The Trunk Space in Phoenix is geared toward many musical audiences that are fans of punk rock and experimental bands.
Mullarkey, Trunk Space's volunteer booking agent, who declined to give a first or last name, says that many of the upcoming shows are from bands reaching out to the venue to play.
"We're getting requests from all these bands that submit to our website and some of them are so good that I have to grab them," Mullarkey says.
Some of those bands might turn out to be pop bands, even.
The first festival on Trunk Space's itinerary this year is P.O.P Convention II on June 7. This show puts several artists together to celebrate the genre of pop in its many different forms. The night is set to feature Snow Wite, Watercolor Paintings, Glasspopcorn, Hi My Names is Ryan, and The Blank Waves.
Snow Wite, one the bands performing, hails from Los Angeles, California. The band has a nostalgic feel. The song "Secret" has a very late-'80s to early-'90s feel to it that would work well in the opening credits of movies Sixteen Candles.
As for Glasspopcorn, he's a local, hailing from Tempe, and he's barely old enough to drive. He makes hip-hop, but it's different, mixed at odd levels and layered over dark and hypnotic beats.
One of the things that kept people away from shows at Trunk Space before was lack of air conditioning. This year, however, Mullarkey says that the venue finally has that to keep everyone cool during shows.
The P.O.P. Convention isn't the only festival happening in June.
"I had four shows in a row booked June 21-24 that had multiple touring bands, so I said 'Hey, that's a four-day festival, right?'" Mullarkey says. "So I decided to call it June rules. It'll be over 20 bands of the course of four days. Just trying to make every show special."
For the list of shows coming up in June, click here
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