January 4th, 2016 — Reviews
Vox Urbana, Crescent, 1/24/15
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Civic Space Park, 2/21/15
Buena Vista Social Club, Mesa Arts Center, 10/21/15
Saga Mambo, Portland Parkway, 11/14/15
Tal National @ the MIM, 5/1/15
Here We Go Magic @ Valley Bar, 11/15/15
Other Lives @ Crescent Ballroom, 6/16/15
Jose Gonzalez @ Mesa Center For the Arts, 10/14/15
La Luz @ Valley Bar, 8/13/15
Ride @ Crescent Ballroom, 11/9/15
Jesus and Mary Chain @ Marquee, 8/14/15
Wolf Alice @ Valley Bar, 10/11/15
Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ MIM – 6/7/15
Panda Bear @ Crescent, 4/11/15
Worth Mentioning: Viva Phx (3/14), Mesa Music Festival (Nov 13-15), Swervedriver – Valley Bar 9/23, Catfish and Bottlemen – Crescent 9/25, Citrus Clouds, Tierra Firme – Rogue, 12/19, Bear State, Cherie Cherie – Stinkweeds 2/28.
1.4/13/15: Swans at Crescent Ballroom
2. 11/4/15: ANTEMASQUE at Crescent Ballroom
3. 11/15/15: Beach Slang at The Rebel Lounge
4. 6/2/15: The Rentals at Crescent Ballroom
5. 4/17/15: Built to Spill at Crescent Ballroom
6. 12/5/15: Muse and Phantogram at Gila River Arena
7. 3/16/15: Title Fight and Merchandise at The Underground
8. 5/15/15: Nothing and Cloakroom at Pub Rock Live
9. 11/9/15: Ride at Crescent Ballroom
10. 4/29/15: Sleater-Kinney at Marquee Theatre
Honorable Mention: 3/28/15: Pile, Twin Ponies and Dent at Cornish Pasty
Sleater Kinney @ The Marquee, 4/29/2015
Mitski/Elvis Depressedley @ The Rebel Lounge, 7/05/2015
Nellie McKay @ The MIM, 5/18/2015
The Family Crest/Goodnight, Texas/Owl & Penny @ Valley Bar, 7/27/2015
Wolf Alice @ Valley Bar, 10/11/2015
1) Coamerica Oct. 13th Echo Smith/Twenty One Pilots:
2) Joe’s Grotto Nov. 16th Frnkiero andthe Cellebration:
3) Quail Run Park June 23rd Vans Warped Tour 2015
4) The Marquee Theater Dec 14th The 1975/Swim Deep
5) Joes Gotto Oct. 6th Fronzilla/Pallisades/Whitney Payton/It Lives It Breathes
6) The Marquee Theater Nov 24th All That Remains/Devour the Day/Sons of Texas
7) The Marquee Theater December 12th K. Flay/The Mowglis/Lights
???? Talking Stick Arena June 13th Aerosmith
9) US Airways July 25th Imagine Dragons
10) The Marquee July 28th Social Distortion
Local: The Apache Lake Music Festival Oct 23,24th
Abigail Washburn/Bela Fleck – MIM, 5/6/15
Will Johnson – Great Az Puppet Theater, 10/24/15
Metz – Crescent Ballroom, 8/18/15
Esme Patterosn – Rebel Lounge, 5/30/15
Jose Gonzalez – Mesa Arts Center, 10/14/15
3/8 – Viet Cong at Pub Rock
3/26 – Oneohtrix Point Never at ASU West Fitness Complex
8/2 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Crescent Ballroom
9/8 – Bearcubbin at The Rebel Lounge
12/19 – J Fernandez at Crescent Ballroom
14-Apr Sylvan Esso at Crescent
28-Apr Sleater-Kinney at Marquee
3-Jul Wilco at Salt River Fields
25-Oct Sufjan Stevens at Orpheum
31-Jan Kanye West and Rihanna secret Super Bowl show
15-Oct Run the Jewels at Marquee Theatre
21-Sep Cut Copy at Renaissance Hotel
24-Oct Garth Brooks at Talking Stick Resort Arena
22-Jun Purity Ring at Crescent Ballroom
10-Apr Death Cab For Cutie at Quail Run Park
June 18th, 2015 — contest, Previews
From BAFTA Award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention with her unforgettable voice and charisma. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy poured her heart and soul into her music, expressing personal struggles and pain through her intimate lyrics. The combination of her raw honesty and virtuosity resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of our time.
