Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week
Here are our concert picks for this week. Check out our comprehensive concert listings for more options.
All Them Witches - Tuesday, January 26 - Rebel Lounge
The quiet, almost Americana-ish intro to All Them Witches’ latest album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, is something of a false lead. Beginning with bassist/vocalist Michael Parks singing as sweetly as any folk troubadour, the song builds almost imperceptibly into a storm of rolling thunder and psychedelic lighting. It is soon apparent that such quiet/loud interplay runs rampant throughout the album, adding definition to a predominately swirly, heavy sound. Formed in Nashville in 2012, founder and drummer Robby Staebler says the band’s predilection for spacy, psychedelic jams was predestined. “Yeah, that’s how it is. We all had ideas on this kind of music before we even knew each other.” It’s hard to avoid comparisons to Pink Floyd, Camel, Savoy Brown, and Led Zeppelin. The latter stands out in — if you listen for it — in Staebler’s jazz-inspired drumming (John Bonham was a jazz drummer first). Throw in some bluesy ramblings and harmonica play, spacey guitar effects, ground shaking basslines, and dreamy fantasy-like lyrics, and getting lost with All The Witches coven of haunting sound is joyously easy. It’s a damn good head trip too. GLENN BURNSILVER
The Redemptions, Field Tripp, Blood Feud Family Singers - Thursday, January 28 - Crescent Ballroom
The video for Field Tripp's song "John Wayne" off of his record Les is Mormon was released after his latest E.P., Warren Drughs, came out. But that is no surprise to anyone that knows frontman Dan Tripp. The country boy with the southern accent just moves a little slower than many of his peers. But the finished product was worth the wait. He turned his favorite, Rogue Bar, into his own fantasy western saloon. Then told an old story of two liquored up goons fighting over a girl in a fun way. It was a fun and simple video that allowed FIeld Tripp to show off their biggest asset, their extremely personable lead singer. JEFF MOSES
G. Love and Special Sauce - Wednesday, January 27 - Crescent Ballroom
There are few acts like G. Love & Special Sauce, the genre-bridging Philadelphia alt-hip-hop trio that's been at it for two decades now, and there are even fewer frontmen quite like Garrett Dutton. Best known for his rapping approach within G. Love & Special Sauce, Dutson isn't afraid to display his long-established blues proclivities as well. With the release of 2011's Fixin' To Die, one of four solo releases by Dutton, he was able to manifest the blues affinity of his youth and filter it through 20 years worth of experience. While he feels that age isn't necessarily a disbarring factor from creating true blues music, time does add something that can't be taught.
Storm Large - Wednesday, January 27 - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts
Storm Large cartwheeled out of the gutter of her checkered past, across a thousand punk rock stages, and into her infamously googled stint on a rock-n-roll reality series. From there she went on to tour the world, singing in 17 different languages, and behaving herself somewhat, with the joyful little pop orchestra, Pink Martini, ultimately leading to her success on the stage of Carnegie Hall singing Kurt Weill with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. MIAMI NEW TIMES
Dan Potthast - Thursday, January 28 - Crescent Ballroom
Over a career spanning two-plus decades, Dan Potthast has never been short on new ideas. Last time we talked with him, we learned he was a people person too, and he makes an effort to get to know his fans. "When I'm in whatever town, I am looking to meet people in that town, and find out what they're about," he said. And I think a lot of that comes into my solo LPs. I think it's one of my missions on tour, and why I do it, is to just see how people live all over the world. CONNOR DESCHEEMAKER
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