Concerts

7 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

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Riff Raff - Friday, February 13 - Club Red

Riff Raff is an endlessly quotable, sui generis pop culture figure, a bona fide celebrity who pals around with Drake and Justin Bieber. His YouTube videos get millions of views. Despite some extremely catchy songs, he's had no chart success to speak of, and many folks paying attention to him don't necessarily find his music compelling. They just want to know if he's serious.

Onlookers argue over his merit and his intentions, and detractors include both well-known rappers and commenters on white-power message boards. (One called him a "race traitor.") There's something polarizing about him; depending upon your point of view, Riff Raff seems either to embody the worst racial stereotypes or to transcend them. He peppers his rhymes about money, cars and women with surrealist humor that's crass but often hilarious -- on his recent single "Dolce & Gabbana" he rhymes, "Your bitch playing strip poker/I'm outside eatin' fried okra/(With who?) With Oprah!" BEN WESTHOFF

Marilyn Manson - Friday February 13 - Marquee Theatre

As Marilyn Manson approaches 50 years old, the world no longer is afraid of him. It's just not sure what to do with him, either. At times, it seems Manson doesn't know what to do with himself, but one thing he loves to do keep himself entertained. As we speak, I remind him that in an earlier conversation with me, he referred to Phoenix as the methamphetamine capital of the United States, to which he tells me, "That would make you a meth-matician."

It's been more than 15 years since Manson was shocking the world, scaring parents, and taking heat for the Columbine High School massacre. He was the perfect replacement as poster boy for the goth community after his mentor, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, disappeared from the limelight as the pressure of writing the follow-up to 1994's The Downward Spiral became too much. It was Reznor who discovered Manson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and took him under his wing, signing the band to his Interscope imprint, Nothing Records. Reznor remixed and revamped the band's debut record, Portrait of an American Family, before producing Manson's masterpiece, Antichrist Superstar. JIM LOUVAU

Mix 96.9's Broken Hearts Ball - Friday, February 13 - Livewire

While Mix 96.9's Broken Hearts Ball on Friday, February 13, is admittedly aimed at singles who'd like to mingle, couples are also welcome to attend and swoon along with everyone else as headlining performers and heartthrobs Mat Kearney, Dayweather, and Christian Burghardt perform their poppy love songs. DJ Aaron Taylor will also be in the mix, should you want to get close on the dance floor. Doors are at 8 p.m. PHOENIX NEW TIMES

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