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Niki’s Weekend Word: Local Music News Wrap

By Niki D’Andrea

I’ll admit it: I didn’t do jack this weekend. There were some cool shows going on, but this past weekend was the first one in several months where I decided to just hang completely low for two days in a row. But the local music scene charged on, and I did keep an eye on my incoming e-mails. Hence, this week’s (and the first ever) local music news wrap!

Five more bands and a second stage added to the New Times Summer of Sound metal show The Summer of Sound metal show is this Saturday, August 2, at Red Owl/Club Red in Tempe. In addition to the main stage inside Club Red, where headliners Godhead will cap off some killer sets by locals The Human Condition, Malakai, The AMPutatiONs, and Fracture Point, there will be a second stage inside the Red Owl. Here are the metal bands that will be performing in the Red Owl between Club Red sets:

Poena XLP Paranous Nevermind Eternity Howitzer

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Nevermind Eternity: Just added to the Summer of Sound metal show.

Sundawg Records launches new Web site Local label Sundawg Records, home to Valley acoustic reggae-hop artist The Wiley One and prog-electronica group A Life of Science, has just launched a new Web site, Check it out for music downloads, music videos, and upcoming events.

The Wiley One’s got cool shirts for sale on

Local music makes for better mental health. On Saturday, August 23, a handful of local acts will rock the stage at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, to benefit the AZ Mental Health Association. The bill includes hard rock hottie Vanity Tweak, rock hip-hoppers Bionic Jive, metal band Friday Night Gunfight, and adult contemporary rockers CTS, among others. Advance tickets cost $8.75 at

Vanity Tweak will perform at the AZ Mental Health Association benefit show.

Phoenix metal monsters St. Madness debut video for “The Anti-Superhero.” Valley metal band St. Madness has a new album, Saintanic, in the works. Below is the brand new video for the album’s first single, “The Anti-Superhero.”

If you dig the vid, check out St. Madness live on Friday, August 1, at The Sets in Tempe. Incult, The Asylum, Level 13, and Mudface share the bill.

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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.
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