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1506 Grand Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007 | Central Phoenix | 602-256-6006

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Populated by a kooky coterie of performers and artists, the Trunk Space has become a haven for nationally touring indie outfits like Quintron and Miss Pussycat, as well as a number of burgeoning local bands. Creating a hipster block on Grand along with the always-popular Bikini Lounge and candy shop/record store Sweets & Beats, this quaint performance space/boutique/espresso bar is a stomping ground for a variety of musicians, artists, and other creative Phoenicians. Since its opening in 2005, a quirky cross-section of comedians, theater troupes, fringe acts, poets, and freakazoids have also graced the venue's tiny stage.


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    It doesn't take long for "La Verite," the opening track on Michelle Blades' new record, Mariana, to assert itself as new territory for the singer/songwriter. With its swelling strings...
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    Seeing Parenthetical Girls for the first time, via their Bergman-esque video for "A Song for Ellie Greenwich," induced the same chills I got when I saw Devo's TV debut on SNL — a...
  • Up on the Sun: Video
    Get ready for gross out. Pop deconstructionists Man-Cat, whose mission statement reads: "We're just trying to feed pop music back to the consumers in the most subversive way possible,"...
  • Up on the Sun: Take Cover
    PJ Harvey's musical style suits Sweetbleeders well. These local rockers were spot on in reproducing her sound, even though a man was singing her songs. The idea to cover PJ Harvey arose...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Downtown Phoenix art hangout the Trunk Space has been a haven for nerdy pursuits since it opened in 2004. Over the years, the venue has hosted poetry nights, dudes playing chiptune music on...
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    How do you define a good "bummer jam?" It's a tough call. Break down the term, and you've got two distinct goals: The song has to convey some serious sadness (the bummer) but it also has to...
  • Up on the Sun: Album Stream
    It's been two years since Arizona transplant Michelle Blades' last album release. During that time the soulful singer-songwriter spent some time in Paris where she turned 21, and put in work...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    In 2010, Billboard Magazine's annual album sales evaluation read thusly: physical sales were sinking like a septic tank full of concrete, except for vinyl. Sales of records were up 14...
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    Conan O'Brien ain’t got nothing on Ernesto Moncada. While it might be true that O’Brien has millions in the bank and millions in fans around the nation, Moncada (also known by...
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    Do you miss the polyrhythmic guitars and glottal growls of Packrat? Well, the band misses you, too. So much that they've reformed after a brief hiatus to offer some math-rock cheer to the...
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    Two plays by Shane C. Geant will be performed: 7th Ave and Grand and Doors and Windows. They're two tales of desperation, desolation, drugs, and demise. Post-performances, the actors and...
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    The German poet Goethe said that, “science arose from poetry… when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.” Times apparently haven’t...
  • Up on the Sun: Album Stream
    Creative noisemakers Former Friends Of Young Americans are sprinting to the end of the year. They've been gigging extensively, with shows lined up this week and next month in the midst of...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Marks Sultan, The Wrong Ones, Andrew and His Feisty Felines, and The Cosmeticators Trunk Space Monday, November 21 Mark Sultan: Someone has offered me a Xanax and an enema...
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    Being a grown-up sucks sometimes. Remember obligatory naps and snack time? Those were the days. Recapture that youthful feeling when Apollo 12 and Unicorn Warpath, Torch Theatre’s...
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    Mark Sultan is an accomplished, unique songwriter, so it may seem wrong to reduce him to the more outrageous aspects of his persona. Unfortunately, we can't help it. The man (who travels...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    "I don't want to be hip. I don't want to be cool. I think that shit [trends] is not hip or cool, so I don't want to be that," Mark Sultan, also known as BBQ, says over the phone from Austin....
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    California Lite, the new album from Key Losers, starts off with a fakeout — 15 seconds of weird, rumbling noise — before segueing into "Limited Time," a synth-washed gem that...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Though she didn't start playing music professionally until after she had moved away, Katy Davidson of Key Losers (formerly of Dear Nora) says that Phoenicians seem to be able to sense that...
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    An eclectic array of music, monsters, and madcap shenanigans await at this annual Halloween extravaganza. Partake in pumpkin carving while Dr. Zombie showcases 1953’s schlock classic...
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    Travelers frustrated by strict TSA guidelines and expensive luggage fees might admire Winnie Ruth Judd's deranged moxie. In 1931, she managed to travel from Phoenix to Los Angeles toting...
  • Up on the Sun: Flier of the Week
    If the music played by these bands is even half as adventurous as the actions of the guy on this flier, I'd say it's definitely worth going to the show.Be sure to join Street Eaters, Yeah...
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    Phoenix-based pop band French Quarter has a new record out, Desert Wasn't Welcome, and the band is heading out on tour to support it. Recorded at Dub Narcotic Sound System in Olympia,...
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    As much as we’d like to think that looks don’t count, let’s face it: Pretty people get a ton of perks, from free nightclub admission to higher salaries. But as local...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Carla Bozulich, Badwater Bob, Where Dead Voices Gather, and Tobie Milford The Trunk Space Friday, September 9, 2011 "That's a pretty song, right?" -- Badwater Bob There's only about twenty...
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    The music of Carla Bozulich's voice is a knotty, twisted thing, weaving tense words around slinking melodies and discordant clangs of percussion and keys. Bozulich played in alt-country band...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Carla Bozulich has a distinct voice, and an even more distinct outlook on music. "I'm really excited when there are people in the audience who seem to be hating the show. It's like a...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    Remember when April Ludgate-Dwyer (played by Aubrey Plaza) of NBC's Parks and Recreation said that her favorite band was Neutral Milk Hotel in an episode last season? That ruled. It was...
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    Canadian rockers Japandroids claim that the title of their debut album, Post Nothing, was a pithy rebuke to those who might pigeonhole the duo in any particular sub-genre. But we know...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    This weekend, several local artists and performers will voyage down to the Stygian depths (The Trunk Space, in this case) to summon archaic gods and demons, and to "resurrect"...
