Top 5 Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

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Courtesy of Trampled by Turtles

Coachella? What Coachella?

Coachella 2014 is dead and gone, and most of the marquee national acts that have graced Phoenix these fast couple weeks are sadly no longer with us. That said, there is still great music happening in Phoenix this weekend. Here are five shows that are sure to make you forget all about that California desert festival.

Trampled By Turtles -- Friday, April 25 -- Marquee Theatre

Started in 2003 by a group of friends who had all played in rock bands in Duluth, Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles anticipated the wave of renewed interest in bluegrass and old country that's gathered steam in the past several years. Working without a drummer, the band's five players establish a percussive rhythm between them, even as they weave a breathtakingly complex tapestry of texture and melody. Embraced by fans of jam bands, bluegrass and old-time country alike, Trampled by Turtles continues to win fans over with the energy of its performances and an engaging sense of humor. --Team Backbeat

Wooden Indian -- Friday, April 25 -- Downtown Civic Space Park

Wally Boudway of Wooden Indian isn't sure about the word psychedelic. "I don't like it when people call our music psychedelic because I don't like the idea of making music to do drugs to. It's the opposite of what I'm trying to do. I like to make music that gives you the same sensory bliss and curiosity that drugs can, but without the drugs."

But still: The music is psychedelic, and not because drugs are a necessary accompaniment to hearing it -- it's that, as Boudway hopes, listening to it is a trip. With a seven-piece band, it sometimes is difficult to tell which instrument is making which sound. According to Boudway, that is exactly how the band wants it. --Jeff Moses

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You forgot Shakey Graves and Whiskey Shivers at The Western! I am so bummed I missed Trampled By Turtles.

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Jared Pflaster

Old Man Markley is a band that should be on everyone's list to see live. So much energy and fun!

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