Top 5 Must-See Concerts in Phoenix This Week

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Madball - Tuesday, February 25 - Pub Rock

Hardcore punk is one of those easily dismissed, oft-overlooked genres. Too frequently, people regard it as solely for teens -- or irrelevant after the late '80s. The reality is that good hardcore music does have a place in the music world, and bands like Madball are at the forefront of that discussion.

The band was started in 1988 by 12-year-old Freddy Cricien, the younger brother of Roger Miret, lead singer of famed New York hardcore band Agnostic Front. In those days, Madball comprised mostly Agnostic Front members, with Cricien taking lead vocals.

Having been exposed to the hardcore music scene at a young age because of his brother's affiliations, Cricien started playing at only 7 years old and had the opportunity to experience a growing, changing scene at its height, while most others his age wound up viewing only in retrospect.

Bands like Madball and Agnostic Front are unique for incorporating elements of thrash metal and Oi! into their sound -- something that wasn't done in hardcore's early days. In the '80s, metal and punk crowds rarely connected socially, or in public. But as it turns out, plenty of members of one subculture enjoyed the music of the other. This crossover was cemented with these bands, as well as Circle Jerks, Cro-Mags, Nuclear Assault, Suicidal Tendencies, and others. -- Sarah Ventre

Location Info


Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Celebrity Theatre

440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Pub Rock

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Last Exit Live

717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center)

201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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Monica Balcazar
Monica Balcazar

You guys forgot Gloria Trevi on Celebrity Theater on Friday 28th She's Mexican pop-rock singer-songwriter. Called the "Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop" by the music channel VH1, Trevi has sold more than 20 million records :) just saying

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