Scary Kids Scaring Kids Singer Tyson Stevens Dies in Tucson

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An publicity photo from Tyson Stevens' old band, Gilbert-based Scary Kids Scaring Kids.

Tyson Stevens, the lead singer of now-defunct Gilbert band Scary Kids Scaring Kids, has died in Tuscon. He was 29.

The news was first reported by Alternative Press Tuesday, October 21. Later that day, the Facebook page of Coma Prevail, Stevens' most recent band, confirmed the news.

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Apache Lake Music Festival Offers Phoenix Music Fans a Wilderness Retreat

Benjamin Leatherman
Dry River Yacht Club is performing at Apache Lake Music Festival this weekend.

What could be better than a beautiful lake, some great music, and the opportunity to spend a few days jamming out, fishing, and camping? For many, there isn't anything much better, and the Apache Lake Music Festival offers the opportunity to combine several different pleasure about 60 miles from Phoenix at the Apache Lake Marina and Resort on Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25.

The five-year-old festival is the brainchild of Brannon Kleinlein, who also owns and operates Last Exit Live in downtown Phoenix.

"This is our fifth year of putting on the festival, so we are excited about reaching that little milestone. Attendees can expect a nice diversity of music from some of Arizona's top local bands performing in a truly majestic outdoor setting," Kleinlein says. "The attendees get to enjoy lakeside camping but still have some normal everyday amenities such as indoor restrooms, full restaurant and bar, and a small convenience store to buy any needed supplies. With our outdoor Main Stage, Indoor Stage, and Acoustic Cantina, we offer three areas of live music, so there is never a shortage of live entertainment for concertgoers."

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MIMFest Offers Prime Chance for Global Musical Tourism

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Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta

The Musical Instrument Museum gathers a vast collection of the world's music under one roof. And when it throws a music festival, it brings musicians from all over the world and spreads the noise over multiple stages for a weekend that will expose Phoenix residents to an incredibly diverse range of genres.

Performing at MIMFest, which happens this Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, at the museum grounds, are the Mali-born, Grammy-nominated Bassekou Kouyate, one of the world's foremost players of an African lute known as the ngoni, and Latin jazz great Poncho Sanchez. Traditional string duo Billy Strings and Don Julin are also on the bill, as are Tex-Mex pioneers Max Baca & Flaco Jimenez. That's four vastly different styles of music, and those are just four of the 17 acts scheduled for the weekend.

"We have designed it to be really fun-filled, music-filled two days that reflect the mission and passion of the museum," says Lowell Pickett, the music theater's artistic director.

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The Venomous Pinks Are a Punk Band, Not a Girl Band


Punk rock comes in all shapes, all sizes, all colors, and all genders. Originally, it was a badge of courage with the ability to supersede all of the aforementioned labels, but somewhere along the way, it has segmented itself like other aspects of society -- probably because of the stupid human brain, but that is another story altogether.

What's important here is the simple fact that The Venomous Pinks are a punk band. Not a "girl" band or a "chick" band, but a punk band, and on October 17, they will celebrate the release of their second EP, Exes and Whoas, at the Yucca Tap Room.

Even in this day and age, when anyone with a thousand bucks and a cassette recorder can put out a CD, the second EP for a four-year-old band is no small feat. Better yet, people around town seem to actually like The Venomous Pinks (as they should) and are excited about this release. Drea Doll (guitar), Gaby Kaos (bass), and Jukie (drums) have created a powerful five-song offering drenched in frustration, attitude, and East Coast-style punk panache. With the recent addition of former Dames (longtime local punks who also featured Drea Doll) guitar player Corrie Zazzera to round out the sound, these musicians are ready to take the next step in their evolution.

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Belle & Sebastian Concert Moved to Orpheum Theatre Due to Rain

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Belle & Sebastian

Isn't this place supposed to be a desert?

This new weather system that is moving in promises to bring about a half-inch of rain has already done some damage. Stateside Presents announced today via a press release that the Belle & Sebastian show scheduled for Civic Space Park on Wednesday, October 8, has been moved to Orpheum Theatre due to the expected rainfall.

That makes three outdoor shows spoiled by rain. Just two weeks ago, concerts at Arcosanti and Tempe Beach Park were washed away by inclement weather.

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Check Out These Four Singles From Phoenix Musicians

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Jane Joyce
Craving a respite from the same stuff you're hearing on the radio? Check out these four new locally released songs, flavors for any musical taste.

"Looking at You," Jane Joyce

Local singer-songwriter Jane Joyce worked with producer Gardner Cole for her new track "Looking at You," a song she said she wrote when he challenged her to write an EDM track, fitting in with one of the most popular genres today, while still putting her own twist on it.

"Lyrically ,it is about a young woman's search for a mate, and how we can build up love in our mind's into something incredible and exciting," Joyce says. "I hope my music will get people dancing. My goal is to write feel-good music.

Take a listen to the song below.

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Venue Closures Got You Down? Throw a House Party

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Troy Farah
With local music-friendly venuse closing, it's time to take the scene into your own hands.

Khayree Billingslea has some pretty strong feelings about the Tempe Police Department's Safe and Sober Campaign, the city's annual zero-tolerance crackdown on parties, underage drinking, and impaired driving. "The city of Tempe turned this place into a police state for three weeks under the guise of preventing people from drinking and doing stupid shit," Billingslea says. "But, really, it's just to collect as much money from residents as possible in a quick amount of time, before people feel so repressed they end up lashing out."

Then he adds: "It feels a little like a blitzkrieg with [some] justifications, but it's not [entirely] about what they say it's about. It's complicated, but I hate how it affects my neighborhood."

Billingslea's words aren't necessarily hyperbolic. In 2013, Tempe police made more than 1,300 arrests during a three-weekend stretch. This year, during the campaign's first weekend, almost 400 people were arrested. So what makes Billingslea, in particular, so irked? He sees these tactics as threatening to the already struggling underground music scene, a DIY collective that's helping keep art and music alive in the Valley.

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Best of Phoenix A'fare to Feature Local Band, DJs, Food, Drinks

Samuel L Cool J

Our annual celebration of the best of everything Phoenix is just around the corner, and in addition to local food and booze, Valley musicians will be providing the entertainment. The event takes place Saturday, October 4, at Burton Barr Central Library.

Samuel L Cool J will provide their cool, retro-soul sounds on the library's fifth floor, while DJs Mane One and Hartbreaks will keep the second floor lively.

Tickets for the event are $45 for general admission. Purchase them here.

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KONGOS Reveal Plans for New Music at Secret Show

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Jeff Moses

As if the 2,200 person capacity Marquee Theatre wasn't an intimate enough venue for the Phoenix homecoming of the now-platinum four-piece .KONGOS, the four brothers decided to throw their own little welcome home surprise party at Scottsdale's Rogue in the early afternoon before their Summer Ends Music Festival set.

At the Marquee later that night KONGOS were greeted by the crowd like heroes, charging the stage to thunderous applause within the confines of Luckyman's little concrete room. But at The Rogue they were greeted more like family, exchanging handshakes, hugs, and conversations with almost everyone in attendance.

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Album Leaf Concert at Arcosanti Canceled Due to Weather

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Well, don't we feel silly?

We published an interview with The Album Leaf's Jimmy LaVelle titled "Why You'll Have to Visit Arcosanti to Hear The Album Leaf." The headline was in reference to a quote LaValle gave in response to a question about playing in Phoenix, and he implied that he wouldn't play Phoenix until his next tour.

How quickly things changed.

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