Happy Friday, everybody. This week was great – we had a blast with SALES at Crescent, we were blown away by THE MESSTHETICS(members of Fugazi), enjoyed seeing JOHN VANDERSLICEat Valley Bar and SHAME, ICEAGE and AGES AND AGES at Rebel.
We’re excited to announce a few great shows this week – with BAD BOOKS (Kevin Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra), THE TECHNICOLORS, SINCERE ENGINEER & HEART ATTACK MAN, and more (see below).
Finally, if you’re looking for some new music this week, be sure to check out the new albums by WAND, JADE BIRD and CAYUCAS! All three released excellent music today – and you can find songs from each over on our Psyko Steve Spotify playlist.
It has been a pretty rad week so far! We’ve got some pretty killer weather outside, Record Store Day is happening tomorrow, Okilly Dokilly was featured on the Simpsons, and we’ve got a ton of great shows to bring you.
This week we announced CHON is returning to Crescent Ballroom, ANBERLIN is reuniting and coming to The Van Buren, actress and songwriter ALICIA WITT will be performing live at 191 Toole, DIRECT HIT! is heading The Rebel Lounge and more.
We’ve also got a jam packed April ahead of us – from shows with SALES and SOCCER MOMMY, to PLINI and SHOW ME THE BODY, HELLOGOODBYE and THE MESSTHETICS (members of Fugazi), and tons more.
Check it all out below, and have a great weekend!
STEVE CHILTON – Alex Lahey (June 3 at The Rebel Lounge)
“Alex Lahey was one of my favorite discoveries of SXSW last year. Was really excited to bring her to Rebel last fall and just as excited to bring her back to Rebel for a second time in AZ. She just did a number of dates with Jimmy Eat World and has been killing it on the festival circuit.” (INFO & TICKETS)
JEFF TAYLOR – Chon (May 26 at Club Red)
“Chon always puts on an excellent show. Super glad to have them back in town this weekend, and with a totally stellar lineup – Polyphia is great, I’ve been a fan of TTNG for a long time, and I’m looking forward to seeing Tricot live too.” (INFO & TICKETS)
DEVAN HASH – Chon (May 26 at Club Red)
“I’ve been lucky enough to see Chon more than a handful of times, and I’m still excited to see them live! They are a super talented group of young dudes and it’s really been amazing watching them get better at what they do every year. They’re not quite rock ‘n’ roll, not quite metal-but if you enjoy either genre, there’s a chance Chon has a song that you’ll fall in love with!” (INFO & TICKETS)
SHANNON HARDEN – Alex Lahey (June 3 at The Rebel Lounge)
“Alex Lahey came to town late last year, and I missed it because I had to work. Turns out I probably should have just called in sick, because she is absolutely incredible, and I’ve regretted missing her ever since. The good news is that second chances exist, and next Sunday is mine! As an angsty millennial babe, some of the most relatable tracks I’ve heard in ages come from her most recent albumI Love You Like A Brother. If you’re a fellow emo kid with a deep love for punk-flavored pop bangers, you do NOT want to miss this show.” (INFO & TICKETS)
Last night we had the great honor of having Bishop Briggs Sold Out at Crescent Ballroom. She was joined by SHAED and Manatee Commune. The show was incredible, one of the best we have done this year. Keep an eye on her, big things are coming.
Thanks to everyone who came and made it a great night!
Check out some photos from the show from Luxicon Photography.
Back in February I put on a show for The Maine at Tempe Center For The Arts. The show was SOLD OUT. It was part of their “An Acoustic Evening with” tour. It was one of the coolest vibes of any show I have ever done. The Maine have some of the most dedicated fans out there and Tempe Center For The Arts is just an incredible setting for any show.
The Maine filmed the whole show for a live movie and documentary that is out now. Bellow is the trailer for the film. It was filmed by the good folks at Kachina Creative Studios. This is the first show I have ever done to be documented like this and that is kind of rad.
If you are a fan of the band this is a must see.
Head to www.81twentythree.com to stream/download the movie!
Last week I was pleased to bring on of my favorite artists, Frank Turner to Arizona for two of 3 shows between Coachella weekends. Before Frank played at The Pressroom he went down to Uranus Recording to record a few songs for Hot 103.9 “Live & Rare Session.” Here are two of those songs.
On Friday April 4th I hosted the second in the LIVE UNDER THE MILL series at the Hayden Flour Mill. The show served as the Vinyl Release for the Dry River Yacht Club album “El Tigre.” The above video was filmed that night.
Also on the bill that night were Jared & The Mill, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Some Dark Hollow, Dj Sean Watson, and visuals all night projected on the Mill itself by Matt Castelberry.
I want to thank everyone who came out that night. The Live Under The Mill series is becoming one of my favorite events out of all the events I put on. It wouldn’t work with out so many great people coming out and making the night such a success.
The above video was filmed and edited by Sundawg Media. I could not be more pleased with how it came out. Hope you like it.
In addition to all the great bands that played that night I would also like to thank Four Peaks Brewery and the Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. for helping make it happen.
Hope to see you all at the Mill next time.
A few weeks ago I hosted the first Phoenix Rock Lottery at the Crescent Ballroom. On February 9th 18 local musicians meet. We formed 4 bands randomly that morning. Then they had to wright 3 songs + learn a cover in the afternoon. That night they performed those songs at the Crescent Ballroom. This is a video of Bitch Choir performing their one and only show.
BITCH CHOIR is: Jason Roedl (of Mergence), Matthew Noakes (of Black Carl), Jim Adkins (of Jimmy Eat World), David Moroney (of Wooden Indian), and Lindsay Cates (of Pick N Hollar)
This video was filmed and edited by by James Kelley (youtube.com/muchrockness). The Audio was recorded by Andrew Winhold.
The proceeds that night went to Rosie’s House.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for coming to the show on Friday night under The Hayden Flour Mill. I thought the event was a huge success and it would not have been without all of you.
I just posted a bunch of photos on Facebook (here) and you can see a ton more at nkbeer.com. Maybe you will even see yourself.
A lot of people other than me put a lot of time and energy into making that event happen and I wanted to thank them all here (after the break).
Thanks to everyone who came to the Black Flag show last Thursday at Club Red! It was a great night. Seems a lot of these reunion shows don’t make it to Phoenix and I was very honored to be able to bring this one here. Last time they toured I was three.
I posted a bunch of photos by Melissa Fossum from the show on my facebook page. See them here.