X, Puscifer, and Cake Over the Weekend

X, The Love Me Nots, and more at Club Red

Eight overlapping bands in four hours.

Last night's X show felt more like a music festival than a Friday night concert. Eager fans bounced back and forth between Club Red and Red Owl to see a bunch of bands that played some variety of punk, country, or both. See the slideshow.

Puscifer at Mesa Arts Center

Maynard James Keenan has a flair for the theatrical. Given his reputation, it's an obvious fact, but hearing about his theatrics and watching him in action are totally different things. Keenan's musical collective Puscifer, put the dramatics on display at last night's sold-out show, bringing the Conditions of My Parole Tour to Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center. See the slideshow.

Cake at the Marquee Theatre

Cake can be great for a lot of things, including eating, smashing, and celebrating. Thanks to John McCrea and the gang, last night's Cake show left an equally sweet taste in my mouth.

An absolutely packed house at the Marquee was treated to two sets of sarcasm and exceptionally enjoyable goofy, straight-faced lyrics.

As front man McCrea said, "If you tried to skip the opening and band and failed," you were still treated to some extra Cake lovin'. To the delight of the fans, John rocked the hell out of his vibraslap all night long. Everyone really got into the show as one big group, and the whole room sang along together all night. Viva la Cake community! Read more.

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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.