25 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix in August

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The Nile Turns 90 - Saturday, August 9 - Nile Theater

When Mesa's Nile Theater first opened in 1924, it was a decadently decorated silent movie house. These days, what streams out of the theater is anything but quiet. The Nile Theater frequently hosts local and touring hardcore, punk and metal bands. Acts like Against Me!, Circle Takes the Square, and Code Orange Kids and more have graced either venue's spacious main stage or the more cozy Underground, located in the basement. To honor the building's 90th birthday, The Mantooth Group, which manages the theater, is throwing a swing dance gala, with live music provided by Jump, Jive & Wail, dance lessons, a pin-up contest, electro-swing dance, "candy girls" and more. -- David Accomazzo


Xiu Xiu - Sunday, August 10 - Crescent Ballroom

Xiu Xiu's latest album, Angel Guts: Red Classroom, is even denser and more disturbing than the electronic band's previous release, Always. Leader Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu's one original member, growls and mutters cryptic sentiments on "New Life Immigration" and "Stupid in the Dark." Even his synthesizers and banks of electronics appear to mock him in return, sending out waves of mind-blotting noise as Stewart shudders and sounds like he's weeping on "The Silver Platter." Xiu Xiu have occasionally used their arty instincts to show a way out of the darkness through melody, especially on past tracks featuring Angela Seo. But Angel Guts involves a much more tangled and nightmarish fall down the rabbit hole. -- Falling James


Tedeschi Trucks Band - Sunday, August 10 - MIM Musical Theatre

Combining the power of an 11-piece band with the agility of a much smaller unit, the Tedeschi Trucks Band in less than three years has established itself as one of the most formidable contemporary live acts. Of course husband-and-wife guitarists Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi had something of a head start with their own bands before joining forces. But the resulting ensemble is definitely greater than the sum of its parts, sporting an outstanding horn section, fiery rhythm section, and two great guitarists, including slide master Trucks. Moreover, TTB operates like a jazz outfit in the way the musicians interact and improvise. Plus, Tedeschi is a superb vocalist, sometimes reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt, who blends blues, gospel, and rock. TTB, meanwhile, stir up an intoxicating brew of all that plus funk, soul, Southern rock, and swampy R&B. -- Rick Mason

Location Info

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Maya Day and Nightclub

7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Icehouse Arts and Entertainment

429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Gila River Arena (formerly Jobing.com Arena)

9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Music

Nile Theater

105 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Pub Rock

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Ak-Chin Pavilion

2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Underground

105 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: General

Last Exit Live

717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center

1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Mesa Amphitheatre

263 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music


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