July 16th, 2013 — Previews
Playing at Last Exit Live throughout the month of July are: Owl and Penny, Bears of Manitou, American Longspurs, Jerome LOL, MyKill, Zero Zero, Blaque Panther Disco, We Were Strangers, Bear Ghost, Madera Strand, Scattered Melodies, Rootz Underground, and Kush County. We have pairs of tickets to these exciting gigs, all thanks to Last Exit Live!
Playing at Last Exit on 7/17: Owl and Penny with Ether Teeth, Northern Hustle, and The Balcony Scene. To enter, send an email to email@example.com with “Owl and Penny” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/300433-owl-penny-phoenix/
Playing on 7/18 at Last Exit: Bears of Manitou with American Longspurs, The Lions Club, J. Miller. To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Bears” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/303499-bears-manitou-phoenix/
Playing on 7/19 at Last Exit: Jerome LOL with Mykill, Zero Zero, and Blaque Panther Disco. To enter, send an email to email@example.com with “Jerome” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/273205-jerome-lol-phoenix/
Playing 7/20 at Last Exit: We Were Strangers (Farewell AZ Show) with Bear Ghost, Madera Strand, and Scattered Melodies. To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Strangers” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
Playing 7/24 at Last Exit: Rootz Underground with Kush County. To enter, send an email to email@example.com with “Rootz” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
Thanks again to Last Exit for providing tickets for all these great shows!
July 9th, 2013 — Previews
Win tickets to see The Prowling Kind, The Cordials, Some Dark Hollow, Dave Abeer Band, Endoplasmic, Moon Drool, and Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold at Last Exit Live!
The Prowling Kind, The Cordials, and Some Dark Hollow will be playing at LEL on July 11! To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Prowling” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
Dave Abeer Band and Endoplasmic will be playing LEL on July 12. To enter, send an email to email@example.com with “Abeer” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
Moon Drool and Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold will be playing LEL on July 13. To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Drool” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
All thanks to Last Exit Live for these shows and more coming next week!
June 27th, 2013 — Reviews
By: Conner Chase
The night began with D33J and the comforting sound of waves crashing on a beach. This sound paints a very serene image of what was to come, that being an onslaught of cosmic sounds and ambient atmospheres which were both extremely impressive and perfect for setting the stage for the rest of the music this fine Wednesday evening had in store. Armed with his guitar, laptop, and pad controller, D33J beautifully constructed sincere and creative soundscapes with nostalgic sounds and jazzy undertones. Saxophone loops, bass to spare, crazy oscillating delays; you name it, it was omnipresent. Whenever I see artists like this perform, I am always stupefied at all of the sounds and atmospheres one person can create with few pieces of hardware triggering some sexy fades and beat repeat effects. I guess if I had to describe the performance in one word, I would quote D33J himself and call it, “chill”. Super chill.
One thing I always stick by when I attend concerts is to never miss seeing the opening band, and I am so glad I was there to see Houses play their set. I’m a sucker for bands who can successfully combine electronic elements and real instruments to create one collective atmosphere, and Houses freaking nailed it. The dynamic and enthralling performance they delivered was oozing with emotion and feeling, and these kind of feelings resonate with the audience in a huge way. A good way to describe their sound would be a representation of childhood melancholia and wonder, filled with references to trailer parks and exploding with a magically innocent and dynamic essence. Another aspect about their performance I really enjoyed was that none of the band members looked like they were put out or too cool to be where they were; they were all engaged, they were all moving, and you could tell that their performance held meaning. Dripping reverbs, amazingly synced guitar delays and echoes, and wonderful performance chemistry combined with a very engaging light show courtesy of whoever was working the lighting board made this a great experience that I’m glad I didn’t miss.
