Best Theater Show Phoenix 2011 - Arcade Fire, April 13 at Comerica Theatre
It's not often a band plays a tiny mixed-use venue like Modified Arts on their first tour through Phoenix and the city's biggest theater, Comerica, on their second. But there aren't many bands like Arcade Fire. The standard-bearing indie band based in Montreal came through town in April, staging an incredibly memorable show that saw the band spot-on yet humble throughout. It'd been years since they played Phoenix, but their Grammy-winning, Billboard-topping album The Suburbs, which concerns singer Win Butler's deeply ambivalent feelings toward his gingerbready hometown outside Houston, really seemed to resonate with the Phoenix crowd. With the closer, "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)," about a town with dead shopping malls rising like mountains in a sprawled-out metropolis, Butler's wife, Régine Chassagne, put the cherry on top. Canadians stick together, so Steve Nash even showed up at this concert. Wonder if he ever went to Modified?