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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Bob Moses is scheduled to perform on Thursday, October 25, at The Van Buren.
Bob Moses is scheduled to perform on Thursday, October 25, at The Van Buren. Paradigm Talent Agency
In the mood for some live music this week? If so, you've definitely got a variety of choices at your disposal. You could check out gigs by soul/gospel/folk act Nate Rateliff and the Night Sweats, spend an evening with electronica duos Bob Moses and Thievery Corporation, or soak up the blues and soul sounds of Boz Scaggs

This week’s concert offerings also include the chance to see rappers from both the old school (Aceyalone) and new school (Denzel Curry) or rock out with former Misfits member Michale Graves.

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

click to enlarge Blues and soul singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs. - CHRIS PHELPS
Blues and soul singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs.
Chris Phelps
Boz Scaggs
Monday, October 22
Celebrity Theatre

Throughout his lengthy recording career — now clocking in at five decades — Boz Scaggs has been a tireless sonic alchemist whose output is the epitome of musical amalgamation. While best known for the blue-eyed soul and dance grooves of the monstrously successful 1976 Silk Degrees record, a casual listen to his discography also shows dips in the waters of blues, R&B, jazz, crooning, Latin, and rock styles.

On his last effort, this year's Out of the Blues, Scaggs completed a trilogy of albums that started with 2013’s Memphis and 2015’s A Fool to Care. A collaboration with friend and fellow musician Jack "Applejack" Walroth, Out of the Blues features a collection of blues-oriented tracks that cover such artists as Neil Young, Magic Sam, and Jimmy Reed. After its release this summer, the album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s blues rankings, proving that Scaggs ain’t done making chart-topping hits just yet. Bob Ruggiero

click to enlarge Thievery Corporation are punks without guitars. - JOHN SHORE
Thievery Corporation are punks without guitars.
John Shore
Thievery Corporation
Monday, October 22
Marquee Theatre

“Thievery Corporation is a punk-rock band.” So says Eric Hill, one half of the decidedly not-punk-rock-band Thievery Corporation. Along with his longtime partner, Rob Garza, he has crafted 10 full-length records of lush electronica that melds worldbeat with acid jazz and trip-hop.

Still, this punk-rock declaration isn’t as wild as it first appears. Hill explains that it’s the rebellious spirit of Washington, D.C., his hometown and the birthplace of the band, that inspired both punk and Thievery Corporation. Like the experimental-rock bands of yesteryear, he and Garza have fused unlikely musical partners to produce ethereal and stylish jams that are at home both in a coffee shop and a giant tent at a sprawling EDM festival.

Yet a live Thievery Corporation show is a massive production with dozens of moving parts. “Our show is quite surprising to people who know Thievery and have never seen us, because it’s not a DJ show — it’s a live band, and it’s quite a lot of players. We have bass, guitars, drums, horns, percussion, Rob, myself, and then like five or six singers.” It’s a humble description at best. Angel Melendez

click to enlarge Denzel Curry's rapping is superhuman. - STIAN ROENNING
Denzel Curry's rapping is superhuman.
Stian Roenning
Denzel Curry
Wednesday, October 24
Club Red in Mesa

Just before the volcano that is Miami’s SoundCloud rap scene blew up across the nation thanks to guys like Lil Pump and XXXtentacion, Denzel Curry stoked the flames. The rapper, a native of the tough Carol City neighborhood, gained fame in 2015 thanks to his explosive song “Ultimate” and the Vine meme that spawned from it a year later. The track, featuring combative bars about Dragonball Z characters and Lord Infamous (R.I.P.), was also an early showcase for producer Ronny J, whose blown-out beat perfectly matched Curry’s amped-up energy.

“Ultimate” however, might as well be a small town swallowed up the pyroclastic flow of Curry’s new album, 2018’s TA13OO. Split between three “acts” — light, gray, and dark — and incorporating production from Ronny J, Charlie Heat, Billie Eilish, and DJ Dahi among others, the record is high-concept and bold, tackling themes of police brutality, mental health, and music industry fuckery with the force of a linebacker. Curry’s rapping is vicious and the features from equally-aggressive hip-hop up-and-comers like JPEGMAFIA, Goldlink, and J.I.D are no less ferocious. Douglas Markowitz

Troye Sivan in concert. - MIKE BROOKS
Troye Sivan in concert.
Mike Brooks
Troye Sivan
Wednesday, October 24
Comerica Theatre

Many people associate Troye Sivan, a South African who grew up in Australia, with YouTube. He gained significant acclaim from putting out videos on the site, even winning a Teen Choice Award for a collaboration with fellow YouTuber Tyler Oakley. However, he started his musical career, which he’s more known for now, when he performed at the Channel Seven Perth Telethon, a charity event, in 2006. He even released an EP, Dare to Dream, when he was 12 years old. But his musical career wouldn’t really take off until years later, after he had already accumulated millions of subscribers YouTube.

In 2013, he signed to a music label housed under Universal Music Australia. Now he’s a bona fide superstar, performing at Radio City Music Hall and Washington D.C.’s Pride celebration. Through his music, and simply his existence as an out-and-proud pop star, he has become a voice for many LGBTQ+ youth who relate to his struggles and the hardships portrayed in his music videos. He’s also appearing in Boy Erased, a film about a boy who is forced to attend a gay conversion camp, which will be released November. With his focus on important social messages and easy pop ballads, his show is sure to be an entertaining one. Angelica Cabral

Michale Graves
Wednesday, October 24
Club Red in Mesa

The second incarnation of genre-defining horror-punk band the Misfits was (and probably always will be) a polarizing thing for punk-rock fans, but one thing that was never really in question was whether the band's second singer, Michale Graves, was anything but a true talent. An athletic vocalist and electrifying frontman, Graves never quite got due credit amid the in-fighting and drama that has plagued the Misfits organization since the band originally split in the '80s. While a version of Misfits endures as an embarrassing shell of that band's former glory, Graves has kept extremely busy since his tenure with the group ended in the '90s, and he's back again with a couple of new records, last year’s Backroads and The World Turned Upside Down, as well as his current tour, all of which will speak to any fan about what made the Misfits so essential. David Von Bader
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