Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend in Phoenix
Kelly Clarkson may have slept on his phenomenal Kaleidoscope Dream, but that didn't stop Los Angeles-based crooner Miguel from having one hell of a 2012. He tops our list of must-see shows this weekend in Phoenix, stopping by the historic Celebrity Theatre to showcase sultry jams like "Adorn." We can't promise that the other gigs -- featuring post-hardcore rockers The Used, Red Dirt rockers Reckless Kelly, and more -- will be half as sexy, but they'll probably be pretty good. Excelsior, amigos!
Miguel is scheduled to perform Friday, February 22 at Celebrity Theatre.
Somewhere between Dwight Yoakam's honky-tonking cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" and Terry Manning's power-pop take on "Guess Things Happen That Way," the Jack Clement-penned single made famous by Johnny Cash, lies Reckless Kelly's "She Likes Money, He Likes Love."
The standout track from the Austin-via-Bend, Oregon, Red Dirt quintet's latest, Good Luck & True Love, has plenty of Americana twang, but also a charging beat, crunchy distortion, and a supremely fuzzed-out guitar solo. "They'll stay together 'til they find something better," frontman Willie Braun sings about a May-December romance on the rocks.
It's the sort of thing Reckless Kelly does best; the kind of song that could sneak onto KNIX's playlist without raising any eyebrows (hell, they're already playing Taylor Swift's crossover singles) but still dirty and edgy enough to appeal to fans of alt-country greats like Drive-By Truckers an effortless blend of country grit and rock 'n' roll soul. -- Jason P. Woodbury
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