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The 15 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Marilyn Manson is scheduled to perform on Sunday, November 3, at The Van Buren.
Marilyn Manson is scheduled to perform on Sunday, November 3, at The Van Buren.
November is starting with a bang when it comes to concerts. A slew of famous artists and acts are coming to the Valley to perform from Friday, November 1, to Thursday, November 7, including Marilyn Manson, Tom Morello, Dinosaur Jr., Melvins, Ski Mask the Slump God, and In Flames.

You can also check out concerts by The Cadillac Three, Allah-Las, Summer Walker, Helmet, Noah Gundersen, and Amigo the Devil over the next seven nights at music venues around town.

Details about each of these shows can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

Tom Morello

Friday, November 1
The Pressroom

Rage Against the Machine, guitarist Tom Morello's first and most famous project, mixed raw, explosive funk metal with the militant poetry of singer-rapper Zack de la Rocha. The band garnered millions of fans and made rock — and political — history. But it was 2018's The Atlas Underground — a collaboration with everyone from Bassnectar, Knife Party, Marcus Mumford, and members of Wu-Tang Clan — that Morello’s vision of mixing Sabbath riffs and earth-shaking political hip-hop was fully realized. Through it all, his iconic guitar — which can sound in turns like Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi's, a Kaoss Pad, or a turntable — acts as a foundation for creative takes on tasteful rap-rock with a much more infectious, clubby vibe than anything in Rage’s catalog. Hear it live at The Pressroom on Friday night. The event starts at 7 p.m. with 93Punx. Tickets are $30. Adam Perry

Legendary reggae band The Wailers. - RAYGUN AGENCY
Legendary reggae band The Wailers.
Raygun Agency

The Wailers

Friday, November 1
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

Someone should make a movie about the saga of the Wailers. Founded by reggae legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer in 1963, the seminal reggae band and its various members have influenced every style of reggae imaginable, from roots and rocksteady, to dancehall and ska. They also have survived some epic personnel losses: Marley died of cancer in 1981, Tosh was murdered during a home invasion in 1987, drummer Carlton Barrett was shot to death the same year, and vocalist Junior Braithwaite was murdered in 1999. These days, the spirit of the Wailers is kept alive by bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett (brother of the late Carlton), who played with the Marley-era Wailers and is also a former member of Lee "Scratch" Perry's band, the Upsetters. Although Marley, Tosh and many of Barrett's former bandmates may be gone, you can still hear the iconic bass lines of songs like "Get Up, Stand Up," "No Woman No Cry," and "Exodus" played by the man who wrote them. The Wailers visit the Valley on Friday night. The show is at 7:15 p.m., tickets are $25-$45, and Highest Conspiracy and Jah Los and the Rebels will open. Niki D'Andrea

click to enlarge The punks of Guttermouth. - CONCORD
The punks of Guttermouth.


Friday, November 1
Yucca Tap Room in Tempe

You should know what to expect from a Guttermouth show. If the band's name doesn't spell it out, their reputation certainly should — there's a reason the guys were banned from Canada, after all. Guttermouth are amazingly adroit at crafting '90s American-style punk rock in the vein of bands such as Green Day (before Billie Armstrong decided to become a de facto populist pundit). Taking politics, or anything, seriously is the last thing on these guys' minds.

Instead, Guttermouth are loud, fast, and irritating. Forging a career on a willingness to offend must have been a wise move, though, because the band have been at it for just shy of two decades, with nearly a dozen albums to their name. If you like your punk fast and simple, your lyrics amusingly crass and juvenile, and your onstage heroes occasionally naked, Guttermouth will be at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe on Friday. Playboy Manbaby, TV Tragedy, Skeleton Army, and No Composure will open the 7 p.m. gig. Admission is $15. Nicholas L. Hall


Friday, November 1
Club Red in Mesa

Think what you may, but at the very least, you can always count on black metal for its directness. With album titles like Bondage Goat Zombie and Goatreich-Fleshcult, the Satan-worshippers of Austrian outfit Belphegor spare no effort in expressing their unyielding love for, well, worshipping Satan. Songs like "Lucifer Incestus" and "Swarm of Rats" serve as impassioned testimony to the band's sole preoccupation. For illustration, the band close these songs with nifty sound effects like rats squealing and Lucifer growling (or is it burping?) after a round of coitus with his demonic, incest-loving concubines.

Named after a demon, Belphegor play a black-tinged brand of death metal in a crossover between the two camps that was once unthinkable but is now commonplace. For all of its somber-faced effort, Belphegor can also be a hell of a lot of fun for giggling non-Satanist listeners. Witness the blasphemy for yourself, sinner, at Belphegor’s gig on Friday night at Club Red in Mesa. Suffocation, Necronomicon, Abiotic, and Six Million Dead will open the 6 p.m. show. Tickets are $25. Saby Reyes-Kulkarni

Ski Mask the Slump God

Saturday, November 2
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

The 23-year-old Ski Mask the Slump God is quickly ascending the ranks of notable rappers from South Florida after inking a deal with Republic Records and landing a spot on the 2018 XXL Freshman list. His most recent album — Stokeley, his birth name — has been climbing the charts thanks to smash hits such as “Faucet Failure.” He’s also been expanding his craft with some big-name features and collaborating with other rising artists such as Atlanta’s Lil Baby and Chicago’s Juice Wrld. Ski Mask’s current tour brings him to the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Saturday night with support from Pouya, DJ Scheme, and Danny Towers. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $27.50-$47.50. Anna Hopkins

click to enlarge Danny Kiranos (a.k.a. Amigo the Devil) - COURTESY OF THE ORACLE MANAGEMENT
Danny Kiranos (a.k.a. Amigo the Devil)
Courtesy of The Oracle Management

Amigo the Devil

Saturday, November 2
The Nile Theater

If you never met him, you might mistake Amigo the Devil for a monster. The 31-year-old's most popular song is called "Perfect Wife." With gallows humor to make Marshall Mathers wince, it details gruesome spousal abuse that escalates until the wife rifle-blasts her husband. Two other beloved anthems are "Dahmer Does Hollywood" and "The Recluse," which was originally titled "Ed Gein."

"Everyone has morbid thoughts, but there's a very large gap between having insanely sick thoughts and actually doing them," says the Miami-raised Devil, born Danny Kiranos. "But these people exist, and I'm fascinated by them. I'm sure as hell never gonna know what it feels like." We certainly hope not. Amigo the Devil is scheduled to perform a solo show at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Nile in Mesa. Admission is $15. Jeff Weiss

Dinosaur Jr.

Sunday, November 3
Crescent Ballroom

Formed back in the '80s, Dinosaur Jr. bridged the gap between the epic guitar riffage of their '70s hard rock influences and the DIY ethos of their art-punk contemporaries like Sonic Youth. Despite the undeniable mastery of albums like You're Living All Over Me, leader J Mascis became known for his controlling nature, and tempers frayed in the band until the trio eventually splintered apart. Bassist Lou Barlow formed his equally celebrated band Sebadoh, drummer Murph joined The Lemonheads, and Mascis hired new personnel for a string of major-label records in the '90s before calling it quits. In 2005, the original lineup of Mascis, Barlow, and Murph re-formed, and have since released four new albums, including the well-regarded Farm and I Bet On Sky. They’re scheduled to peform on Sunday night at the Crescent Ballroom. Easy Action opens the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $33-$40. Douglas Markowitz