Kama Suture

SAT 6/18
Valley metal band Eroticide believes the fastest way to a woman's heart is through her ribcage. The band swears that "God made love to kill all of us" in the lyrics to their song "Cyanide Orgasm." Now Eroticide comes to spew its views while mutilating female mannequins and bludgeoning psyches with its homemade dildos at an all-ages show on Saturday, June 18, at the Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 East Broadway in Tempe. Alloy Koitus (who won't divulge his real name) is responsible for the eerie keyboards and screaming samples in the band's brutally heavy songs, and he says Eroticide is kicking up its already controversial stage show several nasty notches for the gig. The band's bringing in a stage crew of 12 people to assist with the simulated slashings of nuns and chain-saw dismemberments of big-busted blondes, both of which usually drench the audience with spurting blood. "Without giving away any secrets, I'll say we're bringing out all the props we can possibly bring out," says Koitus. "We designed some new stuff for the show that hasn't been seen before. It's the coolest stuff I've ever seen -- think Hellraiser." Selfless, Element A440, Ikonoklast, and Hardwire open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $8. Call 480-968-3238. -- Niki D'Andrea

Blow Job
All harmonica, all the time

THU 6/16
Harmonica players are kinda like the late Rodney Dangerfield -- they don't get no respect. Whether getting slammed for stepping all over a singer's lines or playing off-key, masters of the "Mississippi saxophone" are occasionally on the receiving end of a few disses. (Like one particularly nasty quip: "Why do dogs howl when harmonica players play?" "They're trying to tell them how the song goes."). But don't expect any harping on mouth harpists during the annual Harmonica Showcase on Thursday, June 16, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. More than 20 local titans of the tin sandwich -- including Sistah Blue's Rochelle Raya (pictured), One Class Act's Gypsy, Hans Olson, Walkin' Cane Mark, Roy Pinn, and Rhythm Room owner Bob Corritore -- will sit in with Bill Tarsha and the Rocket 88s, performing two blues songs each. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission costs $5. See www.rhythmroom.com or call 602-265-4842. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Hilarious Liaisons
What did that butler see?

So, get this: Doctor Prentice is a totally kinky shrink who hired Geraldine 'cause he liked what he saw beneath her Freudian slip. His wife? Well, she's a total nympho who snagged a hotel bellhop. If you can believe this, they're each trying to hide their little playthings under the roof of Dr. P's hospital, without the other finding out. Oh, yeah -- the state inspector just decided to pay a visit. If you wanna know how it all plays out, see What the Butler Saw on Friday, June 17, at Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 North Saguaro in Fountain Hills. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children. Call 480-837-9661. The show closes July 10. -- Amy Young

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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.
Contact: Niki D'Andrea
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
Contact: Amy Young