Amy became an international sensation, experiencing a meteoric rise to fame she had never sought nor expected. The relentless and invasive media attention, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and addictions, led her into a tragic cycle of self-destruction, resulting in her untimely death at age 27. Four years later, Asif Kapadia’s powerful documentary invites audiences to remember and celebrate Amy as a brilliant artist while asking ourselves how it was that we watched her disappear in front of our eyes.
Stinkweeds and Silverplatter.info have pairs of tickets to giveaway to the advanced screening of Amy on July 7 at Harkins’ Tempe Marketplace. To enter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Winehouse” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
The film opens nationwide on July 10.
For more info: http://amy-movie.com/
June 9th, 2015 — Reviews
Fairy Bones at the PRESSROOM (phoenix, az)
03/06/2015- Song River
This past Wednesday evening after a very hot Arizona day, the Valley was entertained by two bands: Fairy Bones (A local Phoenix favorite) and Canada’s own synthpop group Mother Mother. Several people I spoke with commented that they had driven in from other parts of Arizona and California to hear Mother Mother, and the meeting of the fans’ expectations became quite clear from the very note on stage.
Mother Mother from Vancouver, British Columbia delivered the energetic sounds from their latest album “Very Good Bad Thing.” (VGBT, album number four, was released here in the states April 2014, under Def Jam records).
Danceable overtures of 80’s pop with a touch of psychedelic-glitter wave, Mother Mother relayed all their elements and spread their Canadian borders even further South.
Total satisfaction, total elation, total completion was handed over by Fairy Bones and Mother Mother. A spot on billing at The Pressroom.
May 12th, 2015 — contest, Previews
During the 60’s and early 70’s, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other.
This documentary film, DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN, provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with war and genocide. By celebrating this powerful music, and the people who created it, Cambodia’s musical heyday emerges from the shadows of tragedy into the light of history.
We have pairs of tickets to giveaway to FilmBar‘s exclusive of this documentary on May 28-30! To enter send an email to email@example.com with “Cambodia Rock” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.thefilmbarphx.com/event/856219-dont-think-ive-forgotten-phoenix/
Also check out this NPR interview with the director of this film: http://www.npr.org/2015/04/22/401020275/the-nearly-lost-story-of-cambodian-rock-n-roll
May 2nd, 2015 — contest, Previews
Since its start in the 1960s, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been the premier showcase for the best in New Orleans–style jazz. PHJB will be at the MIM doing two shows! We have a pair of tickets to the 9:00 pm show. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the 9:00 pm showing! To enter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Preservation Hall Jazz Band” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
More info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/preservation-hall-jazz-band-2
May 2nd, 2015 — contest, Previews
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, this husband-and-wife duo has earned the unofficial title of “the first family of the banjo.” They are coming to the MIM on 6/10 doing two shows that day! We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the 9:00 pm showing! To enter send an email to email@example.com with “Fleck Washburn” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/bela-fleck-abigail-washburn
April 18th, 2015 — contest, Previews
Mother Mother is coming to the Pressroom on 6/3! We have a pair of tickets to giveaway! To enter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mother Mother” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.thepressroomaz.com/event/804697-mother-mother-phoenix/
April 13th, 2015 — contest, Previews
We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to see Kneebody at the MIM theater on April 19! To enter send an email to email@example.com with “Kneebody” on the title. On the message put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/kneebody or http://silverplatter.info/shows/39785
April 8th, 2015 — Reviews
There must be something in the air, or is it the water out in Santa Cruz, California? The ease of the music, the good vibes, and The Expendables. Having shared the stage with NOFX, Less Than Jake, Slightly Stoopid, Pennywise, Pepper, 311, and many others. Check it, as our musical bowl is full and the reggae-rock-punk sound invites.
It was finally a quiet warm California afternoon, the freeways were wide-open, and as the car tires road over the gravel driveway, the vehicle pulled up and parked outside an industrial sized building. The doors opened, and the studios couches called for a sit and a chat with drummer Adam Patterson of The Expendables.
Song River: Since 1997 The Expendables have been creating music. Blending reggae, punk, and rock. Without second guessing, The Expendables have fueled the rock-n-roll tank over and over again across the states. How many miles have you all tallied up as a band since then?
Adam Patterson: (laughed) We started in high school, sophomores and juniors. Wow, we have toured so much across the country, so many times. First a van, then another, now a bus… at least a million miles!
Song: What were some of the early influences, and how did your hometown of Santa Cruz, Ca. impact your style?
Adam: Early on we played in the style we play now. Sublime was a heavy influence on us, a lot of bands got into the sound/music. Santa Cruz was a heavy reggae/punk mix. It just kind of fit. It was already in motion, Santa Cruz wasn’t heavily influenced by rap/rock. The mix of people, culture, lifestyle- surfers, hippies, skaters- those in between- it’s a mesh, a little of everything.
