We’ve got three major festivals — the ever-expanding Viva PHX, the 14th annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival and Pot of Gold — bringing winter in metro Phoenix to a close after two major EDM festivals at Rawhide and the Phoenix Open Birds Nest Concert series.
Even if you factored out those main events, though, we’d be looking at a very busy season, with tours by Green Day, Bon Jovi, Ariana Grande, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alter Bridge and AFI all swinging through.
Here’s a guide to get you through the season, from the giant festivals to smaller concerts by the likes of Surfer Blood and Angel Olsen, both of whom are well worth dropping everything to see.
This show is headlined by Kehlani, the 21-year-old who made it to the finals on “America’s Got Talent” with her old group, Poplyfe, in 2014 and was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year (a Best Urban Contemporary Album nod for “You Should Be Here”). Her best-known tracks are R&B hits “CRZY” and “Gangsta.” Also playing: Kap G, Amine and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $25-$45. 602-267-1600 ext. 1, celebritytheatre.com.
The two-time Grammy winners are on a Christmas tour with Lauren Daigle, debuting their new Christmas single, “Glorious,” in a set that’s also sure to features their chart-topping Christian hits “Fix My Eyes,” “Shoulders,” and “Priceless” (from the feature film of the same name in theaters now).
Details: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $19.50-$34.50. 602-639-8979, gcuarena.com.
Dokken guitarist George Lynch put Lynch Mob together in the wake of Dokken’s breakup, bringing home raves for a debut called “Wicked Sensation,” which hit the charts in 1990, spinning off two rock radio hits – the title track and “River of Love.” They’ve broken up and reunited several times since then. Their latest album, “Rebel,” was released last year and also features Jeff Pilson of Dokken.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $25-$45. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
These Western Swing revivalists have taken home nine Grammys since releasing their first album in the early ’70s. And I’m kinda shocked they didn’t add another Grammy to the pile with last year’s “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.” It’s their third such tribute to the king, this one boasting guest appearances by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Lyle Lovett and Old Crow Medicine Show. They’re at the MIM for two holiday concerts in a single night, but both shows have already sold out.
Details: 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. SOLD OUT. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
Formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, these gospel legends have achieved astonishing acclaim, including five Grammys and performances for two U.S. presidents, while obviously going through some lineup changes. Their latest album, “Talkin’ Christmas!,” includes new versions of holiday standards and hidden gospel gems, as well as seven brand-new Christmas songs. The new original songs include the funky title track (with Money Mark on keyboards) and “What Can I Do?” (with Taj Mahal on vocals). The album also features a hand-clapping rearrangement of the usually slower classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and a refreshingly intimate, acoustic version of “Silent Night.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $48.50-$63.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Glendale for two performances on its 2016 Winter Tour, which honors the 20th anniversary of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” 99.9 KEZ presents the 3 p.m. show with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Operation Santa Claus. 100.7 KSLX presents the 7:30 p.m. show with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Arizona Animal Welfare League.
Each ticket purchased online will include a digital audio copy of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” This is the first time these songs have been released in an audio package, and the album features a bonus track titled “Music Box Blues (Daryl Pediford Tribute New York 2004).”
Details: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $36.50-$71.25. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Complex hailed this Philly rapper as “one of the names to pay attention to in 2016,” and the year’s not over yet so here’s your chance. He’s best known for the breakthrough single “Money Longer,” “You Was Right” and a guest appearance on the Migos single “Bad and Boujee.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $28-$50. ticketmaster.com.
This elder statesman of the Tucson music scene is something of a legend on the outer fringes for all the right reasons, from his work with Giant Sand to a solo career that stretches from “Dreaded Brown Recluse” to 2013’s brilliant “The Coincidentalist.” He’s about to add another chapter to that legacy in January with an album whose title, “Future Standards,” is a solid indication of what the album means to be. According to a press release, he’s “creating new tunes with cathartic one-liners and malleable melodies that suggest any singer could interpret these dozen American piano ballads and take his offbeat worldview and make it their own.”
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $25.50-$31.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
Snoop Dogg is bringing the Puff Puff Pass Tour to Comerica Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 29, with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound and DJ Quik. It’s been 24 years since Snoop Dogg grabbed the culture by the collar with a featured rap on Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” announcing his arrival with “Ready to make an entrance, so back on up.” It wasn’t long before he’d made good on the promise of that entrance with such early hits as “What’s My Name?” and “Gin and Juice.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $45-$75. ticketmaster.com.
