Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

We're just about three weeks into 2014 and it seems like the concert schedule has finally shaken off its post-holiday doldrums. Bands and musicians everywhere -- especially those of the touring variety -- have finally finished their month-long sabbaticals and returned to the grind of the road. And you, the die-hard music fan, ultimately will reap the benefits, as the calendar of upcoming shows in the days and weeks ahead is overflowing with must-see artists and fun shows.

To wit: This week's offerings include a couple of Brooklyn faves at the Crescent (such as scrappy post-punkers Parquet Court later tonight and eclectic art rockers Islands on Thursday), a few singer-songwriters (like onetime Lumineers instrumentalist Maxwell Hughes), and even a throwback to the heyday of third-wave ska (a.k.a. Reel Big Fish). Read on and rock on.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.