Lords Of Acid, Club Red Mesa

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For nearly 30 years, Belgian post-industrial techno group Lords of Acid have been bringing sex and sexy to urban nightlife. Lead by original founding member Praga Khan still on lead keyboard, the Lords came to Mesa, AZ as part of their Sextreme Fest Tour 2017. In true Lords form, complete with rocking live instrumentals and blow up dolls, the Lords rocked the Club Red house to a not only a venue packed with EDM fans, but also a stage line-up of ear ... Read More

Interview with Erie Loch from Dark Synth Futurepop duo WICCID

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Veteran Sacramento songwriter and performer Erie Loch discusses his creative processes, the evolution of IT in the music industry, and his new futurepop project WICCID along with many of his collaborations over the years with such artists as Prong, Ministry, Pop Will Eat Itself, Lords Of Acid, and many more. You can hear the By Design album on Spotify and download the album from Bandcamp. WICCID appears on the Sextreme Fest 2017 tour with Lords of Acid, En Esch, and Combichrist.   [embed]https://youtu.be/xXwsGRYHvVY[/embed] Check out the WICCID "Torn" single ... Read More

Overkill at Club Red Mesa (9/22/2017)

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When you "put your nose to the grind stone", you are making a statement about the efforts and ethics of your endeavors. When you're "back to the grind", it means you're working hard. And when you release more albums than any other metal band in your class and consistently toured for nearly 40 years, and you've earned the right to call your 18th studio album The Grinding Wheel. In support of this, their 2017 album release, Overkill appears as the top act on the ... Read More

Invidia (ex Skinlab, 5FDP) at Club Red, Mesa (9/22/2017)

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From Las Vegas, NV comes nu-metal's latest collaboration of artists, Invidia. Originally fronted by current In This Moment bass player Travis Johnson, Invidia brings to the stage ex-Skinlab guitars Brian Jackson and Marcos Medina, and ex-Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell. Although the  band enjoyed some brief initial success, Travis Johnson's decision to leave abruptly to honor his commitment with In This Moment caught Invidia off guard just before their tour began, leaving them searching frantically for a new singer. While it ... Read More

Rise Against at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ (7/9/2017)

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Arizona? Oh, yeah....we go wayyyyy back. For several years, Chicago-based punk band Rise Against refused to play shows in Arizona in protest of Senate Bill 1070, which was a piece of controversial legislation passed in 2010 that segregated citizens' rights according to ethnicity. In 2012, the prejudicial law which required law enforcement to arbitrarily violate Mexican-Americans' Fourth Amendment rights and demand on-the-spot citizenship documentation was challenged, and Rise Against appeared at Mesa Amphitheater shortly after. Many artists were part of this state boycott, refusing to ... Read More

Iron Maiden in Phoenix, AZ (6/28/2017)

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As the Golden Age of music draws to a close, we are constantly saddened by the frequent passing of not only our favorite musicians, but the musicians who made the music what it is. They were the dreamers and the game changers. As the twilight falls around us, the magic ages. After decades of touring, many of those bands we coveted as kids are slowly winking out, losing their exuberance to age, health, and change. But there is one band who defies the ... Read More

Ghost at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ

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Swedish heavy metal band, Ghost, opened for Iron Maiden at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Downtown Phoenix AZ on Wednesday, June 28.  Referring to themselves as "the clergy", their 2016 single, "Cirice", landed them a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. In January 2017, Ghost became the first Swedish heavy metal band to ever peak the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart with their Popestar single release "Square Hammer", which opened the show with its iconic Munster-esque organ anthem reverberating through the rafters. Taking the stage ... Read More

Davey Suicide Returns To Mesa 6/16/2017

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For three days, now, there has been a song stuck in my head. All day long I hear, "She's got the eyyyyyyyyes of an angellllll....". It happens every time I come home from a Davey Suicide show. The more I get to know them, the more I like them, and it's not just THAT song that sticks in my head. After the show, I had the chance to pick up their latest album Made From Fire, and there are quite a few catchy tunes ... Read More

