The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Post Malone is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, June 19, at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler.
Post Malone is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, June 19, at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler. Courtesy of Republic Records
Y'all are in for a busy week, hip-hop fans.

Post Malone and 21 Savage are both headed to town on Tuesday, June 19, and will serve as vanguards for an invasion of rappers that will dominate local concert venues over the next several nights.

To wit: West Coast superstar Nipsey Hussle has a gig in the Valley this week, as does old-school artist R.A. the Rugged Man, and new-school artist Deca.

It ain't just a rapper's delight, however, as acts and artists like Ninja Sex Party, Ziggy Marley, New Found Glory, and Igor and the Red Elvises all have shows scheduled in Phoenix this week.

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

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Ninja Brian and Danny Sexbang of Ninja Sex Party.
Fernando Escovar
Ninja Sex Party
Monday, June 18
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

L.A.-by-way-of-N.Y. musical comedy duo Ninja Sex Party have been charming their way into your pants since 2009 with synth-pop and rock songs about sex, unicorns, and dinosaurs. Singer Danny Sexbang (Dan Avidan) looks like a superhero in Spandex, and keyboardist Ninja Brian (Brian Wecht) dresses like a ninja.

They’ve released four albums that include parody songs with titles like “Dinosaur Laser Fight,” “Dragon Slayer” and “No Reason Boner” — and videos with cheesy animation about all the above — as well as their current record, Under the Covers, which is made up of covers of Def Leppard, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Rush, as well as a fantastic rendition of “Africa” by Toto. Siran Babayan

Igor and the Red Elvises are the kind of collusion with Russians we can get behind.
Julie Delisle
Igor and the Red Elvises
Tuesday, June 19
Rhythm Room

The next time you find yourself scouring for questions for a ’90s-themed TV trivia night, we’ve got one question you can slip into the mix. See if anyone can tell you the name of the rock band that fuses multiple styles, and that made an appearance on one of the decade’s most popular shows, Melrose Place. They’ll get the point if they answer Igor and the Red Elvises.

That was in 1998; the band formed just a few years prior to that, when two Russians living in California — Igor Yuzov and Oleg Bernov — met at a peace march. They added more members to their musical crew, and started creating their zesty blend of surf rock that incorporates rockabilly, funk, disco, and folk.

Their songs are pretty spirited, no matter which style is more at the fore. Songs like “Twist Like Uma Thurman” from their 2008 release Drinking with Jesus, embody the spirit of ’50s party rock. “We Got the Groove” from 2000’s Shake Your Pelvis is a tune that brings the vibe of ’70s acts like Con Funk Shun to mind. More than two decades and their party train is still rolling, about to make a stop in Phoenix. Be ready to shake it; they make it way too hard to shoegaze. Amy Young

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Post Malone is bringing his "legendary shit" to Rawhide this week.
Mark Horton
Post Malone
Tuesday, June 19
Rawhide Event Center

The world was introduced to the singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer known as Post Malone by his 2015 single “White Iverson.” Listeners streamed the song about a million times in the month after he independently put it up on SoundCloud, which immediately drew the attention of major record labels. Post Malone (real name Austin Richard Post) then signed with New York’s Republic Records and released his first album, the appropriately titled Stoney.

But “White Iverson” wasn’t just Post’s debut single; it went on to become an unlikely worldwide hit. Barely two and a half years after its release, the song has been streamed more than 550 million times on YouTube alone. And that wasn’t all: He promptly released the smash-hit follow-up singles "Congratulations” and “Rockstar," the latter of which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year.

Post dropped his sophomore album Beerbongs & Bentleys back in April and followed it up with a victorious debut set at Coachella. It’s become clear that despite his scruffy appearance and so-so singing chops, the 22-year-old has become a legitimate pop superstar. On Tuesday, Post and 21 Savage's tour hits Rawhide Event Center in Chandler. SOB x RBE will open. Howard Hardee

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New Found Glory.
Courtesy of Covert Booking
New Found Glory & Bayside
Tuesday, June 19
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

The guys of New Found Glory are in the midst of a monthlong tour promoting their latest release, Makes Me Sick. That particular tour was announced just months after the close of the band’s worldwide headlining tour 20 Years of Pop Punk, which came through Phoenix last fall.

New Found Glory has been around since 1997, when frontman Jordan Pundik and bassist Ian Grushka met in high school in Florida. Guitarist Chad Gilbert and drummer Cyrus Bolooki came on board not long after, and the group now has nine studio albums, and 21 years of touring under their belt. They’re known for catchy, nostalgic songs and energetic shows that never disappoint.

Emo-rock legends Bayside will join NFG on the Sick tour. Formed in 2000 in New York, Bayside has enjoyed a similarly extensive and productive career, with seven studio albums, including their most recent release, Vacancy.

The two groups share more than parallel career paths — they’re all good friends. In fact, Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri has been featured as guest vocalist on a few NFG tracks and even stepped in to replace Chad Gilbert during a tour in 2010. Chelsey Norris
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