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Wednesday, December 26: Former Friends of Young Americans, & Hard Luck Kid, La La Lust, Pinner, Sunset Rider and the Skeleton Army @ Yucca Tap Room

Former Friends of Young Americans get a lot of attention for statements made by songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Toby Fatzinger (who can forget notable squabbles with Hooves and the whole "Phoenix vs. Tempe" goof-fest?), but the truth about Former Friends of Young Americans is that the band's noise-pop perfection is the real reason you should be paying attention.

The band's latest, the gorgeous Estas Diluculo, is a spinning collection of guazy guitar sounds and subtle pop influence, casting a fishing line into the same cool pools as Sonic Youth and The Cure, and dreamy songs like "Botero" and "Emoticon Paradigm" draw to mind that one great ...And You Will Know Us By the Trial of Dead joint. Hiding surefire melodies under layers of fuzz and buzzing distortion, the band's name should be on the tongue of any Phoenician with a yen for intelligent indie rock.

The band recently launched an Indie Gogo campaign to buy a van to take their sound on the road. Read more about that here. -- Jason P. Woodbury

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Sail Inn - CLOSED

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Trunk Space

1506 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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Great article.  Photo of Former Friends of Young Americans is courtesy of Brian Klein.

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