Jakwob, T-Pain, Tierra del Fuego, Small Leaks Sink Ships, and Other Events This Weekend

Heads up, y'all: If you've seen a red left-handed Epiphone hollow body guitar being used at a live music gig anytime in the last couple weeks, Mikel Lander would like to know. Ditto for a purple left-handed Flying V by Gibson.

Both southpaw six-strings were unfortunately stolen from Lander's unlocked car in late December, which was parked outside of the Sail Inn.

The guitarist, who plays with girlfriend Meredith Moore in the ironically-named The Sugar Thieves, had just finished a performance at the Tempe bar when the theft took place.

"I had just gotten done with a gig and loaded everything offstage and into my car," he says. "I was inside settling things up and came out 30 minutes later and the guitars were gone. It was one of those things where I initially thought I'd misplaced them, but it didn't work out like that."

Lander says he's checked local pawn shops and filed a police report, but to no avail. He's hoping his gear's uniqueness helps him locate the guitars.

"I'm hoping that because they're so different and left-handed that they'll stand out," he says. "There aren't a lot of lefty guitarists around."

In the meantime, Lander still has plenty of other guitars to use for his band's upcoming shows, including this Friday's gig at Teakwoods Tavern in East Phoenix. Find out more details about the show (as well as nine other events worth checking out) after the break.

Jakwob at Disco (Thursday):
"Like a lot of other post-millenial musicians, 21-year-old dubstepper Jakwob (AKA James Jacob) is an internet-made man. A year and a half ago, nobody really knew his name. Hailing from the English Midlands, he was just another university student who sidelined as a laptop producer. But then things changed: He MySpace-stalked a few famous pop music names, scored some a capella tracks, and banged out a bunch of unauthorized remixes. Within weeks, the blogosphere went wacko for Jakwob's work -- namely his sunny, future-drunk deconstruction of Ellie Goulding's synthy single 'Starry Eyed'..." (read more) 9:30 p.m., $9-$16. (4301 N. Civic Center Plaza, Scottsdale) -- S. Pajot

Bad Cactus Brass Band at Iguana Mack's (Thursday):
"The Bad Cactus Brass Band takes the singular sounds of the Big Easy and deposits them right here in the land of norteño and jangle rock. First used to describe the throng of handkerchief-waving, parasol-twirling revelers that would follow the main line in a New Orleans jazz parade, the "second line" also came to mean the brass-and-percussion-dominated style of music that accompany the parades -- everything from festive swing to Dixieland to the doleful wa-wa of a regular New Orleans dirge..." (read more) 7 p.m., $5-$8. (1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 480-899-6735) -- Craig Outhier

Small Leaks Sink Ships at Rhythm Room (Thursday):
The local indie group celebrates the release of their Oak Street Basement EP release show tonight at the Rhythm Room and have plenty planned for the event. Patrons who come to the concert will receive with a free copy of the disc, which has a unique sleeve made only for the show..." (read more) 8 p.m., $8-$10. (1019 E. Indian School Rd.) -- Nicki Escudero

Dan Bern at The Compound Grill (Thursday):
"Dan Bern had a late nineties stint on a sub-label of Sony's, an album produced by Ani Difranco, and a novelty alternative radio hit about his balls (they're as big as grapefruits, apparently) called 'Tiger Woods.' Success doesn't usually stick to provocative musicians who catch on with one weird and sort of funny track (ask King Missile), but Bern has continued to put out records and tour a lot, mixing the political and the absurd..." (read more) 9 p.m., $10. (7000 E. Mayo Blvd.) -- Dan Gibson

The Sugar Theives at Teakwoods (Friday):
The East Phoenix eatery will host a performance by the boisterous blues band tomorrow night, featuring an evening of down-home musical stylings. As always, admission to the show is free. 8 p.m. (2808 E. Indian School Rd.)

Hogjaw at The Blooze Bar (Saturday):
It's already shaping up to be a stellar year for local southern rock band Hogjaw. The group is re-releasing a limited edition of their album Ironwood' on vinyl. There are only 500 copies available, both at shows and on CD Baby, and they celebrate the new vinyl edition with a show this Saturday at the Blooze Bar in Phoenix..." (read more) 9 p.m., $5. (12014 N. 32nd St.) -- Nicki Escudero

Tierra del Fuego at Chopper John's (Saturday):
Tierra del Fuego, a local alternative country band, received high praise for their latest record Queen of the Rendezvous, and rightly so. After all, the disc was recorded at the venerated Flying Blanket Studios in Mesa. The group says they're constantly writing new music and incorporating it into their sets, so you just might hear what goes on the band's next album at their gig at Chopper John's on Saturday..." (read more) 9 p.m., free. (2547 E. Indian School Rd.) -- Nicki Escudero

T-Pain at Marquee Theatre (Saturday):
"Southern rapper T-Pain will be staging a free DJ set for Valley college kids on Saturday at the Marquee Theatrein Tempe. It's part of the Textbook and Tickets Tour, which will feature the Cash Money superstar spinning a variety of hip-hop cuts at a gig that's open only to students of ASU and other local colleges..." (read more) 8:30 p.m., free. (730 N. Mill Ave. Tempe)

Icarus the Owl at The Nile (Sunday):
"If you've never seen a show at the Nile Front Room, you oughta know that it's one of the more intimate places to see live music in the Valley. There isn't even a stage in the room as everyone is on the same level, fans and musicians alike. This Sunday, local pop punker Revive the Radio get up-close-and-personal, as the band share the space with nationally touring group Icarus the Owl, from Oregon..." (read more) 6 p.m., $10. (105 W. Main St., Mesa) -- Nicki Escudero

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

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