Cheap Thrills has been floating in the ether since the closure of Black Forest Mill earlier this year, emerging every so often for a couple of "special editions" at Philthy Phil's and The Quincy. After a few months of searching, Alan and Watson have moved the party, which will now be held on the last Saturday of the month, to hip new pizza joint BRICK.
Check out all the pertinent details about the return of Cheap Thrills after the break, as well as info on nine other inexpensive events this weekend.
Sleepy Sun at Sail Inn (Thursday):
"Sleepy Sun possesses rare and subtle qualities. The San Francisco psych-rock outfit embodies several different sonic personas, often within a single song. Take "Sleepy Son," from its debut release, Embrace. The song's loudest moments involve bluesy, stoner-esque, near-metal riffage that could compete easily with peers such as Black Mountain and the Black Angels..." (read more) 8 p.m., $8. (26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565) -- Shae Moseley
Entice Thursdays at Cin Cin (Thursday):
When he isn't occupied with working on his latest mixtape or broadcasting his Internet radio show, DJ John Blaze is likely prepping for his weekly gig every Thursday at Cin Cin. Along with DJs Illmatic and Essence, Mr. Blaze whips out some scintillating selections of hip-hip and urban tracks that are sure to get asses moving on the dance floor. 9 p.m., free for ladies before 11 p.m. (4425 N. Buckboard Trail, Scottsdale)
Jazz Night at Caffe Boa (Thursday):
As if the lure of locally grown ingredients and tasty modern Italian fare wasn't enough to make you want to eat at Caffe Boa in Tempe, now the restaurant is introducing weekly jazz nights to make the already classy place even more romantic. The Jeremy Lappitt Trio, comprised of three ASU jazz students, recently kicked off a weekly Thursday night performance, and you can catch them on the stage inside the restaurant, with the music permeating onto the patio, too..." (read more) 9:30 p.m., free. (398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-968-9112) -- Nicki Escudero
Evil Dave's Hellbilly Hoedown at the Firehouse (Friday):
Shayne Bohner most definitely knows how to put on a potent party. Just look at his track record: He organized some rather wicked wingdings (including the Rave of the Dead) down at the old Rasputin's in Chandler and is helping to light up the Firehouse with the monthly SINge shindig every fourth Friday. This month's edition of the fiery fiesta features a "hellbilly" theme and will offer music from Stitch Hopeless and the Sea Legs, Voodoo Swing, and DJ Beautiful John. Fire performers, a pinup contest, "blood wrastlin," and madness is also promised. 7 p.m., $5. (1015 N. 1st St., 602-300-7575)
Albie Micklich at Katzin Concert Hall (Friday):
The ASU faculty musician bassoonist will be joined by pianist Andrew Campbell and clarinet player Robert Spring for an evening of music featuring the works of Mozart, Bruch, Gershwin, and others. 7:30 p.m., $5-$9. (40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-3371)
Boats 'n' Hoes Party at Martini Ranch (Friday):
One of the better parts of the execrable 2008 frat pack film Step Brothers was when Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly busted out with their comedy rap song "Boats 'n' Hoes" (sample lyric: "I'm a pussy pirate/My name is Jack Sparrow/Take off my pants/So you can see my flesh arrow"). The folks down at Martini Ranch must've enjoyed the song too, since it's likely the inspiration behind this nautically naughty shindig featuring live music from Ronin Meyer, Grain of Truth, The Glory Stompers, and Stereo Jacket. 8 p.m., $10. (7295 East Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-970-0500)
Skybox at Yucca Tap Room (Saturday):
"Skybox -- who you might remember from their time in the Phoenix music scene a few years ago -- return to the Valley from their new home in Chicago for their first show in the area in over a year this week. The band takes on the music business in a way that may not get them rich anytime soon, but might be closer to a working paradigm for the future for bands of their scale..." (read more) 9 p.m., free. (29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777) -- Dan Gibson
Cheap Thrills Relaunch at BRICK (Saturday):
In addition to Alan and Watson, the DJ lineup includes Don Ricardo, Prince $$, and Aaron Hempsey. Don't hold us to this, but we'd be willing to wager that a few local spinsters will be making special appearances during the course of the evening. 10 p.m., $5 after 11. (455 N. 3rd St.)
The Cosmeticators at Ice House Tavern (Saturday):
"One of Phoenix's least-suspecting live music venues is housed within a hockey arena. The Ice House Tavern allows you to check out your favorite local bands, and in-between sets, ice hockey players entertain revelers for a mix of music and muscle. This Friday, all-lady garage punk band The Cosmeticators takes over the venue, and the band hopes to sway you to come to their show by teasing you with the possibility of some new music..." (read more) 9 p.m., $5. (3855 E. Thomas Rd., 602-244-1179) -- Nicki Escudero
Eye Candy Afterhours at Le Girls Cabaret (Saturday):
Steven Chung (a.k.a. DJ Tranzit) wants to spend the night with you on Saturday. He'll be dropping house tracks behind the decks all evening long and into the early hours at Le Girls with a few of his friends, including Thomas James and DJ Dooz. Reduced cover will be offered for ladies all night long. 11 p.m. (5151 E Washington St., 602-244-8000)
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