St. Valentine's Day Massacre - Friday, February 14 - The Sail Inn
If you happen to harbor any amorous feelings whatsoever for Sedona's decker. or the Valley's Field Tripp, better ditch the candy, roses, and fine-dining adventures and drag your sweetheart to the Sail in Tempe on Valentine's Day night. Both bands will be holding a dual CD release that particular evening, which in itself is reason enough to forgo most of the romantic holiday's typical rituals, let alone the fact that Field Tripp's EP Les is Mormon is the indie/folk-rock band's first new album in three years. A couples dance and photobooth are planned for the event, in case you'd like to do something Valentine's-related, and a so-called "Battle of the Frank Sinatras" will also transpire. Locals The Haymarket Squares and Sister Lip are scheduled to perform, as is Washington's Terrible Buttons. -- Benjamin Leatherman
Oh My God, My Body, My Ears! - Saturday, February 15 - Trunk Space
We're almost certain that if you're reading this, then you're probably no stranger to marathon concerts and have -- in all likelihood -- previously attended at least one Coachella, FYF, or EDC, as well as possibly a McDowell Mountain Music Festival or two. If our presumption is correct, then you're fit to endure this epic 10-hour music event that will transpire from noon until 10 p.m.
According to the press release and Facebook page, said time period will be filled with a mixture of experimental, improvisational, contemporary classical, electronic, and jazzy sounds performed by such artists as Jared Nicodemus (a.k.a. fthia), cellist Jenna Dalby, pianist Jennifer Waleczek, violinist Giselle Lee, and local indie band Static Announcements. Those who go the distance will event get a free "Marathon Finisher" t-shirt. There's also an after-party at the FilmBar. -- Benjamin Leatherman