T.V. Life Entertainment is gearing up to release some rad nu-skool tunes in 2016! Join our host/producer and rapper extraordinaire Dadadoh for the release of two new EPs by T.V. Life artists MC/DC (folk/rap/punk featuring Daniel Suber of Something Villainous/Naked Pizza and Andy Warpigs) and Militia Joan Hart (featuring Andy Warpigs and local DJ WOLFZiE making futuristic demon-house/noise music). This show will also feature two of the valley's spaciest new bands, Snailmate (nerd-core minimalist punk rock duo with TKLB and Ariel Monet) and Gimpheart!
Arizona-Iowa united night of love! What a lovable lineup!!...
Extravision: From Des Moines, Iowa, featuring Ryan Stier from The River Monks. Alt-folk music made in the name of existentialism, spiritualism, agnosticism, human curiosity, and the thirst for learning, the love between friends, the love between strangers, the love between enemies, the mysterious journey of the temporary human, the gift of death, and each day leading up to it.
Nicholas Sebastian Naioti: Front person of the band Mr Nasti, from Fairfield, Iowa. From Mr Nasti's website: "In a time when 'hating' is an intransitive verb many people might as well list among their hobbies online, a Mr Nasti show can seem almost alien in its sincerity...
"Nicholas has been in a ton of bands. Some were goofy, some were noisy, and one or two you might call twee. For awhile after he moved to Nashville he wore quite a bit of face paint on stage, and got on national television a couple times doing it, too. And that’s to say nothing of the DIY music venue he also ran for years when he wasn’t on tour...
"There was the collection of recorded stories about running away that he set to original music, and released on cassette as The Runaway Tapes. Then there was the music residency...where he created and performed a sprawling three-act musical with an ensemble cast of 19. His artistic projects became so numerous they were difficult to keep track of, and somewhere in there he also managed to open a restaurant and bar that books live shows, as well as a recording space. What a guy."
With local love from...
Yek Koo: The solo project of visual and performing artist Helga Fassonaki (half of free psych duo Metal Rouge), often appearing in a ragged stripped-down cloak of distorted guitar, wailing vocals, pocket trumpet, cassette loops, and body movements. Exploring the relationship between space, body, microphone, and breath, Yek Koo sculpts sound in the moment, allowing for horn exclamations and sparse rhythms to move within and against the physicality of space and matter. Upcoming cassette release on Drawing Room Records.
Heavy Hymns: The sound project of Michael Hentz. Originally from Syracuse, NY, he performed in the experimental duo American Sphinx along with drummer Jarek Miller alongside many experimental performers such as Tom Carter, Zs, Expo 70, Blues Control, Loren Connors, Magik Markers, and others. Hentz moved to Brooklyn in 2010 and performed solo as Heavy Hymns and joined John Bohannon with his project Ancient Ocean. Solace, Hentz's first proper solo release on House of Alchemy, taps into the cosmic other: "Weaving guitars and synth together to create something that is lush and entrancing".
Dismal Light: Ryan Rousseau from Destruction Unit.
Seth Kasselman: From Warm Climate.
Bobby's Oar: "In 2014, singer and guitarist Greg Hughes was in the middle of a tour with his band Among Giants when he realized it wasn’t working for him. He yearned to play music, but the band, which started as his solo project, had changed beneath him into something that he no longer felt connected to. So Hughes launched a new life in the Pacific Northwest and, with it, Bobby’s Oar—a project that expresses the same raw emotion and honesty that has always made Hughes’s music powerful, but returns the singer/songwriter to his rightful place behind an acoustic.
"But he saw from its inception the potential to expand Bobby’s Oar beyond a lone solo project. “The band came together from a need for the possibility to do whatever is best for the songs, which in many cases is playing with a full band.” For such occasions, Hughes has tapped guitarist Zach Frimmel, drummer Aron Pollard, bassist Laura Hall, and trombonist Darren Lee." (Note that Greg will be playing solo on this tour.)
"The Weeds in Your Garden (the first full length from Bobby’s Oar) is not only the byproduct of this new life, but also a ten-song account of Hughes’s westward adventure from beginning to end. Of course, the irony is that The Weeds in Your Garden (and, more broadly, Bobby’s Oar) is as much about starting anew—about dropping everything, moving across the country, and endeavoring toward the unknown—as it is returning to the old, the familiar, the place Hughes should have never left." - Dane Erbach
Good Ol Joel: Indie alternative rock band from Tempe/Phoenix. Being a band for almost a year, they've taken their time writing copious amounts of music, occasionally performing, and perfecting their first album; Long Roads and Angry Hitchhikers, to be released in coming weeks. "We are kind of just a band based entirely off of our spontaneous urges. We've never quite sat down and written a song, in that way we are pretty much just the epitome of a jam band . . . But cooler." - The collective minds of Good Ol Joel.
