Concerts

Weekend: Bobby BrandNew, Warsaw Poland Bros, Casey Jones, Tony Richie Tribute Show, and Calvin Harris

Okay folks, start 'yer engines: It's looking to be a pretty good weekend for music in the Valley of the Sun. You've got a lot of choices to make. Do you want to take in the hippie-dippy good vibes of Citizen Cope? The anything goes, doom metal-to-psych punk Sundown Showdown festival? How about Mouse Powell and Phoenix hip-hop legends The Insects? What about a very adult (well, by their standards anyhow) performance by They Might Be Giants?

But perhaps you're looking for more options? Well, you want 'em, we got 'em. Tonight's performance by Bobby BrandNew at Red Owl ought to be a good weekend kickoff. The Phoenix via Los Angeles and Texas rapper has an airtight sound, demonstrated on "The People's Champ," with a funky, grooving soul intro into a club banger that doesn't sacrifice any of the soul. (Plus, there's a really funny shit/toilet seat joke. Works for me!)

Read on to hear Bobby and read four more recommendations.

Friday, January 27:


ComScoreBobby Brand New, Guy Owens, Futuristic, & DJ Area4 are scheduled to perform at the Red Owl in Tempe.

Warsaw Poland Bros are scheduled to bring their gangster ska sound to Martini Ranch in Scottsdale.

Saturday, January 28:

I like to imagine that Casey Jones, scheduled to perform at The Underground in Mesa, are big Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles fans.

Expect the Tony Richey Tribute Show (celebrating the dearly departed ZiRoh bassist) to be the heaviest on the block, with performances from Casey Brooks and Friends, Daughters of Fission, Enirva, Ensphere, Hell Rancho, Our Daily Trespasses, Tintype, Twin Giant, Via Vengeance, & Weed Out the Weak at Hollywood Alley.

Sunday, January 29:

Hit the cosmic disco with Calvin Harris at Myst in Scottsdale.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.