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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Fun times at Sean Watson's Costume Ball at the Crescent Ballroom. This year's edition is on Wednesday, October 31.
Fun times at Sean Watson's Costume Ball at the Crescent Ballroom. This year's edition is on Wednesday, October 31. Benjamin Leatherman
Don’t put away your costumes just yet, folks. There are still some big Halloween bashes left to experience this week, including a few happening on the holiday itself featuring local and touring DJs in the mix.

If you’re all partied out and are ready to put costumes and candy in the rearview, the good news is that there are plenty of non-Halloween concerts and music events happening over the next several nights. Highlights include gigs by $uicideboy$, Oh Sees, Christina Aguilera, Wild Moccasins, and Darwin Deez.

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

Monday, October 29
The Van Buren

Updating the Southern horrorcore aesthetic of Three 6 Mafia for the era of peak trap, the New Orleans-raised duo of $lick $loth and Ruby da Cherry has racked up millions of plays on SoundCloud and Spotify and toured the world. These guys are insanely prolific; they’ve released half a dozen albums and a series of 20 EPs, all titled Kill Yourself, and their songs rarely pass the three-minute mark. “Paris,” with its slasher-flick synth melody and macabre lyrics, is as good a starting point as any for the group. Douglas Markowitz

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Christina Aguilera returns to the Valley this week.
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Christina Aguilera
Monday, October 29
Comerica Theatre
Christina Aguilera, the talented songstress who is almost never not done up, appeared sans makeup on the March issue of Paste, proving she could go bald like Britney and still look like a Hollywood movie star. Not that a woman's success should be tied to her looks, but Aguilera is just #blessed in almost every way. She's not only a pop princess but also a TV star on The Voice and a UN ambassador for the World Food Programme. Catch this multifaceted talent when she brings her Liberation Tour to downtown Phoenix. Expect new songs and old favorites (like "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants,” and "Beautiful"), as well as an opening set from Big Boi. Jesse Scott and Liz Tracy

Darwin Deez
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Darwin Deez
Monday, October 29
Valley Bar

Darwin Deez is known for a catchy and unpredictable style in which indie rock meets electro-pop. With the release of his fourth full-length record, 10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart, the Brooklyn-based artist has quietly put together nearly a decade's worth of interesting, thoughtful, and unusual music. In the case of his latest album, it explores the tumult of emotions from a breakup. “Well, there are some spiteful songs,” Deez says. “There’s some spite, for sure. But I like a little bit of spite in my songwriting. It’s good to sing some ... you don’t want saccharine, you know? You don’t want overly sweet. You want some bitterness mixed in so that it’s true to life. Catch Deez at Valley Bar on Monday night when his tour in support of the album brings him to downtown Phoenix. Fellow electronic indie pop artist Soren Bryce will open. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $18 at the door. Ben Wiese

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The members of Rüfüs Du Sol.
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Rüfüs Du Sol
Tuesday, October 30
The Van Buren

The members of Rüfüs Du Sol have several reasons to be cheerful these days. In addition to performing on their current tour, which rolls through the Valley this month, Australian electronic trio is gearing up to release their third LP, Solace. A crucial part of Rüfüs Du Sol’s charm is the uplifting quality of the music. Since the release of the Australian electronic trio's first full-length album, Atlas, in 2014, they have forged ahead with a sound that’s as sweeping in emotion as in scope, enveloping listeners and concertgoers in immaculately produced soundscapes and dreamy vocals courtesy of guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist. Zach Schlein

Oh Sees
Tuesday, October 30
Crescent Ballroom

San Francisco psychedelic rock band Oh Sees released their latest album, Smote Reverser, last month on Castle Face Records, a label co-owned by the band’s primary songwriter John Dwyer. This marks the band’s 20th album since the project was founded in 1997. The band have been known as Thee Oh Sees since 2008, but shortened it last year to their current name. It’s the seventh moniker they’ve used while several iterations of band members have rotated around Dwyer. They’re now a quintet consisting of Dwyer, Tim Hellman, Dan Rincon, drummer Paul Quattrone from !!!, and keyboard player Tomas Dolas of Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel fame. The addition of a fifth member isn’t the only change the Oh Sees have undergone in the past year, as Smote Reverser features the band taking a journey into prog-metal territory. You’ll likely hear tracks from the album during their gig at the Crescent Ballroom this week. Ashley Harris
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