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Best Phoenix Concerts This Weekend: One More Time, Big Gigantic, Agents of Lust

Daft Punk tribute One More Time is scheduled to perform on Saturday, July 17, at The Van Buren.
Daft Punk tribute One More Time is scheduled to perform on Saturday, July 17, at The Van Buren. One More Time's Facebook
If you’ve been missing Daft Punk ever since its robots went permanently offline back in February, local tribute act One More Time will offer the chance to celebrate the duo’s music and legacy on Saturday night at The Van Buren. It’s one of the highlights of Phoenix’s concert offerings this weekend, which will also feature opportunities to dance and debauch.

EDM artists like AC Slater and Big Gigantic both have gigs scheduled in Tempe this weekend while local fetish performance troupe The Agents of Lust are planning to get down and dirty at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale on Saturday.

Other notable gigs happening from Friday, July 16, to Sunday, July 18, include an album release party by rapper Bob Domestic, an ABBA-themed dance party, and shows by rock acts After the Calm and The Delta Bombers.

Details about each of these events can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times' new-and-improved online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Local rapper Bob Domestic poured his heart and soul into his new album. - MARLOW SHARPE
Local rapper Bob Domestic poured his heart and soul into his new album.
Marlow Sharpe

Bob Domestic (Album Release Party)

Friday, July 16

Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, 480-967-4777

You can purchase a copy of Bob Domestic’s new album, Sleep For Lungs, during its release show at Tempe’s Yucca Tap Room on Friday, and the local rapper jokes that the CD could be used as a drink coaster. We suggest giving the 14-track effort a spin first, as Domestic has poured his heart and soul into its creation the past few months. “This thing is a fucking monster,” he states on Facebook. “It's the best work of my life.”

Sleep For Lungs features Domestic weaving clever and playful wordplay laced with references to Cheers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as he tackles sociopolitical issues, relationships, and scene poseurs. The release party, which starts at 8 p.m., will feature a set by Domestic, as well as performances from Span Phly, MC Optimal, Cory Hill, Blaine Coffee, and Gonzo Puritan. Admission is free and copies of the coaster CD are $20 and include a download card and t-shirt. Benjamin Leatherman

Mamma Mia: ABBA ‘70s Dance Party

Friday, July 16

The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street, 480-659-1641

Is “Dancing Queen” or “Waterloo” the better ABBA song? If they get you out on the dance floor at Mamma Mia: ABBA Night and ’70s Party, then who cares so long as you’re having the time of your life? Put on your favorite ’70s gear and watch The Van Buren transform into Funkytown. In addition to having everyone’s favorite Swedish pop stars on the playlist, DJ Bractune will spin selections by the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, and Queen. If you’re one of the first 200 people in the door, you get a free oversized souvenir button, and everyone can take selfies in the photo booth. Boogie on down on Friday night starting at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 18-and-over event are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Jason Keil

click to enlarge The man they call AC Slater. - RED LIGHT MANAGEMENT
The man they call AC Slater.
Red Light Management

AC Slater

Friday, July 16

Sunbar Tempe, 24 West Fifth Street, Tempe, 480-687-8409

AC Slater is the self-proclaimed king of heavy bass house in America. The DJ/producer – first name Aaron, last name Clevenger – has gone by AC for most of his professional career and, yes, his professional moniker is inspired by the Saved by the Bell character. Clevenger used to live in Brooklyn, where he and some colleagues built the label Trouble & Bass and spun at its bass-centric parties around town. In 2011, Clevenger moved to California and created Night Bass events and his own label under the same name.

Now the parties he throws in both L.A. and all over the world have become somewhat notorious for their ability to turn venues inside out and leave dance floors scuffed beyond recognition. Such might be the case with Sunbar in Tempe when Clevenger takes over on Friday night and pumps out house music imbued with heavy UK-style bass during a three-hour set. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $22. Elvis Anderson

After the Calm

Saturday, July 17

The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road, 602-296-7013

Having been together since mid-2014, After the Calm are practically veterans of the local scene. In the time since, they've built up a decent following on the back of several releases, including May 2020's "Home Sweet Home." And it's easy to see why they've stuck around: AtC expertly fuse alt-rock, hardcore, metal, and a dash of emo, forging this vibrant rock sound that's as cathartic as it is all-consuming. The band doesn't so much reinvent the wheel as they combine their inspirations into something truly potent and powerful. Earlier this month, they released their new EP, Digital Therapy, and are scheduled to play The Rebel Lounge this weekend with support from Inept Hero and Interfate. The show is at 6 p.m. and admission is $13. Chris Coplan