Decadence Arizona isn’t content with being the biggest New Year’s Eve dance party in the Valley. Instead, organizers are aiming to have the grandest year-end celebration in the country. The two-night “super-club” event is an adults-only blowout that promises a combination of elegance and sophistication, as well as a variety of booming beats courtesy of EDM artists such as Deadmau5, Disclosure, Arty and the Chainsmokers.
Details: Dec. 30-31. 6 p.m.–3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. $160-$349. 877-318-4540, relentlessbeats.com.
The band has spent much of 2016 marking the 20th anniversary of “Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy” by his old band, the Refreshments. Universal Records re-released the album earlier this year on vinyl, and a tribute record is forthcoming. The Refreshments’ major label debut put the local rockers on the map outside of Tempe’s thriving music scene in 1996. It peaked at #97 on the Billboard Top 200, and spun off the modern-rock radio classic “Banditos.”
Details: 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $43-$53. 602-267-1600 ext. 1, celebritytheatre.com.
Hailing from Huntington Beach, Calif., the Dirty Heads blend elements of reggae, ska, hip-hop and punk. “Any Port in a Storm,” their 2008 debut, included guest appearances by Billy Preston, Slash, Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows and Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome. It was the track with Ramirez, “Lay Me Down,” that gave these guys their breakthrough, topping the rock and alternative-songs charts. Subsequent hits include “Spread Too Thin” and “My Sweet Summer.”
Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $38.50-$75. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
It’s a winning shtick. Old-timey roots music (country blues, gospel, ragtime and blugrass) lends itself, it would appear, to such topics as waking the dead, praying to the moon and the life of misery a drunken-hearted man may expect to enjoy. Their latest album, “Redemption & Ruin,” more than lives up to the promise of that title, from the banjo-driven romp through “Drunken Hearted Man” to “The Angel of Death,” which brings the album to a chilling finish. As Uncut summed it up, it’s “a feel-good record with a troubled soul.”
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $22.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Best known for his former role as one half of the Grammy-winning duo the Civil Wars, White is playing the Musical Instrument Museum in support of “Beulah,” his first solo record in nearly a decade. It’s an intimate, frequently heartbreaking album of understated folk and country ballads. Mojo writes: “His voice is parched, so the songs, many acoustic and trailing brutal honesty, speak clearly enough to grip you in their gnarled fist.”
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $38.50-$48.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
It’s not for nothing that these guys recorded their debut in Laurel Canyon, the epicenter of the California soft-rock sound that flourished in the early ’70s. It’s in their blood. And that blood is all over the tracks on every Dawes release. They’re doing two sets a night on this tour — hence ”An Evening With Dawes” — allowing them plenty of time to reconnect with old fan favorites while sharing selections from their latest, “We’re All Gonna Die,” which Noisey proclaimed “by far their best.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $30-$43. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
In 1981, brothers Dave and Phil Alvin hit the streets with “The Blasters,” a self-titled album that placed them at the forefront of the post-punk roots revival. And after enjoying divergent careers in the decades since those early albums, the brothers have been earning raves in recent years for getting back together and releasing two collaborative efforts, “Common Ground: Dave & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” and the aptly titled “Lost Time.” For now, though, he’s touring with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, a celebrated Austin singer-songwriter whose reputation rests in part on having formed the Flatlanders with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $38.50-$43.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
Ronnie Radke had plenty of time to sort through the emotions he expresses with such rage and passion on “The Drug in Me Is You,” his first release with Falling in Reverse. He had two years in prison to sit in a cell and work on new songs while his former bandmates in Escape the Fate moved on without him. Their second album, “Fashionably Late,” was squarely trashed by critics but produced their biggest hit, “Alone.” And last year’s “Just Like You” was hailed as a return to form by Alternative Press and their strongest record to date by Revolver. This time through, they’re joined by Issues and Motionless in White.
Details: 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $27.50-$48. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
“If There’s a Hell Below,” this Detroit rapper’s latest album, would appear to have been titled after Curtis Mayfield’s “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go.” And Black Milk’s winning blend of soulful sounds and gritty stories from the mean streets definitely lives up to the promise of that title. RapReviews says: “Black Milk nails the line between being retro and forward-thinking, between street and backpack, between nostalgia and honesty.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $12; $10 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Alternative-radio hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket will headline the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series at the 14th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. Best known for their early-’90s breakthrough singles “All I Want” and “Walk On the Ocean,” the California rockers perform at the finish line festival at Tempe Beach Park. The concert is free and open to the public.
