25 Best Concerts in December in Phoenix

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Andrew Jackson Jihad is scheduled to perform on December 30 at Crescent Ballroom.
If you can somehow find time in your busy schedule, as well as money in the budget that isn't set aside for the holidays and such, you might consider checking out a show. There are certainly enough great one happening between now and the end of the month, including the following 25 suggestions.

And if you need even more suggestions, be sure to peruse both our daily music picks and New Times' extensive online concert calendar.

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Tegan and Sara Explain the Shift Toward Pop on New Album

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Tegan and Sara have shifted towards uber-pop on their latest album.

Indie duo Tegan and Sara, identical twin sisters with the surname Quin from Calgary, have toured with their fellow countryman Neil Young and had their track "Walking with a Ghost" covered by The White Stripes. Their connection to their music and each other is clear during their live shows. The openly gay musicians' frank discussions about their childhood, politics, and touring have become a hallmark of their renowned performances.

"It started out as a hobby and a fun, passionate way to be creative. It happened to snowball into a really amazing and successful career. We try to be respectful with what we say and how we use our power and try not to use our stage as a soapbox. We are aware of the power we've accumulated because of what we do, but we really try to be socially responsible, great humanitarians, and we try to be great spokespeople for the things we believe in but mostly what we do is try to make music that we're proud of," Tegan says.

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30 Best Concerts in November in Phoenix

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Death From Above 1979 is scheduled to perform on November 10 at Marquee Theatre.
We don't blame you if things happen to be a little hectic this month. There's the last of all those Halloween decorations to remove (not to mention all that candy to polish off), warm clothes to get out of storage, and the whole holiday season only a few weeks away.

If you can somehow find time in your busy schedule, as well as money in the budget that isn't set aside for the holidays and such, you might consider checking out a show. There are certainly enough great one happening between now and the end of the month, including the following 30 suggestions.

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Why Judge Judy Is Paul Leary's (Butthole Surfers) Happy Place


The Melvins

Maybe the most misunderstood band still out slogging it out on tour today. Maybe (definitely) brilliant, maybe mad, always noisily rocking out some of the best heavy sludge you'll ever hear, Buzz Osborne (guitar and vocals) and Dale Crover (drums) have been the core of the band which has had many member over the years, both pre- and post-grunge. In fact, the Melvins are one of the only bands who is still intact after both helping to create a genre (and maybe a couple of lesser known genres as well), watching said genre die, and then completely transcending any expectation of what a survivor might be like.

Hopefully that wasn't a spoiler. Grunge is dead, kids, but the Melvins continue to create fantastic new and mega-heavy (and often noisy) riffage despite being non-genre specific and unafraid to take whatever chances may come their way. On their newest record, Osborne and Crover teamed up with some Butthole Surfers, bass player Jeff (JD) Pinkus and guitar player Paul Leary. The result, as you may imagine if you are familiar with either of these bands catalogues, is noisy and weird and heavy. The most beautiful thing of all, though, is this record, while drenched with the Surfers requisite uber-weirdness, this is still a Melvins record, through and through.

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Canadian Punks PUP Bring Their Dramatic, Exciting Punk to Phoenix

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PUP brings its high-energy punk-rock to Phoenix this coming Tuesday.

"Do you remember that Simpsons episode where Bart changes schools, and they put him in the 'slow' class? And they have the kid from Canada, saying 'I'm from Canada, and they think I'm slow, ayyy.' It's like that, to sort of adopt that mentality, talk about our igloos and stuff."

Though PUP guitarist Steve Sladkowski is quite amused by his Canadian brethren, contrary to the above statement, the Toronto-based punk band is not a bunch of hosers from the north. Currently embarking on its first U.S. headlining tour, the barely-three-year-old band is set to arrive in Phoenix on October 21 at the Rhythm Room, alongside fellow punk upstarts Hard Girls.

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The Musical Mad Scientists of Canada's Royal Canoe

Royal Canoe

Those who showed up early to the Bombay Bicycle Club show in April at Crescent Ballroom were privy to the layered experimental sounds of Winnipeg's Royal Canoe. The sextet, making its inaugural trip to the Valley, stood like a group of mad scientists over their boards and laptops to create avant-garde hip-hop influenced loops of sound with the tight precision of a Swiss watch, never missing a beat. Imagine six Roxy Music-era Brian Eno's huddled over their knobs and dials bouncing to the sound of their own beat and singing into a vocoder without a Bryan Ferry standing over them in jealousy and you've got the idea.

"There's a lot of tasks onstage," describes vocalist and guitarist Matt Peters, "Every night you have to be on your toes. There's always something challenging coming up. We all prefer it that way, though. I give our audiences a lot of credit. They want to be engaged in that way. They want to see a performance. They want to see people working. It's not to say anyone couldn't do what we're doing, but I feel like the audience responds well."

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The 30 Best Concerts in October

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Queens of the Stone Age are scheduled to perform on Thursday, October 30, at the Arizona State Fair.
Our inbox was hit with an e-mail blast the other day from the proprietors of a local music venue who declared that October was going to be "insane" because of all the fantastic acts they has booked at the joint over the next few weeks. They ain't the only ones, however, as this month is literally wall-to-wall with big shows around Phoenix.

Don't believe us? Then be sure to check out our massive online concert calendar for proof. Or you can take our word for it: this is the time of you've been waiting for.

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Summer Ends Music Festival 2014: A Field Guide

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A throng of local music fans gather at Tempe Beach Park in 2010.
Yup, it's almost here, and we know y'all have been waiting for it tirelessly, throughout the long, hot, and brutal months. Now, it's only mere days away.

So are we talking about to the end of summer? Well, yeah, that too (since temperatures will start to decrease later this week) but we're mainly referring to this weekend's Summer Ends Music Festival at Tempe Beach Park.

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Godsmack's Shannon Larkin on the Band's "Almost" Breakup


By the end of 2012, Godsmack's concert album the band released that year,Live and Inspired, was the furthest thing from the band's mind.

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Meet Sean Hayes, the Singer Your Lady Friends Love

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Sean Hayes

San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Sean Hayes knows you heard about him from your folk-music-loving lady friend. He says he gets that a lot. "I feel like women are the gateway," he jokes.

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