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Incoming: Arcade Fire, Talib Kweli, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, John Vanderslice, Loudness


Alas, I must celebrate Japanese metal pioneers Loudness, who are playing an intimate gig at Club Red May 21. I remember first watching the video for their hit 1985 single "Crazy Nights" and simply wondering what the hell was going on -- mainly why the hell a Japanese metal band was singing a song in English. Such was the charm of the appropriately named Loudness.

Joining Loudness with just announced shows of their own are Talib Kweli, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae and John Vanderslice.

The rest of this week's non-Japanese-metal just announced shows:

Arcade Fire: With Local Natives, Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., $33. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.

Bang Tango: Friday, April 29, 7 p.m., $13-$18. Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.

Kenny Chesney: Sunday, May 1, 7 p.m., $24.20-$74.20. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200.

The Dangerous Summer: With Sparks the Rescue, The Graduate, The Scenic, & more, Monday, April 11, 6 p.m., $12. theUnderground, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.

Krishna Das: Friday, June 17, 6 p.m., $35-$45. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.

The Green: With Fortunate Youth, Thursday, April 28, 8:30 p.m., $10. The Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565.

Chelsea Handler: Friday, May 13, 8 p.m., $52-$82. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.

Reverend Horton Heat: With Swingin Utters, Saturday, July 16, 6:30 p.m., $18-$20. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.

Talib Kweli: Friday, April 8, 8 p.m. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.

Loudness: With Hollywood Saints, Saturday, May 21, 7 p.m., $20-$25. Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.

Bruno Mars, & Janelle Monae: Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., $25-$32. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.

Orange Goblin: With The Gates of Slumber, & more, Sunday, June 5, 6 p.m., $16. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.

Ron Pope: With Ari Herstand, & Zach Berkman, Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m., $12. Hard Rock Cafe, 3 S. 2nd St., Phoenix, 602-261-7625.

Joe Pug: With Strand Of Oaks, Saturday, May 21, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12. The Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565.

Steelheart: Friday, April 22, 7 p.m., $20-$25. Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.

Super Happy Funtime Burlesque: With Provocatease, DJ Shane Kennedy, & more, Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m., $15-$50. The Duce, 525 S. Central, Phoenix, 602-866-3823.

John Vanderslice: Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m., $12-$13. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Weedeater: With Zoroaster, The Dagg Nabbit Stubbs, Kvelertak, & more, Monday, March 14, 8 p.m., free. Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.

Matt Wertz: With Ben Rector, Monday, April 18, 7 p.m., $15-$17. Martini Ranch, 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-970-0500.

Wolfgang Gartner: Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m., $21.25. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.


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