The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Fictionist is scheduled to perform on Thursday, June 22, at Valley Bar.
Fictionist is scheduled to perform on Thursday, June 22, at Valley Bar. Trevor Chrisensen
We ain’t gonna lie to you: It’s going to be absolutely miserable in the Valley this week.

As you’ve probably heard by now, we’re getting the business from a massive heat wave over the next few days that will jack temperatures up to dangerous levels and make us all question why we’d want to live in this part of the world.

In other words, hell on Earth.

In all likelihood, y’all should probably stay indoors during the daytime, preferably within close proximity to either the air conditioning vent or an open freezer (your choice).

Things will be a bit more tolerable after dark, however, which will allow you to go outside for a few hours and do something, including going to a concert. And, thankfully, almost every show on the following list of the best concerts in Phoenix this week (save for Thursday’s visit by this year’s Vans Warped Tour) will happen at an indoor venue, all of which feature air conditioning.

Read on for full details and try to stay chill. (For even more shows happening this week, check out our online concert calendar.)

Blood Incantation
Monday, June 19
Yucca Tap Room in Tempe

Denver-born death metal act Blood Incantation, who take their name from the work of H.P. Lovecraft, balance both technicality and brutality while also shrouding their din in a cocoon of progressive atmospherics, displaying an ambition that goes far beyond showing how heavy they are. You can hear it on the band’s first proper full-length, 2016’s Starspawn (Dark Descent Records), which showcased some of the best all-around musicianship to be found in metal last year. The result is a compelling, complex album that reveals new tricks with each listen, from another newer death metal band with a bright future ahead. On Monday, June 19, Blood Incantation will take over the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe. Gatecreeper, Qrixkour, and Nigrummagia will open the evening. Jason Roche

click to enlarge Girlpool - ANTI RECORDS
ANTI Records
Tuesday, June 20
The Rebel Lounge

“I said I faked global warming just to get close to you,” Harmony Tividad discloses on “It Gets More Blue,” from Girlpool’s second album, Powerplant. She and her musical partner, Cleo Tucker, don’t turn the lyric into a joke. Instead, their intimate voices braid together in a gloriously breezy harmony just as the guitars get louder and surround them. The duo, who relocated back to L.A. after a spell in Philadelphia, are now joined by Miles Wintner, a drummer who adds more power to Girlpool’s folk-based songs. Several of the new tunes, such as “Static Somewhere” and “123,” start out with spare beginnings with the emphasis on Tucker’s and Tividad’s soft, confidential vocals before the tracks blossom into heavy and hard-driving pop-punk anthems. Falling James

click to enlarge The metalheads of Morbid Angel. - ALEX SOLCA
The metalheads of Morbid Angel.
Alex Solca
Morbid Angel
Tuesday, June 20
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

Since the debut of an extreme metal classic in 1989, Altars of Madness, Morbid Angel have mastered the art form of extreme metal, producing some of the most evil-sounding heavy metal music in existence. With a foundation of musical technicality that is nothing short of sorcery, the roots of the Florida-bred band are steeped in the occult and worship of the beast, but have moved towards more dark, spiritual, and esoteric themes, such as Sumerian deities, mythology, and even ancient incantations and witchcraft. Morbid Angel are included with their peers in Deicide and Cannibal Corpse as being the most successful first wave of American death metal bands. Ironically, what is considered to be the band's most satanic album, 1993's Covenant, was the first album released by a death metal band on a major record label (a subsidiary of Warner Bros) and is still ranked among the some of the best-selling death metal albums of all time. This week, Morbid Angel invades the Marquee Theatre in Tempe with support from Suffocation, Revocation, and Withered. Alex Distefano

Wednesday, June 21
The Rebel Lounge

After parting ways with emo band Taking Back Sunday, guitarist Matthew Fazzi devoted his attention to a multitude of side projects. One of them was Happy Body, Slow Mind, now known as Rare Futures. The band gathered inspiration from groups like Jellyfish, Mutemath, and Soundgarden and churned out Fazzi's own brand of progressive, groove rock. After re-leasing their latest album, This Is Your Brain on Love, earlier this spring, Rare Futures have embarked on an offshoot project. Now, the Brooklyn-based band teams up with the Gavin Castleton of The Dear Hunter to form Futurecastle and reinterpret songs from '80s legends Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears, Chicago, and Sade. Their collaborative album is called FutureCastles EP, and it's only available online in a limited edition. Their self-professed "space-aged, boudoir-themed" collaborative tour kicked off June 8 and lands in the Valley this week. Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge Musician and professional surfer Donavon Frankenreiter. - RODNEY BRUSIEL
Musician and professional surfer Donavon Frankenreiter.
Rodney Brusiel
Donavon Frankenreiter
Wednesday, June 21
Crescent Ballroom

Donovan Frankenreiter first got on a surfboard when he was 10, became addicted within five minutes, and turned pro when he was 16. But his isn’t the story of the typical surf bro with a guitar turned professional songwriter. Music came late to Frankenreiter. It wasn’t until after he and his wife started having kids — a time when many musicians are searching for reliable work — that Frankenreiter signed his first record deal. The similarities between working as a surfer and working clubs across the country were immediately apparent. While traveling the world as a professional surfer, Frankenreiter met fellow wave rider and musician Jack Johnson through Johnson’s parents, who rented him a room on Oahu, Hawaii. The two became fast friends, and in 2002, he signed a deal with Johnson’s Brushfire Records and released a self-titled solo album featuring Johnson and G. Love and the kind of acoustic beach fare you’d expect from a surfer turned songwriter. Frankenreiter’s latest offering, though, his ninth studio record, The Heart, was inspired by love and chance, both of which he had in spades while in the studio. Jacob Uitti

Read on for even more concerts happening this week in Phoenix, including Big Sam's Funky Nation, the Vans Warped Tour, and Mr. Big.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.