Phoenix This Weekend: Gay Kiss and St Ranger Get Ready to Tour

[The Valley is a big place, and it puts out more interesting music than we could ever hope to cover. Every week or so, Mike Bogumill will use this space to cover a little more of it. This week: Gay Kiss's birthday party, St Ranger's upcoming tour, and a look back at last weekend's P.O.P. Convention. - Ed.]

Gay Kiss 3rd Birthday Show

Local hardcore weirdos Gay Kiss have managed to survive three years as a band despite many injuries, accidents, and a complete inability to be Googled without having to dig through a few compilations of famous on-screen same-sex smooches, news stories about mass "kiss-in" actions in front of government and religious establishments, and just regular pictures of dudes making out.

Don't even think things will get easier if you add the word "hardcore" to your search queries.

Still, the band has grown a lot, as evidenced not only by their second-place finish when you Google its name, but also through a few well-received records, a little touring, and an increasing recognition that they're one of the most consistently interesting local hardcore bands.

Read More: Gay Kiss Almost Called Its Record Blud Sugah Sexxx Magik

The band will be celebrating its growth this Saturday at a show functioning not only as a tour kick-off, but also as a release show for a tape featuring a few songs from their upcoming LP. Whether or not that record will be called Blud Sugah Sexxx Magik remains to be seen.

Saturday, June 1 at The Spot Gay Kiss Rumspringer Perditus Berith

The Spot 23 W. Southern Ave. Tempe, Arizona 7 p.m., all Ages

St Ranger Tour Kick-off - The Rogue - June 1

St Ranger is kind of a cult band around our part of the media. Last year, they won a Best of Phoenix award for "Best Local Band." A while ago, I mused on the idea of the band

epitomizing the kind of Sonoran sound

that other music writers are attributing to more aggressive bands from our state. This publication backs St Ranger pretty hard.

The more mellow branch of Phoenix's pop family tree is setting out for a short tour of the southwest starting with a show at the Rogue on Saturday. Come out, feel the vibes, gaze at your shoes if that's your thing, and prepare for another slow Sonoran summer.

Saturday, June 1 at The Rogue St. Ranger Bogan Via Of the Painted Choir Former Friends of Young Americans

9 p.m., 21 and over

After the jump: Video from last weekend's P.O.P. Convention, "a night of revelry and otter pops."

P.O.P. Convention Recap

The first annual P.O.P. convention was a remarkable success in bringing together diverse pop acts from all across our state for a night of revelry and otter pops.

I captured a few recordings of some particularly good jams from the night.

Amadou's Crew - "You Said that We Were Wild Boys"

Filardo - "Lion's Heart"

Read More: - Watch Filardo's "I Don't Getcha Kid" - Justin Pearson of Retox: "Nihilism is the part of punk that's dead."

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