Blithed: Solo project from Seth Ryan Norman of Surprise, AZ rockers, Painting Fences. No two Blithed shows are the same!
Jim Casual: New project from Jim of The Casual Offenders!
An evening of dream-rock, noise-rock, and just basically all sorts of rock at The Trunk Space.
Sleep Institute: Dreamy rock songs with an experimental edge, anchored by echoing guitar hooks and melancholy vocals.
The Bittersweet Way: Artful pop songs awash in thunderous distortion.
Masteroid: Noisy rock jams, balancing fuzzed-out menace with dark atmospherics that recall early Joy Division.
Bearistotle: Acoustic indie rock that even in its quietest moments conveys both urgency and intensity.
Duende Entendre: The sound art duo formed in 2008 by poet/singer/bassist Sam West and composer/percussionist/sound artist Ron Coulter. The duo works in the continuum of free improvisation and composition, creating manifold events of encapsulating soundscapes, provocative vignettes, and spontaneous statements in sound. Acoustic instruments and found-instruments are combined with both analog and digital electronics and the expanded possibilities of the human voice. West’s improvised and composed poetry is exploded into sound-language by the voices of West and Coulter, while virtuosically extrapolated by their instruments and electronic tools.
John Miguel Fleming Quijada
DINO-PROV: Robot Destroyers from Planet Earth is so excited about improv that they just can't wait until the weekend! Every 4th Wednesday, they deliver quite the extravaganza to downtown Phoenix with special exrta-super-dippy-trippy guest troupe each month! Then *you* can play in Jam Jam (submit your name and improv jam format idea before the show)!
In this one-woman show, Molly McCloy unravels her screwed up family's legacy of violence and addiction, explores the ridiculousness of grudges, and asks what it takes to forgive others...and yourself. Tickets 8$. Doors at 7, Show at 7:30. Directed by Kim Porter.
Molly McCloy is a three-time NYC Moth StorySLAM winner and local storyteller. When she was 22, Molly asked her dad to apologize for nine incidents. Mad Dog is the story of these nine grudges. As part of a sabbatical project, Molly wrote the show script and performed it at Dixon Place in New York City on October 3, 2015. The Phoenix show will be Molly's third live performance of Mad Dog Grudges. At forty-five minutes long, this is Molly's first full-length solo piece.
Jerkagram: From Los Angeles. A fraternal twin duo that unfurls a chaotic psychedelic whirlwind at one time and a minimalist ambient wash at another. Their creative repetitions, layered guitar textures, and unhinged drum patterns allow for an organic, hypnotic, and epic experience, and their influences range from free jazz to heavy punk to kraut/psych rock to noise to pop. Live, they have boundless energy and force and their songs are always morphing so that no two live shows are ever the same.
Jack Toft: From Buffalo. In the words of his own Facebook page: "Part rapper, part performance artist, part comedian/motivational speaker-Jack Toft mixes Bob Dylan, D. Boon and Kool Keith's lyrical attack styles to focus and bewilder listeners while ultimately making them feel less alone in this strange world. Like a cross between, Le Tigre, Jonathan Richman, Das Racist and Ween, Jack Toft creates a new free American rock and roll experience where listeners can smile freely in the warmth, unpretentiousness, and head noddability of this gentle practitioner of enthusiasm wrangling."
One more TBA.
Computer Class: From Oakland, CA. Formerly Death Ray. "Reminiscent of the mid 90′s Pop Punk scene that erupted and brought such greats as Green Day and Offspring, [Computer Class] feeds off that classic sound and breathes life into an otherwise forgotten scene. Their use of synthesizers give them a very unique, yet oddly familiar sound. It’s as if they were the opening act for Green Day, after the show they all fell asleep on a magic couch that catapulted them 15 years ahead into the future. Without thinking twice, they picked up their guitars, drum machines, and synthesizers and continued touring as if they were still in the hay day of the Pop Punk scene. Upon realizing that it was 2012 and not 1995, all they could do was tattoo the term 'We’re Bringing It Back' on their chests and continue living the dream." - Nick Orlando, The Seasons Performance Hall.
