Media Jeweler: "Experimental"/"art" rock from Santa Ana, CA. They've released on Fire Talk Records and recorded at Machines with Magnets (Battles, Lightning Bolt, etc.). "Fleet, nagging guitars and regal horn charts form a sonic pulse that’s urged along by a limber rhythm section; the song doesn’t so much pound as it slips, skids, and surges, accruing a kinetic static electricity." - Pitchfork
Kevin Greenspon: A veteran of the oft-fragmented DIY scene that stretches from Los Angeles into parts unknown and overlooked, Greenspon has performed an average of 100 shows annually on national tours over the past five years in venues ranging from art museums to abandoned naval bases. Rarely slowing the pace when at home, he also runs the Bridgetown Records label, releasing sizable batches of albums for like-minded peers from the deep reaches of the underground each season.
Vintage Clothes: Energetic piano + drums.
Torrey: Experimental jazz-based ensemble.
Lana Del Rabies: Chopped-up/sampled composed noise.
Come out to support Girls Rock Phoenix campers who worked for a week to perform in one of this summer's coolest shows! Over 40 girls have learned how to play an instrument, write a song, form a band, pick a band name, and perform for you in one week! Support local music, local girls, and our community!
Emperor X: Chad Matheny, who Alternative Press described as "a spastic, legally blind, nomadic songwriter whose performances transform venues/living rooms/arts spaces into punk rock micro-raves," has been releasing music under the Emperor X moniker since 1998. His recordings and live shows fuse the punk songwriter tradition of Billy Bragg with the experimental tape loop minimalism of William Basinski, and reveal incurable obsessions with transportation infrastructure, modernist literature, and lo-fi Chicago house tracks. Consequences of Sound called the resulting twelve critically-accalimed albums and EPs "a radical, challenging, and sometimes baffling discography."
Matheny lives in Berlin, where he helps operate Donau115, a small venue central to the Neukölln neighborhood's booming experimental jazz scene, and volunteers as a music technology instructor for a German NGO focused on supporting young refugees. In addition to his label home of Tiny Engines, he has worked with several American and international labels including Bar/None Records, Burnt Toast Vinyl, Plan-It-X Records, the German/American label The Bomber Jacket, and the Portuguese/German/Lithuanian multimedia collective Mouca.
The Expos: Youngblood shreddy-type pop-punk.
Weird Radicals: Textured garagey-pop.
AJ Woods: Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, AJ Woods has been a part of the underground Southwestern music scene for nearly a decade. In that time, Woods has released two full-length albums on Denver, Colorado's Tinyamp Records (S/T, 2013, The Fence, 2016), as well as EPs, singles and live recordings, which have earned him comparisons to Jason Molina, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Neil Young, and Townes Van Zandt. Still, "Woods'[s] lyrical style, guitar playing and singing are his own—something that can't often be said." (Weekly Alibi) With music and lyrics that are “poignant and powerful," (ABQ Free Press), Woods creates not only songs, but "unpretentious poetry....This guy's for real." (Weekly Alibi) A teacher, a musician, a poet, whatever he is, in times like these, when our sense of reality is shifting and dissolving, Woods' music is a grounding force. It brings us back to the cold, hot, hard, soft, wet, dry earth on which we live and depend, the music; it reminds us that we have hearts, bones that break and heal, blood that can leave us; that we are related to, made and capable of many things.
Advance Base: Project by Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. Walking the line between electronic pop and more traditional singer/songwriter forms, Owen Ashworth builds minimalist, heavy-hearted, and nostalgia-obsessed tunes around his conversational, baritone vocals, using electric pianos, Omnichords, orchestral samples, and antique drum machines. The sound of Advance Base has been described as "depressed," "lo-fi," and "pop."
Advance Base is named after the Antarctic meteorological station and psychedelic death trap that nearly killed Admiral Richard E. Byrd during the winter of 1934.
Local support by...
Matt Pless / Dandelion Massacre / The Slow Poisoner / Sugar Skull Explosion / Andy Warpigs / Dinosaur Love / Somespaceman
Folk Punk Picnic! Electric bands are playing in the Grace Church basement, with acoustic acts playing in the courtyard between bands.
Matt Pless: From New York.
Dandelion Massacre: From Modesto, CA.
The Slow Poisoner: One-man band from San Francisco, CA.
Feel free to bring food, friends, and positive vibes.
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...
Lip bumbling, teeth chattering, heart soothing stories by Arizona writers!
It is going to be more like an anthology, so 13 writers are going to read at the event for ten minutes each. Then after the event, there will be books for sale that are a compilation of all the readings of the night.
Run-On Sunshine: Phoenix tour kickoff plus release show for the 22-song rock opera, There's No Place Like Know Where? But, much more than that, this is Run-On Sunshine's final show as an Arizonan! At the end of this three-month adventure, Run-On Sunshine will resettle in St. Petersburg, Florida, so it will be quite a while before playing The Trunk Space again!
The Rifle: Dreamy sun-drenched indie rock from Tucson! This is their final stop on a summer tour!
End Credits: Phoenix/Tucson radness!
Harrison Hufman: Full band awesomeness!
What Happened to Judy Winslow?: Hyper-emotive uke-driven folk-punk!
Two bands from Los Angeles (by way of Brattleboro, Vermont), combined featuring members of Happy Jawbone Family Band, Bird Names, Peach Kelli Pop, Secret Lover, and Lust-Cats of the Gutters...
The Lentils: Blown-out, chorus-belting, feeling-gettin' bare-butt rock n' roll from Gnar Tapes, Feeding Tube Records, and BUFU!
Bed Bits: Devotional dork surf/education pop/rock n' roll!
Hello! boy oh boy is having their last show ever (r.i.p) and celebrating the release of their compilation tape which will be available at the event for $5. First five people to purchase tapes will get a free poster! Come join us (if you want to) for a night of music and kindness!
