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The 13 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

John Paul White is scheduled to perform on Monday, June 10, at the Musical Instrument Museum.
John Paul White is scheduled to perform on Monday, June 10, at the Musical Instrument Museum. Allister Ann
The moment you’ve been dreading has arrived. Summer is here. It’s going to be really friggin’ hot this week (particularly on Wednesday), and there are a couple of ways you can deal with this unfortunate situation. You could go into hermit mode, staying inside your domicile with the AC running at full blast. Or you could spend your evenings out at a local music venue, where they’ll also have the AC running at full blast.

We recommend the latter, especially since there are a slew of great shows happening over the next few nights such as Aly and AJ, Weyes Blood, Mark Sultan, The Offspring, She Wants Revenge, and John Paul White. Other notable names headed to the Valley this week include Luke Bryan, Megafauna, The Mystery Lights, Chris Webby, Neckbeard Deathcamp, and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult.

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

Mark Sultan

Monday, June 10
Yucca Tap Room in Tempe

Mark Sultan is an accomplished, unique songwriter, so it may seem wrong to reduce him to the more outrageous aspects of his persona. Unfortunately, we can't help it. The man (who has traveled and performed under any number of aliases over the years, including Needles, Krebs, Skutch, Blortz, and BBQ) wears various costuming onstage and has previously gone on record as finding dubstep capitalistically unrighteous.

Extracurricular weirdness aside, Sultan is a relative traditionalist. He plays hulking, honking garage-rock that melds a sequence of retro influences — jukebox blues, doo-wop, space-surf psychedelia — into something utterly timely. Sultan found his voice playing in the Spaceshits, a group of demented Montreal punks, and achieved indie rock star status after that group self-imploded in typically violent fashion in 1999 and Sultan teamed with King Khan for The King Khan & BBQ Show. He’s currently touring as a solo act and swings through the Yucca Tap in Tempe on Monday night. The 16 Eyes and robot (re)pair will open the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. M.T. Richards

click to enlarge Psych-rock act The Mystery Lights. - HIGH ROAD TOURING
Psych-rock act The Mystery Lights.
High Road Touring

The Mystery Lights

Monday, June 10
The Rebel Lounge

Brooklyn’s Mystery Lights, are a garage outfit who match diligent crate-digging with the haunted feel of the 13th Floor Elevators or even Cold Sun. A lot of so-called psychedelic bands now are all flash; these guys are fog and smoke, with slo-mo fuzz leads lurching out of the darkness like the torturous final reveal of some low-budget movie monster. Their self-titled album and accompanying 45 single are well worth your judicious examination — they’ve got not just the sound, but the feel and the spirit of the real-deal bands from right now as well as back then. Some might call it raw, but really, it’s just pure. Future Punx and Godstar share the bill of their Monday night show at Rebel Lounge, which gets going at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Chris Ziegler

click to enlarge Dexter Holland of The Offspring. - MELISSA FOSSUM
Dexter Holland of The Offspring.
Melissa Fossum

The Offspring

Monday, June 10
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

When The Offspring's Dexter Holland sang “Why don’t you get a job” back in 1998, he probably didn't realize that a 9-to-5 wouldn't be part of his future. But 20 years later, it's clear that the band helped revive mainstream interest in punk rock alongside acts like Rancid, Green Day, and NOFX. The Offspring went on to sell more than 40 million albums, ultimately becoming one of the most commercially viable punk rock bands of all time.

Much beloved for their 1994 album Smash, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the band finally attracted major-label interest that same year, as did Green Day's Dookie. The Offspring went on to reach multiplatinum and gold success from 1997 to 2003 with their next four studio albums.

Consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman, and drummer Pete Parada, they've inspired a number of musicians, from heavy metal act Trivium to British synthpop group Cuban Boys. And while their music has resonated with listeners for decades on a comedic, cultural, and nostalgic level, the band aren't about to stop creating. Tickets to their Monday night show at the Marquee, which gets going at 7:30 p.m., are $35 to $55. Lauren Wise

click to enlarge Folk singer-songwriter John Paul White. - ALLISTER ANN
Folk singer-songwriter John Paul White.
Allister Ann

John Paul White

Monday, June 10
Musical Instrument Museum

John Paul White is a man fiercely devoted to the craft. An Alabama native who lives in and owns a studio in Florence, White spent over a decade working long and hard as a songwriter on Music Row, churning out hits for other country-oriented artists. Concurrently, he was busy with his own music, too, releasing his debut album in 2008. A year later, he joined fellow singer-songwriter Joy Williams to form The Civil Wars, a folk duo that captured two Grammy Awards in 2012. White followed the split of that project with Beulah, a celebrated solo album released in 2016 that featured a plethora of his trademark plaintive and heart-wrenching story songs. He's quickly following up that album with another one slated for an upcoming release.

Known for working with sparse arrangements that serve to highlight the quiet, often reflective nature of his songs, White hints at a new direction for this upcoming batch of tunes. “These new songs are adult-oriented, for sure. Writing the material and working on it really forced me to think about what I wanted to be when I grow up,” he chuckles. “I really thought about what to say and expressly how to say it.” See White in concert on Monday night at the MIM. The show starts at 7 p.m., The Prescriptions will open, and tickets are $38.50 to $48.50. Jeff Strowe

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult

Tuesday, June 11
Club Red in Mesa

When Groovie Mann and Buzz McCoy started My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult (or TKK for short) back in the late '80s, it was hard to imagine them still going strong all these years later. Their disorienting industrial sleaze rock was hardly in vogue with the nouveau pop or hair metal sounds that then dominated the airwaves. Furthermore, their sporadic shock-value antics, involving satirical riffs, quasi-satanic rituals, and lots of sexual innuendos, hardly screamed staying power. However, here they are, as sprightly bound and charismatic as ever in 2019. Out touring on both an extended 30-year anniversary run and in support of their latest album, House of Strange Affairs, the band will bring their thunderous rock and raucous antics to the stage of Club Red in Mesa on June 11. Expect a room full of diehard fans to offer their allegiance and pay homage to a veteran band of misfits who have more than earned the adulation. The show is at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Jeff Strowe

click to enlarge Aly Michalka (left) and AJ Michalka (right). - STEPHEN RINGER
Aly Michalka (left) and AJ Michalka (right).
Stephen Ringer

Aly and AJ

Tuesday, June 11
The Van Buren

Sisters Aly and AJ Michalka have been making magic for more than a decade. Most know the siblings from their Disney Channel debut in 2006. Their original movie, Cow Belles, allowed viewers to fall in love with AJ as Courtney Callum and Aly as Taylor Callum. From there, AJ appeared on Six Feet Under, General Hospital, and The Guardian, while Aly had roles in Easy A, The Roommate, and Hellcats. Though their acting careers have fluctuated, one thing has remained constant: their music.

The two pop stars grew up loving music. Born in Torrance, California, they were raised by Christian parents. Their mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with the Christian rock group JC Band. The sisters have been playing guitar and piano since childhood. Their music duo, Aly and AJ, was formed in 2004. “Do You Believe in Magic” quickly became a single stuck in every little sister’s head thanks to the constant video airtime on the Disney Channel. The 2005 song skyrocketed to No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Singles, while its album, Into the Rush, sold more than 800,000 copies in the States and 1 million worldwide.

The magic has stuck with them throughout their music career. From their holiday album, Acoustic Hearts of Winter, to their third album, Insomniac, the duo continued to push the pop agenda. “Potential Breakup Song,” their second smash, charted on Billboard's Top 20 Hit Singles, giving young girls everywhere another chance to sing off-key. Although Aly and AJ left their label, Hollywood Records, and briefly changed their group name to 78violet, they continued doing what they loved most: music. Their concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $250. Cristina Jerome
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