Local music picks for June in metro Phoenix – azcentral
Sure, it’s getting outrageously hot in the Valley, but that does nothing to discourage the slew of great local bands from stepping onto those steaming stages. Here’s a look at local shows to see in June, including a three-day farewell to the Sail Inn, a special Cover the Crescent and more.
6/5: Emby Alexander Tour Kick-Off
These Phoenix rockers are hitting the road for a West Coast tour, playing songs from their latest record, “Frontispiece.”The experimental indie rockers of Emby Alexander have billed themselves as “The Sound of Phoenix,” and our city would be sitting pretty if the rest of the world agreed with that title. This is the kind of smart, worldly, propulsive music that Vampire Weekend might make if they grew up in the desert. The night also features performances by B.O.T.S, Longbird and DJ Keymo.
Details: 8 p.m., Thursday, June 5. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $8-$10. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
6/6: Lawnchair EP Release Show
Loading their tracks with fuzzed-out surf guitars and bittersweet pop melodies, Tempe’s excellent Lawnchair are set to release their debut EP, which they describe as “Sub four minute pop songs about girls, food, Arizona and self-loathing.” They’ll be joined by locals Day Before Plastics, the Thin Bloods, Anthony Fama and the Redemptions, along with Rook and the Ravens from Manchester, England.
Details: 8 p.m., Friday, June 6. Rogue Bar, 423 N. Scottsdale Road., Scottsdale. $5. 480-947-3580, theroguebar.com.
6/7: The Big Lebowski Fest
The Sail Inn celebrates the Coen Brother’s 1998 cult classic “The Big Lebowski” with a local music-filled Day of the Dude. The night will feature music from Japhy’s Descent, CooBee Coo, Delta Nove, Sinister 7, Sister Lip, Banshee Bones and Mr. Eastwood, along with set breaks from Page The Villiage Idiot and fire-dancing by Pyrokinesis. Get in for $5 if you wear a “Lebowski” costume, as well you should.
Details: 5 p.m., Saturday, June 7. Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave, Tempe. $8, $5 with costume. 480-966-9565, thesailinn.com.
Lead by the fiery vocals of guitarist Dana S., these Phoenix punks have been tearing up Valley stages for a while now, offering a live show that’s every bit as punk-rock as their spelled-out full name would suggest (Google it to find out.) The night also features local greats No Volcano, Hi Fi Lo and Lenguas Largas.
Details: 9 p.m., Saturday, June 7. Ice House Tavern, 3855 E Thomas Road, Phoenix. $5. 602-244-1179, icehousetavernphx.com.
Bobby and Mariah Brown, a brother-sister duo originally from Yuma, make up the core of Longbird, playing folk the way it was meant to be played. Armed with banjos, mandolins and great harmonies, their 2013 EP “Pioneer Cemetery” is essential listening for any local music lover. They’ll be joined by Ozark Pappy, Cisco and the Racecars and April Bird.
Details: 8 p.m., Sunday June 8. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $3-$5. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
6/12: Of The Painted Choir
Drawing inspiration from the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s, as well as the sounds of the Southwest, Phoenix’s Of The Painted Choir are set to release their new album “Barbarous.” The band’s last release was named “Best EP” of 2013 by local music site Yab Yum, so this new one should be good. This Crescent show is also their farewell show, so it would behoove you to check them out while you can. Locals Wooden Indian, Dylan Pratt and Chicha Dust open the show.
Details: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $5-$7. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
6/14: Cover the Crescent
This edition of the popular Cover the Crescent nights will benefit The Lupus Foundation Of Southern Arizona, and features one of the strongest lineups of the series. The night will feature the Minibosses, Sweetbleeders, Roar and Treasure Mammal performing Radiohead’s “Ok Computer,” while There is Danger takes on Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” and the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra plays Portishead’s “Dummy.”
Details: 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 13. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $5-$7. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
6/19: Lymbyc Systym
Tempe brothers Jared and Michael Bell make up this acclaimed indie-rock outfit, whose instrumental blend of electronic music and indie rock has landed them tour dates with Broken Social Scene, the Books, Crystal Castles, the Album Leaf and more. The duo’s latest record, 2013′s “Symbolyst,” was the first album the brothers recorded while living in different places, with Jared studying graphic design in Brooklyn and Mike living in Japan. They’ll be joined by A Cloud for Climbing and There is Danger.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $8-$10. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
6/27-29: Sail Inn Farewell Festival
Tempe’s Sail Inn has long been one of the finest venues in the Valley to see local shows, so it’s a drag to see the club close its doors. But at least they are going out with a bang, offering a three-day festival packed with Valley greats, including the Love Me Nots, Black Carl, Jared & the Mill, Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special, Noodles, Futures Loves Past, the Sugar Thieves and many more.
Details: Times Vary, Friday-Sunday, June 27-29. Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave, Tempe. $15 per day, $35 for 3-day pass. 480-966-9565, thesailinn.com.
6/27: Red House Pub Summer Fest
The Red House Pub is a fairly new spot, tucked into a mixed-use compound on Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix, but it’s becoming a local music hot spot. And this Summer Fest should be a great time, featuring performances by decker., Dry River Yacht Club, the Haymarket Squares, Field Tripp, Wolvves, Bacchus and the Demonsluts, Jeff Gonzales, Cori Rios of the Hourglass Cats and DJ Organics. Plus live painting, fire dancing and food from the Roasted Shallot Food Truck.
Details: 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday, June 27. Red House Pub, 1028 W. Grand Ave. Phoenix. 602-258-0749.