NOFX, Black Carl, First Friday of the Year and More

NOFX at The Marquee Theatre, 1/7/12

Fat Mike painted a grim picture of Arizona a couple weeks ago. He was convinced that nobody goes to shows in Phoenix anymore because it's on its way to becoming the next Detroit.

Sure, we've got our issues, but NOFX fans surprised everyone (myself included) by selling out the Marquee Theatre Saturday night, and it wasn't a crowd full of floor starers, everyone seemed to be having a great time. See the full review from Saturday night's NOFX show.

Black Carl's The Fool Record Release at Crescent Ballroom

The lead singer of Black Carl and her four-piece backing band obliterated Crescent Ballroom Saturday night as they celebrated the release The Fool - the fourth and final installment of their "record club" devoted to releasing three EPs in less than a year.

Black Carl superfans clutched their vinyl and sang their hearts out to the band's long list of cult hits after seeing openers Lamwe, Wizards of Time and Gospel Claws as sort of an indie appetizer to BC's blues-rock cocktail. Check out the full review of Black Carl at the Crescent Ballroom.

The First, First Friday of 2012 in Downtown Phoenix

The very First Friday of the year brought out the masses and the usual mess of misfits and misbehavior. It also included new works by local artists such as Colin Chillag, Dan Diaz and Brendan Ore. Older works were showcased as well, as part of the group Holgas retrospective at MonOrchid gallery. Check out the full First Friday slideshow.

Arizona Commemorates the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting One Year Later

Over the weekend Arizona residents commemorated what has come to be known as the "Tucson Tragedy;" the day Jared Lee Loughner opened fire outside a Tucson Safeway killing six and wounding 14 including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Residents from across Arizona and the country, including Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, participated in the memorial.

See the slideshow from the January 7th Tucson shooting memorial events.

See the slideshow from the January 8th Tucson shooting memorial events.