Ed Masley Arizona Republic
Published 7:39 PM EST Jan 4, 2019
Billy Joel brings his hits to the ballpark in a season that also features a star-studded Pot of Gold Festival with Post Malone and Cardi B, the return of Justin Timberlake and Blackberry Smoke.
Here’s a look at those and other highlights of the winter concert season.
How low can they go? The latest Melvins lineup features two new bassists for the low, low price of one. Singer-guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover are joined on bass by Steve McDonald of Redd Kross and Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers.
Why? Because they can. And because it sounds good. At least, that proved to be the case on “Pinkus Abortion Technician,” their latest release, which features a sludge-metal rethink of the Beatles hit “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $25; $20 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
Longtime members Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young bring the latest edition of Styx to town in support of “The Mission,” their highest-charting release since 1983’s “Kilroy Was Here.” In addition to selections from that album, the concert will cover a wide range of crowd-pleasing favorites, from “Lady” and “Come Sail Away” to “Renegade.” Styx spent almost two years on and off working on the music that became “The Mission.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $40-$105. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
1/12: The Temptations & the Four Tops
The Temptations are among the biggest-selling singing groups in history, topping Billboard’s Hot 100 with four Motown classics – “My Girl,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”
The Four Tops also bring a string of Motown classics to the table, from their breakthrough hit “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “It’s the Same Old Song” to the chart-topping “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49.50 and up. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
The multi-platinum rockers are touring an album titled “Evolution,” which topped the rock and alternative charts, fueled in part by the song “Are You Ready,” which topped the mainstream rock charts. They hit the mainstream 18 years ago with a five-times-platinum debut called “The Sickness.” Their best-known hits include “Down With the Sickness,” “Stricken,” “Inside the Fire” and a brooding reinvention of “The Sound of Silence.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $63.75 and up. 623-772-3800, ticketmaster.com.
1/14: Amen Dunes
“Freedom” is the fifth full-length release for Damon McMahon as Amen Dunes, an atmospheric gem of introspective chamber-folk that more than lives up to the promise of his earlier releases, written as he dealt with his mother’s diagnosis with terminal cancer. NME responded with “The enigmatic Brooklyn songwriter finally opens up on a grand, pop-rock masterpiece.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $15-$24. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
These New York punks are playing Phoenix on their first acoustic tour – in support of “Acoustic Volume 2,” which features one new song (“It Don’t Exist”) and 10 unplugged renditions of songs from across their catalog.
In announcing the tour on Facebook, they wrote, “To celebrate the release of our new Acoustic record, we’re going on a very special tour. Our first full US, full-band acoustic tour with a full set of completely re-imagined songs.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $26; $22 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
TLC bring four chart-topping singles to the table – “Creep,” “No Scrubs,” “Unpretty” and their finest hour, the Prince-like ballad “Waterfalls.”
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in 2002, but Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozondo “Chilli” Thomas have carried on without her, releasing new music, including last year’s surprisingly vital “TLC,” and touring.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Wild Horse Pass Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. $45-$95. 800-946-4452, playatgila.com.
1/18-19: The Maine 8123 Fest
These local rockers are launching their second 8123 Fest with a sold-out performance at the Van Buren Friday, Jan. 18. Then, the action moves to Civic Space Park on the 19th with a lineup of acts that have played a significant role in their career these past 12 years (Mayday Parade, We The Kings, Real Friends, This Century and more).
The Maine will play “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” in its entirety as part of their headlining performance at Civic Space Park before heading back to the Van Buren for a Make America Emo Again after-party.
Van Buren details: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. SOLD OUT. 480-659-1641, thevanburenphx.com.
Civic Space Park details: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Civc Space Park, 424 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004. $45-$149.99. 480-659-1641, ticketfly.com.
Van Buren afterparty details: 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. SOLD OUT. 480-659-1641, thevanburenphx.com.
1/19-20: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Valli, who rose to fame in the early ’60s as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than he’s been in decades thanks to the success of “Jersey Boys,” the Tony-winning musical that chronicles the life and times of Valli and his group. The Four Seasons had 40 singles go Top 40 in their prime, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $66-$126. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
1/19-20: Booker T. Jones
The Memphis soul legend was still in his teens when the M.G.’s topped the R&B charts with the great “Green Onions,” Jones’ Hammond M3 organ commanding the spotlight. They also appeared on no fewer than 600 Stax/Volt recordings, including classics by the likes of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and William Bell.
