Events Calendar

Nick Jaina / There is Danger / Joe Vito
Dec
12
7:30 pm19:30

Nick Jaina / There is Danger / Joe Vito

Nick Jaina: A musician and writer from Portland, Oregon. He is a co-founder and musical director of the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City. He has composed the music for three ballets and three contemporary dances with that group, featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet, Ten Hairy Legs, and Juilliard, performing at the Baryshnikov Center and the Joyce Theater. Their most recent performance led to two sold-out shows at Brooklyn Academy of Music in May 2014. Of that performance, the New York Times wrote, "[The] pure, pungent, earthy music for strings, piano, and percussion... was the most physically bracing part of the night."

With locals...

There is Danger

Joe Vito

OME Preview Show
Dec
16
7:30 pm19:30

OME Preview Show

OME preview show, featuring the OME House Band!

With Datura, a multimedia ensemble made up of Tony Obr, Joe Willie Smith, and John Mitchell.

Meet the Sun Listening Party / TOSO / Heavy the Lightweight
Dec
17
7:30 pm19:30

Meet the Sun Listening Party / TOSO / Heavy the Lightweight

Meet the Sun is an experimental folk album with ten tracks ranging from gothic and industrial feels, to spoken word/beats, haunting ballads, and finger-picking folk vibes. "Lost the Plot or Idioms & Allusions for an Unsound Mind, Mad as a March Hare." It features recording and mixing by Scott Mitting, Delaney Moos (Trash Mullet) on banjo, and Andy Warpigs on percussion.

8pm - Heavy the Lightweight: Featuring Nicholas Villa. Smooth grooves.

9pm - TOSO: Experimental grunge-rock psychedelic-punks.

10pm - Meet the Sun record listening session. Come glow in the dark.

There will be copies of a handmade lyric/poetry zine, printed on parchment paper. Zine includes an mp3 download card for the record.

The show will feature visuals by Scott Mitting, interactive activities, and surprises, all hosted by Dadadoh!

At nueBOX: Cynthia Spencer / "Duality: neither (Here) nor >>>There" / "r u mad ophelia" Abridged
Dec
18
7:00 pm19:00

At nueBOX: Cynthia Spencer / "Duality: neither (Here) nor >>>There" / "r u mad ophelia" Abridged

The Trunk Space/Four Chambers Press/nueBOX present an evening of interdisciplinary performance encompassing sound, media, dance, and theater. At nueBOX, 1 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ.

Cynthia Spencer: Olympia, WA-based sound and poetry experimentalist.

Cynthia Spencer is a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College with a focus in text and media arts. Her work considers trauma and entropy through the dissolution of language in performance. Strange, sometimes beautiful, often haunting, her performances evoke a space between poetry and vocally-produced noise, the voice as the raw material of language. She was a co-founder of The Midwest Small Press Festival in Milwaukee, WI and currently co-runs the Convex Mirror Reading Series in Olympia, WA.

With locals...

"Duality: neither (Here) nor >>>There"
Choregraphy: Juan "Coel" Rodriguez
Sound: Tony Obr
Dancers: Brenda Grageda, Jessica Waitz

"Duality: neither (Here) nor >>>There" is a work that explores intentionality as it relates to both empathy and the negotiating, reflective state of self. These themes are explored through a variety of movement sequences, athletic partnering, and minor set design as well as a live musical component. The work's aim is to place the audience in a performative state of transparency, where they not only witness the performance but are also given the opportunity to look through it.

Howl Theatre Project presents "r u mad ophelia" abridged
Written and directed by Chris Danowski
Media design by Boyd Branch

This will be a 15-minute excerpt from the full performance piece. There will be seven performers present: Jamie Haas Hendricks, Ashley Kerin Martinez, Steve Wilcox, Barry Moon, Stephen Matthew Kass, Seth Scott, Bethanne Abramovich, Liana O’Boyle, and Jake Jack Hylton.

Howl Theatre Project was founded in 2014 as a collective of hungry performers answering "an urgent response to an urgent impulse to make noises after dark.” They have performed three new works of original experimental performance in all the best living rooms (and occasionally theatre spaces).

$5 suggested donation

Ainsworth / Arden Klawitter + The Powerclaps / Justin Moody / Egg Princess / MKLA
Dec
27
7:00 pm19:00

Ainsworth / Arden Klawitter + The Powerclaps / Justin Moody / Egg Princess / MKLA

Ainsworth: From Whittier, California. Teenage angst with a college vocabulary. Latest album, Cage in Search of a Bird, is wonderful! 

