The Valley hasn't been short on Willie Nelson sightings this year, but The Railroad Revival Tour's second go-round promises to deliver some signature Willie thrills with added bonuses: He'll be joined in downtown Tempe on Thursday, October 25, by John C. Reilly (yeah, he sings too), Band of Horses, and Jamey Johnson.
It's a good show among many scheduled for the Phoenix metro.
Trying to contain my excitement following the announcement of The Who, coming to Jobing.com Arena in February, is useless.
With the 40th anniversary of Quadrophenia this year, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry are guaranteed to please both the diehard fans and those just tuning in, as there is no denying the album's awesomeness and influence.
There's more: Ghostface Killah at Club Red next month, with Saigon and Sheek Louch, a stop from Sub Pop recording artist Father John Misty, a performance by Atmosphere, and more.
Atmosphere: With I Self Devine, & Carnage, Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., $23/$25. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707.
August Burns Red: With The Color Morale, & The Overseer, Sunday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m., $20. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707.
Kishi Bashi: With Bison, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 9:30 p.m., $10/$12. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers: With Brothers Comatose, Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m., $10. Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565.
Broncho: With Bad Weather California, Monday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m., free. Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.
Ghostface Killah: With Saigon, & Sheek Louch, Thursday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m., $25. Club Red, 2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480-966-4733.
Father John Misty: With La Sera, & Jeffertitties Nile, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m., $13/$15. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
The Intelligence: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9 p.m., free. Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.
Minus the Bear: With Cursive, & Girl in a Coma, Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., Price TBA. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707.
Octopus Nebula: Sunday, Sept. 16, 9 p.m., $10/$12. Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565.
Other Lives: With Indians, Monday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m., $13/$15. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.
Railroad Revival Tour 2012: With Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, John Reilly and Friends, & Jamey Johnson, Friday, Oct. 25, Time TBA, $55-$245. Downtown Tempe, South Farmer Ave. & West 5th St., www.railroadrevival.com.
Rose Funeral: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m., $12. 910 Live, 910 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 480-966-0707.
Two Gallants: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m., $15. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.
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The Who: Wednesday, Feb. 6, Time TBA, Price TBA. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200.
Zig Zag: With Zonafide, AMB, Dre Polo, & Yung Sucess, Friday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m., $12/$15. Red Owl Sports Grill & Club Red, 2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480-968-2114.