Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Week

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Tensnake is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, April 3, at Bar Smith.
It's become a tradition around here. Every week, on Monday -- the worst of all days -- we bring you our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix this week. You know, to help make it all bearable. Dig in, kiddos.

Monday, April 1: Airborne Toxic Event @ Marquee Theatre

The Airborne Toxic Event's pulsing, chilly music -- with the moody sweep and swirling keyboards of '80s dark-wave revivalists the Killers and Interpol -- moves with majestic aplomb. (Frontman Mikel Jollett even cites the Smiths in "Strange Girl," off the band's second LP, All at Once.)

Once an aspiring novelist, Jollett dove into music after his girlfriend broke up with him around the same time that he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. All at Once retains the band's initial cinematic mope-pop grandeur, but producer Dave Sardy (Jet, Snow Patrol) reduces the languor, punching up the vitality and pace to counterbalance the gloom -- but not too much. The band is set to release a brand new album, Such Hot Blood, this year. -- Chris Parker

Location Info


Bar Smith

130 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Meat Market Garment Factory

1724 W. 10th Place, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Martini Ranch - CLOSED

7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

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Airborne Toxic Event rocks.  Go see them.

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