TKLB?, The Woodworks, Playboy Manbaby, The Insects - Long Wong's - 1/31/14

Categories: Last Night

The Insects last night at Long Wong's in Tempe.

Tempe based hip-hoppers The Insects took the stage next, and according to their live painter, Dumperfoo, the stalwart hip-hop three-piece had not practiced in more than a month. Dumper even admitted he had not seen the group's DJ, Foundation, during that entire time period. But that only helped to further prove that The Insects are in a class of their own in the local hip-hop world.

Though the group had not practiced or performed together in a lengthy amount of time they still had no problem lighting up the room with new tracks off of their most recent release Black Rose. As well as old favorites like "Funky Sweater" which they opened with, "Devil's Is Scared," "Another Trip Around The Sun," and "Creator."

On the second-to-last song, The Insects brought up a surprise performer in indigenous rapper Optimal, and DJ Foundation played an instrumental that Brad B. and Optimal took turns spitting over. The energy The Insects brought to the room was electric and the electric pink and blue skull painting Dumper made during the set was beautiful.

TKLB? Was last and they had by far the most stage production of all the evening's performer. He, along with DJ Stoner, brought some light-up string, skull lights, as well as a chained-up alien doll in front of the DJ's station.

Lander moved around the stage performing his tongue-in-cheek hip-hop songs and evidently had no lack of energy in playing his fifth Friday night in a row at the Tempe dive. His facial expressions were priceless.

For the last night of a five-week residency that already has included Japhy's Descent, Fairy Bones, Future Loves Past, and many more of the Valley's hottest acts shutting it down with one of the local music scene's hottest acts right now (Playboy Manbaby), an obvious up-and-comer (The Woodworks), and one of the more more esteemed hip-hop acts in metro Phoenix (The Insects) was a good way to go out.

Critics Notebook:

Last Night: TKLB? F-Bom Residency feat. The Insects, The Woodworks, and Playboy Manbaby at Long Wongs Tempe

Personal Bias: I think The Insects are the best local hip-hop group and seriously underrated as one of the best musical acts in the Valley.

The Crowd: Was not all ages. LAME!

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Location Info

Long Wong's at the Firehouse - CLOSED

1639 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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