Blunt Club's Halloween - Yucca Tap Room - 10/31/2013

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Photos by Jeff Moses
"Halloween is like drama club... on crack." That was Dumper Foo, the Blunt Club's resident live artist. Foo, a local celeb in his own right, came in sporting a Bob Ross afro, a paint pallet at the ready for his homage to the happy tree afficianado, Bob Floss. The Blunt Club's other organizer, host Mouse Powell, arrived as his running buddy, Dumper Two.

It was a star-studded event at The Yucca Tap Room, even if some of the stars weren't real. "Flo" from the Progressive commercials and a very realistic Joaquin Phoenix were joined by some of Phoenix's best performers, like Jason Devore of Authority Zero, Cori Rios of The Hourglass Cats, and a friend of his who may or may not have actually been Kenny G.

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Wolfgang Gartner: "This Job Doesn't Really Allow You to Have a Social Life"

Categories: EDM, Halloween, Q&A

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Wolfgang Gartner
Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy Trash will hit the decks Friday at the Marquee Theatre, making sure that Halloween last one day longer. Their recent tour and track "Hounds of Hell" captures both of the DJs' creative styles, with a bit of a spooky undertone.

Up On The Sun spoke with Wolfgang Gartner about his work with Tommy, the tour, and what the electronic music industry has evolved into.

Up On The Sun: How did you both meet?
Wolfgang: I believe Tommy had been sending me promos ages ago, either when he was still living in Australia or when he was in London, and he started sending me some really amazing stuff that I was playing. I reciprocated, and it all just kinda went from there, as most DJ to DJ friendships do.


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Tech N9ne: "The Beats Tell Me What To Do"

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Kansas City's Aaron Dontez Yates has dipped his hands into both the worlds of hip-hop and rock 'n' roll, sold more than one million albums, founded a record label, and been featured in a ton of video games and films--including the upcoming sequel to the huge underground cult hit Devil's Carnival. Recently, he recorded tracks with musicians like Serj Tankian, Wiz Khalifa and even one with the three remaining members of The Doors.

You might be surprised you haven't heard of him--but it could just be that the name you know him by is the one derived from the TEC-9 handgun, given to him by a friend who said it represented his fast Chopper-style rhyming method.

But that's not the only style Tech N9ne is known for. He's influenced by everything from old school hip hop (Slick Rick, N.W.A., Biggie Smalls) to classic rock (Pink Floyd, Elton John, AC/DC) to heavy metal (Metallica, Slipknot, System of a Down). He is able to balance indie and mainstream music, and his lyrics are etched with distinctive imagery that spans the horrific, the sexually provocative, and the beautiful.

Up On The Sun talked with Tech N9ne about working with the Doors, his favorite horror films (including his upcoming project), and writing about Earth, Wind and Fire.

Tech N9ne is playing at The Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Wednesday, September 18.


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Club Candids: Monster Masquerade on Mill

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Melissa Fossum
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Happy Halloween, everyone!

On behalf of everyone at Up on the Sun, I hope you find a cool concert or party to go to tonight, and thoroughly encourage you to party a little too hard. Halloween is a blast--as a kid, neighbors handed out free candy because you dressed up like your favorite superhero. It's a pretty sweet deal, though in adulthood most girls seem to adopt the Mean Girls mentality. It's okay if you dress like a skank as long as you wear some sort of animal ears.


See also: Club Candids -- Monster Masquerade on Mill
See also: Top Five Halloween Concerts in Phoenix
See also: Top Seven Must-See Halloween Parties


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Top Five Halloween Night Shows

Categories: Halloween

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North Dakota is scheduled to perform Wednesday, October 31, at the Bikini Lounge.
Don't let the fact that Halloween falls on a Wednesday night deter you from going out and painting the town (blood) red. Groan. Okay, we know that was bad, but really -- Wednesday night in greater Phoenix promises sonic thrills out of the ordinary. Read on for our favorite picks, including some stellar DJs, returning post-punk queens, and the most haunting church service you'll hear all year.

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