Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

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Dani Zubia
The Pistoleros are scheduled to perform Wednesday, November 21, at Crescent Ballroom.
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.

Young Prisms
Young Prisms is scheduled to perform Monday, Nov. 19th at Rhythm Room

Monday, November 19th: Young Prisms @ Rhythm Room

It's hard to put a finger on exactly what's pulsing in the world of underground shoegaze pop, but it seems to sound an awful lot like the hazy, languid rock of San Francisco's Young Prisms. Heavy, droning, swirly, fuzzy, gothic, melancholy, and cathartic, Young Prisms' music is reflective of an '80s sound that was the antithesis to the skinny-tie buoyancy of synth-happy new wave. This five-piece channels the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, Curve, Slowdive, and (thanks to the dreamy, atmospheric vocals of Stefanie Hodapp) the Cocteau Twins.

"Stay Awake" captures that pre-sleep feeling with its near-feedbacking guitar over single pulsing organ notes and airy vocals, while "Runner" takes a page straight from the JMC songbook (circa the late-period Hope Sandoval era) with a driving beat, repeating hypnotic guitar lines and faraway wail; "Midnight's When" swirls and grinds, giving way to uplifting moments, as "Floating in Blue" rides a mesmerizing blend of fuzzed-out guitars, cascading drums, static-y synths and behind-the-eyes voice. The shoegazer movement never died, but Young Prisms certainly breathes new life into the genre.-- Glen BurnSilver

Location Info


Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

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Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

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Martini Ranch - CLOSED

7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

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Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Sail Inn - CLOSED

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ

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