Top Five Phoenix Music Stories of the Week
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants.
So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories from the week of October 8-12.
Ah, politics; that time-honored tradition of finger-pointing, polls, debates, rallies and rock 'n' roll. Now in the home stretch of campaigning, politicians everywhere are making their final push towards election night. For Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Rich Carmona, having one rockstar on his bill wasn't enough, so he called in hometown heroes Jimmy Eat World to join him and former President Bill Clinton for Wednesday night's Get Out the Vote Rally in Tempe.
Photo by Jamie Peachey Jimmy Eat World performing on stage before Richard Carmona and Bill Clinton speak.
The Mesa-natives lent their talents and extensive fan base to Carmona as he squares off against Republican Jeff Flake.
--Jason P. Woodbury
What is Puscifer? (Besides being the International Multi-Media Project I've been developing since 1995?) Good question. We usually respond with the very dismissive and obviously evasive answer: "What is Puscifer is what Puscifer is." A less evasive version of the answer is that it is an "uncertain creative space where almost anything goes." In keeping with that moving target sensibility, I will attempt to go the long way around with yet another one of many possible elusive answers.
Stow away all your baggage and get cozy. Your in flight cocktail for this Air Bus cruise will include ingredients such as sarcasm, grossly unsubstantiated conclusions, assumed facts not in evidence, smoke, mirrors, and a dash of improvisational hogwash. Seat belts on. Electronics off.
--Maynard James Keenan
Father John Misty, Rhythm Room, 10/10/12
"I want to do what a stripper does, and in another way do what a carnival barker does, or a shaman, some kind of Pentecostal preacher," Josh Tillman, the singer/songwriter known by his alter ego Father John Misty, said when we spoke in advance of his show at Rhythm Room Wednesday night. "Those are all more interesting archetypes than a guitarist to me."
Photo by Jim Louvau Father John Misty Performs at Rhythm Room
You could add a couple other vocations to that list: comedian, lunatic, "hobo rambler." Tillman's a swaggering, forceful live performer, and the asides, between song banter, and ad-libbing within the songs all point to the same blackened wit that makes Fear Fun, which was nearly performed in its entirety, one of the best records of the year.
--Jason P. Woodbury