EDM artists like AC Slater and Big Gigantic both have gigs scheduled in Tempe this weekend while local fetish performance troupe The Agents of Lust are planning to get down and dirty at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale on Saturday.
Other notable gigs happening from Friday, July 16, to Sunday, July 18, include an album release party by rapper Bob Domestic, an ABBA-themed dance party, and shows by rock acts After the Calm and The Delta Bombers.
Details about each of these events can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times' new-and-improved online concert calendar.
Bob Domestic (Album Release Party)Friday, July 16
Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, 480-967-4777
You can purchase a copy of Bob Domestic’s new album, Sleep For Lungs, during its release show at Tempe’s Yucca Tap Room on Friday, and the local rapper jokes that the CD could be used as a drink coaster. We suggest giving the 14-track effort a spin first, as Domestic has poured his heart and soul into its creation the past few months. “This thing is a fucking monster,” he states on Facebook. “It's the best work of my life.”
Sleep For Lungs features Domestic weaving clever and playful wordplay laced with references to Cheers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as he tackles sociopolitical issues, relationships, and scene poseurs. The release party, which starts at 8 p.m., will feature a set by Domestic, as well as performances from Span Phly, MC Optimal, Cory Hill, Blaine Coffee, and Gonzo Puritan. Admission is free and copies of the
Mamma Mia: ABBA ‘70s Dance PartyFriday, July 16
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street, 480-659-1641
Is “Dancing Queen” or “Waterloo” the better ABBA song? If they get you out on the dance floor at Mamma Mia: ABBA Night and ’70s Party, then who cares so long as you’re having the time of your life? Put on your favorite ’70s gear and watch The Van Buren transform into Funkytown. In addition to having everyone’s favorite Swedish pop stars on the playlist, DJ Bractune will spin selections by the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, and Queen. If you’re one of the first 200 people in the door, you get a free oversized souvenir button, and everyone can take selfies in the photo booth. Boogie on down on Friday night starting at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 18-and-over event are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Jason Keil
AC SlaterFriday, July 16
Sunbar Tempe, 24 West Fifth Street, Tempe, 480-687-8409
AC Slater is the self-proclaimed king of heavy bass house in America. The DJ/producer – first name Aaron, last name Clevenger – has gone by AC for most of his professional career and, yes, his professional moniker is inspired by the Saved by the Bell character. Clevenger used to live in Brooklyn, where he and some colleagues built the label Trouble & Bass and spun at its bass-centric parties around town. In 2011, Clevenger moved to California and created Night Bass events and his own label under the same name.
Now the parties he throws in both L.A. and all over the world have become somewhat notorious for their ability to turn venues inside out and leave dance floors scuffed beyond recognition. Such might be the case with Sunbar in Tempe when Clevenger takes over on Friday night and pumps out house music imbued with heavy UK-style bass during a three-hour set. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $22. Elvis Anderson
After the CalmSaturday, July 17
The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road, 602-296-7013
Having been together since mid-2014, After the Calm are practically veterans of the local scene. In the time since, they've built up a decent following on the back of several releases, including May 2020's "Home Sweet Home." And it's easy to see why they've stuck around: AtC expertly fuse alt-rock, hardcore, metal, and a dash of emo, forging this vibrant rock sound that's as cathartic as it is all-consuming. The band doesn't so much reinvent the wheel as they combine their inspirations into something truly potent and powerful. Earlier this month, they released their new EP, Digital Therapy, and are scheduled to play The Rebel Lounge this weekend with support from Inept Hero and Interfate. The show is at 6 p.m. and admission is $13. Chris Coplan
One More Time: A Tribute to Daft PunkSaturday, July 17
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street, 480-659-1641
Founded well before the release of Random Access Memories, the Phoenix-born tribute act One More Time keeps the Alive 2007 era, well, alive more than a decade later in 2021, delivering what will one day be called the “classic” Daft Punk live experience. They got all the details handled, including some particularly deft costume changes, and they come with enough power to push through an hour-plus set of Daft Punk hits, sleeper hits, and even some original remixes. Harder better faster stronger? Well, definitely hard and fast and strong enough. They’re scheduled to invade The Van Buren on Saturday night at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Chris Ziegler
The Agents of LustSaturday, July 17
Pub Rock Live, 8005 East Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale, 480-945-4985
Whenever the Agents of Lust throw a party, it’s usually a messy, noisy, and chaotic night filled with scandalous activities, libidinous thrills, and freaky behavior. And they wouldn’t want it any other way. The local fetish-oriented performance troupe has been staging such outlandish affairs for the better part of a decade and the events typically feature its members unleashing showers of sparks with metal grinders or staging debaucherous vignettes involving sex toys.
There’s music, too, as industrial and hard rock bands play before, after, and during performances by the troupe. Such will be the case on Saturday night at Pub Rock Live at the Agents of Lust’s latest party. Bands will include California’s Luna 13 and locals S.L.U.T., Casket Snatch, and Kunt Spit. DJ D_void will also stage a set. Prize giveaways are also planned and local artists and vendors will be selling their bizarre wares. The freaky fun begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Benjamin Leatherman
Big GiganticSaturday, July 17
Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480-829-0707
Two roommates from Colorado, Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli, are living their dream as nationally touring EDM act Big Gigantic. The two met in 2005, bonded over a shared love of music, and started playing gigs together at local bars and weddings. Fast-forward to 2020, and they're playing main-stage slots at legendary music festivals – Coachella, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest — and headlining gigs at venues around the country. Despite their popularity in the EDM scene, the boys of Big Gigantic are jazz musicians at heart. Heavy bass and pulsating beats aside, their music is influenced by a wide variety of genres, from funk to rock. The best way to describe Big Gigantic's sound is electronic music built with traditional instruments.
With Salken on the drums and Lalli on saxophone and acting as producer, Big Gigantic has released nine studio albums, including last year’s Free Your Mind. The story the album tells is one of self-love, living your best life, and indulging in pure, unbridled joy. With a plethora of guest appearances from vocalists and rappers, many of whom have previously appeared on Big Gigantic's tracks, Free Your Mind sounds like one big party. Their shows offer a similar vibe, which you can experience for yourself starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Tempe’s Marquee Theatre. Bardz will open. Tickets are $49 to $81. Cleo Mirza
The Delta BombersSaturday, July 17
Starlite Lounge, 4346 West Olive Avenue, Glendale, 623-934-1913
Want to know how long The Delta Bombers have been around? Their original lineup came together via MySpace back during the peak of its relevance. For the last 13 years, the band has survived a few lineup changes while they’ve released five albums on indie label Wild Records and blasted fierce rock and blues tinged with country licks at venues throughout North America and Europe. This weekend, the Delta Bombers’ travels bring them to Starlite Lounge in Glendale for an early evening show on Saturday night. Openers include Belfry Bats, Voodoo Swing, and Suburban Sluts. Attendance will be limited to 200 people, so get there ASAP. The show starts at 4 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Benjamin Leatherman