Review: Pot Of Gold Music Festival Day 4 - Korn, Godsmack, and Chevelle

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Jim Louvau
Korn's Jonathan Davis

The four-day Pot of Gold Music Festival, a celebration of music, beer, and a holiday many don't fully understand, ended Tuesday night with a mixed night of hard rock and metal.

Korn returned to the valley on Tuesday at Tempe Beach Park to finish off the music event that brought thousands of people together to see a multitude of artists perform. Korn's set was a bit unique, as their performance centered around the band playing their debut album that launched their career 20 years ago.

Before that point, the night was kicked off by Chevelle and Godsmack, offering fans a rock/metal experience that caused a flurry of excitement and anxiousness waiting for Korn to take the stage.

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Review: Pot of Gold Music Festival Day 3 - Fall Out Boy, Milky Chance, Rebelution, and More

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Jim Louvau
Echosmith, just one of the bands at Pot of Gold Music Festival

Looking around at the people at Tempe Beach Park Sunday night, I couldn't help but giggle to myself the entire night, thinking, "Wow, it looks like a Fall Out Boy concert in here."

I'd never seen the Illinois-based four-piece live before and I've never been much of a fan of their music. But I've always had an image of their fans that last night's show at Pot of Gold Music Festival definitely reinforced that image.

A lot of scene kids wearing black with neon trim in the form of dyed hair and arm bands, but at least they were passionate. About three songs in I noticed that a lot of the singing I thought was coming from Patrick Stump's bandmates singing backup was actually at least half of the crowd singing along to almost every lyric.

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Review: Pot Of Gold Music Festival Day 1 - Chromeo, Bastille, Future Islands and More

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Melissa Fossum
Chromeo put on a dancable set at the first night of Pot of Gold Music Festival.

Overall, it was a glorious kick off to the Pot Of Gold Music Festival on Friday Night at Tempe Beach Park. With little exception, the afternoon and evening were filled with amazing acts, danceable grooves, and beautiful people. It also certainly helped that the weather was absolutely perfect for an event like this and with the careful arrangement of back to back bands on two separate stages, there was never a dull moment as the warm blue sky day transformed into a lovely cool evening.

I went to the festival knowing full well that AWOLNATION and Bastille were going to put on stunning performances -- this was a given. Of the remaining five acts, I had heard the singles or albums, but I was unsure how they would transfer to the live stage. Almost all of them were fantastic surprises, even when they were not my typical bag musically speaking. This is always my favorite aspect of music festivals -- being surprised at just how great bands are that you wouldn't normally think to listen to, but are forced to appreciate (or hate), one of the pleasures of being a captive audience.

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Vegan Nachos with Rat Fist - March 10, 2015

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Dana S - Bragg's Factory Diner

A dinner date with Los Angeles/Philadelpia based Rat Fist is a special time. There are no bones about it, both literally and figuratively, as bandleader, guitar player/shouter, and all around nice guy Randy Randall (also of Sub Pop recording artists No Age) is vegan, so we decided on dining at Bragg's Factory Diner on Grand Avenue, which features some killer vegan fare.

Our choice was met with some chagrin by Randall's Rat Fist bandmates, Michael Sabolick (bass, vocals) and Mark Morones (drums), who are more than willing to tempt Randall, who is also the van driver, into eating some meat during the course of their two week trek to Texas, which will culminate at Austin's South by Southwest music festival. The band stopped by Phoenix on Tuesday, March 10, to play with LA's No Parents at Trunk Space.

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Cursive - Crescent Ballroom - 2/23/2015

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Melissa Fossum
Cursive performed Monday night at Crescent Ballroom. Full slideshow here.

Seeing Cursive perform its seminal 2003 record, The Ugly Organ, in its entirety is a dream come true for most fans. The album arguably is the band's best work (with Domestica coming in a close second), and The Ugly Organ is the last record to feature cellist Gretta Cohn. The lack of cello changed Cursive's sound a bit, but Monday night's show was like traveling back in time, thanks to an appearance from Ellen Lind on cello.

The concert was special and full of surprises. I expected Cursive to play The Ugly Organ front to back with a couple of additional songs for an encore, but I was wrong. The band opened with "Sink to the Beat," from 2001's Burst and Bloom EP and transitioned into "Big Bang," seamlessly uniting the band's old and new sound.

