Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012

Categories: That Was 2012

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Abraham Karam

Jonathan Richman @ Crescent Ballroom| 6/28/12

It's hard to know exactly what to say about about Jonathan Richman's performance at Crescent Ballroom last night.

Not because things weren't memorable (they were) or uneventful. Not because the crowd wasn't interesting and hilarious. And certainly not because Richman's performance lacked (it didn't). But the songwriter opened with a cut from his 2004 album Not So Much to Be Loved As to Love called "He Gave Us the Wine to Taste It," a song that warns against thinking too much, that celebrates the joy of experience over obsessive contemplation. -- Jason P. Woodbury

Jonathan Richman @ Crescent Ballroom: [Full Review] [Slideshow]

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Melissa Fossum
Brian Wilson: in the sandbox no more.

Beach Boys @ Grand Canyon University| 7/7/12
50 songs for 50 years. It's hard to imagine any band getting away with it, right?

It's even harder to imagine it being exceptional, but that's the best word I can use to describe what The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, Bruce Johnston, and their crack nine-piece backing band) did last night at Grand Canyon University.-- Jason P. Woodbury

Beach Boys @ Grand Canyon University Arena: [Full Review] [Slideshow]

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