25 Must-See Phoenix Concerts in April

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Lorde is scheduled to perform on Thursday, April 17, at Comerica Theatre.

The month of April is packed wall-to-wall with concerts. Check that, it's packed wall-to-wall with great concerts. Some of the bigger hitmakers and tastemakers in pop and indie rock -- Lorde, Bastille, Lana Del Ray, Grouplove, Phantogram, Chvrches ... just to name a few -- will all perform around the Valley either before, between, or after their sets at this year's Coachella.

And it's not just Indio-bound bands and musicians who will be stepping onto local stages, as this month's concert offerings also includes many legendary and groundbreaking artists, such as George Clinton, Dick Dale, and Loretta Lynn.

Get the info on their upcoming shows, which can also be found via our online concert calendar, by perusing out list of the 25 best shows to see between now and April 30.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Thursday, April 10 - Crescent Ballroom

It has been a few months shy of a year since the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion brought its fiery stage show to town, getting the crowd, packed with many longtime fans, all worked up with a lively set of raucous garage-punk blues rock. Don't expect this upcoming visit, however, to be a repeat of last summer's performance. Spencer, the band's frontman, puts any notions of that to bed. "The Blues Explosion has been hard at work on a big batch of new songs," he says. "We entered Brooklyn's famous Daptone recording studio upon our return to New York City, so we plan on playing a lot of these new tunes while in your town."

The band has been together since 1991, and while playing together for so long obviously has served to further enhance the previously honed skills of members Jon Spencer, Judah Bauer, and Russell Simins, that technical polish hasn't taken away any of the group's dirty soul and swagger, which makes the whole package infectious and loaded with heat. The band's 2012 full-length, Meat and Bone, was its first in eight years and as ferocious as ever, proving they are still up to get down, no end in sight. -- Amy Young


Location Info

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Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Mesa Arts Center

1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

The Pressroom

441 W. Madison St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Monarch Theatre

122 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Pub Rock

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: General

Big Surf Waterpark

1500 N. Mcclintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: General


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17 comments
Ryan Gielow
Ryan Gielow

way to start it out with a concert that has already passed...

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Not Lorde. She is Boring with a capital B.

emmettsfitbods
emmettsfitbods

How could you not list Rodger Hodgson of S

upertramp/April 25th @ Wild Horse Casino.....

Albert J. Filice
Albert J. Filice

How can you forget the PSB, Phoenix New Times? Totally uncool. Most of the bands are shit, and not "must see".

Jon Crowley
Jon Crowley

Clinton has sported the multi-colored hair in ages, you dumb twits.

Morgan Gorby
Morgan Gorby

Please don't remind me. Im super bummed I missed out on tickets to a few of these shows.

Jared Slaff
Jared Slaff

Still wish I could see Pet Shop Boys, they were what really started my love for music in general with West End Girls when it came out.. *sigh*

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