Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend
Look: After literally everybody who went to Warped Tour in Mesa Thursday melted into an enormous puddle filled with black V-neck T-shirts, you might find this weekend's concerts in Phoenix a little sparsely attended.
Take advantage of that! At least, unless you knew one of the people who melted. Then it would probably be disrespectful.
Minibosses and Shinobu - Yucca Tap Room, Tempe - June 28
Minibosses does exactly what it says on the tin: It plays video game covers, and it's been doing it since before "Video Game Cover Band" was a genre. The group's oeuvre focuses on the '80s -- its most-recent album included a medley of some lesser-known Legend of Zelda tracks, a 12-minute ode to Kid Icarus, and Tecmo Bowl -- and so does its sound, in which each of the NES' catalog of bleeps and bloops is doubled by super-bright lead guitars in front of some truly hyperactive drumming.
Minibosses has been doing this for more than a decade, now -- I first heard the band by searching "Mega Man 2" on Napster -- and these guys are good at it. If you're not the kind of person who has a particular robot master to request while they're playing Mega Man 2 tracks -- Bubble Man, obviously -- you might not get the appeal, but you will appreciate the energy. Joining them in Tempe is Shinobu, a California indie whose full-length Worstward Ho! offers shoutouts to trepanning, Samuel Beckett, and Livejournal. The openers should fit right in.