Luke Bryan, Jay-Z, Fall Out Boy, Janet Jackson, Halsey, Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons and Depeche Mode are among the bigger concerts playing Phoenix this fall. We also have the Arizona State Fair Concert series to look forward to, as well as the inaugural Lost Lake Festival with Chance the Rapper.
9/27: Depeche Mode
This is what I had to say about David Gahan the last time these guys made their way through Phoenix.
“Gahan is one of rock and roll’s essential front men, working the stage with a raw sexuality that would have made a young Mick Jagger seem a bit demure. It’s hard to say if he’s more a male exotic dancer trapped inside the body of a rock star or a rock star trapped inside the body of a male exotic dancer. Either way, he owns it. After performing a sizeable chunk of the concert with his vest unbuttoned while swiveling and grinding his way into the night, he finally removed the vest and twirled it around his finger as Martin Gore played the opening riff to a slow-burning alternate version of ‘Personal Jesus’ that underscored the sexual promise of those lyrics with conviction.
“On more than one occasion, Gahan made the mike stand his personal stripper pole.
“And yet, for all his many stripper moves, often performed with his back to the crowd, it didn’t detract from the music’s emotional gravity. In fact, it somehow added to it. His Morrisonesque persona and soulful baritone proved the perfect vehicle to underscore the Kurt-Weill-writing-songs-for-Soft-Cell swagger of ‘Angel,’ the second consecutive track from the new release. And having pranced and preened his way through the opening riff of ‘Walking in My Shoes,’ he managed to invest the lyrics with all the wounded bravado the chorus requires.”
They’re bringing Tour Two to Comerica Theatre in support of “After Laughter,” their first album in more than four years. Paste magazine summed it up as “an undeniably hooky record that strays from its grunge-rock roots and finds the band in a place where they’ve found the fun in their craft once again” while DIY magazine noted, “It may just be perfect.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $35. 602-379-2800, comericatheatre.com.
This EDM duo broke through with a platinum single called “Alive,” which topped Billboard’s EDM airplay charts. Their debut album, “Get Wet,” also topped the dance charts. Earlier this year, that single made a list of the 50 Best EDM Songs You’ve Heard at Every Summer Festival. Other dance hits of note include “Live for the Night,” “Enjoy the Ride” and “Team.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $26-$41. thevanburenphx.com.
9/29: Motionless in White
These industrial metalcore veterans are touring in support of this year’s “Graveyard Shift,” an album that should speak directly – at times in a nightmarish whisper – to fans of Marilyn Manson. Like their second and third albums, “Infamous” and “Reincarnate,” it earned raves from Kerrang! and Alternative Press, who called it “the truest representation of the band to date.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $24-$44. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
These Sacramento dance-punk veterans are touring in support of “Shake the Shudder.” It’s their seventh album and in keeping with tradition, this one hits the dancefloor hard with the falsetto-fueled pop hooks and slinky guitar of “The One 2” and keeps its groove on through the horn-driven funk of the album-closing “R Rated Pictures.”
It also boasts what feels like it could be their most compelling mission statement yet in “Dancing is the Best Revenge.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20; $18 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
9/30: Benjamin Booker
The New Orleans rocker most likely to channel Otis Redding and the “Nuggets” box set in the same amazing breath is headed to town in support of “Witness,” an album that finds him avoiding the sophomore slump by expanding the scope of his sound into territory far beyond the breathless garage-punk abandon of his debut.
He even holds his own against the legendary Mavis Staples on the title track, where Staples weighs in on America’s ongoing struggle for racial equality with “Am I gonna be a witness” and Booker speaks explicitly to Black Lives Matter with “See we thought that we saw that he had a gun / Thought that it looked like he started to run.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20-$30. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
10/1: Andy Mineo
This Christian hip-hop star has topped the Christian album charts with two consecutive releases, a debut called “Heroes for Sale” and 2015’s “Uncomfortable,” on which Jesus Freak Hideout felt he “hits home on some serious thoughts for rap fans to consider.” Mineo launched his career in 2009 with a mixtape title “Sin is Wack.”
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $17-$35. thevanburenphx.com.
10/3: The Shins with Spoon
The Shins and Spoon will be playing four concerts together this year. And one of those concerts is happening right in Phoenix (your reporter is resisting the urge to end that sentence with several exclamation marks). The tour is in support of two of this year’s most acclaimed releases, the Shins’ “Heartworms” and Spoon’s “Hot Thoughts.” In an interview quoted on Pitchfork, James Mercer, the last remaining member of the “Oh, Inverted World” lineup, said the new music is closer to the way they sounded on their first three albums by design.
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.50-$50. ticketfly.com.
The Skinny responded to this EDM sensation’s latest effort when it hit the streets in January with a total rave, concluding that “‘Migration’ is the acid test for electronic music in 2017, and sets a standard that will be undeniably difficult to beat, let alone match.” Meanwhile, MixMag declared it “a record of subtle strength, with all-encompassing warmth and chilled introspection.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $28-$43. thevanburenphx.com.
10/3: Mura Masa
The Los Angeles Times has hailed this 21-year-old U.K. producer’s live show as “euphoric genre-hopping” while NPR music salutre his “masterful mix of styles and sounds.” He performs as a bit of a one-man band, playing piano, synthesizer, drum, guitar, and percussion all while meticulously crafting his lush beats.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $22. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
10/4: Father John Misty
The singer’s darkly comic narratives, often done in character, have marked J. Tillman as the Randy Newman of his generation – not that I see Pixar work in Tillman’s future. He’s headed to town in support of “Pure Comedy,” an effort guaranteed to figure prominently on the shortlist of the year’s most celebrated albums.
A third straight triumph for the singer-songwriter, it made our mid-year Albums of the Year (So Far) list, where I hailed it as “an album packed with richly orchestrated chamber-pop arrangements topped by Tillman’s withering yet wildly entertaining portrait of humanity as “a race of demented monkeys.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. $35-75. phoenix.ticketforce.com.
10/4: Four Year Strong
These New England punks will continue their celebration of the 10th anniversary of “Rise or Die Trying” on a tour called USA Takeover: Part 2 with Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale and Life Lessons. In the meantime, they’ve release a compilation packed with rarities, unheard originals, unplugged classics and reimagined favorites, the aptly titled, “Some Of You Will Like This, Some Of You Won’t.”
Details: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $17-$20. www.niletheater.com.
