Incoming: Rocky Votolato, Quiet Riot, The B-52s, Ronny Cox, Smith Westerns, Toro Y Moi

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Jaein Lee
Chicago indie rockers Smith Westerns
​Let me be the first to say that the initial slate of just announced shows for 2011 is quite a dandy.

It's the little moments like this that give hope that 2011 will be a much better year than 2010, and bringing home the hope is Chiacgo trio Smith Westerns. Their single "Weekend" from their forthcoming LP Dye It Blonde is my absolute favorite song right now -- so much so that I found 9 other songs just so I could put it in a post.

Oddly enough, two other bands in that very same post are among the just announced shows -- Yuck and Toro Y Moi.

I don't think I've ever been this excited for such a  fortuitous list of just announced shows. Joining Smith Westerns in the frenzy are Rocky Votolato, Quiet Riot and The B-52s.

The rest of this week's non-overly-biased-by-myself just announced shows:

The B-52s: Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m., $36-$100. Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, 800-946-4452.

Black 'n' Blue: With 68 Guns, Hollow, & more., Saturday, March 26, 7 p.m., $15-$20. Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.

Ronny Cox: Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., $18-$20. Cave Creek Coffee Co., 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-488-0603.

Database: With DJ William Fucking Reed, & DJ Prince $$., Friday, March 4, 9 p.m., $7. Bar Smith, 130 E. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-229-1265.

Freddie Gibbs: With Big Pooh, Tanya Morgan, Rocc C, Roqy Tyraid, & more., Saturday, Jan. 29, 8:30 p.m., $15-$17. Chasers Bar & Night Club, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, 480-945-4985.

George Jones: Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., $42.50-$125. Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, 800-946-4452.

Monsters of Bass Tour: With Freq Nasty, Marty Party, Opiuo, & more., Sunday, Feb. 27. 910 Live, 910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe, 480-966-0707.

Of Mice and Men: With I Set My Friends On Fire, Sleeping With Sirens, Woe Is Me, & The Amity Affliction., Saturday, March 12, 6:30 p.m., $12. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.

Quiet Riot: With Dagger, Suicide Circus, Trick Wiles, Phoenix and Dragon, Impulsive Aggression, Dagg Nabbit Stubbs, & more., Friday, March 4, 7 p.m., $20-$25. Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.

Rock Star Fantasy Jam: With Kip Winger, Mili Matijevic, Phil Lewis, & Stacey Blades., Saturday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., $20. Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.

Smith Westerns: With Yuck., Thursday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., $8. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Smoking Popes: Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m., $12-$14. The Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565.

Toro Y Moi: Monday, March 21, 8 p.m. The Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565.

Rocky Votolato, & Matt Pond: Sunday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., $12-$14. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Wovenhand: Friday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m., $10. The Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565.

Young Dubliners: Saturday, Feb. 26, 9 p.m., $15-$17. The Compound Grill, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-585-5483.


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