7 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend

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Don't be fooled by the naysayers. Those who say Phoenix doesn't have live music options in the summer are either lying or basing their statements off of the dark days before engineers mastered central air conditioning. There's enough music going on this weekend to keep Bomont barn-dancing for years.

Here's a list of runners-up we could have easily picked for this weekend's recommendations: Dark Time Sunshine/Open Mike Eagle at Club Red, Sugar Thieves at Rhythm Room, Japhy's Descent/Ghetto Cowgirl/The Sundowners/Tiptoe Gloryhole at Yucca Tap Room, Air Traffic Controller at Electric Ballroom, Le Butcherettes at Crescent Ballroom, Tedeschi Trucks Band at Talking Stick Casino.

And there are tons more options in our comprehensive concert listings as well.

Father Figures - Friday, August 8 - Crescent Ballroom

The Father Figures started with a 50th birthday party, which is either the least or most punk thing ever.

Traditional agitated punk wisdom would suggest that guitarist/vocalist Michael Cornelius, bassist/vocalist Tom Reardon (a frequent Up on the Sun contributor), and drummer Bobby Lerma lead pretty square lives: All three are married with children (Cornelius and Reardon are actually grandfathers), gainfully employed, and happily settled into middle age. Picking kids up from school and punching the clock doesn't leave much time for smashing the state.

But that domestic reality masks the fact that all three have been regulars in the Valley punk scene for decades. The three still have time and passion enough to gig regularly around the valley and are becoming somewhat prolific -- the band is hosting a release party for its excellent new album, Steps and Processes, tonight at Crescent Ballroom, less than two years after the release of their previous album. The music is intense and jarring, and what it lacks in youthful vitality it more than makes up for in finely aged punk wisdom and know-how. --Phoenix New Times

Markus Schulz - Friday, August 8 - Maya Day and Nightclub

With its touchy feely subject matter and sometimes-cheesy visual aesthetic, trance music is sometimes mocked. Still, it boasts a devoted worldwide following. DJ Markus Schulz is one of the genre's marquee names. Based in Miami, he's been on the international circuit for more than a decade, performing a harder, more aggressive style of trance, which is often quite fluffy. (His sound has earned him the nickname "the unicorn slayer.") Perhaps most impressive? His extended sets, which can last anywhere from 10 to 12 hours. He doesn't even stop to go to the bathroom. True story. "I don't drink alcohol while I'm playing. I just have some water or some iced tea, and I don't go to the bathroom at all. I sweat it all out," Schulz says. "If you don't drink alcohol it makes it easier to not have to go to the bathroom. It's a physical and mental endurance test." -- Katie Bain

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