10/5: Flaming Lips and Mac DeMarco
The Flaming Lips and Mac DeMarco are playing Comerica Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 5. The Lips last played the Valley last October at the Arizona State Fair, a magical night to which I responded in my review (which you can read in its entirety just by clicking these words): “It takes a certain breed of entertainer to lead the members of an audience on an emotional journey from the smile-inducing spectacle of ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1,’ with Wayne Coyne surrounded by giant inflatables, including Santa Claus, to the existential majesty of ‘Do You Realize??,’ which brought me to tears.” The Canadian singer-songwriter most likely to perform nude (with apologies to Gordon Lightfoot), DeMarco is touring an album titled “This Old Dog,” his much-anticipated followup to “Another One.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $40-$50. ticketmaster.com.
10/6: Gary Allan
He’s topped the country charts with four singles since hitting his stride in the early 2000s — “Man to Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing On But the Radio” and the platinum “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” which hit the top in 2013. He hasn’t had much luck with hits since then, despite releasing songs with names that should sound right at home at country radio (“It Ain’t the Whiskey” and “Hangover Tonight”).
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
These Canadian noise-rock sensations are touring on third album “Near to the Wild Heart of Life.” Popmatters compared the album to the Who, Bruce Springsteen and Explosions in the Sky, proclaiming that “every moment on the record feels like life and death.” And that would have to qualify as faint praise compared to that review in The Atlantic, which hailed it as “one of the best pure rock ’n’ roll albums of the decade.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25-$40. thevanburenphx.com.
10/7: Marco Antonio Solis
The former lead singer of Los Bukis has been awarded five Latin Grammy Awards and two Lo Nuestro Awards, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame. His latest album, “Gracias Por Estar Aquí,” topped the Billboard Latin charts in 2013.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix. $65-$200. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
These Sacramento rockers may be best remembered for their mainstream breakthrough in the ’90s with a spoken-word novelty hit about going the distance. But their catalog is packed with songs that should appeal to anyone who loved “The Distance,” including the chart-topping Modern Rock hit, “Never There,” their take on the disco hit “I Will Survive” and any number of the better songs on “Showroom of Compassion.”
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/7: Sin Bandera
The teaming of Mexican Leonel Garcia and Argentine Noel Schajris as Sin Bandera resulted in a five-year string of smash hits, including “Que Lloro,” “Entra en Mi Vida” and “Pero No.” The pair split in 2007 but regrouped last year for an EP (“Una Ultima Vez”), a live album (“Primera Fila: Una Ultima Vez (Encore”) and a tour that finally makes its way to Arizona. This is pop balladry at its finest.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39-$99. 602-379-2800, livenation.com.
10/7: Jeremy Camp
In addition to winning five Dove Awards, this Indiana-based contemporary Christian artists has been nominated for three American Music Awards and a Grammy in the course of a 12-year career. He’s also topped the Christian charts with several hits, including “Walk By Faith,” “Take You Back,” “This Man,” “Let It Fade” and “There Will Be a Day.”
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $17.50-$73. 602-639-8979, gcuarena.com.
10/7: Post Malone
This multi-platinum white rapper from Dallas is rocking his braids on the biggest tour of his career as a headlining act for a platinum debut album titled “Stoney.” The album’s first single, released in advance, was the quadruple-platinum smash, “White Iverson.” And three more charting singles followed, the platinum “Go Flex” and triple-platinum “Congratulations.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. SOLD OUT. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
10/8: Scorpions and Megadeth
The Scorpions Crazy World tour shares a name with an album they released 1990. That makes this the 27th anniversary. And no one stages 27th anniversary tours. So what’s the story?
“When our album ‘Crazy World’ was released back in ’91, right at the end of the Cold War,” Klaus Meine says, “we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future. Now… things are getting more crazy every other day. After all these years, Crazy World is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour.”
Founded in 1965, the German rockers topped the U.S. rock charts with 1982’s “No One Like You,” a soaring power ballad they soon followed with their first Top 40 single, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” Their biggest U.S. hit came later with another ballad, “Wind of Change.” They finished 46th on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, and “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was No. 18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix. $40-$425.25. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
10/8: Kidz Bop
Fans can look forward to an entirely new Kidz Bop experience at the 2017 show. The family-friendly live concert will feature brand-new songs, choreography and set design. The tour is headlined by the newest group of Kidz Bop Kids, who were introduced in January with the release of “Kidz Bop 34.” The Kidz Bop Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist” for the past seven consecutive years.
Details: 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $29.50-$189. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
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10/11: Billy Currington
The man has topped the Billboard country charts no fewer than 11 times, from “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” to “Good Directions,” “People Are Crazy,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Hey Girl,” “We Are Tonight,” “Don’t It,” “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” and “Do I Make You Wanna.” Must be doin’ somethin’ right.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/11: Comeback Kid
These Canadian punks, whose name is a tip of the hockey helmet to the legendary Mario Lemieux, are hitting the road in support of “Outsider,” the long-awaited followup to “Die Knowing.” Alternative Press responded to their previous release in 2014 with “The reference points may be obvious and the sounds familiar, but Die Knowing succeeds where so many fail: in conveying emotion, engaging the listener and creating an experience.”
Details: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $16-$18. www.niletheater.com.
It could be argued that their sound is more hard rock than heavy metal. Fair enough. And when they won Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance at the Grammys in 2013, it touched off a serious backlash. But this is not a Grammy. Elizabeth “Lzzy” Hale and brother Arejay have been writing and performing their own songs since 1997, when Lzzy was 13 and Arejay was 10. Released in 2009, their self-titled debut sent two songs — “I Get Off” and “It’s Not You” (which may or may not be related) — to the Top 10 on the active-rock charts. Released in 2012, “The Strange Case of …” spun off three more Top 10 active-rock hits, including two chart-toppers, the rollicking hard-rocker “Love Bites (So Do I)” and the glam-metal swagger of “Freak Like Me.” Their latest effort is “Into the Wild Life,” which Classic Rock magazine declared “an astonishing, tour-de-force performance, ferocious and committed and dripping with confidence.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/12: Portugal. the Man
These psychedelic rockers pulled in raves from PopMatters and Paste for their eighth album, “Woodstock.” As PopMatters wrote, “With ‘Woodstock,’ Portugal. The Man continues to be exceptionally colorful, polished, moving, and determined. Sure, the group has lost a sliver of their uniqueness in the move toward a more commercially viable and accessible sound, but the vast majority of their idiosyncratic identity is still here.” And speaking of “still here,” John Gourley’s upper register remains one of the more distinctive instruments in modern rock, having inspired Alternative Press to name him the top vocalist of 2008. His singing on the new disc is as haunting as it was on such earlier triumphs as “Church Mouth,” “The Satanic Satanist” and “Evil Friends,” and have the timeless-on-impact appeal of all their finest work.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $27-$45. thevanburenphx.com.
