25 Must-See Phoenix Concerts in April

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Dick Dale - Friday, April 11 - Rhythm Room

Dale was raised in Quincy, Massachusetts, by a father of Lebanese descent and a mother of Polish heritage. He points out proudly that his surname, Monsour, is aristocratic, meaning "brave ones." His family would gather frequently for mahrajan, parties that included belly dancing and music. His uncles would perform the folk song "Misirlou" using a metal-topped drum called a darbuka and a mandolin-like instrument called an oud. "The word Misirlou means 'the Egyptian.'It's an Arabic love song," he explains. "Sweetheart, where are you, my sweetheart?" The darbuka beat in that tune is the beat he played much faster on guitar. He sped it up to please the young folks who wanted to "be-bop." And the classic surf sound was born. -- Liz Tracy


Baths - Friday, April 11 - Crescent Ballroom

Will Wiesenfeld, the 24-year-old lap-pop programmer and dedicated pianist who performs as Baths, has made numerous mentions of his disdain for the "glitch" tag that is sometimes glued to his palpitating, cathartic compositions. Can't blame him: It brings to mind inscrutably syncopated drum 'n' bass, or the decreasingly cited anymore refuge of IDM ("intelligent dance music," cerebral '90s scatter-shot techno like Squarepusher that is impossible to actually dance to). His presence on the Anticon label, an outpost for emotionally vulnerable indie rap, doesn't help. It has merely opened the door for the mark of "glitch-hop," which in addition to being wack sounds like a perilous dance move.

No, the synth crackle of Baths is less a rhythmic seizure or digital logjam and more a warped wave, a deep breath that clears a headspace, or a spine tingle resulting from unexpected news. Obsidian not only illustrates this distinction in clearer terms but moves further into the emotionally and sexually undaunted territory that sets him apart from the flood of indie-crossover electronic producers. -- Chase Kamp


Bombino - Saturday, April 12 - MIM Music Theatre

There are few better ways to spend a Saturday night in Phoenix than watching Nigerian blues-rock musician Bombino perform his whirling, beguiling guitar epics. He plays rhythms and blues that sound equally familiar and foreign, and it's that special sort of duality that caught the ear of the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who decided to produce Bombino's latest album, Nomad. But what makes a Bombino concert great, aside from his expert guitar playing, is how his and his bandmates' Tuareg robes sway with the music. -- Kory Grow

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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