The time finally came for the main event to unfold. Will, known better as Baths, took the stage looking super casual in a tank top and shortish shorts, looking like he just came back from a hike, with his friend and producer Morgan armed with an onslaught of gear including but not limited to an full keyboard, guitar, a couple computers, and pad controllers for the whole family. As the tunes unfolded I was absolutely blown away by the incredible synchronization of complex rhythms, extremely wide ranged vocal lines, and intricate live recorded loops. These two worked so incredibly well with each other and their plethora of gadgetry that I had absolutely no idea what was going or how they were creating what I was hearing.
The whole set was also overflowing with some of the most genuine emotion and sincerity that I have ever felt. Every single song, even those that were particularly dark, depressing, and angry, you could feel that every word was being delivered right from his soul, and this in itself was both brave and beautiful. Combine this unfiltered expression of a wide variety of emotions with the masterful execution these two displayed and you’ve got the perfect recipe for quite a great show. Will himself seemed charmingly sincere and befuddled, which made sense after expressing that he was basically delirious after swimming laps for two hours at his hotel; luckily for Will, these personal stories and his great sense of humor made him extremely engaging and identifiable to the audience. Simply put, what Will exhibited was art in the truest sense, he fearlessly expressed intensely deep emotion and radiated his essence for everyone to experience and take away from. Enjoying an artist’s music is one thing, but when they make you FEEL, that is where the real magic lies.
After the show, I understood why Will named his project Baths, as I too felt like I needed to submerge myself to decompress and digest all of the incredible jams Will and Morgan brought to Crescent Ballroom.
June 14th, 2013 — Previews
The Gospel Claws are playing the MIM on 6/30! We have a pair of tickets to this show as part of the MIM’s I Am AZ Music series! To enter, send an email to email@example.com with “Gospel Claws” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/az-musicr-gospel-review
June 6th, 2013 — Previews
Members of the Downtown Chamber Series join Tobie Milford in string arrangements of his songs for his first-ever performance at the fabulous MIM on June 11.
They will also perform the incredibly difficult Bartok String Quartet No. 3 as well as music by contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli.
This will be a very special evening. Please attend and invite your friends!
For tickets, please visit http://www.downtownchamberseries.org/concerts.html
For more info: http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/az-musica-members-downtown-chamber-series-tobie-milford-collaboration-mim
May 30th, 2013 — Reviews
By: Paula Tesoriero
Oh my !!!. This concert could not have been more unexpected. I’ve listened to !!! (Chk Chk Chk) before but never had the interest to watch videos of them performing live, and I think that was definitely a good idea. If you intend to read on, all I can say is SPOILER ALERT. If you’d rather wait for the ultimate surprise of seeing !!! live without any knowledge of what that show has in store for you, click that red “X” up top right now. Conversely, if you don’t mind, then by all means do advance.
White Arrows came onstage shortly after DJ Jared Alan finished an impressively mood setting set. This was my 5th time seeing them, and I have to admit that unfortunately they were a bit disappointing this time round. There were a few technical complications during the first couple of songs, which could certainly have affected their attitudes. None of the band members seemed too much involved in the music they were performing. They often allowed their eyes to wander aimlessly about, including up towards the ceiling: not exactly a crowd pleasing attitude. Perhaps this was the reason for their music missing unity. The vocals seemed to be searching often for notes. They skirted around the intended tone which was also a bit difficult to listen to. While it wasn’t their best performance, or near the best, there were some catching moments to their show. First off, before they began “City Boy”, lead singer Mikey Church donned a turquoise shaded wig and proceeded to wear it until a few songs later when it began to fall off during a very spirited improvisational tune. Whilst looking around the crowd, I had a few revelations. First off, if you plan on dancing at a show, I suggest you don’t wear head jewelry, because it’s just not going to work. Second, that White Arrows has a very dedicated following of young adults here in Phoenix. These kids were having quite a time throughout their set, and they didn’t seem to care much about the quality of the music. White Arrows ended with a song not off of any released album, titled “The Woods”. As they left the stage I must admit I was not in the most energetic of moods, I even was tempted to leave a bit early. However…