They worked with non-Stax artists too, including Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave and Albert King. But enough about the ’60s. “Sound the Alarm,” a star-studded album released in 2013, is a welcome addition to a deeply soulful legacy.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $48.50-$53.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
It’s not for nothing that these guys recorded their debut in Laurel Canyon, the epicenter of the California soft-rock sound that flourished in the early ’70s. It’s in their blood. And that blood is all over the tracks on every Dawes release. They arrive in support of “Passwords,” of which Taylor Goldsmith says, “We’re living in such a unique moment in history. Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $37 and up. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
1/22: Gabriel Kahane
The Brooklyn composer is touring the States in support of “Book of Travelers,” a haunting collection of ballads inspired by the character he met while riding a train nearly 9,000 miles across the nation in the days that followed President Donald Trump’s election.
Uncut called it “musically fascinating and hauntingly empathetic” while PopMatters said “An engaging, sometimes stunning collection of songs, in the end, it serves as a worrisome prologue to what is still unfolding.”
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $28.50-$33.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
1/22: JJ Grey & Mofro
“Ol’ Glory” is the sound of the Southern soul revival getting all the details right, Grey effortlessly channeling the raspy essence of those classic Otis Redding records he appears to have been studying his whole life just to get to this moment.
Even when they turn it down on the country blues of “The Island,” it feels like a spiritual cousin of ”(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.” As PopMatters says, they “provide a connection to the past and a time when talent and tenacity moved the music forward.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $35-$40. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
1/23: Branford Marsalis Quartet
The saxophonist is joined by Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. Their latest album, “Upward Spiral,” was recorded in collaboration with guest vocalist Kurt Elling, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Marsalis has two Grammys to his credit – Best Jazz Instrumental Performance for “I Heard You Twice the First Time” and Best Jazz Instrumental Album for “Contemporary Jazz.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $39-$69. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
1/24: Corrosion of Conformity
These stoner-punk veterans are touring the States in support of the masterful “No Cross No Crown,” their first album with singer-guitarist Pepper Keenan in more than a decade and their highest-chart effort yet.
Mojo called it “a noteworthy comeback” while the Wire raved, “They feel energised with Keenan back in the fold, and while the pronounced riffs on the introduction of ‘Little Man’ might hark back to their hardcore days, the emphasis here is on groove.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $30; $29 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
1/25: Kris Kristofferson & the Strangers
He first made a name for himself at the start of the ’70s as a songwriter, penning such classics as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “For the Good Times.” The three-time Grammy winner has recorded 30 albums, including three with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as the Highwaymen. The Strangers are best known for backing Merle Haggard.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $30-$70. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
1/25: Peter Murphy
It’s the 40th anniversary of Bauhaus and former frontman Peter Murphy is marking the occasion with the Ruby Tour, on which he’s joined by fellow Bauhaus veteran David J on bass as they revisit “In the Flat Field,” their debut, in its entirety. When they’re done with that, they’ve promised an extended encore packed with Bauhaus classics.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $45; $40 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
1/26: Elton John
Farewell Yellow Brick Road is a fairly ridiculous name for Elton John’s farewell tour – as though using the actual album title he’s referencing wouldn’t have conveyed the same sense of finality. The man’s 71. And it’s a three-year tour. Having said that, this should be a great show by a legendary artist. John says, “It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $560 and up. 623-772-3800, ticketmaster.com.
1/26: A Hamilton Music Revue
“History Has Its Eyes on You” is a local tribute to the music of ‘Hamilton,’ presented by Arizona musicians and theater actors performing music from the original cast recording, the “Hamilton” mixtape and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamildrops,” all curated by Arizona Theater Company’s Chanel Bragg.
This production has no ties to the original Broadway production.
Details: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $17-$27.50. 480-659-1641, thevanburenphx.com.
