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Underground Arts:

April 10 To 24

Playboy Manbaby Live at Crescent Ballroom.

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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
Neutral Milk Hotel, April 15
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Firestage, April 18
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
Peelander Z, Treasure Mammal, Megaran April 12
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Phoenix Poetry Slam, April 10
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Freaks of Nature, April 12
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Foster the People, April 15
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
The Silver Palms, April 23
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
The Legendary Dick Dale, April 11
Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Phoechella, April 19
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
7 Minutes in Love, April 11
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 11
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
Step Brothers, Self Proclaimes Narcissist,The Ricardo Preacher Beak April 12
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
Krooked Trees, April 19

The Best Shows You Don’t Know: Playboy Manbaby/Wolvves Album Release, Free Association Open Mic, Sleigh Bells At Crescent, Almost Acoustic Saturday,TUF Presents B.O.T.S., Freaks Of Nature At The Lost Leaf


Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 9, 2014 — Early spring has once again afforded Phoenix with a bountiful harvest of awesome underground events, and this week the cream of the crop is the Playboy Manbaby & Wolvves 2 Album Release Party at the Westsides legendary decade old venue the Trunk Space 1506 N.W. Grand Ave Phoenix.

Playboy Manbaby is the Flagship band of Tempe based cassette tape label Rubber Brother Records, and Trunk Space is their favorite venue. Playboy shows at Trunk Space are inevitabley wild raucous events with people crammed into the venue shoulder to shoulder going crazy. For Playboy the Trunks Space is their temple and front man Robbie Feffer is yahweh.

Wolvves is another super exciting Phoenix based band. They will be releasing their second E.P. and the record is fucking amazing. They are another band fully capable of packing the Trunk Space alone, but in conjunction with Playboy this show is going to be out of control. Aydin if you are reading this, pizza and a milkshake on me after your set.  

As if those two amazing bands were not enough Los Puchos will be also be playing on this  epic event. Los Puchos are coming up on the end of their run as lead singer Austin Owen prepares to depart for South America. They are hot on the heels of their record mates as the hottest band in Phoenix, and this will be one of their last two shows.
Also on the bill will be The Wavelengths, Petty Things, and Captain Samurai. Showtime is 7 P.M. the show is all ages  and it has a $10 cover. This is the most exciting show of the weekend.

Wednesday, April 9

The Free Association Open Mic Series is back with another great event, this time featuring Team Lawn Gnome the Phoenix Poetry Slam Team. The event begins at 7 p.m. is all ages, and has no cover. Team Lawn Gnome finished sixth at last years nationals and this years team is hoping to repeat that success. The poetry scene has been growing in Phoenix and it is events like this that make it continue to grow.

Sleigh Bells is one of the most exciting acts on the National music scene. They will be playing the Coachella Valley Music Festival this year, and on their way to California they will be stopping in at downtown’s best music venue The Crescent Ballroom 308 N. Second St. and rocking a SOLD OUT show. All hope is not lost though underground music fans. Hit craigslist, hit your facebook, find a scalper and get there. This event is going to be  pretty freaking special. I assure that thenext time this act comes through Phoenix they will be selling out a much larger venue than the crescent. Showtime is 8 p.m. the event is 16 and up.

Friday, April 11

The Great Gig in The Sky will be playing their last set ever at Tempe’s Sail Inn 26 S. Farmer Ave. beginning at 8 p.m. GGIS has been a mainstay of the iconic venue and with it’s impending closure they are preparing for their last licks. Their Pink Floyd tribute set will be accompanied by the reggae stylings of Synrgy who will also be bidding farewell to the venue which has housed them on multiple occasions. The show is 21 and up and tickets are $10.

Saturday, April 12

Firehouse Gallery 1015 N. 1 St. Phoenix is one of the best places in the Valley to catch an underground arts event. Whether it’s their Flagship show First Friday Night Live, their five years running variety show Firestage, or their wide array of special events. Beginning at 6 p.m. they will be hosting one of those amazing special events. Psychedelic desert folk outfit decker. will be coming in from Sedona to headline a show and playing along with The Gospel Flats from San Francisco, Miah Spring from San Diego, as well as locals The SunPunchers and The Old Lemon Tan. But if the tremendous musical lineup was not enough Phoenix based tap dance troupe Tap That Ass will also be doing a special performance. The show is all ages and asking for a $10 suggested donation  for the touring acts.

If quiet indie acoustic music is not your bag do not fret, there is some loud and abrasive punk going down right up the street. Phoenix based proto punks Freaks of Nature will be making their triumphant return to the Lost Leaf 914 N. 5 St. and playing a show with Tucson based spanish punks Los Tortas and locals Shovel. The freaks are an amazingly exciting band with a front man, Buford Wigglebottom, that is one of the best Phoenix has to offer. The show is free, 21 and up and kicks off at 10 p.m.

April 17 to 19

The 13th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival is at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, April 17-19, featuring comedy teams from around the country and local improvisational troupes. Tickets are $10-$15. For more information visit

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