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Underground Arts:

April 2 To 16

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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
Roberto Tapia, April 12
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Lana Del Ray, April 15

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
Sleigh Bells, April 9
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
First Friday Night Live, April 4
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Once - a New Musical , April 29
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
American Voices, Apri 12-13
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Amor CD Release, April 25
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
1 Year aniversary show, April 4
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Phoenix Poetry Slam, April 3
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Van Allen Belt, April 3
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Reverend Horton Heat, April 5
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Wingstock, April 19
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Les Miserable, April 23 - May 25
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Northern Hustle, April 5
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Tribal Seeds, April 2
Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Phoechella, April 19
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
7 Minutes in Love, April 4
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
Glodies Monday Madness, April 21
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
And Miss Reardon Drinks A little, April 11 to 27
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, April 4
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
Indie 500, March 30 to April 8
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
Jodie Fosters Army, April 4

The Best Shows You Don’t Know: Clusterfest, Orangabang CD Release Show, The Van Allen Belt At Lost Leaf, Mustard Plug At Crescent, JFA At Yucca Tap Room, Indie 500 Day 6, And Much More


Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 2, 2014 — Early April is a great time for events in the Phoenix Metro. It is the last sliver of tolerable weather before the late spring comes in and raises the temperature into the triple digits. This year is no exception and the Underground Arts calendar reflects that with the wide variety of events popping up.

This particular Underground Arts calendar is actually the biggest one we have ever done with 11 events making the final cut. With such great acts like Dry River Yacht Club, Emby Alexander, JFA, and The Strange Family Circus all playing big events one would think picking a featured event would be a difficult prospect.

Fortunately for me The Underground Foundation made picking the featured event easy by plotting an event that stands clearly among the rest as the best underground event of the season, Clusterfest. The event will be held on the Arizona State University Hayden Library Lawn on ASU Main Campus in Tempe, and feature more than 25 of the most exciting bands in town playing on three different stages.

Some of the can’t miss sets include Wolvves, Bacchus and The Demon Sluts, Treasure Mammal, Snake? Snake. Snakes!, Red Tank!, Dadadoh, and so many more we can’t even name them all off.

The show is free, and all ages, if you like underground local music you have no excuse not to go.

Wednesday, April 2

Local alternative rapper Orangabang will be releasing his new E.P. The Hip Less Hopped with a month long Wednesday residency at The Big Fish Pub 1954 E. University Dr. Tempe beginning at 8 p.m. The show is free and 21 and up. Also performing will be Hot Rock Supa Joint, Nomad Hip Hop, Dapper Dan, Slogan, Kite Ninety - Three, and Unorthodox. There is an underwhelming amount of good hip-hop shows in the Valley of the Sun, so when a great one pops up grab it and go.

Thursday, April 3

Emby Alexander have been on some pretty big bills as of late, including opening for Miniature Tigers, and a slot at Viva Phoenix Fest. Their next show will be opening for The Van Allen Belt at downtown Phoenix’s Lost Leaf 914 N. Fifth St. Man - Cat are also on the bill. The show is Free and 21 and up. This show could easily come with a $10 cover and is instead going to be free, definitely not one to miss.

If indie rock and craft beer is not really your scene The Crescent Ballroom 308 N. Second St., Phoenix, will be hosting a ska-punk show featuring Mustard Plug, Left Alone, Playboy Manbaby, Liam and The Ladies, as well as ska DJ’s Beat Betty and Fullstop. The door is at 7 p.m. tickets are $13 and the show is 16 and up.

Friday , April 4

First Friday of April is chalked full events all over the Valley, including legendary punk band Jodie Fosters Army playing at Tempe’s Yucca Tap Room 29 W. Southern Ave. There is rumors of a garage full of classic JFA skateboard decks with the famed picture of Ronald Reagan with a crosshair on his forehead somewhere in the Valley, and maybe if you show up and ask they nice they will tell you where it is, and then rock your face off.  Also on the bill The Father Figures, Rotten Youth, Dephinger, and Swapmeat. The show is all ages and has a $10 cover, doors at 8 p.m.

If you didn't already know The Trunkspace, 1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix, is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a 10-part festival known as The Indie 500. The fest is featuring dozens of bands performing throughout the course of two weeks all celebrating the 10 years of great performance art a welcoming and affordable all ages venue. Day 6 of the events begins at 7 p.m. and has Father’s Day, The Strange Family Circus, The Coitus, Girl Boner, Hermanitos and Blank Waves. The show has an $8 cover, but it’s worth every penny.

Live Under The Mill is back for its second installment at The Hayden Flour Mill 119 S. Mill Ave. Tempe. This time however it is more than just a big show because Dry River Yacht Club will also be releasing their first vinyl ever, El Tigre. The bill also features Tempe darlings Jared and the Mill, supergroup Phoenix Aforbeat Orchestra, and Some Dark Hollow. The event will also have a performance by DJ Sean Watson and video projections designed by Matt Castleberry. Door’s open at 7 p.m. and the event is 21 and up.

Saturday, April 5

For anyone looking to get out of Phoenix this weekend, decker. presents The Show of The Year is definitely a good excuse to pack up the car and head to Cottonwood. The show will be Banana Gun’s Northern Arizona release party for their recent album Love Instinct. The album is a tremendous piece of music with clear classic and southern rock influences, and joining them will be psychedelic chamber music four piece decker. as well as DJ Ecks. The show is a pimps and hoes party so anyone who comes in costume receives a $1 you call it shot or draft beer. The show begins at 9 p.m. and is 21 and up.  $5 cover.

For a good country vibe here in the Valley Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers will be playing a set at Bogey’s Grill, 6364 S. Rural Road, Tempe, along with Mills End. The show is free, all ages, and begins at 9 p.m. Carol Pacey is coming in hot following their McDowell Mountain Music Festival performance, and Mills End has been growing their reputation as a go to country band in the Phoenix metro.

Sunday, April 6

Ray Reeves and The Masters of the Economy, Andy Warpigs, Girl Boner, and The Invincible Grins are going to be doing strange things at Scottsdales The Rogue Bar starting at 8 p.m. These are four crazy bands full of a bunch of crazy people, and I don’t mean crazy in the good way I mean crazy in the certifiable way. Reeves is a country punk mad man, Warpigs is a radioactive space cowboy, Girl Boner features Mosey award winner for best bass player Sammy Boner on the lead guitar, and the Grins are four Verde Valley Gypsy’s who make an acoustic sound that is pretty aggressive. This bad boy is free and 21 and up. If you’re scared, go to church.

Envisioning Phoenix: An Urban Film Series will be airing the documentary Detropia at FilmBar 815 N. second St. Phoenix. Followed by  panel discussion after the movie.The film is  “a documentary exploring the rise and fall of the American Dream , encapsulated by the story of Detroit. It shows the struggles residents make to hang on to their past while they see it slipping away, as well as their hope for the future,” according to the Facebook page for the event. Tickets are $9 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m., all ages.

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