Details: Sunday, Jan. 15. Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon finish line, Rio Salado Parkway and Ash Avenue, Tempe. Free. RunRocknRoll.com/Arizona.
The unmistakable voice of the Walkmen is on “extreme hiatus” from his day gig and headed to Phoenix in support of a second solo album called “I Had a Dream That You Were Mine,” its title taken from a lyric in “A 1000 Times,” which serves as both lead single and opening track. The album is co-credited to Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, who explained his goal going into the session in an interview with Jenny Eliscu on Sirius XMU. “I always wanted to try to really capture his voice in a way I felt like maybe it had never been captured before, just in terms of how it was recorded, and also pushing him to really scream,” he said. “Because it’s interesting, like his voice has this kind of choir boy aspect to it, but then when he screams, it’s like a little bit of the choir boy is still intact, and I think that’s a special blend of things.” Mission accomplished.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20; $18 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
“Goodbye Terrible Youth” finds guitar-playing vocalist Gary McClure sharing bittersweet memories of childhood while tackling larger themes from police brutality to cultural impermanence in a series of midtempo rockers that shimmer as much as they pine. The British rock press was smitten, Q magazine raving, “McClure says he’s regressed to the catchy rock essentials after years spent experimenting: smart move” while the Independent and Uncut both cited New Zealand’s the Chills as a handy fram of reference.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $12; $10 in advance. valleybarphx.com.
Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage has one of the quirkier voices you could hope to hear. It’s like Richard Hell channeling Jonathan Richman – an unhinged expressive outpouring of words from which it would be difficult to look away. And he’s used it to brilliant effect on Marching Church’s “Tell It Like It Is,” a richly textured post-punk cabaret with contributions from Choir of Young Believers’ Sonja La Bianca and members of the Stargaze Orchestra. Uncut says, “The charming meld of discordance and melody is displayed throughout, with Rønnenfelt shrieking and hissing above tar-thick bass, piano stabs and guitar.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $12; $10 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
They may have mastered the flat-out garage-rock approach it takes to swagger through a track like “Choking On Your Spit,” which does such a great of setting the tone for “Get Gone,” their new album. But they also know enough to throw in change-ups as intriguing as the jazz-inflected easy-listening ballad “Tide,” the gritty Southern soul of “Chandelier” and best of all, the wistful, album-closing balladry of “Keep Me,” a strong contender for the album’s most inspired change of pace. Of course, it helps to have a vocalist as capable as A.J. Haynes to take on all those different styles and nail them all.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $12; $10 in advance. valleybarphx.com.
The last time these Buffalo indie-punk veterans dropped an album, it was 2013 and “The Distance is So Big” brought home a rave from CMJ, whose critic said Lemuria “are sugary sweet, but also occasionally literary and a little intense — they pack a honeyed punch with each thoughtfully intonated verse.” PopMatters weighed in with: “The hooks are honest and about as compelling as possible considering this is a three piece band that favors slacker jams and would have certainly found a home on college rock radio in the mid-’90s.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $15; $13 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
When KISS took the pop-music world by storm in their ’70s prime, lead guitarist Ace Frehley, the Spaceman, was fully committed to living the dream as best expressed in the shout-along chorus of the costumed rockers’ breakthrough single, “Rock and Roll All Nite.” By which I mean the “party every day” part. As those days turned into years, the non-stop partying caught up with Frehley, who walked out on his dream gig in the early ’80s, signed back on in 1996 for a wildly successful reunion of the four originals and quit a second time in 2001. His most recent solo release is a star-studded album of covers called “Origins, Vol. 1,” which hit the charts at No. 23 in April.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $33.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
A strong contender for the mantle of his generation’s Billy Bragg, the former front man for U.K. political punks Million Dead is on tour in continued support of the brilliantly titled “Positive Songs for Negative People,” exploring the full range of his sensibilities, from understated folk to rousing punk in a nine-day burst of creativity with producer Butch Walker and his backing band, the Sleeping Souls. The A.V. Club responded with a rave that noted, “Having sung in the past that ‘rock ’n’ roll will save us all,’ Turner takes that steadfast belief a step further on this album, with songs not about getting knocked down but about getting up, raising some hell, and taking it upon yourself to make life better.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. $26.50. 480-361-9783, livewireaz.com.
