pants (best band name EVER), Stalins of Sounf, Plainfield Butchers & Scorpion vs. Tarantula
@ Palo Verde Lounge
DONATIONS PLZ/ 8 PM

January 22:

DJ Ryan Wong, Sexual Slurs, Cosmeticators, Robot Tank, Female Trouble & The Pods
@ Hollywood Alley
$3/ 2 PM

January 22:


DJ’S T.Murder & Horsepussy, Drone Throne, Avon Ladies, A’rk, Becky Lee Band & Destruction Unit
@ Yucca Tap Room
FREE/ 8 PM

That’s all for January. Hopefully I can make my way out to some of these badass upcoming events and let you all know what went down, but if not, go see for yourself. Otherwise you can’t complain about the scene sucking because you spent $25 on a Girl Talk show at the Marquee (not that it won’t be fun), instead of supporting local art and struggling touring acts… And that’s my rant for January, too. Hope you enjoyed it!

Catch you later, music junkies.

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The folks that live over at the Trevor Haus are sadly about one day away from moving out, which means no more barn shows. I hate being the bearer of bad, bad news, so my plan was to chat about the final show there on Saturday.
Unfortunately, due to some band cancellations, that show was called off entirely. So the venue that entered the house show scene with a punch and a bang just kind of fizzled out Saturday.

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Photo by Adam Fuller… please don’t be mad at me!

The good news is that if you were at Palo Verde Lounge Friday, then you still got to see them. Basically it was good old fashioned Cali punk rock in a sweaty little dive bar. Mix that with local riot grrrls, The Teeets, opening for them and you have one happy PBR-filled crowd.
Have I mentioned that The Teeets have won best local band by Valley House Show Revue? No? Well, that’s because I just made it up. But, seriously. I just can’t get enough of those spunky chicks.
But that’s all beside the point, Trevor Haus is no more, and it will certainly be missed by anyone who likes fun. Luckily, it seems when one house venue closes, another one will open shortly. The Manor and The ER have closed too, but the house show spirit lives on…

Coming this X-mas: The Triumphant Return of YOBS (24 days until their 90-day is ovah!)

Recently, my Facebook events section has been inundated by upcoming house shows (hooray!), so I thought I’d make a quick post about some future gigs to keep on your radar:

October 20
Open Mic @ Drew and Joe’s Place
-This event is going to focus on the politics of the upcoming election. Some great speakers are lined up, and, as always, you’re welcome to come share your own words, songs, art, etc.

October 30
Devil’s Night II @ The Tribe
-What better way to celebrate a brutal night like Devil’s Night than with a kick ass show in a basement? Continuing in last year’s tradition, this night features some bands possessed by the spirit of others like the “Off” White Stripes and Jay “Zombie” Reatard. Too Soon?

November 4
Sewn Leather and Taboo @ The Tribe
-It’s quite a treat to get two Tribe shows within a week of each other, and this one has a pretty wicked line-up. The show kicks off with a slew of supporting acts like Bonerattle, Goloka Yeggs, and one of my favorite new local acts, Vegetable.

November 19
GDP @ Trevor
-It’s getting kind of rare to see a great rap act in the houses of Tempeasy, but Trevor breaks the rap-less streak with GDP. Considering GDP has played with Wu-Tang and RZA separately, I’m looking forward to a great show. Hopefully, Hot Dog and Pistol, can start the night with a bang.

All events start at what I am now dubbing Normal Concert Time (NCT) at 8 PM.
Do it.

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So now that the initial shock of the events of Friday night has gone away a bit, I think I’m ready to talk about the good news and the bad news of the YOBS Locals Only Benefit Show.

The Good News:
The show was amazing, as were the iced toddys and vegan baked goods. (More like baked greats!) Everyone seemed to have a really awesome time and the local bands gave everyone a reason to be proud of the Valley.

The Bad News:
Someone decided to steal a large wad of money out of the donation jar.

The Good News:
Smart cash handlers at the event had been storing money throughout the night so not all the money was taken, and after some of the money was stolen, a bunch of people chipped in extra cash, even some who had already donated a substantial amount earlier. Overall, YOBS raised enough money to get the PA!

The Bad News:
The Tempe five-oh were either called or more likely patrolling the neighborhood for parties, and the YOBS house got a 90-day suspension. So no shows at YOBS for three months… Hopefully some other houses can fill in where YOBS can’t for the next few months.

The Good News:
Another locals only show with a low key BBQ cookout is already being planned for the eminent triumphant return of YOBS, and I will definitely keep you guys posted on that event once I get the specifics.

I guess every shit storm cloud has a silver lining, but I know I’ll be missing YOBS until there are some more shows there. While it was ridiculously lame of someone to steal money from a benefit show, what hurts the most is the fractured trust and feelings of disrespect that it brought to people who allowed others into their home to enjoy a concert. This, of course, won’t stop the wonderful folks who put on YOBS shows, but it will be a while until we can go there again.

Does the fact that house shows can get shut down by the cops for a noise violation make them less legitimate as venues?

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In case you don’t have the cash flow or interest in the Pixies show at Mesa Amp on Friday, try out the YOBS Locals Only Benefit Show. For a mere $5, you see a bunch of really solid local acts, have access to the newest espresso bar/baked goods/”records & junk” spot, AND can be a part of a screen printing demo. Now that’s what I call DIY.
All of the proceeds of the show, bake sale, espresso bar, and merch booth go to helping YOBS get a desperately needed PA, which will help YOBS continue to have great shows and thus help you to continue to see great shows. Win, win, win.
Yellow Canary Black Belt, whom I gushed over in an earlier post, local darling Chazmier, and new d00dz Gay Kiss are just some of the great bands playing to help support a venue that has fostered a safe haven for the Tempe music scene for years. The seven hour show starts at 5 PM and ends at midnight, so come early and stay late.