Top 5 Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

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Courtesy of Future Islands
Future Islands is scheduled to perform Saturday, April 20, at Crescent Ballroom.

Music-loving Phoneicans have been basking in Coachella's sunshine all week, and this weekend is no different. High-profile acts from the California festival will continue swooping into the Valley of the Sun. It's a great time to be a fan with disposable income.

Local music festivals abound too, from the Under the Bridge Folk Fest to Phochella to the Arizona 420 Festival (Update: now cancelled). There's something for every fan, on every budget.

Pet Shop Boys - Tonight - Comerica Theatre

Throughout their 30-plus years of activity, Pet Shop Boys have sold an impressive 50 million records worldwide and collaborated with heavyweights including David Bowie, Elton John, Liza Minnelli and Madonna, among an array of talented others. After 28 years with the label Parlophone, the U.K.-based pop mega duo released its 12th studio LP, Electric, on Kobalt Records in July. Of this album, the Boys -- Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe -- explained: "Our latest album often evolves as a response to our previous album and, whereas Elysium had a reflective mood, Electric is pretty banging!" --Jacqueline Michael Whatley


RPM Orchestra - Tonight - FilmBar

We'll pardon your confusion -- this isn't so much a concert as it is a film screening. But what a film screening it will be. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari holds a special place in film history. It's a German silent film, filled with tortured, twisted set design that serves as one of the best cinematic examples of German Expressionism. It's also completely silent, but don't let that deter you. Dr. Caligari is straight-up creepy, albeit in an old-timey sort of way. There's a reason why critics consider the film, made in 1920, one of the best horror flicks of the silent era.

Guiseppe Becce composed the original score for the film's musical accompaniment, but the sheet music has purportedly been lost to time. Many others, though, have stepped into Becce's shoes and written original music for the film. In that tradition, local noise ensemble RPM Orchestra is providing the soundtrack for the April 18 screening of Caligari at FilmBar, and we can't wait to hear what they have planned. --David Accomazzo

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