Concerts

Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

If there's ever been a weekend you don't have to scramble for musical options, this is it. You've got a quadruple threat: Country Thunder in Florence, McDowell Mountain Music Fest in Phoenix, Way Out West Fest in Tucson, and that big party in Indio called Coachella. But are you not feeling the festival vibe? We've hand-picked five non-festival shows you can hit up instead.

Friday, April 13: Suzanne Vega at the Musical Instrument Museum

Remember the '90s, when all you had to do to sell records was pen an a capella pop song about sitting in Upper West Side diner, waiting for a cup of coffee?

Who knew New York singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, she of the smash hits "Tom's Diner" and "Luka" (that child abuse pop ditty later covered by Evan Dando), would become an unlikely trip-hop superstar, inspiring Tupac and Weird 'Al' Yankovic to imitate her brilliant blend of folk eclecticism and dance industrialism? --Chandler Levack

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.