Cheap Thrills, The Ramones, Roller Girl Tryouts, and More
Been missing your weekly dose "dancing and debauchery" via Jared Alan and Sean Watson's weekly Cheap Thrills party? The DJ duo has some fantastic news: it's making a return this weekend for a special one-off.
If you're friends with the pair on Facebook, chance are you already know the specifics of when and where the party's gonna happen at, as well as who will be spinning, what kind of libations will be served, and what the musical menu will consist of.
But if you ain't in the circle of friends, fear not. We've got all the neccesary info about the scandalous shindig. Read on for full details, as well as the lowdown on nine other worthwhile events, including a chance to get physical with some good looking women or celebrate one of the greatesr rock 'n' roll cult films of all time.
Random at Stray Cat Bar (Friday):
"We all multi-task, but few do it like Random. The Phoenix rapper (by way of Philly) balances being a middle-school teacher with rocking out-of-state shows alongside nerdcore icons like MC Frontalot. Born Raheem Jarbo, he took on the MegaRan moniker once he started spitting over instrumentals that drew from classic Mega Man video games. His latest project, Forever Famicom, is a long-distance collaboration over the past couple of years with K-Murdock, a producer from Washington, D.C." (Click here to read more) 9 p.m., free. (2433 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-967-1040) -- Jose Gonzalez
Rock 'n' Roll High School at MadCap Theatres (Friday-Saturday):
"Will your high school be next?" That's the question posed at the end of the bombastic trailer for this legendary 1979 cult hit, and -- Lord help us -- we wish our alma mater would've been. Who wouldn't have loved to spend their teenage years hagning out with the Ramones, pining after Riff Randall, and eventually blowing up their high school? If you've only seen this flick on cable or via Netflix, here's your chance to catch it on the big screen, as the Midnite Movie Mamacita pairs it with 1981's Graduation Day for a dope double-feature. 8 p.m. (Friday), 10 p.m. (Saturday); $8. (730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-355-6060)
Hooves CD Release Show at The Lost Leaf (Saturday):
"Andrew Krissberg's low-slung demeanor and quiet, thoughtful phrasing make it hard to believe him capable of such classically styled rock 'n' roll debauchery, but Hooves' new EP, Greater Aspirations, Lower Expectations, further illustrates the fine line that Krissberg and the band toe between witty, literate songwriting and barely contained chaos. Informed by the rootsy swagger of The Band, the anthemic strut of early Springsteen albums, and the wry pop of Harry Nilsson, the band recorded at the 513 Studios, where they cut the album to analog tape with producer Mike Hissong, joined by Valley mainstays Robin Vining, who plays the blistering organ solo on opener 'Roughness' and Sunorus' horn section on 'Giggles.' The results are four loud, loose songs, far removed from the local indie scene where the band is often uncomfortably positioned." (Click here to read more) 9:30 p.m., free. (904 N. 5th St., 602-258-0014) - Jason P. Woodbury
A.B.C. Party at Afterlife (Saturday):
Aron Mezo has an offer that Scottsdale clubgoers can't refuse: Those who turnout to his after-hours danceteria in "anything but clothes" (hence the name of the night) can get in for only $5 bucks. Babes with bodacious bods and a yen for flaunting their stuff will likely be down for attending, as will dude who'll want to scope out said sirens. 10 p.m. (4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-264-8300)
Poolside Saturdays/SPF Sundays at Hotel Theodore (Saturday-Sunday):
Attention Mother Nature: What's your effin deal? It's mid-May and the weather couldn't be better. Honestly, we normally expect to be baking this time of year and can't wonder if this is some sort of art of some sorta prank before you ratchet up the mercury with gusto. Which is why we're heading for the newly renamed Hotel Theodore (formerly the Mondrian Scottsdale) this weekend in precaution. If temperatures suddenly rocket up a dozen or so degrees, we'll be prepared by lounging around the resort's swanky swimming pool, surrounded by bikini-clad babes, and listening to hot beats from DJs like Senbad and Pete "Supermix" Salaz. So there. Noon; $5 for girls, $10 for guys. (7353 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, 480-308-1131)
Marmalade Skies at at El Pedregal (Sunday):
By now you've likely been heard or seen some of the rampant coverage of the 40th anniversary of the release of Let it Be and the breakup of the Beatles. If you're somehow still in the mood to fete the Fab Four, head up to Carefree on Sunday to partake in this local tribute act's loving homage to one of the biggest bands of all time. 1 p.m., free. (34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-488-1072)
Chyro Arts Closing Party (Sunday):
"'This is an opportunity for the bands to come out and do what they do best,' says Michael Peck, theater director and founding member of Chyro Arts, 'and let us thank them the best way we know how.' After three seasons of theater, music and poetry, Scottsdale's Chyro Arts Venue is ending its run with the Chyro Arts Closing Party featuring Red Letter Drive, Executives, Instructions, and Riot for Romance, an eclectic mix of bands that have all played at the venue in the past..." (Click here to read more) 7 p.m., $5. (1330 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-258-2329) -- Laura Hahnefeld
Hell City Roller Girls Tryouts at Castle Sports Club (Sunday):
If you happen to be a female who's both tough and sexy (not to mention skilled at hand-to-hand combat while wearing a pair of skates), then the organizers of the HCRG would love to talk to you. They're on the lookout for some fresh meat and "derby virgins" who'd hip to join their roller girl circuit and become Hell on wheels during their upcoming season. Admission is free, but be sure to bring some cash for skate rental. 5 p.m. (11420 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, 602-331-2582)
Psycho Sunday at Big Fish Pub (Sunday):
And if you're still in the mood for some bad behavior after decking a few dames, hop in your boyfriend's hot rod and cruise on down to the Big Fish for an evening of bad-ass 'billy tunes. This fierce foursome from Oregon will bash out basslines aplenty while pinup models prance about the bar. Locals The Limit Club, Buried in Red, The Do-Somethings, and Nothing At All will open the show. 7 p.m., $5. (1954 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-449-3474)
Cheap Thrills at the Quincy (Saturday):
In addition to spin sessions by Alan and Watson, the usual lineup of Cheap Thrills residents will be working the party (including Don Ricardo and Prince$$) which takes place at CenPho art space the Quincy. 10 p.m., $5. (1321 E. McDowell Rd.)
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