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Best Phoenix Concerts This Week: Bon Iver, The Districts, Lars Frederiksen

The Districts are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, March 29, at Valley Bar.
The Districts are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, March 29, at Valley Bar. Ebru Yildiz
March’s concert offerings are wrapping up with a four-night stretch that will include performances at metro Phoenix venues by a mix of music legends and indie favorites.

The former includes country/Americana singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, Rancid frontman Lars Frederiksen, and influential Latin rockers Hombres G. When it comes to the latter, indie folksters Bon Iver, metal act Baroness, and indie rock band The Districts also have gigs scheduled in the Valley this week.

What other notable artists are coming to town from Monday, March 28, to Thursday, March 31? Read on for more (or head over to Phoenix New Timesonline concert listings other live music happening around town).
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Fans get to decide what Baroness will play at the Rebel Lounge this week.
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Baroness at The Rebel Lounge

Savannah, Georgia, rock quartet Baroness has dropped any releases (their most recent LP, the critically beloved Gold & Grey, came out in 2019) but reportedly have enough new songs to fill three albums. Their current tour will only feature previous songs, though, as fans in each city Baroness visits will cast votes online for the 10 songs they want to hear during the show. If you’re curious about what will be on the setlist when the band hits the Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road, on Monday, March 28, the gig is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60. Benjamin Leatherman
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Indie rock band The Districts.
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The Districts at Valley Bar

Philadelphia indie-rock outfit The Districts — who are set to take the stage at Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue, on Tuesday, March 29 — expanded their sonic horizons on their latest album, Great American Painting. Guitarist and singer Rob Grote drew inspiration from the band's near-miss when it was scheduled to play a Paris show in 2015 and the neighboring venue (the legendary Bataclan theater) suffered a terrorist attack. But he also spent time in the Washington woods ruminating on life and dropping acid with a 70-something Vietnam veteran who kept tripping videos in stock. The Districts' Valley Bar show starts at 8 p.m. and Vanillaroma and Francis of Delirium open. Tickets are $18. John Bear

Lars Frederiksen at Pub Rock Live

Lars Frederiksen’s place in punk rock history is secure. Best known as a guitarist and co-vocalist with Rancid, he’s also been a member of The Old Firm Casuals, Oxley's Midnight Runners, and his namesake band Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards. (His contributions to punk don’t end there, as Frederiksen’s also produced albums for Dropkick Murphys, Anti-Heroes, The Forgotten, Agnostic Front, The Business, and Swingin Utters.) After more than three decades of being involved with numerous bands, he’s finally putting out his first official solo project: a six-song EP To Victory. Released last fall on Pirates Press Records, it features a mix of originals (“God and Guns,” “Skunx,” and “Army of Zombies”) and covers (including his version of “Tomorrow Girls” by UK Subs). Frederiksen’s scheduled to swing through Scottsdale’s Pub Rock Live, 8005 East Roosevelt Street, on his latest tour. The show starts at 7 p.m. with opening sets by DJ Cris Powerhouse and comedian Joe Sib. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Benjamin Leatherman
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The members of Hombres G (from left): Dani Mezquita, Javi Molina,David Summers, and Rafa Gutiérrez.
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Hombres G at The Van Buren

The four musicians in Hombres G the lineup may have aged, but still have the same '80s youthful vibe that helped them break into the rock-pop scene. Don’t be surprised if fans go crazy at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street, on Tuesday, March 29, when Hombres G perform "Devuélveme a Mi Chica," their most successful hit single. Their concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $49.50 to $69.50. Juan Betancourt
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Brother Ali is coming to downtown Phoenix in late March.
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Brother Ali at Crescent Ballroom

Brother Ali commands the stage like a political figure, only one who's less concerned with appearance and more concerned with the impact of his speech. In the sometimes nihilistic rap world, Ali has remained a lyricist with purpose, whether it's political, social, or personal. Ali has a remarkable presence that is composed and venerable yet friendly and approachable. He's humble but still utterly confident and self-assured, which reflects in his powerfully uplifting lyrics. His delivery is almost like a pastor's sermon: fiery, impassioned, and with a soulful voice that hangs on his most important words, but amazingly, he rarely sounds preachy or condescending. His passion for hip-hop is palpable. And that's really what Brother Ali seems to want — to enliven people, to make them question themselves, but still allow them to love themselves, to perpetually push into spaces of uncertainty and gray area, because that's where life really occurs. His current tour comes to Crescent Ballroom on Wednesday, March 30, with Mally and DJ Last Word providing support. Doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 to $79. Noah Hubbell
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Famed country/Americana singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell.
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Rodney Crowell at Musical Instrument Museum

Living legend and prolific singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell will bring his often-introspective poetic country tunes to the Valley for a show at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, on Wednesday, March 30, in support of his most recent record, Triage. Released last year, the 10-song effort has been described as one of Crowell’s “most personal albums” and he looks inward and into the void, grappling with such lovelorn experiences, loss, human failings, and his own mortality. The show starts at 7 p.m. The MIM has already sold out of tickets, but fans can find some available on the secondary market. David Fletcher
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Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Bon Iver at Mesa Amphitheatre

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 15 years since Justin Vernon, the pride of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, released his seminal debut album as Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago. The iconic folk album, shrouded in log cabin lore and recorded in the dead of winter, introduced the world to Vernon’s tender and at times haunting falsetto, as well as his beautiful soundscapes, which have developed into synth-laden, glitchy, experimental electronica, as heard on his 2016 release 22, A Million. Later this month, Vernon will kick off his latest tour at Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 North Center Street, on Wednesday, March 30. Expect to hear songs from his most recent album, 2019’s I,I, as well as tunes from Bon Iver’s 2011 self-titled album, as the tour is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and upcoming rerelease. R&B/soul musician Dijon opens the 6:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are $65 to $85. Mikel Galicia

Schäffer the Darklord at Last Exit Live

If you prefer your geek rap served up with a heaping helping of raunch, then Schäffer the Darklord’s Valley performance this week should be on your radar. The Iowa-born artist checks off all the nerdy rapper requisites (including clever wordplay and riffs on Star Wars and video games) his material is a bit darker and racier than that of contemporaries like MC Frontalot. As one music scribe put it, Schäffer’s tracks have featured “goofy juvenilia, absurd sexual content, nerdy grammatical breakdowns, and introspective lyrical detours.” He also riffed on the horror genre and similarly macabre subject matter. It’s all in good fun, though, as evidenced by his animated and over-the-top stage presence. Experience it for yourself on Thursday, March 31, at Last Exit Live, 717 South Central. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Lex the Lexicon Artist and Super Smack will open. Tickets are $12. Benjamin Leatherman
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.