Steve Aoki to Headline Global Dance Festival at Tempe Beach Park

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Steve Aoki will headline Arizona's first Global Dance Festival

On the heels of last Friday's wild Mad Decent Block Party, Phoenix electronic dance music promoters Relentless Beats announced another huge EDM concert coming to Phoenix: Global Dance Festival.

The Arizona iteration of the party is scheduled for Friday, November 21, at Tempe Beach Park.

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Neon Trees Cancels Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre Concert

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So few concerts come through downtown Phoenix's majestic Orpheum Theatre that when one cancels, it's always a shame.

Unfortunately, that's the case for October 5 Neon Trees show.

The Provo, Utah, mega-poppers announced that they had to cancel several upcoming tour dates due to health reasons.

Here's the statement:

"Neon Trees regretfully must postpone some dates of their upcoming fall tour due to health issues of bassist Branden Campbell, who recently underwent open-heart surgery for a valve replacement. The intense touring schedule has been exhaustive and doctors have advised Campbell to slow down.

"We had initially thought we should cancel the entire tour, but Branden wouldn't let us, thus the new abridged dates can be found on our website We are very sorry that we are postponing some of our upcoming dates. Obviously, our bass player's health must come first, and we thank all of our fans for understanding. We will make it up to you in the near future - we promise."

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John Mellencamp Playing Comerica Theatre July 29

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The artist formerly known as John Cougar announced dates for his latest tour yesterday, and John Mellencamp will stop in Phoenix at Comerica Theatre on July 29.

The tour is in support of his upcoming album Plain Spoken, which will be released September 23.

The album is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's first traditional album since 2010's No Better Than This. Mellencamp also scored the "Southern gothic musical" Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a concept album scored by Stephen King and featuring artists like Elvis Costello, Neko Case, and Kris Kristofferson singing Mellencamp's compositions.

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Ariana Grande Announces Phoenix Concert - April 6 at US Airways Center

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She might share the title with Iggy Azalea, but Ariana Grande's "Problem" is almost undoubtedly the song of the summer. The Florida prep school grad's collaboration with Iggy has been on every club's playlist since it dropped earlier this year, and unlike seemingly every other tour featuring artists that are the current big thing, Ms. Grande is actually coming to the Valley.

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Dr. John Concert at Talking Stick Resort Postponed Due to Illness

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Dr. John's August 8 concert at Talking Stick Resort has been postponed until further notice, the casino announced yesterday.

""Due to illness, Dr. John is forced to postpone his performance this Friday at the Talking Stick Resort Showroom, and looks forward to making it up to his fans in the near future; please hold on to your tickets and we'll get a rescheduled date to you shortly. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but Dr. John will be announcing a new date as soon as possible," read a statement released by Dr. John's booking agency.

Tickets purchased for the show will work at the new one, and refunds will be issued for those who can't attend the new date.

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Apache Lake Music Festival Announces 2014 Dates

Future Loves Past performs at Apache Lake Music Festival 2012.
Since it's the worst part of the summer right now, spending more than a few hours at an outdoor music festival, let alone an entire day, isn't something we'd recommend.

However, when late October rolls around (and Arizona feels less like Satan's grundle) whiling away an entire weekend in the great outdoors while watching bands perform is something we'd wholeheartedly endorse. And you can do just that at this year's Apache Lake Music Festival, which was announced earlier today.

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Arctic Monkeys to Play Concert at Comerica Theatre Oct. 25

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Arctic Monkeys are coming to town.

The Arctic Monkeys will play a concert at Comerica Theatre on Oct. 25. The band released its latest album, AM, in September.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 27, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster, Comerica Theatre's website, or the box office.

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Rob Zombie's Twisted Haunted House Coming to Scottsdale

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Rob Zombie brings the terror to Scottsdale this Halloween season

Last year when heavy metal musician and horror icon Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare debuted in LA, I was pretty close to heading out there over Halloween to check out what The New York Times called "the best example yet of the upsizing of haunted houses in the last decade."

Imagine: the theatrics and entertainment of Zombie's live show -- a hodgepodge of vintage horror film clips, haunting makeup and costumes, stimulating pyro and lighting. Combine that with a classic freak show, musical entertainment, themed food and beverages, vendors, games, roaming characters, and three different fully interactive attractions based on three of Zombie's own horror films, and you have Great American Nightmare.

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Jimi Hendrix Tribute Featuring Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde Coming to Mesa

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Jimi Hendrix's legacy lives on strong.

Normally, we don't care much for cover bands or tribute acts. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with a group of musicians choosing to forgo creating original music in lieu of capitalizing on the artistic works of others; it's just that nine times out of 10, there's nothing worth writing about besides the mad lib "(Cover band) plays the music of (famous rock stars) and does so (Poorly/Adequately/Well)."

We'll break that rule, though, for Experience Hendrix.

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Belle & Sebastian to Play Civic Space Park

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Belle & Sebastian's first Phoenix show will take place at Civic Space Park in October.

Indie critical darlings Belle & Sebastian are playing their first-ever Phoenix show at Civic Space Park on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Wait, where?

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