Downtown Phoenix's Palazzo Reopens and Begins Hosting Goth/Industrial Nights Again

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Benjamin Leatherman
The newly reopened Palazzo
If you pass by the front door of Palazzo tonight during First Friday, don't be surprised if you hear the haunting sounds of darkwave and witch house wafting out its front door. That's because the gothic nightclub has returned from the dead and is once again welcoming freaks, geeks, and creatures of the night into its domain.

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No, Yucca Tap Room Is Not Going to Close Anytime Soon

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Jim Louvau
Seas Will Rise performs at Yucca Tap Room earlier this year.
Hey, didja hear that rumor that's going around about the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe? You know, the one about how it's going to be closing this summer? What about the other one about how the Tempe dive is going to be gonezo a year from now because of construction along Mill Avenue?

We're guessing that you have, considering both rumors (or variations thereof) have been making the rounds lately via Facebook or through old-fashioned face-to-face communication, especially in light of recent news of other Tempe bars closing or moving in the near future.

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Long Wong's in Tempe to Close Monday Night

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Voice Places
Long Wong's ain't long for the world
The bad news just keeps on coming for live music in Tempe.

On the heels of recent news that a few high-profile venues are preparing to depart the scene, the staff at local band haven Long Wong's suddenly and shockingly announced Sunday evening that the Tempe bar and restaurant will close Monday night.

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Tempe's Club Red Is Moving to Mesa in May

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Voice Places
Club Red in Tempe.
The Tempe music scene's suffered the loss of a slew of venues in the last couple years, including the Clubhouse, Rocky Point Cantina, Stray Cat, and -- a few months from now -- The Sail Inn. And it's about to lose two more: Club Red and Red Owl.

The proprietors of side-by-side concert spots, situated near University Drive and Loop 101 in Tempe, announced this afternoon that they're planning to move the venue approximately two miles west to Mesa by Memorial Day.

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The Sail Inn in Tempe to Close in June

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The Sail Inn: 1989-2006 and 2009-2014. 
For the past decade or so, the unique-looking logo of Tempe live music venue The Sail Inn has depicted a jaunty little schooner gliding off into the sunset. And, in a cruel twist of irony, it's appropriately symbolic of what's about to happen to the popular dive bar and rock haven.

Gina Lombardi, longtime owner of The Sail Inn, has revealed to New Times that the venue will be closing at the end of June after more than 20 years of serving as a go-to venue for the Tempe music scene.

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Rebelution, Iration and Pepper Show Off the Other Side of Reggae's Grassroots

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Rebelution is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 15, at Tempe Beach Park.
When it comes to reggae festivals, the common thread among the bands is usually made out of hemp. However, the acts you'll see performing Saturday, March 15, at sunny Tempe Beach Park extend far beyond reggae and hip-hop grassroots genre's status quo. In fact, the four headliners — Rebelution, Atmosphere, Pepper, and Iration — have grown to be influential in their own rights.

It's not just about carrying a positive vibe and being musically talented. For a collective 50-plus years, these four bands have prevailed as independent, artistic vehicles that helped evolve the grassroots genre. And all of them are releasing new music in 2014.


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Now Open: Cake Nightclub in Scottsdale

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A Cakedoll performs inside Cake Nightclub in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale's nightlife hotspot haven at the corner of Saddlebag Trail and Indian Plaza has been getting a bit hotter the past few weeks thanks to some new arrivals, including the recently opened Cake Nightclub.

Located next door to the equally new Bottled Blond, the self-described "boutique nightclub" located in the former home of EPIQ and the Pussycat Lounge is a sweet slice of upscale French-inspired stylishness that's been hosting DJs and dancing on weekends, as well as sexy shenanigans by its resident "Cakedolls."

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Now Open: Record Revival's Newer, Bigger Midtown Location

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Record Revival near Seventh Street and Osborn Road.
Local vinyl junkies in need of a fix now have a new place to score. Namely, the recently reopened Record Revival. Earlier this month, the LP emporium went from pint-size to supersize after debuting its newer, bigger digs along Osborn Road near Seventh Street, which boasts three rooms' worth of used records. And more reportedly are on the way.

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Stray Cat Bar & Grill in Tempe Closes

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Voice Places
RIP Stray Cat Bar & Grill
Another Tempe music venue has gone down for the count as Stray Cat Bar & Grill -- a venue for numerous local rock, punk, and hip-hop shows over the past decade -- quietly closed over the weekend.

The announcement of the bar's closing came as a surprise to some patrons. An update to the bar's Facebook page on Sunday morning stated that it would close later that night after "one last hurrah." The cause of the shuttering was not stated, though we're willing to guess it was related to money.

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11 of Our Favorite Martini Ranch Concerts

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Scottsdale's Martini Ranch is headed for the last roundup this weekend. As we reported last week, the Old Town concert hall/dance club/drinkery/hangout is gonezo after Sunday night as its owners are closing down the joint for good.

Three straight nights of live music are scheduled to transpire, however, before plugs are pulled and doors are locked -- including tonight's gig by Equal Vision stalwarts Saves the Day -- which serve as the final chapter to Martini Ranch's 19-year history of hosting shows.

And it's a history that's included some noteworthy musicians and bands.

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