Top Five Must-See Shows This Week in Phoenix

Telegraph Canyon
Wednesday, January 16: Telegraph Canyon @ Rhythm Room

A quick question: Is it possible for a rock 'n' roll song to feature bells -- those chiming, ringing things -- without plunging to the depths of saccharine "twee-ness"?

We're not talking booming "For Whom the Bell Tolls"-by-Metallica bells. We're talking street-performer, Christmas-caroling bells. Is it possible to employ the use of that kind of bell and not sound positively wussified? A strong case for a "yes" vote would be "Shake Your Fist" by Fort Worth, Texas-based band Telegraph Canyon.

Yes, it's got bells, but it's also got balls. Featured on the band's sophomore LP, The Tide and the Current, recorded with Centro-Matic's Will Johnson (who's got a string of gravely stated alt-country releases to his own name) in 2009, the song features bells (and that other instrument-turned-Portlandia-joke, the banjo) but doesn't resign itself to cutesy sentimentality.

"Testify nothing but the truth," vocalist and songwriter Chris Johnson howls over a sturdy, surging chorus that recalls Band of Horses' primal early work and the arena-encompassing grandeur of Arcade Fire. So, bells? Sure -- as long as you got guts (and a well-worn copy of Born to Run to consult as reference). -- Jason P. Woodbury

Location Info


Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria

603 N. Fifth Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

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Don't forget virtuoso pop-folk guitarist/singer-songwriter Keller Williams is playing the Marquee on the 18th - sad to see he didn't make your list.


@michael.ryan.garcia Hey Michael, a quick note on how this list works:

We run two of these a week. On Monday, we run "Must-See Shows This Week," which covers Monday-Thursday. On Friday, we run "Must-See Shows This Weekend," which covers Friday-Sunday. That Keller shows is on Friday, and it's definitely on our radar. 

Thanks for the note! 

Best -- UOTS

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