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.

Kimber Lanning says, go out, Phoenix!
Jeff Newton
Kimber Lanning says, go out, Phoenix!

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

E-mail brendan.kelley@newtimes.com

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