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk

Saturday, July 17

The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street, 480-659-1641

Founded well before the release of Random Access Memories, the Phoenix-born tribute act One More Time keeps the Alive 2007 era, well, alive more than a decade later in 2021, delivering what will one day be called the “classic” Daft Punk live experience. They got all the details handled, including some particularly deft costume changes, and they come with enough power to push through an hour-plus set of Daft Punk hits, sleeper hits, and even some original remixes. Harder better faster stronger? Well, definitely hard and fast and strong enough. They’re scheduled to invade The Van Buren on Saturday night at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Chris Ziegler

click to enlarge The Agents of Lust and their dirty deeds invade Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale this weekend. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
The Agents of Lust and their dirty deeds invade Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale this weekend.
Benjamin Leatherman

The Agents of Lust

Saturday, July 17

Pub Rock Live, 8005 East Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale, 480-945-4985

Whenever the Agents of Lust throw a party, it’s usually a messy, noisy, and chaotic night filled with scandalous activities, libidinous thrills, and freaky behavior. And they wouldn’t want it any other way. The local fetish-oriented performance troupe has been staging such outlandish affairs for the better part of a decade and the events typically feature its members unleashing showers of sparks with metal grinders or staging debaucherous vignettes involving sex toys.

There’s music, too, as industrial and hard rock bands play before, after, and during performances by the troupe. Such will be the case on Saturday night at Pub Rock Live at the Agents of Lust’s latest party. Bands will include California’s Luna 13 and locals S.L.U.T., Casket Snatch, and Kunt Spit. DJ D_void will also stage a set. Prize giveaways are also planned and local artists and vendors will be selling their bizarre wares. The freaky fun begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Dominic Lalli (left) and Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic. - JASON SIEGAL
Dominic Lalli (left) and Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic.
Jason Siegal

Big Gigantic

Saturday, July 17

Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480-829-0707

Two roommates from Colorado, Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli, are living their dream as nationally touring EDM act Big Gigantic. The two met in 2005, bonded over a shared love of music, and started playing gigs together at local bars and weddings. Fast-forward to 2020, and they're playing main-stage slots at legendary music festivals – Coachella, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest — and headlining gigs at venues around the country. Despite their popularity in the EDM scene, the boys of Big Gigantic are jazz musicians at heart. Heavy bass and pulsating beats aside, their music is influenced by a wide variety of genres, from funk to rock. The best way to describe Big Gigantic's sound is electronic music built with traditional instruments.

With Salken on the drums and Lalli on saxophone and acting as producer, Big Gigantic has released nine studio albums, including last year’s Free Your Mind. The story the album tells is one of self-love, living your best life, and indulging in pure, unbridled joy. With a plethora of guest appearances from vocalists and rappers, many of whom have previously appeared on Big Gigantic's tracks, Free Your Mind sounds like one big party. Their shows offer a similar vibe, which you can experience for yourself starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Tempe’s Marquee Theatre. Bardz will open. Tickets are $49 to $81. Cleo Mirza

click to enlarge The Delta Bombers serve up rock and blues with a chaser of country. - THE DELTA BOMBERS
The Delta Bombers serve up rock and blues with a chaser of country.
The Delta Bombers

The Delta Bombers

Saturday, July 17

Starlite Lounge, 4346 West Olive Avenue, Glendale, 623-934-1913

Want to know how long The Delta Bombers have been around? Their original lineup came together via MySpace back during the peak of its relevance. For the last 13 years, the band has survived a few lineup changes while they’ve released five albums on indie label Wild Records and blasted fierce rock and blues tinged with country licks at venues throughout North America and Europe. This weekend, the Delta Bombers’ travels bring them to Starlite Lounge in Glendale for an early evening show on Saturday night. Openers include Belfry Bats, Voodoo Swing, and Suburban Sluts. Attendance will be limited to 200 people, so get there ASAP. The show starts at 4 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 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.