Archives for category: open mic

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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Down on the corner of 10th Street and Wilson, the open mic night spirit has been revived at Joe’s Place. Since eJoy is seemingly no longer in the open mic biz (or any biz for that matter), there really hasn’t been a NorTemp venue to step up and fill the void of open-miclessness, so it’s exciting to see community members work to create a space where people can share what they wish in a positive environment.

Last night was only the second installment for the house, but both events were really unique, bringing diverse acts such as musicians, poets, readers, writers, performance artists, and more. Next time around election day will be a big focus of the night, where some speakers will be discussing political issues for 2010. This diversity is encouraged by the occupants, Joe Frungillo, who use their home as a multi-purpose venue as a sustainable city garden, open mic venue, and I hear they’re thinking of starting a backyard movie night in the near future.

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Now I must say, I am not a stage-ready personality. I get nervous speaking to groups of over three people. But even I read a little poetry and sang a song (not pictured) in front of the courteous and supportive crowd gathered last night. (Though the complimentary whiskey didn’t hurt either.)

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The moral of the story: don’t be shy. If you have something to share, be it a book from your messed up childhood, a jingle you wrote, or an essay you spent hours toiling over that you’re really proud of, come to Joe’s Place every third Wednesday of the month. That means next month’s event is on October 20 at about 8PM.