These two songs were merely a warmup, as the carnival sounds of "The Ugly Organist" kicked off the first four songs of The Ugly Organ. "Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand" and "Art is Hard" roused a select portion of the audience closest to the stage. Said fans cooled down a bit during a slowed down rendition of "The Recluse," triggering the band's next departure from The Ugly Organ.

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4 Songs by Phoenix Musicians That Describe Last Night's DirecTV Super Fan Fest

Jeff Moses
Rain washed away the stages at the DirecTV Super Fan Fest last night.

There was nothing remotely positive about DirecTV Super Fan Fest last night. Nothing. In my ever so humble opinion literally, LITERALLY, every single thing about DirecTV's event is either insulting, stupid, overpriced or bad, and it made me feel like I needed to apologize to Bonnaroo and Coachella for blasting them so hard last week.

My experience with the fest was very similar to my colleague Amanda Savage's, except she could afford more beer than I and actually found a way to have a good time.

I didn't have the same issues with having to park a car in the mud. But it was a 20-minute hike from the stage to the car. So we can call that one a wash. But being surrounded by all that and canned decadence just made me feel dirty.

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The Rain Turned Calvin Harris' Performance at the DirecTV Super Fan Fest into a Muddy Mess

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Amanda Savage
A scene from the rainy night at the DirecTV Super Fan Fest

Would you stand in the rain for four hours with no shelter, only to know that your night would be topped off with getting your car stuck in the mud, in a two-and-a-half hour traffic jam -- just to see Calvin Harris?

Most people wouldn't, but I did, and I don't really even like Calvin Harris. Harris headlined Thursday night's Super Fan Festival in Glendale, with other acts like Magic! And Alesso delivering opening acts.

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The Ting Tings/Grandmaster Flash Party in Scottsdale Was as Weird as It Sounds

Benjamin Leatherman
The Ting Tings didn't draw much of a crowd, but they sure played a helluva show.

Moves Magazine's website launch party -- Moves Magazine Kick-Off Party -- took place Wednesday night at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, and except for an exceptional performance by British dance-punk duo The Ting Tings, it really wasn't that much different than any other night in Scottsdale.

There was valet parking, velvet ropes, a red carpet full of pseudo-celebrities, and a whole lot of expensively dressed people trying their hardest to be "seen" at the party. To be fair, former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox was there.

Celebrity host Simeon Rice (three-time Pro Bowl selection and former Arizona Cardinal) not only showed up as well, but he did so in sweatpants. The best-dressed person in the room was in a tuxedo, nearly all of the ladies present were in cocktail dresses. The average for a male was probably a button-down, jeans, and a blazer.

I gotta say that I fully respect the sweatpants move because you really cannot put a price on comfort. Especially at a pre-Super Bowl event full of drunk strangers, most of whom are fan boys -- like me. (I got an autograph, what of it?)

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Periphery - Club Red - 1/21/2015

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Jim Louvau

In what proved to be a diverse lineup of metal and rock bands, Periphery's Juggernaut Tour made its way to Arizona Wednesday night. If you have yet to see any of the bands that played, you're missing out, and you'd better hope they come again soon.

Each band has its own unique style and sound, which may not sound like a big deal, but sometimes metal shows can can be frustrating on the ears. Instead of having similar-sounding bands blast their way through songs all night, the Juggernaut Tour provided an array of talent to prevent fans from feeling jaded by too much of the same thing.

One of the most unique bands to hit the stage and kick things off was Thank You Scientist. Prior to last night, I had never heard of these guys, but they were something special.

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Gilgongo's 10-Year Anniversary Concert Was As Weird As The Label

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Troy Farah
Maniac Cop

There is no better venue for eclectic taste than Trunk Space, but Saturday night's 10 Years of Gilgongo Records show was extremely motley, even by their standards. This is all due to the refined, diverse tastes of James Fella, who runs the label out of his home. It's almost hard to believe that he's been releasing albums since he was 22, but around 80 vinyl releases later, Gilgongo Records continues to prove itself as one of the most unique staples of the Valley music sphere.

We came into the middle of James Fella's set, an eerie soundscape created by putting various records together at once, but I couldn't really tell what was going on. It was completely packed, which is highly unusual for an opener.

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