Metro Phoenix’s best shows this weekend will offer a little bit of everything, ranging from chart-topping heartthrobs like Harry Styles to psychobilly misfits, goth rockers, and even an orchestral anime concert. There will also be performances featuring music legends like the Righteous Brothers, the diverse artistry of Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, and blues-rock band Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.
Or you could vibe out at a laser-filled tribute to Pink Floyd, rage away at an EDM show headlined by Porter Robinson, or help local indie station KWSS raise money.
Read on for further details about each show or click over to Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar for more live music in the Valley this weekend. Keep in mind, though, most local venues now require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a recent negative test result to attend shows.
Paul Jason Klein, Charles Leslie Priest, and Jake Clifford Goss of LANY.
LANY at Arizona Federal Theatre
LANY is a deceptive name for a band formed in Nashville, Tennessee. Pronounced "lay-nee," an acronym for "Los Angeles New York," the group at first glance looks and sounds like the ultra-urban minimalist Instagram fodder touted by one-word bands these days. But its repeatable, warm sound also offers comfort and this polarity is what makes LANY so frustrating and so fascinating at the same time. It is odd that a trio of thoroughly greater-Midwestern guys who met in the South would create music you’d hear at Forever 21. Their beat-driven synth and fun California-centric melodies are shiny and produced much in the same vein of those by the band The 1975, and their lyrics are as delightfully millennial and straightforward. But one can’t help but notice the undeniable heart and dedication that go into music so unfussy about itself. Catch them in concert on Friday, November 12, at Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 West Washington Street. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and Keshi opens. Tickets are $29.50 to $64.50. Stefanie Fernández
An English psychobilly band (as in punk plus rockabilly) formed in 1980, The Meteors will be coming to Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue in Tempe on Friday, November 12, with support from local acts Creepsville 666, Black Mountain Moonshine, and Trash Can Romeos. Having toured the globe extensively and releasing over a dozen live albums in their 40-plus years of existence, it is safe to say that the band knows their way around a stage and an audience. To put it another way: There is a very good chance that you will have a good time. Feel free to fly your glorious mohawks and get ready to stomp around the Yucca Tap’s checkered dance floor. The music begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $20. David Fletcher
Lukas Nelson with members of backing band Promise of the Real.
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real at The Van Buren
Being the son of legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson wasn’t always the easiest row to hoe, but Lukas Nelson has become an accomplished songwriter in his own right, albeit playing roots-oriented rock ’n’ roll instead of country tunes like his old man. His band, Promise of the Real, is a five-piece powered by his deft guitar work and smooth vocals that find inspiration in the blues/rock of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Nelson also isn’t opposed to throwing in a cool Willie cover now and again. The band’s current tour comes to the Valley on Friday, November 12, at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street. Admission for the 8 p.m. show is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Darryl Smyers
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at Marquee Theatre
Lasers and Pink Floyd tunes have been a thing that dates back to when the legendary rock band first featured light shows using the technology in 1974. The concept of this touring show has also been around for several decades, as it was launched 35 years ago by producer Steve Monistere and laserist Tim Walsh. It brings Pink Floyd’s songs to life by using laser-generated images played on a screen where other film clips roll. The result is impressive, and the only thing you miss is having an actual live band onstage. The music is, of course, the soul of the show, and attendees are encouraged to sing along with timeless tunes that have become part of not only the soundtrack of an era, but also of an entire generation of fans who followed the group throughout the years. The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular is set to make a stop at Tempe’s Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill Avenue, on Friday, November 12. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $30 to $43. Ernest Barteldes
DJ/producer Porter Robinson is one of the most fascinating figures to come out of the EDM bubble of the early 2010s. His debut EP, Spitfire, was released on Skrillex's record label OWSLA in 2011. It was pretty emblematic of the American-style dubstep popular at the time, albeit with flourishes that softened the genre's harsh edges. Then, in 2014, Robinson changed directions with the more subdued Worlds. It was warmly received by critics and fans and everyone expected him to release his much-anticipated second album a few years later — but it never materialized as, behind the scenes, Robinson was experiencing crippling anxiety to match the success of Worlds. The wait for Robinson's proper sophomore album finally ended last month with the release of Nurture, which builds on the foundation set by Worlds, with tighter song structures and pop hooks. His tour in support of the 12-track project hits Rawhide, 5700 West North Loop Road in Chandler, on Friday, November 12. Sets by Jai Wolf and James Ivy will open the evening beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $49.70. Jose D. Duran
Righteous Brothers at Celebrity Theatre
For a couple of white dudes with serious soul, look no further than the iconic Righteous Brothers. Their list of hit songs about love and love lost have stood the test of time as only the best music can. Tunes such as "Unchained Melody," with passionate lyrics and melodies, can still make listeners weep. But the Righteous Brothers' influence is strongest in "You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling," a hit that for many who didn’t grow up in the '60s became immortalized in the blockbuster '80s film Top Gun. The image of Tom Cruise lip-syncing with his pilot buddies is seared into every viewer's mind, but the Righteous Brothers' vocals make the biggest impression. They’re scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 12, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $34.50 to $64.50. Jeff Kinni
Dani Cutler is just one of the volunteer DJs who make KWSS what it is.
