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Incoming: Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, The Walkmen

As usual, we're stoked for lots of upcoming concerts, but this week we're excited about a little extra hard-rockin' estrogen on the list.

Nobody puts on a great performance quite like a strong female frontwoman. If you're a heartbreaker who loves rock 'n' roll, then you won't want to miss out on upcoming local shows by Pat Benatar and Joan Jett.

We're not sure about picking sides -- Benatar did give us one of the greatest videos of the '80s, but Joany recently teamed up with Against Me! for a killer cover of The Replacements' "Androgynous." Then again, no one ever made a Runaways-style flick about Benatar's life, so we'll call it a draw.

We're looking forward to having Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, The Walkmen, and other artists impress us over the next few months.

The rest of this week's shows after the jump...

Agalloch: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m., $12/$15. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

The All-Stars Tour: With The Word Alive, I See Stars, Dance Gavin Dance, A Skylit Drive, Winds of Plague, Attila, Betraying The Martyrs, For the Fallen Dreams, Stray From the Path, Make Me Famous, & Obey The Brave, Friday, Aug. 3, 1 p.m., $22. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.

Asia: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m., $45-$100. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, 877-724-4687.

Pat Benatar, & Neil Giraldo: Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., $63.75-$95. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, 877-724-4687.

Cory Branan: With Audra Mae, & Tyler Matock, Wednesday, July 11, 8 p.m., $10/$12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Eric Church: Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Price TBA. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200.

Eyes Set to Kill: With Awaken the Empire, & more, Thursday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m., $12. Underground, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.

The Good Lovelies: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., $30. Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500.

Grimes: With Elite Gymnastics & Myths, Monday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m., $13/$15. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.

Jefferson Starship: With DJ MC2, & The Grateful Deadmau5 Experiment, Saturday, July 28, 8 p.m., $38.50. Martini Ranch, 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-970-0500.

Joan Jett: Friday, July 6, 7:30 p.m., $45-$90. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, 877-724-4687.

Katatonia: With Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, & Stolen Babies, Sunday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m., $15. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707.

Tony Lucca: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m., $15. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.

Melvins Lite: Monday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m., $15/$17. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.

The Pat Metheny Unity Band: Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., $30-$50. Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500.

A.B. Quintanilla III and the Kumbia Kings: Saturday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., $50. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, 877-724-4687.

LeAnn Rimes: Sunday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., $45-$65. Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500.

Paul Thorn: Sunday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., $31/$36. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.

The Walkmen: Sunday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m., $20. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.

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