25 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix in August

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Interpol - Wedneday, August 20 - Marquee Theatre

Interpol's been through a lot in recent years. First Carlos D. left the band (and still hasn't been permanently replaced) to compose television scores, then the indie rock act went on a three-year hiatus. In that time, lead singer and principal lyricist Paul Banks put out three solo releases, plus the pseudo-mixtape Everybody on My Dick Like They Supposed to Be, while drummer Sam Fog joined Magnetic Morning with Swervedriver's Adam Franklin. With everyone (except Daniel Kessler, apparently?) focused on their own projects, it seemed like Interpol was no more. But hark! Here comes El Pintor, Interpol's fifth album that promises to be their biggest release yet.

Alan Moulder (known for producing with The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Nine Inch Nails) mixed the thing, so that alone is good news, but it also features guest appearances from Rob Moose of Bon Iver, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (who worked for years in Beck's backing band), and Brandon Curtis of space rock trio Secret Machines. In other words, it looks like that little break they took was just getting warmed up for an even more exciting career. -- Troy Farah

Lila Downs - Sunday, August 24 - Ovations Live!

Maybe, taken independently, the elements of Lila Downs' music are nothing you haven't heard before. But her signature arrangements, combining traditional sounds of Mexican music with jazz, blues, African and some Klezmer-style instrumentation, capture a genius all her own. To call her craft wide-ranging would be an understatement. In a voice that switches easily from smoky-sultry to all-out operatic, singing lyrics in English, Spanish and several Native American languages, Downs entrances audiences. Chin out, shoulders back, stomping and smiling, she captivates. If at least one person doesn't shout, mesmerized, "Te amo, Lila!" at some point during Saturday's show, we'll be astonished. -- Erica Phillips

Broncho - Sunday, August 24 - Last Exit Live

Okalahoma band Broncho -- the name is a term used for a mustang that has yet to be broken -- plays back-to-basics rock and roll with an unvarnished sound that bears no affectation or appropriation of style. Frontman Ryan Lindsey is also the keyboard player and guitarist for experimental indie-pop act the Starlight Mints, but Broncho's sound is closer to the Fall embracing the punk rock that helped spawn it: The dispassionate yet intense vocals and disregard for conventional rhythms and song dynamics (unless they serve to propel the song forward at a near-reckless pace) would make Mark E. Smith proud. The music of Broncho is frayed and frantic in a way that more garage punk should be. -- Tom Murphy

Location Info


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

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


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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