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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Amyl and the Sniffers are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, July 9, at The Rhythm Room.
Amyl and the Sniffers are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, July 9, at The Rhythm Room. Powerline Agency
click to enlarge Amyl and the Sniffers are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, July 9, at The Rhythm Room. - POWERLINE AGENCY
Amyl and the Sniffers are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, July 9, at The Rhythm Room.
Powerline Agency
If ever there was a time to support local independent music venues, it's right now. We’re deep into the summertime, a period that’s traditionally harsh on local music spots, as owners and promoters struggle to get crowds to turn out for shows amid the sweltering heat.

It also happens to be Independent Venue Week, an annual event in the vein of Record Store Day that takes place from July 8 to 14 this year and encourages music fans to check out concerts happening at locally owned spots in their area.

Our list of the best live music gigs in the Valley this week features several shows taking place at local indie venues, including Radkey at The Rebel Lounge, Snailmate at The Lost Leaf, Amyl and the Sniffers at The Rhythm Room, and Horse Jumper of Love at The Lunchbox.

There are big-ticket shows happening this week, too, including pop star Shawn Mendes at Gila River Arena in Glendale, ‘80s hitmaker Howard Jones at the Celebrity Theatre, and alt-rock favorites Guster at The Van Buren.


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

click to enlarge Indie pop band Jet Black Alley Cat. - PSYKO STEVE PRESENTS
Indie pop band Jet Black Alley Cat.
Psyko Steve Presents

Jet Black Alley Cat

Monday, July 8
The Rebel Lounge


Nashville’s Jet Black Alley Cat are a five-piece band that sport the fashion and flair of '70s rock stars with a very modern indie pop sound. They’re also a little bit glam, a little dream pop, and a whole lot of fun. Lead singer Joe Wilkinson is the seductive sort of frontman who causes his female fans to swoon with his open shirt and lithe dance moves. Check them out in concert on Monday night at The Rebel Lounge. Patternist, Headstrum, and The Borrowers will open the show, which begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Angel Mendez

click to enlarge Isaiah Radke, Solomon Radke, and Dee Radke. - WINDISH AGENCY
Isaiah Radke, Solomon Radke, and Dee Radke.
Windish Agency

Radkey

Tuesday, July 9
The Rebel Lounge


Radkey are a band of brothers. Once you listen to the siblings – Dee, the oldest, sings and plays guitar; Isaiah, the middle child, sings and plays bass; and Solomon, the youngest, plays drums — get down, you'll be instantly sold and subsequently convinced that the "rad" part of their name isn't just a coincidence. The Radke brothers, who hail from St. Joseph, Missouri, were weaned on their dad's record collection, and the three possess a proficiency that belies their age. They’ll be at The Rebel Lounge on Tuesday night. Local band Dadadoh will open the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Dave Herrera

click to enlarge Snailmate rocking out. - JOSHUA J PATE-TERRY
Snailmate rocking out.
Joshua J Pate-Terry

Snailmate

Tuesday, July 9
The Lost Leaf


Local musicians Kalen Lander and Ariel Monet have no plans to slow down. This summer, the musicians behind the synth-pop meets hip-hop sounds of Snailmate will embark on a month-long tour throughout the western U.S., including stops in Colorado, South Dakota, and Montana. It's nothing new for the pair, as they're constantly on the road, including a six-month, 156-date tour around North America last year. Because of these extensive tours, Snailmate are just as much a band made by the road as they are by Phoenix. Vocalist/keyboardist Lander and drummer Monet are always thinking of the next step, the next trip.

Lander and Monet began making music as Snailmate in January 2015. The duo's friendship budded as both of their bands were dissolving (Monet was in Sister Lip, Lander was in an act called TKLB?). From there, the two discovered they had the same interests and goals, so Lander learned how to play the keyboard, and they haven't stayed still since.

Before heading out on their newest tour, the duo have a few local gigs scheduled, including a show on Tuesday evening at The Lost Leaf in downtown Phoenix. It’s free to attend and starts at 9 p.m. Tanner Stechnij

click to enlarge Bob Schneider ambles into town this week. - JEFF SWENSON
Bob Schneider ambles into town this week.
Jeff Swenson

Bob Schneider

Tuesday, July 9
Crescent Ballroom


Who is Bob Schneider? It's not an easy question to answer. Though Schneider has carved out his own unique niche as an artist, he's always been difficult to define, straddling genres, finding a bit of mainstream success that didn't necessarily play to his strengths, and possessing a songwriting style that's equally comfortable being cheesy or thoughtful. Regardless, it's fair to say that as both a songwriter and a performer, Schneider is a restless artist who keeps finding new corners to turn in his work. A beat-of-his-own-drummer type, Schneider had some success with two albums on Universal — Lonelyland (2001) and I'm Good Now (2004) — but is better represented by his own self-released records.

In turn, Schneider is a good representative for (Keep) Austin (Weird), often holding down weekly residencies in his hometown and collecting two dozen Austin Music Awards over the years. Schneider's current tour comes on the heels of Burden of Proof (2013), King Kong (2017), and Blood and Bones (2018), three albums that combine elements of funk, country, and soul with his mellow folk-rock, creating varied arrangements and a lush and layered sound. You can hear it during Schneider's show on Tuesday at Crescent, which starts at 8 p.m. Carolina Story opens. Tickets are $25 to $40. Eric Swedlund

click to enlarge Amyl and The Sniffers will rock out at The Rhythm Room on Tuesday. - JAMIE WDZIEKONSKI
Amyl and The Sniffers will rock out at The Rhythm Room on Tuesday.
Jamie Wdziekonski

Amyl and The Sniffers

Tuesday, July 9
The Rhythm Room


Amyl and The Sniffers play rock and roll of the garage, punk, and glam variety and play it well. The Australian-born band also plays it quite fiercely, blasting out their grimy hooks and roaring riffs in take-no-prisoners fashion. Led by charismatic frontwoman Amy Taylor (a blonde firecracker who prowls the stage) they’ve gotten crowds to go rabid at gigs around the world with their relentless rock theatrics, including a ferocious set at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival last month. After dropping a half-dozen EPs over the last three years, Amyl and The Sniffers released a self-titled LP on ATO Records earlier this year, which packs just as much as their previous efforts.

Experience Amyl and the Sniffers' raucous sound for yourself when they invade The Rebel Lounge on Tuesday night. Like-minded local rock and punk acts Heavy Breather, Doms, and Man Hands will provide support for the show, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Benjamin Leatherman
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