10/13: Fiesta Friday
Presented by Power 98.3 and 96.1 at the 2017 Arizona State Fair. Fiesta Friday features Baby Bash (whose hits include the double-platinum “Cyclone,” “Suga Suga” and “Baby I’m Back”), MC Magic, Lil Rob and Brown Boy.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/13: Andrew Bird
The artist most likely to whistle is headed to Mesa in support of “Are You Serious,” a 10th album that pulled in raves from the Line of Best Fit, Paste magazine and Record Collector, where it earned a perfect score.
As Record Collector heard it, “Bird changed up the backing group from his previous three records and picked a producer he worked with during 2005 solo breakthrough, ‘The Mysterious Production Of Eggs.’ The result of all this makes Are You Serious arguably his best, at least since ‘Eggs.'”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. $36-$41. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
10/14: Gin Blossoms
This year marks the 25th anniversary of “New Miserable Experience,” the quadruple-platinum triumph that took these Tempe rockers from headlining Long Wong’s to rocking the mainstream.
In looking back on the album earlier this year, Rolling Stone wrote, “Produced by the late John Hampton, who engineered albums by Alex Chilton and the Replacements, ‘New Miserable Experience’ took its cues from Chilton’s Big Star and Paul Westerberg’s alt-rock progenitors, who also recorded at Ardent. Like those groups, the Gin Blossoms excelled at marrying world-weary lyrics with ebullient melodies. Superficially, the songs on New Miserable Experience were windows-down, carefree anthems, but underneath they exposed heartache, longing and despair.”
Having recently taken their well-deserved place in the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, they arrive at the Fair with a brand new album they recorded with the R.E.M. production duo of Don Dixon and Mitch Easter to promote.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/14: BOO! Arizona
Insomniac and Relentless Beats present a costume party for the EDM crowd with 12th Planet b2b Crizzly, Bonnie X Clyde, Bro Safari, KSHMR, Laidback Luke, Monxx, Valentino Khan, Zomboy and more acts to be announced.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. $49-$65. 480-502-5600, relentlessbeats.com.
10/14: Harry Styles
The One Direction veteran topped the album charts in May with a self-titled solo debut, preceded by single “Sign of the Times,” a soulful, soaring gem that topped the charts in more than 84 countries the day it was released. The album was executive produced by Jeff Bhasker, with additional production from Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon. Styles began to showcase the live show with his debut performance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where he premiered the album track “Ever Since New York” and “Sign of the Times,” with an additional performance of the single on BBC talk show “The Graham Norton Show.” He also picked up three Teen Choice Awards this year, having previously won Male Hottie and Smile at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Sold out. ticketmaster.com.
The Gemini Tour takes its name from the hit maker’s first solo album in more than 10 years. The album was preceded by the Skylar Grey-assisted “Glorious,” which Complex said “provides an uplifting, anthemic vibe that Macklemore uses to put into focus his own legacy and what it means to truly make a mark.” And Macklemore has definitely made some sort of mark with the records he’s released with Ryan Lewis, including the mutlplatinum triumphs “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” “Same Love” and “White Walls.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $36-$66. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
10/14: Oh Wonder
The London-based indie-pop duo of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West are touring the States on “Ultralife,” their second album. Uncut responded with a rave that cited several helpful frames of reference. “There are shades of Chvrches in the title track, with its soaring choruses and shimmering soundscapes, while ‘Bigger Than Love’ is The xx with a massive soul injection.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $20-$35. thevanburenphx.com.
10/15: Jake Miller
The Miami-born, L.A.-based recording artist has one million Instagram followers, 660,000 Twitter followers and more than 570,000 YouTube subscribers. So don’t feel bad for him if you don’t recognize his name. He’s been featured in Popstar Magazine, Pop Crush, Teen.com, MTV, Just Jared Jr., and more, and performed alongside Pharrell, Mac Miller, Austin Mahone, Ariana Grande, Flo Rida and Jason Derulo. His 2015 EP “Rumors” topped the iTunes album charts upon release.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/15: AiR1 Positive Hits Tour
Fronted by a married couple, Skillet’s music ranges from alt-metal to post-grunge. They’ve topped the Christian album charts with three consecutive releases — 2009’s platinum “Awake,” 2013’s “Rise” and last year’s “Unleashed.” They’ve also topped the Christian rock songs chart 19 times. Nine of those songs crossed over to the mainstream rock charts, including a platinum ode to Jesus Christ called “Hero” and last year’s “Feel Invincible,” which topped the mainstream rock charts. They’re joined by Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Tauren Wells and Gawvi.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $19.75-$36.75. 602-639-8979, gcuarena.com.
10/15: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Reggae legend Bob Marley’s youngest son is on tour in support of his first solo album in a decade, “Stony Hill,” which features guest appearances from his brother Stephen, Big Youth and Bounty Killer’s son Major Myjah. Rolling Stone called it “an inspiring 18-track collection, flexing authority on roots jams and dancehall bangers, political meditations, and come-ons.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $33.40-$48.50. thevanburenphx.com.
The Synthesis Live Tour shares a name with Evanescence’s fourth album, due this fall. Like the album, shows will feature Evanescence reimagining their best known work with a full orchestra, combined with electronics and, as you may have imagined, Amy Lee’s voice and piano.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $51-$282. ticketmaster.com.
These French progressive-metal veterans were originally named Godzilla, changing their name to avoid a lawsuit without really changing it. Gojira is Godzilla in Man’y?gana, an ancient writing system that employs Chinese characters to represent the Japanese language. Either way, it suits their truly monstrous sound — a sound the Guardian once praised as “metal taken to a higher plane of brilliance.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $36-$56. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
10/17: Dinosaur Jr.
J. Mascis made the Alternative Nation safe for speaker-shredding, fuzz-drenched Neil Young-style guitar heroics on Dinosaur Jr. albums as essential as “You’re Living All Over Me,” “Bug” and “Green Mind.” And he definitely tapped into the essence of those classics in the bittersweet guitar jams that constitute the bulk of last year’s stunning “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not,” on which he offered more than just a glimpse of what he’s kinda always been. Of course, it helps that it’s the fourth consecutive release to boast the classic lineup – Lou Barlow on bass and Murph on drums – since they got back together and blessed us with “Beyond” in 2007.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $20-$40. thevanburenphx.com.
