Macklemore to Appear at the W Scottsdale Hotel on Sunday Night

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As if you weren't already aware by now, we're currently hip deep in the utter madness of Super Bowl week as the showdown is less than 48 hours away.

And even though the onslaught of parties and concerts associated with the game are already taking place, a high-profile event was literally just announced within the last hour or two. Late this afternoon, the folks over at the W Scottsdale announced that Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Macklemore will host a "Big Game Finale" party on Sunday night at the hotel.

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Kid Ink, Jeremih, and Dej Loaf Headline Concert at Comerica Theatre on 3/19

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Kid Ink and others are coming to Phoenix March 19.

Just announced: Kid Ink, Jeremih, and Dej Loaf are coming to Phoenix for a March 19 concert at Comerica Theatre.

The concert is one of the many dates on the Scream Nation: The Reintroduction Tour, a new partnership between Scream Tour and Live Nation.

Phoenix DJs take note: The tour is hosting an line DJ talent search to help promote the concert dates. DJs from all over the country will compete, and the winner has a chance to perform on the Scream Tour date in their hometown. Visit the Scream Tour website for more details.

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Viva PHX 2015 Lineup Announced: Andrew W.K., Twin Shadow, and More

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Alex John Beck
Twin Shadow is scheduled to perform at VIVA PHX on Saturday, March 14.
If you happen to dig chillwave singer Twin Shadow or indie pop band Smallpools, you're going to be buying some tickets to this year's Viva PHX music festival sometime today. Guaranteed.

Same goes for those who are down with party-hearty freak Andrew W.K., indie rock/dream pop act Geographer, psych-heavy art punkers Thee Oh Sees, ska-funk legends Fishbone, chamber pop group Hey Marseilles, or the indescribable PPL MVR. Or anyone who'd simply like to see all of these artists over the course of a single evening, for that matter.

Local concert promoter Stateside Presents, which organizes Viva PHX along with New Times, revealed the first wave of bands and musicians that will perform at the second edition of the one-night concert festival in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, March 14, and it includes all the aforementioned acts, as well as more than two dozen others.

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93.3 Announces FestivALTAZ on April 10, Featuring Death Cab for Cutie

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Maria Vassett
Death Cab for Cutie will headline Alt AZ's festival.

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The station formerly known as KDKB didn't take long after the format change to start hosting concerts.

Alt AZ 93.3 has announced a concert on April 10 in Quail Run Park in Mesa featuring Death Cab for Cutie. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. for $25.

Death Cab for Cutie is one of the more successful alt-rock bands of the 2000s, and their sound goes down smooth like a fine shot of bourbon, if that bourbon liked cuddling and took the time to listen to you talk about your feelings.

They're calling the even FestivALTAZ. The station's website promises more bands will be announced soon, so check back for updates.

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The Maine Announces Tour Kicking Off April 3 at Marquee Theatre

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The Maine are heading off on tour in early April.

The Maine announced their "American Candy" tour today, which will kick off with a date at the Marquee Theatre on April 3. Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors will open for the Tempe-born band.

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Knife Party Is (Finally) Coming to Phoenix

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Knife Party will be here for Super Bowl weekend.
There are a handful of high-profile bands and artists that have never, ever performed in Phoenix -- Daft Punk being chief among them -- that we'd give anything to see in concert here. As of yesterday, however, Knife Party is no longer on that list -- at least not any longer.

Local EDM promoter Relentless Beats has announced that the scorching hot dubstep/drumstep/electro-house duo, which is comprised of Australian-born producers Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire, will make their long-awaited Phoenix debut on Saturday, January 31, at The Pressroom. And in case the date isn't ringing any bells, its happening on the night before Super Bowl XLIX. Naturally, the gig has been dubbed the "Relentless Bowl."

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U2 Announces Phoenix Concerts May 22-23 at Talking Stick Resort Arena

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Paolo Pellegrin
U2 is making its first stop in Phoenix since 2009.

You know how people are always complaining that good bands never come to Phoenix?

Those people can put this on their Sonoran hot dogs and eat it: U2 announced two dates in Phoenix at the venue formerly known as US Airways Center, Talking Stick Resort Arena. The band will be in town May 22 and May 23.

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 8.

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US Airways Center Renamed Talking Stick Resort Arena

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The new look for the old stadium

Another local stadium's naming rights now belong to a casino.

Maybe our local sports teams owe someone money?

The venue formerly known as US Airways Center will now be called Talking Stick Resort Arena, the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced today. The arena serves as home turf for the Suns, Mercury, the Arizona Rattlers and a slew of A-list concerts, like Paul McCartney and Black Keys.

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Lana Del Rey to Play Phoenix -- With Courtney Love (Yup)

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Neil Krug
Lady Lana is bringing Courtney Love with her to Phoenix in May.

Lana Del Rey announced tour dates for May and June today, and the fourth stop of the tour will be in Phoenix at Ak-Chin Pavilion on May 14.

Somewhat surprising is the announcement that supporting Lady Lana on the tour will be Courtney Love.

Yes, the Hole lead singer and widow of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain is along four the first eight dates of the tour, including the stop in Phoenix. We'll see if she makes it that far.

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Foo Fighters Are Coming to Phoenix September 2015, Want You to Beat Scalpers

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Brantley Gutierrez
Foo Fighters think scalping is a big enough problem to warrant a novel solution.

Foo Fighters announced their 2015 tour a few days ago. The radio rock stalwarts will swing through Ak-Chin Pavilion on September 25, 2015.

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