KWSS Fall Fundraiser at Last Exit Live
When most public-supported radio stations around Arizona are raising money to support their programming, they typically spend countless segments hitting their audiences up for cash with a whole lotta cajoling and a little bit of guilt. Not so with KWSS, as the staff of the volunteer-run Phoenix indie station (available at 93.9 on your FM dial) prefers to hold twice-yearly benefit shows at local music venues to help make ends meet. The latest fundraiser happens on Saturday, November 13, at Last Exit Live, 717 South Central Avenue, and will offer sets by local indie-rock and pop bands Paper Foxes, Electric Sol, MRCH, and The Numan League (a tribute act paying homage to Gary Numan and The Human League). Unlike other recent shows at Last Exit Live, the event will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result to attend. Doors are at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Benjamin Leatherman
LeAnn Rimes became a household name in the early '90s when she was just 13 years old. Her debut studio album Blue launched the Mississippi native into the limelight with its supporting singles “Hurt Me,” “One Way Ticket (Because I Can),” “Unchained Melody” and “The Light In Your Eyes.” Blue went on to reach multi-platinum certifications in three countries, with Rimes’ vocals being favorably compared to those of country icon Patsy Cline. Rimes has since won two Grammys, a dozen Billboard Music Awards, and a handful of honors from the Academy of Country Music Awards. Her latest performance in the Valley will happen on Saturday, November 13, at Highlands Church, 9050 East Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale. The concert is part of the ongoing Arizona MusicFest series and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 to $84. Matthew Keever
Make sure you bring earplugs to drown out the shrieks of teens (and, let's be honest, people much older than teens): Former One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles is finally making up his canceled 2020 date on Saturday, November 13. Jenny Lewis is the special guest for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are officially sold out but can be purchasedthrough various resellers. Jennifer Goldberg
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra at Tempe Center for the Arts
Experience live music on an intimate scale as Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, presents a free concert by the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra as part of its 48 LIVE lineup. The 16-piece orchestra finds inspiration in the music of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, longtime musical partners credited with creating the genre that’s infused with a driving beat. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert on Saturday, November 13. Launched by David Marquez in 2010, the band played its first shows in 2013. That’s the year vocal powerhouse Camille Sledge, the band’s leader, joined the group. Today, they have one of the region’s most distinctive, compelling sounds. You’ll need to register online if you want to attend. Lynn Trimble
There's very little in the music world that Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White hasn't done in his 48 years as a recording artist. Since getting into the biz in 1969, he's sold hundreds of millions of records. He's played in front of mammoth festival crowds. He's widely considered one of the best bass guitarists of all time. He won the music game with a smile on his face and continues to record and perform for huge audiences worldwide. The same can be said for Earth, Wind & Fire, the legendary band started by his brother, the late Maurice White, that’s known for its R&B-based love songs and upbeat pop-funk. During its heyday of 1970 to 1984, EWF racked up 20 Grammy nominations, sold millions of records, and influenced countless musicians and artists with its dynamic sounds, lively horn section, and iconic songs. The latest version of Earth, Wind & Fire – which still includes Verdine White, singer Philip Bailey, and percussionist Ralph Johnson – pays a visit to Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 West Washington Street, on Sunday, November 14. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $39.50 to $354. Tom Bowker
Candlelight Concert: Favorite Anime Themes at Phoenix Art Museum
The members of the Listeso String Quartet will perform music from more than a dozen different anime films and shows on Sunday, November 14, inside the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. The program will include theme songs and score selections from titles like Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, Evangelion, Death Note, Naruto, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. A medley from Studio Ghibli’s various movies is also promised. Socially distanced performances will take place at 7 and 9 p.m. and will be lit by candlelight. Tickets are $50 to $60 and can be purchased here. Benjamin Leatherman
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