This California rapper hit the mainstream in 2013 with the breakthrough single “Red Nose” and the double-platinum “Gas Pedal.” The following year, he turned up with a featured vocal on a triple-platinum smash by Flo Rida called “G.D.F.R.” Rolling Stone responded to “Remember Me,” his first full-length effort, by calling him “one of the most instantly rewarding beatmakers in recent memory” and noting that “his rubbery tracks are a mix of Casio bloops, scribbly synth lines and little else.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa. $20; $18 in advance. 480-258-2733, clubredrocks.com.
Killer Mike and El-P may be hip-hop’s most dynamic duo, a point driven home in 2012 via Killer Mike’s excellent “R.A.P. Music,” which El-P produced. With Run the Jewels, they’ve taken on a more specific group identity, taking turns on the mike while El-P brings the ominous electro-rap production — or what he declared “that new bop” on their amazing self-titled debut. They more than lived up to the promise of that much-acclaimed debut on the aptly titled “Run the Jewels 2,” an album that took what worked the first time out and, in most instances, improved upon the formula, bringing it harder with the beats and lyrics. And by the time they hit the Marquee stage, they’ll be touring on “Run the Jewels 3.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $30-$40. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Previously known as Code Orange Kids, these Pittsburgh punks are touring on their second album, “I Am King,” produced by Kurt Ballou, who plays guitar in Converge. Alternative Press responded with “Code Orange are riveting, the nihilistic horror of the whole thing at times overwhelming in the best possible way” while Rock Sound summed it up with “By the end of this 33-minute pummeling, you’ll only need one word: breathtaking.”
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $13-$15. 480-559-5859, niletheater.com.
Listening to Banhart’s latest effort made me think of Donovan – it’s all in the trembling vocal. Anyhow, thinking of Donovan got me to thinking about the time I was talking to Donovan and decided to ask if he felt a connection to Banhart. “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” he said. “I went to see him when he came to Ireland. And it was very cool. There’s very much a lot of gypsy stuff in Devendra, just like me. I walk out there, the light comes up, and then I play guitar (makes guitar noise), and then when I sing, I’m actually looking at the audience going, ‘I’m in town. I’ve just arrived.’ Devendra does it, too.” Getting back to Banhart’s latest album, “Ape in Pink Marble” is an excellent addition to the catalog that plays to all the strengths he’s shown along the way. As Magnet summed it up, “The fantasy and the fantastic continue, and his soft sculptural Dadaist lyrical sense of romance will always go with DevBan’s trembling, lilting melodies like cheese and chocolate.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $41; $28 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Imagine a raspier Bruce Springsteen sharing the spotlight in a gritty blues-rock combo with a sultry female lead. Now, imagine they’ve written an album’s worth of songs that ride that premise to its logical conclusion with the conviction and style it takes to make it worth your while. PopMatters calls the music on their latest album, “Touch,” “a roiling tug-of-war between primeval, swamp blues and hook-laden pop. Picture a Deep South terrain, torrid and humid, covered with gnarled trees, and Spanish moss. Yet to keep the ominous mood from being oppressive, fireflies sporadically flare up, sparking light in even in the heaviest gloom.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $12; $10 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
Headlining concerts by Toby Keith, Jake Owen, the Band Perry and Chase Rice will get the party started in 2017 in conjunction with the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The Friday and Saturday night headliners have not yet been announced. Organizers encourage fans to buy their tickets early as ticket prices may increase as the event draws closer.
Details: Headline acts will take the main stage each evening at approximately 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 1-4. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road., Located directly across from the main tournament entrance at 82nd Street and Bell Road. General admission tickets start at $50, with VIP tickets starting at $200. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Ariana Grande plans to launch the U.S. leg of her “Dangerous Woman” tour in Phoenix. Grande spoke about the tour on “The Tonight Show,” telling Jimmy Fallon, “I’m very excited. I can’t wait to get on the road again. There will be more dates coming, but for now, I just had to get something because my fans — I promised them. I’m a little late.” The singer’s initial success was as a TV star on the Nickelodeon series “Victorious” and its spin-off, “Sam & Cat.” Her mainstream breakthrough as a pop star was the triple-platinum smash “The Way,” with Mac Miller. More recent hits include the six-times-platinum “Problem” (with Iggy Azalea), the five-times platinum “Bang Bang” (with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J), and the triple-platinum smashes “Love Me Harder” (with the Weeknd) and “Break Free” (with Zedd). The biggest single on “Dangerous Woman” is the double-platinum “Into You.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $25.20-$195.20. 602-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.
