Harry Styles returns to Arizona for a twice-rescheduled concert in a month that also features local dates by Slipknot, Enrique Iglesias with Ricky Martin, Thundercat’s return to The Van Buren and Elvis Costello’s first full-band performance in the Valley since 2008, when he and the Imposters opened the Police reunion tour.
Most major concerts require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the concert. But those guidelines vary from venue to venue. The best way to ensure that you get in to see the show is to check the venue’s website in advance to read up on the latest protocols.
The singer-songwriter is on tour in support of the masterful “Little Oblivions,” an album sure to make the rounds of critics’ year-end lists — and deservedly so. It’s a deeply introspective chronicle of her struggles with substance abuse, recovery and a heartbreaking relapse. Baker is also a member of boygenius, the rare example of a supergroup that lives up to its billing and its expectations, combining her talents with those of Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $28; $25 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
Michael Berdan brings the songs on last year’s “Shame” to unsettling life with a voice that sounds like he’s been gargling razor blades and shredded speakers on his way to confession, setting the tone with a hypnotic chant of “You are what you’ve done/You are what they’ve done to you.” It’s a bracing introduction to an album that dwells in the shadows, the perfect place for their brand of cathartic industrial metal. As Under the Radar sums it up, “Uniform thrive on discomfort.” That they do.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $15. valleybarphx.com.
Multiplatinum metal legends Slipknot are set to bring their Knotfest Roadshow to what’s all but guaranteed to be a very loud conclusion in Phoenix with support from three Grammy-nominated heavy metal legends — Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange. In a press release, the band said, “With the world opening up, it’s time to get excited about LIFE again. To get back to LIFE again. This tour is a long time coming and we hope you’re as excited to see it as we are to play it.”
Details: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $99.75 and up. 602-254-7200, livenation.com.
The Grammy-nominated rapper peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2020 with a breakthrough single called “Whats Poppin,” a success he topped this year with a feature on “Industry Baby,” a platinum chart-topper by Lil Nas X. Harlow arrives in support of a debut album called “That’s What They All Say.” A review in Complex praised the album’s singles for showcasing Harlow’s hitmaking ability while “Face of My City” demonstrates him “holding his own with other rap giants like Lil Baby.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Sold out. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
Cloud Nothings really came into their own on 2012’s “Attack on Memory,” an explosive assault on the senses produced by Steve Albini, a man whose reputation rests on capturing that sort of racket. Nine years later, they’re touring the States in support of “The Shadow I Remember,” an album that finds them reuniting with Albini to brilliant effect in a head-on collision of contagious songcraft and exhilarating urgency while asking, “Am I older now or am I just another age?”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $17. valleybarphx.com.
Angels & Airwaves
Tom Delonge of Blink-182 brings his Angels & Airwaves to town in support of “Lifeforms.” SputnikMusic said the songwriting was too good to deny, adding, “If you’re looking for a well-made rock album with all the pop and punk trimmings, look no further than ‘Lifeforms.'” NME called it “an ambitious punk record that speaks of the everyday” and “the most relatable this band has ever been.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $48; $43 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
JJ Grey & Mofro
“Ol’ Glory” is the sound of the Southern soul revival getting all the details right, Grey effortlessly channeling the raspy essence of those classic Otis Redding records he appears to have been studying his whole life just to get to this moment. Even when they turn it down on the country blues of “The Island,” it feels like a spiritual cousin of “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.” As PopMatters says, they “provide a connection to the past and a time when talent and tenacity moved the music forward.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $35-$42. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Like all the greatest music of the psychedelic era, Kikagaku Moyo’s latest studio release, “Masana Temples,” doesn’t let itself get hemmed in by the boundaries of a single genre, setting the tone with the Indian classical flavor of the sitar-driven “Entrance” and working in traces of Tropicalia, Krautrock, cosmic folk and jazz in pursuit of an expansive vision. As The 405 writes, “Songs ebb and flow between different styles, motifs appear and recede like roadside landmarks glimpsed briefly and passed in a blur.” And they’re from Tokyo, so this could be your last chance to experience their live show for a little while.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $20. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
Rufus du Sol
The Australian EDM sensations have only gotten bigger since they headlined 2020’s M3F Fest, selling 70,000 tickets in three days to their largest headlining concerts to date at Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium. They also sold out two nights at the 9,525-capacity Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, Colorado. That makes Arizona Federal Theatre an oddly intimate occasion to experience their show, which also features Flight Facilities.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $59.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
An Evening With Branford Marsalis
The saxophonist is joined by Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. Their latest album, “The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul,” received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Marsalis has two Grammys to his credit — Best Jazz Instrumental Performance for “I Heard You Twice the First Time” and Best Jazz Instrumental Album for “Contemporary Jazz.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $39-$69. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
The Narcissist Tour is Playboi Carti’s first headlining tour since 2018, when he hit the road in support of “Die Lit.” In January, “Whole Lotta Red” became the rapper’s first chart-topping entry on the Billboard album chart. Released on Christmas Day, it sold 100,000 units and received 160 million global streams within its first week. “Whole Lotta Red” features 24 tracks with appearances by rap superstars Future, Kid Cudi and Kanye West.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. Sold out. 480-644-2560, mesaamp.com.