Arden Klawitter + The Powerclaps: From Orange County, CA. Has worked largely in conceptual and improvisational frameworks but his debut EP on Pacific Nature Records is Arden Klawitter at his most intimate and honest, striving to write genre-hopping pop songs that bear his soul.

Justin Moody: Say good bye before he moves to Washington!

Egg Princess: Welcome back from Flagstaff!

MKLA: Welcome back to The Trunk Space!

TV Girl / Poppet / Electrisad
Jan
7
7:30 pm19:30

TV Girl / Poppet / Electrisad

TV Girl: On the surface, a sunny, throwback splash of ‘60s French pop and southern California soul. Yet, under that shiny veneer lays a dark heart, beating with sharp wit and cynical alienation, and the music is all the more alluring for it.

On tour with Poppet.

With locals Electrisad.


La Musa / Michael Gelinas / PinesOfTorrey
Dec
5
7:30 pm19:30

La Musa / Michael Gelinas / PinesOfTorrey

La Musa: Cello + recorder + guitar, improv-based avant-classical trio.

TJ Borden (US cellist) + Diego Muné (Argentinian classical guitarist) + Bernadette Zeilinger (Austrian recordist) = the international, experimental trio first activated in Paris, before spreading across Europe and South America, now arriving on US shores for the very first time.

With locals...

Michael Gelinas: A perfect mix of light and dark, noise and melody.

PinesOfTorrey: Moody, downtempo jazz.

Deep listening encouraged.

Torrey Pines film screening with live score by Clyde Petersen / Zach Burba / Jacob Jaffe
Dec
2
7:30 pm19:30

Torrey Pines film screening with live score by Clyde Petersen / Zach Burba / Jacob Jaffe

Torrey Pines film screening with live score by: Clyde Petersen / Zach Burba / Jacob Jaffe.

What is Torrey Pines About?

Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based on a true story, the film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990's.

Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, twelve-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

I Don't Understand. Is it a Movie or a Theatrical Piece?

Torrey Pines is both a complete feature film, and a touring theatrical show. The film has a soundtrack produced by Chris Walla, while the live theatrical version has a score performed by the band Your Heart Breaks and special guests, including Kimya Dawson, Lori Goldston, The Beaconettes (an amazing choir from Seattle, Washington), Corey J. Brewer, Chris Looney, and Art Petersen.

Who is Clyde Petersen? What's Their Deal?

Clyde Petersen is a Seattle-based artist, working in film, animation, music, installation, and fabulous spectacle. He is a member of the transgender and queer communities in Seattle. He travels the world with his punk band Your Heart Breaks and hosts a TV show in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum. Boating with Clyde features artists from around the world, performing on the waterways of Seattle and can be seen online. Past projects also include the 90-minute multimedia show Gender Failure with Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote.

His work has been featured around the world at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, SXSW, the Henry Art Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery, Portland State University, Western Washington University, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and many more. His clients include The Thermals, Kimya Dawson, Laura Veirs, Earth, Minor Alps, Quasi, Deerhoof, Sean Nelson, The Portland Cello Project, and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down to name a few. He has been awarded grants for filmmaking from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), The Neddy at Cornish, the City of Seattle, the Artist Trust Innovator Award, the Awesome Foundation, and 4Culture.

Check out the trailer!

At 51 West: Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts / Diners / Herbert Walker
Nov
28
7:30 pm19:30

At 51 West: Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts / Diners / Herbert Walker

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts: Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis is a comic book artist and indie-rock musician, treading in the musical realms of Yo La Tengo/Jonathan Richman/Velvet Underground. Beginning with homemade cassettes in the late 90s, then moving on to touring the world and releasing "proper" albums since 2001, Jeffrey's career has included sharing bills and tours with the likes of The Vaselines, The Fall, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Roky Erickson, The Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, Devo, Pulp, and many other luminaries.

In between his contemplative folk narratives and garage indie-punk songs, Jeffrey is known for including illustrated songs in concert, sometimes covering historical topics (like "The History of Communism"), or strange flights of fancy (like "The Creeping Brain").

Appearing in the past as Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters, Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, and other touring ensembles, his newest band incarnation is Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts featuring Mem Pahl on bass and Brent Cole on drums. Rough Trade Records (label of The Smiths, The Strokes, etc.) has just released the seventh Jeffrey Lewis album, Manhattan, mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., War on Drugs), widely acclaimed as the best Jeffrey Lewis album to date.