10/18: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers are bringing the Getaway Tour to Glendale for a concert at Gila River Arena with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The tour takes its name from the Peppers’ 11th studio release, which hit the charts at No. 2 in June and has already sent lead single, “Dark Necessities,” to No. 1 on both the mainstream rock and alternative songs charts. The album, produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich, was praised by Rolling Stone for its “top-shelf modern-rock splendor.”
Details: Wednesday, Oct. 18. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $49-$99. 800-745-3000, gilariverarena.com.
10/19: Randy Houser
Long before he scored his first big break in Nashville as an artist, Houser co-wrote “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” a Top 5 entry on the country charts for Trace Adkins in 2002. His own first hit came six years later with “Anything Goes,” a song he did not write that hit No. 16 on the country chart. His second, far more playful single, “Boots On,” peaked at No. 2 in 2009 and finished third on Billboard’s year-end country singles chart. Since then, he’s topped the country airplay charts with the platinum “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “We Went.” Other hits include the Top 10 country singles “Goodnight Kiss” and “Like a Cowboy.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/19: Andre Rieu
As a young boy in the Netherlands, Rieu would watch as his father conducted the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra. And it impressed the budding violinist how the audience reaction shifted every time his father ended a performance with a Strauss waltz.
“He saw, as I do, that Strauss was a genius,” Rieu says. “I remember that during his concerts, he would play Rachmaninoff and Beethoven, whatever, and the audience around me was all very stiff and rigid. Nobody dared to move. And then, for the Strauss waltz, there was a completely different atmosphere — like ‘We are loose now. We can smile. We can even hum the melody or move with the three-quarter bar.’ That struck me, even at that time.”
The violinist leads the 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, having acquired the title the Waltz King after scoring a huge hit in Holland in 1994 with “The Second Waltz” from Shostakovich’s “Suite for Variety Orchestra.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $42-$369. ticketmaster.com.
10/19: A Day to Remember
These Florida metalcore veterans hit the charts at No. 2 last year with “Bad Vibrations.” The album was hailed by Kerrang! as their “heaviest record since 2007’s ‘For Those Who Have Heart’” while Alternative Press wrote, “As adept as the band are at alternating between metalcore and pop-punk, (Jeremy) McKinnon’s words are similarly nuanced and multifaceted here.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $37.50-$67.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
10/20: Cafe Tacuba
These Mexican rockers were recently hailed in Rolling Stone for having “continually defined the cutting edge of Latin alternative music” for more than a quarter-century. In that same article, their front man Rubén Albarrán explained how having been formed at the height of the rock en espanol explosion had shaped their vision. “It was a very beautiful era of Mexican music,” he said, going on to explain that all the bands on that scene “had the same intention: to seek elements from within for creation. We were all very different and each group had their unique way of expressing themselves.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/20: Have Mercy
“Make the Best of It” could be the emo-flavored alt-rock album of the year, due in large part to the urgency with which guitarist Brian Swindle brings the hooks. And these Baltimore rockers are bringing their tour in support of that album to Mesa with support from Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and A Will Away.
Alternative Press responded to the album with a four-star rave, concluding, “Sure, this sound has been kicking around in various forms since the early 2000s Drive-Thru and Vagrant Records eras…. But rarely has it been done so well.” Swindle promises a lot of songs from “Make The Best Of It” and “a bunch of songs we don’t normally play.”
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $15-$25. www.niletheater.com.
10/20-22: Lost Lake Festival
The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Odesza, the Roots, Run the Jewels, the Pixies, Haim and Ludacris are among the higher-profile artists set to play at the inaugural music festival. Superfly, the co-creators of the iconic Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival, will launch the multi-format Lost Lake Festival at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix.
Details: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $164.50 for GA three-day pass, with VIP tickets starting at $499.50. LostLakeFestival.com.
10/21: Snoop Dogg
It’s been 25 years since Snoop Dogg grabbed the culture by the collar with a featured rap on Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang,” announcing his arrival with “Ready to make an entrance, so back on up.” It wasn’t long before he’d made good on the promise of that entrance with such early hits as “What’s My Name?” and “Gin and Juice.” He topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004 with the Pharrell-assisted “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and returned to the top in 2010 as the featured guest on Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 21. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/21: A$AP Mob
The Harlem rap collective founded in 2006 and helmed by A$AP Rocky hit the Billboard album charts at No. 13 last November with “Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends.” The sequel, “Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy,” hit the streets in August, boasting guest appearances from Big Sean, Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Chief Keef, Gucci Mane, Schoolboy Q, Frank Ocean, Jaden Smith and Flatbush Zombies.
10/21: Punk in Drublic Festival
Fat Mike will bring the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival to Fear Farm with co-headliners NOFX and Bad Religion joined by Goldfinger, Authority Zero, Guttermouth and more.
The festival sprang from the mind and liver of NOFX frontman Fat Mike, who teamed with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager, which will be available at the festival, along with dozens of other craft beers. The festival is named for NOFX’s classic “Punk In Drublic” album, which has sold more than one million copies,
Details: 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Fear Farm, 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix. $35-$199. ticketmaster.com.
10/22: Forever in Your Mind
Emery Kelly was 16 and Ricky Garcia 14 when they were both eliminated during boot camp week on Season 3 of “The X-Factor.” But Simon Cowell knew better, forming a trio with those two and Jon Klaasen. They sang a cover of the Jonas Brothers’ “Lovebug” and were the last contestants cut before the final 16. Klaasen left the group a few months later with Kelly’s cousin Liam Attridge stepping in to fill the void. Last year, Variety reported that the Disney Channel has greenlit a supernatural comedy starring the trio as three brothers who were bitten by a vampire during their debut concert in 1957. According to Variety, “After living in the shadows for over half a century to keep their vampire-identities a secret, they meet a music producer who convinces them to reemerge as a vampire boy band. Now, on track to become stars, the boys are excited to breathe new life into their music career while trying to live as normal teenagers.”
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
With 2006’s “Dark Light,” these metallic alternative rockers became the first Finnish artists in history to have an album be certified gold in the States. Their latest album, 2012’s “Tears on Tape,” is a dark, dramatic affair fueled by heavy, distorted guitars that inspired the critic at Classic Rock magazine to hail it as “a glorious return to form for one of the world’s most peculiarly successful bands.”
Details: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $45-$60. thevanburenphx.com.