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    Staying true to their name, Bomb the Music Industry takes on a new approach to releasing their music. The punk band writes, records and distributes all of their tunes, which land them at...
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    When Jeff Rosenstock's band The Arrogant Sons of Bitches broke up in 2004, he decided to record a bunch of weird songs alone on his computer and just give them away for free on the Internet....
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    Between the debt ceiling crisis, a yo-yoing stock market and early campaigning for the next presidential election, it's tempting to tune out of the 24-hour news cycle that chronicles --...
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    Phoenix-based stoner-metal band Twingiant doesn't screw around when it comes to material. "Songs about being accidentally shot out into space on a giant garbage barge because y'all was...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    White Fence The Rhythm Room Wednesday, August 3 Sometimes a band blows you away out of nowhere. White Fence is one of those bands.The group fucking ruled. But let's backtrack a bit. The...
  • Up on the Sun: Video
    I kind of feel like I'm the only person who isn't completely blown away by Cults -- but I'm willing to bet that seeing Cults at Club Congress on July 30 probably ruled. There are few...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Destroy Nate Allen is a folk-punk duo, made up of married Christian rockers Nate and Tessa Allen. The pair's music is a strange thing -- acoustic guitar anchored and melodically...
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    The woods can be a dark and scary place. According to Lord of the Rings fans (ringers?) on the interwebs, they are lousy with orcs. Other times, they're full of tension, as esteemed...
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    Fans of hiatus-dwelling folk band Finding Grampa's Monsters will have one more chance to catch the trio together for a one-time reunion show. The show will take place tomorrow night, July...
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    Tristan Jemsek is not a rock star, nor does he want to be. Sure, some people know him as a member of local polka-punk band Haunted Cologne and as the bass player for raucous blues-punk...
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    My friend David and I are driving through downtown Phoenix on a Tuesday afternoon. I point to a gorgeous, frescoed façade as we whiz past and say, "I wish someone would repair the...
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    Bruce Springsteen fandom knows no geographical bounds. In America, rustic patriarchs like Gaslight Anthem and Titus Andronicus wear their Springsteen influence on their sleeves. Now,...
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    Being in a touring rock band is challenging enough without internal conflicts, but when two members of the group are separating/divorcing each other, there are only two paths to take: 1) the...
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    Many, many years ago — before the age of digital music mojo and studio wizardry, and right around the time "rock 'n' roll" was deemed a dirty term by apple-pie America and you couldn't...
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    The Pods make dirty, sexy music. The group incorporates a lot of styles on their new self-titled album, ranging from metal and grunge to pop. Guitarist/vocalist Dusty Rose describes the...
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    Dirty Beaches songwriter Alex Zhang Hungtai started with a desire to make films and, sure enough, his album Badlands feels like a movie, owing as much to filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch, David...
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    Let's say you decide to start a solo project, eventually inviting some friends to play with you. It's hardly serious — the newly formed band is just a way to see some friends you might...
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    Tempe art-punks Vegetable sprouted much more quickly than most bands. Whereas plenty of their peers' projects take years to develop, Vegetable's backstory comprises a flurried few months,...
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    Despite what national news or teen dramas might suggest, Los Angeles and Phoenix aren't so different. Sure, L.A. has an ocean, but it also has massive shopping centers, myriad freeways, and...
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    Sean Bonnette has a theory concerning time, space, and the area of Phoenix that city planners officially refer to as the "Central Business District." "I have this idea — I've had it...
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    I first met Nate Allen a couple of years ago, when he played a house show in downtown Tempe where he rolled up in a ramshackle van full of 'zines and self-pressed CD-Rs. I don't think the...
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    It's an understatement to say that New Times music editor Martin Cizmar has the ability to piss people off. Everyone from Ted Nugent to Frankie Muniz has had harsh words for Martin. In...
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    To put it into perspective, Abe Vigoda the actor was born before the invention of the electric blender, Band-Aids (probably useful for that early electric blender development), and...
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    Beware the anthrax-laced bubblegum-pop of Cheese on Bread. Musically, the kooky New York fivesome is tangy, upbeat, and innocuous — sort of a more sugary version of The Cardigans, with...
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    Is there anything more punk than being able to play anywhere, at anytime? Chances are, if you asked the crusties who make up the folk-punk collective Blackbird Raum, the answer would be a...
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    It's been going on five years since Flagstaff musician Phil Buckman subjected Valley audiences to his outlandish alter ego I Hate You When You're Pregnant, and, boy, have a handful of local...
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    It may not be terribly surprising to hear that the local musician performing regularly at the Trunk Space has a spacey, hip-hop/folk song about woodlice called "Grumpy Pill Bugs" on his new...
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    The imaginative mind of Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III would certainly make for an interesting place to visit. It's likely littered with as many eccentricities and curiosities as the...
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    Listening to "Paper Bag," the scuzzy, shuffling opening track from Phoenix-based garage rockers The Chandails' forthcoming EP, it's easy to imagine a good-for-nothing street gang, maybe the...
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    It doesn't take long to get into El Ten Eleven. Hell, I was hooked a few songs into the L.A. post-rock duo's self-titled debut. Then, toward the end of my listen, I got a call from a blocked...
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    Given the name Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, it'd be reasonable to assume that the lo-fi songs of one-man band Owen Ashworth are cringe-worthy emo stuff that reasonable adults know to...

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