Moonraker: From Santa Clarita, CA. 90's-style pop-punk.
Fathers Day: Angry/dad/punk from Fountain Hills, AZ.
Mooseknuckle Sandwich: "The best punk band in Phoenix right now."
The Ganderers: Doo wop/punk from Chandler, AZ.
Our friends from Los Angeles, Lolipop Records, are coming through on their way to Austin. Come give them a warm Phoenix welcome! We're rockin' two stages with the sounds of...
Rudy De Anda (Long Beach)
Friendly Males (LA)
Femny and the Live Sounds of Lola Star: First show! Members of The Ricardos!
Monday March Madness! Just what is this? Well, it's a Monday and it's March, but it's more than that. Every Monday should be a holiday, but especially this one, as it's right before sxsw in Austin, meaning, great touring bands passing through, joined up with excellent locals!
Foster Body: From Salt Lake City, Utah.
Andrew Weathers: Composer and improviser originally from Chapel Hill, NC, currently based in Oakland, CA. His music exists in a space between improvisation and composition—equally influenced by the 20th century American minimalists and underground noise.
Andrew performs rigorously in a variety of contexts, both composed and improvised. In addition to solo performances, he heads up the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, which he will be playing with on this tour. He also performs and records regularly with Kirtan Choir, Weathers/Glover, Tethers, and Parties. In the past, he has performed with Acid of All Ruins, Bicameral Mind, Northern Valentine, Tatsuya Nakatani, Laurent Estoppey, and Hal McGee, among others. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Weathers helps run Full Spectrum Records.
Amulets: The solo project of Austin-based audio + visual artist Randall Taylor. Through the exploration of cassette manipulation, circuit bending, and looping, Amulets blurs genres of ambient, drone, noise, and electronic music. The audio and visual components of Amulets exploit the imperfections of analog magnetic tape, specifically cassettes and vhs, in order to create visceral experiences that are simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic. Check out Amulets' recent video submission to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.
Mommy Long Legs: From Seattle. "Brat-punk, in the most endearing sense, is probably the best way to describe one of Mommy Long Legs' newest songs, 'Assholes.' The gleeful lyrics: 'You can take your money and put it in your asshole! / You can take your condo and put it in your bungalow!' Like so many bands, they can't help but be concerned with Seattle's changing economy, and their songs become mini-anthems of anticlassism. Their feminist super-chants are cleverly veiled inside songs like 'Weird Girl,' 'Haunted Housewives,' and 'Catcallers.' Members Lilly, Cory, Melissa, and Leah have been playing together for a little over a year, but they're making waves, getting hearty hoorays for their first album, Life Rips, and their new EP, Assholes [recorded at The Unknown in Anacortes, WA], from reviewers like MTV News and Vice's Noisey..." - The Stranger
Boyfriends: Also from Seattle!
PulseWidthMod: The solo project of Maeghan Donovan, from Baltimore. Melodic layers of synthesizers coupled with syncopated kicks and percussion that evolves into poly-rhythmic territory. PulseWidthMod sets out to take the listener on a visceral escape to the reality of the subconscious. She aims to tap into the waters that flow beneath the atmosphere where we are all connected, planting seeds of empowerment in the listener; inspiring them to believe in themselves and create their own reality.
Genres are something she views as a trap that ultimately keep a bird’s wings clipped unable to fly. Instead of the term genre, she’d prefer to use the term passport to describe the likes of the territory she crosses into. Her Irish heritage from her Dad’s side taps her into an Industrial territory, while her mother’s heritage takes her on the journey of the melodic likes of Kraut.
Pretty Things Peepshow: A sexy mix of variety entertainment called Broadville. The show has been on the road since 2009, performing over 700 shows in nightclubs, concert halls, festivals, car shows, tattoo conventions, private parties, and more. With a rotating cast of characters, this show is constantly evolving and exposing new talent and acts.
Presented by The Trunk Space at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North 3rd Street.
Malcolm Tent: Connecticut Punk legend, on tour once again! In his own words: "I AM NOT A SINGER/ SONGWRITER. People have fun at my shows. I've been bashing away at one form of music or another since 1983. I'm a founding member of Broken Talent (known to punk record collectors the world over), Bunnybrains (globally recognized noisemongers), and Ultrabunny (a better version of Bunnybrains). In side projects, I've played with Profanatica, GG Allin, and Harvey Sid Fisher. I've been slinging my hardcore acoustic guitar full time since 2008."
