Over the Weekend: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Califone, Justin Moody, and more

Jeff Moses
The combination of Califone's Tim Rutili, Wooden Indian, and violinist Megyn Neff perform at the Icehouse on Friday, March 22.
So, how was your weekend? Perhaps you got all up in the club, got in as much revelry as possible, or got yourself into one of the big concerts going on around town.

Meanwhile, the Up on the Sun staff spent the past several nights hitting up shows like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' epic show under the stars at Heritage Square, gigs by folk artists Old Hours and Justin Moody at Axiom in Peoria, and a rip-roaring show by country superstars Lady Antebellum. Plus, we also witnessed a profoundly unique night of sounds offered by the merging of Califone with Wooden Indian, as well Destruction Unit and North Brother Island at the Icehouse.

In case you missed any of these must-see gigs, here's a look back at each.

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Over the Weekend: Cibo Matto, The Wind-Up Conspiracy, and The Urinals

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Alex Remple
The Urinals perform at Double Nickels in Tempe on Saturday.
So, how was your weekend? Perhaps you got all up in the club, got in as much revelry as possible, or got yourself into one of the big concerts going on around town.

Meanwhile, the Up on the Sun staff spent the past several nights hitting up shows like Cibo Matto's performance at Crescent Ballroom, The Wind-Up Conspiracy's oddly old-timey DJ set during Third Friday, and an in-strore show by punk legends The Urinals at Double Nickels Collective in Tempe. In case you missed any of these must-see gigs, here's a look back at each.

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Over the Weekend: Panic! at the Disco, Crush Music Festival, Augustines, and More

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Jessica Obert
Panic! at the Disco performs at Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Friday. See more photos via our slideshow.
If you just happened to blow town on Friday in honor of the big three-day weekend, you sort of missed a lot, concert-wise. Suffice it to say, there were some epic shows over the past 72 hours or so, including wild performances by Panic! at the Disco at Marquee Theatre in Tempe and The Lawrence Arms at Pub Rock in Scottsdale on Friday, as well as a dual release show by .decker and Field Tripp at The Sail Inn.

And on Saturday, one of the most unique encores ever happened during a gig by the Augustines at Crescent Ballroom, a ribald Genitorturers show was staged at the Marquee, and the beyond-packed Crush Music Festival took place over in Mesa.

Here's a rundown of everything you may have missed out on from the weekend.

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Over the Weekend: Phoenix Rock Lottery, George Strait, Slapshot, Remezcla PHX, and Stone Sour

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Melissa Fossum
Jim Adkins performs with Bitch Choir during the Phoenix Rock Lottery on Sunday. Read the full review or see our slideshow.
So, how was your weekend? Ours was a pretty busy one as we attended a slew of shows, concerts, and gigs around Metro Phoenix, starting off with George's Strait's swan song at US Airways Center on Friday and concluding with White Denim's well-attended performance last night at the Crescent Ballroom. Plus, the Up on the Sun staff also attended the fantastic Phoenix Rock Lottery, Stone Sour's appearance in Tempe, Slapshot's rowdy night at the Yucca Tap, and even Remezcla PHX at the Monarch Theatre.

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Over the Weekend: Weezer, Jake Owen, TKLB?, and Coolio

Jim Louvau
Weezer performs at the Coors Light Birds Nest last night. See more photos via our slideshow.

What did you wind up doing this past weekend? Yeah, we're sure in all likelihood that y'all took time out to watch the big game (and that big, lopsided slaughter that went along with it) or attending one of the many parties being thrown in its honor.

We got to hit up a few of those parties ourselves, including one starring kinky-haired rap legend Coolio, who hung out at INTL in Scottsdale and performed a special post-game DJ set. As for the rest of the weekend, the scribes of Up on the Sun spent time at such shows as Jake Owen and Weezer's concerts inside the Coors Light Birds Nest up in Scottsdale that coincided with the Waste Management Phoenix Open or witnessing local indie rapper TKLB? finishinh up his month-long Friday residency at Long Wong's in Tempe.

