Top Five Must-See Shows This Week In Phoenix

Jacques Renault is scheduled to perform Wednesday, January 30, at Bar Smith.
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.

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Monday, January 28: Gojira @ Marquee Theatre

Life can be tricky for metalheads who turn to heavy music to galvanize their conscience. If that sounds like a stereotype, plenty of metal bands play into the meathead/douchebag/sociopath thing and do it with pride. Gojira isn't one of those bands.

But Gojira doesn't simply spew pointed political sloganeering, either. Instead, the band gets into heady territory and puts its own peculiar, even esoteric, twists on environmentalism and spirituality. For a band to do it within the context of progressive death metal and not be obvious about it should come as nothing short of a revelation to genre aficionados hungering for more than the usual stuff about rotting cadavers.

Don't get the wrong idea: Gojira has bodily obsessions and a preoccupation with mortality too -- and does indulge them on albums like 2008's The Way of All Flesh. But the French quartet elevates its scope far above and beyond the usual treatment offered by their peers. On The Way of All Flesh, Gojira seems to explore death as a way of getting to the life force that runs through everything. Heady -- and heavy -- indeed. -- Saby Reyes-Kulkarni

Location Info


Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Bar Smith

130 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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Testament & Overkill at the Marquee Friday, February 1st!!! \m/ \m/

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