Top 5 Metro Phoenix Concerts This Weekend

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Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret. We've got the hook up on what shows you might be interested in attending over the next couple nights and days.

This weekend's offerings include a gig by Dry River Yacht Club in the shadows of Hayden Mill, a chance to check out Detroit punk pioneers Death, or hang with EDM mega-superstar David Guetta.

And if those options don't suit your tastes, hit up our extensive online concert calendar for more choices. In the meantime, here are our picks for the top concerts in Metro Phoenix to see this weekend.

Dry River Yacht Club - Friday, April 4 - Hayden Mill

Local promoter "Psyko" Steve Chilton got many locals abuzz earlier this week when he dropped a major bombshell on his website Tuesday afternoon: The Flaming Lips were going to make a completely impromptu appearance at Dry River Yacht Club's performance this weekend in the shadow of Hayden Mill. And admittedly, it didn't seem totally farfetched (as the band's been know to stage unique outdoor performances in the past). Then, we remembered it was April Fool's Day and our visions of seeing Wayne Coyne and company al fresco along Mill Avenue vanished instantly.

But even without a blockbuster guest star, the event (which celebrates the release of DRYC's fantastic new album El Tigre on vinyl) is worthy of attending. The indie folk/gypsy/world music ensemble is at the top of their game these days, as evidenced by their excellent showing at SXSW, and should offer an enlivened performance in one of the Valley's more unique venues. Jared and the Mill, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Some Dark Hollow, and DJ Sean Watson are also scheduled to appear, and artist Matt Castleberry will project his visuals onto the mill building. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Behemoth - Friday, April 4 - Club Red

Polish death-metal titans Behemoth celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut this year with the release of their newest work, The Satanist. Band leader Nergal has long taken great pride in constructing a sound that's as much about atmosphere as brutality.

On The Satanist, the trio continues to bludgeon listeners with sheer force, but its newest effort features an increase in moshable groove, a change in direction that has led to falls from grace for lesser bands (see: Metallica, Sepultura). But instead of relying on the groove to carry their sound, Behemoth layers it in to relieve the tension of their otherwise relentless approach. Nergal is now three years removed from a battle with leukemia. Conquering that beast has only strengthened his resolve to push the boundaries of death metal. -- Jason Roche

Katie Herzig - Saturday, April 5 - Crescent Ballroom

Katie Herzig is a good example of how the music machine works in these days of crumbling record labels and multi-tentacled forms of media exposure. Like so many before her, the Colorado-born singer-songwriter moved to Nashville, but her success didn't come from Music Row or Opry-aping aesthetics -- she favors pop sheen over country fringe.

Herzig's songs have sneaked through in television soundtracks and car commercials, but she's also done enough to wow the establishment, earning a Grammy nomination in 2007. Albums such as 2011's The Waking Sleep proves that she's adept at planting earworms (the bubblegum stomper "Hey Na Na") as well as big-hearted, full-voiced ballads like "Lost and Found." -- Christian Schaeffer

Death - Saturday, April 5 - The Pressroom

The world never cared about Death. Until now. In the early 1970s, before even the long-revered "godfathers and godmothers of punk" were trailblazing the genre, the Detroit trio was doing it first (and quite well, for that matter). But nobody outside of sibling band members David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney, their family, a few neighbors, a couple of recording engineers, and one skeptical record company executive even knew the band existed. For a long time.

Ponder that for a moment.

Here is a band that made an incredible seven-song EP that went virtually unheard for decades. It's disheartening, really, to think of how close Death came to a deal. When the Hackney brothers refused to change their band name, Columbia Records president Clive Davis, one of the most powerful figures in music in the early 1970s, declined to sign the Motor City proto-punks. One of the more astute businessmen in music, Davis probably was not wrong to consider "Death" a hurdle to going gold, but there remains the inevitable "What if?" -- Tom Reardon

Read more about how the forgotten protopunks of Death are back from the grave

David Guetta - Sunday, April 6 - Maya Day and Nightclub

If you've never heard of David Guetta before, please feel free to go back underneath the rock you must've crawled out from under. After all, the tousle-haired Frenchman and internationally known house music DJ/producer is considered one of vanguards of EDM's most recent crossover surge in popularity. Plus, he took home a couple of Grammy statues before Skrillex was a household name, has cats like Snoop Dogg and will.i.am on speed dial, and was named the number one beat jockey in the world by the readers of DJ Magazine in 2011.

Oh, and he's also wildly talented at crafting infectious club hits (usually involving a collaboration with hip-hop and R&B stars like Akon, Usher, and Nicki Minaj) that have helped people go wild out on dance floors everywhere. His latest effort, a teaming with Showtek and Vassy that's titled "Bad," is just as stellar and most certainly will get blasted over the sound system at Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, when Guetta performs on Sunday, April 6, when Guetta is scheduled to perform at the joint. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Find any show in Metro Phoenix via our extensive online concert calendar.

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