Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

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The Thermals 2013 press
Has there been any point in the last 50 years in which people weren't convinced rock and roll needed saving? Fall Out Boy's latest album isn't a boast or a promise so much as the natural career path for rock stars who've become monstrously successful and lived to tell about it, Huey Lewis and the News' admirable insistence that the heart of rock and roll was still beating notwithstanding.

This week in Phoenix you can see--in addition to Fall Out Boy--all kinds of bands who could be said to be doing Rock and Roll God's work, depending on how you see the genre. Here's just five of them.

Kepi Ghoulie

Kepi Ghoulie - Trunk Space - June 11

In 2007 divorce did what 20 years of lineup changes couldn't, ending the bubblegum pop-punk career of the Groovie Ghoulies, history's least intimidating horror-themed band. Before you get too broken up about it, though, listen to the solo work frontman Kepi Ghoulie has produced in the years since.

2011's I Bleed Rock 'n Roll is as immediate and catchy as--well, as any other Ghoulies album. 2012's Kepi for Kids makes it clear that said catchy, immediate pop-punk was much closer to childrens' music already than any of us had a right to guess. Even when he's gone acoustic it hasn't thrown his straightforward melodicism for a loop.


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