The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Canadian-born country singer-songwriter Corb Lund.
Canadian-born country singer-songwriter Corb Lund. Denise DeBelius
Want to see a show this week? There certainly are plenty of 'em happening over the next few days at Metro Phoenix music venues, as you can see for yourself by viewing our extensive online concert listings.

We're fairly certain that there's something for everyone, regardless of your particular tastes.

Fans of Americana music, for instance, will want to attend Corb Lund's show at the Musicial Instrument Museum, while anyone into indie or experimental sounds might want to check out gigs by The Regrettes, Cold Cave, or Xambuca.

Other highlights of this week's concert offerings include peformances by R&B/roots musician Fantastic Negrito, aggrotech act Combichrist, reggaeton artist Farruko, and jazz legend Kenny Garrett.

It's also your last chance to attend the Vans Warped Tour, as the high-profile summertime tour will make its final visit to the Valley this week.

Details about each of these shows can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Jazz artist Kenny Garrett. - JIMMY KATZ
Jazz artist Kenny Garrett.
Jimmy Katz
Kenny Garrett
Monday, May 25
Musical Instrument Museum

By the time Kenny Garrett was 18, his alto-sax chops were already good enough to earn him a spot in the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which was then led by Ellington's son, Mercer. Nearly a decade later, Garrett recorded with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey and Donald Byrd, and performed with other jazz luminaries, including Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Pat Metheny.

He's also worked with Pharoah Sanders, who appeared on his 14th album, 2006's Beyond the Wall, as a leader. The two saxophonists joined forces again on Garrett's 2008 live Miles Davis album, Sketches of MD. His most recent effort, 2016's Do Your Dance!, includes all original songs that subtly riff on a variety of dance beats, including swing, Latin, and funk. This week, he stops by the MIM for a solo show on Monday night, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $38.50-$48.50. Jon Solomon

Monday, June 25
The Lunchbox

In every round of the decades-old board game Scrabble, you get seven lettered tiles to create a word. Chandra Shukla rearranged tiles from that game and came up with Xambuca, and decided to utilize it for his musical project. That was back in 1995, so obviously it stuck. In those early days, his experimental, electronic music project was collaborative, keeping an open door to a revolving cast of co-conspirators.

These days, Xambuca is more of a two-person project, featuring Shukla of course, and Geo Lynx, who provides the video visuals that make the live show even more of a trippy affair. The soundscapes that Shukla creates are diverse and unpredictable; his many years of experience have rendered him able to make sonic twists and turns flow seamlessly from one part to the next. A drone-y buzz might pull you into a comfortable lull, where you’ll rest as long as he lets you. You could be pulled gracefully from that trance by a soft, climbing beat, or rattled from that mellow mood by a harsher, noisy wall of fuzz. Throughout the aural adventure, mutable videos filled with text and imagery increase the headiness of the experience. Amy Young

click to enlarge Garage punk trio The Regrettes. - COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. RECORDS
Garage punk trio The Regrettes.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
The Regrettes
Monday, June 25
The Rebel Lounge

If you take one message away from listening to Los Angeles rockers The Regrettes, it should be this: Don’t fuck with The Regrettes — they clearly do not have time for your bullshit. The band’s garage punk is hardly straightforward. A lot of its fuel comes from the spirits of ’50s and ’60s doo-wop and the riot grrrl sounds of the 1990s. Through their sonic mix, what they’ve been delivering in the last few years as a band are songs that encourage finding and utilizing your personal power.

It’s as clear in older songs like “Seashore” from 2016 as it is in recent offerings like “A Living Human Girl.” The former kicks off with this: “You’re talking to me like a child / Hey, I’ve got some news, I’m not a little girl / I won’t give you a little twirl.” The latter, from Feel Your Feelings Fool! is another take-me-or-leave-me anthem, which launches with more realisms: “I’ve got pimples on my face and grease in my hair / Prickly legs, go ahead and stare / An ass full of stretch marks and little boobs / And a nice full belly that’s filled with food.” Catch ’em live as they rock their you-do-you message, driven by a fed-up angst. Amy Young

Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs in 2013. - MELISSA FOSSUM
Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs in 2013.
Melissa Fossum
U.S. Bombs
Tuesday, June 26
The Rebel Lounge

Just like punk itself, U.S. Bombs will apparently never die. The infamous street punk band, which has been around in various forms for 25 years and counting, has survived numerous lineup changes, breakups, hiatuses, and spats between members, and is still alive and kicking.

Formed in Southern California back in 1993 by vocalist/pro skater Duane Peters and guitarist Kerry Martinez, U.S. Bombs unleashed a cannonade of roaring guitar riffs and sneering lyrics in the vein of ‘77-style punk, as heard on its debut album, Put Strength in the Final Blow.

Over the next quarter century, the band added and subtracted more than a dozen different musicians, including such notable names as guitarist Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham, onetime Circle Jerks bassist Zander Schloss, and drummer and longtime Valley resident Chip Hanna. The band’s current version features Peters (the only original member left), as well as Brandon Meunier, Philip Barber, and Dave Barbee. They're scheduled to perform at The Rebel Lounge on Tuesday night. Krovak, Corky's Leather Jacket, and Sewer Gap will open. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Cold Cave, the project of Wesley Eisold, left, shown with Amy Lee, concentrates on single tracks. - JAMES PARKER
Cold Cave, the project of Wesley Eisold, left, shown with Amy Lee, concentrates on single tracks.
James Parker
Cold Cave
Wednesday, June 27
Crescent Ballroom

With a deep, baritone voice that rumbles the lower registers of the bass spectrum, Wesley Eisold can be a messenger of doom. Complemented by aggressively sinewy beats and sound collages provided by musical partner Amy Lee, however, his words lessen in ominous tones and instead bathe in moments of euphoria and exaltation.

As Cold Cave, the duo refuse to be boxed in by convention or association. Sure, they mirror characteristics of bands like Joy Division and Nine Inch Nails, and yes, their minimalism reflects the mood established by folks like Suicide and Savages. Listen closely, though, and you'll start to see some cheer sprinkled in among the dark overtones. Tracks like "Glory" and "Oceans With No End" bring about a sense of almost glee, forcing listeners to pull their hands from their pockets and perhaps dance a little. The band will make sure that attendees of Wednesday night's show at Crescent Ballroom go through all the ranges of emotion. Jeff Strowe
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