So, how was your weekend? Perhaps you got all up in the club, got in as much revelry as possible, or got yourself into one of the big concerts going on around town.
Meanwhile, the Up on the Sun staff spent the past several nights hitting up shows like Cibo Matto's performance at Crescent Ballroom, The Wind-Up Conspiracy's oddly old-timey DJ set during Third Friday, and an in-strore show by punk legends The Urinals at Double Nickels Collective in Tempe. In case you missed any of these must-see gigs, here's a look back at each.
It's been a minute since the NYC-based band, whose name means "crazy food" in Italian has graced a Valley stage. And by a minute, we mean close to 15 years. Last night, supporting their first release in about that same amount of time, Cibo Matto took over Crescent Ballroom to play some old favorites and bust out some new tunes from their recent full-length, Hotel Valentine -- aptly released on the annual day of all things ooey-gooey, February 14. Last night's lineup featured co-founders Yuka Honda and Mito Hatori, along with drummer Yuko Araki, who came on board in 2011, and bassist Jared Samuels. The latter two made their onstage appearance during the fourth song...Read More
Downtown Phoenix's most bizarre DJ duo ever, The Wind-Up Conspiracy, made their public debut last night and added an extra touch of strange to the oddball art circus known as Third Friday. The distinctly strange twosome of DJ Birch and DJ Decca played their first-ever sets along Fifth Street while dressed in leather plague masks to conceal their identities, as well as vintage clothing, and top hats while spinning up tunes on two wind-up gramophones...Read More
In the sterile fluorescent light of Tempe's Double Nickels Collective, a crowd of about 50 congregated with the shared intention of seeing Southern California's legendary punk trio The Urinals Saturday night. It was a tight squeeze, as is common with in-store shows, but the constrictions of the bins and display shelves made for an intimate setting spatially, which is ideal for this class of entertainment...Read More
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