Pop, hip-hop, and rock stars will be making their way through the Valley this summer.

Even if it didn’t have Metallica at University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday, this would be the biggest week of summer concert season in the Valley.

It starts on Tuesday with John Mayer and Chevelle before making its way through major tours by Ed Sheeran, Meek Mill with Yo Gotti, Matchbox Twenty with Counting Crows, John Mayer and Neil Diamond.

Randy Cordova also spoke to Shaila Dúrcal, who will pay tribute to her mom Rocío Dúrcal in Phoenix on August 5.

But if you’d rather stay in and listen to music, here’s a playlist of 10 songs you need to hear right nowbest May singles and best June singles.

8/1: Chevelle

These alt-metal veterans named their second album “Wonder What’s Next” and then became the answer when three singles from that platinum breakthrough hit the mainstream-rock and modern-rock charts, including “The Red” and “Send the Pain Below,” which went to No. 1 on both charts.

They’ve gone on to top the mainstream-rock charts four more times since then, with “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along),” “Face to the Floor,” “Take Out the Gunman” and last year’s “Joyride (Omen).”

Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave. $32-$52. 480-829-0607,

8/1: Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield and her Waxahatchee bandmates recently released the long-awaited followup to “Ivy Tripp,” a fourth album called “Out in the Storm.”  

The album was recorded live by John Agnello, who previously captured massive walls of fuzz guitar for such legends as Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, and you can definitely hear why that’s important in the mix on this new album.

Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $18; $15 in advance. 602-716-2222,

8/1: John Mayer

Each stop on Mayer’s tour will be comprised of three sets – full band, solo acoustic and John Mayer Trio.

Mayer hit the charts at No. 2 in April with “The Search for Everything,” his seventh studio release, which Entertainment Weekly summed up with “If mellowness remains Mayer’s weakness, the brilliance of his best compositions provides a worthy trade-off.”

The singer’s hits include “Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Waiting on the World to Change,” “Say” and “Heartbreak Warfare.”

Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $35-95. 800-745-3000,

8/2: Matchbox Twenty with Counting Crows

Matchbox Twenty front man Rob Thomas spent last summer on a co-headlining tour with Counting Crows and can’t wait to do it again. As the Crows’ Adam Duritz says, “To be honest, we took a vote after last year and decided to spend every summer with Rob from now on. Can. Not. Wait.” 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Matchbox Twenty’s 12-times-platinum debut album, “Yourself or Someone Like You,” which featured the platinum single, “3 a.m.,” which topped the charts at Adult Top 40 radio.

Counting Crows’ first album, “August and Everything After,” went seven-times-platinum, mostly on the strength of “Mr. Jones,” a Top 5 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 that remains their biggest hit. Other hits include “Round Here,” “A Long December,” “Hanginaround” and “Accidentally in Love” from the “Shrek 2” soundtrack.

Details: 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $22-$240.

8/2: T.S.O.L.

Among my very favorite memories of Coachella this year is Jack Grisham embracing his role as a fish out of water at a festival where punk may not be dead but you certainly wouldn’t say it’s living large.

It was a joy to behold as Grisham led his bandmates in a raucous set of T.S.O.L. classics and selections from “The Trigger Complex,” their somewhat poppier new album.

Rocking a white suit Elvis Presley would have loved if it didn’t have “T.S.O.L. Rules” on the back with a skull and roses, Grisham was among the festival’s more entertaining personalities.

Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. Club Red, 1306 W. University Dr., Mesa. $15; $12 in advance. 480-258-2733,

8/2: Rooney

These California power-pop revivalists are led by actor Robert Schwartzman, whose brother, Jason, leads his own band, Phantom Planet, effectively avoiding the fighting-brothers drama that tore Oasis and the Kinks apart.

They’re touring on 2016’s “Washed Away,” their first release in six years, which introduced an new lineup with Schwartzman as the only link to their acclaimed debut. Classic Rock responded with, “If shiny, groovy, melodic, finger-snapping, guitar-led pop-rock is your tipple, you’ll want to guzzle down ‘Washed Away’ in one gulp.”

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $15. 602-296-7013,

8/3: Meek Mill and Yo Gotti

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of rap’s few voices for the everyman,” Mill topped the Billboard album charts in 2015 with “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” which spawned two platinum hits, “All Eyes on You” and “R.I.C.O.”

It also took home Top Rap Album at last year’s Billboard Music Awards. Memphis rapper Yo Gotti topped the rap and R&B charts with last year’s “The Art of Hustle.” The album spawned his biggest single, the platinum “Down in the DM,” which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop songs chart.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $29-$225. 800-745-3000,

8/3: Eyehategod

These New Orleans sludge-metal practitioners are touring a self-titled effort released in May that marks their final sessions with drummer Joey LaCaze, who died in August, 2013. It was also their first release in 14 years. In reviewing the album, Pitchfork said, “They are the quintessential Southern sludge band, and were instrumental in articulating and perfecting that bleak, swaggering metal-meets-punk sound that front man Mike Williams still calls “heavy blues”.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. Club Red, 1306 W. University Dr., Mesa. $20; $18 in advance. 480-258-2733,

8/4: Metallica

The metal legends are bringing the WorldWired tour to the biggest stage in town in support of their sixth consecutive release to top the Billboard album charts, “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct.” The WorldWired tour played Singapore in January, inspiring a rave in the Straits Times. “There are rock bands,” their critic began, “and then there are heavy metal showstoppers.” Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. Each ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a physical or digital copy of “Hardwired …To Self-Destruct.”

Details: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. University of Phoenix Stadium, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $55.50-$155.50.

8/4: Neil Diamond

The Grammy-winning icon was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 despite being more of an easy-listening sensation. And the reasons should be obvious to anyone who’s followed his career, from his days writing hits for the Monkees to “Home Before Dark,” which became his first chart-topping album in 2008.

As the Hall sums up the man’s appeal, “A charismatic and captivating performer, he’s been referred to as the ‘Jewish Elvis.’ In reality he’s bridged generations with his music, serving as a missing link between the iconic poles of Elvis Presley (rock and roll) and Frank Sinatra (adult pop).” He’s here on his 50th anniversary tour.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $44.75-$120.25. 800-745-3000,

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8/4: Banda MS

Banda MS is a much catchier moniker than their full name: Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga. The regional Mexican outfit was formed in 2003 in Mazatlan and features more than a dozen musicians. The troupe’s biggest hit in the States, “Sin Evidencias,” reached the Hot Latin Tracks chart in 2009.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49-$149. 800-745-3000,

8/4: 112

These R&B hitmakers enjoyed a run of big Top 40 singles in the ’90s and early 2000s, including “Only You,” the platinum “Cupid,” “Love Me,” “Anywhere,” “It’s Over Now” (which topped the R&B charts) and “Peaches & Cream.” They’re joined by Next at Another Grown & Sexy.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $17-$50. 602-267-1600,

8/5: Ed Sheeran

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is touring on “÷” (pronounced “divide”), which features the quadruple-platinum “Shape of You,” his first chart-topping entry on the Billboard Hot 100.

A second single from the album, “Castle On The Hill,” debuted the at No. 6 the same week “Shape of You” hit No. 1, making Sheeran the first artist to have two singles hit the Top 10 at the same time.

The ginger-haired Brit is no stranger to the Glendale sports arena, where he served as the opening act on Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. At the time, his biggest U.S. hit was still “The A Team.” His other hits include “Lego House,” “Give Me Love,” “Don’t,” “Sing,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph.”

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $74-$95. 800-745-3000,

8/5 Shaila Durcal and La Mafia

Like her late mother, iconic Spanish diva Rocio Durcal, Shaila Durcal moves with ease between pop material and tear-stained Mexican rancheras.

She also has recorded several of her mother’s greatest hits, including “Como Tu Mujer,” “Costumbres” and her signature tune, the weeper “Amor Eterno.” Veteran Tejano-pop outfit La Mafia shares the bill.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $10-$15. 602-267-1600,

MORE: Shaila Dúrcal pays tribute to mom Rocío Dúrcal

8/5: Porter Robinson DJ set

It’s been five years since Rolling Stone named Robinson one of the 25 DJs that rule the Earth. And he won MTVu’s Artist of the Year in March 2015.

That same year, he dropped a brilliant album titled “Worlds,” on which he appeared to have taken the title of a track called “Sad Machine” as a statement of purpose, sounding like the saddest machine in the saddest ruins of the saddest post-apocalyptic universe on several of the album’s strongest tracks.

This year, I saw him thrilling the Coachella masses with Madeon, the French DJ with whom he collaborated last summer on a track called “Shelter.”

Details: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Reservation. $30; age 21 and older. 480-850-7734,

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