6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix this Weekend

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Jesika von Rabit

Instead of bitching about the weather, like we usually do here, let's instead think of reasons why 113-degree temperatures are actually good. After all, if you live in Phoenix during the summer, the world is your sauna, am I right? And to think some folks like to be indoors when they need to have a good sweat. Suckers. And why use your stupid oven to bake cookies when you can just put a baking sheet on your dashboard? And where would the window tinting and black-out curtain industries be without Phoenix summers, I ask you? Nowhere, that's where.

So be thankful for the heat, as it is the source of luxury, food, and commerce.

Most of these concerts take place in venues with air conditioning and cold beer. So check these out, browse our comprehensive concert listings if you would like to see more options, and stay hydrated, Phoenix.

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7 Best Concerts to See This Weekend

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Jurassic 5

In summertime, when we put together this list of best shows to see in Phoenix on any given weekend, we don't have very many options. It can be slim pickings for live music around here when it hits triple digits. Not this week. There are more concerts than you could possibly hope to see this weekend, and many of them are good. So consider the following seven shows the cream of the crop, and the following as honorable mentions: The Game/E-40 at Celebrity Theatre, ETC!ETC! at the Pressroom, Motley Crue and Alice Cooper at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Flotsam and Jetsam at Club Red, Brubek Brothers at the Musical Instrument Museum Theater, and Burning Palms/Freaks of Nature/Cherie Cherie at Lost Leaf.

Don't believe us? Browse our comprehensive concert listings and see for yourself.

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6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend

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Black Carl

Summertime sucks. But you know doesn't suck? Air conditioned music venues, that's what. Check out these six shows this weekend, and peruse our comprehensive concert listings for many more options.

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7 Concerts To Check Out in Phoenix on the Fourth of July

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Jeremiah Toller
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra

The smoky smell and haze in the night sky from a fireworks show is a typical way to end a Fourth of July celebration.

However, what leads to the fireworks at the end of the night is the fun part. Many choose to grill and have parties to celebrate or attend some of the events around the Valley.
If you're looking to celebrate with live music, here are some options. All events are on July 4 unless otherwise noted.


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5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend

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Marjolein Hoornaert
EMA

What's that, you say? Summers in Phoenix suck for live music? Expand your tastes, philistine. We got everything from washed-up '90s alt-rock superstars to at least three significant local showcases and almost everything in between.

If you don't see anything that tickles your pickle, check out our comprehensive concert listings for more options.

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5 Must-See Concerts This Weekend, 6/20 - 6/22

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Animals as Leaders

Charity is the name of the game this weekend. Check out Fight Club Sadisco*, a brutal night involving fistfights and industrial music where proceeds will go to pay the cancer bills of one of the its founders, and Independents Bowl, a bowling tournament benefiting a local charity. If live music sounds too loud for you, you can always check out one of the greatest concert films of all time, Stop Making Sense, which is screening Sunday at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. But don't take our word for it -- check out our comprehensive concert listings here for more options than you can shake your giant suit at.

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8 Must-See Concerts in Metro Phoenix This Weekend, 5/13 to 5/15

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Decon Records
Aceyalone is an underground hip-hop titan, and he's playing Hidden House Sunday.

There were so many rad concerts going on this weekend we couldn't just choose just five. Here are eight, ranging from hip-hop to metal to Americana to psych-rock.

If you're picky, you can always try our comprehensive concert listings. Stay cool this weekend, Phoenix.

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5 Must-See Concerts This Weekend, 6/6 - 6/8

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Doug Coombe
Detroit Cobras are coming to Phoenix on Sunday.

Who says live music slows down during the summer? This weekend, catch anything from local pop music to weirdo rappers to top-notch EDM producers. You can always check our comprehensive concert listings for many more options as well.

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Top 5 Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend, 5/30-6/1

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A Taste Of Honey plays the Celebrity Theatre this weekend.

There are two words sum up the greatest concert going on this weekend in Phoenix.

They are "Billy" and "Joel."

But if you can't score a ticket or just can't afford one, there are still plenty of other options this weekend, from noise-punk (Perfect Pussy) to stoner rock (Fu Manchu) to weird-ass nerd metal (NERDZERKER). And if all those just seem terrible to you, check out our comprehensive concert listings for more options.

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Five Must-See Concerts Over Memorial Day Weekend

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James Dimmock
Trey Songz

Memorial Day is when we, as a nation, proudly get together and celebrate the men and women of the armed services who have died in order to give us an extra day off.

Bad joke. But the reality is so damned depressing it's hard to think of anything else. It might have vanished from our country's collective consciousness, but the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 is still happening. The one we started in Iraq two years later has wound down, but the U.S. still has soldiers in the Afghanistan, and the cost has been heavy. "As of Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at least 2,181 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan," the Associated Press reported. One estimate put the number dead at more than 14,000. More than 900,000 soldiers have been injured in both Afghanistan and Iraq. And Afghani civilians? More than 14,000 have died since the invasion started.

So when you're kicking back on Monday (should you be lucky enough to have it off), try to remember that the American military conflicts this holiday remembers aren't past tense. Think about the soldiers overseas -- your brothers, sisters, friends, family and casual acquaintances, your fellow Americans -- that are still putting themselves into harm's way, and hope that they come home safely, as soon as logistically possible.

That said, distract yourself from the Treasury-draining, life-taking war going on a half-world away with these concerts happening in Metro Phoenix this weekend. And if you don't see anything you like here, be sure to check out our comprehensive concert listings for a bevy of more options.

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