Locals shine this weekend. Wooden Indian, Playboy Manbaby, and Thin Bloods are all releasing albums, so there are plenty of ways to support local arts these next few days. We've sifted through the listings and selected five shows worthy of checking out this week. If you'd like to double-check our work, you can always browse our comprehensive concert listings for many more options.
This is a good weekend for local music, as Phoenix faves Wooden Indian and Cherie Cherie storm Crescent Ballroom Friday night. It's the album release for Wooden Indian, and the band's twirling, psychedelic riffing provide a weighty counterbalance to Cherie Cherie's gothic surf-punk, while opener Where Are All the Buffalo? -- the nom de plume for singer-songwriter Kristina Moore, has an arresting voice capable of stopping a buffalo in its tracks. --David Accomazzo
There's nothing deceptive about Phenomenauts -- what you say is what you get. And what you get is a shtick-filled, hard-rocking punk band that dresses in retro-futuristic space gear, writes songs called "Rocket Roll," "Giant Asteroid," "All Go For Launch," and calls its fans "cadets." Not only do Phenomenauts shows have a rep for high entertainment value, the music backs up the band's image -- they're a tight, groove-happy punk rock 'n' roll machine, and this show should be entertaining as they come. --David Accomazzo
No, Lady Gaga will not perform with Tony Bennett at Mesa Arts Center. There's long been talk of a collaboration CD between the two, and it seems that come September, the two finally will release Cheek to Cheek, an album that finds the unlikely collaborators crooning jazz standards, backed by consummate jazz professionals. If the two singles that have trickled into the world so far, "Anything Goes" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," reveal anything, it's that Gaga is a fantastic jazz singer, and Bennett, at 88 years young, still has some powerful vocal performances left in him. Bennett is of a dying breed, the pure jazz singer, a relic of jazz's golden age. The New York native has a treasure trove of memories and experiences, the friend of greats like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra. The prime of his career included a series of recordings with legendary pianist Bill Evans, and in the twilight years of his career, Bennett has steadily released a series of duet albums, on which he collaborated with modern music's stars, from Amy Winehouse to John Mayer to Sheryl Crow. When a singer as celebrated and accomplished as Bennett continues at his age, there can only be one motivation: burning, unquenchable passion for performance. --David Accomazzo
Ten years ago this December, a musical icon was taken from the world of heavy metal far too early.
When Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott was gunned down performing with his band Damageplan in Ohio, we didn't just lose a guitar legend. To those who knew him, he was one of the most down-to-earth, happy-go-lucky guys around. His comic relief and pranks were legendary. His generosity and dedication to fans was revered. And his passion for the music was downright contagious.
It it doesn't matter if you are a fan of Pantera or not -- there's no denying that Dime was a natural genius on the guitar. His speedy fingers, twangy blues-meets-speed metal style, and rampaging riffs. There's no doubt that his talent would've progressed much further. That's why every year around the musician's August 20 birthday, heavy metal fans all over the organize DimeFest.
Arizona's official tribute to Dimebag Darrell is at Joe's Grotto on August 23. Expect to see an array of favorite local metal bands jamming out on two different stages, playing their own music as well as Pantera favorites. The lineup includes Altered Silence, Killing Spree, She Murdered Me, Dead Swarm, Talk to Sheep, Deathgrip, Betrayal of Allies, and Twelve Gates. The event raises funds for one of Dime's favorite charities, Little Kids Rock. --Lauren Wise
This North Carolina-bred, punk-turned-hardcore-turned sludge metal band has been tearing through stages since the early '80s with a somewhat consistent lineup of the original members. When they put out their 1985 album Animosity, it was an important time for the thrash/punk crossover movement, and COC was at the forefront. This tour is all about embodying that time, energy and lineup, even though drummer Reed Mullin was forced to recently pull out due to a torn rotator cuff. However, Kylesa's former drummer Eric Hernandez is stepping in and you'll still hear all the classics such as "Albatross" and "Loss for Words," as well as content from the band's new album, IX, which was released July 1. --Lauren Wise
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