Dark Mark, Calvin Harris, Liam's Problem, and Other Weekend Events

The dubstep scene is the Valley right now. How big? There are at least four different nightsdevoted to the bass-heavy dance music genre by our count. For instance, the cats over at Subversion are bringing in some of the biggest dubstep DJs in the world every Thursday night, including Jakwob, 12th Planet, and others.

Then there's DJ Dark Mark. A veteran of the Tranzylvania scene, this masked maestro of the mixers whips out a rather intoxicating sonic stew of dubstep blended with darker elements, harder beats, and industrial rhythms that are guarteend to result in nefarious deeds taking place on the dance floor.

Dark Mark's staging a special dubstep set tonight at the Vagabond Ballroom along with DJ JodoKazt. All the details can be had after the jump, as well as the lowdown on a few other events and cheap thrills worth investigating.

Peachcake at Bar Smith (Friday):
It's been more than a year since Stefan Pruett and the other members of this pop-rock favorite treated their local fans to a live performance. What's in store for their appearance at Sticky Fingers tonight? Stop by and find out. 9 p.m., $7. (130 E. Washington St.)

Thierry Barbé at Katzin Concert Hall (Friday):
This French-born double bassist, who is a member of the Paris National, visits ASU for a special recital., Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., free. (40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe)

GLOW Fridays at Vagabond Ballroom (Friday):
DJ Dark Mark starts at 10 p.m., followed by a performance by Jodokast starting at around 11:20 p.m. As with any industrial-style night, expect plenty of freaks, geeks, and chics to be be in attendance. 9 p.m., $5. (6820 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale)

DJ Calvin Harris at Axis-Radius (Friday):
"Why hasn't Harris achieved success stateside? That might have to do with not having major-label support and poor marketing. While he enjoys the backing of Columbia Records and EMI in Europe, he's relegated to Ultra Records here. But it's only a matter of time before the majors realize their error." 9 p.m., $10-$15. (7340 Indian Plaza, Scottsdale)

Liam's Problem at the Rogue Bar (Friday):
"Liam's Problem has an interesting way of rehearsing. At every practice, whoever brings beer also brings a new song to work on, whether it's an original or a cover. That way, the band learns a new song at each practice--that's a good way to build up your repertoire! We'll hear the results on Friday at The Rogue in Scottsdale." 9 p.m., $5. (423 N. Scottsdale Rd.) - Nicki Escudero

Chandler Symphony Orchestra at Chandler Center for the Arts (Saturday):
Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, Haydn's Symphony No. 67 in F Major, and Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances are some of the compositions that will be presents by the ensemble during their weekend concert., 2 p.m., free (250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler)

Fuck Off Fest at UB's in Mesa (Saturday):
"When Broloaf performs, no one is safe. That's because the punk rock band likes to poke fun at American pop culture, meaning no athlete, celebrity, musician or politician is off-limits. Witness the insanity at this weekend's Fuck Off Fest." 8 p.m., $5. (1911 W. Broadway Rd., Mesa)

Matt Kimball at Trunk Space (Sunday):
"Matt Kimball's show at The Trunk Space will be an emotional one. It's the singer-songwriter's last performance in the Valley before he moves to Seattle, and he has invited a bunch of friends to share the stage with him at his farewell show. Foxes and The Cast Members will also play, and both bands have worked with Kimball, who is producing and recording their albums." 7:30 p.m., $5. (1506 Grand Ave.) - Nicki Escudero

Reggae Sundays at Club Trinity (Sunday):
Its venue may have changed but the game remains the same. DJ Dark Vader and DJ Skoolboi spin plenty of reggae, soca, and dancehall jams for the nightlife. 9 p.m., $5 cover. (1420 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale)

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