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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Tool is scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 18, at Gila River Arena.
Tool is scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 18, at Gila River Arena. Andrew Marshall

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click to enlarge Legendary EDM artist Jody Wisternoff. - CIRCLE TALENT AGENCY
Legendary EDM artist Jody Wisternoff.
Circle Talent Agency

Jody Wisternoff

Friday, January 17
Bar Smith

Jody Wisternoff has been an international superstar DJ for decades now. After getting his start in the biz at the age of 13, he went on to become one-half of legendary EDM duo Way Out West, the creators of warm and expansive dance music. At Way Out West's inception in the mid- to late '90s, progressive house had just completed its ascent to the top of the electronic pile. Their early tracks featured many of that genre's hallmarks: crescendoing rhythms, persistent synths, and soulful female vocals.

In the ensuing years, Wisternoff has had numerous hit tracks on Beatport and iTunes, remixed such artists as Above & Beyond and Robert Babicz, and toured the world. This weekend, he’ll headline the latest BFF dance night at Bar Smith in downtown Phoenix. Local DJs Sean Watson, Cormac, and Dru West will provide support. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. Arielle Castillo

The Temptations and The Four Tops

Friday, January 17
Arizona Federal Theatre

Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations play a double-headlining gig at the recently renamed Arizona Federal Theatre (formerly known as Comerica Theatre). The two groups rose to fame in the 1960s and cranked out some of the catchiest earworms of the time. The Four Tops' "Reach Out (I’ll Be There)" and "I Can’t Help Myself" sent them up the charts while The Temptations' "My Girl" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" got regular spins on the radio. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 to $125. Diamond Rodrigue

click to enlarge Blues legend Coco Montoya - FRANK VIGIL
Blues legend Coco Montoya
Frank Vigil

Coco Montoya

Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18
The Rhythm Room

Coco Montoya and his current band – Rena Beavers (drums), Nathan Brown (bass), and Jeff Paris (keyboards) – will be in the Valley this week for a two-night stint at the Rhythm Room. He’s touring to promote his just-released ninth studio album, Coming in Hot. Its 11 tracks showcase Montoya’s usual impassioned vocals and meaty guitar sound on a selection of originals and covers. Be sure to catch him on Friday and Saturday night at The Rhythm Room. Each show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $18. Bob Ruggiero

click to enlarge Maynard Keenan and company are back for another big show. - ANDREW MARSHALL
Maynard Keenan and company are back for another big show.
Andrew Marshall


Saturday, January 18
Gila River Arena In Glendale

Did you miss Tool's “dense and dynamic” set at Gila River Arena in October? You've been awarded a second chance as the band returns to the venue on Saturday. Last year was dominated by Tool's return after a 13-year absence. Jerome winemaker Maynard James Keenan, drummer Danny Carey, bassist Justin Chancellor, and guitarist Adam Jones not only released a new album, Fear Inoculum, they put most of their catalog on music streaming services. Tool's show on October 23 to promote the album was sold out and, as we noted in our coverage of the show, “tore the roof off of Gila River Arena.” Chances are likely they’ll do so again this weekend. One-man industrial/doom metal act Author & Punisher will open the 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are $70 to $145. Jason Keil

click to enlarge The Lunchbox will be paid a visit by Brunch Collect on Saturday. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
The Lunchbox will be paid a visit by Brunch Collect on Saturday.
Benjamin Leatherman


Saturday, January 18
The Lunchbox

When the artists and producers of Brunch Collect put on an event, it’s a veritable beat buffet. Members of the local collective have created intoxicating sounds and melodies of the hip-hop, lo-fi, bass, and electronica variety, all of which have filled the air at spots like Crescent Ballroom and Valley Bar over the past two years.

Brunch Collect will bring their latest event to The Lunchbox this weekend. Local producers and BC members Korey Wade, Atreetalking, and Pvpi Frvnko will share the bill with special guests Akira Gautama and Mr.Shn from Seattle and L.A.’s Divine Sun. Flagstaff-based artists Garrett and Nesta Boone will also perform back-to-back sets. Mind Balloon will provide the visuals. The beats start bumping at 9 p.m. Admission is $8. Benjamin Leatherman
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