Who says there's nothing to do during the summertime besides planting yourself in front of either the television or the air conditioner? Certainly not us, since we've assembled a list of 10 different shindigs and events that Valley culture vultures can check out.
And if you're running a little short until the next payday, don't fret. Like we mentioned last week, everything that's listed here costs less than $10 to attend, which means you can catch a punk show in Tempe, hang with Harry Potter fanatics in Scottsdale, or bump your badonkadonks in downtown Phoenix without taxing your bank account.
Our weekly rundown of where to find some summertime fun on the cheap follows the break:
1. Youth Brigade at Yucca Tap Room (Friday)
The renowned L.A. punk band makes a stop in Tempe to provide an evening of three-chord fury. PBRs will be available for $2 each and locals The Revenge, DSC, and Killjoy open the show. 9 p.m. (29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, 480-967-4777)
2. Party Foul! at Homme Lounge (Friday)
P-Town DJs Kevin the Makeout Bandit, Epidemic, and Bigie put on a fairly off-the-hook affair every Friday, featuring dozens of sweaty-yet-stylish bodies bumping and grinding to electro and club bangers. This week's special guests are the duo of Tricky T and Pickster One, who collectively go by the moniker TPMD (which stands for "Tricky and Pickster Make Dollars"). Their motto? "Dirty Electro Done Right." True dat. 9 p.m. No cover before 11 p.m., $6 afterwards. (138 West Camelback Road, 602-234-3023)
3. Caliente Chica at The Matador (Friday)
You can hear the bumping beats of the Matador from at least a block away as DJ NERD blasts the latest hip-hop, Latin dance music, and reggaeton tracks. The place usually gets packed by 11 p.m., so try to arrive early to find your space on the dance floor. 9 p.m. Ladies free, guys pay $7. (125 East Adams Street, 602-254-7563)
4. The Remus Lupins at the Scottsdale Public Library's Mustang Branch
Listen up, Muggles: If you're eager to fete pop-culture's favorite boy spellcaster (but can't wait until next month's cinematic debut of Harry Potter and the Aging Child Acto...er, we mean the Half-Blood Prince) head for this Scottsdale book depository's celebration of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series. In addition to music from SoCal "wizard rock" band The Remus Lupins, there's also gonna be a costume contest and movie screening. 3 p.m., free. (10101 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, 480-391-6061)
5. Shelby James at Tempe Marketplace (Saturday)
Even though his backing band the Crying Shames won't be making an appearance, James (one of the best guitarists in the Valley, in our humble opinion) will serenade shoppers at the outdoor mall with his golden vocals and talented strummings. The free performance takes place at Tempe Marketplace's Barnes & Noble Stage. 7 p.m. (2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480-966-9338)
6. Left of Centre at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grille (Saturday)
Wanna hear some heavy duty southern rock and alternative music while energetic bartenders flip bottles and breathe fire? Then head on over to the raucous eatery/drinkery at Mesa Riverview operated by the country music superstar, where Reno's Left of Centre will perform and flair bartenders do their thing. 9 p.m., free. (1065 North Dobson Road, Mesa, 480-844-8629).
7. Tune in Tokyo at Hotel San Carlos (Saturday)
Jen Deveroux is the queen of poolside partying. Not only does the 30something socialite promote the weekly Adult Swim and Star Swim events, she's also organizing this after-party at the San Carlos' vintage swimming hole. The event all about music, with DJs like The Boom Kidz, Pantyf1sh, and We're Stoked spinning a large array of genres, ranging from Italio disco and dubstep to synthpop, shoegaze, and indie. 10 p.m., $2. (202 North Central Avenue, 602-253-4121).
8. The Green Lady Killers at the Ruby Room (Saturday)
It's been awhile since we've been to a GLK gig, which is a shame since the female-heavy rock outfit is populated by some of the punkest chicks around (plus their music is pretty killer). A trio of Valley bands are also on the bill, including Miracle Dolls and Chapel of Thieves. Better bring some ear plugs. 9 p.m., $5. (717 South Central Avenue, 602-258-6900.)
9. Har Herrar at the Trunk Space (Saturday)
Fort Worth-based guitarist Justin Long specializes in crafting soulful acoustic/alt-folk masterpieces with his one-man enterprise Har Herrar, which makes him a natural fit for indie music haven the Trunk Space. He'll visit the Grand Avenue venue/coffee bar/retail space/gallery this weekend in support of his latest album This Knowledge, accompanied by such Trunk Space regulars as The Black Jacket, Foxes, and The Hunger Artists. 9 p.m., $6. (1506 Grand Avenue, 602-256-6006).
10. Reggae Sundays at Caribbean Fusion (Sunday)
Joined by MC Daddy Spencer, DJ Dark Vader spins up reggae, dancehall, Soca, and African music all night at this weekly Jamaican jam session. Drink specials include $5 top shelf liquors, as well as Hennessey, rum punch, and wells for only $3. Guest DJs are also featured. 9 p.m., $5. (2515 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-990-1599).
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