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The 15 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Flying Lotus is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, September 18, at The Van Buren.
Flying Lotus is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, September 18, at The Van Buren. Tim Saccenti

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click to enlarge Josh Friend and Pat Lundy of Modestep. - ACE AGENCY
Josh Friend and Pat Lundy of Modestep.
Ace Agency

Burial Grounds Arts & Music Festival

Saturday, September 14
The Pressroom


The sound system at The Pressroom is going to get a workout this weekend. Electronic dance music of the hard and heavy variety will blast out of the speakers at the downtown Phoenix concert venue and event space, on Saturday, September 14, courtesy of EDM acts like Modestep and Infekt. They’ll work the mixers during the Burial Grounds Arts & Music Festival, which will feature close to two dozen DJs and producers spinning such genres as dubstep, drum ’n’ bass, trap, and hardcore throughout the night. In addition to Modestep and Infekt, the lineup will feature such names as Hi I’m Ghost, Mvrda, Samplifire, Lit Lords, Throwdown, Casey Jones, D3V, DrinkUrWater, Mantik, and Youngblood. Other artists and DJs scheduled to perform include Dark Mark, GoodTimeMiller, Yonk, Hvrdwood, JCha, Martyr, Sleepercell, NastyHumanz, and TXNY. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the action goes until 3 a.m. General admission is $30, VIP tickets are $60-$100. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Get ready for an evening of mandolin, manly folk-rock, and handclaps when Mumford & Sons visit the Valley. - GAVIN BATTY
Get ready for an evening of mandolin, manly folk-rock, and handclaps when Mumford & Sons visit the Valley.
Gavin Batty

Mumford & Sons

Monday, September 16
Talking Stick Resort Arena


Mumford & Sons’ first few records were marked by a banjo-laden folk-pop style that became instantly successful in the early part of the decade. For 2015's Wilder Mind, they moved into rock territory, a sort of "Dylan goes electric" for the 21st century. No matter what Mumford & Sons sound like, what's important is that they're coming to Phoenix on Monday, September 16, for a concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday, September 16. Gang of Youths will open the 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are $34-$179. Douglas Markowitz

click to enlarge Electronic rock/dream pop duo Phantogram. - TIMOTHY SACCENTI
Electronic rock/dream pop duo Phantogram.
Timothy Saccenti

Phantogram

Monday, September 16
The Van Buren


When alt-rock duo Phantogram make their way to The Van Buren on Monday, September 16, they won’t be coming to play the hits and coast to the next stop. Going through the motions would be easy for the band, thanks to a catalog of catchy songs starting on their first record Eyelid Stories, but Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter of Phantogram will instead use the tour to showcase their first collection of new songs since their third album, the 2016 release Three.

May brought with it “Into Happiness,” lighter by comparison in its tone, with darker lyrics that rest beneath the poppier surface while last month saw the premiere of “Mister Impossible,” a moody, rhythmic amalgam of foot-thumping beats and seductive lyrics. Barthel is sworn to record label secrecy on whether these singles will be part of an upcoming fourth album, but she assures us more music will be available sooner than later. You’re likely to hear them during Phantogram’s gig at The Van Buren. Bob Moses will open the evening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$45. Brad LaCour

click to enlarge The metal gods of Iron Maiden. - JOHN MCMURTRIE
The metal gods of Iron Maiden.
John McMurtrie

Iron Maiden

Tuesday, September 17
Talking Stick Resort Arena


As is often the case when the religious right ascribes Satanic messages to heavy-metal music, Iron Maiden had the last laugh. The band went on to sell 100 million albums throughout its career, surpassing metal icons such as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Today, Maiden claims three spots on Rolling Stone’s "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time," including number four with 1982’s The Number of the Beast. Catch them in concert on Tuesday, September 17, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The night starts at 7:30 p.m. with a set by The Raven Age. Tickets are $44.75-$120.25. Wendy Rhodes

Daikaiju will go wild at The Grid on September 18. - LAURA VOSTERYTE
Daikaiju will go wild at The Grid on September 18.
Laura Vosteryte

Daikaiju

Wednesday, September 18
The Grid in Mesa


The band's name is a reference to kaiju, a Japanese film genre that features giant monsters attacking cities. With songs referencing famous movie monsters such as Mothra, the Huntsville, Alabama-based quartet play surf instrumentals with a twist. Not only is there no singing, but also the four members of Daikaiju do not speak during their concerts. Or perhaps they do speak, but audiences never hear what the guys are muttering because their faces are covered with kabuki masks.

Daikaiju takes its performances to another level. The band's shows are raucous affairs punctuated by loud, shredding surf guitar and pyrotechnics courtesy of drum kits set ablaze. Let’s hope the folks at The Grid in Mesa are prepared for Daikaiju’s performance on Wednesday, September 18. The Surfside IV open the evening at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. David Rolland

click to enlarge Get ready for a trippy, terrifying, and altogether incredible experience with Flying Lotus. - TIMOTHY SACCENTI
Get ready for a trippy, terrifying, and altogether incredible experience with Flying Lotus.
Timothy Saccenti

Flying Lotus

Wednesday, September 18
The Van Buren


"FIRE IS COMING. FIRE IS COMING. FIRE IS COMING." These were the words uttered by none other than David Lynch in a video from innovative electronic/hip-hop producer Flying Lotus that teased his latest album Flamangra. The infamous film director and artist spoke from inside the wide-open mouth of a taxidermied wolf sitting in a wheelchair, addressing a group of filthy children, all dressed as wolves, inside an equally dirty apartment in a building surrounded by a city in flames. So that should tell you all you need to know about the new album.

He's set to return to The Van Buren in Phoenix on Wednesday, September 18, for what's sure to be a trippy, terrifying, and altogether incredible evening of beats and surrealism. Brandon Coleman Spacetalker, Salami Rose Joe Louis, and PBDY will open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $30-$33. Douglas Markowitz

click to enlarge Are you gonna go his way? - PRESS HERE TALENT
Are you gonna go his way?
Press Here Talent

Lenny Kravitz

Wednesday, September 18
Comerica Theatre


Lenny Kravitz is a multi-talented artist. He released timeless singles like "Fly Away" and "Are You Gonna Go My Way," which never get old no matter how many times you hear them. What's strange about Kravitz is that he mixes all sorts of genres in his work. He’s still touring behind last year’s Raise Vibration and is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Comerica Theatre. Tickets are $58.50-$125. Jeremy Hallock

Kansas (from left): Richard Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie Platt, David Manion, and David Ragsdale. - MICHIE TURPIN
Kansas (from left): Richard Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie Platt, David Manion, and David Ragsdale.
Michie Turpin

Kansas

Thursday, September 19
Mesa Arts Center


Kansas could have called it quits when legendary singer and keyboardist Steve Walsh departed. Instead, the veteran rockers carried on with two original members remaining — guitarist Rich Williams and drummer Phil Ehart — and released The Prelude Implicit, their first new studio album in sixteen years. The ten-song disc shows the septet in fine form, proving that rock isn’t always a young man’s game. Kansas is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at Mesa Arts Center. Admission is $43-$128. Chris Callaway
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