Phoenix Falling

Want to see a good band? Go to Tucson.

"When I was starting to book Nita's, it was insane how many bands could do 200 people and sell it out: Trunk Federation, Les Payne Product, Jimmy Eat World, Dead Hot Workshop, Flathead, 100 Iced Animals. . . . All those bands are gone now or don't play out or they're too big to play.

"I think it's just known that Phoenix isn't known for a very good live music scene, it's a common fact -- for things that aren't on the radio."

Although that fact pisses me off, it's clear to me now why so many bands I like blow off Phoenix in favor of Tucson: As a whole, we don't support live music. It's our own goddamn fault. If we'd all get our asses to shows instead of sitting around being haters, maybe the trend would reverse -- and maybe some clubs would open rather than close.

The truth is that we don't support our own music scene.

E-mail brendan.kelley@newtimes.com

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