Top Five Must-See Shows This Week in Phoenix

Wednesday, February 13: Pink @ US Airways Center

Alecia Beth Moore -- better known by her pop culture handle Pink -- has got a real mouth on her. In addition to being a powerhouse vocalist, Pink delights in saying exactly what's on her mind, portraying the quientissential "tough broad" role to a tee. She sings her songs like she's about to sock you for being out of line and slam a beer before busting it over her six-pack.

Early on, industry goons probably considered her rock 'n' roll attitude an impedement, but if the radio play of her latest, 2012's The Truth About Love, is any indication, Pink wisely told the suits to stuff it. Her brash confidence drips off every track, like the Cars-gone-Clarkson anthem, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," which effortlessly seizes on her hell-hath-no-fury appeal, cheekily blending her wounded sensiability a muscular club-beat, while Pink rages about whiskey dick, drinking too much, and how full of shit her (former) man is.

She's got a restrained side, too, but while "Just Give Me a Reason," her duet with Nate Ruess of fun. is plenty pretty, she sounds best when she's raging, like when she apes Blur and David Bowie on the dance floor freakout "Slut Like You." Younger starlets like Rhianna and Ke$ha have appropriated Pink's steez, but it's hard to buy them quite the way we buy Pink. Wham bam thank you ma'am. -- Jason P. Woodbury

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center)

201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Bar Smith

130 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Virginia G. Piper Theater at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

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