SB 1070 may be keeping some irrelevant artists away, but there are plenty of great shows coming to the Valley of the Sun during the month of July. If nothing else, mark July 7 on your calendar right now!
Here we go:
Monday July 5 – Jump Back Brothers – Compound Grill. I saw this band back in December opening for the Brian Setzer Orchestra during his Christmas show at the Dodge Theatre. Classic mix of blues, swing and rockabilly! My understanding is if you arrive early you can get some dance lessons before the band takes the stage. Great band, dynamite guitar player!
*** Wednesday July 7 – So Much Silence 5 Year Anniversary Show! – Yucca Tap Room. Local boy Kevin Murphy has a KILLER music blog by the name of SoMuchSilence.com, and this show is a celebration of 5 years of SoMuchSilence. The Musings of Frank Gallardo pale mightily in comparison to this outstanding piece of work, updated constantly with informative music news. A very cool bill for this show includes Soft Drink, featuring SoMuchSilence contributor Jason Woodbury, Letdownright with Stinkweeds‘ own Kimber Lanning on the drums, and the Radar Brothers headlining the evening. Great music to commemorate a great blog and contributor to the local scene, this is a show you should not miss! Plus, shows at the Yucca Tap Room are always free!
Friday July 9 – Kings of Last Call – Hollywood Alley. I have needed to see these guys again since seeing them open for Source Victoria a while ago. Great band, totally remind me of the classic, jangly desert rock era of the nineties in Tempe. Guaranteed Kings of Last Call will put on a great show! Watts Trio will open the evening, and a band I have been wanting to check out, Tempe’s Mills End will close out the evening.
Saturday July 10 – The Other 49 – Rogue East. No secret how much I love The Other 49, and stoked for their first live show in a while. Expect loads of atmospheric guitars and a huge, epic sound when you see these guys play! Also on the bill is headliner KINCH, fresh off a stint on this year’s Vans Warped Tour (!), Monday’s Alibi from San Diego and Tugboat.
Saturday July 10 – Built to Spill – Cricket Wireless Pavilion. If you do not head over to The Rogue on Saturday the 10th, then I highly suggest you head over to Cricket that evening. Kings of Leon has come a long way in a short period of time to become a huge rock and roll band. I can still remember seeing them at the 2007 Monolith Festival when they took the main stage at Red Rocks. I think they are good, but nowhere near the huge force Built to Spill is. This band from Boise, Idaho has been around since 1992 and have created seven incredible studio albums. I have seen them twice, both times at the Marquee Theatre, and they put on one of the most professional sounding shows of any indie band around. Psychedelic/new-wave/rock and roll band The Features open the evening.
Friday July 16 – Rob Zombie at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival – Cricket Wireless Pavilion. I saw White Zombie years ago at the Phoenix Civic Plaza with the Melvins and Reverend Horton Heat opening (no joke). I have enjoyed bits and pieces of White Zombie’s music, and to be honest even less of Rob’s solo work. However, you can count on a stage show loaded with special effects from the artist that has as big a directing as music career.
Friday July 16 – Kevin Seconds – Yucca Tap Room. I have not listened to any of Kevin Seconds’ solo work, but I was a huge 7 Seconds fan back in the day. I would have to bet he will not be playing any material from that band’s catalog of straight-edge hardcore tunes, but may be a show worth checking out.
Saturday July 17 – Silversun Pickups – Marquee Theatre. Back for the second time this year, and on this occasion a headlining gig. That should always be the case for this outstanding indie-rock band, one of my top 10 if not top 5 live bands right now. As good as their studio material is, their live interpretation of their material is exponentially better. I saw them at the Modified years ago, so to see them playing a venue the size of the Marquee, as well as playing festivals such as Coachella (2009) and Monolith (2008) is wonderful. I will not be able to go since I will be in Chicago that week. You – don’t miss this show!
TWO SHOWS ON JULY 24 FOLKS, A KILLER NIGHT OF MUSIC!
Saturday July 24 – Autumn’s End – Joe’s Grotto. I have known Autumn’s End lead singer/guitarist/songwriter extraordinaire Chris Cannella for well over 10 years now, and have seen him play in two other bands. Neither of those outfits can touch the power and precision of Autumn’s End. I am not a huge metal fan, but you should know by now regardless of the genre of music, if a band is good I will listen. These guys smoke live and have put out one EP and two albums worth of intense head banging material over the course of their career. What I have always enjoyed about Autumn’s End was their ability to create metal that actually had hooks in it. It was not a case of the band trying to destroy your eardrums every second of every song. I respect that. Good to have these guys back!
Saturday July 24 – Pat Benatar – Dodge Theatre. No, I will not be there with the other two options on this evening, but I have always enjoyed the majority of Pat Benatar’s work. Yes, including Love is a Battlefield and Invincible from the movie The Legend of Billie Jean. So there.
Summer concert season is rolling my friends, and it is just going to get better. The next few months are going to be outstanding. And screw all those bands from Sound Strike!