Pittsburgh punks Anti-Flag have been smashing the state in song for more than two decades now, rallying like-minded punks on the strength of such pivotal early releases as “Die for Your Government” and “A New Kind of Army.” But they really hit their stride post-9/11, taking on the Bush administration long before prominent lefty musicians felt comfortable speaking their minds. You can sample the catalog on “A Document of Dissent: 1993-2013,” a powerful overview that hit the streets in mid-2014. Or check out their latest political broadsides on “American Spring,” a collection of tracks as explosive (and urgent) as any of their earliest releases, while you wait for their release of the Trump years. They’re on a co-headlining tour with third-wave ska-punk veterans Reel Big Fish, best remembered for their alternative-radio breakthrough “Sell Out.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $22.50-$42.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Young the Giant sent two singles from their debut album — “My Body” and “Cough Syrup” — to the Top 5 on Billboard’s alternative-songs chart back in 2011. They’re touring on third album, “Home of the Strange,” which added a fourth Top 10 hit at alternative radio to their resume when “Something to Believe In” peaked at No. 9. Entertainment Weekly hailed the album as “their richest and most varied” project yet.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $28-$48. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Katie Stelmanis has the perfect voice to put across her chilled-out brand of shadowy electro-pop, an operatic instrument that often makes me think of Kate Bush. In reviewing “Olympia,” the Observer critic raved about those vocals, saying ”the powerful, tremulous voice of frontwoman Katie Stelmanis instills even minor sentiments with a sense of operatic foreboding.” See, for example, the way she pouts “What do I have to do to make you forgive me?” until you’re pretty sure all is forgiven.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $20. valleybarphx.com.
Chris Carrabba launched Dashboard Confessional as a solo project while in Further Seem Forever, releasing the Y2k classic “The Swiss Army Romance.” They’ve had a string of alternative-radio hits since then, including “Screaming Infidelities,” “Hands Down,” “Vindicated” and “Don’t Wait.” And they may be best experienced in person, which is more than likely why their biggest-selling album is an “MTV Unplugged” performance.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $27.50-$37.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
The “Big Baby D.R.A.M.” Tour brings the man whose stage name is an acronym for Does. Real. Ass. Music. to Phoenix while he’s in the midst of making Billboard’s Hot 100 safe for real. ass. music. with the double-platinum “Broccoli,” which peaked at No. 5. And the album as a whole goes well beyond the promise of that single as it makes its way through such obvious highlights as the ’70s funk vibe of “Misunderstood” to the Erykah Badu-assisted “Wifi” and the ridiculously catchy “Cash Machine.” The 405 says, “Unlike countless hip-hop albums that feel slapped together to fit in the artist’s favorites alongside the label’s, flow unconsidered, each moment of ‘Big Baby’ feels earned.”
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
These Florida punks are touring in support of “Abendrot,” a third album that perfectly captures the sound of emo growing up. There’s still plenty of heart on their sleeves. “I’m alive,” Tanner Jones sings at one point, “or something like alive.” Elsewhere, he notes, “I don’t feel like myself or anyone else.” It’s the music that backs those emotions that feels the most like growth, abandoning the pop-punk trappings of their youth in favor of a more subdued approach, favoring shadowy guitar chords, a brooding sense of atmosphere and a singing style that relies less on shouting to let you know how urgently he’s feeling it. Also playing: All Get Out and Free Throw.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $15; $12 in advance. 602-296-7013, rebellounge.com.
These French rockers pioneered the blackgaze school of metal, a blend of black metal and shoegazing. Stereogum went so far as to label 2005’s “Le Secret” the birth of the genre. They’re touring “Kodama,” a fifth release hailed in Kerrang! as “one of 2016’s most arresting releases,” which it is. From the opening track, this music casts a post-rock spell as atmospheric and majestic as the best of Sigur Ros. It’s just a little noisier with occasional throat-shredding howls.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa. $20; $18 in advance. 480-258-2733, clubredrocks.com.
The Lemon Twigs’ “Do Hollywood” takes all the oddest, most outrageous elements of ’60s pop and throws them in a blender to create their own intoxicating pop confection. There are echoes of the Kinks at their most whimsical. But it’s the Kinks of “She’s Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina,” not “Waterloo Sunset.” I would not be shocked to learn that the Twigs view ”Winchester Cathedral” as some kind of overlooked classic. And I mean that in a good way. Under the Radar writes, “With one foot in the present and one foot in the past, The Lemon Twigs have produced one of the most striking, individual, and colorful debuts of the year.” And I’d agree with nearly every point that writer makes, but I’m not hearing one foot in the present, which is fine. There’s nothing they could borrow from the present that would make their music any more enjoyable than it already is.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $12. valleybarphx.com.
