Big.Fast.Easy, Beach Parties, Budget Balling, and Other Weekend Fun

The bummertime of summertime is more than halfway done, with only six weeks or so until the heatlamp that is the blazing sun starts giving us some much-needed mercy.

Need something to do in order to make the time fly by faster? Hit up tonight's First Friday in downtown Phoenix, or perhaps head up to Stinkweeds to a see a free indie rock gig. You can also get lei'd at Ra, hang out with the members of Overcome, or even get sultry in Scottsdale.

There are less than 72 hours remaining until Monday morning comes, so you better make the most of 'em.

Zagadka/Sputnig at Stinkweeds (Friday)
Rage Against the Machine, Connor Oberst, and the other members of the largely-debated Sound Strike might not be visiting our state anytime soon, this pair of New Mexico-based indie outfits are headed to the Valley for a free show at Kimber Lanning's record retail shop. (There are plenty of other gratis gigs to be had on First Friday, as well, which you can read about below.) 6 p.m. (12 W. Camelback Rd., 602-248-9461)

The Whisperlights at Lost Leaf (Friday)
"Summer heat aside, First Fridays are always crazy at the Lost Leaf in downtown Phoenix. The massive art gallery walk will undoubtedly have tons of live musical performances, including a gig by The Whisperlights at the venerated Roosevelt Row bar. Sip on one of the cozy spot's many selections of imported beer or wine while checking out the indie pop band, which plays their last show with their current line-up..." (click here to read more) 9 p.m., free. (914 N. 5th St., 602-258-0014) -- Nicki Escudero

Overcome at theUnderground (Friday)
"Formed in the mid-90s, the Overcome boys were the first musicians signed by Facedown Records, a Christian punk label based in the white supremacist stronghold of Fallbrook, California. Back then, founder/lead singer Jason Stinson could not have known that he had embraced possibly the lamest band name in the history of rock music; over the next decade, the biggest dickweed bands of their respective generations - Live and Creed - would both publish songs called "Overcome." C'est la vie. The band was dropped by Facedown in the early part of the decade and has spent the last few years in suspended animation, but now Stinson is back with a reconstituted line-up and fresh outlook..." (click here to read more) 7 p.m., $5. (105 W. Main St. Mesa, 480-559-5859) -- Craig Outhier

Recession Buster Fridays at Fat Willy's (Friday)
Wanna party like a pimp while saving some serious scrilla at the same time? Slide on by this East Valley venue for its weekly "Baller on a budget" wingding, which offers such drink deals as $2 domestic pints, $3 premium cocktails, and both hot tracks and music videos from DJ Such N Such. 9 p.m., free. (1762 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, 480-926-8500)

DJ Senbad at Lone Butte Casino (Friday)
A couple of signs you've made it big as a DJ: Not only is a major venue in town willing to supply you with serious bank to provide fresh beats, but it's also plastered a big effin' picture of your face on the wall. Such is the case with Sean Badger (a.k.a. Senbad), whose mixes fill the air each Friday at the courtyard beer garden at Lone Butte Casino, 1077 South Kyrene Road in Chandler, while his mug adorns a 35-foot-long banner at the gambling palace. The fame hasn't distracted Badger from doing what he does best, which is serving up progressive house, downtempo, and global soul while accompanied by percussionist Camillo Moreno and saxophonist Shea Marshall. 9 p.m., free. (1077 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler, 800-946-4452)

Big.Fast.Easy at Rogue Bar (Friday)
"It's been a short but fun run for local rock band Big.Fast.Easy. The ensemble, which came together only a year ago, is playing its last show for the foreseeable future this Friday at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar, as guitarist/songwriter Alex LoSardo moves to England to hone his chops at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London..." (click here to read more) 8 p.m., free. (423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-947-3580) -- Nicki Escudero

Summer Beach Party at Ra (Saturday):
The Awahtukee location of the Valley sushi chain is putting on a pretty potent party this weekend, and it's got everything we love about summertime: hotties dressed in Hawaiian dresses, specialty cocktails, and even some tunes by way of their new Saturday night resident DJ Jamie G. Limbo games, food specials, and hula dancing is also planned. 7 p.m., free. (4921 E. Ray Rd., 480-940-1111)

Cousins of the Wize at 910 Live (Saturday):
"Going to a Cousins of the Wize show is like attending one big party--the seven member band really fills up a stage, running around crazily getting the crowd hyped up. And because the group spans so many genres, there's a little something for everyone--the band's upbeat hip-hop music is tinged with everything from reggae to jazz to alternative rock and includes a full band with guitars, saxophone and drums--not your typical hip-hop show..." (click here to read more) 8 p.m., $5. (910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe, 480-966-0707)

Sultry Sundays at Afterlife "The 18-and-over night, hosted by lingerie models Raven Rush and Bree Vega, features hip hop and R&B spins by DJs Breez and Casanova. Ladies can enjoy chocolate fondue and fellas can enjoy watching them eat it..." (click here for more info) 10 p.m., $5-$7. -- Lilia Menconi

Rose's Pawn Shop at Yucca Tap (Sunday)
Clad in the ever-popular western shirts and faded jeans, Paul Givant and the other members of this L.A. fivesome might not look very punk. But believe us, they're as malcontent as any tatooed crusty you might find hanging out at a hardcore house show. You can hear such discontent couched in the country-fried strains of such bluegrass-inspired folk rock songs as "Down the Line" and "Long Way to Fall" (Plus they do a mean cover of the Misfits' "Skulls.") Rose's Pawn Shop is the featured guest act at this weekend's edition of Valley Fever, which will also feature DJ Dana or Johnny Volume spinning outlaw country tunes. 9 p.m., free. (29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777)

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.