Friday, December 11, 2009

White Denim Skip Phoenix For Tucson or How White Denim Ruined My Day

Biscuits and gravy!  The last time White Denim was in town they played a show at Modified Arts that I was super psyched for but ultimately had to miss due to some last minute happenings.  Oh well, life goes on, right?  So the band-who is one of my favorites-releases a new album this year and I sit and wait patiently hoping that the group will swing by Phoenix yet again in support of the new album.  Imagine my surprise and excitement when I see on Stateside Presents Twitter the words "Just Announced: White Denim" and then the disappointment when I see "1/16 @ Club Congress."  The only thing I can compare it to is meeting Natalie Portman for the first time only to have her kick you in the junk instead of make out with you.

This ultimately brings me to a much larger issue: what is up with bands skipping Phoenix for Tucson?

Let me first start off by saying that I am not the type of Phoenician who thinks that Phoenix is superior to Tuscon in every possible way.  If I'm being honest I think Tucson is a very nice city.  But, the facts don't lie; Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country!  It's filled with people who want to buy tickets to your shows Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Wilco, White Denim, Santigold.

I'm sure someone will leave a comment saying that sometimes it's out of the artists control.  There wasn't a venue available on such and such date or the drummer has an outstanding warrant in this city.  Whatever the reason is I call bullshit!   

Maybe I'm overreacting.  I don't think I am though, and I'm sure there are tons of other Phoenix music lovers who feel the same way on this subject as I do.  Just be warned bands and artists who I like that skip Phoenix for Tucson, you need to fix this shit pronto or you can forget about the Christmas cookies I baked for you.