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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Hot Flash Heat Wave is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, March 20, at The Rebel Lounge.
Hot Flash Heat Wave is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, March 20, at The Rebel Lounge. Ryan Molnar
Did you make it through St. Patrick’s Day weekend with your liver, driving record, and sanity intact? If that’s the case (and you’ve got some disposable income left over), consider attending one of 11 different shows we’re highlighting in our list of the best concerts in the Valley this week.

This week sees gigs by such world-renowned artists as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Pato Banton, R&B singer Jacquees, indie faves Hot Flash Heat Wave and Mandolin Orange, EDM duo Hippie Sabotage, and British-born rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen.

There’s also a tribute night dedicated to the late Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and a performance by avant-garde pianist and experimental musician Nik Bärtsch out in Apache Junction (yes, you read that last part right).

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

click to enlarge Catfish and the Bottlemen - JILL FURMANOVSKY
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Jill Furmanovsky
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Monday, March 18
The Van Buren

Okay, let's get that name out of the way first. Even within the realm of rock 'n' roll, it's so unusual that Catfish and the Bottlemen have posted an adorable animated YouTube video about it. Long story short, frontman Van McCann spent the early part of his life in Australia, and one day he spied a street musician playing a drum kit and an assortment of bottles; this unusual fellow called his act Catfish and the Bottlemen. The name stuck, as these things often do.

The Bottlemen's songs also tend to stick — as buoyant, kinetic bites of guitar rock that to date all have one-word titles. (That policy does not apply to their covers, which have included Kanye West's “Black Skinhead” in the past.) Their music scratches a familiar itch in a slightly different way, so it's possible to detect hints of the past generation or two of significant indie bands in their DNA; though The Strokes certainly loom large, it's also not terribly far removed from Arctic Monkeys or The 1975, U.K. countrymen who have also recently found welcoming audiences on this side of the Atlantic. But then, that's only fitting for a group that professes to never stop thinking about music. Chris Gray


Jacquees
Monday, March 18
Marquee Theatre in Tempe


He can steal your girl and probably even steal your song. Jacquees, the Cash Money R&B artist who recently released his first studio album, 4275, also recently dealt with some controversy over his remix of Ella Mai’s “Trip,” which took over the internet and some spotlight from the original. Indeed, Jacquees has been “Quemixing” songs out of love and appreciation for the tracks, but he was ultimately forced to remove his “Quemix” of “Trip” (and by the way, it was great). Julio Lugo

click to enlarge Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange. - KENDALL BAILEY
Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange.
Kendall Bailey
Mandolin Orange
Tuesday, March 19
Crescent Ballroom

Mandolin Orange is a folk duo comprising songwriter Andrew Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar). Marlin and Frantz have produced six albums of original work that blend elements of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, and pop to create an appealing blend of modern roots music. (Their most recent release, Tides of a Teardrop, came out in February on Yep Roc Records.)

Mandolin Orange’s songs are marked by tight vocal harmonies, virtuosic instrumentation and engaging storytelling. In the past three years, the two musicians have toured throughout the U.S and Europe together, including appearances at Austin City Limits, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, Pickathon, and Bonnaroo. They recently expanded their musical ranks, performing on occasion with bass, drums, and electric guitar accompaniment. Nick Hutchinson


Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets
Tuesday, March 19
Comerica Theatre


Legendary Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is currently touring North America with his classic rock supergroup Saucerful of Secrets. With a setlist centered around pre-Dark Side of the Moon material — including such Floyd favorites as "One of These Days," "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," "Point Me at the Sky," and "Interstellar Overdrive" — the ensemble has received the blessings of fellow Floyd members Roger Waters and David Gilmour before embarking on this outing. They probably couldn’t have asked for a better endorsement. Jeff Strowe


Hot Flash Heat Wave

Wednesday, March 20
The Rebel Lounge


Unlike an actual heat wave, the San Francisco quartet are actually a pleasant and refreshing take on the dreamlike indie rock of today. Hot Flash Heat Wave are touring for their 2019 EP Mood Ring, bringing along local indie pop group Diners for four stops. At times feeling like music to a trippy late '90s internet instructional video, Hot Flash Heat Wave bring out their inner R&B grooves on tracks like "Head in the Clouds" and "Trust." This is definitely the perfect night to work out your winter kinks. Julian Hernandez
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