The 12 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Lætitia Sadier and the other members of her Source Ensemble.
Lætitia Sadier and the other members of her Source Ensemble. Olia Eichenbaum

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The late Sharon Jones at a 2015 concert. - TIMOTHY NORRIS
The late Sharon Jones at a 2015 concert.
Timothy Norris
Cover the Crescent: A Tribute to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Saturday, August 19
Crescent Ballroom
The music of the late Sharon Jones, who sadly passed away in 2016, and Daptone Records will be celebrated this weekend during the latest edition of the ongoing Cover the Crescent series. Local acts and artists like Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, NDGO Sista, and The Geibral Elisha Movement will each perform sets featuring songs from throughout Jones’ epic career, as well as selections by such Daptone Records artists as The Budos Band, Antibalas, Sugarman 3, Menahan Street Band, and others. DJ Pickster One of The Blunt Club will also spin a special Daptone session. The event will also benefit the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research and local charity The Joy Bus. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge The musicians of Pickwick. - ELLIE LILLSTROM
The musicians of Pickwick.
Ellie Lillstrom
Sunday, August 20
Valley Bar

Following the success of their 2013 debut LP Can’t Talk Medicine, Seattle’s Pickwick ran full-speed ahead through festival gigs and opening slots with Neko Case, Black Joe Lewis, and more. Fueled by that momentum, they jumped back into the studio, writing a staggering 40 new songs toward a new album. Then, they hit a wall. Originally a folk outfit, the band shifted focus to dreamy soul and R&B. By album two, some bands might double down on their sound, but Pickwick couldn’t agree on where they were headed with the new material. Things got so tense that percussionist and producer Kory Kruckenberg left altogether. However, Kruckenberg’s departure was the reset button the band needed. They scrapped songs and found a new producer in Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces, Tacocat). They stopped overthinking and learned to enjoy the process. Their sophomore album, Lovejoys, was released last month. Phoenix will mark the fifth stop on a headlining tour, and Cataldo will open the show at Valley Bar on August 20. Ashley Harris

click to enlarge Tendai Maraire and Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces. - VICTORIA KOVIOS
Tendai Maraire and Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces.
Victoria Kovios
Shabazz Palaces
Sunday, August 20
Crescent Ballroom

In the first half of the '90s, Ishmael Butler went by the moniker "Butterfly" as part of the rap trio Digable Planets. After the outfit's 1995 split, the group performed one-off shows here and there, but since 2009, Butler has released music with Tendai Maraire under the name Shabazz Palaces. Instead of completely ditching the jazz proclivities of the Planets, Butler and Maraire have combined that style with a broad sonic palette that includes samples, traditional African rhythms, dub, and electronic melodies and textures. It doesn't hurt that Maraire is the son of Dumisani Maraire, best known for bringing the music of Zimbabwe to North America. In fusing exotic sounds and inventive collage composition, Shabazz Palaces has created an electro-organic dance music steeped in an alchemy of the traditional and the postmodern. Tom Murphy

click to enlarge Slayer's bringing the relentless metal. - ANDREW STUART
Slayer's bringing the relentless metal.
Andrew Stuart
Slayer & Lamb of God
Sunday, August 20
Comerica Theatre

Now 30-some years removed from their 1986 thrash-metal classic Reign in Blood, Slayer are settling well into their status as extreme-metal elder statesmen. Regrouping with new band members in the wake of the 2013 death of guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman, bassist-vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King unleashed 2015’s Repentless and showed that there is still plenty of anger and aggression left in Slayer’s tank. Lamb of God are one of the bigger names still standing from the early 2000s’ new wave of American heavy metal. Albums such as 2015’s VII: Sturm und Drang showcase the Virginia act’s blend of punishing metal fury and power-groove riffs cribbed from Pantera’s playbook, which has made them an heir to that long-defunct band’s throne as champions of meat-and-potatoes, riff-driven metal. Opening the evening will be extreme metal act Behemoth. Jason Roche

click to enlarge The bass fiends of Knife Party. - RUKES
The bass fiends of Knife Party.
Knife Party
Sunday, August 20
Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale

Triple-degree temperatures won’t be the only thing melting faces at Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale this weekend. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, better known as electronic dance music duo Knife Party, will be blasting their bombastic concoctions of electro, trap, and (of course) dubstep during the latest Soundwave pool party on Sunday, August 20, at Maya. You can expect the same sort of bass-heavy and insidious-sounding dance music that helped propel Knife Party into the EDM stratosphere in 2012 with such tracks as “Internet Friends,” “Bonfire,” and “Centipede.” You’re likely to hear all three during their performance, as well as more recent efforst as “PLUR Police,” the 2015 song from the Trigger Warning EP that pokes fun at EDM culture, and last year’s “Battle Sirens,” their collaboration with guitarist Tom Morello. Benjamin Leatherman

Tribute to Glen Campbell
Sunday, August 20
Rhythm Room
The singer behind “Rhinestone Cowboy” and other notable hits sadly rode into the sunset earlier this month, leaving behind an enormous musical legacy and expansive catalog of songs that helped define country music for decades. You’ll hear a variety of these tunes, including those of the big hit and deep cut variety, during an evening-long tribute to Glen Campbell and his music on Sunday at the Rhythm Room. Local country, Americana, folk, and rockabilly artists are scheduled to perform, including the the Mike Eldred Trio, Brea Burns, Pat Roberts, Laura Walsh, Matthew Reveles, Jim Bachmann, Mario Moreno, Elgin, Andy Gonzales, and Hank Topless. Doors open at 5 p.m. and admission is free. Benjamin Leatherman
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.