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When looking for a drag show in the Phoenix metro-area, you won’t be hard-pressed to find at least one event taking place between Tuesday to Saturday in the later evening hours, with most taking place in Melrose District queer bars with distinct pinache. But what of the folks who can’t stay out late or prefer not to frequent bars? In a valley where even some of the “drag brunches” take place at drinking establishments, a peculiar event recurs monthly on the crossroads of Dorsey and University at La Gattarra Cat Lounge & Boutique, simply titled: Drag Bingo + Cats. La Gattarra translates into English from Italian and loosely means: “the crazy cat lady”…Read More →

spicy mayo album release show

On the 20th of October, I felt my writer-senses tingling after months of inactivity behind the keyboard, and later felt the supernatural compulsion to cover the Spicy Mayo album release show featuring Audrey Heartburn, Dadadoh + The POC, along with Dwayne and The Rock Hard Johnsons at The Rebel Lounge. Today would not only mark the first time I would capture Audrey Heartburn and Spicy Mayo behind the lens, but a perfect opportunity for this old dog to show off his new (slightly more sober) tricks while covering a mysterious, headlining local band with familiar faces…Read More →

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After many understandable rejections of the concept by those wishing to keep their lives private, I found the “yes” in Chelsey Louise, guitarist and lead vocals of Arizona band on the up-and-up, Fairy Bones. Nestled in an east-central Phoenix neighborhood with a nondescript dirt front yard lived the lair of pop-punk late twenty-somethings I was slightly intimidated by. While the delivery of Chelsey Louise was warm, the house was so busy — with my usual OCD Martha Stewart behavior — I didn’t know where to start with photos which captured every personality…Read More →

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by Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

On Friday, June 28th, I made an eventful return to the venue where I covered my first local event review for YabYum: the prolific and punky Rip’s Bar of Phoenix. Like my visit last year, the bar remained frozen in time, with its regulars lining up for a night of “rock and excitement” headlined by buRgandy juRk, with support from Critical Miss, The Maybe Next Years, and El Googly Diablo. Or was it two years ago? That two-year binge period felt like I was frozen in carbonite…Read More →

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On my endless journey of searching Phoenix metro for the truly unsung, I came upon a flyer for the mononymous ¡Dale!. Marketed as an underground QTPOC (Queer Transgendered People Of Color) after-hours party featuring DJs, live performances, and two locally-prolific drag queens, the convincing point for me was the inclusion of headliner Quay Dash: a no-nonsense wordsmith rapper from The Bronx, NYC. ¡Dale! isn’t your run-of-the-mill, mainstream “queer” event. Instead of making it palpable for the lowest common heteronormative denominator, it separates itself by solely and consistently booking queer performers and artists of color. I would later learn from a speech by organizer and DJ La Siento, this would be the last edition of the event in its current form as he announced his move to New York…Read More →

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by Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

On Friday, April 12, I pushed my body closer to its limits as I decided to cover two shows in a row. With just 24-hours preceding my review of Sunday At Noon with Almost Awake, Arlington, and HeadStrum, I realized this was a show I would have to compromise my mental health for. Not only was 2000 Foot Turtle scheduled, a personal favorite of mine, but the mysterious Spectrum Hues I hadn’t seen since my early days in photography last year dictated the final decision of my attendance. Aside from fresh punx 2KFT, groovy jam-band Spectrum Hues, and “modern psychedelia” LoTemps, this would also mark the very first performance of local self-described indie punk “ear candy,” Olympic Games — what a low-key clever name to spot on a flyer…Read More →

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Since I reviewed Sunday At Noon’s Beat Up & Bitter album, I’ve been trying my damnedest to explore even a fraction of the Phoenix rock community outside my average drag, indie, and punk circuit. I always seem to fall victim to my taste-related loops, but on Thursday, April 11, The Rebel Lounge introduced me to a fresh community of hard-working artists and dedicated concentrations of fans supporting the alt-rock they love. Presented by Atlas Artist Group, Sunday At Noon kicked off their “Bring the Thunder” joint-tour with Vegas-based Almost Awake, Arlington from Southern California, and Queen Creek hometown heroes, HeadStrum (in place of All New Hopes)…Read More →

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by Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen – The invitation sitting on my desk simply titled The Variety Show Spring Fling 2019, hosted by Jason Brock, promised a massively packed-lineup. And who doesn’t love an invitation to an exclusive, invite-only event? Leading up to the actual night, and to build up the element of suspense,Read More →