Tori Amos - Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center - 7/25/2014

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Melissa Fossum
Tori Amos

Tori Amos, wearing leather pants underneath a long flowing dress, straddled herself on the piano bench in a position that would seem uncomfortable to anyone who played the 88 keys on a regular basis. She played "Parasol" from the 2005 album The Beekeeper with her right hand on a keyboard and her left on a grand piano, gyrating like a metronome.

Everyone in the intimate Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center knew that they weren't seeing a typical singer-songwriter like Carole King. The red-haired, porcelain-skinned beauty, wearing horn-rimmed glasses like a alluring church organist, was going to sing of sex, fantasy, and religion in way that is personal and confrontational.


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The Last Concert at a Storied Phoenix Underground Venue Canned by Cops, 7/26/14

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Stressors' lead singer.

Well, it was bound to happen anyway. As one Facebook commenter put it, "They were responding to a call they got in the goddamn '90s." I'm talking about W___ S____, a South Phoenix storage unit turned underground show space that's been hosting shows for nearly two decades -- and was finally broken up by the police on its final night.

Maybe we can mention the venue name anyway, since it's not really much of a secret at this point (thanks, Google) and of course, the cops are keen now. But I'd rather not, just because this "venue" tends to get passed down like a DIY-scene heirloom, and I respect the few shreds of anonymity we're allowed in this post-Snowden era. Saturday night was supposed to be the venue's final night, unless someone else took it over. When I asked one of the organizers what was next, that person shrugged, saying, "No one knows yet."


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Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special - Crescent Ballroom - 7/18/2014

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Jim Louvau
Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special, in front of strong local support, played the Crescent Ballroom Friday night. Full slideshow here.

On July 13, Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special announced through their Facebook page that they would be splitting with their original lead guitarist and chief songwriter Brandon Croft. Furthermore, the band announced that following their headlining date at Crescent Ballroom last Friday the band would be taking a hiatus for an undetermined amount of time.

"We would like to get our ducks in a row and come back with a bigger and better SR&MS," read the post. Quite frankly, I have to agree with that decision. Some time off could be exactly what Robinson and the Midnight Special needs to rekindle the passion that propelled them to local stardom so quickly.

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Jurassic 5 - Marquee Theatre - 7/19/2014

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Melissa Fossum
Jurassic 5

If having a packed house from start to finish is the benchmark for a great show, then Dilated Peoples and Jurassic 5 had a great one July 19. The Marquee Theatre was full of hip-hop heads throughout the evening, from M.C. Supernatural's opening freestyles all the way through J5's encore.

Many notable Phoenix hip-hop acts and promoters were present, too -- Dumper Foo of Drunken Immortals, Bronze Candidate and Liaison of Shining Soul, and M.C. Optimal were in attendance, among others.

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Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 7/19/2014

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Maria Vassett
Mötley Crüe's final show in Phoenix. Full slideshow here.

'80's hair metal kings Mötley Crüe held very little back in the production department when their supposed final tour made its stop at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Saturday night to a sold out crowd. While there were enough pyro, flamethrowers, female dancers, and a lighting spectacle that would make a Nelson show exciting, the real question was would it be enough to distract fans from Crüe singer Vince Neil's often lackluster vocal chops or would he rise to the occasion. Luckily if the band tanked like it did on the opening night of the tour a couple weeks ago, opener and Valley legend Alice Cooper would save the day.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 7/11/2014

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Jim Louvau
Avenged Sevenfold was one of many bands at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Full slideshow here.

It was a night of active rock radio hits, pyro, and more of what we've come to know from the best traveling hard rock music festival out there, as the 7th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival made its way through Ak-Chin Pavilion on Friday. Nu metal pioneers Korn and Avenged Sevenfold co-healined the main stage with up-and-comers Asking Alexandria and Trivium.

While fans were still trickling in during Trivium's short opening set with temperatures scorching well above 100 degrees in the pavilion, the band blasted through a quick seven-song, 35-minute opening set. English metalcore act Asking Alexandria followed, to the delight of their younger fan base, which showed up early enough to catch their set while the older guys stood in the back.


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BroLoaf's 5th Annual Patriotic Meltdown - Yucca Tap Room - 7/4/2014

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Melissa Fossum
BroLoaf. Full slideshow here.

BroLoaf's 5th Annual Patriotic Meltdown
Yucca Tap Room
Friday, July 4, 2014

Most Tempe residents flocked to Tempe Beach Park to watch fireworks on Fourth of July, which is a shame, because they missed out on a massive party at Yucca Tap Room. BroLoaf returned for its 5th annual Fourth of July Party and fought terrorists, won a wrestling tournament, and partied with Hillary Clinton and Captain America. Better yet, there was free "cocaine" and enough Pabst Blue Ribbon for everyone!

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A Fond Farewell to The Sail Inn

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
The Sugar Thieves finish up the last-ever set on the Sail Inn's outdoor stage during the final night of the venue's Farewell Festival on Sunday.

It was a bittersweet send-off, at best, this weekend at The Sail Inn.

On the one hand, it was one of the most amazing local music lineups that could have possibly been arranged, but on the other, there was the idea that this was never going to happen again at this location looming in the back of your mind. For nearly a quarter of a century, The Sail Inn has been a watering hole, dive bar, and a pretty fantastic music venue. The idea that it would ever go away seemed improbable, until the announcement this spring came.

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EMA, Mas Ysa, YUS - Crescent Ballroom - 6/28/14

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Melissa Fossum
EMA performed at the Crescent Ballroom Saturday night.

I'm not sure what went wrong with this show. All the bands were talented, smart individuals, yet it seemed like no one could be bothered to even pretend to be interested. First, this gig started off with tickets around $7, but Crescent Ballroom made the event free, presumably because they couldn't sell enough tickets. That encouraged a pretty good crowd, but they did not seem focused at all.

This was YUS's first show in two years -- I remember seeing him with oOoOO in 2012. Back then, he was just playing on a laptop with a mixing board. Now he has a guitarist/percussionist and a backup singer. It was their first show, so you can't blame them for being a little rusty.

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Kongos' Firefly Set Showcased the Band's Success. So When Is New Music Coming?

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Jeff Moses
Kongos, performing at Firefly.

It's a bit strange flying across the country to see a band that less than a year ago was playing at the Sail Inn and Apache Lake Music Festival. But honestly it almost seems like a completely different Kongos who opened up the main stage at Dover, Delaware's Firefly Music Festival on Friday, June 20. Of course, John Kongo's four handsome boys still look the same, but they are playing with a whole new level of confidence, and they are looking like rock stars doing it.

See also: How Kongos Owe Their Epic Records Deal to Seether, Shazam, and . . . Terrestrial Radio?

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