Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week
Easy mode is making a Boris Yeltsin joke when Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin comes to town. Hard mode is not making a Boris Yeltsin joke. Really hard mode is not making a Boris Yeltsin joke even though you think you've got a great one. Because it's probably not that great, is what I keep trying to tell myself. Anyway, that's just one of the five must-see Phoenix shows I've been in a moral quandary about for this week.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Quasi - Rhythm Room - Monday, November 11
Portland's Quasi will be visiting the Rhythm Room on Monday in support of their excellent new double-album, Mole City. The band, which turned 20, features two accomplished vets of the Northwest scene, Sam Coomes (guitar/vox/keyboards) and Janet Weiss (drums/vox); when they aren't devoting their time to Quasi, both have played with some of the heaviest hitters in the indie world.
Doors open at 7:30pm on November is 11th at the Rhythm Room. A new-ish local band, No Volcano, which features ex-members of '90s-era Valley standouts Trunk Federation, opens the show and are followed by Coopersberg, PA's Blues Control, who are doing the west coast leg of the tour with Quasi.
Blues Control is also a two-piece that has tons of cool stuff going on in their songs. Imagine Stan Ridgway and Mickey Melchiondo forming a band, and that's what Blues Control kinda sounds like. If only the Les Payne were still around to play... A two-piece extravaganza could have been had, but we won't hold it against No Volcano for being a quartet. -- Tom Reardon