If Phoenix needed a response to California’s Ty Segall, Strange Lot more or less fills that void. With an aggressive rhythm section getting punk rockers in a frenzy, explorative guitar and synth strains and distorted vocal crooning give listeners plenty of room to phase out and forget about tomorrow. Originally the bedroom project of Dominic Mena, Strange Lot fully fleshed out with Tim Lormor helping out on drums and keyboard and bassist David Dennis in 2014. With an EP and two LPs dropped — most recently last month — this band’s presence in the Arizona psych-punk scene will surely grow in the coming years.

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Tempe, AZ
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world's finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world in a unique outdoor setting.
Phoenix, AZ 85281, USA
Scottsdale & Weber Goodwill Retail Store & Donation Center
Long-standing nonprofit chain with a range of pre-owned clothing, furniture, housewares & more.
1290 N. Scottsdale Rd; Tempe, Az 85281, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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The Lost Leaf
Varied live & DJ-spun tunes, a big beer selection & an art gallery are showcased at this lounge.
914 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Berto’s Gelato Ice Cream Specialties
Berto's Gelato Ice Cream Specialties serves up a variety of ice cream flavors.
2425 W Utopia Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85027, USA
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Crescent Ballroom
Brick-walled lounge set in a former garage that now offers Tex-Mex cooking & free live music.
308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA
Valley Bar
Music, film, spoken word & comedy showcased in an intimate venue with a game room & cocktail lounge.
Rear Basement, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA