Top Five Must-See Shows This Week in Phoenix

Destruction Unit is scheduled to perform Monday, February 25, at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe.
It's only the end of February, but I'm convinced I've already heard one of the best albums of 2013. Destruction Unit's new LP, the six-song mind eraser Void, debuts locally on Monday, February 25, when the band takes the stage at the Yucca Tap Room. The band's been getting some high-profile recognition from outlets like Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, and Impose Magazine. Spinning opening track "Evil Man," it's easy to hear why. The band tops our list of Must-See Shows This Weekend. Read on for more, including sci-fi proggers Coheed and Cambria, dance punkers Doctor Bones, and the farewell gig for one of the Valley's best hip-hop DJs. -- Jason P. Woodbury

Monday, February 25: Anberlin @ Club Red

Anberlin has never been the band to drop copious amounts of J-bombs in its songs, but the group's music often has served as a musical metaphor for how people maintain their faith during troubled times. Anberlin's latest, Vital, combines aggressive modern rock and New Wave beats with stories of people trying to navigate through the minefield of life while clinging to the belief -- blindly or otherwise -- that God exists.

"Someone Anyone" marries clubby synths and big guitars while questioning if there is anything worth fighting for. Amid the machine-gunfire rock 'n' roll of "Little Tyrants" or the bomb-like guitars and drums on "Desires," singer Stephen Christian unleashes his trademark war-like cries as he laments being deceived by his baser instincts, a not-uncommon theme in Anberlin's songs.

The epic closer "God, Drugs & Sex" highlights Christian's struggle to avoid temptations, and on the piano-led "Type Three," when he sings, "I look to Heaven to save me / And you call me naive / Rather be a hopeless lover / Than cursed with disbelief," you cannot help acknowledging his commitment to such an ideal, even if you disagree with it. Anberlin always positions itself squarely at the intersection of art and faith, and the rocking Vital is the latest exhibit. -- Brian Palmer

Read our interview with Stephen Christian of Anberlin.

Location Info


Club Red

1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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