David Liebe Hart, Kevin Seconds, Subterranean Discotheque, Saving Abel, and more
Kevin Seconds is scheduled to perform tonight at the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe.
It's hot, sticky, and miserable outside. While we wouldn't be surprised if y'all wanna spend the whole weekend sitting in front of the freezing freshness of the air conditioning vent, there's 10 awesome event worth leaving your house and checking out.
Hit the jump for full details.
Kevin Seconds at Yucca Tap Room (Friday):
The Seven Seconds singer (and longtime hero to the straight-edge crowd) is making a stop tonight at the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe to offer up his alt-folk twiddlings. The Liars Handshake and Lost in the Sun will also perform. 9 p.m., free. (29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777)
David Liebe Hart at the Trunk Space (Friday):
"David Liebe Hart an oddball ventriloquist/musician who got some play via Adult Swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! is coming to Trunk Space Friday. I'm not sure I can describe his act in any way remotely comparable to what the above videos on YouTube could demonstrate even better. Musician/performer Adam Papagan joins him on tour, with local black metal act Black Pathology, polka-punks Haunted Cologne, and karaoke-themed performance artist Ronzilla." 8 p.m., $8. (1506 Grand Ave., 602-256-6006) -- Martin Cizmar
Subterranean Discotheque at the Quincy (Friday):
When DJs normally start dishing on the decks, it's hardly an interactive affair. (They're laying down the music, and you're supposed to listen). Since Djentrification is one of our town's more distinctive mixers, it's somewhat understandable that his sets are equally unique, such as tonight's after-hours gig at this underground gallery. The dude will present an interactive gig with an open microphone where audience members are welcome to "get into the mix." DJs Meaty Ogre and Tara Lopez will also perform. 2 a.m., $5. (1321 E. McDowell Rd.)
Cousins of the Wize at Martini Ranch (Friday):
"Going to a Cousins of the Wize show is like attending one big party--the seven member band really fills up a stage, running around crazily getting the crowd hyped up. And because the group spans so many genres, there's a little something for everyone--the band's upbeat hip-hop music is tinged with everything from reggae to jazz to alternative rock and includes a full band with guitars, saxophone and drums--not your typical hip-hop show..." (click here to read more) 8 p.m., $5. (7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-970-0500) - Nicki Escudero
PCL Fridays at Pussycat Lounge (Friday):
There's less than three months until the Red Bull Thre3Style national finals go down in Denver, and Phoenix's JR Phillips (a.k.a. D-JR) is probably gonna need all that time to perfect his turntable talents. The 26-year-old mixmaster bested six other P-town cats back in March to earn a berth in the energy drink-sponsored 13-city DJ competition and will hopefully pwn sucka selectas from across the country in the Mile High City this fall. Phillips will get in plenty of practice between now and then, as he works the wheels of steel at Old Town clubs five nights a week, including his Friday slot at Pussycat Lounge. D-JR will drop a mix of hot spins and party rocking music with aplomb all evening during the affair, which is being promoted with the swaggerish tagline "Chicks dig our decks." Let's hope the Thre3Style judges agree. 9 p.m. (4426 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale)
Konner Dowdy Benefit at Long Wong's (Saturday):
"Konner, who has been treated with chemo, has a tumor in his stomach, and there is still a chance the cancer may spread or return to a different area, so this fundraiser is an important one. Bands Juicy Newt, The Andys, Small Leaks Sink Ships and more than a dozen others take the stage at the all-ages show, which goes from 5 p.m.-2 a.m." (click here to read more) 5 p.m., free. (1639 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe) -- Nicki Escudero
Outlaw Country Brunch at The Lucky Devil (Sunday):
Hidden amongst the dozens of rock, punk, and hardcore bands that Johnny Volume cites on his MySpace page as musical influences are many of country music's greatest rebels. There's David Allan Coe (of course), not to mention Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and all three generations of Hank Williams' family tree. The turbulent and tempestuous songs of all of these artists will likely find there way into the DJ's playlist during the Outlaw Country Brunch on Sunday afternoon at the Lucky Devil in Tempe. Volume will spin up voluminous amounts of vinyl during the afternoon affair, which will also offer such food and drink specials as $3 Bloody Mary's and mimosas. The music starts at high noon (natch). Free. (1212 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, 480-446-7468)
Moka Only at Hidden House (Sunday):
"It shouldn't surprise you that a country like Canada boasts hip-hop artists. However, it may be an eye-opener when you hear how freaking good Moka Only's flows are. The Canadian born artist, aka Ron Contour, has been tearing up the north-of-the-border rap game for a minute, all while dropping more than 40 albums during his renowned career..." (click here to read more) 9 p.m., $8. (607 W. Osborn Rd., 602-266-1763) --Steve Jansen
Saving Abel at Tempe Marketplace (Sunday):
If you live in Anaheim, it'll cost you around $15 or so for the privlege of watching Saving Abel doing their hard rock shtick. Ditto for their shows Chicago, Des Moines, Indianapolis, and most of the cities along their current tour route. Well, except for this weekend's show in Tempe, that is. The Mississippi-born fivesome is presenting an absolutely free concert at the outdoor mall's District Stage on Sunday, which also includes performances from openers We Are The Fallen, American Bang, and Taddy Porter. 7 p.m., free. (2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe)
Kung Pao Radio at the Lost Leaf (Sunday):
"Kung Pao Radio takes over hipster house bar The Lost Leaf, with indie tunes from DJ Tricky T. Except chill music ranging from acid jazz to underground hip-hop from the spinster, who aims to create a relaxed vibe to cap off the weekend..." (Click here to read more) 10 p.m., free. (914 N. 5th St.) -- Nicki Escudero