Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012

Categories: That Was 2012

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Maria Vassett
First name Drake, last name not legally Greatest.

Drake @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion|5/10/12

There was a moment Thursday night during Drake's bombastic, flashy performance when I wondered whether Drake was going to review me. It was during an extended (10- or 15-minute-long) audience-appreciation segment, where Drake turned the lights on the crowd and shouted out girls he found sexy, guys he wanted to clown on, and little kids (who'd "better not go home cussin' and shit").

As his razor-sharp band -- a stellar drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, and DJ -- played a languid, soft jazz groove, Aubrey Drake Graham called out to his fans: the girl in the Sade shirt (he's a big fan), the girls with their hair looking all "Afrocentric and shit," and the dozens of fans wantonly violating the "don't wear a band shirt to said band's show" rule, sporting Young Money, OVOXO, YOLO, and Take Care shirts. -- Jason P. Woodbury

Drake @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion: [Full Review] [Slideshow].

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Maria Vassett
Laura Jane Grace, probably not someone who gives a shit about punk message boards.

Against Me! and The Cult @ Marquee Theatre| 5/22/12
Last night's lineup was strange, to say the least.

Noise rockers The Icarus Line drew comparisons to Iggy Pop while Against Me! played its first Phoenix show after singer and guitarist Tom Gabel announced the decision to start living her life as a woman, going by the name Laura Jane Grace. Headliners The Cult toured in support of Weapon of Choice, which fit right in with the band's illustrious catalog.

Triumph was in the air as Florida punk rockers, Against Me! took the stage to the Rocky theme song and tore right into two new songs dealing with Laura's transgender identity- "True Trans Soul Rebel" and "Transgender Dysphoria Blues." Both songs sounded like an extension of the White Crosses material, and will probably become anthemic singalongs once fans learn the lyrics. -- Melissa Fossum

Against Me @ Marquee: [Full Review] [Slideshow]

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