These post-hardcore veterans are marking their 20th anniversary with a series of two-night stands. They’re playing “Full Collapse” in its entirety the first night and “War All the Time” in full the second night.
In announcing the tour, they wrote, “When we stopped playing last time, it wasn’t on the best of terms. This time, we get to put down touring on the very highest of notes: in each other’s lives and able to pick up and play together behind closed doors whenever we want.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, and Tuesday, Jan. 29. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $40; $35 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
1/29: Hippo Campus
These Minnesota indie-pop sensations are touring the States on “Bambi.” It’s their second album, following “Landmark,” which earned them a spot on NPR Music’s list of their favorite new artists of 2017.
They’ve somehow grown a lot between those two releases. The Line of Best Fit wrote, “They’ve struck a fine balance, between wistful, effervescent music that brims with youthful exuberance, and a grounded, more mature, somewhat troubled outlook on life.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. SOLD OUT. 480-659-1641, thevanburenphx.com.
1/30: Old Dominion at Birds Nest
These Nashville country-rockers’ hits include “Break Up With Him,” “Song for Another Time” and “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart.” They’ll headline the opening night of the Coors Light Birds Nest concert series with opening sets by Midland and Brandon Lay. They won Vocal Group of the Year at the ACM Awards after topping the country charts with second album “Happy Endings.”
Details: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
1/30: Blackberry Smoke
These Southern rock standard bearers are touring the States in support of “Find a Light.” It’s an album so steeped in tradition, the critic at Paste wrote, “Rest assured that it doesn’t sound like ‘In Rainbows’ or ‘Pet Sounds’ or ‘Damn,’ it sounds exactly like Blackberry Smoke. And that is great news because Blackberry Smoke sounds great.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $32.50-$62.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
1/31: Jake Owen at Birds Nest
A Birds Nest regular whose latest album, “American Love,” topped Billboard’s country chart, he’ll headline the Birds Nest with opening sets by Lee Brice and Michael Ray. His best-known hits include three No. 1 appearances on Billboard’s country songs chart – “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Alone With You” and “Beachin’” – as well as Top 10 country singles “Anywhere With You” and “American Country Love Song.”
Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
1/31: Lizz Wright
A soulful vocalist whose sound is steeped as much in gospel, classic soul and R&B as modern jazz, she arrives in support of the masterful “Grace,” an album steeped in the sound of that old-time religion with timeless production by the great Joe Henry.
Three songs find Henry fleshing out her powerful lead vocals with an eight-piece gospel choir, and her take on Allen Toussaint’s stately “Southern Nights” won’t be mistaken for Glen Campbell’s breezy treatment of the song.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $43.50-$53.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
2/1: Snoop Dogg at Birds Nest
This hip-hop icon exploded on impact with a featured rap on Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang.” And 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’s joined at the Birds Nest by the Chainsmokers, who won Best Dance Recording at the Grammys for their six-times-platinum smash “Don’t Let Me Down.”
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
2/1: Kelly Clarkson
America’s favorite America Idol is heading to Glendale on her first headlining tour in three years in support of “The Meaning of Life,” her latest record. ” ‘Meaning of Life’ is the album I always wanted to make and I am so excited to finally be able to tour it,” Clarkson said in a press release. “Even while recording it, I couldn’t wait for people to experience the music live, to not only hear it, but feel it.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $135 and up. 623-772-3800, ticketmaster.com.
2/2: Martin Garrix at Birds Nest
This Dutch EDM sensation has been No.1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for three years running (2016-2018). He’s also won Best DJ two years running at the WDM Radio Awards. He’ll bring the Birds Nest weekend to a close with L.A.’s DJ Vice and Dutch collaborator Justin Mylo.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
2/2: Vince Staples
NPR says “He’s one of the most thought-provoking iconoclasts operating in the genre today.” And it certainly felt that way when Staples followed 2017’s masterful “Big Fish Theory” with the brief but brilliant “FM! If the title suggests he was looking for hits, as HipHopDX summed it up, “Staples has added another colorful chapter to his chameleon-like catalog and reinforced his intention to keep evolving no matter what trends are dictating the current wave.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30-$33. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
They’re touring the States on “Vitriola,” their first release in six years, which takes a less conceptual approach than the albums on which their legacy has come to rest (although the intensely political nature of the lyrics makes it feel more like a concept album).
