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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Elizabeth Cook is scheduled to perform on Friday, February 15, at The Rebel Lounge.
Elizabeth Cook is scheduled to perform on Friday, February 15, at The Rebel Lounge. Courtesy of New Frontier Touring
There are roughly 72 hours in every weekend, which tend to fly by faster than you think. So if you want to make the most of your downtime from work, some planning might be in order.

That’s where we come in. What follows is a rundown of the best concerts happening this weekend at music venues around the Valley. This time around, it includes performances by up-and-coming country star Elizabeth Cook, metalcore act Bring Me the Horizon, punkers Unwritten Law, esteemed singer-songwriter Darrell Scott, and local heroes KONGOS.

It’s still technically Valentine’s weekend, hence the myriad events inspired by the occasion, including the Valentines Super Love Jam on Saturday at Talking Stick Resort Arena and this year’s Crush Arizona EDM festival down at Rawhide in Chandler.

Details about each of these gigs can be found below. For even more live music happening around the Valley this weekend, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon. - COURTESY OF CHUFFMEDIA
Metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon.
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Bring Me the Horizon
Friday, February 15
Comerica Theatre

Sure, not every band evolves, but more and more the idea of “selling out” seems to be something that modern artists care about less than their elders. Bring Me the Horizon’s career trajectory has seen them go from all-aggro to a band with more melody, willing to put Dani Filth on the same album as Grimes. They’ve made the shift about as gracefully as one can do so, and they still play enough of their older stuff that you can feel the chills when they play “Shadow Moses.” It's on the setlists of their current tour, which comes to Comerica Theatre this weekend. Thrice and Fever 333 will open. Cory Garcia

click to enlarge Bob Seger is on his final tour. - COURTESY OF TICKETMASTER
Bob Seger is on his final tour.
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Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Friday, February 15
Talking Stick Resort Arena

When Bob Seger’s "Night Moves" broke through on classic-rock radio in 1976, some observers described it as an overnight success. But the Michigan native was a force in the vibrant Detroit music scene as far back as the early ’60s, and his national audience eventually caught up to the singer’s rawer, earthier regional hits, such as “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.”

It’s never clear what this self-proclaimed “simple-minded guy” actually believes in. He has dissed draft dodgers (“The Ballad of the Yellow Beret”) and written anti-war songs (“2 + 2 = ?”), and the longtime shill for Chevy trucks now wants to save the environment on his latest album, Ride Out. With Seger, it’s always been more about his craggy mountain of a voice than his lyrical vision. He's taking it to the limit one last time on his current tour, which is reportedly his last jaunt. Falling James

click to enlarge The punks of Unwritten Law. - COURTESY OF TICKETFLY
The punks of Unwritten Law.
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Unwritten Law
Friday, February 15
Club Red in Mesa

San Diego punk band Unwritten Law left their high-water mark on commercial music charts in the early 2000s with their LP singles "Seein' Red" and "Save Me," and while the band hasn't appeared in the mainstream limelight since then, a devout fan base has kept them alive and well.

They’ve endured numerous lineup changes over the years – including losing members like Ace Von Johnson, Tony Palermo, John Bell, and Rob Brewer – but have kept on going. And even though the last time the rockers released any new music was seven years ago, 2011’s Swan, they released an all-acoustic comp via digital download a couple of years back and have been touring extensively with their current lineup of Scott Russo, Wade Youman, Jonny Grill, and Chris Lewis. Caleb Haley

Country star Elizabeth Cook. - JIM MCGUIRE
Country star Elizabeth Cook.
Jim McGuire
Elizabeth Cook
Friday, February 15
The Rebel Lounge

Elizabeth Cook’s credentials within the music industry are enviable. In a career nearing its 20-year mark, the country music singer released six studio albums, made hundreds of appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, and is an in-demand collaborator with folks like Todd Snider, Jason Isbell, and Loretta Lynn. She’s also been enormously successful in a couple of other entertainment mediums. For one, she hosts Apron Strings, a flagship Sirius XM Satellite Radio show that spawned an annual Outlaw Country Cruise and caught the attention of David Letterman, who invited her back for frequent interviews and performances while he was still helming the Late Show.

In addition to music and radio, Cook has some IMDb credits. She performed voice-over spots on Adult Swim’s hit animated show Squidbillies, which proved a perfect match for her irreverent humor and unique regional perspectives. That charming personality, with her natural ability to pepper both her songwriting and conversations with witty quips, have led to occasional outreaches from television executives interested in pursuing sitcom possibilities based on her insights. For now, though, Cook is content to get on with the year ahead, one that includes a series of tour dates and the promise of some new music. Jeff Strowe

click to enlarge Black Tiger Sex Machine is scheduled to perform at Crush Arizona 2019. - JOHN LONDONO
Black Tiger Sex Machine is scheduled to perform at Crush Arizona 2019.
John Londono
Crush Arizona 2019
Friday, February 15, and Saturday, February 16
Rawhide Event Center in Chandler

As any local EDM kid will tell you, Crush Arizona is one of the biggest and longest-running dance music festivals in the Valley. The annual Valentine’s-themed event, which has been around since 2008, regularly attracts thousands of eager dance music fans, many of whom come dressed as Cupid or in other love-inspired costumes or attire (read: lingerie, humorous T-shirts, and heart-shaped sunglasses).

And they also come to rage and get rowdy amid giant inflatable hearts or other enormous decorations. Needless to say, Crush is one of the more unique EDM events in the Valley. It’s grown tenfold over the last decade, outgrowing its previous venues, and now takes place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, and features a slew of top-shelf DJs and dance music artists.

Crush will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with a two-night event over Valentine’s Day weekend. DJs and EDM artists scheduled to perform include Seven Lions, Slander, Joyride, Spag Heddy, Wuki, Kaivon, and Bardz on Friday, February 15; and Alesso, 3LAU, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Anna Lunoe, Wooli, and Blossom on Saturday, February 16. Benjamin Leatherman
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