5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

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Jim Louvau
The Go-Gos perform in Scottsdale this week.

First, the binge. Inevitably, the come down.

This past weekend was a veritable musical orgy, as a flood of touring and national bands came through Phoenix. This week, things are a little drier. Check out our five favorite shows happening this week, and browse our comprehensive concert listings for more options.

The Neighbourhood, Danny Brown, White Arrows - Monday, July 21 - Marquee Theatre

It's that catchy song you've heard a million times on the radio or while walking through the mall. When someone asks you who sings it, your eyes roll up and you draw a blank. Before you go digging for the answer on your phone's music app, the song "Sweater Weather" is by the Neighbourhood (sometimes known as the NBHD). That sexy single, which effortlessly combines rap, R&B, and rock, originated on the 2012 EP I'm Sorry . . . and perfectly captures the vibe of the sun-soaked shores of Los Angeles the band calls home. The quintet, which opened for Imagine Dragons last year, is now touring worldwide in support of its debut 2013 full-length album, I Love You, which elaborates on the promise of their chart-topping song. The group utilizes a black and white motif for its videos and album covers, and the theme provided the inspiration for its recently released mixtape titled "#000000 & #FFFFFF" (web designers will immediately get the joke). The four experimental songs showcase the band's hip-hop leanings and allows an edgier outlet that doesn't necessarily fit into their radio-friendly mold. --Jason Keil

Man or Astro-Man?, Sally Ford, Wray, Christopher Norby - Monday, July 21 - Crescent Ballroom

Ever wonder what kind of music aliens would play if they made a pit stop on Earth? Maybe dubstep? Droning metal machine music? Lady Gaga covers?

Turns out, they'd probably be into a mix of surf rock and punk, as Alabama's Man or Astro-Man? demonstrate. Claiming to be extraterrestrials that took the form of college students, MOAM? mind-meld Dick Dale with Kraftwerk with a little Devo thrown in for good measure.

During the '90s, MOAM? was one prolific rock group. Between 1993 and 2001, they released eight LPs, two EPs, and a huge stack of 7-inch singles. Their latest album, Defcon 5...4...3...2...1, broke a nearly decade-long hiatus, hopefully hinting at another seemingly endless supply of bizarro albums. --Troy Farah



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Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Mesa Amphitheatre

263 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

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