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Men, Women & Children Stand Tall

“Let’s just pretend we’re in our parents basement. Let’s go fuckin’ nuts!” exclaimed Men, Women & Children vocalist TJ Penzone as he and his band descended upon an anxiously excited Phoenix crowd at Modified on Tuesday evening (April 24). Local electro-clash upstarts Alcoholiday, who played to a frat frowning group of concertgoers earlier in the afternoon at Arizona State University, opened the show with an instilled eagerness, showcasing what’s yet to come from the eclectically tight two-piece. Despite clutch mic issues, L.A. indie popsters the Oohlas proved their point that they were not a band to be overlooked in the next coming months. Tiger-ready lead singer Ollie Stone rocked her blood stained guitar, as the band churned out exuberant pop tresses from their 2006 debut release, Best Stop Pop.

Serious doubt should be cast upon anyone who thinks they are ready for the celebration from New York-based alt-rockers, Men, Women, & Children. Despite traveling all day from their show in Los Angeles the night before and enduring a flat tire along the way, the boisterous six-piece made every toe tap, and every body boogie with essential bangers such as “Who Found Mister Fabulous?” and show-opening strobe-assisted “At Night We Like to Fight.” AUSTIN PLUMB / PHOTOS BY HILARY SOL ALLEN

We asked: Who gets the better perks, men, women, or children?