Party Crasher

10 Best Back to School Parties in Metro Phoenix

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Wells Fargo Arena

One of many perks of being attending ASU -- besides all the eye-candy on campus and the fact its notoriously one of the biggest party schools in the nation -- is the university puts on a "Welcome Concert" every fall at the arena that's free for students. This year's version, which takes place on Tuesday night, will star off-the-wall rapper Mac Miller. Sadly, the show is strictly for Sun Devils only, which is a major bummer if you happen to be a fan of the goofball hip-hoper rapper (or openers Caked Up) but aren't officially a member of the ASU student body. Better hope your friends get some good video on their smartphones. Doors are at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Ticket info can be found via the ASU website.

INTL

By the way, that snazzy new ASU Sun Card of yours is gonna come in handy in the weeks and months ahead, and not just to get grub in the Memorial Union. Bring it with you to INTL on Wednesday, August 20, and you can score free admission into the dance club's Back to School Bash. Hip-hop turntablist DJ Drama will be in the mix all night with a "special performance" and there's bottle service available for those who feeling like blowing some student loan dollars. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.