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Getting to this underground music venue housed in a South Phoenix warehouse is a bit of an experience, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given its off-the-radar nature. If you’re lucky enough to get directions from a local band or someone else in the know, however, it’s definitely worth the journey. Punk, hardcore, and sludge metal are the name of the game at ICYC, as bands play on a ramshackle stage while the crowd sits on thrift store seating, stands on chairs, or slams around the mosh pit. A jumble of colorful graffiti and urban art murals decorate the walls and is almost as bizarre-looking as some of the gutterpunks and indie kids that turn out for shows.
Vektor is leaving their Tempe home for Philadelphia, but they're not about to bid us adieu with happy-go-lucky feelings... are they? The self-described "progressive sci-fi thrash metal" band is k... More »
There's no glowing neon sign marking the South Phoenix location of the Inner City Youth Center. Nor are there glossy advertisements, slick radio spots, or other primo promotional tactics trumpeting the underground all-ages gigs held at this under-the-radar music venue. Hell, it barely even has an online presence, as its proprietors maintain a cluttered-looking blog announcing upcoming shows. Even then, it takes some hunting to find the joint, as fliers list only a nearby intersection and the... More »