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Incoming: Jónsi, Best Coast, Surfer Blood, k-os, Caribou, The Tubes

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Here's a fun fact about seminal 80's band The Tubes -- their origins are in Phoenix. Tubes' founders Bill "Sputnick" Spooner and late keyboardist Vince Welnick were born and raised in Phoenix, playing in early high school bands before packing up shop, moving to San Francisco in the late 60's and eventually forming The Tubes. Most -- myself included -- only know The Tubes by their 1983 top 10 hit "She's a Beauty," yet they also had some success with "Talk To Ya Later" and "White Punks on Dope."


So what do the music videos for "She's a Beauty" and Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite," Michael Jackson's This Is It, Newsies, Xanadu and all three High School Musicals have in common? They were all directed by living genius Kenny Ortega (although you wouldn't be able to tell from Squier's rather awful video -- hell, it's not Ortega's fault Squier dances like Ed Grimley and looks butch in a pink tanktop).

I digress -- especially if Kenny Ortega is involved. Seizing the day with The Tubes are Jónsi, Caribou, k-os, Surfer Blood and Best Coast.

The rest of this week's non Kenny Ortega-related just announced shows:

Authority Zero: With Guttermouth, Friday, Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m., $20-$22.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.

Best Coast: With Sonny and the Sunsets, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.,
$13-$15. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Caribou: Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m., $14-$15. Clubhouse Music Venue,
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.

Flotsam and Jetsam: With The Human Condition, Friday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.,
$15. 910 Live, 910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe, 480-966-0707.

Gorillaz: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$90. Dodge Theatre, 400 W.
Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.

Griffin House: Sunday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E.
Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Jonsi: With Mountain Man, Saturday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., $30. Marquee
Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.

k-os: With Shad, & Astronautalis, Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 p.m., $13-$15.
Chasers Bar & Night Club, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale,
480-945-4985.

Laidback Luke: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m., $10. Cream Stereo Lounge,
4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 602-222-9922.

MarchFourth Marching Band: Friday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m., $12. The Sail Inn, 26
S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565.

Modern English: Friday, Sept. 17, 9 p.m., $30-$32. Compound Grill, 7000
E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-585-5483.

The Rev. Peytons Big Damn Band: With The Haymarket Squares., Saturday,
Oct. 9, 8 p.m., $10-$12. The Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe,
480-966-9565.

Surfer Blood: With The Drums, & The Young Friends, Monday, Sept. 27, 8
p.m., $14-$15. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe,
480-968-3238.

The Tubes feat. Fee Waybill: With The Static Session, Friday, Aug. 27, 9
p.m., $30-$32. Compound Grill, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix,
480-585-5483.

Wiz Khalifa: With Yelawolf, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $18. Venue of
Scottsdale, 7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale, 480-945-5150.

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