Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

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The man who rejected my lyrics for "Lightning Rashes" and "Father of Mime."
Eventually, every single musical variable collapses into time. Live fans and Filter fans and Everclear fans might not have gotten along especially well in the '90s, but here in the unfamiliar 'teens (are we going with 'teens? aught-teens?) they are all bands who were on the radio back when you liked to listen to the radio, and that is enough. They are your Secret Samadhi.

(Maybe? I never really understood any of Live's lyrics.)

That and more awaits you in this week's Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend. (For a full slate of shows, check out our complete concert calendar.)

Sun Bones - The Rogue Bar, Scottsdale - July 5

Rather than stick to vague genre tags or invent new hybrids, the members of Sun Bones offer the term "malleability." It's fitting for a classically trained band that somehow manages to fit four-part harmonies, bursts of punk, comforting pop melodies, and avant-garde excursions under a single umbrella and make it all work. The Tucson band -- voted as last year's Tucson Weekly Up-and-Coming Artists of the Year, under their former name, Boreas -- is touring in support of self-released debut Sentinel Peak, recorded with producer Chuck Dorman at the Saltmine Studio Oasis in Mesa.

Read our full feature and listen to the album.

"We had this collection of songs, and we were aware it was a huge variety," says singer-guitarist Sam Golden. "Not a grab bag, but influenced by very different styles. We ordered it in a way to help guide people to the weirdness. It starts out more conventional. We front-loaded [Sentinel Peak] with the poppy songs, and as the album goes on, we slowly introduce the more eccentric side of the band." Sun Bones shine on both Sentinel Peak and in the band's explosive and frantic live performances, where the foursome works itself into such a frenzied place that it seems possessed by the music. "That's really where our punk aesthetic shines through," says guitarist Evan Casler. -- Eric Swedlund

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