Man, what a weekend, right? After a week of scarily summer-like temperatures in the mid-90s, the Valley gods blessed us with two days of gorgeous sunshine in which the mercury hardly threatened to break 80. Not ideal if you were, say, at an electronic music festival at a water park, where 98 degrees would have felt just right, but the rest of us hopefully made the best of it. This week we're having a return to normalcy of sorts, surging back to the normal 90s, so check out these indoor concerts if you're looking for a cool way to entertain yourself.
Dandys rule, okay? They have never not ruled, they still rule, and I suspect they always will. Turning 20 years old, Portland's premier rock band, the Dandy Warhols, can claim one of its generation's most eccentric careers, making the quartet one of the last great rock 'n' roll acts in existence.
You can label the Warhols "neo-psychedelia," just a rehash of that iconic 1960s clatter, but the truth is that vibe never died. In the first place, nobody "discovered" whatever sound or genre was mainstream 55 years ago -- it was always there in some form, just waiting to be seized. And it never went away, even if it may have lost some widespread appeal over the years. --Troy Farah
Sometimes the word "eclectic" just doesn't do a dude justice. Djentrification is one of the most "eclectic" DJs in town, and the term barely serves to scratch the surface when it comes to his unique musical approach.
He's not a typical DJ, finding kindred spirits in guys like legendary Phoenix oddballs like Johnny D and Eddy Detroit as opposed to the glitzy club scene. "I love Johnny D, and Eddy is a big inspiration to me. He gave me my first drum," Djentrification says. --Jason Woodbury
Loudness were described as furnishers of "brain-destroying" music in Tony Jasper's sometimes accidentally amusing 1983 book The International Encyclopedia of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal. It was a compliment, the longstanding Japanese band's high-water mark in print.
Wounded Bird Records has been reissuing the Loudness catalog for a few years, the first releases being CD editions of American vinyl that revealed a band committing a variety of sins while kowtowing to '80s 'mersh metal lowest common denominators. The label has also released a few records made by Loudness after they had disappeared from stores domestically. Paradoxically, they are an artistic about-face and the best of the batch.
Anyone trying to appreciate these reissues in one sitting is beaten senseless by the experience. Smaller slices are worthwhile, though, and the band roams so widely around metal subgenres that there's something for purists of various stripes. Liken it to blind pigs finding occasional truffles or busted watches being right twice a day, but contrary to their meager reputation, Loudness made a few good records. --George Smith
George Clinton and co. have scaled down the stage show since the group's heyday in the '70s -- gone are the Bop Gun and the giant spaceship -- but their live show remains as energetic as ever. Clinton has always been a master bandleader, and he continues to surround himself with top-notch talent. His band always delivers. This show will be an old-school funk orgy, so make sure you arrive ready to dance and eager to learn the ways of Kidd Funkadelic, Starchild, Sir Nose, and Dr. Funkenstein.
Progressive rock diehards, horror movie fanatics, and those who have big love for those things, got a great reason to get feverishly geeky and excited when 2013 saw Italian band Goblin embark on their first ever North American tour. In 2014, they decided to come back for more, currently engaged in a round of west coast shows, our own Phoenix one of the upcoming stops. The band formed back in the early 1970s, taking inspiration from all the prog-rock biggies of the time -- think King Crimson; Genesis; Yes; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It was a bit later that decade when a huge chunk of their musical fate and popularity was sealed. They were doing a little work with a pianist who was making some music for Italian filmmaker Dario Argento's project, Deep Red. After getting a taste of Goblin, Argento gave the band a chance to write and record a score in a really short timeframe. They rose to the occasion and not only was it successful, it garnered them gigs sound tracking some of his other iconic horror classics like Suspiria and Phenomena. Currently featuring original members Claudio Simonetti, Maurizio Guarini and Massimo Morante, the live show features the band performing soundtrack selections while clips from the films play in the background. --Amy Young
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