Check out Malcolm's contribution to this Related Records compilation!
With local action from...
Just added! Rad touring act, SIRENS.
On a Clear Day: Live-looping, electro-acoustic soundscapes and storytelling, micro-ballads and poetic pleas for accordion and voice. This is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Stefanie Brendler, who has contributed horns, accordion, keyboards, and vocals to an assortment of Seattle bands since 2004. Stefanie's musical palate spans a spectrum of influence from orchestral French horn to punk rock, bombastic brass street bands to intimate chamber folk. On a Clear Day sings the intimacy of deep secrets and brings fading memories to life.
Brenna Sahatjian: A Portland, OR based songwriter who writes and plays arrangements for guitar, cello, mountain dulcimer, and piano. Past projects include Riotfolk Collective, Tansy and Tarweed, and Slow Teeth. Current projects include Lightnin' Seed, Strangeweather, and Aradia.
Bill Nace: An artist and musician based in Western Massachusetts. He has collaborated with an extraordinary range of musicians, including Michael Morley, Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano, Jooklo Duo, Chris Cooper, John Truscinski, Thurston Moore, Jake Meginsky, Jessica Rylan, Paul Flaherty, Wally Shoup, and Kim Gordon, with whom he regularly plays as one half of the duo Body/Head. Nace’s range has been described as “veering from sculptural, almost Remko-Scha-esque chime to Loren Connors-style elegance in only a few short moves.” (Mimaroglu Music, 2010)
Jake Meginsky: From Northampton, MA. Huck Magazine describes his work as “constantly transgressing the boundaries between acoustic and electronic, analog and digital….invention is at the heart of Jake’s work even before he strikes a note.” Volcanic Tongue recently called Meginsky’s 2014 solo record, L’appel Du Vide, “a hallucinatory electro percussion masterpiece.” In the Wire Magazine review of the album, Nick Cain writes, “The album uses little more than a couple of sounds, extracting often head spinning complexity from a minimum of means.”
Seth Kasselman (Warm Climate)
Eva Aguila (John Q and Ann Seletos)
Victorian Slang: A two-piece featuring the somnambulant psych-folk talents of Bobby Carlson (Feel Free, Prime 8s, Wanda Junes, etc.) and the spikey whitenoise guitar of Stewart "boyracer." Dual vocal pop attack! Troglodyte rock, AZ style! Sounds like?: Lambchop backed by Psychocandy era-Mary Chain, with a bit of Flying Nun/C86 pop sensibility.
A.N.A.L.O.G.: Abe from Treasure Mammal
Bit-Flip is back to bring live electronic music to The Trunk Space on January 16th! $5 cover, tons of great music!
Tribal Leader: (Techno, Electro, Acid House, and whatever else happens to come out) Performing with his new live setup. Tribal Leader's music is twisting, turning, jumping, headbanging, and stomping a surreal wave in both slow motion and real time. With a sound that would suite an underground ritual, Tribal Leader brings layered melodies and moving beats through the speakers and into the ears of a crowd that is continuously growing.
Nect3r: Tech House/Electro House/Deep House/Techno.
BeatCircuit: (Dubstep/Prog House/Trap Producer/DJ Duo) The brothers behind electronic duo BeatCircuit are making waves in the EDM scene with their ear-catching tunes of hard-hitting beats, mind-numbing drops, and wild collection of sounds. They have tracks released on WiFi PR Group’s Compilation "Indie Anthems Vol. 4," among many other compilation albums. They remixed "Swan Lake" for the French Olympic Ice Dance team who performed in Sochi. They completed a successful Promotional Tour in Japan and their meteoric climb has only just begun.
An American Forrest: A western American storyteller from the conifer forests of Western Washington and Northern Idaho. His songs pull inspiration from four years of living out of a truck and backpack from New Mexico to Bulgaria and working everywhere from shepherding in the Alps to dishwashing in Seattle. Forrest’s “gritty, deathless, West" is populated by heroic women, holy horses, roses, conifers, and bleak optimism. “Boldly sung poetry takes on every color of the roots/country spectrum, from Appalachian arrangements to Pacific Northwestern sweetness and a pinch of Southern grit." - CityArts Magazine, Seattle
Dear Rabbit: From Colorado Springs. Eternally touring and captivating audiences. One of the best performers you'll ever witness! Do not miss!!