As we progressed the style was loved everywhere we went. When we toured Germany at first they didn’t really understand the style, but now they love it, it is accepted. That was a great experience, Germany. We really enjoyed it and would certainly love to go back.
Song: Talk about how you infuse reggae and punk? Do they seem to be at odds?
Adam: As for style, I think reggae may sound different- but politically they aren’t too far off. I see them as the yin/yang of each other. Bob Marley was adding a lot of rock in his later music. Tosh had a very aggressive reggae style, listen to his lyrics. However, The Expendables, we are looking more to blend, so it is fun. It took us a while, we mimicked Sublime at the start, but we now even have a weird Iron Maiden, heavy ’80’s rock vibe of influence. Our guitar player is very rock-oriented. People call what we do- California Reggae.
Song: If you were to choose a ‘mantra’ for the band, or what The Expendables stand for, it would be?
Adam: We aren’t crazy political, we are a party vibe band, here to have a good time! We don’t get too serious, when you come to our shows after two to three hours you forget your worries. That is what our music is about, forgetting your worries, relaxing and good times with your friends.
Song: How many albums did you produce independently, prior to going under the Stoopid Records label (Slightly Stoopid)?
Adam: Our first three full-length albums were completely independent: No Time to Worry (2001), Open Container (2003), and Gettin’ Filthy (2004). [*According to The Expendables bio these three albums brought in a total of over 40,000 units sold with no physical distribution and no record label.] Then our last ones are under the Stoopid label: The Expendables (2007), Prove It (2010), Sand in the Sky (2015) .
Song: Has being under a label changed things?
Adam: Not really, we are still 100% in control of own production. It is hard to give someone else the control- they have worked with us. They help us with distribution, and that makes a huge difference.
Song: Your relationship with Slightly Stoopid has been a long one.
Adam: At 17 we started bugging them, (laughed) Slightly Stoopid, we would follow them around, we all were huge fans. We kept putting our music in front of their faces, not being pests, but they gave us shows here and there, and then as we got better, they even brought us on our first nationwide tour in 2002. Working with them is great. We ‘share’ fans and I think that adds to the package of the shows now.
Song: Which is the band more drawn to, festivals or smaller, intimate clubs?
Adam: I think we play in more club settings, and do big festivals as well. Personally, I prefer being able to connect, it’s more of my personal feeling. I’ll go hang out with fans after a show. Some of our good friends were our fans. I like to hang out with them as much as possible.
Song: Band life I am sure life has changed from when you all first began- touring, recording. Now, there is family, etc..
Adam: I think now we can focus on songwriting, and recording albums more now. We have a studio spot, we used to do it in garages. Now though we are in a studio, with couches, in a spot where it makes it all so much easier. Plus, life is changing too. I recently became engaged, and our bass player has a child. So, making those steps to focus more on creating music, and doing tours maybe more like 3 weeks on, 2 weeks off, 3 weeks on.
Song: How do The Expendables keep from burnout, you’ve been together a long time.
Adam: None of us have a back up plan (laughed). By default we are going to do the music together thing, we are friends, and we love what we do. We are taking steps, as I mentioned before. I still want to be touring when I am 80, but not doing 200 or more shows a year.
Song: In January you released your third album under Stoopid Records, Sand in the Sky, during your annual “Winter Blackout Tour.” Sand in the Sky was mixed by Butthole Surfer guitarist and legendary producer, Paul Leary (Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, U2, Weezer) and co-produced by The Expendables and Gordon Brislawn. The album has been well received and continues to be The Expendables full force. How was it working with Gordon Brislawn and what’s next?
Adam: Yes, on this last album we worked with Gordon Brislawn, and it was great. As a producer he kept us moving. Spending more time working on having everything set, ready, go- so when we hit the studio, the hard-work had been done and boom in three days we had it. He is great and helping you on what to do, not telling you what to do.
As for what’s next. We already have 4 or 5 songs finished, and have written a few more. We took five years to do this one, and we don’t want to do that again… (pauses) maybe 18 months for a new one? Meanwhile, follow us on social media, and our website- it is there you can keep track of our tour dates, and places we will be.
Busy, life is busy… but when you’re doing what you love it is a part of your day to day living, and according to drummer Adam Patterson of The Expendables add to this list… a wedding in August…
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March 20th, 2015 — Reviews
Our photographer Song River was on the front lines of the Pot Of Gold Festival at Tempe Beach Park capturing some great images. We’d love to hear from you and some of your stories from the festival too!!