6 Best Concerts in Phoenix this Weekend

Alvvays -- possibly the first band named for SEO purposes
Alvvays -- possibly the first band named for SEO purposes
Gavin Keen

We've got concert picks galore this weekend, and check out our comprehensive calendar for more options.

C.A.S.A. Music Festival Block Party - Friday, November 21 - C.A.S.A. SunBa

So the Tempe music scene is dying, you say? Think again. Granted, it's gone through a major upheaval in the last two years as beloved rock bars have either moved (Club Red, Big Fish Pub) or closed outright (Sail Inn, Long Wong's, Parliament), but its still alive and kicking at both the remaining spots like the Yucca Tap Room or places that have sprung up recently to help fill the void.

Case in point: the burgeoning success of C.A.S.A. as a live destination. The two-part drinkery and nightspot (consisting of the outdoor "Sunba" and the indoor lounge) on Sixth Street just off Mill Avenue has been hosting an increasing number of live shows over the past year. And then there are the various street parties that are thrown by the bar and are typically loaded up with gigs by local bands, such as the C.A.S.A. Music Festival Block Party on Friday, November 21. The event will include a host of Tempe favorites, such as Dry River Yacht Club, Banana Gun, Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special, and Old Jack City. Best of all, admission is free. BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN5

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Dom Kennedy - Friday, November 21 - Pressroom

Dom Kennedy can't sell his Get Home Safely LP exclusively at Best Buy without a major label backing him ...

If you buy that one, then I would like to discuss an igloo property investment opportunity in Nevada that is sure to be prosperous. It comes with its own polar bear.

Of course, the former statement isn't that far off the mark, considering an independent artist's project being sold at a big-box chain without major distribution backing was unprecedented.

But Kennedy, the Los Angeles Dodgers hat-wearing 29-year-old born Dominic Hunn, pulled it off, getting his album on Best Buy's shelves and selling 10,000 copies of Get Home Safely in its first week. LEE CASTRO

Global Dance Festival - Friday, November 21 - Tempe Beach Park

Downtown Tempe is in no danger of running low on electronic dance music or off-the-chain dance parties anytime soon, what with the clubs of Mill Avenue pumping out four-on-the-floor jams and killer drops most nights. The clamor of beats and bass coming from Tempe is going to get even louder this weekend when the Global Dance Festival, one of the region's biggest up-and-coming dance events, rolls into town boasting EDM thrills and plenty of opportunities to rage. The tour, which originated in Colorado in 1999 as a one-off called Rave on the Rocks, has become a multi-city electronic wonderland and rage fest that's not only making its debut in Arizona but will be the first-ever dance music massive staged at Tempe Beach Park. Befitting its name, the GDF will feature a few dance music practitioners from around the world, including Montreal-based dubstep/electro-house duo Adventure Club and Australian-born singer and vocal trance performer Emma Hewitt, who has topped charts both in her native land and Europe and recently appeared on Cosmic Gate's hit track "Going Home." The festival's Tempe stop also will feature crunkstep king Crizzly, Grammy-nominated progressive house practitioner Morgan Page, and L.A. hipster party prince Steve Aoki, who may (or may not) debut some of the new deep house tracks that he's been reportedly working but probably will douse the crowd with champagne, as he's wont to do. Good thing it's being held outside. BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN

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