25 Must-See Phoenix Concerts in April

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Tinariwen - Monday, April 21 - MIM Music Theater

There's so much great music coming out of Mali these days, but it's the nomadic Saharan collective Tinariwen who conjure the most inexorably compelling spells. The music of these Tuareg warriors (literally, as several of them fought as rebel soldiers) came to wide attention with their 2009 album Imidiwan: Companions and an accompanying documentary with the same title, which explained how the members transitioned from making war to making music.

Their 2011 album, Tassili, is just as engrossing, as soulful chanting blends with the group's trademark weave of guitars. The acoustic guitars on "Ya Messinagh" may seem as earthy and fundamental as traditional blues licks, but the riffs start to twist and spin and undulate exotically on the soul-music mélange "Tenere Taqqim Tossam," sounding like nothing you've ever heard before. -- Falling James


CunninLynguists -- Thursday, April 24 -- Pub Rock

These Southern independents have long occupied a rare space between the brainy backpack hip-hop of Hieroglyphics and the pop-rap experimentalism of Goodie Mob. The trio's 2011 album was named after the study of dreams (Oneirology), which is fitting, considering producer Kno's lush and hazy backing tracks -- thick synths, choral vocals, sharp chimes and twinkling keys -- as well as the heady rhymes of rappers Natti and Deacon the Villain, a perfect mix of emotional, intellectual and adept. CunningLynguists are rappers' rappers, and seasoned performers who know how to work a crowd. -- Chris Martins


Loretta Lynn - Thursday, April 24 - Wild Horse Pass

Country pioneer Loretta Lynn, the "Blue Kentucky Girl," still packs a room, and her following is still as fervent as it was decades ago, now encompassing tattooed lasses as well as their grandmothers. Lynn has slowed down at her age, and performs most of her sets from a golden chair, but that can't contain the power of hits like "Fist City," "The Pill" and "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)." -- Craig Hlavaty

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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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