A Handy Guide to Local Music at Phoenix Comicon
|Minibosses will rock Phoenix Comicon this year.|
Speaking of crossover, Leonard Nimoy's a featured guest at Phoenix Comicon, taking place downtown this weekend at Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. And though Spock doesn't sing anymore, there's a plethora of diverse music acts getting their geek rock on, including two national acts (folk singer Abri Van Straten and Cali trip-hop group Giant Girlfriend), and six notable local bands, including Minibosses and Toybox.
The local music lineup at Phoenix Comicon this year is the best they've ever had, and what makes the programming particularly great is that none of the performances overlap and most take place in the same area. So unlike say, the much larger and crowded SxSW, you're not going to have to run three blocks from one show to get in line for another.
Check out a full list of the local bands rocking Comicon this year after the jump.
Friday, May 27:
Deadman's Curse: If you dig a psychobilly hoedown, Deadman's Curse has some throbbing upright bass for you. This Phoenix quartet just formed in January, but has already generated some bar buzz with songs like "Look What the Bat Dragged In" and "Scream Baby Scream" (which sounds similar to the frantic goth-punk tunes of another local band, Calabrese, but with some creepy organ). (Performing at 7 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom on the first floor of the Hyatt.)
Toybox: These transplants from Japan met at Arizona State University, where they formed Toybox, a band that we've already pointed out makes "infectiously stripped-down punk" with the energy of a small bomb. You can bet there will be many screaming anime fans and cosplayers in attendance. (Performing at 8:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Ballroom on the second floor of the Hyatt.)
Saturday, May 28:
Kitcho Daiko: These four female taiko players bang their drums with artistic passion, creating upbeat numbers for audiences to groove on. They'll be bringing a taste of Japanese music tradition back to Comicon fans, many of whom will remember their performance at last year's Saboten-Con anime convention. (Performing at 2:30 p.m. in the anime hall on the second floor of Phoenix Convention Center.)
Minibosses: For more than a decade, the Minibosses have been playing fun, souped-up, quirky covers of their favorite Nintendo video game themes. Their rockin' renditions of Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda, and Ninja Gaiden, among others, may just make you nostalgic for childhood gaming thumb blisters. (Performing at 6 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom on the first floor of the Hyatt.)
For more information on Phoenix Comicon and this year's music acts, visit www.phoenixcomicon.org.