7 Best Concerts to See This Week in Phoenix
Marc Lemoine The Antlers play Crescent Ballroom this week
Let there be rock, said Ronnie James Dio from atop his gnarled throne in metal heaven last week. And lo, did Dio send a monsoon of rock 'n' roll on Phoenix, from KISS/Def Leppard to Mayhem Festival. Someone prayed to a different god this week, because this week is (almost) all about mellow, indie rock. So check out our concert recommendations, and browse our comprehensive concert listings if you want any more options.
When when they're about massive celestial objects like moons and stars, many of Yellow Ostrich's songs are introverted and deal with the small, inner emotions of someone who both longs for human connection and wishes to hide from it. "Neon Fists" discusses world weariness and social anxiety. "Stay at Home," off 2012's Strange Land, begins with choppy drums and punk-ish riffs, but despite its upbeat charms, it wants to push you away. On "My Moons," Schaaf asks, "Don't you love when you can't be found?" but soon notes that once you "Find a cave . . . They'll flush you out." --Troy Farah
The '90s bares its slap bracelet-adorned fists for the Summerland Tour, which brings four bands that got so much radio play in the '90s that Monica Lewinsky probably rocked out to "Inside Out" on the way home from the White House. Yes, these bands mastered the four-chord pop-rock that defined "alternative" radio in the closing years of the 20th century, but that's not to entirely dismiss them. Mark Prindle, crotchety Internet critic, nailed it in his review of Everclear's 1994 album, World of Noise, "If you've ever thought to yourself, 'Hey! I'd like to have a band! But all I can play on the guitar are barre chords and single notes! And most of the melodies I write are pretty basic! And my voice sounds like a pothead that works at McDonald's!,' Everclear is here to prove that none of these deterrents need deter you from your dreams." That is to say, not all that glitters is gold. But shiny things are fun, regardless. --David Accomazzo