Concerts

Weekend: Decker, Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Jerry Riopelle, Mergence, Cadillac Angels

This weekend is going to be busy in the Valley of the Sun. Not only is New Times invading Club Red/Red Owl for Soundcheck Festival 2012, featuring Glass Heroes, Sugar Thieves, The Love Me Nots, Father Figures, Jason Devore, Crusher Sound System, The Insects, and many many more, but there are scads of other great shows popping off: One Be Lo takes on Stray Cat tonight, hip-hop Hybridist Moe'Z plays Long Wong's on Saturday, and Raphael Saadiq brings some soul-power to the Lenny Kravitz gig on Sunday.

But that's not all. This weekend will be an especially busy one for painter Deon Doughty. Doughty is a familiar sight at Tempe shows, where he can be seen with his easel and paints. He's in the middle of crafting a series of Tempe-rocker paintings, dubbed his Blue and Gold series. He started on April 20, 2011, and plans to wrap up a series of 20 by April 20, 2012.

Doughty, who works in web development for Village Voice, is pretty excited about this weekend's Mergence show. He stopped by the office to show off his painting of Mergence frontman Adam Bruce. He just wrapped it up and is heading to the Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, February 11 to show it off to the band. Once he wraps up this series, he'll be moving on to his stage series, where he'll paint an entire scene: full band on stage, gear, and audience. "I just want to expose the Tempe scene," says Doughty. "These are my favorite bands."

Mergence's concert is one of our "must-catch" concerts this weekend. Read on for more.

Friday, February 10:

Folk-rock favorites decker. are scheduled to perform at the Rogue Bar in Scottsdale.

Former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and VHS or Beta stop by Bar Smith for DJ sets, with live music from Peachcake.

Saturday, February 11:

Phoenix favorite Jerry Riopelle and Michelle Branch play the Arizona Centennial Celebration at Arizona State Capitol Grounds.

Mergence is scheduled to perform at Crescent Ballroom.

Sunday, February 12:

Cadillac Angels are scheduled to perform at The Rhythm Room.

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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.