Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week
It's nearly the end of 2013 and you still have to pay attention to Justin Timberlake. I don't think most people are so bothered by that, but just enough people are that I'd like to apologize to them personally.
Don't worry: I know that when you were a 12- to 100-year-old *NSYNC hater back in 2000 that your only consolation was that a decade later you wouldn't have to pay attention to that insufferable kid with the Afro anymore. But at least "Suit and Tie" was kind of catchy, right? (View our complete concert calendar here.)
The Hill in Mind - Crescent Ballroom - Tonight
There are weird bands everywhere, probably, and if I clicked around Bandcamp enough I'd find them, but this isn't a contest, so I'll just say that Phoenix produces a lot of delightfully weird but also unequivocally poppy music, and I enjoy listening to it.
The Hill in Mind, whose self-titled EP came out just last month, is another arrow in that particular quiver, playing herky-jerky, dense guitar music that goes in a new direction on every song. "Spider-Shirt" will leave you thinking ELO, "Fall.E" Matthew Sweet, "Buckwheat" Paul McCartney and Wings(!) and so on, with all four songs eventually combining to leave you thinking of nothing at all.
Eventually those sounds will probably coalesce into something else entirely. But this is the rare band whose development is fun to listen to for its own sake.