This Weekend's Unplanned, Unintentional, Unofficial Downtown Phoenix Indie Rock Fest
The P.O.P. Convention is an exhibition of some of the best pop music Arizona has to offer. The highlight of the show is Phoenician pop Illuminatus Tom Filardo playing a set with a band of "AZ All Stars." Along with that, expect music that makes you feel joyful and young.
More importantly, expect Otter Pops.
Read More: Watch Filardo's "I Don't Getcha, Kid"
Tom Filardo and Friends
The Trunk Space
6:30 PM All Ages
Blanche Beach/Drainbow Tour Kickoff
Local fuzz-pop trio Blanche Beach and its heavy, droning sibling band Drainbow are setting off on an 11-day West Coast tour at the end of May. This show is functioning not only as a send-off, but also as a release show for Blanche Beach's new cassette on Tagobella Records. Expect loud things augmented by pedals that make things loud in an altogether different way.
Lawn Gnome Publishing
6:00 p.m. All ages
Instructions EP Release
I feel like "math rock" is a term that unintentionally implies separation. It evokes, for me, either the idea of bands with noodly guitars and irregular time signatures inherently being more sophisticated than less "mathematical" bands that play in 4/4 time, or music catered to reclusive nerds seeking to eschew the fun-having tendencies of their peers.
Instructions is a band that gets called math rock a lot. The music is actually pretty sophisticated, but it doesn't exist in an elitist math rock vacuum. The band can get pretty poppy, and I've mostly seen them on bills with "fun" bands. The release show for their most recent EP should be a similar occasion. Expect some bands that make you want to pogo and other bands that make you want to contemplatively sway around.
The Brothers Cosmos
314 East Roosevelt Street (right next to the "CANVAS" sign)
7 p.m., all ages
These shows aren't part of a real fest, and you can't buy a wristband that will get you into everything, but bouncing between shows is perfectly feasible. I've illustrated this clumsily in Google Maps. Or you can just go to one of the shows, if that suits you. Either option is better than staying home.