Here's a look back at where we were at the past several nights.


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Over the Weekend: The Underground, The Rebel Set, and Fallout.Shelter

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Benjamin Leatherman
Four devilish dames in attendance at The Underground on Friday, January 24.
Many a moneymaker got shaken this past weekend, and not just at the various dance clubs dotting the Metro Phoenix night scene. A few off-the-chain and off-the-radar dance parties took place around downtown Phoenix, ranging from the rave-like affair The Underground at The Pressroom to the industrial-strength fun of Fallout.Shelter. Meanwhile, local band The Rebel Set also held a release show for their new disc How to Make A Monster at Rogue Bar in Scottsdale.

Here's a look back at some of the weekend's highlights.

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Over the Weekend: Volcano Choir, Yellowcard, Treasure Mammal, and Planet of the Drums

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Chelsea Hough
Yellowcard performs at Nile Theater on Saturday, January 18. See more photos via our slideshow.
So, how was your weekend? Perhaps you got all up in the club, got in as much revelry as possible, or got yourself into one of the big concerts going on around town. Then again, maybe you just sat around killing time before the big NFC or AFC championship games came on the tube.

Meanwhile, the Up on the Sun staff spent the past several nights hitting up shows like Treasure Mammal's wild gig at Trunk Space on Thursday, Volcano Choir's intimate performance at the Crescent Ballroom the next night, Yellowcard's celebration of the 10th anniversary of Ocean Avenue over at the Nile in Mesa on Saturday, and elsewhere. In case you missed any of these must-see shows, here's a look back at each.

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Aaron Lewis: I Feel Like Country Is The Music of Real America

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Photos by Caleb Haley
Aaron Lewis performed songs from his country and hard rock careers.
For more than 20 years singer and guitarist Aaron Lewis' powerful, rolling baritone voice has carried fans on a personal journey into his life through songs of acceptance, consequences, depression, love, and family--both with the alternative metal band Staind and most recently his solo country ballads.

Friday night, in the close-quarters setting of the sold-out showroom at Talking Stick Resort, Lewis mingled with the crowd, smoked cigarettes, drank whiskey, and provided a moving, intimate and informal acoustic event.

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B.B. King, Purity Ring, Tallest Man on Earth, and More Over the Weekend

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Purity Ring @ Crescent Ballroom

Lesson of the day: don't overestimate the obscurity of a band. Or, at least check ticket sales. I went to Purity Ring confident that standing room would be still available for me and my girlfriend, but I was the only one able to get in. I needed to cover this show for the blog you are now reading (So meta, I know. Chuck Klosterman and I should be pals.) But I couldn't just leave my girlfriend in the parking lot, right? I may be inconsiderate enough to meld work and a relationship, but I didn't expect her to play "Cut The Rope" on her phone for an hour.

So we went down the street to see Lightning Bolt at the Trunk Space but that show was sold out too! Fuck. We ended up sitting in the Bikini Lounge, sipping Coke and zoning out, until I went back to the Crescent Ballroom for the show with Canadian synth pop duo, Purity Ring. -- Troy Farah

Read more about Purity Ring @ Crescent Ballroom

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B.B. King, Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Comerica Theatre

Let's get something straight: last night's show at Comerica Theatre was not a B.B. King show. It was a Tedeschi Trucks Band concert.
B.B. King was not the headliner, much to the surprise of a few. And in all honesty, Tedeschi Trucks would have upstaged him if he was, but that's sort of the idea: King is an originator, a storied bluesman who inspired countless followers, followers like Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.

With that out of the way, what transpired last night, as a whole, was nothing short of some of the greatest blues music this city will ever see. -- Richard Noel
Read the full B.B. King/Tedeschi Trucks Band review.
See the B.B. King slideshow.

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