Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend in Phoenix

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Sea Wolf
Sunday, January 27: Sea Wolf @ Crescent Ballroom

The indie-folk movement has become a plague. What started as an innocent return to roots quickly became a fad and, somewhere along the line, the pining for simplicity and an authentic nod to American roots music turned into a push to get ahead.

But the cynicism directed at Americana's revival doesn't apply to singer/songwriter Alex Brown Church, the man behind Sea Wolf. His acoustic-driven pop songs are intricately woven around literary narratives that are full of life, and they aren't weighed-down, gimmicky, old-timey affectations.

With his third album, Old World Romance, Church trades in his trademark introspection, but this attempt is his most mature and sincere. We spoke to Church over the phone, asking about balancing romance and sappiness, his literary influences, and how he felt having his song "The Violet Hour" appear on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack.

New Times: I like how you described your latest record to OC Weekly: "A romantic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway." It fits perfectly. What's your attraction to romanticism?

Alex Brown Church: I don't know if it's so much an attraction as it is just an instinctual subject matter on my part. I couldn't really say exactly why. I wouldn't even necessarily say I'm attracted to romanticism, but I think when I say Old World Romance, it is a little about that. It's sort of a nod to having a romance with the old, corporal world. To me, it's sort of a reference to the romantic views of the Old West and romantic painters, like Caspar David Friedrich. These grand landscape painters who romanticized the West . . . I guess I have a somewhat romantic way of viewing the world, so that tends to come out in my music. -- Troy Farah

Read more of our interview with Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf.

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Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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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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