The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Kesha is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, June 6, at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Kesha is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, June 6, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Olivia Bee
Phoenix's concert scene this week is packed with star power.

To wit: Blockbuster acts and artists like Kesha, Maroon 5, Macklemore, Ray Lamontagne, Minus the Bear, and Joe Purdy all have gigs here in the Valley over the next few nights.

Add in some performances by such legendary names as T.S.O.L., Eli Escobar, Sick Of It All, and A Place to Bury Strangers, and you’ve got a concert calendar loaded up with famous names.

So, without further ado, here are details about each of these shows, as well as the other gigs on our list of the best concerts in the Valley this week. And for even more live music events happening around town, check out Phoenix New Timesonline concert calendar.

click to enlarge Renowned singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne. - REID LONG
Renowned singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne.
Reid Long
Ray Lamontagne
Tuesday, June 5
Comerica Theatre

Last month, Ray LaMontagne released his seventh studio album, Part of the Light. Comprising just nine tracks and clocking in at 46 minutes, there’s not an ounce of fat on it. The singer-songwriter's voice alternates between soaring as high as ever on “As Black As Blood Is Blue,” and cozying up in your eardrum on “Let’s Make It Last," boasting quite a bit of range despite the record's brevity.

As the title of the album indicates, LaMontagne's new album is part of his quest to bring some positivity to the world during these bleak times. “It just feels like the world is so ugly,” he says. “Not all of it of course, but you don’t have to look too far.”

He may be weary of the world but he doesn’t think things will be bleak forever. “The pendulum always swings to one extreme before it goes the other way," he says. "It feels like maybe we’re just hitting that extreme and it’s going to go the other way with this next generation of kids."

This week, LaMontagne will spread some of that positivity at Comerica Theatre when he visits the venue on Tuesday night on his current tour along with renowned singer-songwriter Neko Case, who also just released a new album, Hell-On. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $69.50 to $79.50. Matthew Keever

click to enlarge The members of Speedy Ortiz. - SHERVIN LAINEZ
The members of Speedy Ortiz.
Shervin Lainez
Speedy Ortiz
Tuesday, June 5
The Rebel Lounge

This comically dystopian time we live in makes a lot more sense viewed through the lens of Speedy Ortiz. The Massachusetts indie-rock band led by Sadie Dupuis return this year with Twerp Verse, a scorching riff-driven record just as snarky and smirk-ridden as its title.

“Life is carnage,” Dupuis sings on “Lucky 88,” just before celebrating the dumb luck of being born into this bonkers chapter of history. There’s a dark but whimsical irony about having all the connectivity in the world, only to realize that people are dumber than you ever imagined. It’s a story only Speedy could tell, as Dupuis surrounds herself with moronic bros on “Alone with Girls,” and pushy creeps on “Villain.” But the demons of a maniacal reality are exorcised through relentless riffage.

Dupuis is an unquestionable guitar hero, and Twerp Verse is only more evidence to this truth. With her ferocious knack for songwriting, the torch lit by Liz Phair and Juliana Hatfield, is burning bright in good hands. Speedy Ortiz will be joined by the excellent Anna Burch, and L.A. singer-songwriter Samira Winter, so this tour is not one to miss. Gerrit Feenstra

click to enlarge Folk artist Joe Purdy. - COURTESY OF BIG HASSLE PUBLICITY
Folk artist Joe Purdy.
Courtesy of Big Hassle Publicity
Sick Of It All
Tuesday, June 5
Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale

For a time in the mid-'90s, Sick Of It All was a more than worthy emissary for hardcore culture on MTV. We remember seeing their videos on Beavis & Butt-Head — "Premature Evacuation," from 1994 major-label debut Scratch the Surface, to be exact. We even saw an MTV News profile on the band around 1996, which more than likely came with a snide intro from talking head Kurt Loder.

The long-running band, formed by the acrobatic Peter Koller and brother Lou in 1986, was a part of hardcore's new guard of the late '80s, coming up with fellow scene-stealers like the Gorilla Biscuits, Madball, and Judge. Anyone who has a passing interest in hardcore should be at this gig to see a chapter of its history in a live setting on Tuesday at Pub Rock Live. They'll be joined by Murphy's Law and local comedy-punk act BroLoaf. Craig Hlavaty

click to enlarge Members of A Place to Bury Strangers. - COURTESY OF PITCH PERFECT PR
Members of A Place to Bury Strangers.
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Joe Purdy
Tuesday, June 5
Musical Instrument Museum

Singer-songwriter Joe Purdy is perhaps best listened to while sipping rail whiskey. But if you’re reduced to your iPhone in a Starbucks, you’ll still dig him.

The Arkansas native incorporates harmonicas and fiddles into his music, along with his strumming on an acoustic guitar. His folk-heavy sound mixed with his old-time lyricism sets him apart from others in the genre. His songs of young love and travelin' on channel the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

Purdy’s rustic feel has remained with him in his 17-year career, and is present throughout all 15 albums in his lengthy discography, including his 2016's critically acclaimed release, Who Will Be Next? Last year, Purdy also earned praise for acting and performing in the indie flick American Folk. Diamond Victoria

click to enlarge Kesha. - OLIVIA BEE
Olivia Bee
Kesha & Macklemore
Wednesday, June 6
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Superstar artists Kesha and Macklemore are hitting the road this summer. Their first stop? Phoenix's Ak-Chin Pavilion. The singer-songwriter and rapper will co-headline a 30-stop tour — called The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore — that will begin with a concert at the open-air venue on June 6.

They've collaborated before. Kesha's featured on the track "Good Old Days" from Macklemore's latest record, Gemini. They performed the song on Ellen earlier this fall.

Their show at Ak-Chin Pavilion kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30-$137. Rapper Wes Period will open. Becky Bartkowski
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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