15 Must-See Metro Phoenix Concerts in February
Without using too much hyperbole, there is an outstanding number of great concerts happening this month -- and they represent a wide variety of genres and styles. The offerings ain't just indie and alt-folk, but also include upcoming shows by rock royalty (Pixies, Cibo Matto), a king of country (George Strait), pop princesses (Miley Cyrus), and even some unusual and experimental fare at the Trunk Space (natch).
Windish Agency Cibo Matto is scheduled to perform on Friday, February 21, at Crescent Ballroom.
Here's a rundown of 15 concerts you'll want to be at from now until the end of the month.
Jesca Hoop - Thursday, February 6 - Rhythm Room
Jesca Hoop likes to play with your mind in ways you cannot help loving. Anyone who has listened to her work knows to expect the unexpected, and Hoop delivers unpredictability with each new release. Hunting My Dress (2010) was just as likely to feature acoustic folk songs ("The Kingdom") as it was scratchy alternative rock numbers ("Feast of the Heart"), and "Whispering Light" topped them all by marrying groovy folk licks to the 38-year-old Northern Californian's subdued, almost conspiratorial, singing as random background vocals evoked a drug trip experienced while watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
On 2012's The House that Jack Built, Hoop forayed into beat-heavy alternative pop with catchy tracks like "Ode to Banksy" and "Born To," reminding listeners that she always has more tricks up her sleeve. As if that were not enough, Hoop currently is creating a new album of sorts, Undress, on which she is teaming with such artists as Iron & Wine to take the songs from Hunting and rearrange them. As if trying to prove there's nothing musical that she can't do, it's the second time she's undertaken such a project and surely not the last time she'll keep us guessing. -- Brian Palmer