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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

P!nk is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 30, at Gila River Arena in Glendale.
P!nk is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 30, at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Ryan Aylsworth
It’s been one helluva month for concerts in the Valley, and it's going to end with one last weekend that’s loaded up with big names. Artists and acts like P!nk, The Band Perry, 12th Planet, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kilo Kish, and En Vogue are all scheduled to perform at local concert venues over the next three days and nights.

Other highlights include a free gig featuring punk group Joyce Manor, the return of indie dream pop band Luna, and a tour kickoff show by Holy Fawn and Slow Crush.

Details about each of these performances can be found below in our list of the best shows happening in the Valley this weekend. And for even more live music happening around town, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

See you next month.

click to enlarge Julius Dubose, better known as A Boogie wit da Hoodie. - JIMMY FONTAINE
Julius Dubose, better known as A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
Jimmy Fontaine
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Friday, March 29
The Van Buren

Bronx rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is underrated and hungry. With a pillowy delivery, the 23-year-old artist swerves in and out of piano-heavy beats that fall neatly into the melodic trap styles bubbling up from the South, especially sing-song rappers like Kodak Black and Playboi Carti. Recently, A Boogie dipped into African and Latin rhythms, interweaving dancehall, reggaeton, and Afrobeat into his party-rap formula. The results might be more fascinating than successful, but witnessing an artist with ravenous ambition searching the outer limits of his sound is exhilarating at the very least. Seeing it unfold live should be no less of a thrill. Jonathan Patrick

click to enlarge Holy Fawn - MATT CARDINAL
Holy Fawn
Matt Cardinal
Holy Fawn and Slow Crush
Friday, March 29,
Yucca Tap Room in Tempe

With their 2018 release, Death Spells, Holy Fawn bring ambient doom and shoegaze together to create a world where creatures from the woods lurk at every corner. The Arizona natives have come a long way from their folk roots into one of the more menacing and interesting doom creators in the state. Now they’re kicking off a West Coast tour with Belgian shoegazers Slow Crush at Yucca Tap Room with a free performance. As the shoegaze scene is being revitalized in Phoenix, Holy Fawn are certainly at the front of the resurrection. Julian Hernandez

click to enlarge The Band Perry are a family thing. - COURTESY OF TICKETMASTER
The Band Perry are a family thing.
Courtesy of Ticketmaster
The Band Perry
Saturday, March 30
Coca-Cola Sun Deck at Sun Devil Stadium

Sibling bands have long had a special place in music fans' hearts. There's always been an intrigue to how a family that plays together can stay together. Part of the fun of watching a family band jam out onstage is the uncertainty that at any moment they might start strangling each other with a microphone cord. Because as bands like Oasis and the Bee Gees have shown us over and over again, when you share blood with your bandmates, things can get ugly.

But those who hope to find drama among the two brothers and sister that make up country music phenomenon The Band Perry will have to look elsewhere. If the trio were going to crash and burn, they probably would have done it by now. Kimberly Perry and her brothers, Neil and Reid, have been at this since before they could legally drive a car.

After 10 years of incessant touring, they were launched into the country music atmosphere with the 2010 smash hit "If I Die Young." The song has since amassed more than 100 million views on YouTube. Their second album was 2013's Pioneer, produced by Rick Rubin. It reached the top of the country album charts, peaking at number two overall and proving that The Band Perry wasn't just a one-hit wonder. David Rolland

click to enlarge Local indie band James World. - ALEXA TARRIBA
Local indie band James World.
Alexa Tarriba
James World
Saturday, March 30
The Lunchbox

Formerly known as James Band, the Phoenix-based James World changed their name ahead of the release of their new single, “Dominos,” from their upcoming album, Funny Dreams. The single offers a flurry of emotions from vocalist Michael Madrid with contemplative moments bursting into catharsis, centered around the idea that Madrid wants others to “feel and experience love.” The group’s raw, often vulnerable performances are a refreshing experience, highlighted by Madrid’s vocal maneuvers. The Phoenix indie rock group Gasol join James World at The Lunchbox. Julian Hernandez

click to enlarge Dubstep early adopter 12th Planet. - COURTESY OF PARADIGM AGENCY
Dubstep early adopter 12th Planet.
Courtesy of Paradigm Agency
12th Planet
Saturday, March 30
The Pressroom

Every DJ that’s ever rocked dubstep in their mixes and setlists anytime in the last decade owes a debt of gratitude to John Dadzie, better known to the electronic dance music world as 12th Planet. Long before artists like Rusko, Flux Pavilion, or Datsik first blasted wub-wub in the clubs, Dadzie was playing dubstep at gigs across the U.S. An early adopter of the genre who’s been referred to as the “Johnny Appleseed of dubstep," he began playing low-end sounds back when they were a quirky and largely unknown import from the U.K. scene. Over the past 13 years, he’s been a major influence on numerous dance music artists and DJs. (Heck, Dadzie even served as a mentor to Skrillex before he became the crown prince of EDM.) You can thank Dadzie personally when he pays a visit to The Pressroom this weekend as a part of his Swamplex Tour. Fellow dubstep fiends Gentlemen's Club and Shlump will open. The gig starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20 for general admission and $35 for VIP. Benjamin Leatherman
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