Such is the case this week, which offers performances by Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears, Third Eye Blind, Chris Isaak, and Earth, Wind & Fire at venues around town.
It’s not all throwback acts, however, as concert offering over the next several nights includes an abundance of more modern-day artists and acts. The ultra-noisy Thou is coming to Rebel Lounge, for instance, while Trunk Space faves Iji will return to their old stomping grounds and art rock band Palm will be at Valley Bar.
Even more great shows worth seeing can be found on the following list of the best concerts in Phoenix this week, including gigs by hip-hop star Logic, Cajun-inspired roots band Feufollet, and Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke.
Read on for full details or check out our online concert listings for more possibilities.
Hall & Oates/Tears for Fears
Monday, July 17
Gila River Arena in Glendale
When you think of the '80s, you think Hall & Oates; you think Tears for Fears. With their bejeweled synths, powdery drum machines and period haircuts, these two duos helped define our favorite, neon-hued decade. Tears For Fears' sulky, angsty new wave style and Hall & Oates’ warm, soul-soaked ballads are a reminder that rock is at its best when wrapped in the hooky veneer of pop music. In what must be an '80s music fan’s wet dream, the two megastar outfits recently joined forces to tag team a North American tour — and our fair city was fortunate enough to make the cut. Considering that hours-long playlists can be constructed from just the hit singles these two acts released, this throwback concert is unlikely to disappoint. Jonathan Patrick
Monday, July 17
Upon their emergence from the very loudest corners of the music scene in Austin, Texas, more than a decade ago, the Sword were decried by quite a few around the country as a gimmick band, merely aping the monolithic riffage of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy. The conventional wisdom was that the nostalgia couldn’t last. Five albums later, the Sword has put that sort of thinking to rest. Now a stalwart of American heavy metal, the group has helped inspire a new wave of interest in throwback guitar thunder. And whenever they play Phoenix, their fans turn out in earnest. Nathan Smith
Tuesday, July 18
Hip-hop artist Logic brings elements of geekery to the table — like solving a Rubik’s Cube while freestyle rapping. Or getting astrophysicist and science’s unofficial spokesman Neil deGrasse Tyson to provide the voice of God on his 2017 release, Everybody. But it’s not all Harry Potter and video games for the rapper. His nerdy pursuits don’t stop him from going hard with his music. Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II in Maryland in 1990, Logic had a tough upbringing, filled with poverty and family members who faced addiction. He’s rapped about it all — openly. He’s also biracial and, since his debut, he has faced criticism from those who think he doesn’t address that fact or current issues facing black Americans. Whether it was that chatty backlash or simply his time to dig more into perceptions regarding race, Everybody has tracks where it comes up. On the title track, he raps: “Not accepted by the black or the white / I don’t give a fuck, praise God, I could see the light / Everybody talkin’ ’bout race this, race that / I wish I could erase that, face facts.” Another newbie, “Hallelujah,” expresses that same sentiment. Expect to hear more fresh material when Logic performs in Mesa. Joey Bada$$ and Big Lenbo open. Amy Young
Summer Gods Tour feat. Third Eye Blind
Tuesday, July 18
Few things define the late '90s like Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life." When those first few chords ring out, a montage of lily-white actors in flannel shirts and Chuck Taylors plays in your mind like a low-resolution dream. That was 20 years ago, and the band is commemorating its debut album by playing it in its entirety during the Summer Gods Tour. If you're a fan of their newer work, they're sure to end the night with those tunes. The similarly upbeat indie rockers Silversun Pickups will also perform, making this show is a nice way to enjoy the mellow, nostalgia-tinged summer vibes. Taylor Estape
Earth, Wind & Fire
Tuesday, July 18
Talking Stick Resort Arena
There's very little in the music world that Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White hasn't accomplished in his 48 years as a recording artist. Since getting into the biz in 1969, he's sold hundreds of millions of records. He's played in front of mammoth festival crowds. He's widely considered one of the best bass guitarists of all time. He's genre-hopped with Earth, Wind & Fire from jazz-rock fusion to deep funk to disco to electro pop without a peep of "sellout" being heckled from the popcorn seats. He won the music game with a smile on his face and continues to record and perform for huge audiences worldwide. The same can be said for Earth, Wind & Fire, the legendary band started by his brother, the late Maurice White, that’s known for its R&B-based love songs and upbeat pop-funk. During its heyday of 1970 to 1984, EWF racked up 20 Grammy nominations, sold millions of records, and influenced countless musicians and artists with its dynamic sounds, lively horn section, and iconic songs. This month, the latest version of Earth, Wind & Fire – which includes Verdine White, singer Philip Bailey, and percussionist Ralph Johnson as the only original members still performing with the band – pay a visit to the Valley. Tom Bowker
Read on for ever more shows happening this week, including Chris Isaak, Blackberry Smoke, and Feufollet.