Pantera Tribute Act Cowboys N Hell On The Best Cover Bands in Phoenix

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People either love or hate cover bands. Some think they are fantastic tributes, while others think they are blatant rip-offs.

Personally, I love tribute bands. They give music fans a chance to hear songs live and celebrate a favorite band--and often it's a band that's disbanded, one you'll never be able to see live anyway. Some of the biggest cover bands are doing it up huge today, like the Pink Floyd Experience and Led Zeppelin II; The Pink Floyd Experience have played Pink Floyd's music for decades, and Led Zeppelin II recreates their live performance to perfection after studying tapes of the Led Zeppelin's performances, appearances, antics and body language.

I'm lucky that when it comes to my favorite band, Pantera, I have two different tribute bands that know how to rock wonders. One is Far Beyond Driven, based in my hometown of Kansas City, and the other is Cowboys N Hell, based right here in Phoenix.

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Kopecky Family Band Gets In the Christmas Spirit at The Musical Instrument Museum

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Melissa Fossum
Kopecky Family Band
This week's Take Cover session is a little different, as it's the first time we've featured a touring band. Kopecky Family Band drove 16 hours straight from Norman, Oklahoma, to the Musical Instrument Museum to play a few songs and explore the museum.

Tonight the band is scheduled to perform its first Arizona show at Crescent Ballroom. Check out Kopecky Family Band playing a couple of original songs and a Christmas favorite in an intimate setting after the jump.

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Take Cover: Yus Covers Broadcast

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Melissa Fossum
Yus
Broadcast built a dedicated fanbase with its innovative mix of '60s nostalgia and electronic beats. If you've never heard the band, imagine Nico singing for Stereolab.

Youceff Kabal, who performs under the stage name of Yus plays piano and slows the song down a bit for his version of "Michael A Grammar."


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Take Cover: Partners in Crime Cover Hella

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Melissa Fossum
Partners in Crime
Two seems to be the perfect number when it comes to experimental rock music: Death From Above 1979, Lightning Bolt, Japandroids, and No Age manage to make a lot of noise for two-person bands, and Hella is no exception.

Local metal/post hardcore duo Partners in Crime follows this tradition by creating intricate songs with weird time signatures.


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Take Cover: Medicine Tent Covers Ike & Tina Turner

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Melissa Fossum
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Soul legends Ike & Tina Turner were renowned for their personal lives as much as their music career. In songs like "Should'a Treated Me Right" and "A Fool in Love," you can't help but cheer Tina on. In spite of the couple's strife, they were responsible for some great songwriting.

See also: The Father Figures Cover The Cure
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Take Cover: The Father Figures Cover The Cure

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Melissa Fossum
The Father Figures

Local punk vets The Father Figures have been pretty busy lately. The band is headed to the studio next week to record a full length album that will tentatively be released in mid-November. The trio has a couple of big shows to look forward to, sharing the stage with PiL and X before the end of the year.

See also: Download: The Father Figures Cover The Feederz Classic "Avon Lady"
See also: Take Cover: The Captives Cover The Cure


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Take Cover: Rough Tough Dynamite Covers Rod Stewart

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Melissa Fossum
Rough Tough Dynamite

There are plenty of ways to show someone that you think they're sexy. Some methods are subtler than others, but Rod Stewart wants ladies to be direct and just reach out and touch him.

Tempe rockers Rough Tough Dynamite take a culinary approach with their synthed out surf cover of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?," which they did exclusively for Up On The Sun. Check it out after the jump.

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Take Cover: The Captives Cover The Cure

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Melissa Fossum
The Captives

See also: Take Cover: Fate of the Galaxies Cover The Cure

Robert Smith is a weird dude-- his disheveled hair and smeared red lipstick make his appearance as recognizable as his vocal style. It was only natural for Tom Laman, vocalist of The Captives to include some theatrics in his Cure cover. He sat on the ground and played with a flashlight while singing and avoiding being poked by a mic stand as the band covered "In Between Days."

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Stan Devereaux & the Funky Suns Cover Marvin Gaye and Dyke and The Blazers

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Melissa Fossum
We're getting funky with this week's Take Cover, as Stan Devereaux & the Funky Suns perform soulful jams two songs for your enjoyment. Devereaux asked me to film Marvin Gaye's hit from the Boogie Nights soundtrack, "Got to Give it up," but the band continued jamming with a cover of classic Arizona song, the legendary "Funky Broadway." by Dyke and The Blazers.

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Source Victoria Covers Built to Spill

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Melissa Fossum
Source Victoria


See also: Download: The World Record's Sublime Guitar Rock Hit "She's Not a Liar"

See also: Take Cover: Bogan Via Covers Department of Eagles
Wishful thinking often leads to wishful drinking. The results are usually disastrous, but in Source Victoria's case, it resulted in a great Built to Spill cover.

"We played it once when we were drunk," says singer/guitarist Brendan Murphy. "I screwed up the lyrics, which is typical for me."

The band practiced some more and decided to play "Randy Described Eternity" for us. Check it out after the jump.


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