Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

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Jim Louvau
Every so often The Maine comes to town playing a slightly larger venue than it did the time before. Their goal, so far as I can tell, is to take advantage of this until, having played U.S. Airways Center and University of Phoenix Stadium in short order, local government is forced to rope off downtown and sell tickets there.

Or they could just be steadily building a following around town. I don't know, either way. (View our complete concert calendar here.)

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John Mayer - Wednesday, October 2 - Ak-Chin Pavilion


It took a move to Montana and some lovin' from Katy Perry to get John Mayer back some of the credibility he lost from exploiting his "sexual napalm" exes and comparing his dick to a white supremacist. Since he bunkered down in his new secluded northern home, Mayer's shied away from salacious deeds, save for the occasional ogling of his girlfriend's goods, instead opting to pen more reflective tracks. Last month Mayer released the folk-rockish Death Valley, his second country-tinged album; it's slowly regaining Mayer the respect he all but lost years before.

Then there's the Perry collabo "Who You Love," with syrupy sweet lyrics like, "My girl, she ain't the one that I saw coming...I tried to run before, but I'm not running anymore." "Waitin' on the Day" shows Mayer's desire to mature and have kids. And though "Paper Doll" is rumored to be about past fling Taylor Swift, Mayer refuses to confirm the meaning behind the lyrics -- classy, indeed. One thing Mayer has never lost, no matter his past discretions: his jaw-dropping guitar skills. Rolling Stone named him a "new school guitar god," for good reason. When he hits the Valley, be prepared to get mesmerized as he deftly moves up and down the neck with never-ending solos. --Nicki Escudero


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GFG1077
GFG1077

good job new times! you've neglected to mention the first ever ska punk bowling festival/tournament where the Queers and Teenage Bottlerocket will be headlining the main event!

G Paul Hudak
G Paul Hudak

I've literally never heard of any of these bands, and therefore cannot plausibly place them on my "must see" list of this week. However, thank you for the informative, multi-paged advertisement.

Brett Giles
Brett Giles

So basically what you're saying is there aren't any good bands playing this week?

Mark Koster
Mark Koster

well...waiting till OCT 20th...HAWKWIND ! haven't toured the US in over 20 years....Dave Brock 74 years young...leading the ultimate space rock band our way soon !

Mark Koster
Mark Koster

classic rock artists like joe cocker ( who i've seen 12 times) never swears at his shows...brian setzer...class act...robert plant...class...allman bros...class...santana...very class...should i keep going !!

Johnny Miller
Johnny Miller

Why would I want to go see someone who is flipping me off?

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