DIY Magazine calls it “a fiercely political record, but one that seldom feels trite; married to the aggressive tone of a band back to make a point, it’s a razor-sharp lament of America in 2018.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $18-$28. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
2/7: Danko Jones
Like the Darkness before them, their love of the cheesiest rock cliches is served with a knowing post-Spinal Tap wink and a nudge. Consider the opening track on their latest release – “I’ve got to rock / I need to roll.”
All Music says it’s “a wild ride from one of the best hard rock bands treading the boards today and… a fine introduction to their high-octane style and certain to please loyal fans.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $18. www.niletheater.com.
2/9-10: Arizona Roots
The inaugural festival is presented by the team behind the California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey. Rebelution tops a bill that also features Stick Figure, Atmosphere, Dispatch, J Boog, Trevor Hall, Collie Buddz, Katchafire, Mike Love (not the Beach Boy), The Movement, Iya Terra, Xiuhtezcatl, Synergy, Black Bottom Lighters, Clint Stevens, Rilen’Out, Kill Babylon Coalition and Tha Yoties.
Details: Noon Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. $100 and up for a weekend pass. 480-502-5600, rawhide.com.
The Croatian duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are touring the States in support of an album called “Let There Be Cello,” which finds the pair exploring a diverse catalog with their signature boundary-breaking style. Among the songs they tackle are Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $38.50 and up. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
After 45 years in the business, Kiss is bringing the End of the Road tour to Glendale for one final Valley performance. In a press release, they said the tour is dedicated to the fans: “All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $79.25 and up. 623-772-3800, ticketmaster.com.
2/13: Kacey Musgraves
This tour is in support of “Golden Hour,” which topped the country charts and picked up Album of the Year at the CMA Awards, just the sixth time in 52 years that a female artist has taken home that honor. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild dedicated the win to “all the little girls writing songs out there,” and Kacey, accepting the award, said the album was “inspired by this beautiful universe, all of you, and, most of all, love.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. SOLD OUT. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
2/13: Pedro the Lion
David Bazan is about to release his first album with Pedro the Lion since 2004’s “Achilles Heel,” having previewed some material on the reunion tour he staged last year. And this one has a local angle.
The title is “Phoenix” and according to a press release, it “maps out the emotional intricacies of growing up in Arizona and what it means to go back home, if you ever can.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $15-$24. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
2/14: Neko Case
The acclaimed singer-songwriter brings her tour in support of her eighth album, “Hell-On,” which earned her a sport on Paste magazine’s list of the 50 best albums of 2018, to Phoenix. The Guardian hailed it as “yet another high point in Case’s unstintingly stirring career.” It plays to the strengths that have come to define her most enduring work, from the unflinching candor, wry humor and vulnerability of the lyrics to the seemingly effortless grace of her melodic sensibilities.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $32-$50. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
2/15: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
This is a rescheduled date from October 2017, so now would be a good time to start looking for your ticket. Inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Seger has earned 13 platinum sales awards, including such landmark albums as “Night Moves,” “Stranger in Town,” “Against the Wind,” “Live Bullet” and “Nine Tonight,” all of which have sold more than 5 million units.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $126 and up. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
2/15: Bring Me the Horizon
The Sheffield, England-based metalcore veterans are heading to Phoenix with Thrice in support of an album called “amo,” the much-anticipated followup to “That’s the Spirit.” They topped the U.S. rock charts with 2015’s “Throne” from “That’s the Spirit.” Other rock-radio hits include “Sleepwalking,” “Go to Hell, For Heaven’s Sake,” “Drown,” “Happy Song” and the first single from “amo,” “Mantra.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $44.50 and up. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
2/15: Elizabeth Cook
This alt-country veteran is touring in support of “Exodus of Venus,” an emotionally naked album inspired in part by the death of a parent and the breakdown of her marriage to longtime guitarist Tim Carroll.
