First wave punk rockers everywhere are alive and kicking. Just look at the Angry Samoans, hailing from Los Angeles, they've been doing their thing since the late '70s. And since their inception, they've made a career out of being offensive. Rumor has it their song "Get Off the Air" was a direct jab at legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, who reportedly used his influence to blacklist the band around the Hollywood scene in the early '80s.
Though the current lineup's only original members are singer Mike Saunders and drummer Bill Vockeroth, they continue to delight with their full-throttle punk sound. --Brandon Ferguson
After the Hidden House suddenly and unexpectedly went belly up last month, there probably wasn't anyone more surprised by the closure than local hip-hop impresario Nick Norris. After all, they had recently booked a number of upcoming gigs at the lounge, including the latest edition of the Hip Hop House, the monthly joint he organizes with others in the local scene, which was originally scheduled to take place the same day that the Hidden House locked its doors for good. Within a day or two, Norris and company quickly found a new home for the underground hip-hop night over the Diamond Lounge, another Central Phoenix spot with divey vibe, which speaks to how they're fairly dialed into the local scene.
And while the location may have changed, the Hip Hop House remains the same. It still will feature DJ Fact135 on the ones and twos while serving as a showcase for burgeoning local talents from throughout the country. The lineup for this weekend's event will feature rappers and acts like Cali's Kahlee, Dubie, and Bonnie Blue, as well as Oso Negro Hip-Hop from Oregon, Boise's Ed Able, and the curiously named Street Jesus in SLC who (as his name implies) hails from the heart of Mormon Country. Local standout RoQ'y TyRaiD will host the night, which kicks off at 9 p.m. -- Benjamin Leatherman