It's a good time to be a music fan in Phoenix with disposable income. Over the next few weeks things are going to get busy, what with a dozen or so festivals slated to hit the Valley in the next eight weeks. Call these next few weeks the calm before the storm if you'd like, but in the meanwhile, we've got concert picks. Check these out if you're looking for some good music this weekend, and browse our comprehensive concert calendar for more options.
Mr. Scott H. Biram is nothing short of a total and complete badass mofo. First of all, he is thee one man in his namesake one-man band, and his many quality releases over the past 14 years have proved he doesn't need anyone else to help him get the job done, and done well. From vocal duty to playing guitar and percussion, Biram delivers his style of hillbilly country with a vengeance -- tangling it up with elements of punk, blues, metal, classic rock, and an undeniably ferocious spirit. Whether he's blasting out a fierce and noisy tune or bringing it down a little more low and slow, you know he isn't holding back anything. Another testament to his tenacity: Biram survived a head-on collision with a semi-truck in 2003, suffering multiple internal and external injuries, including the loss of a substantial portion of his organs. A mere month later, with a couple of broken legs, he took the stage in Austin, performing in a wheelchair, an IV still hanging from his arm. Just like his tunes, that's pretty fuckin' tough. AMY YOUNG
Over the Rhine have crossed over the river and disappeared deeper into the trees during the past few years as the husband-wife duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist have stripped down their band and retreated to the rural Ohio home they call Nowhere Farm. The place is reflected in the title of their latest album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World, where their intimate folk songs take place far from the busy noise of the rest of the planet. Instead, the couple has created its own rhythm, centered around close-cropped voices and stark strums of guitar. "Take a left loneliness/There's a place to find forgiveness called home," they confide with soothing harmonies. FALLING JAMES
And if last year's Crush Music Festival, which was attended by hundreds of party monsters and EDM fans getting down to big-name DJs and producers, is any indication of the event's popularity, the 2015 version should be just as packed with sights, sounds, and superstars. This year's lineup is just as huge and includes such bigwigs as Swedish duo Dada Life, bass freak Bro Safari, electro-house whiz Kayzo, hip-hop remixer Party Favor, and progressive trance act Tritonal getting wild and going hard on an enormous outdoor stage at Rawhide. BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
We're almost certain that if you're reading this, then you're probably no stranger to marathon concerts and have -- in all likelihood -- previously attended at least one Coachella, FYF, or EDC, as well as possibly a McDowell Mountain Music Festival or two. If our presumption is correct, then you're fit to endure this epic eight-hour music event that will transpire from noon until 8 p.m. According to is organizers, said time period will be filled with a mixture of experimental, improvisational, contemporary classical, electronic, and jazzy sounds performed by a variety of such musicians and artists as Josh Bennet, Dominique Holley, Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer, Parker Davis, and others. BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Acoustic guitar casanova Pavlo is an infectious mix of traditional Greek plucking, frenetic flamenco runs, and a home-spun story that could only come from wilds of Canada. His work is full of chops-heavy runs and romantic flights of fancy -- think Rodrigo Y Gabriela with a Mediterranean flair, and more aimed at lovers than fighters. CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN
Brought to you by Phoenix New Times and Up on the Sun, Saturday Sounds features some of the best local bands and singer-songwriters the Valley of the Sun has to offer. Coming on the third Saturday of every month for at least the next three (including tomorrow night), we'll present three hand-picked bands we think are worthy of your attention. Tomorrow night will feature Teneia, Strange Lot, and Diners. It's free, low-pressure concert, so come down and enjoy some beers and the the fine sounds of Phoenix.
When it comes to bands reinventing the metalcore genre, August Burns Red is always in the discussion. The group's groundbreaking 2007 album, Messengers, made way for its entrance into the genre, and, several albums later, the group has become one of the iconic names associated with metalcore. August Burns Red has been hard at work on its sixth album, due out later this year, but meanwhile, the group's Frozen Flame Tour features an incredible lineup that includes Miss May I, Northlane, Fit for a King, and Erra. Most of the shows have sold out since the tour started several weeks ago. If you have yet to see August Burns Red live, this is your best shot. AUSTIN PAETOW
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