Sam Hunt brings his tour to Phoenix in a week that also features Alice Cooper sharing a bill with Deep Purple, Slayer at Comerica, a sold-out Jidenna performance at Crescent Ballroom and Cristian Castro.

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8/14: Washed Out

These acclaimed synth-pop revivalists are touring in support of “Mister Mellow,” the long-awaited followup to 2013’s “Paracosm.” Uncut says, “The visual-album version is the trippiest means of experiencing Ernest Greene’s third full-length under his Washed Out moniker. Yet the music is sufficiently enthralling on its own.”

Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave. $30-$50. 480-829-0607,

8/15: Deep Purple and Alice Cooper

Deep Purple’s Long Goodbye Tour is headed to Phoenix with the legendary Alice Cooper and special guest the Edgar Winter Band. Deep Purple’s new studio album, “Infinite,” was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Cooper, Kiss) and recorded “in the spirit of the ’70s.” And that can only be a good thing. Inducted just last year to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after decades of snubs, the metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. But they plan to cover decades of fan favorites for this run.

At his controversial, taboo-tweaking peak, Cooper kept the generation gap alive while the punks were still getting their chaos together (taking half their cues from Cooper). Here’s a guy who staged his own beheadings, hung from the gallows and otherwise pushed the theatrical envelope to shocking new extremes. 

Details: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $33-$97.50.,

8/15: Asleep at the Wheel

These Western Swing revivalists have taken home nine Grammys since releasing their first album in the early ’70s. And I’m kinda shocked they didn’t add another Grammy to the pile with “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.” It’s their third such tribute to the king, this one boasting guest appearances by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Lyle Lovett and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Details: 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $38.50-$53.50. 480-478-6000,

8/17: Jidenna

This smooth R&B singer/rapper/producer may be best known for his double-platinum breakthrough single “Classic Man” from 2015. But he’s touring a full-length debut called “The Chief” on Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records. It’s a promising first move whose highlights range from the playfully swaggering club banger “Long Live the Chief” to the soulful “Trampoline,” on which he memorably croons, “The lady ain’t a tramp / Just ’cause she bounce it up and down like a trampoline” in a voice that oozes sensitivity.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. SOLD OUT. 602-716-2222,

8/17: AME Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor the Meat Puppets, the Gin Blossoms, Nils Lofgren and the Celebrity Theatre. The show will feature live performances by each of the artists and presentations by special guest speakers. This is the first time these three acts have ever shared a bill.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $15-$45. 602-267-1600, ext. 1;

8/18: Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble

The Stereolab chanteuse plays Phoenix in support of “Sacred Project,” an enchanting collection of gently grooving headphone funk and bachelor-pad exotica that effortlessly lives up to the expectations raised by Sadier’s storied past while making the most of her blasé delivery. As the Wire concluded, “With its crashing together of narcotic pop, serialism and motorik rock, Find Me Finding You is in a similar mould to Sadier’s compatriot Pierre Henry’s concrète pop nugget Psyche Rock. Or, closer to home, Stereolab.” Also playing: Heather Trost.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $14; $12 in advance.

8/19: Sam Hunt

This former college football quarterback has written hits for Kenny Chesney (the country chart-topper “Come Over”), Keith Urban (“Cop Car”) and Billy Currington (“We Are Tonight”). His debut album, “Montevallo,” topped the country charts and is the biggest-selling debut album for a country artist since 2011. It helps that it was packed with massive hits — the multi-platinum chart-toppers “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time” and “House Party,” the double-platinum “Break Up in a Small Town” and the platinum “Make You Miss Me.”

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $51.50-$66.50.,

8/19: Cristian Castro

The son of Mexican entertainer Veronica Castro, Cristian Castro has grown in his 25-year recording career from a lightweight teen idol to a mature crooner with a sophisticated style. His latest disc, last year’s “Dicen,” is straightforward pop, but he’s enjoyed great success with two tribute discs to Jose Jose, as well “El Indomable,” a solid mariachi collection. 

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $35-$65. 602-379-2800,

— Randy Cordova

8/20: Slayer

These metal legends will end their American tour, which also features Lamb of God and Behemoth, in Phoenix. Kerry King of Slayer says, “As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metalheads will be bragging about if you miss it! Not very often do I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind-blowing.”

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.50-$59.50. 800-745-300,

8/20: Shabazz Palaces

The experimental hip-hop duo, led by Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets, is about to drop a long-awaited followup to 2014’s “Lese Majesty.” It’s a concept album called “Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star” whose title character they’ve described as a “sentient being from somewhere else” who finds himself trapped in the “ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world.” I’ve only heard one track, but it’s among my favorite singles of 2017. Of course, when you start with a sample as deeply soulful as the richly orchestrated snatch of Dee Dee Sharp’s “I Really Love You” that underscores the track, I’m already on board. 

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20; $17 in advance. 602-716-2222,

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