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Few things have been as quintessentially punk rock in the Valley as The Tribe House. Over the decade the rooms inside this red brick residence located near the intersection of 24th and Oak streets in East Phoenix has been a meeting ground for anarchist collective, housed a zine library, functioned as a recording studio, and a temporary crash pad for many a street kid. Then there’s its infamous cellar, which has hosted many a basement concert by a feral pack of pawn shop-guitar maestros in the utter dankness. It's as much a hallmark of the punk world as Mohawks and Bad Religion pins, and one of the rare places in the Valley to feature such a subterranean showcase of three-chord thunder. Gigs have never been limited to only punk, however, as musicians from a variety of local and touring indie, weirdo, and rock, rap acts have lugged their gear down a flight of stairs into the cozy cellar. And while shows here have been few and far between in recent years, when gigs do once again take place its guaranteed to be memorable.
The rarity of live-music shows taking place in Valley homes isn't so much about a lack of interest as it is a by-product of our desert ecology. You see, the impenetrable Sonoran Desert prevents many dwellings from boasting a basement, so noise from amplified bands tends to leak into neighbors' bedrooms and, we imagine, peeve the neighborhood. That's why The Tribe House is so special: There's a friggin' basement, which showcases a wide range of hip-hop, singer-songwriters, noise ensembles,... More »
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