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Underground Arts:

May 14 To 28

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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
Trey Songs, May 24
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Brit Floyd, May 23

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
The Ghost of a Sabertooth Tiger, May 15
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Comedy on Fire, May 23
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
The Gershwin Porgy and Bees, June 3 to 8
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Venus in Furs, May 1 to 18
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Band Open Mic, May 21
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Dry River Yacht Club, May 16
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Phoenix Poetry Slam, May 22
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
The Latest, May 26
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Tech N9NE, June 7
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Cypress Hill, July 24
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Les Miserable, April 23 to May 25
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Black Flag, May 17
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
The Sugar Thieves, May 24
Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Sister Lip E.P. Release show, May 16 & 17
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
7 Minutes in Heaven, June 7
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, May 12
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
Hart to Heart, May 9 to 18
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, May 16
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
B*tch of the Baskervilles, May 24
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Billy Joel, June 1
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Valley Fever, May 25

The Best Shows You Don’t Know: Random Acts Of Art Day, Sister Lip E.P. Release, Main Stage 1 year Anniversary, Califone At Crescent, Curtin At Trunk Space, Lucha Libro Short Story Championship, Natalie Badgers Upstairs Birthday Celebration, Against Me!


Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 14, 2014 — Random Acts of Art Day will be held on May 17 beginning at 10 a.m. and the event is pretty simple. Hang a random piece of art in a random place anywhere you want in downtown or midtown Phoenix. Then take a picture of it and share that photo into the Downtown Phoenix Mothership facebook page.

The event is the brainchild of downtown based artists Stacy Champion and Pete Petrisco and is open to participants of all ages and it is completely free to participate in. Modern Times Magazine Music/Arts Editor Jeff Moses will be hanging photographs at a yet to be disclosed location as part of the festivities.

Thursday, May 15

National underground and the name Lennon might be somewhat of an oxymoron, but give Sean a chance as the youngest son of the former Beatle hits the Phoenix metro next Thursday with The GOASTT Family. Big-time reviewers really seem to like the modern, psych-rock five-piece, including positive comments in Rolling Stone magazine and on National Public Radio. They will be at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix  May 15. If you need a ride, ask for a little help from your friends (sorry we couldn’t help it.) For more information, visit

Friday, May 16

Phoenix’s most well known all female four piece Sister Lip will finally be releasing  their debut studio recording Thanks for the Mondays  with two stage, two day festival at Tempes Sail Inn 26 S. Farmer Ave. The fest will feature performances on both days by Sister Lip, as well as Andy Warpigs, Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special, Banana Gun Japhy’s Descent and many others. The event is 21 and up and single night tickets are $10 while full festival wristbands cost $15. Either way all entrants get a free CD. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The Main Stage 1 S. Main St. Cottonwood  music venue will be celebrating their one year anniversary with a free two day music festival. Bands such as The Haymarket Squares, decker., Sweet Ghosts and many others will be performing. There will also be live artists, giveaways and drink specials. The event is 21 and up and music will begin at 7 p.m. both days. With the Phoenix heat creeping for the summer this is a great place to go to get away from it.

The last time Wooden Indian had Califone come out to the Phoenix it was a one of a kind overnight experience at the historic Icehouse. Wooden Indian and the other performers went out of their way to make each set feel like a once in a lifetime happening that could not have happened anywhere else. The evening was a complete sensory overload highlighted by an atomic performance by Destruction Unit. D-Unit will not be on this bill, but with Crescent Ballroom 308 N. Second Ave reputation as having the best sound in town the evening should still be a one of kind sonic experience. This time it will be locals Diners, and Tucson based Katerwaul opening for Wooden Indian, before they play the backing band for Califone. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is 21 and up and tickets are $10. Katerwaul is a can’t miss if you have not seen them yet.

Hop on the electro chill wave and make your way down to Trunk Space, 1506 NW Grand Ave Phoenix for Curtin, ARS Phoenix, and Ichi Sound. The show is $5 and all ages, and five bucks is a small price to pay for a one of a kind band like Ichi Sound. Doors open at 9 p.m. Ichi Sound is one of the few bands that actually puts everything they’’ve got into a performance, even if that performance is happenign at 5:30 a.m. in Miami Arizona.

Saturday, May 17

The Lucha Libro Short Story Championship will be kicking off at 7 p.m. at The Firehouse Gallery 1015 N. First St. Phoenix. The event is based the Lucha Libro event which originated in Peru, and will pit eight writers against each other in a live competition to write the best short story. The losers will be unmasked and the winners will continue on in hope of winning the entire competition. The event has a $5 suggested donation and is open to people of all ages.

The Monarch Theater 122 E. Washington St. Phoenix, is a wholly underused music venue in the downtown area, but that’s OK because that means every time there is show it is that much more of an event. Kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Dry River Yacht Club,Bent Self, Former Friends of Young Americans, OKAPI Sun, and Sun Bones will be playing a 21 and up show at the venue. The cover is only $5 which for this show is a steal.

Fans of electronic music will appreciate the national scene’s best kept secret — Keys N Krates as they arrive in the Phoenix metro for a show at Monarch Theatre, Third Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Phoenix. Keys N Krates is the combined work of Torontans drummer Adam Tune, synth/keyboard specialist David Matisse and turntable master Jr. Flo. Besides, they brought electronic music to the Mennonites — that’s, like, qualification for sainthood, eh? For more information, visit

Sunday, May 18

Some punks are coming to town and that’s a good thing. Lower, Destruction Unit, Body of Light, Sleep Money, and Detached Objects will get it on, hardcore at at 51 West (right next to the Double Nickels Collective, 45 W. Southern Ave., Tempe) beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 21

Influential folk punks Against Me! will be rocking out at Mesa’s Nile Theater 105 W. Main St. along with Tony Molina, and Big Eyes. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

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