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The 15 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

The Regrettes want you to accept them as they are.
The Regrettes want you to accept them as they are. Claire Marie Vogel

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click to enlarge The multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana. - DARA MUNNIS
The multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana.
Dara Munnis

The Regrettes

Sunday, September 22
Crescent Ballroom

If you take one message away from listening to Los Angeles rockers The Regrettes, it should be this: Don’t fuck with The Regrettes — they do not have time for your bullshit. The band’s garage punk is hardly straightforward. A lot of its fuel comes from the spirits of ’50sand ’60s doo-wop and the riot grrrl sounds of the 1990s. Through their sonic mix, what they’ve been delivering in the last few years as a band are songs that encourage finding and utilizing your power. Catch ’em live on Sunday night at the Crescent Ballroom as they rock their you-do-you message, driven by fed-up angst. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and Greer opens. Admission is $16. Amy Young

Marc Rebillet

Monday, September 23
Crescent Ballroom

To label Marc Rebillet as a DJ is a bit restrictive. He uses a loop station to make music, but that’s where the relationship to other DJs ends. Rebillet also employs a piano, his impressive vocals, and myriad of other instruments to create catchy, improvised songs about love, buttholes, herpes and more. Fans love every funky beat and absurd improvisation. In a little over a year, he has developed a following that includes legions of international fans, well over 100,000 followers on Instagram — including Iron Fist and Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones. His following here in the Valley is likely to turn out in droves when he performs at the Crescent Ballroom on Monday, September 23. Michael Hooker opens the evening, which gets going at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tyler Hicks

click to enlarge Chistopher Milo, better known as DJ Three. - LIAISON ARTISTS
Chistopher Milo, better known as DJ Three.
Liaison Artists

Gary Clark Jr.

Tuesday, September 24
Comerica Theatre

Since 2011, singer-songwriter and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has brandished his passions through searing guitar licks and catchy melodies, making a name for himself in the blues scene via emotive techniques reminiscent of his earliest idol, Jimi Hendrix. Building on the guitar god’s techniques, Clark developed his style and quickly rose through the ranks of rock royalty, playing with greats such as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King. He was nominated for two Grammys and won the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Please Come Home” in 2013. On his latest album, This Land, Clark expands his emotionally charged lyrics to address racism, inequality, and his disdain for the Trump administration. “There was a lot of things happening like Charlottesville, Dakota pipeline, the wall, Colin Kaepernick, cops, and shootings,” Clark says. “Just little things that I’ve dealt with over the years.” Tickets are $39.50-$69.50. Wendy Rhodes

Jeff Beck

Tuesday, September 24
Celebrity Theatre

There is no shortage of articles or opinions lauding the superb guitar playing skills of Jeff Beck. He's part of what one might call the Divine Three (along with fellow guitar gods Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton). But Beck is the lone member of that league who never quite grasped the gold ring of wide commercial adoration.

After leaving an indelible mark on '60s British Invasion psychedelic rock with The Yardbirds on fuzz-addled songs like "Over Under Sideways Down," Beck set up shop as the solo artist he remains to this day. Tiring of vocal-driven rock songs (and probably vocalists, having unleashed Rod Stewart on the world), Beck set aside rock for jazz fusion and instrumental rock, the field he still plows today. Catch him in concert at Celebrity Theatre on Tuesday, September 24. Dan Reed opens the evening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$179. Doug Davis

click to enlarge Singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge. - THOMAS BALTES
Singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge.
Thomas Baltes

Pokey LaFarge

Thursday, September 26
MIM Music Theater

It’d be easy to write off Midwestern-born singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge as an archetypical hipster, a one-man Mumford & Sons, complete with banjo, fedora and bow tie. But of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Combining elements of modern Americana music with deeper cuts into ragtime, early jazz, folk-blues, and just a vaudevillian touch of warbling rockabilly, LaFarge will be playing solo during his upcoming show at the MIM Music Theater on Thursday, September 26, so his set may lack some of the sonic impact of his 2017 release Manic Revelations but will be worthy of your attendance. Start time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $33.50-$38.50. Nicholas Bostick

click to enlarge Tank and the Bangas blends elements of funk, soul, and hip-hop. - ALEX MARKS
Tank and the Bangas blends elements of funk, soul, and hip-hop.
Alex Marks

Tank and the Bangas

Thursday, September 26
The Van Buren

First, they were Liberated Soul Collective. Then, they were BlackStar Bangas. They finally settled on their current name: Tank and the Bangas. With vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Bell at the forefront, the New Orleans-based five-piece merge elements of funk, soul, and hip-hop to tell stories with passion and ferocity that contain both power and wit. The Bangas are many in number and diverse in style. This small army of skillful musicians and background singers create a fusion of soulful sounds that weave through Bell’s vocals. There’s a whole cast of characters living in her vocal cords. She can break your heart with a rich soulful bellow, or make you laugh when she delivers some lyrics with a childish sass. It’s like Aretha Franklin’s ghost and Nicki Minaj had a fight and then became besties. Blackalicious and Alfred Banks will open the 8 p.m. concert. Tickets are $30-$35. Amy Young

Peter Frampton is currently on his farewell tour. - AMY HARRIS
Peter Frampton is currently on his farewell tour.
Amy Harris

Peter Frampton

Thursday, September 26
Comerica Theatre

Rock legend Peter Frampton announced earlier this year that he’s was diagnosed with the degenerative muscle disease inclusion body myositis. It will likely prevent him from continued touring in the future. Frampton is spending 2019 on an extended farewell tour that will bring a plethora of emotion to the proceedings. Expect to hear many of hits, particularly those on Frampton Comes Alive, his 1976 live album that’s still one of the best-selling releases of all time. He'll perform at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix on Thursday, September 26 with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening opening. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $39.50-$350. Jeff Strowe
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