South By South Roosevelt Takes Over Streets in Tempe and Phoenix This Weekend

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Coming to Tempe for the fourth consecutive year, South By South Roosevelt (SXSR) lands in the front yard of 919 South Mitchell this Friday hoping to create another unique experience for the local music heads as well as the occasional passerby. Seeing a renewed local interest, SXSR has expanded to two days and added another venue for the following Saturday along with a slew of hometown rockers, crooners, hula hoopers, and hand twirlers.

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The Phoenix Rock Lottery Was an Absolute Gift for the Music Scene

Benjamin Leatherman
Bob Hoag ditched the dapper duds at Phoenix Rock Lottery and his band, hHamhawk.

Some say that Eric Clapton is God. Others say it is Kanye West who is a deity incarnate. Deadheads will clamor on about Jerry Garcia, while hip-hop heads will claim Biggie or Pac. I'm here to tell you they are all wrong; Bob Hoag is God.

This became clear at the Phoenix Rock Lottery on Saturday night at Crescent Ballroom. The event took two dozen or so musicians and randomly placed them into five separate bands, giving them just the space of one day to come up with a handful of original songs and one cover before the final concert at Crescent. Among the musicians in the rock lotto pool were a few members of Jimmy Eat World.

The bands ended up falling like this: ZERO F G with Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World, David Cosme of Playboy Manbaby, Gabe Williams of Bears of Manitou, Mickey Pangburn of The Prowling Kind, and Robin Vining of Sweetbleeders/Jimmy Eat World.

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Top 4 (Mostly) Vinyl DJ Nights in Metro Phoenix

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Benjamin Leatherman
DJ Johnny Volume, one of the resident DJs for Valley Fever at the Yucca Tap Room

In the Valley, there is clearly no shortage of places for nightly booty-shaking to a myriad of local DJs. From Scottsdale's glam clubs bumping EDM to Phoenix's dives roaring punk and garage. If you think you don't dance, there's a night playing a tune that's sure to prove you wrong.

Yes, these days, all it takes to be a "DJ" it seems are a canny sense of pop and a deep enough iTunes library. But amongst all the tech convenience, metro Phoenix has maintained a solid crop of folks holding it down the old-fashioned way -- two turntables and a microphone ("Where It's At" if you will...sorry). Beat matchers, selectors, whatever you want to call them, the DJs on this list stick to wax, and cull from genres as diverse as country, hip-hop, electro, funk, world, blues, and whatever else they can get their hands on from years of crate-digging.

Without further ado, we present our five favorite (mostly) vinyl DJ nights.

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Phil Anselmo's Desert Island Discs (at the Moment)

Brandon Marshall, Westword
Everyone knows that Zia Records hooks up all the Valley music junkies. Big-time. The lure of that sharp red and yellow "Zia" sign brings in people from all walks of life seeking novelty toys, every possible music genre, and movies. Personally, it's the smell of vinyl that calls my name and draws me toward those double doors.

The vinyl collection may be impressive -- Zia peddles everything from Miles Davis to Slick Rick to the soundtrack for The Hills Have Eyes -- but what really stands out for me is Zia's ability to organize so many in-store signings and giveaways for fans.

Because that's what music is all about, after all. The fans, right?

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DJ Swamp Headlines Quincy Ross' New Year's Eve After-Party Tonight in Downtown Phoenix

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Jeremiah Toller
DJ Swamp is scheduled to perform at an undisclosed location in downtown Phoenix tonight.
Party guru and artist Quincy Ross has earned a certain legendary status in the downtown Phoenix scene from his late-night underground affairs, which tend to feature a slew of DJ talent and turn into major ragers that last until well after dawn.

And said status might get a little more legendary in the first few hours of 2014 during the New Year's Eve after-party that Ross is co-promoting later tonight along with cohort Sarah "Saza" Dimmick of EPIK Dance Company. And renowned turntablist DJ Swamp is headlining the bash.

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Snoop Dogg to Perform A Special Guest DJ Set Tonight at Firehouse Tempe

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Jim Louvau
Snoop Doggwill perform tonight at the state fair before heading to Tempe.
In addition to his prodigious talents as a rapper, actor, hip-hop impressario, author, producer, Hot Pocket video-maker, youth football coach, Rastafari worshipper, and weed smoker (note: the last two are interchanagable), it turns out that nonuple threat Snoop Dogg/Lion is also a right good DJ.

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DJ Roya Gives us a Taste of Tongue Tied's "Old School/New School" Party


Apollo's Lounge is quickly becoming quite the Phoenix nightlife hotspot. The Hot Pink crew set up shop on Friday nights for RAD, and DJs Roya and Funkfinger take over on the first Saturday of every month for Tongue Tied.

Apollo's is a natural transition for Roya and Funkfinger after participating in Obscura at Rips Ales and Cocktails. The duo now hosts a high energy party full of themed gags, photobooths, dirt-cheap drinks, special cameos from a member of Treasure Mammal, and more.

We recently chatted with DJ Roya (a.k.a. Michele Chinichian) about Tongue Tied's forthcoming Old School/New School party on Saturday, September 7. Find out more about "Humpty Dance" shenanigans and what to expect at Tongue Tied after the jump.

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Local Drummer Josh Irino Wants To "Kick Cancer's Ass"; Here's How To Help

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Josh Irino of Property Six
Josh Irino is currently engaged in the fight of his life. And it's a battle against a fearsome and merciless opponent where the odds are firmly against him. Back in April, the 38-year-old drummer for rap 'n' roll band Property Six was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

Normally, those in Irino's condition are facing a virtual death sentence, as the survival rate for those with said affliction is less than 10 percent. (As such, doctors have given him less than a year to live.) However, it's not always an absolute, as a small number of stage four lung cancer patients have been known to fully recover. And Irino is hoping to be one of them.

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Suzy Homewrecker and Noiz.Fkr Bring Vintage Punk Vinyl to The Rogue Bar Tonight

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Jim Louvau
Suzy Homewrecker (a.k.a. DJ Defense.Mekanism)
It's been a couple weeks since Edward Snowden ratted out the National Security Agency, and most of America's still in a major twist over said revelations of government's Orwellian-style surveillance tactics. And maybe in the mood to riot, stage a few protests, or -- at the very least -- preach the tenets of revolution and rebellion. In other words, the same sort of sentiments found in punk rock, a genre that's personified rebellion and rancor throughout its history.

Anti-authoritarian and anti-establishment anthems and seem an especially apt soundtrack for the current zeitgeist, which is why Suzy Homewrecker probably couldn't have picked a better time to stage her Punk on Vinyl party than tonight at The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale.

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Mergence Explains Why They Wrote "White Bark" In The Desert

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These vibrant young people aren't dead yet...
The atmospheric, bluesy local rockers in Mergence may already be known for keeping it weird with communes, nomads and robots with the release of their first album, Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead--but with their upcoming EP they are taking it to an entirely new level.

It makes sense, since the name Mergence describes the future evolution of their influence on the industry and their sound, which has been compared to the likes to The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Up On The Sun talked with front man Adam Bruce over a post-band practice phone call, punctuated by the clinking of ice from glasses of whiskey and gin. He discussed how he lived up to his statement in our last interview of writing the second album in the middle of the desert, why the band didn't appear in the "White Bark" music video, and the new experimentation the band dabbled with in the studio.

Mergence is scheduled to perform at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, June 1.

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