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Z-Trip will perform on Saturday, November 17, at Monarch Theatre during Furious Styles Crew's 25th anniversary.
Z-Trip will perform on Saturday, November 17, at Monarch Theatre during Furious Styles Crew's 25th anniversary. Steve Dykes

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click to enlarge Duke Dumont headlines the first-ever Origins festival. - PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY
Duke Dumont headlines the first-ever Origins festival.
Paradigm Talent Agency
Origins 2018
Saturday, November 17
Rawhide in Chandler

Thomas Turner has a special place in his heart for underground sounds and house music. After all, the local electronic dance music promoter and founder of Relentless Beats started out at under-the-radar events and spinning four-on-the-floor tracks at clubs. Hence his company’s ongoing RBDeep events — which feature local and guest DJs dropping cuts of deep, progressive, and melodic house — and its newly launched festival, Origins.

The inaugural edition of the EDM event takes place on Saturday, November 17, at Rawhide in Chandler, and will star a curated selection of well-known DJs and producers, each of whom have a yen for house music and its varied flavors and subgenres. Names such as Duke Dumont, Lane 8, Justin Jay, Autograf, Nora En Pure, and EDX will man the mixers throughout the afternoon and evening at Rawhide’s new venue. The Riverwalk. Local DJ Sean Watson will also perform. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the 18-and-over event goes until 11 p.m. Tickets are $59 for general admission and $89 for VIP. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Metal icon Phil Anselmo. - JIMMY HUBBARD
Metal icon Phil Anselmo.
Jimmy Hubbard
Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals
Saturday, November 17
Club Red in Mesa


Phil Anselmo has been a pioneering metal vocalist ever since coming on board with Pantera in 1987. Since then, he's contributed vocals to more than three dozen acts – most notably as the front man of Down and Superjoint Ritual – and has been involved in twice as many other projects, including voicing Satan in 2003's "The Manson Family" film, and founding Housecore Records, which reps several underground bands.

In 2013, he released the brutal and raw Walk Through Exits Only, his first solo album with his current band Philip Anselmo and the Illegals. Earlier this year, the act released its sophomore effort, Choosing Mental Illness As a Virtue, and is currently touring in support of the album. This weekend, Anselmo and company visit Club Red for a Saturday night show. Child Bite and Hovenweep will open. Lauren Wise

click to enlarge It's going to be a big weekend for the Furious Styles Crew. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
It's going to be a big weekend for the Furious Styles Crew.
Benjamin Leatherman
Furious Styles Crew 25th Anniversary
Saturday, November 17
Monarch Theatre and Bar Smith


This weekend, a slew of graf-heads, DJs, b-boys, and MC will all invade downtown Phoenix. What’s the big occasion? Well, its the 25th anniversary of Furious Styles Crew, the worldwide urban arts and hip-hop cultural collective that launched in the Valley back in 1993. Over the last quarter-century, the FSC and its members – which now includes more than 100 artists – have been lighting up venues, walls, dance floors, turntables, and microphones around town while practicing all four elements of hip-hop culture: graf art, rapping, turntablism, and dance.

The crew will re-assemble on Saturday, November 17, at both the Monarch Theatre and Bar Smith for an all-day celebration commemorating their 25 years of holding it down and keeping it real. Kicking off at noon, the event will feature dance battles, workshops, an all-vinyl DJ scratch competition, vendors, and plenty of cyphers taking place. It all caps off with an evening session that will be headlined by renowned mixmaster (and FSC member) Z-Trip in Monarch’s main room. Tickets are $15. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Scorpion vs. Tarantula - VISTONIE DRAVNOS
Scorpion vs. Tarantula
Vistonie Dravnos
Unity Through Community Fall Fest
Saturday, November 17
Shady Park in Tempe


When talking about Tempe as an arts and culture hub, you’ll often find yourself speaking in past tense. Mill Avenue’s long been a stretch dedicated to clubs and restaurants instead of venues where musicians can pour their hearts out.

But the collective Unity Through Community wants to prove that artistic expression isn’t dormant in the college town. To jump-start their mission of providing the tools creatives need to connect, they’ve been organizing various Unity festivals over the past year to showcase talents from Tempe and elsewhere in the Valley. The first event took place in October 2017 and featured a large lineup of local bands and hundreds of people in attendance.

The latest Unity fest happens this weekend at Shady Park in Tempe and will offer around 11 hours of performances in the venue’s outdoor bar park. (It also doubles as a birthday celebration for Unity Through Community co-founder Robert “Fun Bobby” Birmingham.) Local bands scheduled to perform include Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Creepsville 666, Japhy's Descent, Bourbon Witch, Banana Gun, Future Exes, Pretty Years, The Noodles, and others. Start time is 3 p.m. and admission is $10 before 6 p.m., $15 thereafter. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Southern Culture on the Skids slides into the Rhythm Room this weekend. - BILLIONS
Southern Culture on the Skids slides into the Rhythm Room this weekend.
Billions
Southern Culture on the Skids
Saturday, November 17
The Rhythm Room


Trash culture in all its myriad low-rent varieties has seldom had a better musical friend than North Carolina's Southern Culture on the Skids. Since forming in the basketball-obsessed burg of Chapel Hill in 1985 — that's right, 33 whole years ago, though the current roster of guitarist/vocalist Rick Miller, bassist/vocalist Mary Huff and drummer-of-sorts Dave Hartman dates to 1991 — the trio has focused their laser-like twangabilly on fried chicken ("Eight Piece Box"), gaudy gas-guzzlers ("Voodoo Cadillac"), hard labor ("Ditch Diggin'"), various dances ("New Cooter Boogie," "Camel Walk") and inebriation ("Liquored Up and Lacquered Down").

It may have been a few years since they’ve released any sort of new material (2016’s The Electric Pinecones was their last full-length), but that’s not stopping Southern Culture on the Skids from touring. You can catch them this weekend at the Rhythm Room along with local surf-rock act The Surfside IV. Chris Gray


Jacquees

Sunday, November 18
Marquee Theatre in Tempe


He can steal your girl and probably even steal your song. Jacquees, the Cash Money R&B artist who recently released his first studio album, 4275, also recently dealt with some controversy over his remix of Ella Mai’s “Trip,” which took over the internet and some spotlight from the original. Indeed, Jacquees has been “Quemixing” songs out of love and appreciation for the tracks, but he was ultimately forced to remove his “Quemix” of “Trip” (and by the way, it was great). Julio Lugo
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