The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week
A Perfect Circle is scheduled to perform on Monday, April 10, at Comerica Theatre.
Get ready for a week of great concerts. Seriously.
Several acts making their way to Coachella — including Bastille, Glass Animals, The Head and the Heart, and Breakbot — will be making a stop in the Valley, as will renowned R&B artist Aaron Neville, influential hip-hop turntablist DJ Shadow, and Scottish pop-punk act Paws.
Oh yeah, and A Perfect Circle will kick off the week with their show at Comerica Theatre, which is good news to anyone who's a fan of anything and everything Maynard James Keenan-related.
There are even more big-name gigs in store for the next several days, many of which we've included in our list of the best concerts in Phoenix this week. (Be sure to hit up our extensive online music listings for even more.)
Famed R&B artist Aaron Neville.
Sarah A. Friedman
Aaron Neville Duo
Monday, April 10
Musical Instrument Museum
The renowned R&B stylist Aaron Neville can certainly get as funky as any of his musical peers in his New Orleans hometown, but he tends to avoid brassiness in favor of a soulfully lulling delivery. Though he seldom still performs with his familial band, The Neville Brothers, he nonetheless has a rich solo career to draw from, including the slinky dance groove “Hercules” and the aching desperation of “Tell It Like It Is,” as well as his distinctively crooned remakes of classics by Sam Cooke and Bob Marley. On his most recent album, 2013’s My True Story, Neville wanders through the soundtrack of his early life, putting newfound soul into classic doo-wop and girl-group covers. Falling James
The members of Minus the Bear.
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Minus the Bear
Monday, April 10
Minus the Bear just released their first record in five years, VOIDS. The band has seen a couple of member replacements (such as drummer Erin Tate, who left the band in 2015), but maybe that's what has kept their sound fresh after a 16-year career. The grungy indie rock quartet has seen a lot of positive reviews since the new album's release in March, including kudos from Alternative Press and Paste Magazine. Perhaps all that time spent away from the studio was worth it. This week, Minus the Bear returns to the Valley to play the Crescent Ballroom on Monday, with openers Beach Slang and Bayonne. Diamond Victoria
A Perfect Circle
Monday, April 10
Though each of Maynard James Keenan's various projects is informed by hard rock, they're most notable for how they subvert the formula. A former art school student, Keenan has demonstrated particular interest in music's visual and performance aspects, as he's been a trailblazer with everything from Tool's distinctive videos to the iconoclastic variety shows of his recent project, Puscifer. A Perfect Circle is a stepping stone in that evolution, exploring an epic theatrical vibe that — despite moments of sonic intensity — relies more on subtlety and texture. Keenan formed APC in 1999 with longtime friend (and Tool guitar tech) Billy Howerdel during a Tool hiatus. His dramatic vocal style was a fine fit for Howerdel's dark, atmospheric rock tunes, which balance soaring melody against chunky rhythmic throb. While the guitars possess steely metal bite, they tease as much as they deliver, beckoning you further into the music's winding environs. After two original albums and a covers disc, APC went on hiatus in the summer of 2004, with Keenan working on Tool's 10,000 Days while Howerdel inaugurated a new project, Ashes Divide. After reforming and returning to the road in 2010, they began slowly putting together new material, which reportedly will be featured on APC’s long-awaited fourth studio album due out later this year. Chris Parker
Hip-hop icon and noted vinyl fiend DJ Shadow.
Tuesday, April 11
Endtroducing, the 1996 debut release by DJ Shadow (a.k.a. Josh Davis), is both a perspective- and game-changing album. Time magazine named it one of the 100 best albums of all time, and even though we’re not sure what Time magazine knows about music, we happen to agree with their assessment of the aforementioned record. The record-buying public concurs as well, because Endtroducing has been by far and away the best-selling record of Davis’ career. It is so popular, in fact, that it has been rereleased twice, including a 2016 box set titled Endtrospective which includes a remastered version, outtakes, and a remix version called Endtroducing: Reimagined featuring artists like Clams Casino and Hudson Mohawke (we happen to love both of those names), among many others. Despite all of the acclaim lauded upon him as one of the world’s finest DJs, Davis remains both humble and steadfast in his creativity. Each of the five DJ Shadow studio albums (not including live albums and remixes) is unique and follows the beat, pun intended, of its own electronic drummer. Last year’s other release, The Mountain Will Fall, might not be the instant classic Davis’ debut was, but it is solid, and fans of killer beats, found sounds, and brainy, well-crafted songs will definitely approve. Tom Reardon
Bastille is headed to town this week.
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Tuesday, April 11
It might seem fitting to call Bastille a one-hit wonder, but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. True, the British pop-rock quartet came out of virtually nowhere with the 2013 smash “Pompeii,” whose infectious chorus ruled both rock and pop radio and pretty much owned 2013; it also catapulted the band’s debut album, Bad Blood, to platinum status. But the title track also cultivated quite a little audience of its own, and Bastille, led by founder and front man Dan Smith, remains quite popular in their native U.K., where to date they’ve landed 10 singles on the airplay charts. That includes a pair of singles from the band’s sophomore album, Wild World, which was released in September and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Expect a grandiose, up-tempo show from a band noted for its energetic performances. Clint Hale
Read on for event more "can't miss" concerts this week, including The Head and the Heart, Paws, Breakbot, and Glass Animals.
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