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The 30 Best Concerts in September

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The Tubes - Saturday, September 13 - Talking Stick Resort

The Tubes have serious roots in Arizona. Formed after two Phoenix-based bands, The Beans and Red, White and Blues Band, which eventually moved to San Francisco and combined, The Tubes were remarkably ahead of their time. The group's mix of simulated sex and hard rock landed them some primo opening spots, setting the stage for New York Dolls, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, and Peter Gabriel. Their big hit, "White Punks on Dope," is considered by many to be a proto-punk classic.

The band was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007, and have performed countless times on Valley stages, usually by way of their longtime relationship with local concert promoting legend Danny Zelisko, who has been involved with The Tubes for decades. "I wish I could get the word across to young people," Zelisko says of The Tubes ahead-of-the-curve career. "They aren't a punk band, but they are an art band. They have a Warholian weirdness to them." -- Jason P. Woodbury

Sarah Jarosz - Sunday, September 14 - MIM Music Theater

Texas folksinger Sarah Jarosz has a lovely voice, but she doesn't use her beguiling pipes to paint pretty wallpaper. Instead, she digs deep and serves up starkly moving, deceptively simple love songs, which often are bound in intricate weavings of acoustic bluegrass guitars and countrified violins. "Build me up from bones/Wrap me up in skin," Jarosz begs. "I need to show you how/I can love you better than before," she adds, as a mournful fiddle swoops low and picks her up perfectly at the dip in her voice. Jarosz also has a gift for occasionally reinterpreting Bob Dylan songs, but she has so much to say on her own. -- Falling James

Old Crow Medicine Show - Monday, September 14 - Mesa Arts Center

Conjuring up vintage sounds meant to be played on a porch deep in the Smokies, or maybe at a moonshine-fueled hoedown in a rickety barn, Old Crow Medicine Show trades in string-band music, folk, and bluegrass from another era yet informed by the likes of Gram Parsons, the Band, and even a punk ethos. With tight vocal harmonies and well-honed acoustic instrumentation straight out of the mountains, the group's finely detailed original story-songs reveal a subversive contemporary attitude, from the tragic ballad "Genevieve" ("With your love like fire/And your heart like a guillotine") to the galloping breakdown "Sewanee Mountain Catfight," both from their strong 2012 album, Carry Me Back. -- Rick Mason

Clipping. - Tuesday, September 16 - Trunk Space

These are the rudimentary notes I typed while listening to CLPPNG, the debut album from L.A. noise-rap act Clipping. on respected indie rock-leaning imprint Sub Pop: Demons thrashing, Gozer worship, twerk requests, Murder Dog magazine shoutouts, more yells of "bitch" than Jesse Pinkman, percussion that sounds like someone drunkenly pounding on a locked garage door at 4 a.m. Machines vomiting. Rap as scenes from a long-lost Fritz Lang dystopia.

Clipping. is a cryptogram in search of a cheat code. Third-person narratives zigzag with a Zodiac Killer's malevolence. Sheets of white noise hiss add a torrid Greek chorus. But it's not necessarily obscurantist rap. Electrifying cameos also come from rising ratchet queen Cocc Pistol Cree, West Coast legend King Tee and the former first lady of Three 6 Mafia, Gangsta Boo. Somehow, they all reflect elements of Clipping.'s DNA.

"As strange as it is, it's the least pretentious way to make rap music, considering our upbringing, tastes and lifestyle," says Clipping. member Jonathan Snipes. "We made a decision early on to keep personality and ourselves out of it." -- Jeff Weiss

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