The Marsalis Quartet and guest vocalist Elling will perform selections from their “Upward Spiral” album, a collaboration that’s in the running for a best jazz vocal album Grammy. The Quartet, which features Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums, rarely invites outside musicians into the fold. Energized by the artistic promise of this collaboration and looking beyond the Great American Songbook, the band members have all contributed new arrangements.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $39-$69. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Olsen topped our Best Songs of 2016 playlist with “Shut Up Kiss Me,” an infectious throwback to the girl group era that somehow reminds me of Elvis Costello writing for the Shangri-Las. And the rest of “My Woman,” her latest effort, more than lives up to the promise of that track, from the bittersweet ache of an atmospheric opener called “Intern” to an equally haunting closer titled “Pops,” the vulnerability in Olsen’s vocals cutting straight to the heart of the matter while the unassuming pop hooks lodge themselves inside your psyche. The Guardian wrote, “‘Melancholy’ is a word that follows Olsen around, but here she sounds more assured, even in her darker moments, and her strong, versatile voice is as extraordinary as ever.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20; $17 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
The second song on Lucero’s latest album, “All a Man Should Do,” is memorably titled “Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles.” And that makes sense considering how deeply informed by the serious songwriter ethos of the ’70s their work has been for years now, boldly chasing Springsteen while retaining a scrappier punk sensibility that frequently places them closer in spirit to the early Replacements gone alt-country on us. “All a Man Should Do” is no exception. Uncut heard “a thing of considerable depth and sensitivity,” and that sounds right.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $31; $28 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
These all-female garage-punk revivalists brought home raves for this year’s model, “Nosebleed Weekend,” an unpolished gem of an album that makes its way through a steady succession of highlights, not the least of which is “Squeeki Tiki,” a bass-driven rocker whose contagious hook, improbably enough, is performed on a squeak toy. Paste magazine said their “transition from raw to razor-sharp was essentially complete by 2014’s ‘Suck My Shirt,’ but ‘Nosebleed Weekend’ displays an even greater capacity for churning out maniacally captivating tunes.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $15; $12 in advance. 602-296-7013, rebellounge.com.
This year’s edition of Art Laboe’s R&B oldies spectacular features sets by the Manhattans (of “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “Shining Star”), Rose Royce (who topped the charts with “Car Wash”), Color Me Badd (“I Adore Mi Amore” and “All 4 Love”), Peaches & Herb (“Shake Your Groove Thing,” “Reunited”), the Chi-Lites featuring Marshall Thompson (“Have You Seen Her,” “Oh Girl”), GQ, Bloodstone, Force MDs, the Temprees and Patti Drew.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $25.20-$195.20. 602-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.
Singer Davey Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson will be performing select tracks from a new album hitting the streets on Jan. 20 when their headlining tour of North America hits Tempe. “AFI (The Blood Album)” is their 10th full-length release and first to be produced by guitarist Jade Puget (with Matt Hyde of Deftones co-producing). Formed in 1991, AFI exploded in 2003 when the platinum “Sing the Sorrow” cracked the Top 5 on the album charts, spawning alternative-radio hits “Girl’s Not Grey” and “Silver and Gold.” Released in 2006, “Decemberunderground” also went platinum, topping the album charts while sending a single, “Miss Murder,” to No. 1 at alternative radio.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $28-48. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
These hard-rock hitmakers rose from the ashes of Creed when singer-guitarist Myles Kennedy joined former Creed members Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips. Their biggest single, “Isolation,” topped the active rock radio charts in 2011. Other hits include the Top 10 rock hits “Open Your Eyes,” “Find the Real,” “Rise Today,” “Ghost of Days Gone By” and “Addicted to Pain.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $30-$50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
The 8th annual Crush Arizona returns to Rawhide Event Center with music from Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lorenzo, DVBBS, GTA, Jason Ross, SayMyName, W&W, Yellow Claw and more. Presented by Relentless Beats and Insomniac Events, Crush is Arizona’s longest-standing EDM festival. “When I started Crush 9 years ago, I never would have thought it would have become one of Arizona’s most anticipated events,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “It’s amazing to see how it has grown.”
Details: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. $63 or $100 for a “couples pack.” 877-318-4540, relentlessbeats.com.
