The Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Charley Crockett is scheduled to perform on Sunday, January 14, at Crescent Ballroom.
Lyza Renee
Charley Crockett is scheduled to perform on Sunday, January 14, at Crescent Ballroom.
In search of something cool to do this weekend? If you’re up for seeing a show, the good news is you’ve got a variety of options.

This weekend's concert calendar includes performances by Too Short, K.Flay, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer fame, TV Girl, and Tuvan throat-singing group Huun-Huur-Tu.

And if you'd like to get your groove on, both a disco dance party and old-school hip-hop night will be going down.

Details about each of these gigs can be found below in our list of the best concerts and music events in Phoenix this weekend. And for even more options, check out our online concert calendar.

TV Girl
Friday, January 12
The Rebel Lounge

If The Jetsons were reality, it’d be easy to picture some space-age teen trying to wow Judy Jetson with a mixtape full of TV Girl songs. A Los Angeles-based trio, TV Girl makes music that sounds simultaneously futuristic and retro. They blend ’60s-style pop melodies with electro-dance vibes and samples, creating a weird kind of introspective indie dance music. Imagine Belle & Sebastian trying to follow in the footsteps of indie dance-rock acts like St. Etienne and Screamadelica-era Primal Scream.

TV Girl’s music sounds so playful and disorienting because of their deft sampling skills. Disembodied voices from yesteryear bob in and out of the mix, creating an anything-goes atmosphere that recalls classic sample-heavy albums like Paul’s Boutique and 3 Feet High and Rising.

On the band’s latest album, Who Really Cares, TV Girl use their blissful sound to subversive effect. They sing songs about safe words, lovers who fake orgasms, and heaven as a bedroom, while backed by music that sounds like it could soundtrack a kids’ TV show. Ashley Naftule

click to enlarge The musicians of Huun-Huur-Tu. - COURTESY OF RIOT ARTISTS
The musicians of Huun-Huur-Tu.
Courtesy of Riot Artists
Friday, January 12
Musical Instrument Museum

What exactly does throat singing sound like? Think of a swarming mass of Africanized bees buzzing inside a long narrow pipe, a deep baritone rumble ebbing and flowing in relation to the opening. That's kinda close. The singing – technically the sound's created by the singer singing both the note (drone) and the drone's overtone(s), producing up to several notes at once – also can sound like a flute, bird, horse, or whistle, though the bee-like hum is most famously recognizable.

Hailing from Tuva, a tiny Russian Federation republic on the Mongolian border, Huun-Huur-Tu formed in 1992, though the tradition of throat singing dates back hundreds of years, initially developed by nomadic herders who sang to accompany themselves in the beautiful and mysterious landscape of the Tuvan steppe.

And it is from that inspiring phenomenon of vertical light rays shining down from the late-day or early-morning clouds across an endless horizon – stunning, like this hauntingly exquisite music – that Huun-Huur-Tu takes its name. Indigenous instruments such as the cello-like igil, khomus (Tuvan jaw harp), dünggür (shaman drum), three-stringed doshpuluur, and others, eventually were added as musical accents to what initially was a vocal-only affair for herders. Western instruments – even electronics – have found a place within this traditional folk music. Glenn BurnSilver

The Concrete Piñatas Experience
Friday, January 12
Last Exit Live

Dion Mastrangelo, the producer better known as The Premonist, released the shadowy hip-hop album Concrete Piñatas last October. Featuring vocals by Cashtue and DoneOne and a smattering of spoken samples, it’s an album that requires some of the best audio and visual artists in the Valley to bring it to life. Thankfully, Avenue of the Arts is up to the challenge.

Last Exit Live will transform into a “twisted church brought to life,” according to the collective’s MC and co-promoter Michael Rodriquez. They will debut the new video “MACH10” from the outfit’s upcoming untitled album. Hosted by Joey Baggs, the evening will also feature performances by O.P.M. and FATED, with DJ Psycho Pat at the turntables, and a mashup of cumbia dance music from DJ Les 735 and drummer Rafa Calaka.

There will be free giveaways — as well as artwork on display and available for purchase from El Spawk, Steve Caballero, and others creatives. Additional surprises are in store for what might be the most exciting church mass you’ve ever attended. Jason Keil

Old School! '90s R&B and Hip-Hop Dance Party
Friday, January 12
Crescent Ballroom

Hip-hop fans, rejoice. A lot of landmark albums are celebrating a major anniversary this year, which is cause enough for celebration. To wit: Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders are all turning 25. Meanwhile, discs like OutKast’s Aquemini, Big Pun’s Capital Punishment, and Hieroglyphics’ 3rd Eye Vision are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

There’s a good chance you’ll hear tracks from many of these influential albums playing over the sound system of the Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue, during the Old School! '90s R&B and Hip-Hop Dance Party on Friday, January 12.

As you'd probably guess by the name of the event, local DJs Slick 76 and Jorge Melo will spin up retro hip-hop and R&B hits throughout the evening, including joints and jams by many of the aforementioned acts. You might also hear tracks from such ‘90s faves as Beastie Boys, Warren G., Ice Cube, Usher, Tupac, and the Notorious B.I.G. The party starts at 10 p.m. Admission is $3 in advance, $5 on the day of the event. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge The members of Stabbing Westward. - COURTESY OF 13TH FLOOR ENTERTAINMENT
The members of Stabbing Westward.
Courtesy of 13th Floor Entertainment
Stabbing Westward
Friday, January 12
Club Red in Mesa

When you're from rural Illinois and take style cues from Robert Smith, you can expect to be misunderstood.

In 1986, industrial rock band Stabbing Westward felt a swift move to the Windy City was in order for this very reason. It took until 1994 for the band to make a mark, but the wait was worth it when Ungod was released. Stabbing Westward enjoyed success throughout the '90s, but in 2002 went on indefinite hiatus. In 2016 they reunited for their 30th anniversary and are continuing to play throughout 2018.

This weekend, they make a long-awaited return to the Valley for a show at Club Red. Locals Paranova, There Is No Us, Amnestic, and Swindy will open. Diamond Victoria

click to enlarge DJ Mercurius FM - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
DJ Mercurius FM
Benjamin Leatherman
Good Times: A Disco Party for Boys and Girls
Friday, January 12
Rips Bar

Disco music was a part of an American subculture that brought together people of different backgrounds to express themselves freely. During Good Times: A Disco Party for Boys and Girls on Friday, January 12, DJs Mercurius FM and Fact135 will try to create an atmosphere similar to Studio 54 – albeit a much tamer version, where you can let go of your troubles and boogie to the music.

Mercurius FM is an electronic DJ with 12 years of experience, and Fact135’s a scene veteran with over 20 years behind the turntables. The duo will play a mixture of hit songs and lesser-known music. A special guest DJ will also join the pair on the decks.

The event starts at 9 p.m. at Rips. There is no cover, and the club will have free pizza and drink specials. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Laura Latzko