Degeneration X

Let’s be honest: Most of us have had some type of fetish-related experience. Perhaps that’s why Phoenix has such a thriving scene; just say the words “fetish ball” and nearly everyone’s ears (and other parts) perk up.

Having the right soundtrack’s almost as important as having the right brand of bullwhip as these things go, and the Fetish Ball features the skeeziest of punk-rockers: Willie Psycho, “rape rock” pioneers The Mentors, and locals The Relics.

Promoters say only 100 tickets will be sold. The party is for those 18 and over, so be sure to bring your gothy, refused-to-go-to-prom-because-suburban-high-school-sucks sister.

Sat., Aug. 1, 8 p.m., 2009
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Adriane Goetz