Jeffrey has self-published twelve issues of his comic book series Fuff, and Jeffrey's writing, illustrations, comic books, and music have been featured by The Guardian, The History Channel, and The New York Times (among other places).

With local support from Diners and Herbert Walker.

Presented by The Trunk Space at 51 West (Southern Ave) in Tempe.

Semi-Social ~04~ Round Robin
Nov
19
6:00 pm18:00

Semi-Social ~04~ Round Robin

Semi-Social back in action! We've got something very special for you!

~Round Robin~
For each round, all bands set up at the same time and we go in a circle. No openers, no closers, non-stop music. Not to be missed.

////Round 2////
Playboy Manbaby
The Mad Doctors (NYC)
The Expos
Sonoran Chorus

////Round 1////
koleżanka
Willetta
Herbert Walker
Nick Perkins

$8 advance, $10 day of show (advance link coming soon)

Lydia Lunch: An Evening of Spoken Word, Plus Musical Guests
Nov
11
8:00 pm20:00

Lydia Lunch: An Evening of Spoken Word, Plus Musical Guests

Join us as the incomparable Lydia Lunch returns to Phoenix for her first time in a decade to deliver an unforgettable spoken word appearance. She's legendary, with an extensive history of words, music, and performances that have spanned a decades-long career. And she shows no signs of slowing down!

The night will kick off with two fantastic and diverse musical performances from:

JJCnV: Phoenix's most unique post-punk band mixes up hooks, driving beats, dual vocals, and a beautifully twisted nature resulting in clever and rocking songs that you can't forget.

The Wilt Family: A new dark country act from Philly that is unveiling slowly through random performances throughout the US with a love of folk, psych, roots, and mystery.

Get tickets!

David Dondero / DS Yancey / The Blood Feud Family Singers / Hannah Bones
Nov
2
7:30 pm19:30

David Dondero / DS Yancey / The Blood Feud Family Singers / Hannah Bones

David Dondero: An American songwriter and guitarist, and former lead singer of the band Sunbrain. In 2006, NPR's All Songs Considered named David one of the "best living songwriters" alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Tom Waits.

In 1996, Dondero joined This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb for nearly two years as their drummer. He left in 1998 to focus on his solo material. He has since released eight solo albums. Dondero has toured with such acts as Crooked Fingers, Jolie Holland, Against Me!, The Mountain Goats, David Bazan, Preston School of Industry, Bright Eyes, Tilly and the Wall, Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew, Spoon, and Willy Mason.

With local support from...

DS Yancey

The Blood Feud Family Singers

Hannah Bones

At Super Saver Cinemas: Dr. Zombie Presents "The Brain That Wouldn't Die!"
Oct
29
8:00 pm20:00

At Super Saver Cinemas: Dr. Zombie Presents "The Brain That Wouldn't Die!"

Dr. Zombie is back in the film riffing business to screen a monster movie! It's a Halloweekend Miracle! Check out the IndieGoGo campaign to get your admission and super spooky perks. Art contest! Costume contest! Acting contest! Yelling your jokes at a movie screen! Costarring Dain Quentin Gore, Arthur Rlucero, and Steph Carrico of The Trunk Space! Be there and be afraid!

This is a popup event at Super Saver Cinemas, 2710 West Bell Road, Phoenix.

Tatsuya Nakatani
Oct
17
7:30 pm19:30

Tatsuya Nakatani

Tatsuya Nakatani - special long solo set!

He combines the use of manufactured and homemade instruments in his work. Those instruments are drums, large hand-hammered Chinese gongs, Japanese Buddhist bowls, specially carved sticks, and occasionally kitchen tools. He hand makes hardwood bows to bow gongs and cymbals. Bowing creates a long sustained sound in percussion, making an identifiable note, timbre, and texture. All of these instruments are carefully tuned and matched in sound depth to balance his family of percussion instruments.

Sliding scale $6-$10.

At FilmBar: Murderess: The Winnnie Ruth Judd Story by Scott Coblio
Oct
16
7:00 pm19:00

At FilmBar: Murderess: The Winnnie Ruth Judd Story by Scott Coblio

This year, The Trunk Space is presenting Murderess: The Winnie Ruth Judd Story written and directed by Scott Coblio at FilmBar! 815 North 2nd Street, Phoenix.

