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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Carrie Underwood is scheduled to perform on Thursday, May 9, at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Carrie Underwood is scheduled to perform on Thursday, May 9, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Randee St. Nicholas

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click to enlarge Mysterious synth-pop act Chromatics will play their first tour in over five years, including their first date ever in Phoenix. - COURTESY OF CHROMATICS
Mysterious synth-pop act Chromatics will play their first tour in over five years, including their first date ever in Phoenix.
Courtesy of Chromatics


Tuesday, May 7
Crescent Ballroom

The new single from Chromatics is called “Time Rider,” which nods both musically and thematically to the group’s breakout single “Tick of the Clock.” Eight years have passed since that track and the Desire track “Under Your Spell” were featured in Nicolas Winding Refn’s hit film Drive. Now, the two bands are hitting the road for what is Chromatics’ first tour in five years and the two bands’ first joint tour since Drive was released. In some ways, many things have changed since then. In others, the clock ticks on, same as it ever was.

The past is a grotesque animal (as Of Montreal said so poignantly), and its constant recycling makes it equal parts beautiful and scattered. This metamorphosis is a fundamental ingredient in the Italians Do It Better recipe. The Double Exposure tour takes a nod in its name from the Chromatics track “Camera.” First released on 2013 label compilation After Dark 2, “Camera” was revisited last year with fresh production and a new vocal from lead singer Ruth Radalet (the original vocals were done by Adam Miller). Desire got a similar retreatment for After Dark 2 track “Tears From Heaven,” whose 2018 rendition cut the house tempo to half time and let Megan Louise’s vocals take front and center. Both tracks, wonderful in both forms, showcase a quintessential truth for the label’s ethos: Timeless music doesn’t need to be timely. Their show at Crescent Ballroom on Tuesday starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $30.50. Gerrit Feenstra

click to enlarge Mark Oliver Everett of Eels. - GUS BLACK
Mark Oliver Everett of Eels.
Gus Black


Wednesday, May 8
The Van Buren

The triumphant return of Eels (no "The," just "Eels") kicked off last month when their tour launched in Denver, a year after the release of their 12th studio album. The last time Eels were in town was in 2014 at Crescent Ballroom. The Deconstruction, their latest effort, came after a four-year hiatus by Mark Oliver Everett, the man behind the band. In that time, Everett got married, had a son, and got divorced, providing fuel for the creation of the album. Despite the delay, the album encapsulates classic Eels. It’s a compilation of upbeat grunge tracks and slow, haunting tunes. Their Van Buren show on Wednesday night starts at 8 p.m. Texas Piano Man will open. Tickets are $38-$55. Jacob Vaughn

click to enlarge Meric Long (left) and Logan Kroeber (right) of The Dodos. - ANDY DE SANTIS
Meric Long (left) and Logan Kroeber (right) of The Dodos.
Andy De Santis

The Dodos

Wednesday, May 8
Crescent Ballroom

San Francisco's Dodos aren't alone in crafting folkish songs that employ some unusual percussion, but unlike some of their indie rock peers, haven't forsaken sound songwriting for the visceral thrill of making a lot of noise onstage. Now up to their seventh album, last year's Certainty Waves (Polyvinyl), Meric Long and Logan Kroeber's songs often come shrouded in the wistfulness of those famous fogs rolling in from the Bay. Emby Alexander will open. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30. Chris Gray

Acid Mothers Temple

Wednesday, May 8
Yucca Tap Room in Tempe

Acid Mothers Temple continue waving their freak flag pretty high on their most recent crop of albums, the curiously named Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part Two from earlier this year or 2018’s Either the Fragmented Body or the Reconstituted Soul, Trails to the Cosmic Vibrations, and Reverse of Rebirth in Universe. The Japanese psychedelic rockers have always been led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto through a seemingly endless series of side projects and permutations, from their mid-1990s beginning, when they were influenced by the spacey, minimalist collages of Krautrock, to their more recent opuses, which sound like a dozen Jimi Hendrix albums crushed by a trash compactor. Makoto's unfurling melodies and streaking contrails of guitar are amped up further by his bandmates' surges of synthesizer and trippy noises of unknown origin, culminating in a crescendo of head-spinning, psychedelic madness. Their Yucca Tap Room show starts at 8 p.m. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan will open. Admission is $12-$15. Falling James

click to enlarge Carrie Underwood performs during a stop on her "Cry Pretty" tour. - JEFF JOHNSON
Carrie Underwood performs during a stop on her "Cry Pretty" tour.
Jeff Johnson

Carrie Underwood

Thursday, May 9

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Ugly criers, get it together! Country megastar Carrie Underwood is bringing her Cry Pretty Tour 360, which is hitting 55 cities across North America in support of her latest album, to the Valley on May 9. As the name of the tour portends, the show will be performed in the round. “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting," Underwood says. Maddie & Tae and Runaway June will open. If you need any more motivation to attend the show, other than Underwood’s upbeat country-pop, a dollar from each ticket sold will go to Danita's Children, which takes care of abandoned children in Haiti and offers education and nutrition programs to families. The concert gets going at 7 p.m. Tickets are $61.25-$271. Kyle Harris
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