Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend in Phoenix

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Chino XL
Friday, January 25: Chino XL @ Stray Cat

A 38-year-old Jersey-born rap veteran who is a certified member of Mensa, Chino XL has called L.A. his home for a decade and a half. "I feel like there's more space, metaphorically, because there's space physically," XL says.

"Whenever Jesus was tempted or looking for clarity, he went to the desert. You can really wrangle the writing muses here. I've lived in Jersey, and there's inspiration there, but inspiration is more accessible out here because it's quieter. I did my last album with no outside stimulus, like a complete deprivation tank, with my mind turning in on itself. I kind of dig that. Also, the Latino communities have embraced me so wholeheartedly that they've made me work much harder to rep them in hip-hop."

He's built a loyal following on the West Coast for his intense lyrics, a following he'll expand when he visits Phoenix's long-running WTFunk night at the Stray Cat, performing tracks from his latest, RICANstruction: The Black Rosary, which unflinchingly touches on subjects including his daughter's cancer and his own suicide attempt. Despite the brutal subject matter, XL remains willing to work with his listeners: "I think that [it's] very, very crucial that I can be followed. I don't try to challenge the listener as much as I open up my arms and say, 'Walk with me.'" -- Chaz Kangas

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Stray Cat Bar & Grill - CLOSED

2433 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Bar Smith

130 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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You forgot the best show. King Magnetic, R.A. The Rugged Man, Cappadonna and Rampage.

April N
April N

Is it just me, or is that article basically an ad for the Crescent Ballroom?? They do have some great shows sometimes, but this Saturday I'll be at the Sail Inn for Xtra Ticket and Spafford!!

Mo Bestowin
Mo Bestowin

Same here, and I follow music. Just not POP music. Must see? Absolutely not.

Rusted Halo
Rusted Halo

I must be getting old, cause i have no idea who any of those people/bands are.

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