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Aurelio Voltaire is scheduled to perform on Friday, February 28, at Club Red in Mesa.
Aurelio Voltaire is scheduled to perform on Friday, February 28, at Club Red in Mesa. 13th Floor Entertainment

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click to enlarge Badfish docks at The Van Buren on Thursday. - LIVE NATION
Badfish docks at The Van Buren on Thursday.
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Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime

Thursday, February 27
The Van Buren


Scott Begin and some of his friends at the University of Rhode Island grew up in the early '90s during the heyday of the original incarnation of Sublime. They were such big fans that they formed a Sublime tribute band and named it Badfish, in honor of one of the legendary ska-punk band's most popular tunes. Badfish do Sublime and do it well, and therein lies their appeal. Of course, had the band simply been some nostalgia act, their appeal likely would have worn off long ago. Instead, quality tunes and a true affinity for Sublime are what keep Badfish going nearly two decades into their run. They’re scheduled to perform on Thursday night at The Van Buren. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $18 to $20. Clint Hale

click to enlarge Mike and the Moonpies amble into the Valley this week. - DAVE CREANEY
Mike and the Moonpies amble into the Valley this week.
Dave Creaney

Mike and the Moonpies

Friday, February 28
The Rebel Lounge


Mike and the Moonpies have been a staple of the Texas country music scene for more than a decade. Their lineup has changed numerous times, and now they have a solid cast of six guys who play the music of the heartland and have numerous albums under their belt. They've opened for the likes of Eleven Hundred Springs and Hayes Carll – and if these guys are good enough for them, they're good enough for you. Mike and the Moonpies are scheduled to perform on Friday night at Rebel Lounge. Quaker City Night Hawks, Some Dark Hollow, and Jim Bachmann and the Day Drinkers open the show. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $16 at the door. H. Drew Blackburn


Aurelio Voltaire

Friday, February 28
Club Red in Mesa


Aurelio Voltaire's music is described as "dark cabaret." Leaning on strong folk elements and combined with his powerful voice, this self-described Renaissance man (who has gone by the moniker Voltaire in the past) often focuses on the darker aspects of existence. If this Cuban-born artist isn’t singing about death and destruction, he’s alluding to it on songs such as "When You’re Evil." He could be crooning about the monsters under a young child’s bed or even what he would do if he could embody the Grim Reaper himself. His mischievous lyrics are mixed with his larger-than-life appearance (think The Cure's Robert Smith with better hair and darker eyeliner), which is what brings people back for more. But to be clear, he's not a "death metal" artist, but a folk artist who is thrilled by the stranger things in life. The Strand and U.S. Grave will open things up at the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Barbara Smith

click to enlarge The iconic sign for Rips. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
The iconic sign for Rips.
Benjamin Leatherman

Panic! 20-Year Anniversary

Saturday, February 29
Rips Bar


Thursday nights were a big thing for Robden Brethauer and DJ Manchester back in the 2000s. Every Thump Day, the duo were behind the now-legendary weekly dance party Panic! at the now-defunct Scottsdale spot Anderson's Fifth Estate. It was a popular destination for the fans of Britpop, alternative, and indie rock during its era. Or as we at Phoenix New Times noted: “Panic! [was] the gold standard for shoegazing-prone dance-floor denizens." This weekend, Brethauer and Manchester will reunite for the Panic! 20th Anniversary on Saturday, February 29, at Rips, 3045 North 16th Street. “Hopefully so many of us who have moved can come back for this reunion, as it will more than likely be the last,” Brethauer states on Facebook. As always, DJ Manchester will be in the mix. The party starts at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $5. Benjamin Leatherman

Innings Festival 2020 awaits you this weekend. - KELSEE BECKER
Innings Festival 2020 awaits you this weekend.
Kelsee Becker

Innings Festival 2020

Saturday, February 29, to Sunday, March 1
Tempe Beach Park


Innings Festival, held at Tempe Beach Park, caters to a decidedly different crowd: the horde of baseball fans that invade every year for spring training. They've prepared a lineup that's a mix of indie rock (Death Cab for Cutie, Portugal. The Man, Pedro the Lion) and a few choices that are decidedly, uh, safe (Dave Matthews Band, Weezer). Other bands in this year’s lineup include Strand of Oaks, ZZ Ward, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Dr. Dog. Several former MLB players such as Bret Saberhagen, Shawn Dunston, and Kenny Lofton will make appearances as well. Gates open at noon both days and general admission tickets are $99 per day or $159 for both days. Douglas Markowitz

click to enlarge Legendary crooner Harry Connick Jr. - LIVE NATION
Legendary crooner Harry Connick Jr.
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Harry Connick Jr.

Sunday, March 1
Arizona Federal Theatre


Nobody woos us quite like the dreamy, blue-eyed crooner Harry Connick Jr. Picking up where Sinatra left off, Connick mixes easy listening with the spunk of swing and big band to create something delightfully cheesy that warms our hearts and gets the butterflies fluttering. Aside from his successful acting career, including kicking the tires and lighting the fires in Independence Day, romancing Sandra Bullock in Hope Floats, and stalking Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter in the thriller Copycat, he’s released dozens of albums. His latest is True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, which pays tribute to the legendary composer and songwriter. Connick’s tour brings him to Arizona Federal Theatre on Sunday night for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are $48.50 to $289. Diamond Rodrigue

click to enlarge Joaquin Pastor, Patrick Logothetti, and Andrés Villalobos of James Supercave. - MÉTIER MGMT
Joaquin Pastor, Patrick Logothetti, and Andrés Villalobos of James Supercave.
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James Supercave

Sunday, March 1
Valley Bar


James Supercave aren’t very forthcoming online. (Heaven forbid an up-and-coming indie band should build a mystery while keeping some distance from the spotlight.) But there is nothing but praise for this spacey trio. After opening for the likes of Crystal Castles and Silversun Pickups, the  band are embarking on a headlining tour to support their EP M.O.W.O. (Money is the Only Way Out). The three-piece ensemble rely heavily on pianos and slow melodic beats in order to convey their feelings of hurt and heartbreak. It’s very LANY meets Angel Olsen: intimate lyrics with a rhythm that’s ready for the dance floor. Mute Swan and surreal-pop rockers and former Valley residents Bogan Via will open things up at the Sunday night gig, which gets going at 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Barbara Smith
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.