Top Five Must-See Shows This Week
Todd Roeth These United States are scheduled to perform Monday, August 27, at Rhythm Room.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
Somewhere north of Apache Junction, there's a long road leading to a rock on the edge of the Salt River that Jesse Elliott still needs to see.
For a songwriter who makes the most out of near-endless traveling, that rock represents just another one of those tempting little side roads in life.
"When I find myself in Phoenix I will drive straight east on the freeway til I hit Apache Junction, take the largest road that I can find / Avoiding any obstacles, I will focus on the present, I will melt into the desert, I will sense everything around me deeply / Finding the Salt River, sitting on a rock," sings Elliott on "Vince," a track on These United States' self-titled album.
The song came to him in the form of a note. An old friend from middle school turned up out of the blue at a show These United States were playing in North Carolina. At the end of the night, he handed Elliott a note saying good-bye, but also advising that Salt River detour.
"It was more or less the start of the lyrics and I thought it was a funny premise for a song," Elliott says.
These United States' fifth album is a self-titled road map of sorts, celebrating life on the road, capturing the sense of freedom in motion and toasting those quirky places and people you can only get to know first hand. -- Eric Swedlund