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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Jacob Collier is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, March 13, at The Van Buren.
Jacob Collier is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, March 13, at The Van Buren. Morgan Hill-Murphy
Spring has officially sprung in the Valley, and there are plenty of things to do around town. That, of course, includes concerts, as evidenced by the wealth of shows you’ll find filling our online concert calendar.

We’ve pored through our listings for the next few nights and put together a rundown of the best concerts happening in metro Phoenix this week. It includes a variety of notable names (Jacob Collier, Low) crowd favorites (Steep Canyon Rangers, 40 Oz. to Freedom), and even band or two heading to South by Southwest (Choker).

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

click to enlarge Failure members Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, and Kellii Scott. - PRISCILLA C. SCOTT
Failure members Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, and Kellii Scott.
Priscilla C. Scott
Monday, March 11
Crescent Ballroom

Once upon the '90s, there were an underrated melodic grunge band named Failure. When they were seven years old and touring their third album, Fantastic Planet, the group fell off their proverbial horse. The members subsequently wandered the music industry's topography during a 15-year hiatus that ended in 2013. It was followed by two happily-ever-after albums, 2015’s The Heart Is a Monster and last year’s In the Future Your Body Will Be the Furthest Thing from Your Mind. (Failure also put on the 2018 EP From Your Mind.) The band – which currently consists of Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, and Kellii Scott – are still touring and will make a stop at Crescent Ballroom on Monday night. Criminal Hygiene will open. Amanda Ventura

click to enlarge The members of Low. - SHELLY MOSMAN
The members of Low.
Shelly Mosman
Monday, March 11
Valley Bar

When Low’s debut album, I Could Live In Hope, came out in 1994, you couldn’t find a more out-of-place release against the backdrop of loud alternative rock hitting the mainstream. Low’s debut album was a study in mood with slow melodies that felt like they could float through the desert landscape. I Could Live In Hope was an album of landscapes that made the listener aware of the space they were occupying while waiting for each strum of the guitar.

Low’s 2018 album Double Negative doesn't contain the sparse desert of sounds of their early albums that defined the "slowcore" genre. It's still atmospheric, but where a sparse strike snare drum and strum of the guitar would have gone is now synths that distort and build and collapse now occupy the spaces where snare strikes and guitar strums would have gone. What does that mean for Low when they perform? Will they create a set with a mix of their oldest compositions and their newest album? You'll have to head out to Valley Bar on March 11 to find out. Julian Hernandez

Tuesday, March 12
The Rebel Lounge

When four-piece L.A.-based pop rock band Weathers open up their debut album, Kids in the Night, with “I’m Not Ok,” the reference to My Chemical Romance’s hit track is unmistakable. The group tackle feelings of insecurity, helplessness, and imbalance with catchy hooks and melodies. Being young and dumb can be messy, but Weathers insist it should at least be fun. In the small space of The Rebel Lounge, expect Weathers to do a lot of crowd work and engagement, and don’t be surprised when you start hearing their singles on every pop radio station in Arizona. Julian Hernandez

click to enlarge Deafheaven performs at FORM Arcosanti in 2017. - MICHELLE SASONOV
Deafheaven performs at FORM Arcosanti in 2017.
Michelle Sasonov
Deafheaven and Baroness
Tuesday, March 12
The Van Buren

One of the most controversial, nontraditional, and high-profile groups in the greater metal scene, Deafheaven was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for the song "Honeycomb," from their 2018 record Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. It's an unexpected honor for the group, who first gained attention for their 2013 record Sunbather and its 2015 followup New Bermuda. Both albums exhibit an intense mix of black metal vocals; shoegaze-influenced production; heavy, major-key guitar riffs; and intense, poetic lyrics that gained attention from mainstream music publications like Pitchfork and earned scorn from black metal traditionalists. Beyond awards or criticism, the music is simply devastating in its impact.

Deafheaven are currently co-headlining a tour with Baroness, who are also Grammy-noted, having received their own Best Metal Performance nomination in 2017 for the song "Shock Me." Purple in 2015 was the last album from the band, whose sound is constantly changing but is more traditionally geared toward heavy metal than Deafheaven's. Douglas Markowitz

Tuesday, March 12
Valley Bar

There’s no uniformity in Choker’s 2017 debut album, Peak. Instead, each track is masterfully its own creation, which makes placing Choker into a single genre a difficult task. While at times singing in a hushed and raspy voice on the R&B-influenced tracks, the Detroit-based producer brings command as a vocalist throughout. On his 2018 sophomore album, Honeybloom, the pacing is more controlled as each track transitions smoothly to the next. It’ll be interesting to see the transition from the studio to the stage. Julian Hernandez
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