Keith Sweat topped the R&B charts with his first single, “I Want Her,” following through with no fewer than three multiplatinum albums and five more hits that topped the R&B charts (“Make You Sweat,” “I’ll Give All My Love to You,” “Keep It Comin’,” “Twisted” and “Nobody”). “Dress to Impress,” his latest album, was his 12th release to debut in the Top 10 on the Billboard R&B charts.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $35-$55. 602-267-1600 ext. 1, celebritytheatre.com.
They rolled out of Florida in 2010 with “Astro Coast,” among the more infectious rock releases of the decade, from the hand-clap-driven, post-punk Beach Boys feel of “Floating Vibes” to the Vampire Weekend-inspired Afrobeat of “Take It Easy.” Seven years later, they’re playing the Valley Bar in support of a fourth album titled “Snowdonia,” due in early February, which they’re promising is “a return to their DIY recording roots, and at the same time, an ambitious step forward, musically and lyrically.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $17; $15 in advance. valleybarphx.com.
Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore of Tennis first earned a buzz for “Cape Dory,” a concept album about the couple’s sailing trip (on which you’d swear they listened to nothing but the music of the early ’60s). And they managed to update their sound without abandoning their charm by the time a third album, called “Ritual in Repeat,” hit the streets in 2014, with production by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, Jim Eno of Spoon and Richard Swift. As Magnet noted, “Tennis dances easily into the present with an album that pines for more for modern connection than campy reinventions of someone else’s love.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $15. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
These Swedish dream-pop veterans are touring on an album titled “Running Out of Love,” their first release in more than six years, drawing on their personal frustrations with the direction in which they feel Sweden is headed. Among the highlights are a track taking aim at the Swedish arms industry and a synth-pop ballad writing off their leaders as “a bunch of racist loons.” As the Line of Best Fit notes, though, it’s a nuanced form of protest music: “‘Running Out Of Love’ isn’t the sound of hectoring; it’s the Radio Dept. getting on with the business of making important records, being one of the most challenging, uncompromising and rewarding bands we have and proving that political music is as vital as ever.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $15. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
These British sisters – Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor – learned to harmonize by singing along to their parents’ record collection, dominated by the likes of Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And you can definitely hear that in the vocal blend on “If I Was,” as well as hints of classic English folk. The Line of Best Fit loved it, raving, “The complexity in the arrangements of some of the harmonies on this record show them off individually and their obvious synergy as sisters.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $12; $10 in advance. valleybarphx.com.
You can’t really experience Hendrix live without a time machine or some really good drugs, but they’ve certainly put some effort into stacking this annual tribute with musicians capable of honoring that legacy. Hailed by critics and fans alike as the “Guitar Event Of The Year,” the Experience Hendrix Tour is bringing Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox to town, where he will jam alongside the heroic likes of Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Chris Layton, Mato Nanji, Noah Hunt and the Slide Brothers.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. $50-$90. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
The Bay Area bubble-punk veterans most likely to take home a Tony are launching their latest American tour (in support of “Revolution Radio”) in Phoenix. Having taken pop-punk to the masses with “Dookie,” an over-caffeinated hook explosion on which their only real ambition seemed to be alleviating boredom, Green Day followed through a decade later with an unexpected six-times-platinum comeback, “American Idiot.” And that, of course, led to them conquering Broadway with a rock opera that may have introduced the idea that something called punk even happened to a whole new audience. Along the way, they’ve sent 10 singles to the top of Billboard’s modern-rock-tracks chart, from “Dookie” highlights “Longview,” “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around” to “Bang Bang” off their latest effort.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $24.75-64.75. ticketmaster.com.
When Glen Campbell brought his farewell tour through Phoenix in early 2012, he told the Comerica Theatre crowd, “If it wasn’t for Jimmy Webb, I wouldn’t be here tonight.” And then, he dusted off the melancholy majesty of “Galveston,” one of three essential Webb songs that had helped establish Campbell as a Grammy-winning force of nature in his ’60s prime, the others being “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman.” At these shows, Webb will honor Campbell’s legacy with an evening of songs from their musical work together, which will hopefully include the criminally underrated “Where’s the Playground Susie.”
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, March 1-2. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $38.50-$48.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
In its 14th year, the festival returns to Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. Headliners include the Shins, Chromeo, Flume and Grouplove. The local Arizona scene is also nicely represented, with performances by Huckleberry, Taylor Upsahl, Bear Ghost, Ozark Pappy, Treasurefruit, MRCH, CooBee Coo, Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold, Jay Allan & the Uncommon Good, RUCA, Harrison Fjord and Wyves. McDowell drew 13,000 music fans to the park in 2016, raising $50,000 for UMOM New Day Centers and Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the process.
