Over the Weekend: Weezer, Jake Owen, TKLB?, and Coolio
|Kalen Lander (a.k.a. TKLB) performs with members of The Woodworks on Friday, January 31, at Long Wong's in Tempe.|
Kalen Lander, known to many in the local music scene as TKLB?, wrapped up his Friday "F-Bom" residency at Long Wong's Tempe last night, and it was quite the epic finale. The Tempe indie rapper, who's the brother of The Sugar Thieves' Mikel Lander, brought out the big guns for the occasion, including openers Playboy Manbaby, The Woodworks, and The Insects.
Playboy Manbaby was playing sans trumpeter David Cosme, but they still managed to sound great. The room was fairly empty and lead singer Robbie Pfeffer repeatedly rambled on about the night being a grown man's bar mitzvah, and shimmied around the stage while wrapping the microphone around himself...Read more
Jim Louvau Weezer performs at the Coors Light Birds Nest on at |last night. See more photos via our slideshow.
As the famous 20th Century Fox fanfare played and the lights dimmed inside the Coors Light Birds Nest at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday night, the crowd might have expected Weezer to greet them with all the spectacle of a summer comic book blockbuster. Not quite. Instead, Rivers Cuomo shyly walked out dressed casually in an unbuttoned dress shirt, suit, and a dark pair of jeans so straight you'd think his mother ironed them before he went onstage.
As the iconic power-pop quartet unenthusiastically chanted, "the workers are going home" during the opener "My Name Is Jonas," it became apparent that band was feeling like they'd shown up to work. Maybe feeling like phoning it in or just killing time. That's because for Weezer, it's less than two weeks until vacation. In mid-February, the band sets sail for the Bahamas for their second annual Weezer Cruise. And all they had to do in the meantime was play some songs and collect a paycheck...Read More.
Benjamin Leatherman Coolio performs a DJ set at INTL in Scottsdale on Sunday.
Super Bowl Parties in Metro Phoenix, 2/2/14
As the Seattle Seahawks were busy thrashing the Denver Broncos, 42-8, during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, February 2, the entire country was watching the drama of the action unfold on televisions everywhere and at numerous parties and celebrations in honor of the big game.
Metro Phoenix had more than its fair share of Super Bowl shindigs -- including parties at the Crescent Ballroom, The Firehouse and Gringo-Star Street Bar in Tempe, and INTL in Scottsdale. The New Times cameras invaded a few of these events to grab some snapshots of the celebrations and even got to hang out with rap legend Coolio...See More Photos
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