Uncut praised the album as “her darkest effort yet, a harrowing chronicle of a woman barely keeping herself together,” adding “It’s also her liveliest effort yet – not to mention her most confidently diverse.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $18; $16 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
2/16: Valentines Super Love Jam
This year’s Super Love Jam features R&B sensations Midnight Star, the Dramatics, Ready for the World, Atlantic Starr, the Chi-Lites, the Notations, the Lovelites, Eddie Holman and Salon. Expect to hear such hits as “Operator” (Midnight Star), “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” and “In the Rain” (the Dramatics), “Oh Sheila” (RFTW), “Secret Lovers” and “Always” (Atlantic Starr) and “Have You Seen Her” and “Oh Girl” (the Chi-Lites).
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $30.50 and up. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
2/17: The Aces
Fresh from touring the States with Australian heartthrobs Five Seconds of Summer, these Utah-based pop-rock sensation are headed to Phoenix in support of their full-length debut, “When My Heart Felt Volcanic.”
The hooks should speak directly to anyone who previous fell in love with Haim. As NME summed up the seemingly effortless pop smarts on display throughout the album, “Almost unbearably catchy, The Aces’ debut is nothing less than bloody brilliant.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $17; $16 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
2/19: Rosanne Cash
The singer-songwriter was a huge presence at country radio in the ‘80s, with such smart and spiky tunes as “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” “Seven Year Ache” and “Runaway Train.” Later recordings became more introspective and less commercial, though she’s still a wonderful singer. “She Remembers Everything,” a new disc, is due in November.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $49-$79. 480-499-8587, scottsdalearts.org.
2/19: Ron Gallo
The former Toy Soldier arrives in support of “Stardust Birthday Party,” a twitchy throwback to the golden age of post-punk. You can almost smell the sweat on the imagined skinny tie and sportcoat.
American Songwriter says, “There’s so much to absorb here, with creative lyrical and often jagged production twists, let alone melodies that veer all over the map, that you’ll quickly return for another cycle on Gallo’s musical merry-go-round.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $17; $15 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
2/20: Cypress Hill
These Latino-American hip-hop sensations were at the forefront of the West Coast rap scene in the early ‘90s, sending both sides of their debut single – “How I Could Just Kill a Man” and “The Phuncky Feel One” – to the top of Billboard’s rap charts. Their biggest hit is “Insane in the Membrane” from their second album. This year’s trippy “Elephants on Acid” is a strong addition to their legacy. As Mojo summed it up, the album finds them “not only recapturing the dynamism and urgency of their early ’90s heyday, but also taking that energy somewhere completely new.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $37.50 and up. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
2/22: Amy Grant
The singer-songwriter began as a Christian-music singer with an acoustic guitar and a raw folkie vibe in the ’70s. As her sound got more polished, her audience grew; 1991’s “Heart in Motion” sold more than 5 million copies, thanks to such pop-radio smashes as “Baby Baby” and “Good for Me.” More recently, she has reverted back to a more organic sound, and she’s as appealing and heartfelt as ever.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. 43-$87. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
2/21: Nothing More
These Texas-based rockers broke through in 2014 with a self-titled album that sent three singles to the Top 10 on the Mainstream Rock charts – “This is the Time (Ballast),” “Jenny” and “Here’s to the Heartache.” And when they returned in 2017 with “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” they sent another three songs to the Top 10 on the same chart, including the chart-topping “Go To War” and “Do You Really Want It?”
Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30; $27 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
2/21: Toni Braxton
She’s playing the Valley just shy of the 25th anniversary of her Best New Artist Grammy win on the strength of an eight-times-platinum debut that spun off three huge singles – “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again” and “You Mean the World to Me.”
Her biggest hits came later in the form of three chart-topping singles – “You’re Makin’ Me High,” “Let It Flow” and “Un-Break My Heart.” She arrives in support of the Grammy-nominated “Sex & Cigarettes,” which makes the most of her soulfully seductive vocals.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Wild Horse Pass Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. $70 and up. 800-946-4452, wingilariver.com.
