Bands of Brothers

THU 7/28
The Rubber Robot that plays Emerald Lounge this week is not the band by the same name that wears horse-head masks and plays the theremin. Nor are they a soulless, automated device that looks and responds just like a human. "I kind of got Rubber Robot from -- well, my sister's always been a sci-fi nut," says front man Rafael Montoya, "and me and the bass player have a lot of jam-band influences, so we're adaptable, like rubber. And I think of the three of us as a well-oiled machine." Montoya's brother, on the other hand, is the musical type -- he's Fatigo's Mike Montoya. Los hermanos play nice at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at 1514 North Seventh Avenue (Emerald Lung, to the cognoscenti), with Disaster Kid. The 21-and-older show is free. Call 602-256-9705 or see -- Julie Peterson

Tribal Vibes
African performance shakes the library

THU 7/28
Groove to the drumming and dances of Africa for free on Thursday, July 28, when local group Africatamtam visits the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 North 57th Avenue in Glendale. Founded by African-born artist Emmy Sportifs Ayafor, Africatamtam decorates its performances with hand-carved masks. Call 623-930-3844. -- Niki D'Andrea

Modifying Modified
Give back to the scene

SAT 7/30
On Saturday, July 30, Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt, wants to give us a big thank you. Uh, you're welcome. Now, give Modified your money and help support the local music scene and the eclectic club. The Modified Benefit show features six Arizona bands, including electro pop Peachcake, hardcore screamo ensemble Where Eagles Dare, and the indie rock sounds of Dear and the Headlights. The Revenge, Awake and Alert, and Shadowbox round out the packed lineup. "It's your venue, it's your music," says Leslie Barton, Modified booking manager. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission costs $5, with proceeds going toward renovations to the venue. Call 602-462-5516 or visit -- Steve Jansen

Lounge Lizards
Make ours acoustic

SAT 7/30
It's hard to get all metaphysical 'n' chill 'n' shit with a Stratocaster hooked into the stacks. So the "traveling caravan of finely tuned mutants" -- read: dirty hippies, likely, and ironic types -- otherwise known as the locally touring Champa Lounge, plays acoustic on Saturday, July 30, at Chasers, 8005 East Roosevelt in Scottsdale, starting at 9 p.m. The unplugged lineup includes FERD, Ditty Danko, Cliff, and A Few Random Drunks. Admission is $5 for those "21 and deader." Call 480-945-4985 or see -- Joe Watson

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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Steve Jansen
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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Joe Watson