Best 13 Metal Concerts in Phoenix This January

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Alaectra Busey
Westfield Massacre

The year 2014 ended with a hell of a heavy metal season, with shows like Yucca Tap Room's "Not So Silent Night" ushering in the New Year -- but unlike the insane holiday spending and the snowbird-thick traffic pace, the show calendar isn't slowing down any time soon.

I'm aware that this Metal Mondays Best Metal Shows of January is a little late, so it doesn't include killer shows like the Dead of Winter Festival this past weekend and Anti-Flag.
However, there's an abundance of shows throughout January, and that's why we compile a monthly list of the best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley.

There are prominent metal acts like Cattle Decapitation, Machine Head and Periphery, and a wealth of local shows, including the ever-intense HannemanFest and a "When Titans Collide" show, where some of the best metal acts in the Valley share the stage.



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Sam Moore, Original Soul Man, Readies For New Year's Eve Concert

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The original Soul Man, Sam Moore

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check.

Grammy winner. Check.

Major inspiration for the Blues Brothers. Check.

Valley resident. Check.

Sam Moore is almost 80 years old. He's an original "Soul Man," one of the best tenors the music biz has ever seen or heard, and you can spend your New Year's Eve with him at Talking Stick Resort listening to the hits he helped turn into classics. Moore is also a sheer delight to talk to, reeling you in with his charm and occasional self-deprecation. You listen to him and he makes it so easy to forget that he is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. He just sounds like your Uncle Sam (no pun intended), and you just need to sit back and listen while he tells you about what he's been up to this year.


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American Idol Star Jordin Sparks Announces New Album, Drops Mixtape

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Jyle Dupuis

Remember that TV show American Idol, where people dissolve musical talent into a cutthroat Twitter tournament? Jordin Sparks (and Pepperidge Farms) remembers. The 24-year old Glendale singer took home the gold in 2007, and she's kept busy ever since. Most recently, Sparks signed to a new label and released a new single, "It Ain't You," not to mention her oh-so-modernly titled "mixtape," #BYEFELICIA. Her third album, Right Here, Right Now, is due for release in early 2015.

Sparks was only 17 when she won Season Six of American Idol, and that same year, her self-titled debut album quickly went Platinum, selling more than a million copies. Her second single from the record, "No Air," won the "Choice Hook-Up" award at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, which is a little strange considering Sparks' age at the time, and the fact that the song featured Chris Brown. Oh, how the times have changed.

Yet, following her chart-topping sophomore album Battlefield, it's clear that Sparks wasn't destined to become another Idol burnout. Besides opening for Britney Spears and the Jonas Brothers, Sparks also performed Battlefield's song "Faith" at President Obama's 2009 inauguration.

This doesn't even touch on the wave of accolades Sparks has received over the years, including two BET awards, one American Music award, a People's Choice Award, a GRAMMY Award nomination, and two MTV Video Music Awards.


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Check Out the Huge Lineup of Phoenix Bands at Bisbee's Sidepony Express Music Fest

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Head Over Heart is one of the dozens of local bands headed to Bisbee next weekend.

With nearly 80 musicians playing, Sidepony Express Music Festival in Bisbee promises to be one wild weekend. From Friday, November 14, to Sunday, November 16, folks from as far as Los Angeles, North Carolina, New Mexico, El Paso, Nashville, and Portland will make it to the southeastern Arizona mining town for some mile-high celebrations. Best of all, the festival is free and open to the public.

Some lineup highlights include Jerusafunk, Dadadoh, Wolvves, Japhy's Descent, Bad Neighbors, Captive Cooks, Manifest Sound, Watch for Rocks, Fairy Bones, and Field Tripp. Though it's a three-and-a-half hour drive from Phoenix and two hours from Tucson, it seems as good excuse as any to enjoy the cool weather the Grand Canyon State has gotten lately. Plus, this town promises plenty to do with a wealth of curios and little trinket shops, or at the very least, a change from the beige scenery in town to different shades of brown. Adventure!

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Want Artist James B. Hunt to Make a Painting Inspired by Your Band's Music?

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Courtesy the artist.

Galleries aren't for every artist. For NXOEED, better known as James B. Hunt, he'd prefer to reveal his art out in the open by hiding his deranged paintings where anyone can stumble upon them. Hopefully, it's you. He posts clues on his website of the alleys, ditches, trash cans, sewers and other bung holes he shoves his paintings into. But for his latest scavenger hunt, he decided to do 100 paintings inspired by 100 bands, both local and otherwise. Each painting will be hidden along with some of the band in question's music.

Just a few highlights include Playboy Manbaby, Fairy Bones, Kongos, Dry River Yacht Club, The Smothers Fuckers, Field Tripp, Captain Squeegee, decker. and approximately 92 others. At last count, NXOEED had 15 of the paintings finished and 65 bands confirmed -- naturally, he needs some folks to submit their albums. The hunt begins 7 p.m. on First Friday, October 3rd. Send your music to contact@jamesbhunt.com.


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10 Best Metal Shows in Metro Phoenix in August

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Chimaira

August is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. So check out the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley next month.

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Rubber Brother's Round Robin Concert Format Offers Onslaught of Local Music

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Mike Bogumil
Playboy Manbaby

This Saturday Rubber Brother Records is putting on a different type of show -- a Round Robin.

Rather than have a typical show where each band plays for 25 minutes, followed by the rest, a Round Robin puts five bands in the same room all set up at the same time.
What makes this show unique is that there is no opening or closing act. Each artist performs two songs and then moves on to the next band.

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Wiz Kalifa, Barenaked Ladies and More to Play Arizona State Fair

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Arizona State Fair Website

It's almost that time of year to enjoy funnel cakes and ferris wheels again, as the Arizona State Fair approaches. The event is known for its games and attractions, but don't look past the musical entertainment.

The festival has started by releasing a few names that will be coming to town, with more to be announced in the following months. As of right now, the list of artists slated to perform include Barenaked Ladies, Sublime with Rome, and Darius Rucker.

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10 Unearth Songs You Need to Hear

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Unearth

Many metal heads will know Massachusetts as the birthplace for many vital modern bands. There must be something in the chowder. Artists like All That Remains, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, and specifically, Unearth, all hail from the Bay State.

Unearth is currently on tour with Texas In July, Cruel Hand, and Armed For Apocalypse for The Oncoming Storm 10th Anniversary Tour. The tour run makes its way to Arizona at Pub Rock on June 15.

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5 Bands You Should See at Vans Warped Tour

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Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour offers an overwhelming selection of bands each year for its annual summer tour.

The problem with the all-day event is that you have to know going in to the event which artists to see. Because of the huge list of performances, it's impossible to watch them all. To help with that, here are five artists that will be worth getting to the show early to catch.

See also: 10 Tips for Going to Warped Tour in Arizona and Not Dying

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