6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend
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Summertime sucks. But you know doesn't suck? Air conditioned music venues, that's what. Check out these six shows this weekend, and peruse our comprehensive concert listings for many more options.
Mayhem Festival has been around (with various sponsors) for years now, and there a reason people keep buying tickets for it. Just look at the lineup. Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Suicide Silence, Body Count -- it's a great mix of vets and newbies, all packed in on one stage.
Black Carl's "desert soul" takes some liberties with its own source material. Emma Pew's knowing, dynamic voice and the groove it bounces over are plenty soulful, but there's an absence in their songs -- the space where the Big, Indifferent City would go in a soul song is empty, and the lovers begging each other to come home from there or just go away are much more reserved here, much less willing to combine heated performance with heated admissions. "Shine It Deep," the first song in a string of singles that led to 2013's The Wheel LP, opens with a two-line syllogism in favor of keeping those closest to you at a safe distance:
"Things fall apart when you pick up the pieces / Moving in together turns diamonds to leases."
Nothing quite sticks together, and even when it does it sours, therefore Black Carl. This is soul -- and all the sex and theatrical angst and hazy black-and-white establishing shots that come with it -- for people whose internal Aretha Franklin is mediated by sarcasm and sharp glances. --Dan Moore