10/24: Azealia Banks
This New York rapper was all of 19 when she took the blogosphere by storm with a debut single named “212,” which ended 2011 in the upper reaches of critics’ lists at the Guardian, NME, Pitchfork and the Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll. Her latest effort is a mixtape titled “Slay-Z,” to which NME responded, ” ‘Slay-Z’ is a blast. What sets Banks apart from her peers is her ability to bounce effortlessly between genres.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25-$40. thevanburenphx.com.
10/25: Our Lady Peace
These Canadian rockers, led by vocalist Raine Maida, have sold millions of albums worldwide and won ten MuchMusic Video Awards — the most ever awarded to any group or artist. They’ve had a string of alternative-radio hits in the States, from “Starseed” and “Superman’s Dead” in the ’90s to 2002’s “Somewhere Out There” and “Innocent.”
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/25: Regina Spektor
The Soviet-born singer-songwriter recently completed a sold-out U.S tour in support of the critically acclaimed “Remember Us To Life.” The Santa Barbara Independent said the singer “captivated audiences with impeccable storytelling and whimsical piano playing” while the Portland Press Herald called the show “soul-moving,” noting that Spektor “delivered a stunning performance.” When Spektor shot a music video for “Black and White,” an understated highlight of the album, in in the ornate lobby of Chicago’s long-abandoned Uptown Theater, it made our playlist of best February singles.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $49.50-125. 602-267-1600, ext. 1; celebritytheatre.com.
10/25: The Devil Wears Prada
Fresh off a spring run with Killswitch Engage and Anthrax, the Devil Wears Prada are back in the headlining spot for a tour they’ve named No Sun / No Moon in honor of a documentary of the same name chronicling the making of their latest album, “Transit Blues.”
“I could not be more excited for the No Sun / No Moon documentary release,” says singer Mike Hranica. “Versus what we’ve done in the past, there’s no comparison. We’ve always felt there’s been drastic room for improvement, and what Quinn Brabender came up with met our expectations.”
They’re joined by Veil of Maya and Thousand Below. All tour attendees will have the chance to pick up a free download card for the documentary at the merch table during the show.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $20-$22. 480-559-5859, www.niletheater.com.
10/26: Luke Bryan
The country-pop sensation brings his Huntin’ and Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour to town with Brett Eldredge and Granger Smith opening. Bryan’s latest album, “Kill the Lights,” hit Billboard’s country charts at No. 1, his third consecutive release to do so on its way to going double-platinum. His hits include country chart-toppers “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Drunk on You,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink a Beer,” “Play It Again,” “I See You,” “Kick the Dust Up” and “Strip it Down.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $34-$384. ticketmaster.com. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/26: Marilyn Manson
This is what I had to say about Manson the last time he played Phoenix, opening for Slipknot.
“I’d heard some negative buzz about earlier stops on the tour, but he was in top form Saturday, from the time he made his first appearance as a silhouette behind the screen on ‘Angel With the Scabbed Wings’ (the first of several highlights plucked from the mom-baiting ‘Antichrist Superstar’ album) through the stilt-walking antics on ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ and the bible-burning theatrics of ‘Antichrist Superstar,’ as played out at the top of his towering podium.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/27: Rick Springfield
The point is never moot. This Australian rocker had a minor pop hit in the early ’70s with a single called “Speak to the Sky.” But Springfield’s proper mainstream breakthrough came a decade later when he topped the charts with “Jessie’s Girl” and followed through with Sammy Hagar’s “I’ve Done Everything for You.” Other hits include “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “Affair of the Heart” and “Human Touch.”
Details: 7. p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/27-28: Apache Lake Music Festival
This two-day festival is in its eight year of presenting a great cross-section of the Valley’s hottest bands for a weekend of music and camping. This year’s lineup features 2 Tone Lizard Kings, Adero, Analog Outlaws, Aunt B, Banana Gun, Bear Ghost, Brothers Gow, CHKLZ, the Color 8, Dry River Yacht Club, Geibral Elisha Movement, Harrison Fjord, the Hourglass Cats, Jane N’ the Jungle, Jay Allan & the Uncommon Good, Japhy’s Descent, Los Chollas Peligrosas, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Sara Robinson Band, the Sink or Swim, the Stakes, the Sugar Thieves, Sympathy F, Vintage Wednesday, the Woodworks and Wyves.
Details: Noon Friday, Oct. 27-11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. 229.5 Mile Marker, Roosevelt. $30 a day or $50 for a weekend pass. apachelakemusicfestival.com.
10/28: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
The old-time rock and roller fueled speculation that this could be a farewell tour when he released a video that included the tag line “one last time.” Earlier this year, his “Greatest Hits” album was certified diamond by the RIAA for 10 million U.S. sales. In 2015, the year of Seger’s last Valley appearance, he was honored with Billboard’s “Legend of Live” award at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards for his significant and lasting impact on the touring industry.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix. $60-$625. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
10/28: Old School Jam
Midnight Star, who spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B charts with their biggest hit, a song called “Operator,” headline this year’s Old School Jam. They’re joined by Brenda K. Starr (“I Still Believe,” “What You See Is What You Get”), Club Nouveau (who topped the Hot 100 with a dancefloor-friendly remake of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me”), the Dazz Band (who topped the R&B charts with the Grammy-winning “Let it Whip”) and the Sugarhill Gang, whose “Rapper’s Delight” was the first rap song to go Top 40 on the Hot 100.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
10/28: Joe Bonamassa
Blues-rock guitar hero Joe Bonamassa is playing Comerica Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 28, in support of his latest studio album, “Blues of Desperation.” He’ll be backed by the musicians featured on his Grammy-nominated “Live At The Greek Theatre,” including Anton Fig on drums (Letterman, Ace Frehley), Michael Rhodes on bass (Faith Hill, Randy Travis), Reese Wynans on piano/organ (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble), Lee Thornburg on Trumpet (Tower Of Power), Paulie Cerra on saxophone and back up vocalists Mahalia Barnes, Jade McCrae and Juanita Tippins. “Live at the Greek Theatre” was Bonamassa’s 17th release to top the Billboard blues chart.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. See website for ticket prices. ticketmaster.com.
10/28: Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi’s breakthrough single, “Day ‘N’ Nite,” was 2 years old before it peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on its way to going triple-platinum. That was 2008 and it still doesn’t feel like a pop hit. In a good way. With a keyboard loop that hits like something lifted from a kitschy science-fiction movie, it practically carries a sign that reads, “I am not pandering to mainstream sensibilities.” That song remains his only Top 10 but he went triple-platinum with 2010’s “Pursuit of Happiness,” which featured MGMT and Ratatat, and platinum with “Erase Me” and “Just What I Am.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. $50; $45 in advance. mesaamp.com.
