Yep, there is a stirring over on our contests page if you hadn't already heard for 2 free tickets to inFEST Tucson and it's a fucking sweet line up, so we'd really love to see you go and be a part of it.
There is nothing quite like a mix tape to kick off an Arizona summer! We've got plenty of new and well-loved songs from some of our favorite locals along with some from-somewhere-else jams to get your crusty asses primed and ready for the sweaty times ahead.
Punk hasn't died yet and neither has Rat Scabies. It's been over 20 years since he left his seat in The Damned and twice as long since he helped pioneer what would become one of the most influential sounds in Punk Rock.
If you haven't already heard, the newest record label on the block is Batcave Records with Dusty Graves (Stellar Corpses) and Rene De La Muerte (The Brains) sitting at the head of the table. Not only that, but they've announced that the first release will be a shiny, new Stellar Corpses EP!
Holy shit! There are so many fucking badass new music videos out right now! L7? They're here. Kid Congo? He's here too. What about Blondie? Yep. Alice Bag? You betcha. Plus many more visuals to go with new and old favorite bands. What a time to be alive!
You like loud music. We like loud music. Some of it might even be local. Listen with us, won't you?
Welcome friends and enemies to another round of local music visualizations. This installment is short and awesome, but that's just how we like it. Please enjoy your neighbor's labors and don't forget to show your support by catching them live or picking up some sweet merch when the opportunity arises.
The Phoenix Film Festival has announced that "The Godfathers of Hardcore,"a documentary by Ian McFarland following the rise of NYC Hardcore through the stories and 30+ years of struggle of Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma of Agnostic Front, will screen as part of the programming this year.
VTTG has been kicking around the Tempe scene for quite a while now. In that time, they've certainly been working hard to carve out a name for themselves and seem to constantly play shows while still releasing new stuff and consistently improving. If you haven't at least heard the name by now, you should probably get out of the house a little more often.
Punk rock's greatest scumbags, The Dwarves have a new album out on Burger Records entitled, "Take Back The Night," and lucky for us, they're streaming it for all to hear! Give it a spin below and be sure to pick it up at The Burger Records shop on super limited colored vinyl and/ or cassette before they disappear!
Bindi-Eye is an experimental/ psychedelic/ post-punk project out of Chandler from the mind of Zach Wubbena (Sun Conscious) along a few familiar friends on the newest effort, Soapbox Synthesis.
The 2018 SkaterCon is closer than you think and the announcements of who will be appearing this year are pretty fucking rad!
Another day, another dollar, another mix tape. This one has some really great punk shit that is worth a listen or two. Just press play and get riled up!
Earlier today, the world lost its greatest curmudgeon at the age of 60. Mark E. Smith of The Fall has left the building but his legacy of cantankerous one-liners, general hatred of all that is modern and certainly insipid media wankers, his incomparable ability to "do his own thing" while giving zero fucks about what anyone else had to say, and of course, his very distinct take on how the most mundane moments in life also tend to be the most bizarre will live on in his expansive catalog of equally strange yet succinctly genius career. Smith was a prolific warrior in Punk Rock, who would not slow down or step back for any reason. Hell, he still got up on stage in a wheelchair in his last few months with every bit of piss and vinegar as he wasn't going down without a fight.
Yes, the same folks that brought us Punk in Drublic Fest are going for another round with the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, & Music Fest. Sabroso Fest will do us one better, however, by adding gourmet tacos, Luche Libre matches, an assortment of beer for tasting as opposed to just one, and will also all ages after 4pm so the kids aren't entirely shut out.
Here are some more records released over the last year that made us all warm and tingly all over. If you missed part 1, you can check it out here. Once again, there is no order to these, just solid recordings from bands we've been checking out and encourage you to as well if you've been in desperate need of something actually good to listen to.
First mix tape of the new year is for revving up your engines! We've got a whole lotta punk rock to fill those ear holes, so plug in and tune out.
We do love our punk documentaries here at AZ KAOS, and a new year means we're going to try something a little new. Instead of your regularly scheduled Trailer Park in which we watch trailers for upcoming docs, we're going to give you the gift of watching a few full length ones that the filmmakers or bands have graciously made available for free. Hope you've got some time to kill on these killer flicks about punk rockers and be sure to show your support and thanks for keeping us entertained.
We try to keep up on album reviews here, but obviously suck at that. Regardless, we still listen to everything despite rarely getting around to writing about it or managing to get the writers to actually turn stuff in. We're a fucking punk zine, what did you expect?
The end of the year means promises of better things, but also a look back at wasn't completely awful in the last spin around the sun. It also means all the year-end lists from your favorite opinionated assholes. In this installment, we hear about the top 5 record picks from Monty O'Blivion -- head honcho of Manual Sex Drive and former member of local favorites The Limit Club and The Video Nasties. He's pretty much one of the most opinionated people you'll ever meet and possibly the best fucking guitar player to come from The Valley in recent history (even if he'll never admit it.) -The Ed
Everyone's favorite and loveable Misfit, Glenn Danzig, is no stranger to ending up in the news regularly for some pretty absurd reasons such as picking up supplies for his kittens, angrily throwing bricks after a number of complaints from his neighbors, eating cake, beating up on photographers, and getting knocked out by local band North Side Kings' very own Danny Marianino back in 2004.
The people of Phoenix got quite an eye-opener while flipping through his week's print issue of local media publication, The Phoenix New Times. Folks in search of things to do in The Valley for the holidays were greeted with an ad for local band Slowpoke's Annual Holiday Reunion Show at The Yucca Tap Room, which sounds tame enough, only this ad features a pro-rape graphic taking a jab at the recent #metoo movement front and center.
We're back with more new music to cram into your ear holes. Most of this week's bands will be playing shows in Arizona soon, so be sure to check out the calendar if you want to support locally. Otherwise, a click on the Bandcamp icon will take you to their page so you can support the old fashioned way.