Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week
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.)
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