2/22: Ella Mai
This British singer-songwriter went triple platinum with her breakthrough single, topping the R&B charts with “Boo’d Up.” She returned to No. 1 with “Trip,” the platinum followup. NME was smitten, raving, “Confident, relevant and full of gorgeous instrumentation, Ella Mai’s debut proves that she is more than worth the hype” while HipHopDX praised, “The subtle wave of acoustics, sparse pianism and occasional bass bump.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. SOLD OUT. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
This Chicago rapper’s soulful blend of hip-hop, jazz and poetry went over big with a crowd that was swimming in Chance the Rapper ball caps at the Lost Lake Music Festival in late 2017. She and Chance are clearly kindred spirits and it goes beyond their having worked together. She’s touring an album called “Room 25” that chronicles her story since releasing the “Telefone” mixtape in 2016. The Wire declared it “essential” and it is.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
Among the more ambitious stadium-rock sensations to emerge from the shadow of Radiohead with two best-British-live-act trophies from the Brit Awards to show for it, they arrive in support of “Simulation Theory.” Phoenix is the third date on the tour. Their best-known songs include four chart-topping entries on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart: “Uprising,” “Resistance,” “Madness” and this year’s “Dead Inside,” with “Madness” going double platinum.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $99.74 and up. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
2/26: Meek Mill
The multi-platinum hip-hop artist is touring the States in support of a chart-topping album called “Championships.” His biggest hit is the double-platinum “All Eyes on You” with featured vocals by Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. Other singles of note include “Ima Boss,” “House Party,” “Amen,” “Young & Gettin’ It,” “R.I.C.O.,” “Litty” and this year’s “Dangerous.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $29.50 and up. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
2/26: The Wood Brothers
These Nashville roots revivalists are touring in support of a sixth album, “One Drop of Truth,” whose highlights range from the old-timey blues lament “Laughin’ or Cryin'” to the haunted, acoustic-guitar-driven folk vibe of “Strange As It Seems.”
Blurt magazine declared it “a career-defining album,” adding “They’ve been just as brilliant from the beginning; now it’s time for the rest of the world to finally realize that.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $30-$52. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
2/27: Sarah Brightman
The world’s most successful soprano is heading to Phoenix in support of ”Hymn,” her 15th full-length album and first studio recording since 2013’s “Dreamchaser.” In a press release, Brightman said, “I’m looking forward to performing the new songs on my world tour. Every project I’ve done has come from an emotional place, and I wanted to make something that sounded very beautiful and uplifting.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $53.50 and up. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
Brooklyn Vegan says, “It’s become pretty common for beloved bands to reunite and make good albums again, but it’s still rare for bands to reunite and make something that may very well be their best album, and that’s exactly what Daughters have done.”
They’re referring, of course, to the Rhode Island noise-rock sensations’ first album in eight years, the contagiously abrasive “You Won’t Get What You Want.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, March 1. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $20; $18 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
3/1-3: McDowell Mountain Music Festival
In addition to headlining sets by Odesza, Empire of the Sun, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Umphrey’s McGee, the festival feature such notable acts as Margo Price, Toro Y Moi, Marian Hill, Big Wild and Jungle. Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Noodles and the Uncommon Good will represent the home team at this 100 percent non-profit event, established in 2004, that has become a destination festival for music fans.
Details: 3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, March 1-3. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. $60/day; $125 three-day pass. m3ffest.com.
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3/2: Lil Mosey
By the time he gets to Tempe, he’ll be 17. But this Seattle-based hip-hop sensation has already touched off some serious buzz on the strength of a debut called “Northsbest” and its breakthrough single “Noticed,” which more than lived up to its title. His first single, “Pull Up,” has earned more than 20 million YouTube views while “Noticed” is closing in on 60 million views.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $22.50-$37.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
3/2-3: Innings Festival
Incubus tops Saturday’s lineup at this two-day baseball-themed festival, with Sheryl Crow, Cake, Grouplove, Blues Traveler, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Guster, Black Pistol Fire and Dorothy and the Baseball Project rounding out the first day. Eddie Vedder headlines Sunday with Jimmy Eat World, Band of Horses, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Shakey Graves, Liz Phair, Mat Kearney, G. Love & Special Sauce, and the Record Company.
Details: 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $130 for a two-day pass; $90 single day. inningsfestival.com.
