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The 18 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Deadmau5 will bring his new cubev3 audiovisual experience to Comerica Theatre on Saturday.
Deadmau5 will bring his new cubev3 audiovisual experience to Comerica Theatre on Saturday. Matt Barnes
click to enlarge Deadmau5 will bring his new cubev3 audiovisual experience to Comerica Theatre on Saturday. - MATT BARNES
Deadmau5 will bring his new cubev3 audiovisual experience to Comerica Theatre on Saturday.
Matt Barnes
October is known as one of the biggest months for concerts in the Valley. The next few weeks feature a ton of big shows happening. The Arizona State Fair’s concert series is now in full swing, and local arts and cultural centers have their mojos working.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out the array of notable concerts taking place from Friday, October 4, to Thursday, October 10, around metro Phoenix.

Highlights include deadmau5 bringing his cubev3 to Comerica Theatre, the Jonas Brothers at Talking Stick Resort Arena, jazz great Chick Corea at Mesa Arts Center, and the costumed punks of Masked Intruder getting rowdy at the Nile Theater in Mesa. There’s even a rock band inspired by Genghis Khan in the mix. No joke.

Details about each of these shows can be found below. For more live music happening this week and later in October, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge The punks of Masked Intruder. - KATIE HOVLAND
The punks of Masked Intruder.
Katie Hovland

Masked Intruder

Friday, October 4
The Nile Theater in Mesa

Pop-punk quartet Masked Intruder have been stealing hearts and VCRs across the country this year. The band's debut full-length sounds a bit like Screeching Weasel and The Ergs!, with a pinch of lovelorn Weezer added for good measure. The band keep their members secret, identifying each by nothing more than a color and a matching mask and Chuck Taylors.

Singer/guitarist Intruder Blue says the band formed in prison because "crime and love songs go together like chocolate and peanut butter." Though Masked Intruder mostly focus on those love songs, tunes like "Stick 'em Up (I've Got a Knife)" provide just the right balance for this group of four Midwestern guys who (probably) haven't done anything more incriminating than stealing the occasional pizza. They invade the Nile in Mesa on Friday night. The Bomb Pops and Pottymouth open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $17. Melissa Fossum

click to enlarge Son Volt - HIGH ROAD TOURING
Son Volt
High Road Touring

Son Volt

Saturday, October 5
Crescent Ballroom

Jay Farrar, the less experimentally minded side of the Uncle Tupelo coin, still lives in a world where guitars are not relics and kill fascists. The St. Louis native has now invested more than two decades into Son Volt, his post-Tupelo band long hailed as one of the finest rock groups under the Americana umbrella in their own right. Farrar’s songs are as Midwestern salt-of-the-earth as they come, often mingling Woody Guthrie-style populism with meat-and-potatoes riffs and drums, just the ticket for those who enjoy their tunes served up with a conscience and a side of feedback. Their latest album, Union, strikes a balance between the current political climate and the eternal themes of love and time. Tickets are $25 to $38. Chris Gray

click to enlarge The Jonas Brothers will return to the Valley on Saturday, October 5, for a concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena. - LIVE NATION
The Jonas Brothers will return to the Valley on Saturday, October 5, for a concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Live Nation

Jonas Brothers

Saturday, October 5
Talking Stick Resort Arena

In October 2013, the Jonas Brothers broke up, citing "a deep rift within the band." In an outfit comprising three siblings — Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas — disagreements are bound to happen. But six years after the trio broke countless young hearts around the world, they reunited and pushed out a brand-new record to celebrate their reconciliation. On tour in support of their fifth studio album, Happiness Begins, the Jonas Brothers will visit Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday with support from openers Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $60.20 to $495.20. Matthew Keever

Bad Religion

Saturday, October 5
The Van Buren

Bad Religion have always cast themselves as an avatar of dark and bitter social cynicism that tends to view even punk itself through the same gloom-tinted lens as it does the rest of the scary world. They had a serious sound, almost apocalyptically earnest. Now nearing their 40s, they've aged a bit more gracefully than many of their contemporaries, but are just as badass as ever. Their latest release, Age of Unreason, dropped this year. It's as punk and politically minded as any of their previous albums. They’re scheduled to perform on Saturday night at The Van Buren. Dave Hause and the Mermaid and Emily Davis and the Murder Police will open the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $32.50 to $35. Jason Heller

The Cult

Saturday, October 5
Arizona State Fair

Longtime fans of British rockers The Cult, led by Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, and the band’s multiplatinum Sonic Temple album won’t want to miss their current tour. It commemorates the 30th anniversary of the album’s release, which features some of the band’s top songs (“Fire Woman,” “Sun King,” “Edie (Ciao Baby),” and “Sweet Soul Sister”). The setlist will reportedly draw from band’s catalog, with the centerpiece being a “superset” focused on tracks from Sonic Temple — some of which haven’t been performed since the album’s release. The Cult continue to bridge the divide between hard rock and indie alternative rock. On Saturday night at 7 p.m., they’ll perform their first-ever show at the Arizona State Fair. It’s free to attend with fair admission, $40 if you’d like to have reserved seating. Daniel Rodrigue

click to enlarge Slow Magic - LUCA VENTER
Slow Magic
Luca Venter

Slow Magic

Saturday, October 5
Shady Park

Performing in a costume and striking mask, Slow Magic aims to direct the audience's attention to the music and the show's visual art. The mask itself invites the projection of imagination onto the imagery. “It's [an] imaginary friend,” Magic says. “An imaginary animal. I've heard a lot of different things about what it is: fox, zebra, horse. But I want to leave it up to people who come to see the band to decide.”

The mask started as a cardboard construction made by a friend, and though the current incarnation is visually similar, it's primarily made of plastic and includes lights. The mask looks totemic — an abstracted, even mythological, animal. Attached to a human body, it is reminiscent of the sacred imagery of half-human, half-animal creatures in cave paintings and inside pyramids. But in the context of ethereal yet bright electronic-pop music, Slow Magic's otherworldly presence is somehow also inviting and playful. See for yourself at his gig on Saturday night at Shady Park in Tempe, which starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tom Murphy

click to enlarge Creedence Clearwater Revisited - JEFF DOW
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Jeff Dow

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Saturday, October 5
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler

Okay, so John Fogerty won't be there, but Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original rhythm section will be. And if you weren't around for the original CCR anyway, that doesn’t matter a bit. What will matter is that this revisited Creedence consists of roadworthy veterans who'll be performing some of Americana's greatest hits — "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou," and "Suzie Q," to name but a few. In the end, though, it’s all about the music of CCR, which Creedence Clearwater Revisited perform with style and aplomb. If you close your eyes and dig the moment while attending their show at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler this weekend, you just might awaken back to the ways a certain generation learned its legacy. The gig gets going at 8 p.m. Tickets are $69 to $99. John Hood


Saturday, October 5
Comerica Theatre

Joel Zimmerman — better known as deadmau5, the EDM DJ as famous for his sick beats and mouse head helmet as he is for being kind of a grump — will bring his latest audiovisual spectacular, the cubeV3, to Comerica Theatre on Saturday night. That’s right, bass cadets: deadmau5. In Phoenix. The stage setup (which our sister publication Miami New Times described as a “massive, three-sided cube [that] will tilt, rotate, and push the boundaries of what a live stage production can be” and feature a “cutting-edge crispness and eye-popping visuals personally designed and rendered by Zimmerman”) will be the centerpiece of his performance. Get ready to rage when the mau5 is in the house. The masked man will be supported by Lights, MSTRKRFT, and Sysdemes.  The show is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $41.50 to $160. Douglas Markowitz
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