Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

Page 3 of 5

Friday, July 27: Ava Luna @ Sail Inn

You know that business about not judging a book by its cover -- or, in the music equivalent, an indie-rock-looking band by its press photos? Ava Luna proves the truth of the old sentiment.

At first glance, the New York septet appears bound to sound like Arcade Fire or Freelance Whales, but sonically, this septet bears little resemblance to those groups. Instead, it takes classic soul as an influence, combining that silky, sweet form with fluttering vocal harmonies from a trio of female singers and economical synthesizer lines. The entire product is treated with a most careful hand, showing off Ava Luna as the new royalty of sensual minimalism. --Reyan Ali

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Phoenix New Times