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Good With Grenades

Good With Grenades

Music, beer, crazy costumes , and even a real leprechaun (that may have been stolen) all made up the insane block party in Scottsdale over the weekend.

AJ from Lit

AJ from Lit

The scene of this epic shit show was Craftsman Court in Old Town Scottsdale. These block party events take place on all the major drinking holidays, I have spent many a Cinco De Mayo here. A stage is set up in the middle of the street and during the event you can go back and fourth between three bars, Dos Gringos, Rock Bar and Blitz. The event also works with a great local charity, Pepped Up! which provides portable entertainment (ipods,etc) to kids fighting cancer.

The musical lineup included reggae rockers Black Bottom Lighters and Grain Of Truth. We also enjoyed the smooth¬†sounds of The Black Moods¬†along with the high energy Good With Grenades and 90’s anthem band¬†Lit. Followed by The Wednesday Machine closing out the night.

The thing I love about St. Patty’s Day is it makes everyone Irish! We saw some really creative costumes and even a few men in kilts. The website (and their seriously dedicated fans) came out in full force rocking the Chive t-shirts and awesome¬†personalities¬† We met Chivers from all over the country, they were all really awesome.
Overall you could not ask for a more perfect Saint Patty’s Day. The weather was awesome, the bands and crowd were¬†amazing. We can’t wait to hear who the lineup will be for Cinco De Mayo and can’t wait for another¬†Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party!



Good With Grenades

Good With Grenades


A real leprechaun which was kidnapped and brought to the party. Perfect St. Patty’s Day.



The Dear Hunter is sometimes described as Indie Rock or Emo/Progressive but if I had to sum it up….a diverse jam band you could rock out to for hours. The band kicked of their tour right here in Scottsdale, AZ before heading off to SXSW and then a nationwide tour to follow.

Nieve Thieves on stage with some very 'homey' stage props

Nieve Thieves on stage with some very ‘homey’ stage props

Opening the show was Naive Thieves a refreshing, young band from Southern California. This is their first cross-country run and you could sense a bit of nerves on stage when the band interacted with the audience.

When The Dear Hunter took the stage there was nothing said that wasn’t said through song for the first 15-20 minutes. They came out and just played song after song, they had a way of just sucking you in right away. The music they play is the type I can just listen to and get lost in.



Vocalist and songwriter Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter

Vocalist and songwriter Casey Crescenzo (The Receiving End of Sirens) is¬†the creative force behind The Dear Hunter and his passion for the music showed throughout the band’s set. He transitioned from playing guitar to keys several times throughout.

They played for at least an hour and forty minutes if not longer. Being the first stop on the North American tour (the band just played Soundwave in Australia) we were able to hear some of their new material from the new album Migrant (April 2, 2013).

The show was a great time and if The Dear Hunter is coming through your city make sure you go see them. For full tour dates click here.

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I The Mighty

I The Mighty

This past Saturday night we went down to Rocky Point Cantina to see some awesome post-hardcore and screamo bands. Hands Like Houses, an Australian band currently signed to Rise Records and coming to a Warped Tour near you were the headliners. Also at the show were San Francisco based, I The Mighty, who have a great album out called Karma Never Sleeps which I highly recommend you check out. Shining Through, My Only Virtue, Lights Alive and We The Collectors were also on the bill making the lineup really strong.

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Ella Kaye

We also had local band Ella Kaye, while they are heavier than the above bands, they gave an awesome performance including hanging upside down by the rafters!!  They are a young band currently recording their EP and they just announced they will be opening up for The Word Alive at the Nile Theater on April 27th.

The show was a blast and the girls here had a bit too much fun. This was our first time to Rocky Point Cantina but really liked the venue and thought the staff were awesome. Highly¬†recommend¬†a show there and hope you’ll give the above bands a listen if you haven’t already.

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Katastro: Show Recap

The band with roots in the valley returned home to headline the Marquee with other reggae/rock locals, Black Bottom Lighters, AJ & the Gracenotes and Clarevoient.
Katastro Set List from 2/22/13

Katastro Set List from 2/22/13

Where to start with this one? Well, home shows are my absolute favorite. First off the energy was amazing; the crowd that showed up were definitely fans jamming and singing with the band, which just took everything to the next level. Honestly, I haven’t really listened to this band very much, but after the show its safe to say that I will be playing their most recent EP, Gentle Predator on repeat.
From Andrew’s 90 year old grandpa being there, confetti, to falling off stage, it was a wonderful show from awesome people! We noticed this tweet from the band the next day and they clearly had as good of a time as we did!

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If you’d like to see more on Katastro, check out their website, they actually have a free mp3 download available! The band will also be returning to Arizona for That Damn Fest on 4/20.



If pop-punk is your scene do not miss the Scottssdale based band, The Summer Set. Supporting the tour are We Are the In Crowd & Go Radio this Thursday at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale. This kicks off a nationwide  run followed by the UK in May and then Warped Tour for the Summer Set. If you are a fan of Mayday Parade, you will surely like Go Radio whose frontman Jason Lancaster started out playing guitar/vocals for Mayday.


The Summer Set
We Are the In Crowd
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
6:00 PM
Martini Ranch (Scottsdale, AZ)

Get Tickets Here ($15)


If you are feeling some smooth reggae grooves, do not miss Katastro¬†headlining¬†at The Marquee Theater this Friday. The group has its roots in Tempe and it’s great to have them back in the valley and¬†headlining¬†the Marquee. Advanced tickets are only $10, so don’t miss this one!


Black Bottom Lighters
Clear Vision
Friday, Feb 22, 2013
Marquee Theater (Tempe, AZ)

Get Tickets Here (ADVANCED TIX ONLY $10!!)


Maybe you are looking to rock your face off? Well The Take Action Tour featuring The Used, Crown The Empire and We Came as Romans should do the trick. Crown The Empire will be featured on the cover of next months Alternative Press ‘100 Bands You Need To Know’.


Take Action Tour
The Used
Crown The Empire
We Came as Romans
Sunday Feb. 24, 2013
Marquee Theater

Buy Tickets Here ($27.50)