February looks to be another good month for shows in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Pay special attention to the shows listed for Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 12. If you only hit two concerts during the month, these are the two to attend!
Here we go:
Thursday, February 3 – Stinkweeds Music Industry Party – Rhythm Room. This show is a killer way to commence the arrival of the Association of Independent Media Stores to the Valley of the Sun. Check out this line-up that will be playing this evening: What Laura Says; Kinch; Colorstore; Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce; Dry River Yacht Club and Andrew Jackson Jihad. Six bands great local bands for $5. This show is a no-brainer folks.
Friday February 4 – Calexico and Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta – Corona Ranch. A huge thank you goes out to Kimber Lanning of Stinkweeds Records and Local First Arizona for getting this show squared away! The Association of Independent Media Stores was considering boycotting Arizona because of all the SB1070 BS, but Kimber came to our rescue and not only convinced the convention to come here February 2-6, but organized this amazing show that pays tribute to the Latino culture of the state. Folks, Calexico is a great, great band and singer Joey Burns is promising many surprises during their set. This is a can’t miss show!
Saturday February 5 – Stan Ridgway – Rhythm Room. This busy Saturday starts off with an early set from former Wall of Voodoo front man and accomplished solo artist Stan Ridgway. It seems that for the past couple of years or so he has played quite a few shows at the Rhythm Room. Sweet!
Saturday February 5 – Interpol – Marquee Theatre. After the Stan Ridgway show it will be time to hop in the car and cruise out to the Marquee to see Interpol. I have only seen them once, an incredible show down in Tucson years ago in support of their second (and IMHO best) album Antics. A lot has changed since that part of their career, including the recent departure of original bassist Carlos Dengler. I loved their first two albums, was not a huge fan of the third and have not been able to get into the newest at all. However, they were so good live that I have to see them again.
Friday February 11 – Mill’s End – The Rogue East. These guys have the greatest work ethic. They play live often, they do work to help support mass transit in the Valley and best of all, they play some great Americana and rock and roll. Mill’s End will also be playing February 25 at the Big Fish Pub in Tempe.
Friday February 11 – Robot Tank, The Pubes and The Venomous Pinks – Icehouse Tavern. I am so bummed that I just found out about this show yesterday (Wednesday February 9) because this line-up is loaded with some killer punk rock bands. Robot Tank is starting to become one of my faves here in town, get there early to check them out!
Saturday February 12 – The Other 49 final show – Hard Rock Cafe. A great line-up includes Source Victoria, Tugboat and Factories. I will be writing a separate post about this show, stay tuned! This show is an absolute must my friends.
Wednesday February 16 – The Necronauts Tour kick-off show – Yucca Tap Room. Holy cow, what a line-up on this evening! Long-time Valley indie rock band The Necronauts kick off their latest tour with Dry River Yacht Club, Snow Songs and Female Trouble opening the festivities. If you cannot make this show, The Necronauts will be at the Rhythm Room the following evening.
Sunday February 20 – Fundraiser benefiting Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure – Rhythm Room. The Love Me Nots are going to be playing at this show. That is already a great reason to go since The Love Me Nots play some of the most killer garage rock you are going to hear. The fact singer Nicole Laurenne was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has come through treatment very, very well makes supporting this benefit even better! Yay Nicole!
Tuesday February 22 – Sebadoh – Rhythm Room. One of my all-time favorite indie and lo-fi bands are re-releasing their classic Bakesale and Harmacy albums this year, coincidentally my two favorite discs from the band. This trio, led by indie legend Lou Barlow, created some incredible indie pop during their career. I saw them twice during the Harmacy tour and once years later at The Brickhouse downtown. They are amazing live, and since I figure they will focus on material from the two aforementioned albums, this show could easily be one of my Top Ten Concerts for 2011!
Sunday February 27 – An Evening With Rocky Votolato and Matt Pond – Rhythm Room. Seriously, Psyko Steve and Stateside Presents promote some killer shows here in the Valley. Here is another one, and the intimacy of the Rhythm Room should make the show even better. Two great songwriters and musicians sharing the same stage, this should be outstanding.
There you have it folks … at least until I see more cool shows to add. Do what I do, check SilverPlatter.info constantly during the month to see when new shows are added. A lot of good concerts, hope to see a lot of you supporting live music here in Arizona this month.