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The Eight Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Paul McCartney is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, June 26, at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Paul McCartney is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, June 26, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Jim Louvau

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How bad do you want to see Paul McCartney this week?
Jim Louvau

Paul McCartney

Wednesday, June 26
Talking Stick Resort Arena

What is there to say? It’s Paul McCartney. The once-and-forever Beatle seemingly never stops touring, and any one of his shows is bound to feature classic Fab Four hits, classics from Macca’s solo career, and some more contemporary tunes. Granted, Paul’s recent work hasn’t exactly been celebrated — absolutely no one asked for his awful geriatric love-jam “Fuh You” — but his rendition of the Kanye and Rihanna collab “Four Five Seconds” is a treat, as is his explosive treatment of “Live And Let Die.” The crowd is likely to skew older, but really, everyone should see Paul McCartney at least once before they die (or before he beats us to it). Douglas Markowitz

Dio Returns

Wednesday, June 26
Orpheum Theatre

What could be more metal than rocking audiences from beyond the grave? Nearly 10 years after the death of Ronnie James Dio, his former bandmates are on the road again, and this time they're bringing along the Dio hologram. Music purists might say this is sacrilegious, but given Dio's unrivaled vocal skills and command of the stage, replacing him with a new lead singer would be the truer example of sacrilege.

With a year's worth of technical production behind it, a set list full of classic Dio works, and such guest vocalists as onetime Judas Priest frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens, this is a show that promises to please both the rock gods and the fans alike. Dio Returns will come to the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $28 to $58. Michael Palladino

Sarah Grace and the Soul

Wednesday, June 26
The Rhythm Room

Houston-born blues belter Sarah Grace was one of the breakout stars of NBC’s singing competition The Voice back in 2018. The 16-year-old’s formidable talents as a singer and musician led her to that season’s semifinals and nationwide fame (Mariah Carey even fawned over her in an episode). These days, Sarah Grace leads her blues-rock band, The Soul, which is currently touring the U.S. and stops at The Rhythm Room on Wednesday night. Shannon Trotter will open. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. David Garrick

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Australian alt-R&B trio Chase Atlantic.
Ryan Watanabe

Chase Atlantic

Thursday, June 27
Crescent Ballroom

Feeling moody? Head to the Crescent Ballroom to witness Australian trio Chase Atlantic sling dark and glam lyrics to anthemic, emotional alt-R&B. Their sound is very much like Post Malone but with a little more pop punch. That's probably because two of the members, Christian Anthony and lead singer Mitchel Cave, were in What About Tonight, a boy band created for an audition on The X Factor Australia. Cave's angelic voice contrasts a bit with their beach-bum, scumbro style, but that's what the kids want these days, so that's what Chase Atlantic is going to give them. The group are touring to promote their sophomore release, Phases (which drops this week), including gigs at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Catch them at Crescent starting at 8 p.m. before they hit it big. Tickets are $18. Liz Tracy
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