5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend

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Collective Soul - Friday, June 27 - Talking Stick Resort

Somehow, Collective Soul gets overlooked when talking about '90s-era alternative's heavy hitters, which is odd considering all the band achieved. Collective Soul scored more rock and alternative number one hits in the '90s than any other band, and when "Heavy" was in, heh, heavy rotation, it set (at the time) the record for most spins during a week's time. The band sold platinum and gold records aplenty and toured the world many times over. Ed Roland's distinctive vocals married well with crunchy guitar riffs and catchy melodies on classic anthems like "Shine," "Gel" and 'Why Pt. 2," and who could ever forget their strings-meets-rock number "The World I Know," or the mid-tempo rocker "December"? But alas, the band has become more of an underground acquired taste these days, continuing to churn out material independently via its own label at a pretty solid clip, and that seems to be the way Collective Soul likes it. A new record, See What You Started by Continuing, is slated for release this summer, and considering how long the group has lasted while other '90s bands have died out and come back for a paycheck this summer -- I'm looking at you, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Eve 6 -- that title is an apt one. --Brian Palmer

The Sail Inn Farewell Festival - Friday, June 27, Saturday, June 28, Sunday, June 29 - The Sail Inn

Tempe's beloved Sail Inn has been an important part of the music scene for more than two decades, and as Benjamin Leatherman explained in his oral history on the venue this week, after Sunday the bar will close for good. To celebrate, the venue is hosting a three-day farewell festival, which starts this weekend, packed with great local bands. Find the lineup here.All three nights have highlights, but if we had to choose just one, we'd pick Saturday, when Black Carl, Dry River Yacht Club, Jared & The Mill, Japhy's Descent and more all play. --David Accomazzo

EMA - Saturday, June 28 - Crescent Ballroom

Erika M. Anderson (who goes by her initials for her stage name) notched a critical success in 2011 with Past Life Martyred Saints, an album that offered hazy, intimate confession, even at its peaks of intensity. The first track distributed from her new album The Future's Void, "Satellite," has a bit more public-facing fight in it, and not just during its white-noise prelude. You'll have to see how they translate to a live setting. --Seth Colter Walls

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