On the night of Friday, October 16th, 1931, Winnie Ruth Judd had a fight with her two best friends that ended in a double fatality. Two nights later, she boarded a train headed for LA, with grisly baggage that contained the bodies--one dismembered--of her former friends. When the trunks were found to be leaking blood upon arrival, Winnie was asked to open them. Claiming she forgot the key, she walked out of the station and disappeared into thin air. One week later, she surrendered in a funeral parlor, a bullet lodged in her left hand, claiming the women attacked her and that she had only shot in self defense. Oddly enough, some of the physical evidence seemed to support this story. However, instead of getting simpler the story got weirder and wilder as more became known (or unknown, depending on whose version you chose to believe), involving adultery, narcotics, mental illness, secrets and whispers of a conspiracy. To this day, the truth remains a mystery.

Murderess was the brainchild of writer/director Scott Coblio, a Los Angeles native. The film was shot on miniDV tape and took three years to complete. It debuted at Rochester New York's Little Theater as the anchor-piece of the "Image Out" Film Festival, where it garnered positive reviews from the local press. In 2008, the film won the Best Animated Feature award in Los Angeles at the DIY Film Fest. Screening the film annually on (or near) October 16th (the night of the murders) has become a tradition at The Trunk Space, and this year's screening marks the 10th anniversary of that tradition.

Runtime: 73 minutes.

Semi-Social: Phantom Party / Wax Castle / Confetti Club / Treasure MammaL / Twin Ponies / Red Tank! / Egg Princess / Boy Oh Boy / Nonchalant
Sep
24
7:00 pm19:00

Semi-Social: Phantom Party / Wax Castle / Confetti Club / Treasure MammaL / Twin Ponies / Red Tank! / Egg Princess / Boy Oh Boy / Nonchalant

Brought to you by Semi-Social in association with The Trunk Space. A night of colorful fun, in the basement of Grace Lutheran Church, 1124 North 3rd Street. Featuring...

Phantom Party

Wax Castle

Confetti Club

Twin Ponies

Treasure MammaL

Red Tank!

Egg Princess

Boy Oh Boy

Nonchalant

Tickets: $8 day of, $5 presale (coming soon!).

Trunk Space pops up for First Friday at Grace Lutheran Church: Seth Kasselman / There is Danger / Language Barrier / Solomon Bobinac
Sep
2
7:00 pm19:00

Trunk Space pops up for First Friday at Grace Lutheran Church: Seth Kasselman / There is Danger / Language Barrier / Solomon Bobinac

The Trunk Space is popping up for September First Friday at Grace In the City: Grace Lutheran Church. This event is free, but donations are encouraged and will be divided amongst the performers.

In the sanctuary: Seth Kasselman (Warm Climate)

In Hope Hall:

There Is Danger

Language Barrier

Solomon Bobinac

At Bonus Round*: Victorian Slang / Treasure Mammal / Sturdy Ladies *21+
Aug
12
7:30 pm19:30

At Bonus Round*: Victorian Slang / Treasure Mammal / Sturdy Ladies *21+

Victorian Slang: Rock n' Roll all the way from Flagstaff for one special night! 

Treasure MammaL: Get ready to dance to Treasure Mammal's unstoppable beats!

Sturdy Ladies: Rock-hard tunes from three solid Phoenix broads.                          

*This show is hosted at Bonus Round, which is located at 24 W Camelback Rd, Ste DE, Phoenix, Arizona 85013. Bonus Round is an arcade bar so unfortunately, this show is 21+. The Trunk Space will rarely host 21+ shows, but on occasion it is the only option.

At 51 West: Jeph Jerman and Steve Jansen / Jimmy Peggie  / Fade Into You / Michael Gelinas
Aug
9
7:30 pm19:30

At 51 West: Jeph Jerman and Steve Jansen / Jimmy Peggie / Fade Into You / Michael Gelinas

Jeph Jerman and Steve Jansen: A continuation of a first-time collaboration between the longtime Arizonans during Texas’ No Idea Festival in February 2016, the barely amplified duo employs sound makers ranging from patch cables to desert-sand-in-cup poured onto notebook paper. 

Jimmy Peggie: Architectural microsounds of electroacoustic, ambient, and drone plunges listeners into the soft abyss. 

Fade Into You: Clark, Tyler, Seletos, and Q make shit up. It could be racket, ratchet, beautiful, plum-colored, disintegrated, smooth noise, even-tempered ghetto-tech. It could be.

Michael Gelinas: Free improv guitar with a surplus of narrative arcs and story-like structures.

FiftyOne West is located at 51 W Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85282.