10/28: Flying Lotus
The experimental EDM producer is touring the 3D Live Show he debuted at the FYF Festival to rave reviews and blown minds earlier this year. The run begins with two nights at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, joined by jazz virtuoso and long-time collaborator Thundercat, in conjunction with the first annual Red Bull Music Music Academy Festival Los Angeles.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30-$45. thevanburenphx.com.
10/28: Dream Theater
This is the third and final leg of the Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour, which features the prog-metal pioneers celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Images & Words.” Like previous legs, the show will be presented as an Evening with Dream Theater with no opening act. They’ll be playing “Images & Words” in its entirety, along with fan favorites.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. $40-$95. 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org.
10/29: Kirk Franklin and Ledisi
Gospel superstar Franklin and R&B singer Ledisi are hitting the road together for the first time ever on The Rebel, the Soul & the Saint Tour. Both performers will feature a mix of fan favorites and recent material from Franklin’s “Losing My Religion” and Ledisi’s “Let Love Rule.”
Ledisi says, “This tour is non-traditional on purpose. The goal is to not alienate anyone, bringing all people together and to perform music that inspires and reflect the human experience. How awesome will it be to see all these wonderful people on stage, fearlessly expressing life, spirit, and LOVE through music?”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. See website for ticket prices. ticketmaster.com.
10/29: Iron & Wine
Fans of introspective indie-folk would do well not to miss Sam Beam touring the States in support of “Beast Epic,” an intimate, stripped-down album capture live at Wilco’s Loft Studios in Chicago. The A.V. Club was right to say it“perfectly distills a career into a nearly perfect collection.” After setting the tone with a stately waltz called “Claim Your Ghost,” the album makes its way through such obvious highlights as “Bitter Truth” an understated ballad whose rustic vibe recalls Bob Dylan’s “John Wesley Harding,” and the wistful chorus hook of “Right By Sky.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30-$45. thevanburenphx.com.
Spend Halloween with Halsey when the singer brings her U.S. tour to the Valley with PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX. The eight-week tour is in support of Halsey’s second album, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom,” which topped the Billboard album charts in early June. The album finds her exorcising moments of sorrow, pain, joy and love through a whirlwind of poetic lyricism, cinematic production and searing hooks with guest appearances by Quavo, Lauren Jauregui (Fifth Harmony), and Cashmere Cat.
Now pushing 23, the singer broke through with a platinum debut titled “Badlands” in 2015. She’s best known for the singles “New Americana” and this year’s platinum “Now or Never” – unless, of course, you count her featured vocal on the Chainsmokers’ seven-times-platinum chart-topper “Closer.” And really, why would you not count that?
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix. $15-$665. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
The 4:44 Tour shares a name with Jay-Z’s 11th consecutive chart-topping album, following such undisputed triumphs as the five-times-platinum “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life” and 2013’s double-platinum “Magna Carta… Holy Grail.” The Telegraph responded to the album with a perfect score while raving, “With a rare display of vulnerability and contrition, grace and grown-up wisdom, Jay Z has delivered one of the most mature albums in hip hop history.” Jay-Z’s hits include “99 Problems,” “Run This Town,” “Empire State of Mind” and “Holy Grail.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix. $34-$1,226. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
11/3: Children of Bodom
More often than not, their symphonic guitars sound like Brian May jamming with Slayer while Alexi Laiho screams and howls his way through tracks whose titles tell you everything you need to know: “Roundtrip to Hell and Back,” “I Hurt,” etc. Their latest album is “I Worship Chaos,” which PopMatters says “isn’t necessarily the best Children Of Bodom album but it’s as good as the best of what the band has done to date and nine albums in that’s remarkable.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $25-$45. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
The South Carolina Christian rockers, led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, topped the Christian and rock album charts their last three times at bat, with “The Reckoning,” “Rivers in the Wasteland” and last year’s “Hard Love.” They’ve won 10 Dove Awards, including three group-of-the-year awards (in 2010, 2011 and 2012), and toured with Taylor Swift.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $36-$56. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
11/4: Chicano Batman
These LA rockers filter old-school funk and soul through elements of psychedelic pop and Tropicalia for an end result that couldn’t feel more timeless than it does on their new album “Freedom is Free.” It’s as though they’d been assigned to write the soundtrack to an LA cop show in the very early ’70s. There’s even a hint of “Shaft” guitar on “Angel Child.”
And yet, as the reviewer at PopMatters notes, “The thing is, it’s brand new music. But it sounds like it wasn’t recorded within 100 miles of a laptop.” The lyrics, on the other hand, are firmly rooted in the harsh realities of American life in the 21st Century. The title track, for instance, is their answer song to bumper stickers claiming “Freedom Isn’t Free.”
As Bardo Martinez testifies, “You got your guns up on display / But you can’t control how I feel no way / ‘Cause freedom is free.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $18-$33. thevanburenphx.com.
11/5: Bruno Mars
The Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour will bring the uptown funk to Phoenix. The tour takes its name from the Super Bowl Halftime Show champion’s latest release, a double-platinum effort that added two quadruple-platinum smashes to the singer’s hit parade – “24K Magic” and the chart-topping “That’s What I Like.” The singer’s other hits include the nine-times-platinum breakthrough “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.”
Details: Sunday, Nov. 5. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix. $44.75-$120.25. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
11/5: Thrice with Circa Survive
These are Thrice’s final shows before returning to the studio to start recording their 10th album. And it’s more than a little surprising that they would be heading back into the studio this soon. Last year’s “To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere” was their first release in five years, to which an unqualified rave at Sputnikmusic responded with, “This is an album as cohesive and thunderous as it would have been if it had come out in 2014.” They’re co-headlining this tour with Circa Survive.
The Minnesota rapper earned raves in 2015 for the soulful swagger and contagious pop hook of “Big Grrrl Small World.” Paste magazine responded with “Hip hop needs a strong female voice today — one that matches the pop magnetism of Beyoncé, but with the political and social awareness of Killer Mike. With ‘Big GRRRL Small World,’ Lizzo seems primed and ready to fill that spot.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $18-$33. thevanburenphx.com.
