Category: Music


Playboy Manbaby Reflects on First National Tour & AZ Burritos

In late November, TourKidd caught up with Playboy Manbaby in Flagstaff after the final show of their national two-week tour.  The screaming punk band has long been a staple of Rubber Brother Records and the larger Phoenix music scene, fostering growth of the city’s music community through supporting small venues (such as the late Parliament, RIP) and delivering high-energy, interactive performances that make the Playboy Manbaby experience unique and addictive.  With the immense support that the band has received from their Phoenix fan base, Playboy Manbaby embarked on their first national journey this November, playing material from their new album Electric Babyman along with havoc-wreaking favorites like Falafel Pantyhose in various venues and cities, from small Vermont colleges to Brooklyn record stores.

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Patrick Kindlon on Honesty, “DIY”, and Dangers of Fast Food

TourKidd recently met with Patrick Kindlon of Self Defense Family,  outside The Nile Theatre, on their tour with Goodtime Boys, to talk about his views on creativity and honesty in the alternative music community. He also offered some poignant critique of what could be called the “D.I.Y. ethic”, among many subcultural tropes and themes we’re all more or less familiar with.

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Why being a show promoter means being a community builder, too
{it’s deeper than ticket sales.}

by Khayree Billingslea

The term “promoter” doesn’t quite explain it all in the sense that the word, taken at face value, doesn’t really describe the work and actual importance of what the people we call “[good] promoters” do.
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New Found Sound | Rubber Brother Records
{desert wierdness on cassette}

by Khayree

In the first 8 years of the 21st century, the town became a so-so place for creative folk as the city’s bohemian main street was swallowed by corporate sprawl and artistic destitution. What’s worse was that ASU was already notorious as an incubator for bro-dom and all other sorts of cultural bleh.

Between 2009 and 2012, Tempe witnessed a revival.
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TourDiary #1 – How DIY Musicians Describe Being on Tour

By Khayree Billingslea

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”

— H. Keller

You go to your favorite local band’s “Tour Kick-Off” show.

You know the crow.
The crowd knows the words.
The band shouts out to the fans and community members that have been so supportive of them and their growth, thus far.
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