Diners: Your pals, the people who manage to make you smile every single time you see them. Very friendly rock and roll pop.
Willetta: Imagine some angels singing/playing alternative Americana and then make them really goth.
The Darling Sounds: Literally the sweetest bunch making the sweetest alternative indie pop tunes. Your fave locals, the kind you never avoid when you see them in public.
boy oh boy: A small lo-fi sad pop dream you once had a long time ago where you fell down a hole and watched the sun rise from the bottom of it.
Presented by Pen Cap Collective.
Jack and the Bear: From Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their album By the Book: Folklore by Jack and the Bear is a twenty-track concept album inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales, musical theater, and real-life industrial surroundings. Giving off a bit of a "Dark-Disney" vibe, the songs cascade one into the next, as an original story (influenced by a mixture of both fictional, and not-so-fictional modern-day current affairs) guides you through the duration of the album.
Karen Meat: A pop-rock project of Arin Eaton, based between Des Moines and Iowa City. The band itself is a moody character, a sequined oversized sweater, crooning melodies, and lyrics of a bored generation. Glittering with memorable beats, 60s-girl-pop inspired vocals, guitar solos, and coordinated outfits; grumpy rock n’ roll songs with a tinge of partying and omnicord. Realistically, pop songs should be fun and sad. Karen Meat embraces the power of rejection and depression as themes for her music, and her upbeat tunes are gems of sarcasm and truth.
On tour with Dana T: Silly banter, seriously layered, complex guitar-pop.
Lil Trip: Mathy rockers, but not "math-rock."
Harrison Hufman: Experimental duder turns hazy garage-popper.
Frensky: New solo project from your favorite omnichord superstar.
Summer is finally here! And counter-intuitively, Phoenix residents do one thing in the hotter(est) months: Hide. From. The. Sun. The lack of vitamin D has the same effect on people dumb enough to shovel snow in other parts of the world: Makes. You. Depressed.
Anyway, let's celebrate! It's the last day you'll be feeling cheerful for at least four months! Adios, Sunshine!
Coincidentally, for local rock critic Troy Farah, this will be one of his last days in town before he moves. Come say hi or bye or punch him in the gut! There will be cake, a photobooth, ugly decorations, live art, live bees, dead mimes, fireworks display, and Russian Roulette!!
Presented by PHX SUX.
Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and Night Vale Presents invite you into the world of popular new podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) with this enchanting live immersive evening of songs, stories, games, magic, and more by The Music Tapes (Elephant 6 Collective/Merge Records).
No Festival Required independent cinema presents a salon screening (maximum 50 seats) of Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present, a documentary film by Tyler Hubby that examines the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad.
Check out the Facebook event for more details!
Stop Smoking Clinic presents Hellyabrofest - the debut tape compilation release show! Put out your cigarettes, come inside, and see the beautiful musical stylings of...
Lil Trip: Something sad but sexy in a way you never heard of.
Polson: Your Phoenix slowcore rock and roller.
John Zubia: Ambient sad instrumentals, intermission.
Big Affection: That sweet sexy rock and roll music you all love.
Apathedick: Some sad low fidelity bedroom pop.
Tanner Johnson: Good old fashioned jazzy rock and roll with a lofi twist.
Trying: Coming at you from Mesa, Arizona with music that you'll want to bump and grind to.
And a surprise guest who you won't want to miss!
Preorder your copy of Stop Smoking Clinic compilation #27.
The third in a recurring series: Sound + Movement at The Trunk Space. Duos comprised of one movement artist and one sound artist, communicating, growing and sharing with each other through performance.
Sydney Jackson / Mike Pfister
X-Savior Thomas / Kristina Moore
Juan “Coel” Rodriguez / John Q
Julian Stein / Lacee Garcia
Interested in performing in future presentations? firstname.lastname@example.org.
This show is in the basement of Grace Lutheran Church, on the same property as The Trunk Space.
The Trunk Space turns 13! To celebrate, we're hosting the 4th annual Indie 500: A race through 500 songs!
We will begin at 8am sharp on Saturday, May 6th, and we won't stop until we hit 500 songs!
The cost of the event is $10 for a wristband that gets you into the whole fest! All ages!
Check out the lineup! The times are a guess...we will update social media with what song we are on.
Kimya Dawson is playing!!
The Walters: From Chicago. Hunks making hits since 2014.
Summer Salt: From Austin, Texas. With influences of bossa nova and oldies, they create the perfect soundtrack for chillaxin’ by the pool. Matt has the voice of an angel, Eugene has that in-the-pocket drummin', and Phil’s bass is funny.
Get tickets online - only a few left!
Punk rock outfit The Windermeres are on tour from Colorado!
Troubled Minds: Sad boy twinkle legends.
Fear and Love: Post-Sideyard homies coming together once more.
Ex Cadet: Formerly know as Simon Said, fresh out of the gates with a new bassist and prepared to shred.
Glencove: Just added!
Surprise set from a special guest...who could it be?!
Presented by Small Talk Collective.
Open to all high school-aged students.
The Trunk Space hosts the Rebel Alliance 80's High School Prom. 80s theme!
It's like prom, Trunk Space style, and just $5.
Pleasures: "South Florida quartet Pleasures creates a dark psych/cybernetics hybrid that’s somewhere between Manson Family fever dreams at Spahn Ranch and Blade Runner replicants decaying. Live there's a good amount of NIN/Soft Moon theatrics, the uneasy alliance between humans and machines at the center of it all." -Matthew Moyer, Orlando Weekly
Solomon Bobinac and CJ Melton are performing a two-hour collaborative piece in The Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary for First Friday.
7pm - 9pm. Donations accepted.