Formed in New York City, these metal veterans broke through on rock radio with an unlikely industrial-metal reimagining of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).” Subsequent hits include “Now or Never” and “Slipping Away.” They arrive in Tempe three days after the release of “Blood Money Part 2,” whose title would suggest a sequel to their previous effort, “Blood Money Part 1.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $22.50-$42.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
11/9: Chase Rice
The man co-wrote the biggest-selling country download ever, the Florida Georgia Line hit “Cruise.” As an artist, Rice is best known for the platinum Top 5 country single “Ready Set Roll” and a Top 10 followup called “Gonna Want Tonight.” Released in the summer of 2014, “Ignite the Night,” his latest album, topped the Billboard country charts.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30-$45. thevanburenphx.com.
Formed in 1969, these country superstars have managed to sell more than 73 million albums while sending no fewer than 43 singles to the top of Billboard’s country chart, including such crossover smashes as “Feels So Right,” “Love in the First Degree” and “Take Me Down.” The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) named them Country Group of the Century. They here on the Southern Drawl tour, which takes its name from an album that hit the country charts at No. 2 in 2015.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. $40-$225. 480- 850-7734, talkingstickresort.com.
11/12: The Front Bottoms
By the time these Jersey indie-rockers take the stage, they will have dropped the long-awaited followup to “Back on Top,” an album on which they definitely made the most of guitar-playing vocalist Brian Sella’s quirky cult of personality.
Consider the opening line of the opening song, which sounds like someone spiked his stream of consciousness: “Riding a motorcycle and being in a gang / Being in love and women’s rights and male hedonism / Worshiping the devil, good vibes all around / And acting cool, and acting cool.”
Their music may be best enjoyed by people with a soft spot for infectious pop hooks who don’t mind the occasional smile slipping into their record collection.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $26-$41. thevanburenphx.com.
These Michigan rockers won me over with a debut titled “Youth,” on which they effortlessly offset brooding rockers that wouldn’t have sounded out of placed on commercial-alternative radio in the post-Nirvana ’90s with tracks that were closer in spirit to emo territory.
And they followed through in style in 2015 with an album called “Everybody is Going to Heaven,” effectively leaving Alternative Press with no option but to rave that “whether it’s moving, restrained numbers or jarring, chilling bursts of intensity, it’s a hellish journey with heavenly execution.”
This tour is in support of “As You Please,” an album due to arrive in October.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $17-$20. 480-559-5859, www.niletheater.com.
11/14-15: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Susan Tedeschi had already earned five Grammy nominations by the time she and her husband, slide guitarist Derek Trucks, joined forces, bringing home a best-blues-album Grammy for their first joint effort, “Revelator,” which felt a bit like Derek and the Dominos as fronted by a woman, blending blues and soul with occasional hints of a ’70s soft-rock vibe.
They’re hitting the road in support of a third album, “Let Me Get By,” which to PopMatters’ ears, is “finally the record that capitalizes on the promise this collective has had from the start.” They recently released “Live From the Fox Oakland,” which includes their take on classics from Derek and the Dominos (see?), Leonard Cohen, and even Miles Davis among TTB’s original songs.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Wednesday, Nov. 15. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. $39-125. phoenix.ticketforce.com.
11/15: Ani DiFranco
It’s been 27 years since DiFranco released her self-titled debut. In that time, the politically outspoken songwriter has expanded the scope of her folk-based sound, incorporating elements of chamber pop, hip-hop, jazz, funk, alternative-rock and punk.
She’s touring in support of “Binary,” a 19th album that features contributions from Maceo Parker, Ivan Neville and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon as she makes her way through such obvious highlights as the optimistic chamber-folk of “Pacifist’s Lament” and the haunted mood piece, “Zizzing.”
Paste magazine responded with “Comfortably merging politics and humanity, odd genre hybrids and supple playing, ‘Binary’ finds DiFranco’s 19th solo studio album provocative and thought-provoking.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $42.50. thevanburenphx.com.
The platinum-selling pop-rock band from Mexicali recently took a five-year break between albums, from 2011’s “Peligro” to last year’s “Des/Amor.” The gap didn’t hurt, as daring new tunes like “Ya Me Enteré” (a Nicky Jam collaboration) and the ska-flavored “Spanglish” show the trio still evolving and growing. Frontman (and fashion plate) Jesus Navarro is blessed with one of the most gorgeous voices in pop music.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39-$305. 602-379-2800, livenation.com.
11/17: I Prevail
It may seem a bit odd on the surface that one of the fastest-rising names in modern metalcore first tasted fame was a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” But given the pop sensibilities they flex on the chorus of tracks like “Scars” and the aptly named “Stuck in Your Head,” the first two singles from their full-length debut “Lifelines?” I’d imagine you would find all sorts of music playing in their van that doesn’t sound a thing like Converge or the Dillinger Escape Plan.
Details: 6:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $24-$35. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
11/18: Fall Out Boy
Downtown Phoenix is the final destination on Fall Out Boy’s “M A N I A” tour, which shares a title with their long-awaited follow-upto “American Beauty/American Psycho,” a platinum effort that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard in early 2015. Their hits include “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” and “Centuries.”
Details: Saturday, Nov. 18. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix. See website for ticket prices. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
11/18-19: Goldrush Festival
Relentless Beats presents the inaugural Goldrush Music Festival with than 50 national acts spread out across four stages, an event they’re billing as the biggest music festival to date in Arizona. The lineup is a mix of EDM and hip-hop with performances by Marshmello, Migos, Dillon Francis, Lil Uzi Vert, RL Grime, Excision, Claude VonStroke, Hippie Sabotage, Injury Reserve, Smokepurpp, Snow da Product and many more.
Details: Noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. $159-$229. 480-502-5600, relentlessbeats.com.
11/20: Niall Horan
Having spent the past year working on his debut solo album, Horan is set to bring new music to his fans in a series of intimate shows. Horan has sold more than 70 million records as part of One Direction and has toured the globe numerous times.
His debut single “This Town,” released in the fall of 2016, has sold more than three million track equivalent units globally while hitting No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to going platinum. The Los Angeles Times said, “The guitar ballad is a tender, swoon-worthy number” and Entertainment Weekly hailed it as “a wistful tale of young love lost.”
He followed the ballad’s release with the grittier R&B-infused track “Slow Hands,” which went to No. 1 in 44 countries and peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100. Line of Best Fit said “He’s shed his squeaky clean onesie and donned a crooner coat, giving us one of the coolest, catchiest choruses of 2017 in the process.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49-$321. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
11/21: The Used
These emo veterans hit the alternative side of the mainstream in 2002 with “Taste of Ink,” the first of several Modern Rock hits. The biggest of the hits that followed include 2003’s “Buried Myself Alive,” 2004’s “Take It Away” and 2007’s “The Bird and the Worm.” They hit the studio in May to start work on their first new album since 2014’s “Imaginary Enemy.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $37-$52. thevanburenphx.com.
