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Disturbed is scheduled to perform on Monday, January 14, at Gila River Arena in Glendale.
Disturbed is scheduled to perform on Monday, January 14, at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Travis Shinn
If you’re into punk, ska, rockabilly, metal, or all of the above, you’re probably going to love this week’s concert offerings. Renowned acts like Reagan Youth, The Flesh Eaters, Disturbed, Reverend Horton Heat, and Mustard Plug are all scheduled to perform in the nights ahead. Plus, local concert promoter Will Anderson is also planning a punk fest at a local rock bar.

Elsewhere on this week’s slate of shows, Bayside will perform acoustic versions of its hits, Sianvar
and Amen Dunes return to the Valley, and That 1 Guy will bust out with experimental sounds.

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.

click to enlarge Ball of Light's Charlie Williams, Patrick Cost, and Paul Schroder. - BALL OF LIGHT'S BANDCAMP
Ball of Light's Charlie Williams, Patrick Cost, and Paul Schroder.
Will Anderson's Punk Rock Extravaganza
Monday, January 14
Chopper John's

It's pretty safe to say that local rock concert promoter Will Anderson has a big thing for punk rock. For proof, look no further than the fact he booked shows at myriad Valley music venues over the past three decades, ranging from bygone favorites like the Mason Jar and Tempe's Green Room to modern-day spots like the Rhythm Room and Marquee Theatre. So the fact he's helping put on an event like "Will Anderson's Punk Rock Extravaganza" isn't much of a surprise. True to form, the gig will star a mix of local punk acts like The Declaimed, The Tak3down, and Hobo Bastard. Headlining the event will be Ohio-born metal-punk band Ball of Light. Start time is 8 p.m. and admission is free. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Amen Dunes returns to Arizona, his first time back since FORM Arcosanti. - MICHAEL SCHMELLING
Amen Dunes returns to Arizona, his first time back since FORM Arcosanti.
Michael Schmelling
Amen Dunes
Monday, January 14
Crescent Ballroom

It's a sneaky idea for an essentially solo artist to perform music under a moniker that functions as a band name when they could easily rely on their own given name. It allows them to switch up styles or bandmates and steer the music into assorted directions without appearing too culpable. For several years now, Brooklyn's Damon McMahon has offered up psychedelia that's taken on different forms over the course of five full-length albums as Amen Dunes. McMahon's latest effort, Love, released on the dependably excellent label Sacred Bones (which boasts the Men and Psychic Ills, among others), still has the hazy psychedelic leanings he's honed, but in a more acoustic, accessible manner than ever before. But hey, it's not McMahon that’s behind the music, after all; it's Amen Dunes. Take it up with "them." Kelly Dearmore

click to enlarge Yes, Disturbed is still a thing. - TRAVIS SHINN
Yes, Disturbed is still a thing.
Travis Shinn
Monday, January 14
Gila River Arena in Glendale

When Chicago metal band Disturbed emerged with debut album The Sickness in 2000, having formed as Brawl in 1994, the hard-rock-loving world was nu-metal crazy. Bands like Korn and Coal Chamber (yes, even Coal Chamber) had convinced everyone that going severely bass-heavy and adding an element of hip-hop to the vocals was the way to go. Maybe throw in some industrial crunch. So for the next five years or so, bands like Static-X, Drowning Pool, and Taproot thrived — and so did Disturbed.

These days, however, people do their best to avoid the nu-metal tag, much like rock-and-roll bands spent the 1990s distancing themselves from the hair-metal label. Nobody wants to be associated with a scene that’s over. “I don’t think we were ever a nu-metal band to begin with,” says Disturbed drummer Mike Wengren. “I just think we happened to come out around the same time … I think that we have a connection with the fans, we write music about real stuff, and people are able to connect to that.”

The fans certainly did stick with the band, even when, in 2011, they decided to take a break for nearly five years. Their 2015 album, Immortalized, was a comeback and, as is usually the case with this band, it was adored by the fan base. Those same fans will flock to Gila River Arena in mid-January for Disturbed's latest Valley concert. Brett Callwood

Tuesday, January 15
Crescent Ballroom

Anthony Raneri, lead singer and guitarist of the emo rock band Bayside, doesn’t care what other people think of him or his band. He is proud of what the group has accomplished throughout their 19 years together and the seven studio albums they have released thus far.

“I learned that you can’t make everybody happy, so I never really think of a fan’s reaction to music, lyrics, or melody,” says Raneri. “I’ve learned that the best thing you can do is to make the best thing you stand behind and are proud of, and hope for the best.”

Raneri needn’t worry about the fan’s reaction to the band’s latest effort, 2018’s Bayside Acoustic Volume 2. Released 12 years after their first acoustic album, it boasts unplugged versions of a variety of fan-favorite tracks and deep cuts, including “Sick Sick Sick,” “It Don't Exist,” “Landing Feet First,” “Blame it on Bad Luck,” and “I Can’t Go On.” They’re current tour, which visits the Crescent Ballroom on Tuesday, features intimate performances of all of the tracks from the album, as well as other Bayside hits. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Bad Sneakers does Steely Dan and Tower of Power and does those bands well. - COURTESY OF BAD SNEAKERS
Bad Sneakers does Steely Dan and Tower of Power and does those bands well.
Courtesy of Bad Sneakers
Bad Sneakers
Tuesday, January 15
The Rhythm Room

Say “cover band” and people imagine a Rick Springfield look-a-like lead singer onstage with mediocre musicians who all regret the fact that they “never made it.” Pathetic.

Cover band Bad Sneakers breaks this stereotype to pieces. The band features three vocalists and anywhere from seven to ten (and sometimes more) musicians. And they are good. So good, in fact, they started as a Steely Dan cover band. (From a musician’s standpoint, that rock band is arguably one of the most complicated to cover.) Now the group has added Tower oOf Power – the horn-driven, soul powerhouse of funk – to its repertoire. Catch these pros perform at the Rhythm Room this week. And feel free to “make tonight a wonderful thing.” Lilia Menconi

The Flesh Eaters
Wednesday, January 16
Crescent Ballroom

The Flesh Eaters began as a project way back in 1977. Over 40 years later, they're still touring, recording and getting together to collaborate when time allows. Fronted by Chris Desjardins (a.k.a. Chris D), the legendary punk ensemble has featured a rotating cast of musicians and a history that stretches into the vaunted Southern California punk scene of yesteryear. Currently, the Flesh Eaters consist of John Doe, DJ Bonebrake, Dave Alvin, Bill Bateman, Steve Berlin, and Chris D. In short, its a punk-rocker's dream team lineup. Jeff Strowe
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