Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week, 8/18 to 8/21
Check out our picks for the best shows happening in Phoenix this week. Don't forget the browse our comprehensive music listings if you'd like more options.
Few genres engender the same kind of unabashed humor of third-wave ska. And among the canon of wonderful, brass-wielding weirdos that infiltrated the genre in the mid to late '90s, few continue to bring their "A" game like the Huntington Beach sextet Suburban Legends. While their live show promises plenty of hands-in-the-air energy, stage dives and trombone twirling, one of the best ways to get a true taste of the humor behind these Surf City skankers is to watch their music videos. From their impetus in the late '90s to their latest album, 2012's Day Job, they've released a shit ton of them that tout asian cartoon craziness, poop-licking dog catchers and bull riding antics. --Priscella Vega
San Diego's the Burning of Rome are firm believers in what motivational speakers and guidance counselors always say: "If you're gonna dream, dream big!" It's been a long time since frontman Adam Traub made his first recordings as the Burning of Rome in 2006. Since then, the project has become a five-headed beast, releasing Year of the Ox on Surfdog Records in May with bassist Keveen Boudoin, vocalist/keyboardist Aimee Jacobs, guitarist Joe Aguilar, and drummer Danny King (the latter of whom joined after the recording of Ox). The Burning of Rome's simmering death disco mood pieces are considerably amped up by a baroque and theatric live show, appropriate for the band's grand designs. Year of the Ox was recorded and produced by Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary and Traub in El Paso with relative unknowns Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana), and Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails) sitting in on drums. --Joshua Levine