photography by Angelina Aragon

Put Your Records On

Written by Nikole Tower Category: Lifestyle Issue: April 2018
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Break out your vinyl for a blast from the past at Valley listening parties.

Put Your Records OnRecords are cool again, man. If you were born before 1980, bust yours out of storage. If you’re a millennial, bug your parents or grandparents for their boxes of Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin LPs – or go buy the latest release from your favorite indie band, since it’s no doubt jumped on the hipster bandwagon of releasing vinyl along with dropping MP3s on Tidal. Since sharing the pristine sound with others is part of the purism of vinyl, pop into one of these “listening parties” held monthly around the Valley.

Vinyl Voices  
When: Last Tuesday of the month, 8 p.m.
Where: The Coronado, 2201 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-252-1322, thecoronadophx.com/events
From the mind of The Coronado owner Elle Murtagh comes Vinyl Voices, a listening party hosted by local comedians Leslie Barton and Jose Gonzalez at the CenPho vegetarian hot spot. Listeners can dine and drink while the hosts introduce local special guests who tell a personal story connected to one song from any genre imaginable, followed by a DJ who introduces the track. Vintage vinyl, storytelling, comedy and food come together to honor the power of song.

The Spins: Vinyl Listening Party
When: One rotating night each month
Where: Various bars around the Valley, vinylmeplease.com/spins
Presented by Denver-based record of the month club Vinyl Me, Please, The Spins is a nationwide listening party that features one record a month for listeners all over the world. The club aims to expose the medium to a new generation of music lovers. Crescent Ballroom is a popular spot for the event, but the club posts an announcement on its website every month of when and where the next party will be.

The Big Beat
When: Second Saturday of the month, 10 p.m.
Where: Bikini Lounge, 1502 Grand Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-0472, facebook.com/thebikinilounge
Phoenix’s favorite grotty little dive bar hosts this monthly bash, emceed by local DJ group the Ladies of Wax – Karen Hartman, Victoria Aguilar and Melanie Reeves. The Ladies play a mix of party music, but gravitate toward Motown, Northern soul (Great Britain’s answer to Motown), ska and glam rock. You can expect to hear often-overlooked bands and musicians like The Equals, The Jewels and Candi Staton.