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Hell City Tattoo Festival, an ASU Pool Party, Cade Gallery, Peachcake, and Atmosphere Over the Weekend

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Hell City Tattoo Festival 2011 The Arizona Biltmore became Hell City this weekend. The internationally renown Tattoo Expo featured over 200 artists showcasing their inking abilities. The three devilish days included tattoo contests, live painting, workshops and seminars, live entertainment, film screenings, and a hot rod show. Check out some of the hellish highlights...see photos

Back to ASU Pool Party at Block 1949 Block 1949 got rocked by a wet and wild flock of Arizona State University students on Saturday. The Back to ASU Pool Party extended Summer into the new school year with a barrage of beers, bros and bikinis...see photos

MONSTERS! exhibit at Cade Gallery A creative and colorful collection of creatures have invaded the Cade Gallery in Downtown Phoenix. The show features creepy and cute monsters created by local and national artists. The show will be up through August 31...see photos

Atmosphere at Mesa Amphitheatre 8/28/2011 It would be tacky to start an Atmosphere review with a description of the atmosphere, but in this case, I really don't have a choice. Just know I do it while gritting my teeth. The sweaty, steamy, rain-hungry crowd at Mesa Amphitheatre last night was nothing short of magic. Sure, much credit can be given to Slug, Ant, and their touring keyboardist and guitarist, but this show was the perfect example of the crowd feeding off of the love of the artist and vice versa...full story

See: Atmosphere in photos.

Peachcake at The Rogue 8/27/11 ​During my sophomore biology class in high school, a bubbly classmate pleaded for help getting Peachcake to play an upcoming dance. That feels like an eternity ago, but eight years later, the band is still going strong. I have no idea if they ended up playing since I didn't have a date school dances are totally lame, but I'm certain that Peachcake would have been a lot more fun than hearing a DJ play Fall Out Boy over and over again at senior prom...full story

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