The 25 Best Concerts in July

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Lady Gaga brings her Artpop Ball to US Airways Center on Wednesday, July 30.
It's coming -- and there's little, if anything, you can do to stop it. The dog days of summer? Nope, although those are due this month, too. We're referring to the imminent invasion of throwback acts, nostalgia tours, and long-in-the-tooth musicians who take to the road come summertime, and there's a major glut of them due in Phoenix in July.

That's not a slight, of course, since many of these wizened performers (Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Jurrassic 5) are considered living legends who served as the progenitors of current sounds and are still dug by millions. You'll find them dotting our concert calendar and mixed in with theother must-see bands and musicians to see at Valley venues this month.

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Best Metal Concerts in July in Metro Phoenix

Jonathan Weiner
Gemini Syndrome

It's 111 degrees outside, and the Valley of the Sun is deserted. Summer is upon us -- which also means that the music industry-touring slowdown is, as well. While the rest of the country delights in sunny breezy festival days, our prime time for outdoor shows is during winter. But oh well -- the good thing about us metalheads is that we show up no matter what. Just give us a few ice cold beers to alternate with water and we're good to go.

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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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Local Rock Bands Help Celebrate Epic Music Store's One-Year Anniversary

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Tricus is one of the bands scheduled to play Epic Music's one-year anniversary party.

It's been one year since Epic Music opened its doors, and the store is looking to celebrate.

The store is hosting an anniversary concert at Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 14. The night is set to feature local bands Tricus, St. Madness, Jerry Robison, and Death Awaits, many of which are regulars at Epic Music. Buying a ticket to the show automatically enters you in a raffle to win a Dean guitar, as well as a Dunlop Crybaby wah pedal.

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25 Best Metro Phoenix Concerts in June

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One More Time - A Tribute to Daft Punk is scheduled to perform on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, at Crescent Ballroom.

Feeling warm? Don't let it get to you...seriously. Look, we know you're miserable now that the heat's really kicking in, but just crank up the A/C, grab a ice-cold beverage, and think happy thoughts. You can't stay inside all the time, especially there is many an excellent show to see during the month of June.

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Uh Huh Her's Members Going Strong After Diverse Careers

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Uh Huh Her

There are scores of musicians from the '90s who don't get the chance to pull off a second act. Many of the one-hit wonders of the decade are coasting off the fumes of audiences craving nostalgia and play the grandstands of state fairs and the early afternoon schedule of your favorite musical festival. For Leisha Hailey, she is coming into Tempe's Marquee Theater on June 6 as half of her miraculous third act, the electro-pop duo Uh Huh Her.

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Top 8 Metal Shows in Metro Phoenix This June

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Now more than ever, there is lot of metal -- from comedy to thrash to black to grindcore -- getting slung in and around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and touring acts alike. As such, Up on the Sun's resident metal scribe, Lauren Wise, is on the lookout for the best upcoming shows.

That's why we had her compile a monthly list of the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley during the month of June. From the brutal Phoenix Death Fest to local success story City in the Sea, to internationally beloved Unearth and "hipster" black metal newbies Deafheaven.

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Against Me!'s Atom Willard on Laura Jane Grace's Gender Transition: "It's My Journey as Well"

Ryan Russell
Against Me!

In 2012, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace took the world by storm when she publicly revealed herself to be transgender. Though had we been paying attention, we would have noticed the not-so-subtle cues in the band's lyrics, like these from "The Ocean": "If I could have chosen / I would have been born a woman / My mother once told me she would have named me Laura."

The past two years have been good for the band. Against Me! recently released its seventh studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which at times reads like Laura Jane Grace's diary. The songs are raw and have a strong sense of urgency, as the singer reveals her desires, fears, and secrets.

We recently caught up with Against Me!'s new drummer, Atom Willard, to discuss where the band is now and how Laura Jane Grace is doing.

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As Club Red Readies Final Show at Tempe Location, Bands Look Forward to New Venue

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Austin Paetow
Club Red's current location

Club Red's voyage to its new venue officially begins this Saturday, as the final show takes place at its current location.

The news came in late March, when Club Red announced it would move away from its current Tempe location at University Drive and Loop 101 in favor of a much larger venue in Mesa. The new space once was a movie theater, which Club Red is currently reconstructing in order to accommodate for future shows.

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25 Must-See Metro Phoenix Concerts in May

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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is scheduled to perform on Thursday, May 15, at Crescent Ballroom.

With the summertime slipping into the Valley like some unwelcome guest that's gonna wind up hanging around for the next five months (give or take), it would behoove you to start saving up your pennies.

Not just to pay the ginormous electric bills you're likely to accrue with running the A/C at full power, mind you, but also to cover the ticket prices for the many, many excellent shows you'll want to attend in the weeks and months ahead.

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