The 13 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Dorothy is scheduled to perform on Sunday, July 15, at Crescent Ballroom.
Dorothy is scheduled to perform on Sunday, July 15, at Crescent Ballroom. Kristin Burns

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Release Pool Party feat. Krewella
Saturday, July 14
Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale

Krewella is an electro-house-dub-party-hard duo born from the windy streets of Chicago. And before PETA has a freak out over the act’s name (which riffs on the villainess of 101 Dalmatians), they don't kill puppies, but damn can they murder some beats.

Comprised of singer-songwriting sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf, and backed by a variety of producers, this twosome has made a name for themselves over the last few years as a raucous party ambassadors from the planet bass. But their real-life dynamic and genre palette is a lot deeper and more complex than fans might realize. Kat Bein

click to enlarge Local ska band The Effects. - HARLEY BONHAM
Local ska band The Effects.
Harley Bonham
Arizona Ska Prom 2018
Saturday, July 14
Yucca Tap Room in Tempe

Skalloween, Ska Prom, Ska-turday, Skanksgiving. For at least the duration of its third wave, the upbeat-heavy, horn-driven sound of ska has enjoyed giving its own spin to holidays and special occasions. That includes this year's Arizona Ska Prom, which takes place at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe on Saturday night.

But what is Ska Prom, you ask? In the words of Steven DeRosia, also known as DJ Full Stop, it's an opportunity for rudeboys, mods, skinheads, and punks to embrace their fashion to the fullest. Whether that includes your best vest, suit, boots and braces, or Fred Perry shirt is up to you.

"It's just a regular show," DeRosia told Phoenix New Times in 2014. "But we encourage people to dress up a little bit, treat it like it was prom. Obviously it won't be as lame as most people's proms probably were. ... It doesn't have to be a tuxedo or anything fancy like that. Just spruce it up, make it whatever you want it to be." With ska fans' well-known (and decades-old) penchant for natty attire, such a request shouldn't be a problem.

This year's lineup will feature performances by local ska and/or punk acts BowCat, The Effects, The Linecutters, and Los Lerpes. Skank your ass off starting at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Connor Descheemaker

Devon Bridgewater and New Nuance
Saturday, July 14
The Nash

By day, Devon Leal Bridgewater is a mild-mannered, bespectacled history teacher at Arizona State University and Phoenix College. At night, he takes off the glasses and becomes Jazzman, one of the Phoenix scene’s premier hornblowers and fiddle players for the past three decades.

The Harvard-trained musician plays trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, and violin. He has toured internationally and even appeared on FoodNation with Bobby Flay. He’s also working his doctoral dissertation at ASU. Bridgewater and New Nuance, with Eric Bart on guitar and Selwyn Reams on bass, will perform at The Nash on Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for everyone who’s not in school. Stuart Warner

Legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. - NELS ISRAELSON
Legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne.
Nels Israelson
Jackson Browne
Saturday, July 14
Phoenix Symphony Hall
Of all the fiercely talented singer-songwriters to emerge in the 1970s, even among the crowded field of fellow West Coast transplants like Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and James Taylor, Jackson Browne has always stood out for his lyricism.

Browne's words eloquently captured the heartache, resignation and bittersweet bewilderment of love lost, particularly on songs like "Late for the Sky," whose opening lines ("The words had all been spoken/And somehow the feeling still wasn't right/And still we continued on through the night/Tracing our steps from the beginning/Until they vanished into the air/Trying to understand how our lives had led us there") are poignant and profound.

While Browne is probably best known among the masses for his bigger radio hits, such as "Doctor My Eyes" and "Somebody's Baby," it's the deeper cuts on albums like Late for the Sky and The Pretender that cut the deepest. Dave Herrera

click to enlarge DJ Fairydust - DOCTOROFCOMPUTERS
DJ Fairydust
Audio Bend
Saturday, July 14
Location TBA

If you’re down to dance and up for a little adventure, we’ve got a proposition for y’all. Grab the squad, gas up your ride, and chart a course south of the Valley. Your destination is Audio Bend, the annual underground party that focuses on future music and out-there sounds.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 14, at an unspecified location south of the Valley and will boast a mix of DJs, electronica artists, and bands performing underneath the stars. In addition to three stages, which will host close to two dozen different acts and artists, they’re also promising laser light shows, fire performances, visual effects, and live art displays.

The entertainment lineup will include dark psytrance act BizzarE frequenCy, dubstep wizard Aegyptus, groove producer Sunnrays, psych-punk group Reclaim, and reggae band Rastafarmers. Tons of locals will also be featured, such as Fairydust, Atom Energy, Phox, DJ Seeweed, Morgan Laine, DJ Grund, Disco Zombie, Distorter, and others.

The event goes from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Admission is $10 before 9 p.m. and $15 afterwards. Visit the Audio Bend website on the night of the event for location details. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix. - COURTESY OF THE MIM
The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix.
Courtesy of the MIM
Experience Arizona Music Weekend
Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15
Musical Instrument Museum
Explore the roots of Arizona’s diverse musical landscape as the Musical Instrument Museum presents day two of its Experience Arizona Music weekend, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. It’s free with general museum admission, which is $20.

Both days will include Native American and Mexican folkloric music performance, talks by artists and the museum’s curator for North America, Arizona songs and stories, a performance by local music students, and a make-your-own maraca craft. There’s even a photo booth, complete with costumes and props you can borrow to set the scene. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Dorothy frontwoman and namesake Dorothy Martin. - KRISTIN BURNS
Dorothy frontwoman and namesake Dorothy Martin.
Kristin Burns
Sunday, July 15
Crescent Ballroom

The Los Angeles-based quartet Dorothy did not come here to make friends, and that’s putting it lightly. The group makes the nastiest kind of bruising rock bangers, harking back to the glory days of old-school metal. The fact that Ozzy would be proud of Dorothy’s riffs that nod to Sabbath is hardly the half of it. Enter frontwoman Dorothy Martin, whose dangerous and thoroughly rock-and-roll howl conjures images of Florence Welch, Grace Slick, and Ann Wilson, all while stopping you dead in your tracks on the first listen.

Martin and her crew are out for blood, but they still make time every now and again to put a heavy-metal twist on the likes of Jay Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild.” The future of metal might just be women after all. Elle Carroll
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