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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Lights is scheduled to perform on Thursday, February 8, at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
Lights is scheduled to perform on Thursday, February 8, at Marquee Theatre in Tempe. Matt Barnes
In the mood for some live music this week? Good, because there’s plenty of concerts happening over the next few nights.

That includes performances by the phenomenally talented vocalist Darlene Love, synth-pop singer Lights, indie rock act Typhoon, and experimental electronica artist Coppé.

There are even more notable shows happening in Phoenix this week, like Walk the Moon’s appearance at The Van Buren, Pink Martini's classy gig in Scottsdale, and T.O.S.O.’s album release show at Rebel Lounge.

Details about each of these shows can be found below in our list of the best concerts in Phoenix this week. And for even more options, check out Phoenix New Times' concert calendar.

click to enlarge Post-hardcore band Silverstein. - COURTESY OF LUCKYMAN
Post-hardcore band Silverstein.
Courtesy of LuckyMan
Silverstein
Monday, February 5
Marquee Theatre in Tempe


Although they're forerunners of the post-post-post-hardcore generation, like so many of their peers, the guys of the Canadian quintet Silverstein largely reject the "screamo" tag. And sure, pigeonholing sucks, but let's be real. The band's sound hinges on many of that tag's lynchpins: loud, distorted guitars that love breakdowns, shrieked vocals, and emotional (perhaps sometimes self-involved) narratives told in lyrical fragments.

But what helps set the band apart from the similar-sounding crop is its geographical pedigree, and a real reverence for its more underground hardcore and emo forebears. This week, Silverstein hits the Marquee Theatre in Tempe. Tonight Alive, Broadside, and Picturesque will open. Arielle Castillo

click to enlarge The musicians and vocalists of Pink Martini. - CHRIS HORNBECKER
The musicians and vocalists of Pink Martini.
Chris Hornbecker
Pink Martini
Tuesday, February 6
Highlands Church in Scottsdale


Pink Martini’s blend of Latin music, jazz, and classical music celebrates the world’s diversity while honoring the deep musical traditions formed by musicians long passed.

Founded in Portland, Oregon, in the mid-’90s, the group features multiple singers and around a dozen horn players, all skilled in the Neapolitan blend of styles that is practically the perfect lounge music. The group’s debut album, Sympathique, became a worldwide success, earning the group awards from countries as far away as France. The group is a callback to the early half of the 20th century, when America still searched outward for culture, and singers like Eartha Kitt and Doris Day sampled the cultures of the world for songs like finger foods at a fine gala.

If anything, Pink Martini is a reminder to the world that Americans still can appreciate music not served on a blue plate under an American flag. David Accomazzo

click to enlarge Coppé performing in 2014. - DOMINIC ALVES/CC BY 2.0/VIA FLICKR
Coppé performing in 2014.
Coppé
Tuesday, February 6
The Rebel Lounge

If you’re familiar with the name Coppé, there’s a good chance you’re either a longtime veteran of the Phoenix music scene or a fan of experimental and avant-garde electronica. Or both.

The Japanese-born artist, who was a child star and MTV Japan’s first VJ, spent several years in the Valley during the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Besides performing as a vocalist with organic trip-hop/drum ‘n’ bass ensemble OTO, Coppé honed her skills as an electronic musician and founded the label Mango + Sweetrice Records.

As a musician, Coppé (pronounced "co-pay") creates soundscapes that are trippy, twisted, and weirdly beautiful. Her vocals, which range from dreamy to nightmarish, also add an extra dimension to her works.

Coppé is also quite fearless, according to her former band mate, Micah Huerta. "I think she's one of bravest musicians I've ever had the pleasure of playing with, because she kinda lives in her own space and always has and doesn't make any apologies for it," he told New Times in 2013. "“She's got those screamy, weird vocals. She's not necessarily singing with a melody like a pop singer; it's different. But musically, no apologies."

Coppé returns to the Valley this week for a show at The Rebel Lounge. Locals Terminal 11, Lana Del Rabies, and Tsone will open. Doors are at 9 p.m. and admission is $6. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge The members of Walk the Moon. - BRIAN ZIFF
The members of Walk the Moon.
Brian Ziff
Walk the Moon
Wednesday, February 7
The Van Buren

Cincinnati pop-rock group Walk The Moon is using this year's Press Restart Tour to do just that: restart and enter a new phase of their existence as a band. The band has been out of the limelight for the last two years as frontman Nicholas Petricca cared for his ailing father.

Walk the Moon’s new album reflects those shifted priorities; it dials the energy back a bit and offers more contemplative lyrics. Even so, the band tore through an appearance on Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, revving up the crowd and sporting its trademark war paint. Walk the Moon also has big plans for this tour, including a collaboration with creative content maker FragmentNine, which has provided a live-action spaceship and laser lights to the show. Jeff Strowe

click to enlarge Darlene Love is finally getting her due. - CHRISTOPHER LOGAN
Darlene Love is finally getting her due.
Christopher Logan
Darlene Love
Wednesday, February 7
Mesa Arts Center


Darlene Love was the most powerful singer in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound and has sung on records with everyone from Buck Owens to Bruce Springsteen. For 28 years, Love's performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" was a holiday tradition on David Letterman's talk shows. She's a legend among American vocalists but largely unknown to the average American.

After her career began in late-'50s Los Angeles, Love often had to mask her vocal power. She was the leader of The Blossoms, a group whose members quickly became known for being able to tailor their voices to any genre of music. They sang on records with Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Paul Anka, and Jan & Dean. Brian Wilson used them to fill out the Beach Boys' sound on "In My Room" and several other classics.

She joined Phil Spector's operation in the early '60s, and though their work together brought her some notoriety, she faults him for her career never hitting the big time. "He pushed for himself, not for us. He never helped me to become a star. He didn't put my name on songs — just 'Produced by Phil Spector.’”

It was worse than that. He took her work and credited it to his other groups. Just one egregious example: the Crystals' No. 1 hit, "He's a Rebel." That's Darlene Love on lead and her group, The Blossoms, backing her up — no Crystals involved.

In 2013, Love finally got her due with the release of the documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, which chronicled her nearly endless misses with fame and success, proving that good things come to those who wait. B. Caplan
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