Details: Friday-Sunday, March 3-5. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. M3F offers a range of ticket options including a three-day general admission pass and a VIP package, as well as an opportunity for a payment plan. mmmf.com.
We just passed the 30th anniversary of “Slippery When Wet,” the 12-times-platinum calling card that put these Jersey rockers on the map while sending two career-defining singles to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 – “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” And the hits kept coming when they followed through with 1988’s “New Jersey,” with “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There for You” both hitting No. 1. They’re here in support of an album called “This House is Not For Sale,” their fourth consecutive release to top the Billboard album charts. This is their first tour since 2013, when Because We Can became their third tour in six years to be ranked as the top-grossing tour in the world. So yeah, they’re still insanely popular.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $32-$548. www.ticketmaster.com.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are bringing the Getaway Tour to Glendale with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. It’s been 32 years since their first single, “Get Up and Jump,” brought the funk to the mosh pit. And they’ve seen their share of lineup changes on the way to their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the Peppers are no alternative nostalgia act (which doesn’t mean they won’t dust off such classics as “Give It Away” and “Higher Ground”). The tour takes its name from the their 11th studio release, which hit the charts at No. 2 in June and has already sent lead single, “Dark Necessities,” to No. 1 on both the mainstream rock and alternative songs charts. The album, produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich, was praised by Rolling Stone for its “top-shelf modern-rock splendor.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $49-99. 800-745-3000, gilariverarena.com.
From 1981 to 1989, Rosanne Cash sent 10 singles to the top of Billboard’s country charts. But she was never really comfortable in Nashville. “Too small a fishbowl” is how she remembers it. And so, in 1991, a year after changing direction on ”Interiors,” Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter pulled up stakes and moved to New York City. But her legendary father’s death in 2003 touched off a period of reconnecting with her Southern roots, beginning with “Black Cadillac,” a 2006 release that found her processing the grief of having lost not just her father but her mother and stepmother in a two-year period. Three years later came “The List,” a collection of covers chosen from a list her father gave her of essential country songs. Her latest effort, “The River & The Thread,” was inspired by her recent travels in the South.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $49-$79. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Stateside Presents hosts this one-day festival, which drew nearly 10,000 music fans to 17 venues throughout downtown Phoenix in 2016. Organizers promise even more bands spread across more venues with a more diverse line-up in 2017. Past performers have included Crystal Castles, Best Coast, Coolio, the Growlers, Andrew W.K., Jim Adkins, the Neighbourhood and Pinback. Venues have ranged from Crescent Ballroom and CityScape, to the Masonic Temple and the alley dubbed “Punk Rock Alley.”
Details: Saturday, March 11, 2017. At venues throughout downtown Phoenix. Ticket information TBA. vivaphx.com.
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from this underground hip-hop phenom. And by a minute, I mean four long years since “We Don’t Even Live Here,” an explosive political broadside the A.V. Club hailed as “a solid, confident step forward for the Minneapolis rapper, taking his confrontational punk-rap style and injecting it with a dark, danceable energy that sacrifices none of his signature hardcore edge.” By the time this concert rolls around, though, he’ll have dropped the long-awaited followup on Doomtree Records, an album called “Chill, dummy.” According to a press release, “the album reflects on the past three years since a near-fatal kidney transplant sidelined him from making music and deals with the the difficulties of trying to maintain peace of mind and navigate through a confusing world, which is becoming increasingly more alienating.”
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. $20; $16 in advance. 480-945-4985, pubrocklive.com.
Lucky Man Concerts has announced the dates for Pot of Gold 2017, which returns to Rawhide Events Center Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. Friday’s lineup will feature hip-hop, reggae and rock acts, with Saturday’s lineup focused more on punk, alternative and pop. The headliners include G-Eazy, Flogging Molly and Death Cab for Cutie.
Details: 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday, March 17-18. Single-day tickets are $69. Weekend passes are $130. VIP tickets are $200 for a single day or $350 for the weekend. Rawhide Events Center, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. 877-435-9849, www.potofgoldaz.com.
This Danish singer-songwriter is touring in support of “Citizen of Glass,” a third album that finds her expanding her musical palette in arrangements that are less piano than her earlier recordings. Mojo hailed the album as “an opaque and quietly intense missive” while Q magazine wrote, “With its beauty and sonic twists, ‘Citizen Of Class’ is a thing of quiet wonder.”
Details: 7 p.m. Monday, March 20. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $30.50-$38.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
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