Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend in Phoenix
Anyone scrambling for a connecting thread between the bands playing the fifth annual Sundown Showdown at Yucca Tap Room is shit out of luck. There's nothing sonically connecting the throbbing, analog electro pop of Vial of Sound to that of proto-metal savages Ace-High Cutthroats, nor would you find old school punks Grave Danger filed next to monolithic desert psych band Destruction Unit.
But that's the point of the Sundown Showdown, organized each year by former Reatard/current Destruction Unit main-man Ryan "Elvis" Rousseau. His taste is eclectic, and the only thing that unites his lineups is a dedication to outsider noise, made by musicians with little record for punk rock orthodoxy or volume restrictions.
In addition to leading Destruction Unit through its sandworm-riding riff jams, Rousseau will be on hand DJing between sets by the aforementioned bands, as well as Otro Mundo, Numbats, Style and Substance, Lenguas Largas, and more. Bring ear plugs if you want - but illicit substances and an open mind will probably do you more good. - Jason P. Woodbury
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