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Roundup: New or Under-the-Radar Valley Venues

The city of Phoenix has the sixth largest population in America.  It has the fifth largest city land area in the country, exceeding that of New York and Los Angeles. With all that land, and all those people, some things get overlooked.

There are a lot of hidden gems within the Phoenix sprawl that you might miss if you aren’t looking.

Is it true that some of the best live music can be witnessed in the most unlikely of places? We think so.

Face-melting metal at a house show.
Shoulder-to-shoulder shindigs at dirty dive bars.
Stumbled upon, intimate gigs at coffee shops.
Free popsicles and fan face-to-band face at do-it-yourself venues.

There’s a lot to find, if you seek.

The Spec has compiled a list of new or under-the-radar places to see live music in the valley. Check out the roundup below…

8005 E. Roosevelt Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Website

Upcoming shows:
Oct. 3, 7:30 P.M.
WEEDEATER, Saviours, Bison bc, Fight Amp, TOAD
Tix: $13


607 W Osborn Rd.
Phoenix, AZ, 85013
Website

Upcoming shows:
Fridays: DJs and live music
Saturdays: DJs spin hip-hop, soul, funk, downtempo


2610 W. Baseline Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85202
Website

Upcoming shows:
Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 P.M.
JFA 30-year Anniversary Show feat. Father Figures, Anarchy Taco, Asses of Evil
Tix: $10-12

Friday, Oct. 21, 9 P.M.
Ziroh with special guests
Tix: $5


17 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034


1639 E Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281


1415 E. University
Tempe, AZ 85281
Website

Upcoming shows:
Friday, Oct. 14, 7 P.M.
Aggregate Records Showcase featuring Saddles, Grace Bolyard, There There, Beni Benavidez
Tix: $5

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Scourge Schematic (ex- Book of Black Earth), Love Live


105 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ
Website

Upcoming shows:

The Nile Theater

Friday, Oct. 7, 6 P.M.
Decapitated, Obskura, Decrepit Birth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Villisca, Hypathia, Vivicide
Tix: $15

Saturday, Oct. 15, 1 P.M.
I Can’t Hear You Fest 2011 featuring Frantic Arcade, Starcross, Riot Act, No Longer Together, Corporal Limits, Death by Routine, Some Never Sleep, Minor Hysteria, Permanent November, The Whatever Cycle, Still Life Defined, Altervale, To Die For, Living In
Tix: $10-12

The Underground

Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 P.M.
Coke Bust, Magnum Force
Tix: $8

Friday, Oct. 14, 6:30 P.M.
Age of Evil, Years From Now
Tix: $5

Saturday, Oct. 15, 6:30 P.M.
Ostara CD Release, Archive the Dream, and more…
Tix: $10


1015 W. Broadway Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282


423 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Website

Upcoming shows:
Friday, Oct. 7, 8 P.M.
The Californian, The Ross Sea Party, Sun Ghost, Prague
Tix: $7

Thursday, Oct. 13, 8 P.M.
Keeping Shay, Throb Zombie, Clarice and the Lotion Baskets, Christian Science Monitor Lizard
Tix: $5

Friday, Oct. 14, 8 P.M.
Decker, Field Tripp, Banana Gun, A Life of Science, Bryant Vazquez
Tix: $5


 7443 E. 6th Ave.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Website

Upcoming shows:
Friday, Oct. 7
Love and a .38 with Frequis

Friday, Oct. 14
Warner Drive and Strange Young


2238 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006


940 E. University Dr. Ste # 102
Tempe, AZ 85281
Website

Upcoming shows:
Friday, Oct. 7, 7:30 P.M.
Weatherbox
Tix: $8-10

Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 P.M.
Instructions, Dynophyte, Young Mothers
Tix: $5

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 P.M.
Andy Gross Quartet

Thursday, Oct. 13, 8 P.M.
Astronautalis
Tix: $12


2450 E. Chambers St. #6
Phoenix, AZ 85205
Website

Upcoming shows:
Saturday, Oct. 8
BLEACHED (post MIKA MIKO), Father’s Day, Vegetable, The Pods, Weird Ladies
Tix: $5

Thursday, Oct. 13
Lantern, Acid Dawgs, The Rebel Set, Sleep Money
Tix: $5

Monday, Oct. 17
Hermit Thrushes, Liam & the Ladies, Chandalis
Tix: $5

 

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