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The 30 Best Concerts in September

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One Direction - Tuesday, September 16 - U of P Stadium

A word of advice: Try to avoid getting anywhere within a few square miles of University of Phoenix Stadium on the evening of September 16, unless you want to get caught up in a teeming tween- and teenaged throng. That's because One Direction will be swinging through town, and, in all likelihood, anyone aged eight to 18 (or Directioners of every age) will be heading straight to the hinterlands of Glendale to fill the entirety of the stadium and see Hazza, Nialler, BooBear, Leeyum, and DJ Malik in the flesh.

And given 1D's record-setting success at moving records (including the recent honor of making the Guinness World Records), amassing a multimillion dollar music empire, becoming arguably the world's biggest boy band, and getting adolescents all twitterpated and screaming their lungs out, it's not much of a shocker that the show will be packed. Its bound to be the biggest. night. evar. for most of the 60,000-plus in attendance, at least until the next big boy band comes along.

The Breeders - Tuesday, September 16 - Crescent Ballroom

Call it the Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle that never quite was: Post-Pixies art-rock wrecking crew strikes cultural gold on second try then unravels into relative, willful obscurity. Last year, the original Breeders' lineup anniversary toured the 1993 alt-touchstone Last Splash, offering long-suffering fans hope for the bombastic, slithering follow-up that never quite was, but while getting crunk to "Iris" and "Cannonball" for the first time in a dog's age. Don't blank on the incidental awesomeness accrued during the Deal sisters' wilderness years. On this short tour, the band will be touring with some new material. -- Raymond Cummings

Blake Mills - Wednesday, September 17 - MIM Music Theater

Blake Mills isn't a household name, but like classic sidemen of lore (David Lindley, Ry Cooder, Leon Russell), he's makes an impact wherever he shows up. As a guitarist in Fiona Apple's band, and for the likes of such musicians as Lucinda Williams, Cass McCombs, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Conor Oberst, Julian Casablancas, and others, Mills has turned heads with his guitar prowess. The songs ought to earn him as much notice. His records - including 2010's Break Mirrors and this year's Heigh Ho - are remarkable, balancing folksy balladry with hard-edged pop, acoustic guitar murmurings against electric guitar ravers. Mills' voice is strong and clear, possessing an ease and confidence that shines on through the songs. -- Jason P. Woodbury

Keys N Krates - Thursday, September 18 - Monarch Theatre

Okay, here's a quick and dirty history of trap music, courtesy of our sister paper, LA Weekly. The music started as a subgenre of hip-hop, named after the slang term "trap," a place where one would go to buy drugs. Atlanta rappers seemed to pioneer what would become called "trap" -- guys like Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. As the trap sound became popular in hip-hop, electronic music producers began appropriating the sounds into their songs, increasing the mainstream exposure of the music.

In that context, meet Keys N Krates, the world's first "trap band." The Toronto trio formed in 2008 and features a drummer, a synth player, and a DJ, all coming together to produce sounds that seem to have no business coming from an instrumental trio. The band somewhat reluctantly accepts the "trap band" label, saying its influences range from house music to mainstream hip-hop, but the results are aggressive and make for a surprisingly engaging listen. Plus, how can you not be intrigued by a band who makes a music video playing their songs to skeptical Mennonites? -- David Accomazzo

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