Music News

Future Shock: Agent Orange, B.B. King, Ying Yang Twins, and more

By Niki D’Andrea

Here are a handful of shows that were just announced this week.

Agent Orange Saturday, August 9, 7 p.m. J-Heads $5-$10 (

“California’s original punk/surf power trio” released a new Greatest Hits album in May, the appropriately-titled Surfing to Some F#*ked Up [email protected]!t. Of course the compilation includes the classic “Bloodstains” (an old favorite of DJ Rodney Bingenheimer on L.A.’s KROQ station), and “Everything Turns Grey,” another track from the band’s seminal 1981 album Living in Darkness, which was recorded by Brian Elliot (the same guy who composed “Papa Don’t Preach” for Madonna). Doesn’t sound punk enough to you? Check out Agent Orange’s high-energy live show, which should leave surfing in mosh pit sweat.

Random band fact: According to a story in The San Diego Reader, Agent Orange’s “Bloodstains” was one of pro skater Tony Hawk’s top five favorite songs growing up.

Below: Agent Orange performs “Bloodstains” and “Shakin’ All Over” in 1983 for Flipside Video Fanzine.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers Friday, August 8, 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe $25 (

Arizona native Roger Clyne remains one of the most celebrated and influential music artists in the state. The former primary songwriter for The Refreshments deftly mixes Americana, Tex Mex, and rock with his Peacemakers to produce solid, poetic/partying troubadour albums like this year’s Turbo Ocho.

Random band fact: Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers wrote “The D’Backs’ Swing,” the theme song for the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team.

Below: Roger Clyne performs “Andale”.

B.B. King With Steve Ansel and the Jackson Street Band Sunday, September 7, 7:30 p.m. Celebrity Theatre $60-$100 (

Even if he has to sit down for 95% of his show, blues great B.B. King can still command an audience like no other performer. The 82-year-old legend still rips through hits like “How Blue Can You Get,” “The Thrill Is Gone,” and “Did You Ever Love a Woman?” with all the vocal gusto and six-string soul of players half his age.

Random band fact: B.B. King’s guitars and are all named Lucille. The name reportedly came about after a show in Arkansas in 1949, when two men got into a fight, knocked over a kerosene lamp, and set the club on fire. King rushed into the burning building to retrieve his guitar, and named it Lucille after learning the two men had been fighting over a woman of the same.

Below: B.B. King plays “Blue Boy’s Tune,” from The Road to Memphis DVD.

Ying Yang Twins With Tyga Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m. Venue of Scottsdale $25 (

The Atlanta crunk duo of Kaine and D-Roc (Ying Yang Twins) may be better known for their collaborations (the singles “Get Low” and “Salt Shaker” with Lil’ Jon, Britney Spears’ In the Zone album, their Chemically Imbalanced album with Wyclef Jean as producer), but the pair’s latest album, A.T.L. Holes (set for release in November, according to the band’s Web site), sees the YYT take off in a more independent direction, but still brims with club hits like “Freak” and “Wham Boom Bam.”

Random band fact: The Ying Yang Twins’ new video, “Drop,” was produced by Isaac “Ike Dirty” Hayes III, son of Isaac Hayes.

Below: The Ying Yang Twin’s video for “Dangerous.”

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
Contact: Niki D'Andrea