Interview with Doyle & Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

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Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 feat. Dope, Combichrist, Davey Suicide, and September Mourning 4/8/2017

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      As if the desert couldn't get any hotter, Saturday night in Mesa proved everyone wrong when the Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 came to town at Club Red Mesa. While it may seem that the venue is small, the walls are only there to protect music lovers from all ages from the soaring temps and searing sun of the Valley of the Sun. There is no shortage of butts in the seats when a tour like this comes to town. For ... Read More

The Reaper Comes To Phoenix: September Mourning at Club Red – 4/8/2017

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It was a clear desert night when the stage became the page, and a house packed full of souls was saved by the songs of the reaper, September Mourning. On a dimly lit stage, the story of unfinished destiny unfolded as Mesa, Arizona became part of one woman's war between worlds. For the unsuspecting soul, September Mourning is a transmedia creative project that combines story into song of a journey into darkness and purgatory. Beginning as a dark fantasy comic and graphic novel, September Mourning uses song and print to advance concept ... Read More

After A Long Creative Hiatus, Orgy Returns to Club Red Mesa, AZ 1/25/2017

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    Bands change lineups like they change their socks.  Humans, however, are creatures of habit:  resistant to change and afraid of the new and untested. So, when the bands we know and love disappear and suddenly resurface with completely new lineups, their reception is often the same as that of a sequel to a good movie. Yet every now and then there is a stroke of brilliance in that sequel's conception, and the second act defies our resistance, proving to be as good or ... Read More

Avatar’s Big Top Freak Show Rolls Into Phoenix – Joe’s Grotto, 10/21/2016

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  I haven't been to the circus in a VERY long time. So, I caught up with Avatar in Phoenix at Joe's Grotto. It looked like a freak show, it sounded like a freak show...it even smelllllllled.....like a freak show. Avatar is a highly theatrical melo-death metal band from Gothenberg, Sweden. Making their way around the States to show off their latest outstanding Feathers & Flesh album, Phoenix was their first introduction to the American Southwest. Phoenicians know good music when they hear it, ... Read More

Red Sun Rising @ Pub Rock Live 04/17/16 Scottsdale, AZ

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  At some point, every kid who picks up an instrument fantasizes about making it to the Big Time. Everybody has a song about the journey to shooting stardom and what it takes to be a jukebox hero, and if you're two guys from Akron, OH, you keep that dream alive. I remember the first time I saw Red Sun Rising. I walked in the gate at Carnival of Madness at the Time Warner Amphitheater in Cleveland. There was a band playing off to the ... Read More

Smart Zombies Love The Downrights (Cuz Braaaiiiinnnnnnzzzzz)

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It was the end of the world, or at least we all pretended it was for the annual American Red Cross Run For Your Lives 5k zombie infested obstacle course in Darlington, MD on October 27, 2012. One band after another took the stage during the day-long Apocalypse Party, where runners, spectators, and of course, off-duty zombies came to hang out and relax after their grueling duels in the woods. What started out to be a bright and sunny day eventually turned to gray, ... Read More

Eye Empire “Ignites” Martini Ranch

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On Sunday, September 30, 2012, Eye Empire lit up Martini Ranch with an amazing performance, and while the band is no stranger to the road, their "Impact" on the Scottsdale stage was part the band's first of what we all hope will be many headlining tours. Grateful for the grassroots fans this independent powerhouse has gained, frontman Donald Carpenter and bassist Corey Lowery showed nothing but love as they interacted with the small but enthusiastic crowd that threatened to share the stage with ... Read More

Photo Gallery: Rise Against 09/28/12: Mesa Amphitheatre – Mesa, AZ

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Rise Against 09/28/12 Mesa Amphitheatre - Mesa, AZ Photos by LivingDedGrrl For the first time since 2010 Rise Against set foot on stage in Arizona. Having called of their participation in the Sound Strike's Boycott of the state after lawmakers passed SB 1070, the band returned to play a fierce career spanning set. Check out some photos from the night down below. [gallery order="DESC" columns="4"] Read More