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Underground Arts:

March 13 To 27

Jillette Johnson

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Phoenix Metro Venues

Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
San Francisco Fest., May 18
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Schoolboy Q, March 30
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Chelsea Handler, March 22

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
Sleigh Bells, April 9
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Firestage, March 21
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Regeneration, March 29
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Under The Covers, March 22
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Up Next Vol. 8, March 16
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Thrive!, March 13
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Good Movie … Great Book Club, March 18
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Bacchus, March 25
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Shpongle, March 7
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Wingstock, April 19
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Pippin, March 8 to 30
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
The Hooligan Holiday, March 29
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
J.C. and the Juke Rockers, March 13 Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Tempe Art A Gogh Gogh, March 28
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
7 Minutes in Love, March 15
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
American Pop! Comic Books to Science Fiction Gallery Jan. 17 to June 8
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Common Tongue, March 15
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
The Last Romance, Feb. 28 to Mar. 16
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, March 14
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
The Show Devils with Fiasco Circus, March 13
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic, April 10
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Iron Chic, March 14

The Best Shows You Don’t Know: Thrive And The Wiley Ones At Last Exit, BroLoaf’s St. Paddy’s Day Pregame Show, Bully Mammoth, Sun Club At Trunk Space, Andy Warpigs CD Release


Staff Report

Modern Times Magazine

March 13, 2014 — Underground national artist Jillette Johnson — a 24-year-old New York City singer/songwriter whose debut album, Water in a Whale, was released last summer — will bring her harmonic sounds to Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.

While not yet a household name, she has had some big-time appearance since the past summer including performing “Torpedo” on Rachael Ray and VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live and being featured in Elle Magazine as one of the “10 Under The Radar Albums You Should have Listened To In 2013.”

She also was a FUSE “Fresh Cuts” Artist.

Her publicist, Julie Lichtenstein of Wind-up Records, even personally vouched for her talents.

“She’s great. As a publicist, you don’t always get to work with artists you love but Jillette…I love.  She has a voice that will blow your hair back,” she said.

Well, OK, maybe any publicist would’ve (should have?) said something along those lines, but it is easy to see in the video above that Johnson is the kind of artist that resonates. Maybe she’ll be the one of 100 out there trying to make a great living out of it to actually make it.

See her March 18 and maybe in 10 years you’ll compare her to Adele, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple or Sara Bareilles like many others already have.

There’s a chance, honest.

Thursday, March 13

Alternative reggae outfit Thrive! are coming to Last Exit Live 717 S. Central Ave Phx. to plut on a double stage reggae banger along with The Wiley Ones, Ruca, and Andreas Rodriguez formerly of The Veragroove. There will be an indoor stage and an outdoor stage, and the cover is $5 in advance or $10 at the door. The show is 21 and up and begins at 8:45 p.m. with Ruca.

Friday, March 14

The Artistry of Mata Ortiz, Taxco & Oaxaca, Mexico, is at Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 14 to 16. For more information visit

Saturday, March 15

For the third year straight BroLoaf has compiled an awesome pre St. Paddy’s Day party that is going down at Tempe’s Yucca Tap Room 29 W. Southern Ave. Besides Loaf Cockswain, The Venomous Pinks, and Whiskey and the Barrels will also be performing. While Cockswain and Whiskey both bring a more traditional irish sound to the table, the Pinks are one of the hottest punk bands in town peeking peoples interest with powerful punk songs and a don’t give a fuck attitude. The show free and 21 and up. The first band hits the stage at 9 p.m.

Bully Mammoth is a raucously funny sketch comedy troupe, and beginning at 10:30 p.m. they will be performing their “Monthly Cycle at downtown Phoenix’s Space 55 636 E. Pierce St. The show will feature live sketch comedy as well as stand up from Christian Atkins, Ricky Brindley,Ryan Gaumont, Jessie Johnson, Shawn Collins,Keith Wilson, Kyle Coughlin. The event is meant for mature audiences, “BULLY MAMMOTH loosens their ties, leaves their church pants at home, cracks open a few beers, starts their periods, and puts on a brand new hour of haphazardly assembled sketches,” said the events facebook page. Cover is $5.

Sunday, March 16

If really great music is what you are looking for on Sunday evening, stay the hell away from The Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. Because beginning at 9 p.m. Andy Warpigs is releasing his heavily offensive and mostly terrible bullshit album Folk Punk Yourself. If Warpigs has any talent it is mostly smoking meth and torturing animals, though some say he has the ability to masturbate with no hands. Though he is and will remain a talentless hack his supporting cast is worth supporting. Joining Andy Warpigs for the release party will be weed hip-hop icon Hot Rock Supa Joint, Nerdcore punks Nerdzerker, alternative hip hopper Dadadoh, and one of Phoenix’s best kept hip hop dj secrets DJ Scapegoat. To be real though, Warpigs is one of Phoenix’s hottest up and comers and this show will definitely be a lot of fun.  The event is free and 21 and up.

The Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival is every first and third Saturday of each month, October through April, in downtown Mesa, 20 E. Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit

Monday, March 17

Another as of yet not huge national artist will make a stop in the Phoenix metro March 17 when Swedish folk pop duo Solander appears at The Western, 6830 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale.

Solander's newest LP, Monochromatic Memories, is out now on A Tenderversion Recording and streaming in its entirety at Stereogum. Some might call the sound depressing, others moody and others, remorseful. Either way, its a style that some people really like and who are we to argue.

After all, life does suck, but only sometimes.

Saturday, March 22

As has been the tradition with the Modern Times Magazine Underground Arts calendar, we don’t just print local and national bands that are still unknown, but those acts that we forgot were not underground — as in ‘muerto.’

Unfortunately, for Cher, she makes the Underground Arts calendar this week. Much respect to her, but see her before she is no longer playing US Airways Center, but a casino or something — and we don’t mean one of those Las Vegas showplaces.

Pat Benatar will open the show, though, and who doesn’t love Pat Benatar? Wrap your head around this: Cher is seven years older than Benatar and they are both over 60.

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