Tanlines >> First Experience x 2 in Phoenix [Valley Bar]

Valley Bar >> is pretty awesome as far as I can tell. Reasonably priced creative signature drinks, board games and darts that only require an ID trade off...? I'm in.

Tanlines >> Valley Bar

As a side note: they have done some cool things with the ceilings in the place.

Due to the ownership, it's expected to be similar to the Little Woody, Crescent Ballroom, etc. But my best description is that Valley Bar is a speakeasy, show-ready with enough room to house your closest [250+] friends. I hope my favorite bands don't get big so I can see them here.

[Related: CSS >> Move at Crescent Ballroom]

Mas Ysa opened for Tanlines tonight. The fact that a solo man, in what looked like cutoff JNCO's and bare feet, was creating so much sound was pretty impressive. He sounded as expected per Spotify. His stage presence was great - he owned the stage, joked about singing until the next guy claimed his karaoke spot and killed it in between.

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Post Mas Ysa break, Tanlines took the stage. It was apparently their first time playing Phoenix [as we found out after the show] and they didn't have a ton of confidence in us as a crowd from what they had heard. Luckily I think we exceeded their expectations.

And they deserved it. They spent most of their time playing, with some banter between songs that kept it personal. I was standing behind the speakers and was still impressed by the consistency of their sound. My biggest observation was that the crowd was having fun - true I-spilled-my-whole-drink-stop-the-show sort of fun. The kind of fun you have when you dance around to Tanlines in your bedroom with the door closed.

We got the chance to take a quick picture with the guys after the show and they were super friendly which is always a pleasant surprise. It seemed that they are still getting used to a sold out show, regardless of the venue size. But good for them - they played an outstanding show and stuck around to meet the crowd afterward [which is huge if you ask me!].



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Texas Hippie Coalition >> Photos from THC’s show in Atlanta [Masquerade]

Texas Hippie Coalition >> is no nonsense, good rock and roll. Everything's bigger in Texas including frontman Big Daddy and the band's charisma that everyone gets to experience at a live THC show. Their show at the Masquerade in Atlanta was a unique THC party full of raising hell, storytelling and, of course, some big rock and roll sound for Georgia from good ol' Texas.

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311 will return to Scottsdale during 4th of July weekend for their 25th anniversary

311 >> recently turned 25 years old and to kick off the weekend America celebrates our own birthday the band is returning to Scottsdale to play poolside again at the Talking Stick Resort on Thursday, JUL-2.

311 >> Stereolythic

It was such a stellar experience when the 'Omaha Stylee' quintet played poolside last summer during their fan favorite Unity tour circuit in support of the release of their latest album Stereolithic. It was typically hot as hell for that show in late June last year and the outdoor desert conditions are just as brutal for performers as they are for the packed crowds assembled to see 311, so mad propers go out to Nick Hexum and the crew for braving the elements again to give us all of us super fans more of what we won't ever get enough of. I can't wait to do it all over again.

[Related: 311 >> Down in Scottsdale]

For those of you who somehow don't know 311 and what they're all about, let us get to know them ahead of the highly anticipated summer jam session by the pool.

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, California.

311 mix rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk into their own unique sound. After years of consistent touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the most influential and most entertaining live bands in the U.S.

311 have released eleven studio albums, one live album, one greatest hits album and three DVD's - and have sold over 9 million albums in the U.S. Nine of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Sales Chart...and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Alternative Rock Radio Chart [including the #1 singles 'Down', 'Love Song' & 'Don't Tread On Me'; along with 'Amber', 'All Mixed Up', 'Come Original', 'Creatures For Awhile', 'Hey You' and 'Sunset in July'].

311 recorded their 11th studio album, Stereolithic, for a March 11, 2014 release, which debuted at #6 on the Top 200 Album Chart.

The band's celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive Grassroots following nationwide. Since its inception in 2004, 311’s annual summer headlining amphitheatre run, Unity Tour, has become one of the largest modern rock concerts of the summer. Support acts on previous Unity Tours have included Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, The Offspring, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Papa Roach, The Wailers, O.A.R., Matisyahu and Ziggy Marley.



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New album from MS MR set for July and forthcoming album tour begins this summer

MS MR >> have a new album coming next month! How Does It Feel will drop JUL-17 via Columbia Records and with this album's first single 'Painted' already at mondo banger status it sounds like this LP is going to be super dope.

MS MR >> How Does It Feel

News of the highly anticipated followup to their rookie release Secondhand Rapture means a forthcoming album tour this summer/fall so fans of nationwide and EU-side can get a headlining sequel to the short but stellar Lizzy & Max set that crushed the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas last year.

[Related: Life Is Beautiful 2014]

Be sure to cop that How Does It Feel when it hits storefronts and computers everywhere and definitely go see this band live and direct when they hit your city. Your ear holes will be pleased.



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Cali Roots 2015 >> Making Memorial Weekend Memorable

Cali Roots >> This past weekend, the Monterey County Fairgrounds hosted the 6th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival.

Slightly Stoopid >> Cali Roots 2015

Cali Roots, in their own words, is more than a festival; it’s a movement with the community for positive change. Now after having attended for a second year, I can honestly, truly and deeply say that that comes through in everything they do, from when they open the gates until the last headliner encore on Sunday night. The 3-day festival this year boasted a total of 39 bands and artists across three stages. The lineup for 2015 saw the introduction of more hip hop with Cypress Hill, The Roots and Dilated Peoples. They also stayed true to their core fan base with repeat headliners SOJA, Slightly Stoopid and reggae royalty Steel Pulse. There was something for everyone to see and plenty of surprises along the way.

