Five Must-See Shows This Weekend
Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Action Bronson and model Ashley Smith
Action Bronson, who hails from Flushing, Queens, burst onto the scene when a pair of videos he uploaded to YouTube, "Shiraz" and "Imported Goods," earned him a healthy dose of coveted blog buzz. The videos showcase Bronson in his neighborhood and are street-level slices of laid-back funk-laced hip-hop, name-checking choice cuts of deli meat as often as weed and Street Fighter 2. The clips raised his profile, and he capitalized on it with this year's outstanding mixtape, Blue Chips.
And now he's big-time -- big enough to get called out by Pitchfork for a Twitter post about how his friend dumped water on a "drunk Mexican tranny."
One doesn't accomplish all this by simply uploading a video to YouTube and waiting by the phone for someone to tell you that you're the next big thing. Bronson's got talent, the kind of raw but cool intensity you'd expected from an artist named for fictional mob enforcer William "Action" Jackson and legendary badass Charles Bronson. (Read more.) -- Mike Escoto
It can be tough to get into rockabilly or psychobilly because, let's face it: a lot of the bands blend together. Yeah, upright bass and horror movies are cool, but watching a guy with a pompadour stand on top of his bass while singing about cars gets a little old.
The Koffin Kats aren't your typical psychobilly band. There are some traditional undertones, but the band's take-no-prisoners song structure as as much to do with punk rock as greasy hair.
"What everything boils down to is I consider us a punk band with an upright bass," says singer/guitarist Vic Victor, "the biggest influence is just the aggression and the speed of what punk rock music is, just fast paced and keeping your foot tapping [music.]
We recently caught up with Victor to discuss psychobilly in the United States, why the band keeps coming back to Arizona, and what made the band stronger than ever. (Read more.) -- Melissa Fossum
Some things in life are totally worth the wait. Like, for instance, a return visit to the Valley by electronica wizards Lazer Sword. It's been almost two years since the team of L.A.'s Lando Kal (a.k.a. Antaeus Roy) and Berlin-based beathead Low Limit (better known as Bryant Rutledge) hypnotized locals with their entrancing mixes during a special appearance at Bar Smith.
This time around, however, Lando and Low Limit will head next door to the Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street, where they'll spend the evening of Saturday, June 9, captivating their audience during a live set in support of their latest disc, Memory.
The 11-track album, which was released on Modeselektor's Monkeytown label, demonstrates how the duo's constantly evolving sound fluctuates between crunchy electro riffs and laid-back ambient house, mixing in a few tricks from the realms of hip-hop and drum 'n' bass thrown in for good measure. Hits like the groovy "Let's Work" (featuring Detroit funktronica artist Jimmy Edgar) and "Pleasure Zone" are certain to get heads nodding during the gig.
Local support includes performances by UK Thursdays regular Ill-legal?, bass blaster Dehga, underground party guru Pablo Gomez, and a special two-hour tag-team set by Issa and TZR. -- Benjamin Leatherman