At the top of this list has to be French dance/electro/pop trio Yelle. Once they wrap things up at Coachella, Yelle will embark on a small North American tour, kicking things off at The Rhythm Room. Now, I've seen Yelle live and no words can really describe how energetic and flat-out fun the band was -- especially lead singer Julie Budet. If you missed out on Coachella tickets and only go to one show come this mid-April, make it Yelle.
10 Years: Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m., $15. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.
Anybody Killa: With Axe Murder Boyz, & more, Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., $15. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.
Deep Dark Robot: Monday, March 14, 8 p.m., $15. Martini Ranch, 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-970-0500.
G Love and Special Sauce: With Belle Brigade, Thursday, April 7, 8 p.m., $20. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Genitorturers: With Hanzel Und Gretyl, Ikonoklast, E-Bomb, Embers Rise, & more, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m., $19. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.
Jethro Tull: Friday, June 10, 8 p.m., $37-$143. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
The Joy Formidable: Tuesday, April 19, 8 p.m., $12-$14. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
The Masters of Funk: With Lakeside, The Bar-Kays, Confunkshun, Alexander O'Neal, & Cherrelle, Friday, March 11, 8:30 p.m., $38-$48. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.
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Protest the Hero: With Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Tesseract, & more, Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m., $13. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.
The Scene Aesthetic: With He Is We, Carter Hulsey, Plug In Stereo, & more, Tuesday, March 15, 5 p.m., $10. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.
Unwritten Law: With Coldfusion, 9Giants, Raina Fire, & Halocene, Saturday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., $15-$17. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Julieta Venegas: Friday, March 4, 8 p.m., $35-$85. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.
Yelle: Sunday, April 17, 8 p.m., $22-$26. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.