PHX AM After Party feat. Death, Allah-Las, and More - The Pressroom - 4/5/14

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Photos by Melissa Fossum
Death performs last night at The Pressroom. See the full slideshow here.

PHX AM After Party feat. DEATH
The Pressroom
4/5/14

The PHX AM After Party, sponsored by local board shop Cowtown Skateboards, is always an interesting happening. Over the years, the company has put together some of the more eclectic shows to hit the Valley in celebration of one of the better skateboarding contests in the country.

It is a veritable amalgamation of skateboarding and musical talent, fantastic for people watching, and always on the cutting edge of what is über-cool. This year's party, which took place Saturday night at The Pressroom, was no exception. It was stellar from beginning to end.


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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Arizona Bike Week's CycleFest at WestWorld - 4/4/14

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Photos by Jim Louvau
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform Friday night at Cyclefest. See more photos via our slideshow.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Cyclefest at WestWorld
4/4/14

Iconic rocker Joan Jett played a solid set of old favorites and new tracks as she and the Blackhearts got the party started Friday night during Cyclefest at WestWorld in Scottsdale.


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Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Dwight Yoakam, G. Love, and More - McDowell Mountain Music Festival - 3/30/14

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Photos by Melissa Fossum
Charlie Musselwhite performs at McDowell Mountain Music Festival on Sunday. See more photos via our slideshow.

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Dwight Yoakam, G. Love, and More
McDowell Mountain Music Festival
3/30/14

I love music festivals for one simple reason: there are always surprises. And the final day of McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014 on Sunday was filled with said surprises for the eyes and ears as I watched it unfold from the very beginning to the very end. Some acts I could rely on to please my ears and others I did not expect, nevertheless, I chose to cover Sunday at MMMF because of the sheer diversity of the day's lineup.

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Disco Biscuits, Slightly Stoopid, Allen Stone, Dispatch, Black Bottom Lighters, and More - McDowell Mountain Music Festival - 3/29/14

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Melissa Fossum
Jon Gutwillig of Disco Biscuits performs at McDowell Mountain Music Festival on Saturday. See more photos via our slideshow.

Disco Biscuits, Slightly Stoopid, Allen Stone, Dispatch, Black Bottom Lighters, and More
McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014
3/29/14

Saturday proved to be the day for jam bands galore at McDowell Mountain Music Festival, offering up what was arguably the most cohesive and sensible lineup of any of its three-day run.

Despite some early birds, the grounds were exceptionally quiet when we arrived at 11:15 a.m. to get a jump on our third-degree sunburns. Students from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences were on hand early, prepping live video feeds and acting as stagehands -- a smart move on behalf of the organizers, cutting costs and giving students hands-on experience in a festival format that's not quite as demanding as some can be.


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Small Leaks Sink Ships, Leonardo DiCapricorn, Snake! Snake! Snakes!, Playboy Manbaby - Parliament - 3/28/14

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Ben Garcia
Small Leaks Sink Ships performs at Parliament last night.
Small Leaks Sink Ships, Leonardo DiCapricorn, Snake!Snake!Snakes!, Playboy Manbaby
Parliament
3/28/14

Lately, I've been choosing the shows I go to based on a certain criteria. The first is that I must see something new, the second is that I want to see a band I haven't seen in a while, the third is that I want to check in on a band's growth and progress and the fourth is that I want to see a band I absolutely love. Most nights I'm satisfied if I get three out of four, but last night I got all four.

I had to pick my shows wisely last night and I banked on Rubber Brother Records to provide me with the most band for my buck at Parliament. Some nights you're throwing the dice and I know there were a lot of good shows going on, but none of them had Small Leaks Sink Ships headlining and that was the deal sealer.

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STS9, Gramatik, Lettuce - McDowell Mountain Music Festival - 3/28/14

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The MMMF main stage during STS9's performance. See more photos via our slideshow.

STS9, Gramatik, Lettuce
McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014
3/28/14

It was a great spring night to spend outdoors at Hance Park for day one of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival before the brutal summer swoops in for the next six months or so.

There was an excitement in the air as Sound Tribe Sector Nine (STS9) was set to make their return to the stage after canceling their winter tour. Bassist and founding member David Murphy left the band in January and Alana Rocklin was preparing to take over for him. Rumors had surfaced that Murphy's departure was a signal that STS9 was ready to take their music in a new direction.



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The Slackers - Crescent Ballroom - 3/27/14

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Katey Trowbridge
The Slackers onstage at Crescent Ballroom on Thursday night.
The Slackers
Crescent Ballroom
3/27/14

After two long years, The Slackers returned to Phoenix with a vengeance last night to a crowd of super-starved local fans at the Crescent Ballroom eager to hear their ska sounds.

With an extensive catalog after more than 20 years of releasing records, the audience seemed pleased to hear everything from the heavily Brooklyn-influenced ska of their early years and the era of 1996's Better Late Than Never to newer material off of their latest EP, My Bed is a Boat.


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Tool - US Airways Center - 3/27/14 (VIDEO)

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Photos by Jeremiah Toller
Maynard James Keenan performs with Tool last night at US Airways Center. See more photos via our slideshow.

Tool
US Airways Center
3/27/14

Initially, it seemed prog-metal legends Tool might be trying to pull off one of the biggest pranks in rock 'n' roll history or just going in for another cash grab when booking a just-completed short run of tour dates. After all, the band hasn't put out new music in nearly eight years, hasn't debuted any new material from the record that was reported as done after guitarist Adam Jones joked with a fan during a VIP soundcheck when the tour started.

But that didn't stop Tool's show at US Airways Center on Thursday night from selling out. And any thoughts that the band would be going through the motions on the final night of the tour were squashed the second it opened with the 13-minute masterpiece "Third Eye" from 1996's Ænima. And the sellout crowd of Tool fans knew it was going to be a good night.

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Lady Antebellum - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 3/22/14

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Photos by Chelsea Hough
Lady Antebellum onstage at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Saturday night.

Lady Antebellum
Ak-Chin Pavilion
3/22/14

The weather was perfect Saturday night for Lady Antebellum's first outdoor concert of the year at Ak-Chin Pavilion as they provided a fun and energetic performance the crowd will not soon forget. And it also included a few surprises.

Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood started the night with their latest hit, "Compass," immediately getting the crowd pumped and bouncing around.


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Justin Moody, Corey R-J, A Cloud for Climbing, and Old Hours - Axiom - 3/22/14

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Photos by K.C. Libman
Singer-songwriter Justin Moody at Axiom on Saturday night.

Justin Moody, Corey R-J, A Cloud For Climbing, & Old Hours
Axiom
3/22/14

Peoria is not the first suburb that comes to mind when Phoenicians think live music -- hell, it's not even likely to be the fourth or fifth suburb for that matter. However, nestled behind a string of fluorescent-lit dealerships just off of Bell Road and the 101 hides Axiom, a less-than-likely venue that played host last night to Valley folk darlings Justin Moody and Old Hours, electronic solo act A Cloud For Climbing and Massachusetts' Corey R-J.

While the lineup felt thematic in terms of genre, it ended up being an eclectic mix whose small attendance was more a reflection of the locale than the talent.

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