Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

Categories: This Weekend

Sara Robinson
Melissa Fossum
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.

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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.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Last Exit Live

717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Hydroponics Depot

2810 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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