Mad Decent Block Party Coming to Phoenix

Categories: Announcements, EDM

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A scene from the Mad Decent Block Party in L.A. in 2013.
If you've been into the EDM thing for more than a few minutes, you've heard about the Mad Decent Block Party the last couple years. Heard about the great performances by the label's regulars like Riff Raff, Diplo, and Major Lazer. Heard the tales of wild crowds and even wilder debauchery. And probably heard locals bitch about how the block parties only goes to big cities and never hits up places like Phoenix.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad to Perform a Surprise Set at Trunk Space on Sunday

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Andrew Jackson Jihad
A very special guest will make surprise appearance at the Trunk Space during one of this weekend's editions of its ongoing Indie 500 concert series, and it's someone that fans the Grand Avenue venue are intimately familiar with.

Namely, Andrew Jackson Jihad.

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Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI to Invade US Airways Center in September

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30 Seconds to Mars, now with 33 percent more Oscar winners.
By anyone's definition, Jared Leto is having one bang up week thus far. There's that whole Oscar thing, as well as the fact he appeared in arguably the greatest selfie in the history of ever. And now, the actor/director/musician is about to hit the road with his band 30 Seconds to Mars on a major tour along with Linkin Park and AFI.

The three alt-rock heavy hitters are joining forces for a 25-city nationwide late-summer/early-fall road swing dubbed the "Carnivores Tour" (which is a tad ironic, considering both Leto and Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington are both vegetarians) that will hit US Airways Center on September 10.

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FilmBar to Screen the Ryan Avery Documentary Hi My Name Is Ryan on Saturday Night

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Ryan Avery, star of Hi My Name Is Ryan.
Ryan Avery has put his stamp -- and then some -- on the downtown Phoenix scene. Over the past decade, the ultra-hyphenate has been a musician, comedian, singer, performance artist, mustachioed raconteur, conductor, and frontman for such bands as Fathers Day, Drunk and Horny, and Nightwolf.

At any given time, you might find him at a downtown spot waving a baton while conducting the Drunk and Horny Orchestra, performing his intimate audio project Hi My Name Is Ryan, putting together compilations like Fuck Being (Positive): A Tribute to Charles Bronson, running his label Related Records (which releases both his own projects and albums by such locals as Serene Dominic and Treasure Mammal), or helping plan the annual Real Coachella music festival. And he works as a barista at Vovomeena.

Avery's Max Fischer-like tendencies, which date back to his childhood, are covered in great detail in Hi My Name Is Ryan, the 2008 documentary about his life. It is scheduled to screen Saturday, February 1, at the FilmBar.

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YACHT and Z-Trip Added to the Viva PHX Music Festival Lineup

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Jona Bechtolt (left) and Claire L. Evans of YACHT.
The already stacked lineup for the Viva PHX music festival just got a little bigger. It already boasts more than 40 different bands and artists from A to Z (namely, Adam Arcuragi to Zero Zero) and, as of this morning, now includes quirky dance punk/electropop act YACHT and local DJ done good Z-Trip.

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Billy Joel to Come to Phoenix in June, and He's Getting a Big Award to Boot

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Billy Joel is scheduled to perform at US Airways Center on Sunday, June 1.
Billy Joel has earned more than a few awards during his lengthy career, including six Grammys, a slew of honorary doctorates, and inclusion in both the Songwriters and Rock and Roll halls of fame. And later this year, the piano-playing superstar can add another prize to his overflowing trophy case: the honor of being the first-ever US Airways Center Entertainment Legend.

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New Times and Stateside Presents Announce Viva PHX -- A One-Day Music Festival in Downtown Phoenix on March 7

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The Neighbourhood is coming to our hood, along with 50 other acts, for Viva PHX in March.
Music gormandizers of Phoenix, better make sure you've got an open schedule on Friday, March 7. Oh, and a comfortable pair of walking shoes as well. Both are going to come in handy if you want to make the most of Viva PHX, a one-day music festival that New Times is staging along with the cats of Stateside Presents that will full on takeover of downtown.

Glutted with talent, it promises to be a vast musical feast of bands and performers from across the country, around Arizona, and throughout the realms of alt-folk, lo-fi, dance pop, ratchet, EDM, hip-hop, avant-garde noise, and straight up rock 'n' roll. Plus, Sir Mix-A-Lot to boot.

Needless to say, it's nothing if not diverse -- and plenty ambitious.

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The Pazz & Jop 2013 Critic's Poll Is Out

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The results are in, and there are a few quirky choices among the bunch -- maybe even a snub or two. But regardless of who made the cut, you can be damn sure that much speculation and dissection will ensue.

So we're referring to the Oscar nominations, right? Nah. Actually, it's our sister publication the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop music critic's poll, which dropped today and heralded the choices of more than 450 scribes from around the nation, including a few of our own.

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Future Loves Past Celebrates Cringle Crumb With Exceptionally Creepy Video

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When some bands have a big show coming up they throw up a couple of posters, set up some well-timed posts on Facebook, cross their fingers, and hope for the best. When indie-progressive-disco six-piece Future Loves Past has a big show coming up they get weird.

With their final show of 2013 coming up on December 28 at the Crescent Ballroom, Future Loves Past decided to let their quirky personalities shine in an "Adult Swim-esque," promotional video/holiday special, according to guitarist and singer Tristan Dede.

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Country Thunder 2014 Lineup Joined By LoCash Cowboys, Thompson Square, And More

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A second round of performers at the 2014 Country Thunder was announced on Saturday, adding to the already packed line-up. Joining headlining artists Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and the Band Perry will be Thompson Square, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Farr, Easton Corbin and LoCash Cowboys.

The four day festival kicks off in Florence on April 10.

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