"Dear Rabbit (the persona of Rence Liam) abandoned rock 'n' roll altogether. His music could not be separated from his performance, as he assumed the role of a hilarious carnival barker in between his songs, which resembled early 20th-century folk ballads. He plugged a decrepit nylon string guitar into a decrepit amplifier and frequently abandoned the microphone, evoking the scratchy 78 rpm records his music might have originated from. He accompanied himself sometimes with a coronet or a melodica, and stomped his foot hard enough to shake the floor. Dear Rabbit is a singular talent—a rarity we often forget exists in the post-everything world." -Joshua Levine, Tucson Weekly
Egg Princess: Front person Jelena has returned from Flagstaff for just a short time. Catch her band while you can!
I'm Leaning Towards Space Jazz: 2nd Trunk Space appearance...their first blew people away!
The Fervor: 1st show! New band from Surprise!
The year is 2044. The Russian war is over, and America looks forward to a period of peace and stability as the world's greatest sealed-off oligarchy. When allegations of sexual misconduct emerge regarding President Daniel Lessard, the President resorts to drastic measures in order to win the Democratic nomination and stay in office. Specifically, Lessard enlists Captain America to serve as his Vice President. As tensions mount between Lessard's corporatist administration and Cap's Old-Left sensibilities, both sides are forced to question what we want from our government, and what it means to be an American in the tumultuous mid-Twenty-first century.
A reading of a new play from AZ ex-pat Andy Boyd, currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Columbia University.
7:30pm doors - 8:00pm performance - $5 at the door
The first ever Phoenix Anti-Folk Fest, showcasing some of Phoenix and the southwest's best independent folk-punk, grunge, and twee pop bands. Featuring:
Tara Lynn Walrus
Militia Joan Hart
Bat Country (Nevada)
Dagger Pan/Fountain Project
Sad Boy Trumpet Club
What Happened to Judy Winslow?
Nahul the Willing
The North Remembers
Friends with Cars
Andy the Giant
Some estimates say up to 97% of animal life on earth lacks a spinal column. Their range is staggering: From microscopic protozoa to colossal squids that approach 50 feet in length. Insects, crustaceans, mollusks, worms, jellies, and arachnids take on an amazing array of shapes, colors, and structures that vary from beautiful to grotesque. In January at The Trunk Space, a group of artists display works made in homage to our backboneless fellow creatures.
Featured artists include:
William Francis Taggart III
Hannah Irene Walsh
Kepi Ghoulie (of Groovie Ghoulies) has missed us, so he is heading to Phoenix for a special end-of-year acoustic performance! Joined by...
Logan & Lucille: From Tucson.
There is a special guest also performing this evening that we have to keep a secret, but this is going to be a fun special show!
Idaho Green: From Billings, Montana. Spud punk/root rock. Back for their third Trunk Space engagement...always on a Monday! The most fun music made by the nicest people, guaranteed!
Medicine Bow: From Laramie, Wyoming. They call it genericore. You'll call it awesome! Sweet melodies, rad riffs, can't wait to have them for their first Trunk Space show!
The Marionettes: They're back, they're from Surprise, and they're going to rock!
Zero Degrees North: Punk rock youth explosion!
Thomas Lake: Solo tunes from member of The Hard Nocks!
IHYWYP: "A one-man punk-pop-electro-cock-rock band consisting of Phil Buckman on vocals, guitars, keys and drum machine, based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Started as a joke during Buckman's stint as a roadie for punk band Stab City Slit Wrists, and performing as the opening act for more prominent bands, IHYWYP gained more exposure in a 2002 article in Wired Magazine through its association with the video game-themed rock band The Minibosses. His popularity and mainstream exposure peaked in 2005, but by 2006, Buckman ended performing as IHYWYP full-time.
"In April 2004, Thrasher called a live IHYWYP show "a life-altering experience." In July 2005, Baltimore City Paper said Buckman's music "somehow manages to evoke the Beatles." In October 2005, a New York Times travel writer mentioned Buckman as "one of (Arizona's) most avant-garde performers." - Wikipedia
Joined on this special evening by...
Inhalants: From Portland, member of Ponies!
Natalie Eickmeyer: From Flagstaff.
Rad people involved in their cities' scenes, meeting up in the sort-of-middle, for a fun multi-genre night!
Drunken Relatives: Punk rock from Denver!
Terra Firma Dinosaur: From LA. Hip hop with a mix between backing tracks and live instruments, plus mimes and performance art!
And here come the locals...