25 Must-See Phoenix Concerts in April

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Chromeo - Saturday, April 19 - Marquee Theatre

Electrofunk duo Chromeo's Business Casual album of last year sent our little minds to some nasty, sexy nirvana, but then they threw in all these real sincere ballads and shit, too, and it didn't sound like a load of tripe.

Montreal jokers P-Thugg on talk-box vocals and Dave 1 on squinky synth sounds are two smart guys whose mountain of vintage electronic gear and keenly old-school-savvy mindsets bring an irony-rich but righteous electro-R&B mish-mash whose slick, superficial sounds shine with concise construction and healthy doses of catchy melodies and happy harmonies. Their intelligent retro-vibe recalls the very best strands of electro-disco-funk-soul cheese from back in the day, when it was about having fun and just kinda messing around. -- John Payne


Bastille - Sunday, April 20 - Marquee Theatre

Bastille, like fun., is a band that banks on the enthusiasm of a crowd to propel them through the high point of their performance. Their most lauded singles are sugary, uplifting anthems with nary a minor chord between them that consist of more vowel-heavy utterances than actual words of significance, and these hits--fun.'s "Some Nights;" Bastille's "Pompeii"--require audience participation in a live setting just as badly as they need Autotune in the studio. The hand claps and "AYYYY AY OH AY OH"-es drown out the mistakes and rev up the band, especially if frontman Dan Smith runs out of breath in the middle of a line. When Smith lifts a singular drumstick before pounding the tom to his left, he conducts the euphoric hysteria of the crowd before him, and the drumstick doesn't look totally ridiculous and out of place when thousands of people fall all over themselves in anticipation of him beating something with it. -- Hilary Hughes


Future Islands - Sunday, April 20 - Crescent Ballroom

Heartbroken synth-pop heroes Future Islands' fourth album, Singles, is a document worthy of their high-drama live presence. Single "Seasons (Waiting on You)" shall lead the emotionally raw and unflinching collection into the hearts of America this year. Frontman Samuel T. Herring's outsized stage personality has been keeping audiences rapt in tiny clubs for the past five years with unhinged vocals surging atop minimalist mechanical drum machines, rubbery bass lines, and delightfully sprightly keyboard textures. Now signed to indie-label heavyweight 4AD and with a David Letterman endorsement, they have the goods to make the inevitable leap to headlining larger clubs in the very near future. -- Rob van Alstyne

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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