Top Five Must-See Shows This Week in Phoenix

Social Distortion is scheduled to perform Tuesday, January 22, and Wednesday, January 23, at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
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.

Monday, January 21: Avian Architecture @ The Rogue Bar

Psych fans and math-rock devotees both enjoy technical drum feats and guitar pyrotechnics, but each group has its preferred flavors of jam. Mathletes tend to like riffs that show the science at work, geometric patterns that confound in exciting ways.

Psych rockers like their technical proficiency to offer an escape, whorls and stretches of notes that are easy to get lost in. Mesa-based Avian Architecture splits the difference, affixing psych textures and tightly syncopated drums to guitar work that rides comfortably in between, covering the entrails of composition while still sounding impressive.

The airtight duo of JD Snell and Tyler Lindgren is just as dexterous as math-rock favorites Tero Melos, but the structures and meters on the band's Gemini Talons EP manage to stay fitful and accessible. And like psych visionaries Mars Volta, Avian Architecture is fond of fun-to-say, hard-to-spell portmanteau song titles. "Circumabulation" is built around a spacey, serpentine groove in 6/4 time that sounds much more propulsive than complex. The sharp "Earthbound Portals" is littered with double-kick drum accents and pointillist fills, all guided by start-stop guitar arpeggios that revel in the tension.

The boys are hard at work on a new full-length, something Valley fret-worshippers should keep on high alert. -- Chase Kamp

Location Info


Rogue Bar

423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Red Owl - CLOSED

1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center)

201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Rockbar Inc.

4245 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

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