Playboy Manbaby

The inspiration & creation behind Playboy Manbaby’s album art for ‘Don’t Let It Be’

By now, we’re sure you’ve given local Phoenix ska-punk-funk band Playboy Manbaby‘s newest album, Don’t Let It Be, a spin. Released November of last year, the third full-length should feel and sound familiar. If you’ve been to any Playboy Manbaby show recently, you’ll immediately recognize songs off the new album, like “You Can Be A Fascist Too”…

Brand New

The day I became obsessed with Brand New…

                Image: Brand New/Instagram The stage was bare, empty — save a handful of people all sprawled, sitting in a pathetic excuse for a circle. I sat cross-legged next to Brad and across from Shannan. We were 16 and painting a slab of wood for the next school…

Valley Venues: What you need to know about Valley Bar

Sure, you’ve probably been to an underground club in Phoenix (literally, if you’ve been to The Nile in Mesa), but Valley Bar takes it to a whole other level (metaphorically). How to get there: Parking This can be tricky to those who a) don’t have a lot of experience driving through downtown Phoenix and b) hate…

If you like dubstep & trap, go to BOO! music fest this October

Snails! Knife Party! Excision! And those are only three major acts performing the one-day, “costumes encouraged” music event coming to Chandler. On October 15, Relentless Beats and Insomiac bring you BOO! at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center. Originated in New York City in 2013, BOO! made its way to San Francisco in 2015 and this…

11 Phoenix-based bands you should be listening to

If you’re like me and haven’t been in the local music scene for some time, then you’ve probably had a few if not all of the following thoughts while staring blankly at Crescent Ballroom, The Rebel Lounge and Valley Bars’ respective event listings: Where’s Mergence? I haven’t see those guys in a while. That reminds me:…