WHAT SO NOT @ The Pressroom

Acts: 
What So Not
Acts: 
Andrew Luce
Concert Date: 
Fri, 06/30/2017
Location: 
The Pressroom, Phoenix

The blistering summer heat means nothing to EDM fans in Arizona, which is why the best established and up-and-coming artists easily sell out a Phoenix venue. It's the only place I can imagine where an Aussie like What So Not wears swim trunks to perform and the venue pays its rent solely on water sales. But alas, we're addicted to the bass and the lights--and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Reviewer: 
Tatum Schranz

YOOOOO, MY GUYS. It me, Alessandra your RPM/Electronic Music Director here to give you the MOST FIRE list of shows coming to Tucson and Phoenix this summer (June- August). You are not going to believe what Relentless Beats has in store for us this season! So…prepare yourself…because it is about to get LIT in here!!!!!!

 

WHAT SO NOT

Twin Peaks Interview

Emily and Olivia chatted with two members of Chicago rock band Twin Peaks, Clay and Cadien, before their gig at Club Congress. They discussed a plethora of shit, from the resurrection of a certain familiarly-named tv show to *literal* shit.

Emily Beiser: Did you guys see the Twin Peaks sign on your way here?

Phoenix ComiCon: SATURDAY

Acts: 
Bonnie Wright
Acts: 
Sam Sykes
Acts: 
V.E. Schwab
Concert Date: 
Sat, 05/27/2017
Location: 
Phoenix Convention Center

Have you ever seen fifteen different pairs of Rick and Mortys wandering a convention floor? Walked by dozens of booths selling Pikachu stuffed animals and one selling decorative athletic cups? Saturday of 2017's Phoenix ComiCon was laden with costumed, hyped-up people whose costumes rivaled those of Hollywood's finest designers. One woman told me that she "had a costume on this morning, went back to [her] hotel room at 2, and changed into another costume for the rest of the day," keeping up this routine for the three days she attended.

Reviewer: 
Hannah Isaac

Amanda's SXSW Day 7

Acts: 
Colony House
Acts: 
Hippo Campus
Acts: 
Mike Posner
Acts: 
Small Town Giants
Concert Date: 
Sat, 03/18/2017
Location: 
SXSW

It’s the last day for me of South By South West and I’m sad that it’s ending, but I’m so glad I was able to experience this festival! I decided to head to Waterloo Records again today to see Colony House, Hippo Campus, and Mike Posner. I’ve seen Colony House before, but they were amazing once again. They had the crowd grooving and everyone was dancing in the blazing Austin sun. Then I stayed to see Hippo Campus for the second time of South By, because they were truly one of the best bands I saw the whole week.

Reviewer: 
Amanda Chesin

Amanda's SXSW Day 6

Acts: 
Allison Crutchfield
Acts: 
Naked Giants
Acts: 
Summer Cannibals
Concert Date: 
Fri, 03/17/2017
Location: 
SXSW

Day Six ended up being pretty chill as I was very exhausted from almost a full week straight of concerts. But, it’s a Friday and exciting things will be happening! I got to see Allison Crutchfield perform at Waterloo, and got to see the great record store that exists in downtown Austin. I would definitely like to explore this place more when it isn’t packed to the brim with festival goers. Then I decided to take the bus and head up closer to the University of Texas at Austin campus. There were a couple smaller shows up there and I decided to take a look.

Reviewer: 
Amanda Chesin

Amanda's SXSW Day 5

Acts: 
The Drums
Acts: 
Hippo Campus
Acts: 
Betty Who
Acts: 
PVRIS
Acts: 
Bibi Bourelly
Acts: 
D.R.A.M.
Acts: 
Lil Yachty
Acts: 
Young M.A.
Acts: 
Starley
Acts: 
Khalid
Concert Date: 
Thu, 03/16/2017
Location: 
SXSW

 As I mentioned yesterday, if you don’t get to these big venues before 1pm, you’ll have a hard time getting in, and that’s just what happened to me. I got to the Mohawk just after 1pm, and ended up waiting over an hour in line to get in. The way most venues at South By work is that badge holders have primary access. Only having a music wristband puts you lower on the ladder than the badge holders, so plenty of badge holders who got there after me got in before me. Finally their line died down and I did make it inside.

Reviewer: 
Amanda Chesin

Amanda's SXSW Day 4

Acts: 
Destroy Boys
Acts: 
Zaytoven
Acts: 
Palm
Acts: 
Black Lips
Acts: 
SHAED
Acts: 
Dirty Lungs
Acts: 
Marian Hill
Concert Date: 
Wed, 03/15/2017
Location: 
SXSW

Wednesday brings about the midweek, and when the festival really shifts to being a music festival. The weekend was really about movies and comedy but now music has taken the forefront. I went to the Mohawk for House of VANS to start off this experience. I spend many hours at this venue, and I can see why it is such an Austin staple. The outdoor stage has standing room and can also be seen from three different balconies. The indoor stage is small but intimate, and had a solid lineup of small bands. I saw Destroy Boys, Zaytoven, Mykki Blanco, Palm, and Black Lips.

Reviewer: 
Amanda Chesin

Amanda's SXSW Day 3

Acts: 
Chastity Belt
Acts: 
SHAED
Acts: 
Doug Stanhope and Friends
Concert Date: 
Tue, 03/14/2017
Location: 
SXSW

It’s Tuesday, my third day of SXSW! While I’ve been having a lot of fun at SXSW, being under 21 does put a bit of a damper on things. Bands I like were playing during the day at 21+ venues and I couldn’t get in. But, there is so much going on at the same time that you are never without something to do. There are multiple areas downtown where local food trucks are set up and ready to serve festival goers. California Avocados was giving away free guacamole and avocado salads so I got a fun healthy lunch before getting my day started.

Reviewer: 
Amanda Chesin

Amanda's SXSW Day 2

Acts: 
Reality Bytes
Acts: 
The Light of the Moon
Acts: 
improv4Humans
Acts: 
Above Average Live
Concert Date: 
Mon, 03/13/2017
Location: 
SXSW

Today is the day we can finally go pick up our wristbands! I wanted to get there early because I was worried we would have to wait in line, but the people at SXSW are so organized that it was such an easy process and I didn’t even have to wait. When you pick up your wristband, they give you a pamphlet that lets you know all of the venues you can get into and what shows are being played throughout the whole week, and it was a great resource to have on me.

Reviewer: 
Amanda Chesin