Pop, hip-hop, and rock stars will be making their way through the Valley this summer.
Kendrick Lamar brings the DAMN Tour to Glendale in a week that starts with Deftone with Rise Against topping a very heavy bill out at Ak-Chin Pavilion.
Here’s a look at those and other highlights.
If you’re going to Deftones, you should read our interview with bassist Sergio Vega.
And check our local music guide to see what the Valley’s finest are up to this week.
7/9: Deftones and Rise Against
Deftones and Rise Against are joining forces on a very heavy co-headlining tour, with Thrice and Frank Iero and the Patience rounding out the lineup. Seventeen years down the road from unleashing “White Pony,” the nu-metal answer to “OK Computer,” Deftones haven’t lost their knack for bringing the aggression with ambition and a sense of drama (including the occasional bloodcurdling shriek). Led by guitarist Tim McIlrath, Rise Against bring a string of alternative-radio hits to the table, including “Prayer of the Refugee,” “Re-Education (Through Labor),” “Savior,” “Help Is on the Way” and “I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore.”
Rolling Stone was full of praise when these Ohio indie-rockers dropped their second album in 2015: “’All of Something’ is full of smart, sweetly slashing indie-rock that recalls peers like Swearin’ and Waxahatchee, with wonderful tunes about wasting anxious hours on nervous boys, ‘biting my nails and biting your tongue.’ ‘Stunted’ opens like an ace Liz Phair impression, then reveals a flavor of worried drama all its own, clearing the space for breakneck shots of thrift-shop power-pop like ‘GDP’ and ‘Saturday’ — songs that blaze a breadcrumb trail from the couch to the kitchen.If you’re going, get there early. One of the Valley’s finest, Diners, will open, followed by Yeek.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, July 10. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $20; $17 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
7/12: Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is launching The DAMN. Tour in Glendale with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. The DAMN. Tour follows a spectacular appearance at Coachella and the release of his critically acclaimed fourth album, “DAMN.,” his third release to hit the charts at No. 1, selling more than 603,000 album units that first week. Pitchfork hailed “DAMN.” as “a widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expensive beats, furious rhymes, and peerless storytelling about Kendrick’s destiny in America.” The album also spawned the hip-hop icon’s first chart-topping entry on the Hot 100, “Humble.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $87-$619. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
7/14: Anthony Hamilton
It’s been 13 years since a slow-burning ballad called “Charlene” hit the pop charts, positioning North Carolina-born Hamilton as a major player in the soul revival a year after singing the hook on the Nappy Roots’ rap track “Po’ Folks” earned the singer his first Grammy nomination. And although he hasn’t had much luck crossing over to the pop charts, Hamilton’s still making good on the artistic promise of those early records on his latest album, last year’s “What I’m Feelin’.” Other song of note include “Can’t Let Go,” which topped the Adult R&B charts, and “You Got the Love I Need,” a collaboration with Al Green for which he won a Grammy.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 14. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $41-$61. 602-267-1600, ext. 1; www.celebritytheatre.com.
7/15: Shawn Mendes
The Canadian pop star peaked at No. 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with a platinum breakthrough called “Life of the Party” in 2014 but things really took off last year in 2015 with the quadruple-platinum success of “Stitches,” which hit No. 4. Both songs are featured on “Handwritten,” a debut that established Mendes as the youngest artist in five years to top the Billboard album chart. He’s 18 now and touring in support of a second chart-topping release, “Illuminate.” He’s also added three more major pop hits to his total, the platinum “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” double-platinum “Mercy” and triple-platinum “Treat You Better.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $42.75-62.75. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
7/16: Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips
The Goo Goo Dolls have been on the road consistently since the release of their 11th studio album, “Boxes,” which features the hit “So Alive.” Formed in Buffalo, the Dolls were scrappy post-Replacements rockers before their mainstream breakthrough with the wistful, acoustic-guitar-driven “Name.” Now, they’re best-known for their ballads and mid-tempo rockers, from “Iris” to “Slide.” Since winning “American Idol” in 2012, Phillips has released a platinum debut, “The World from the Side of the Moon,” and a less successful followup, “Behind the Lights.” The sales of that first album were driven in part by the quadruple-platinum breakthrough of his “Idol” coronation single, “Home,” although a second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” also went platinum.
7/16: Dirty Heads & Soja
Hailing from Huntington Beach, Calif., the Dirty Heads blend elements of reggae, ska, hip-hop and punk. “Any Port in a Storm,” their 2008 debut, included guest appearances by Billy Preston, Slash, Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows and Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome. It was the track with Ramirez, “Lay Me Down,” that gave these guys their breakthrough, topping the rock and alternative-songs charts. Subsequent hits include “Spread Too Thin,” “My Sweet Summer” and “That’s All I Need.”
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