[Related >> Cali Roots 2014]

Music can be a catalyst for change, but first that fire needs to be sparked, and who better to do it and kick off the weekend Friday morning than up and coming smoke show, Leilani Wolfgramm. She definitely had her Starbuck's and had more energy than I did for the first set but by the end had me right there with her. Joined on stage by her producer and guest drummer, E.N. Young of Tribal Seeds, she danced and shook it to powerful vocals that brought to mind images of a reggae Janis Joplin. The edge to her voice and music was powerful and brought life to her hits ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Herbivore’ which had her and the all too eager crowd lighting up nature's cure right along with her. Definitely a strong presence that will no doubt be returning to Cali Roots on bigger stage and a later time slot. (more…)

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CounterPoint 2015 >> Awesomely Wonderful Music and Arts in Kingston Downs

CounterPoint >> Once on the road from Peachtree City to Kingston Downs, Georgia last Friday afternoon off to the adventure of CounterPoint Arts and Music Festival, I admit I wasn’t sure what to expect. Even though I attended last year, every year brings a new adventurous experience. The line-up this year was just as fabulous as last year’s. Artists included this year was Zomboy, Knife Party, Widespread Panic, Dillon Francis, Zedd, The Roots and Zedds Dead.

CounterPoint 2015

Arriving at 7:00 pm to Kingston Downs, and then setting up camp after check-in and simple car search, a tent, air mattress and my Hello Kitty pillow was home for the weekend. I put the glow stick globe up along with solar lights on the side of tent, so I can find my way back to my tent late at night. I was between two other tents who were wonderful neighbors this weekend. Once my camp was set up it was dark out, but it was nice to hear the music of Zomboy. I was having fun setting up tent knowing that Knife Party was later that night. It was time to enter the festival, a quick walk up a steep hill and I was there! Hearing music, seeing artists and seeing other festival goers made the steep hill not so bad. Food and item vendors were set up and ready for the plethora of people who were there for the weekend festivities.

CounterPoint 2015

Knife Party was fantastic! A high-energy performance was given and everyone was dancing and having a great time enjoying themselves. From the beginning of their set to the end, Knife Party kept the party going most of the night. I made it back to my glow stick globe and tent. Late into the night people were continuing to arrive for the weekend festivities. This is what makes CounterPoint special.

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Saturday came with an early morning sun. Waking up to a beautiful day is always the best way to start a day. The option of just hanging out or taking advantage of the yoga workshop offered at CounterPoint is a decision that is not taken lightly with me. I think I came to a great way to have both, I would definitely take the yoga class on Sunday morning. As the late morning sun beat down on everyone, I ate my cup of grapefruit and drank my water as I talked with the campers in the tents beside mine; it is always good to get to know people at these events. After the class, I made my way back to the tent and changed clothes. The bright sun was only getting hotter and it was now time for lunch. The nice part about CounterPoint is that there were designated areas where grills were set up to cook out. Another cool thing going on at CounterPoint was organized volleyball and kickball tournament, a giant game of Twister and many other games. Once the afternoon was setting in, it was time for music to begin!

Widespread Panic >> CounterPoint 2015

Cherub, Dillon Francis and Widespread Panic all took to the stages all into the night that created a great Saturday night party. Everyone was dancing throughout the afternoon, evening and all night long is what CounterPoint is about. It came to the time that everybody on Saturday night had their hula hoops, costumes, batons and other props out having a good time and showing all kinds of talent. The party lasted late into the night and into the early morning and it was a blast!

The Roots >> CounterPoint 2015

Sunday morning came and I woke up to the sounds of others moving around in the camping area. Goldfish and Tipper played in the afternoon with large crowds gathering at both stages. Tipper was great and had performers join him on stage showing their talents. Goldfish was wonderful with ambience along with flutes. The crowds responded with roars to great performances. This was getting everyone ready for the epic end that was on the horizon later that night. The evening was coming and The Roots took to the stage. Their music had everyone up and grooving. I really loved the tuba. After that the party was getting crazier and it was time to get ready for Zedd. Zedd took to the stage and gave a performance that the people wanted to see along with lasers and lights. Zedd was the performer of the day for me. His energy ignited the crowd into a huge dance party. Thank you Zedd for showing how music can make one feel so alive.This was a great night to end CounterPoint.

Goldfish >> CounterPoint 2015


Zedd >> CounterPoint 2015

CounterPoint 2015 will be a memorable festival for whomever was there.  The lineup included some of the top artists and musicians in the world today.  The atmosphere was one of peace, love and harmony with some friendliest people I’ve ever met.  From the beginning night with Knife Party to Widespread Panic to ending with Zedd and Zed’s Dead, this festival offers so much more than a just a dance party.  It was a perfect weekend of fun and music. Thank you, CounterPoint!

Zedd >> CounterPoint 2015


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Braids coming to Phoenix this June

Braids >> have recently released their 3rd studio album Deep In The Iris and it's so fucking fantastic. The Canadian synth-pop trio recorded this LP during a bunch of retreats to the mountains of the northeast US as well as the desert southwest. The immersion into nature powerfully takes hold of this entire recording from front to back. Raphaelle Standell's vocals are a strong complement to the soft, dreamlike backdrop of all the synthetic yet natural sounds of the gents. It really feels like being on their excursions when those vocal chords go to work on tracks like 'Taste' and 'Miniskirt' and the keys transition to drum machines going nuts.

Braids are taking the journey back to desert next month to play alongside Purity Ring at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix on JUN-22. If you're in town but want to retreat Deep In The Iris with these Canucks, get after the electronic spirit chillaxatives that are the sounds of Braids.



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