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The 13 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Snail Mail are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, August 20, at The Rebel Lounge.
Snail Mail are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, August 20, at The Rebel Lounge. Matador Records
It's going to be a packed week when it comes to concerts in the Valley, especially those of the indie rock and pop variety. Bands like Mogwai, Generationals, The Avett Brothers, Bad Books, and Snail Mail all have gigs taking place at local concert venues over the next couple of nights.

Other notable artists and acts hitting stages around town this week include Japanese metal band Boris, hip-hop duo Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep, New Wave band The Fixx, pop singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal, and emo kings Hawthorne Heights.

Details about each of these shows can be found below in our rundown of the 13 best concerts happening in the metro Phoenix area this week. And for even more live music happening locally, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Grant Widmer (left) and Ted Joyner (right) of Generationals. - DREW STUBBS AND JONI MOORE
Grant Widmer (left) and Ted Joyner (right) of Generationals.
Drew Stubbs and Joni Moore


Monday, August 19
Valley Bar

Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer have been making music as a duo called Generationals for well over a decade. Based out of New Orleans, they specialize in creating crafty, catchy, hook-filled indie rock that is tailor-made to soundtrack quirky Netflix shows, uptempo TV ads, or the day-to-day minutiae of life. With a steady output of singles and EPs, they've never really gone away, but they've just released Reader as Detective, their first full-length album in five years. It's a good mix of genres, and an album that continues their expert blending of the classic and contemporary. Mixed in alongside their staple of solid material, the new tracks should make for a nice night of tunes as they perform them in the dark confines of Valley Bar on Monday evening. Pure Bathing Culture opens the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Jeff Strowe

click to enlarge Flynt Flossy in concert. - DAVE LICHTERMAN/FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
Flynt Flossy in concert.
Dave Lichterman/Flickr Creative Commons

Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep

Monday, August 19
Last Exit Live

Fast fashion YouTube video rap crew Turquoise Jeep exist in the same universe as Pee Wee's Playhouse, Paper Rad, and Yo Gabba Gabba!; like the aforementioned productions, they're colorful, control-freaked, and hands-on. Lead MC Flynt Flossy has a refreshingly lighthearted persona along the lines of Shock G, Sir Mix a Lot, and DJ Lance Rock, lyrically rife with double entendres and goosey figures of speech. Compared to the great big world of hip-hop and its endless procession of yachts, slabs, and brand-name everything, a turquoise jeep provides an apt description of their hands-on, arts-and-crafts-forever aesthetic. They’re scheduled to perform on Monday night at Last Exit Live. The show is at 8 p.m. The Stakes and Curtis Can't See will open. Admission is $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Tex Kerschen

click to enlarge Post-rock heroes Mogwai. - STEVE GULLICK
Post-rock heroes Mogwai.
Steve Gullick


Monday, August 19
Crescent Ballroom

Scottish post-rock heroes Mogwai are the band most instrumental rock groups that have started in the past decade want to be when they grow up. Beginning with 1997's epic Young Team and continuing with the release of the group's ninth studio LP, 2017’s Every Country's Sun, Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch, and Barry Burns have found inventive ways to avoid the sonic monotony that many guitar-driven instrumental rock acts eventually suffer from. Loud, quiet, loud, and back again is great, but Mogwai push the formula with each record, whether it is a proper studio album or a film score.

While lyrics in Mogwai numbers are really rare, the band still find ways to convey a rather sharp, sometimes perplexing, sense of humor. The song titles are often employed as vehicles to simply give the band a giggle, and nothing more, though so many titles are thought-provoking, especially the many songs bearing titles with seemingly religious connotations, such as "You Don't Know Jesus," "Devil Rides," and "Mogwai Fear Satan.” Mogwai are set to perform on Monday at Crescent Ballroom with Papa M and Night Tongue as openers. The music starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $29. Kelly Dearmore

The Fixx

Monday, August 19, and Tuesday, August 20
MIM Music Theater

The British New Wave band The Fixx, mostly remembered for hits such as "One Thing Leads to Another" and "Red Skies at Night," released a new album titled Beautiful Friction in 2012 after nine years of studio silence. The album received a warm welcome from critics and is still a great fit into the record collection of anyone who prefers to remember the band as they were 30 years ago. They’ll be in concert on Monday and Tuesday night at the MIM Music Theater. Showtime is at 7 p.m. both nights and tickets are $43.50 to $53.50. Diamond Rodrigue

click to enlarge Japanese metal band Boris. - MIKI MATSUSHIMA
Japanese metal band Boris.
Miki Matsushima


Tuesday, August 20
Valley Bar

Like most things, the best metal comes from Japan. Named after a Melvins song, the trio of Atsuo, Takeshi, and Wata have been putting out incredible records since 1992, varying their style from awesome sludge anthems (Pink), full-length ambient metal works (Flood), and collabs with harsh noise god Merzbow. They'll swing by Valley Bar on Tuesday in support of their new double album, LOVE & EVOL. It's their first release with Jack White's Third Man Records, which will also reissue their classic LPs Feedbacker and Akuma no Uta. If you plan to attend, the show starts at 8 p.m. and Uniform shares the bill. Tickets are $21 in advance, $23 at the door. Douglas Markowitz

click to enlarge Steve Earle (third from right) and the members of The Dukes, his touring band. - TOM BEJGROWICZ
Steve Earle (third from right) and the members of The Dukes, his touring band.
Tom Bejgrowicz

Steve Earle and The Dukes

Tuesday, August 20
Mesa Arts Center

Singer-songwriter Steve Earle has managed to ascend the pop-culture ladder to almost legendary heights since he hit the road as a teenager in the 1970s. Judging by the quantity of his output alone (including 17 albums of the rock, country, and folk variety), it's easy to assume the formerly incarcerated, now-rehabilitated drug addict is merely displaying the obsessive zeal that he once held for chemical thrills. This is especially true when one looks upon Earle's myriad artistic outlets over the past decade, where he continues to identify new ways to tell the stories that breed inside his restless spirit.

One would be hard-pressed to name an artist traversing as many imaginative paths as Earle currently does. Whether it's playwriting, hosting a radio show, authoring fiction, appearing in an acclaimed television series, or creating Grammy-winning records, Earle has used his imaginative pen to carve out his wildly varied space. As an outspoken opponent of all things politically conservative, Earle has also employed his sharp social consciousness to shape much of his work, to varying degrees of commercial and artistic success.

This week, Earle brings the current version of his long-time touring band, The Dukes, to Mesa Arts Center for a Tuesday night gig. The Mastersons open starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $55. Kelly Dearmore

click to enlarge The Avett Brothers in concert in 2018. - KELSEE BECKER
The Avett Brothers in concert in 2018.
Kelsee Becker

The Avett Brothers

Tuesday, August 20
Comerica Theatre

It’s an understatement to say Scott and Seth Avett wear their hearts on their sleeves. The Avett Brothers have bared their trials and tribulations on record and on stages across the world for 16 years, making some of the most honest, sincere, and transparent music you’ll hear. That heartfelt songwriting, coupled with folksy bluegrass instrumentation played at a rock 'n' roll pace, earned the band an ever-larger fan base that went from selling out small clubs to stadiums and amphitheaters over the course of a decade. Their travels bring the brothers to Comerica Theatre on Tuesday night. Lake Street Drive open the night, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $69. Mikel Galicia
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