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The 12 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Jay Som is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, September 11, at The Rebel Lounge.
Jay Som is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, September 11, at The Rebel Lounge. Lindsey Byrnes
Up for seeing a show? Over the next seven nights, you can check out gigs by legendary names like Brian Wilson and Black Flag, as well as such tastemaking artists as Jay Som, Bleached, and Charlie Mumbles.

Other notable concerts happening in the Valley from Friday, September 6, to Thursday, September 12, include performances by John Mayer, Greensky Bluegrass, The Iron Maidens, Tab Benoit, and Explosions in the Sky.

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

Brian Wilson and The Zombies

Friday, September 6
Comerica Theatre

The mastermind behind The Beach Boys has spent the last three years putting his most significant work to rest. Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour saw him play over 150 shows. While he may not be doing Pet Sounds anymore, he's still perfectly keen to stay on the road with The Something Great From '68 and More Tour. He joins The Zombies at Comerica Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 to $125. Douglas Markowitz

Greensky Bluegrass

Friday, September 6
The Van Buren

Greensky Bluegrass formed in 2000 when Michael Bont, Dave Bruzza, and Paul Hoffman learned to play the mandolin, banjo, and acoustic guitar together. "The band started out as people having fun playing music. All these years later, we're still having fun playing music," says member Anders Beck. "[My bandmates] got into bluegrass backdoor. They liked the Grateful Dead, and then they learned Jerry Garcia played bluegrass. All of a sudden that gets you into Bill Monroe, and the next thing you know, the only thing you're listening to is Ralph Stanley."

Though Greensky Bluegrass play an old-timey brand of music, they found a way to attract modern listeners. "Cover songs are a way for us to connect with the audience. You can lure in an audience when there's common ground. You like Prince or Michael Jackson? So do we. Then those new fans will listen to your original music." And they’ll be listening when they take the stage at The Van Buren on Friday night. Andy Frasco and the U.N. will open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $27 to $30. David Rolland

click to enlarge The members of Bleached won't be defined by their gender. - NICOLE ANNE ROBBINS
The members of Bleached won't be defined by their gender.
Nicole Anne Robbins


Saturday, September 7
Valley Bar

One of the bands leading the charge in today’s indie rock scene with their monster buzz and killer sound are Bleached. Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin are responsible for the band's unique take on classic pop-rock. Their sound is rounded out with some toothy punk-rock elements and a healthy dose of Phil Spector-informed production touches. Catch them in concert on Saturday night at Valley Bar. The Paranoyds and Audrey Heartburn will open the 7 p.m. gig. Tickets are $18. David Bader

click to enlarge The members of Band of Skulls. - SO RECORDINGS
The members of Band of Skulls.
So Recordings

Band of Skulls

Saturday, September 7
Crescent Ballroom

It's tempting to say Band of Skulls could be the biggest thing launched out of Southampton, England, since the Titanic, but surely they're hoping their career goes better than that. It’s been all good during their first decade. Like The White Stripes and many others before them, if they're not attacking their instruments at eardrum-rupturing levels, then the group are relaxing in soothing acoustic interludes. They are scheduled to perform on Saturday night at the Crescent Ballroom. Demob Happy open the evening, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Chris Gray

click to enlarge Avant-metal act Sunn O))). - STATESIDE PRESENTS
Avant-metal act Sunn O))).
Stateside Presents

Sunn O)))

Saturday, September 7
Mesa Arts Center

When it comes to avant-metal pedigree, few can match Seattle drone duo Sunn O))). With the meticulousness of classical, the steely heft of a cult, and the immediacy of a religious experience, Sunn O))) build soundscapes that feel like passing through a black hole. Where other heady metal acts bludgeon, Sunn O))) slither with grace, making punishing noise seem elegant, ineffably beautiful.

While most thought their best efforts were behind them, Sunn O))), with the help of infamous producer Steve Albini (Big Black, Shellac), have re-emerged tauter and more affecting than ever. Sunn O))) were originally scheduled to perform on Saturday night up at Arcosanti in Mayer, but will now be performing at Mesa Arts Center. Papa M and B I G | B R A V E will open the show, which begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45. Jonathan Patrick
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