Ho Ho Holy CHK CHK CHK. What more can be said about this band? Not much, but I’ll do my best. First off, I was extremely grateful of the fact that there wasn’t too much of a wait between acts. They came on stage, did some final sound checking, and began. Soon enough lead singer Nic Offer jumped on stage with a handful of towels and immediately began his phenomenal and Jagger-esque dance moves. There is no way to not dance along with this man. He will often sing, dance, stare, and at times even sweat in your face, making it nearly impossible for you to not invest yourself totally into their performance. The energy of the evening was incredible! Offer’s dance moves took me by surprise and by the end of the show I myself could hardly stop moving to internal music. The band itself, though under-shadowed by the phenomenal activity being showcased in front of them, was quite impressive. Offer’s stage presence was even found off stage at times. He ventured out into the crowd while singing and Mick Jaggering right in front of selected individuals, who simply enjoyed the moment by leaving cares behind and dancing along. During their song “One Boy/One Girl” they brought up a lady, whose name I believe is Sarah Mac (?). All I know is that Offer stated how it was time for a Sarah Mac Attack. Though she did not necessarily attack anything/anyone, her performance was exquisite. Such soul, such style, the only thing she lacked in were dance moves as suggestive as Offer’s, though for that I am thankful. After their encore song when all let loose entirely and allowed the music and mood to take over their bodies and bring about a dance party, I can tell you I was regretful to leave.
A few friends and I had a short talk with Nic Offer and even exchanged dance move tips (his hip-based move secrets for a simple Bernie move, not exactly a fair trade but he accepted it). It was definitely one of the most entertaining shows I’ve ever been to, and if !!! happen to come through Phoenix again, I highly suggest you boogie on down to catch that show, and when I say boogie, I mean boogie.
May 29th, 2013 — Previews
Toronto’s Young Empires are coming to Crescent Ballroom on 6/4 with Generationals! We have a pair of tickets to this show, all thanks to Votiv! To enter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Young Empires” on the title and leave name and phone number on message!
For more info: http://silverplatter.info/shows/26448
May 20th, 2013 — Previews
3 more new contests, all thanks to Last Exit Live! Check ‘em out!
The Originalites will be playing at LEL on 5/23 with Ruca, Mob Vs Ballot Box! To enter, send an email to email@example.com with “The Originalites” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/234533-tmi-thursdays-originalites-phoenix/
Future Loves Past will be playing LEL on 5/25 with Wooden Indian, St Ranger, FLIGHTS AND VILLA! To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Future Loves Past” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/251315-future-loves-past-phoenix/
The Alchemy Heart will be playing LEL on 5/30. To enter, send an email to email@example.com with “The Alchemy Heart” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/260947-alchemy-heart-phoenix/
Thanks again to Last Exit Live for provided more tickets to these awesome shows in late May.
May 13th, 2013 — Previews
We have 3 new ticket giveaways for these upcoming gigs at Last Exit Live in mid May! Check ‘em out!
Companeros will be playing Last Exit Live on March 15 with Blondie Redux and Madera Strand! To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Companeros” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/270973-companeros-phoenix/
Of the Painted Choir will be playing on 5/16 at Last Exit with Andrew Duncan Brown, Former Friends of Young Americans, and Riveras! To enter, send an email to email@example.com with “Of the Painted Choir” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/255703-tmi-thursdays-painted-choir-phoenix/
The Veragroove will be playing Last Exit on May 17 with Thrive and The Wiley One. To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Veragroove” on the title. On the message, put down your name and phone number.
For more info: http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/238629-thrive-phoenix/
Thanks again to Last Exit Live for providing tickets for these awesome gigs! More coming next week!
April 25th, 2013 — Previews
An outdoor event of epic proportions! Ra Ra Riot and Man or Astro-Man? along with Speak and Audacity will be performing at the Crescent Ballroom on 5/9!
We have a pair of tickets for this hot show, all thanks to Redeye Distribution! To enter send an email to email@example.com with “Ra Ra Astro” on the title and leave name and phone number on message!
For more info: http://silverplatter.info/shows/26412