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3/3: Saves the Day
The Jersey-based pop-punk sensations are touring a musical autobiography called “9.” Singer-guitarist Chris Conley calls it ”the story of Saves The Day and my own personal journey through life, which all unfolded as my relationship with music progressed.”
Alternative Press says they’re “melodically brilliant as ever, but the previous trilogy’s anguish and inner turmoil seem to have been replaced by warm sentimentality, declarations of undying love, and smart discourse on relationships and the human condition, with the occasional killer curveball.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $25; $21 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Emily Haines and her bandmates are touring the States in support of “Art of Doubt,” the Canadian synth-pop veterans’ seventh album of retro-futuristic New Wave dance songs.
NME wrote, “Album highlight ‘Now Or Never Now’ boasts that glow of sci-fi pop prowess that lit up 2009’s under-sung cult favourite ‘Fantasies’ – the space-age approach to pop that fans of Chvrches will adore.”
Details: 7 p.m. Monday, March 4. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $46 and up. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
3/4: Kikagaku Moyo
“Masana Temples” opens on a psychedelic sitar jam before immediately shifting gears with the pulsating bass and funk guitar of “Dripping Sun.” And so it goes for eight more songs, restlessly making its way through a variety of genres without losing focus.
The 405 says “The result is an album that even in its slower moments seems to be constantly pushing forward, a hazy, dreamlike soundtrack to a classic road-trip movie.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, March 4. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $25; $20 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
3/5: Justin Timberlake
This is a second stop at Talking Stick Resort Arena for Timberlake’s Man in the Woods Tour. And don’t let the theme of the tour, with its campfire and trees, confuse the issue. For all its rustic trappings, the Man of the Woods Tour felt more like a night at the club in downtown Phoenix than a trip to Payson, from the time the singer hit the stage singing “Filthy,” the opening track on the album for which the tour was named.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $49.50 and up. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
The Compton rapper arrives in support of “Stay Dangerous,” a third studio effort EW praised for “spinning hard-edged street stories through a hypnotic haze of thick, hyphy G-funk, the kind favored by ‘90s forbearers like DJ Quik and King T.” YG’s hits include “Toot It and Boot It,” “Left, Right,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Why You Always Hatin’,” the quadruple-platinum “My N—a” and this year’s “Big Bank.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. $48; $42.50 in advance. 480-644-2560, luckymanonline.com and mesaamp.com.
3/7: Albert Hammond Jr.
Well, he is a member of the Strokes, whose debut album, “Is This It?,” helped usher in the rock revival that however briefly had us thinking rock and roll would have a more successful time of it here in the 21st Century.
And he’s here in support of a great fourth album, ”Francis Trouble,” whose title refers to the stillborn death of his twin brother. If that sounds intensely personal for rock and roll, it is, but the effortless pop sensibilities make for a breezier ride than the title suggests.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $18.75-$28. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
3/9: Billy Joel
This is Joel’s first Phoenix concert since 2014 and his first time ever at the ballpark, where one can probably expect to hear such massive hits as “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “My Life,” ”We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl.” This show is part of the Billy Joel in Concert Tour, which began in 2014 and has included a once-a-month residency at Madison Square Garden. His Jan. 24 performance will his 60th consecutive sellout at the Garden.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix. $49.50 and up. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
3/10: The Roadshow
Now in its 10th year, the Roadshow tour brings Matthew West, Michael W. Smith, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher and Leanna Crawford to Grand Canyon University for an evening of contemporary Christian music. West has topped the Christian charts with several hits, including “More,” “You Are Everything,” “The Motions” and “Hello, My Name Is.”
Details: 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Three-day passes, $20-$160. 877-552-7362, gcuarena.com.
