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Future Shock: The Hold Steady, Regina Spektor, Saosin, and more

By Benjamin Leatherman

Get ready to crank your credit cards, PHX folks, ‘cause Future Shock’s back with the latest “just announced” concerts coming to town. This week’s edition is like a rock ‘n’ roll Baskin Robins, beeyotch, with acts representing the many different flavors the genre has to offer, from indie to emo to straight-out bizarro.

The Hold Steady With supporting act Art Brut Friday, November 9, 7 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe Tickets are $18 (on-sale info TBA, visit Everyone loves indie darlings The Hold Steady…Blender, Rolling Stone, NPR, and even Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe. They dig the Brooklyn-based foursome for its riff-heavy traditional rock sound or perhaps for lead singer Craig Finn’s lyrical depth. The geeky, glasses-wearing frontman has also the whole Elvis Costello thing going on, which is nice. Random band fact: The band has 25,658 friends on its MySpace page. Are you one of them?

Regina Spektor Sunday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix Tickets are $30 (on sale now, visit We’ve been infatuated with this Russian-born dollface ever since seeing her on Jimmy Kimmel awhile back, and not just she’s got the whole “thinking man’s pinup” beauty going on. Nope, it’s purely out of love for her eclectic style of anti-folk and indie music spun from her piano as she rides the ivories harder than Fiona Apple or Tori Amos. Her tunes kinda remind us of a young Kate Bush (and kinda looks like her too). Random band fact: Blender named Spektor as “Hottest Women of...Rock.” Guess great minds think alike.

Saosin With supporting acts Norma Jean, Alexisonfire, and The Dear & Departed Sunday, October 7, 6 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe Tickets are $15 (on sale now, visit When Saosin visited Phoenix last month, it was as a part of the Projekt Revolution tour, where they unleashed their emolicious whine-boy alt-rock for the benefit of different environmental causes. This time round, the SoCal fivesome is in it for themselves, yo, looking to suck some cash out of your wallets in exchange for their cheesy tee shirts and other crappy merch. Random band fact: The significance behind the name “Saosin” is widely debated, and might possibly be a Chinese phrase meaning “small heart,” “love with caution,” or “broccoli beef.” (Okay, we’re joking about the last one).

Circa Survive With supporting acts Ours, The Dear Hunter, Fear Before the March of Flames Saturday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Tempe Tickets are $13 pre-sale, $15 day-of-show (on-sale info TBA, visit Speaking of Saosin, the band’s one-time vocalist Anthony Green was hanging out here in Phoenix in 2004 when he realized he was miserable as lead singer and ditched his former band. Eventually the dood formed the more-experimental indie group Circa Survive with some of the former members of This Day Forward, got signed to Equal Vision Records, and hasn’t looked back. Rock on. Random band fact: One of the band’s slogans is “Thinking is heavily endorsed.”

HeavyHeavyLowLow With supporting acts Dance Gavin Dance, Foxy Shazam, and Tera Melos Thursday, November 29, 7 p.m. Modified Arts in Tempe. Tickets are $10 (on-sale TBA, visit One the other end of the sonic spectrum, the boys of HeavyHeavyLowLow bring the heavy thunder with their balls-out grindcore style. We hear they dig screaming, titanic riffs, math core, and coming up with such album names as Courtside Seats to the Greatest Fuck of All Time and Steak, Football, and Tits. Random band fact: HeavyHeavyLowLow has a reputation for throwing feces at their tourmates.

Gogol Bordello Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre in Phoenix Tickets are $17 pre-sale, $20 day-of-show (on sale now, visit We’ve never seen Gogol Bordello live in concert, but from what we’ve read, daggumit, we’re gonna be there for this show. They’re bunch of NYC upstarts who blast out of gypsy and punk, with the folky ethnic funk of the former bashing against the guitar-heavy thunk of the latter (plus they talk and sing just like Borat). Random band fact: Gogol Bordello has been described at “a bit like The Clash having a fight with The Pogues in Eastern Europe.”