11/21: Periphery with Animals as Leaders
Formed in 2005, D.C.-based progressive-metal heroes Periphery earned a Grammy nomination earlier this year for “The Price is Wrong,” the opening track on “Periphery III: Select Difficulty.” Animals as Leaders also find themselves frequently categorized as part of the djent school of progressive-metal. Their latest album, “The Madness of Many,” hit the hard rock charts at No. 1.
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $25-$50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
11/29: Tori Amos
“Native Invader” is the singer’s 15th studio release, following 2014’s “Unrepentant Geraldines,” her eighth Top 10 album.
Amos says, “The songs on ‘Native Invader’ are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?
“In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager – both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?”
Nominated for multiple Grammys, Amos has had her songs turned into graphic novels and has produced groundbreaking videos throughout her career.
Details: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. $37-$87. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
12/1: Trivium with Arch Enemy
Their first album, “Ember to Inferno,” hit the streets in 2003. But Trivium’s ascendancy began in earnest in 2005 with the aptly titled “Ascendancy,” their first release on Roadrunner. And they’re still going strong, about to drop the long-awaited followup to “Silence in the Snow,” which inspired Alternative Press to declare that “the Florida foursome still manage to top themselves with each outing.” The twin-guitar solos alone should make that new album, “The Sin and the Sentence” – and this co-headlining concert with Arch Enemy – worth your while.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $27-$47. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
12/1: Robert Cray
It’s been 31 years since “Strong Persuader” took this soulful blues guitarist to the mainstream, largely on the strength of “Smoking Gun,” a breakthrough single that remains his biggest hit. It’s doubtful Cray, now 64, will ever top the double-platinum benchmark set by “Strong Persuader.” But the album this tour is supporting, “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm,” proves that Cray still has a lot to offer as a mainstream blues ambassador. As American Songwriter says, “It plays to Cray’s established vocal and guitar strengths while injecting just enough grit and grease to spur him to new heights.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Reservation. $45-$195. 480-850-7734, talkingstickresort.com.
12/3: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
They may have lost their founder, Paul O’Neill, in April, but his vision will live on. The orchestra posted a message to fans on their social media saying that although they may be heartbroken to lose their leader, they’re also “determined to carry on the rock theater project to which he dedicated his life.”
The message went on to say: “Paul always talked about how he saw TSO as both an idea and ideal that would continue long after he stepped off the ‘flight deck’ (his name for the stage). We hope to continue his work of providing a timeless, multi-generational tradition like those created by his idol Charles Dickens. In that spirit, we are proud to announce that Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return with their 2017 Winter Tour featuring the cherished tale ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’!”
Details: 3:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. Check website for prices. 800-745-3000, gilariverarena.com.
12/5: The Piano Guys
These four dads from Utah have climbed the Great Wall of China for their craft, landed atop the Billboard charts, sold out tour dates around the world, accrued a massive social media following and scored YouTube viewership of more than 730 million.
The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation with their series of self-made music videos. They’ve performed everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to “The Today Show” and been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Buzzfeed, People Magazine, Mashable and, most impressively, this very website.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $29-$130. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
12/7: Tony Bennett
The man has won 19 Grammy Awards in the course of a career spanning more than six decades. His signature tunes include “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” When Bennett turned 90 in August 2016, that milestone was celebrated in a two-hour prime-time special and companion CD titled “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come.” Last year also saw the release of Bennett’s fifth book, titled “Just Getting Started,” which he wrote with journalist Scott Simon. He’s also a Kennedy Center Honoree, an NEA Jazz Master and a recipient of the United Nation’s Humanitarian and Citizen of the World honors. Plus, he’s recorded with Lady Gaga, so there’s that.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $78-$138. 602-267-1600 ext. 1, celebritytheatre.com.
12/9: Hollywood Undead
These California rockers clearly grasp the importance of topping your rap-rock songs with a well-chosen mask – in most cases, the hockey mask favored by Jason. Their first album, “Swan Songs,” went platinum fueled by the single “Undead,” which peaked at No. 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts. Second album “American Tragedy” hit the charts at No. 4, preceded by their second big radio hit since “Undead,” “Hear Me Now.” And a third album, “Notes from the Underground,” debuted at No. 2. They arrive in support of a fifth album, “Five.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $25-$55. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
12/13: The Drums
These Brooklyn rockers were voted the best hope for 2010, edging out Sleigh Bells, in a Pitchfork Reader’s Poll taken in 2009. And they did their best to live up to the hype on a self-titled effort released in 2010.
Now more a Jonny Pierce solo project than a proper band, they’re touring on “Abysmal Thoughts,” a fourth album that pushes the pop sensibilities they flashed on earlier recordings to foreground on tracks as contagious as “Blood Under My Belt” and “Heart Babel.”
The A.V. Club responded with “The new sounds heighten the bittersweet flavor, as Pierce opens up about feeling lonely, stupid, betrayed, empty, and at times, hopeful. If his life hasn’t exactly gotten easier, his music has never been better.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $20-$35. thevanburenphx.com.
12/15: The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The once and future leader of the Stray Cats is bringing his 19-piece orchestra through town on his 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour for a show that promises selections from his yuletide classics “Boogie Woogie Christmas,” “Dig that Crazy Christmas” and the far more recent “Rockin’ Rudolph,” as well as other songs you’re bound to recognize that don’t have anything to do with this or any holiday.
And in keeping with the spirit of Setzer’s performance, the first three rows will be removed for dancing.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $63-$96. 602-267-1600 ext. 1, celebritytheatre.com.
These iconic California punks returned to active duty in 2016 with an album whose title neatly summed it up, “Hypercaffium Spazzinate.” From its slashing guitars to the over-caffeinated drumming of the great Bill Stephenson to Karl Alvarez’s lead bass, “Victim of Me,” the lead single, offered exactly the sort of tightly coiled pop-punk hookfest we’ve come to expect from the Descendents camp. And the other songs were just as good. This is the first material we’ve heard from the Descendents in 12 years that would probably have been a lot more fun if they’d been making records. And it sounds like they’ve been playing every day between releases.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $32.50-$52.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Randy Cordova contributed to this report.
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