These Atlanta metal heavyweights earned raves in 2016 for an album called “Purple” after welcoming new members to replace the two who bailed in the wake of a near-fatal bus crash in 2012 and recruiting producer Dave Fridmann of Flaming Lips fame. This is a co-headlining tour with Deafheaven, who earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category for “Honeycomb” from this year’s exceptional (and exceptionally heavy) “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $29.50-$34. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
3/14: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
These U.K. rockers are headed to Phoenix on the Peace Across the Wasteland Tour with Graveyard in support of “Wasteland,” a headphone record of psychedelic stoner rock that manages a perfect blend of heavy and hypnotic. Kerrang! declared the latest from Kevin A. Starrs and his Deadbeats ”another masterful, kaleidoscopic trip from your favourite freaked-out uncle”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25-$30. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
3/15: Zac Brown Band
They’ve topped the Billboard country charts with eight songs — five-times-platinum “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride,” “Free,” “As She’s Walking Away,” “Colder Weather,” double-platinum “Knee Deep” and “Keep Me in Mind.” The Boston Globe responded to their shows at Fenway Park with, “Zac Brown Band has amassed its stadium-filling following for being unpredictable, a combination of its musical chops and seemingly endless desire to please crowds.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, March 15. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $36.50 and up. 602-254-7200, livenation.com.
3/16-17: Pot of Gold Festival
Lucky Man Concerts and Steve Levine Entertainment are bringing out the stars for the fifth annual Pot of Gold Music Festival, with Post Malone, Lil Wayne and Cardi B topping the bill as the festival moves to its new home at Steele Indian School Park. Other acts include Jhene Aiko, Young Thug, Lil Pump, Tinashe, Young M.A, Lil Baby, Ski Mask The Slump God, Gunna, Preme, Doja Cat, Tyla Yaweh, Young Dolph, Asian Doll, SAINT JHN and more to be announced.
Details: Saturday-Sunday, March, 16-17. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $130 and up, single day; $199 and up, two day. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
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3/17: Chris Tomlin
The Grammy-winning Christian-music superstar is touring in support of “Holy Roar.” Tomlin explained the album title in an interview with Billboard. “Holy means set apart completely, unlike anything else. It’s a word really reserved for God. And the word roar, you instinctively know what that word sounds like, what it feels like. Webster’s Dictionary says it’s a long, full prolonged sound or to sing and shout with full force.”
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $89.50 and up. 623-772-3800, ticketmaster.com.
3/17: Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire took funk to the masses with such consistency and soul that “The Rolling Stone Album Guide” suggests, “It could be argued that ‘The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire’ portrays the best singles band of the ’70s.” They went Top 40 14 times that decade and began the ’80s with one of their most enduring hits, “Let’s Groove.” Hits include “September,” “Shining Star” and “After the Love Has Gone.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
3/17: Nils Frahm
This German composer is known for combining synthesizer loops and classical piano to intoxicating, ambient effect on efforts as inspired as “All Melody,” his latest album. Drowned in Sound said, “It’s continuously changing, perfectly timed, evenly spaced – an impeccable album” while the A.V. Club called it “a vibrant, exploratory album born from Frahm’s newly constructed Berlin studio and the freedom to experiment it allowed.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $37 and up. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
3/19: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets
This is the Pink Floyd drummer’s first U.S. tour with this project, which puts the focus squarely on the legendary rockers’ early psychedelic years. The last time Mason played the States was Pink Floyd’s 1994 tour in support of “The Division Bell.” In a press release, Mason said, “With the help of some like-minded friends, I have embarked on a voyage of discovery of the music that was the launch pad of Pink Floyd and my working life. It seems too early to retire, and I missed the interaction.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $48.50 and up. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
12/21: Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera
This Live In Stereo Tour features Jason Mraz and his longtime percussionist Toca Rivera performing a series of intimate acoustic concerts.
The star, whose hits include “I’m Yours,” “I Won’t Give Up” and “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” the breakthrough single that launched his career, is touring in support of “Know.,” his long-awaited followup to 2014’s “Yes!” And oh, we do see what he did there.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. $38. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
Some of the biggest names in EDM, including Skrillex, Porter Robinson and Eric Prydz, are ringing in the new year with Relentless Beats and Global Dance at this beyond-impressive two-day blowout.
Also on the bill are 4B, Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, DJ Diesel, Drezo, Dr Fresch, Fransis Derelle, Gerry Gonza, Ghastly, Marshmello, Morgan Page, NGHTMRE, Rezz, San Holo, Skism b2b Trampa and Solardo.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, and Monday, Dec.31. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. Two-day pass, $219 and up; Sunday, $109; Monday, $119. 480-502-5600, rawhide.com.
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