6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

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Owen Pallett - Monday, September 15 - Crescent Ballroom

After scoring several films, including Her, which got Owen Pallett an Oscar nomination, and orchestrating the string arrangements for bands like Beirut, The Mountain Goats, and Arcade Fire, Pallett's name is well-known in the music community. Making the leap commercially might be another story.

Despite his love of immersive role-playing video games like Skyrim and Ancient Domains of Mystery, which he says he often plays on tour to unwind, he found time to release an album earlier this year. In Conflict is one of the better records released in 2014.

The album is powerful, dark, and intense, contrasting the ethereal and theatrical moments of Heartland. In Pallett's strong and beautiful vocalization, you can hear the pain of self-realization over his trademark lushly layered instrumentation. --Heather Hoch

Clipping. - Tuesday, September 16 - Trunk Space

These are the rudimentary notes I typed while listening to CLPPNG, the debut album from L.A. noise-rap act Clipping. on respected indie rock-leaning imprint Sub Pop: Demons thrashing, Gozer worship, twerk requests, Murder Dog magazine shoutouts, more yells of "bitch" than Jesse Pinkman, percussion that sounds like someone drunkenly pounding on a locked garage door at 4 a.m. Machines vomiting. Rap as scenes from a long-lost Fritz Lang dystopia.

Clipping. is a cryptogram in search of a cheat code. Third-person narratives zigzag with a Zodiac Killer's malevolence. Sheets of white noise hiss add a torrid Greek chorus. But it's not necessarily obscurantist rap. Electrifying cameos also come from rising ratchet queen Cocc Pistol Cree, West Coast legend King Tee and the former first lady of Three 6 Mafia, Gangsta Boo. Somehow, they all reflect elements of Clipping.'s DNA.

"As strange as it is, it's the least pretentious way to make rap music, considering our upbringing, tastes and lifestyle," says Clipping. member Jonathan Snipes. "We made a decision early on to keep personality and ourselves out of it." -- Jeff Weiss

One Direction - Tuesday, September 16 - U of P Stadium

A word of advice: Try to avoid getting anywhere within a few square miles of University of Phoenix Stadium on the evening of September 16, unless you want to get caught up in a teeming tween- and teenaged throng. That's because One Direction will be swinging through town, and, in all likelihood, anyone aged eight to 18 (or Directioners of every age) will be heading straight to the hinterlands of Glendale to fill the entirety of the stadium and see Hazza, Nialler, BooBear, Leeyum, and DJ Malik in the flesh.

And given 1D's record-setting success at moving records (including the recent honor of making the Guinness World Records), amassing a multimillion dollar music empire, becoming arguably the world's biggest boy band, and getting adolescents all twitterpated and screaming their lungs out, it's not much of a shocker that the show will be packed. Its bound to be the biggest. night. evar. for most of the 60,000-plus in attendance, at least until the next big boy band comes along.

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David Accomazzo is a music wrangler, award-winning reporter, critic, and editor with more than a decade in the business.
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