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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Soccer Mommy is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, April 11, at Valley Bar.
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
Soccer Mommy is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, April 11, at Valley Bar.
Look, we get it if you can't afford a trip to Coachella this year. Given that tickets and other expenses will set you back hundreds of dollars, it's totally understandable.

So why not have a do-it-yourself Coachella experience by checking out some of the shows happening around town this week?

There are burgeoning indie artists like Soccer Mommy and Frankie Cosmos, as well as longtime favorites (Matt and Kim), weirdo fringe acts (Psychotica), and even some esteemed fogey bands (The Doobie Brothers).

And the best part? You don't have to make a five-hour drive.


Details about each of these gigs can be found in our rundown of the best concerts in the Valley this week. And for even more music events happening around town, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Frankie Cosmos (center right) and the other members of her band. - ANGEL CEBALLOS
Frankie Cosmos (center right) and the other members of her band.
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Frankie Cosmos
Monday, April 9
Crescent Ballroom


Greta Kline, a.k.a. Frankie Cosmos, has a knack for writing songs that reach into your soul and wring you out like a half-soaked washcloth. She knows how to squeeze the linen just right so a sense of longing mixed with subtle sophistication splashes out on the smooth acrylic beneath her feet. You can almost see the little flowers stuck to the bottom, so she doesn’t slip while stepping out of the tub.

While Frankie Cosmos is just one of many names Kline has used to label her projects, the band she has put together for her latest record, Vessel, is confident and appealing. Simple arrangements hover around Kline’s perfect indie rock vocals and steadily strummed guitar, and they flow from song to song, leaving the listener wanting more yet satisfied. The songs are short and to the point, yet complete and show the maturity of a songwriter who recently turned 24 and has a whopping 52 releases under her belt. Tom Reardon

click to enlarge Thank You Scientist have been cooking up something unusual in their lab. - COURTESY OF APA AGENCY
Thank You Scientist have been cooking up something unusual in their lab.
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Thank You Scientist
Monday, April 9
The Rebel Lounge

Thank You Scientists are one of the more unique acts in rock as they consist of seven musicians playing instruments ranging from a shamisen and sitar to a theremin. Classifying the act into one particular genre wouldn't do them justice. Ostensibly, they’re considered a mix of progressive rock, post-hardcore, and jazz fusion, but listening to their music, you'd probably agree that they sort of transcend those labels.

During their sets, Thank You Scientist is able to groove its way through its catalog of songs while providing a stage presence that demands your attention, purely to hear what would come next. Their frenetic and kinetic sound features off-tempo changes, kinky riffs, and unpredictable sonic twists that makes you want to keep listing.

Make no mistake, the somewhat odd instrumentation that this self-described “seven-headed monster” utilizes doesn't seem as though it would draw much attention from metal fans, but it does. And Thank You Scientist is just as popular with the indie types as well. You might encounter both crowds during the band's show at The Rebel Lounge on Monday, April 9. Local bands Strelitzia and The Ephemeral will open. Austin Paetow

Matt and Kim
Tuesday, April 10
The Van Buren


Like the mythical Pied Piper, who lured and hypnotized followers with the sweet sounds of his magical flute, the dance-band duo from Brooklyn known as Matt and Kim have that same capacity to take hold of their audience.

With charming smiles, saccharine, almost childlike demeanors, and the fortitude to crowd-surf over thousands of fans, Matt and Kim live are mesmerizing. Their 2015 single "Get It" exemplifies their talents, especially their simple, catchy lyrics: "At 1 a.m.," goes the verse, "We go for gold. At 1 a.m. when we, we lost control. At 1 a.m. / Oh yeah, goddamn, goddamn! / We don't wanna go home!" Who can't get on board with that mentality? It's celebratory and rabble-rousing all at once.

Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino came together in 2004 and started making dance music with a strong pop sensibility — not necessarily the droning club-style many are familiar with but rather music to shake your booty to what's more relatable, with standard verse, chorus, and bridge structuring.

Since then, Matt and Kim have released six albums (a seventh is on the way), and their 2006 song "Daylight" was certified as a gold record. With raucous live shows to match their uplifting sound, Matt and Kim are a quintessential modern pop sensation. Jacob Uitti

click to enlarge The members of Whores. - COURTESY OF BRUTAL PANDA RECORDS
The members of Whores.
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Whores
Tuesday, April 10
The Rebel Lounge


A band’s name sets an expectation. Call your band Fluffy Bunnies and, without factoring in the possibility of irony, listeners will guess some lilting sounds will abound. Calling your band Whores, on the other hand, fosters an image of something a little edgier. The Atlanta band who bear that name? They eat edgy for breakfast.

Together, the band’s members — Christian Lembach (vocals and guitar), Donnie Adkinson (drums), and Casey Maxwell (bass) — sound like a musical army hitting you with heavy-rock assault. Their sound embraces punk, metal, and noise for a thick, driving output that defies predictability. It’s as much for fans of stoner rock or classic metal as it is for fans of old-school noise rock acts like NYC’s Unsane.

After playing for nearly six years and releasing some EPs and a split single with the band Rabbits, Whores released their first full-length, Gold, in late 2016. It was a fast favorite, charting as Rolling Stone’s 10th best metal album of the year. From front to back, the 10 songs on this record use the total runtime of 35 minutes wisely.

For this band, melodic sludge and thick rock don’t always need more than three minutes to make a point. They’re out to destroy. Like their 2013 song “Baby Bird” says, “I’m going out tonight and I hope that it hurts.” That should set the expectation for what their live show offers. Amy Young

click to enlarge Austin Getz, Casey Getz, and Danny Dempsey of Turnover. - COURTESY OF APA AGENCY.
Austin Getz, Casey Getz, and Danny Dempsey of Turnover.
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Turnover
Tuesday, April 10
The Pressroom


From pop-punk upstarts to dream-pop stars, Virginia Beach’s Turnover have evolved in strange ways since they formed in 2009. The core trio of Austin Getz (vocals, guitars), Casey Getz (drums), and Danny Dempsey (bass) started off with a Warped Tour-friendly emo punk sound and went on tour opening for spiky haired bands like New Found Glory. They didn’t stay in bullet-belt country for long. On 2015’s Peripheral Vision, they embraced a reverb-heavy, dreamy sound that had more in common with chillwave and Real Estate than The Story So Far and Blink 182.

Peripheral Vision stood out for combining watercolored sonic textures and twinkling, melodic guitars with lacerating emo lyrics. On songs like “Cutting My Fingers Off” and “Take My Head,” Turnover made visceral self-loathing sound downright pretty.

With their latest album, 2017’s Good Nature, the band have sunk even deeper into their dreamy sound. Getz still sounds as pensive and lovelorn as ever, but the music is more lush and blissed-out. Listening to them play chords that ripple like water on the effortlessly slicked-back “Breeze” and “Pure Devotion,” you can barely hear any traces left of their pop punk past. There isn’t a spike left standing. Ashley Naftule