Ginuwine topped Billboard’s R&B charts twice, with 1996’s “Pony” (which enjoyed a bit of a revival in 2012 when Channing Tatum stripped to it in “Magic Mike”) and 2001’s “Differences.” His first two albums, “Ginuwine … The Bachelor” and “100% Ginuwine,” went double-platinum. He’s joined by Case and Sunshine Anderson at an R&B Fall Jam hosted by Tev Grant.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $70 and up. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
George Thorogood & the Destroyers
The Delaware Destroyer emerged as an album-rock-radio staple in the ’70s on the strength of such crowd-pleasing covers as John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” and Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over.” But he elevated his A-game in the ’80s with originals as built-to-please as the blues-rocking “Bad to the Bone” and a single that remains one of that decade’s most endearing drinking songs, “I Drink Alone.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Reservation. $35 and up. 480-850-7734, talkingstickresort.com.
Blue Oyster Cult
These Long Island rockers made the mainstream safe for existential ballads with more cowbell when “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” ascended the pop charts of Rolling Stone magazine’s pick for 1976’s best rock single. Other songs of note include “Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You.” They arrive in support of last year’s “The Symbol Remains,” a welcome late addition to their legacy, on a co-headlining tour with the latest edition of Jefferson Starship.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation. $37 and up. 800-946-4452, playatgila.com.
This free two-day festival at Tempe Center for the Arts is the opening salvo in a series aimed at showcasing musical, theatrical, dance and visual artists of the 48th state. It features the music of local artists Danielle Durack, Las Calakas, Carvin Jones Band, J White and Rebekah Rolland; performances of Stray Cat Theatre’s production of “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord”; storytellers from the Arizona Storytellers Project; and performances from contemporary dance company CONDER/dance and Native hoop dancer Tony Duncan.
Details: 5:30 pm. Friday, Nov. 5, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Free. 480-352-2822, tempecenterforthearts.com.
Aaron Lewis of Staind shares the spotlight with Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry on A Salute to American Veterans. After making a name for himself as the Vedderesque voice of such post-grunge rock-radio staples as “It’s Been Awhile” and “Right Here,” Lewis went country with some help from Charlie Daniels and George Jones on the platinum “Country Boy,” which charted higher on Billboard’s rock charts than its country chart. He’s also known for his unwavering support of Donald Trump and wearing MAGA hats on stage.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $29 and up. 602-254-7200, livenation.com.
This San Francisco native rose to fame in 2019 when a song called “Valentino” went viral on TikTok, going platinum as the first single out of the box from a debut EP titled “Dropped Outta College.” He arrives in support of a full-length debut called “El Dorado,” which debuted at No. 22 on the strength of the rapper’s first release to top the Billboard Hot 100, the quadruple-platinum “Mood,” which features Iann Dior.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
The YouTube sensation who launched her career as a vlogger is touring the States in support of a debut album called “Missunderstood” that took the star to No. 9 on Billboard’s album chart and topped the R&B charts. Her hits include three songs that topped the Adult R&B charts — the singer’s double-platinum breakthrough “Medicine,” the platinum follow-up “Karma” and the million-selling “Butterflies Pt. 2.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $35; $32 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
Tiny Moving Parts
These Minnesota punks are either on the emo side of math-rock or the math-rock side of emo, maybe both. The songs on “Breathe,” their latest album, bristle with an urgency filtered through throat-shredding vocals that’s bound to leave some listeners wondering if they maybe should have heeded the advice of their own title. But it’s better that they didn’t. Kerrang! praised the “truthfulness and honesty inherent throughout this fantastic record.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. The Nile, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $20. 480-559-5859, simpletix.com.
Elvis Costello & the Imposters
This is Costello’s first appearance in the Valley since an unplugged “Storyteller” show at Mesa Arts Center in 2016 that found the legend alone on assorted guitars and piano, singing songs and telling stories that were frequently hilarious but also deeply moving on occasion. And he’s backed by the Imposters, making this his first full-band appearance in the Valley since 2008, when he and the Imposters opened the Police reunion tour at what was then called Cricket Wireless Pavilion.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
Ruby da Cherry and Scrim rose to fame as Soundcloud rappers with songs about substance abuse and suicide. In reviewing their first album, “I Want to Die in New Orleans,” HipHopDX wrote, “Have they actually changed the world of music itself? It’s possible to chalk it up to typical artist bravado, but after yet another well-received release, they certainly have the evidence to argue their case.” They arrive in support of “Long Term Effects of Suffering” with Chief Keef, Slowthai, Turnstile and more.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. $63. 480-502-5600, rawhide.com.
Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin
The global superstars are touring together for the first time ever. Fans can expect to hear the hits that made Iglesias and Martin two of the biggest names in pop and Latin music. In a press release, Martin said, “To say we are going on tour has lifted all of our spirits after the profoundly difficult year the world has gone through and still is.” USA TODAY hailed the opening night in Las Vegas as “an effervescent spectacle of Latin pride.”
Details: 7:30 Thursday, Nov. 11. Footprint Center (formerly Phoenix Suns Arena), 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $39.95 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
Nicolás Muñoz, the Chilean-Norwegian singer-songwriter who writes, records, performs, and produces all of the music he releases as Boy Pablo, has the perfect voice to pine the swooning melodies that elevate his songs to a whole other level. There’s a seemingly effortless charm to the most engaging moments on “Wachito Rico,” his full-length debut, that marks him as the unassuming heir apparent to such kindred spirits as Aztec Camera’s Roddy Frame and fellow Norwegian Sondre Lerche.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $28; $25 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
The word “retro” is rarely offered as a compliment. But this guy knows exactly what he’s doing and he does it well, capturing the magic of a session cut before his parents even had a chance to meet. The man was born in 1986. But the music on “Promenade Blue” was mostly born three decades earlier. Waterhouse channels the soul of the ’50s and ’60s with an authenticity fit to make similar efforts by the likes of Duffy seem a bit too committed to pushing the envelope.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $44.50-$64.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
The Los Angeles trio arrive in support of “gg bb xx,” an album dismissed by Pitchfork as “the limp, flat soundtrack of Ubers and malls everywhere.” They’re “playing songs from all albums,” though. Or so they promised on their socials. This is LANY’s first Valley appearance since M3F Fest 2020.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $29.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Led by Willie Nelson’s son, they’ve toured as Neil Young’s backing band and tore it up at Country Thunder Arizona in 2018 with a set that left me wondering how they haven’t graduated to their own arena tours. There are obvious echoes of the singer’s legendary father in his vocals, both in terms of tone and phrasing. But he doesn’t use that as a crutch. It’s just one flavor in the mix of a powerful instrument, which he uses to brilliant effect.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25-$28. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
The EDM star arrives in support of an album called “Nurture” with Jai Wolf and James Ivy. The Line of Best Fit responded to “Nurture,” Robinson’s first album since 2014’s “Worlds,” with a rave, saying “electronica has never felt more organic” than it does on this release, where “every artificiality finds its equal and opposite in a natural sound — be that raw piano keys, violins or the tweeting of birds.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. $63. 480-502-5600, rawhide.com.
Benny the Butcher
This Buffalo rapper is part of the hip-hop collective Griselda, founded by his cousins Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine and also featuring the great Mach-Hommy. He arrives in continued support of a sophomore effort called “Burden of Proof.” Consequence called it “the biggest Benny album to date,” then quickly added, “But he doesn’t lose what made him great and such a beloved underground rapper,” saying, “His boasts are as strong as ever, and his flows are cold like the air in the Buffalo streets.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. The Pressroom, 3125 S. 52nd St., Tempe. $30 and up. 602-396-7136, ticketmaster.com.
The thinking-person’s heartthrob brings his much-anticipated Love on Tour to Glendale in support of last year’s “Fine Line,” with an opening set by Jenny Lewis. This is the former One Direction member’s second solo tour. The first brought the star to what was then Comerica Theatre in 2017, a concert that firmly established his identity outside the context of the group that made him famous. Both Styles albums topped the Billboard charts, with “Fine Line” going double-platinum.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. Sold out. 623-772-3800, ticketmaster.com.
When Young lets you know, with a twang, that “my upbringin’ sounds like George Strait singin'” in a song called “Raised on Country,” yes, that is a stellar rhyme. But it’s a stellar rhyme that has the added benefit of authenticity. That song is one of several highlights to be found on “Famous Friends,” the country singer’s latest album. The title track, which boasts a guest appearance by Kane Brown, became his 10th chart-topping entry on the Billboard country airplay chart.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation. $69 and up. 800-946-4452, playatgila.com.
Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire took funk to the masses with such consistency and soul that “The Rolling Stone Album Guide” suggests, “It could be argued that ‘The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire’ portrays the best singles band of the ’70s.” They went Top 40 14 times that decade and began the ’80s with one of their most enduring hits, “Let’s Groove.” Hits include “September,” “Shining Star” and “After the Love Has Gone.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The Jamaican-born rapper who grew up in Flatbush is touring the States in support of “Still Sleep?” a full-length debut that hit the charts at No. 16. His breakthrough hit from “Sleepy for President” mixtape, last year’s “Deep End Freestyle,” has gone platinum and been streamed more than 85 million times. He was recently named to a list in Brooklyn Vegan of 15 Newer Rappers to Watch in 2021 as Festival Season Returns.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25-$35. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
It’s been three years since Pruitt made a list in Rolling Stone of 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know in an article that praised her as “a soulful, acrobatic vocalist with a strong sense of melody and even stronger knack for crafting an affecting narrative.” She arrives in support of last year’s “Expectations,” an introspective gem of a debut that finds her effortlessly living up to expectations that have followed her around since college, when she won the first Nashville Songwriting Scholarship from the BMI Foundation.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $14. valleybarphx.com.
Evanescence and Halestorm
Last year, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale performed backup vocals on Evanescence’s “Use My Voice,” and Amy Lee joined Hale on a new version of Halestorm’s “Break In.” In a press release, Lee said, “Words can’t express how excited we are to go back on tour with our friends and rock out again. We’ve been building this new music in isolation for over a year and dreaming of what it will be like to finally play it live, and to experience it together with our fans for the first time.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $59.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The Southern rapper arrives in support of “Thank You for Believing.” GQ called the album “a thoughtful expression of gratitude that celebrates the artist’s successes while also reflecting on his personal battles along the way, from the tragic loss of friends to relationship breakups and being a self-confessed loner.” Toosi may be best known for the million-selling “Love Cycle,” whose remix features former tourmate Summer Walker.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $30. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
A co-founding member of Brooklyn synth-pop heroes Chairlift, Polachek released an album as Ramona Lisa in 2014, using her initials, CEP, on 2017’s “Drawing the Target Around the Arrow” before reverting to her real name on 2019’s “Pang.” That latest album is her strongest solo work to date, at times recalling classic ’80s synth-pop (“So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” and “Go As a Dream” in particular) while making the most of her ability to channel raw emotion with a purity that cuts through all of the digital effects.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $27; $25 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
The Black Angels
These psychedelic rockers took their name from “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” a cacophonous highlight of “The Velvet Underground & Nico.” And their music has clearly been shaped by the psychedelic experimentation from that particular moment in rock ‘n’ roll history. Their latest album, “Death Song,” is shrouded in reverb and mystery, whether droning its way through trance-inducing highlights as inspired as “I’d Kill for Her” and “I Dreamt” or slipping some stoner-rock into the mix with all of the swagger that requires on “Comanche Moon.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $27.50. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
These Toronto punks bring the noise with a pulsating post-punk intensity that feels as cathartic as ever on “Atlas Vending,” their electrifying fourth release. But they have also expanded the scope of their sound, from the tension they build on their way to the inevitable explosion of “Pulse” to the haunting harmonies that offset the pile-driving forward momentum of “Blind Youth Industrial Park.” As DIY Magazine wrote, they have arrived at “a new kind of blistering rage.” They are joined by Preoccupations and Facs.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
This young British rocker was nominated for the Rising Star Award at last year’s Brit Awards and celebrated as the U.K.’s best emerging artist at the NME Awards, where she was a featured performer. Then she effortlessly followed through with “Fake It Flowers,” one of last year’s most compelling rock releases. As NME noted, “The journey from bedroom-pop hero to bonafide rock star is completed in bruising fashion on the Londoner’s stunning debut album of anthemic slacker rock.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25; $22 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
They once titled a song “Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles.” And that makes sense considering how deeply informed by the songwriting greats of the ’70s their work is, filtering the essence of Bruce Springsteen through a gritty Southern Gothic edge that frequently places them closer in spirit to the Drive-By Truckers. They are here in support of “When You Found Me,” a bold new chapter that as Uncut said, “combines top-notch musicianship and expert songcraft with bags of brooding atmosphere.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Sold out. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Los Angeles Azules
The Azules bring a contagious energy to their cumbia, which served them well when they became the first traditional cumbia group to play Coachella in 2018. The LA Times responded to their set that day with: “The slick but effective dance band — with 18 musicians onstage in carefully coordinated outfits — was welcomed with an enthusiasm that suggested festival-goers had been waiting for Coachella to embrace an important aspect of Southern California’s musical landscape.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $28.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The bass wizard played The Van Buren as one of the last concerts under the wire before the industry shut down for COVID-19. And it was great to see an artist as unorthodox as Stephen Bruner pack a room the size of The Van Buren for a performance devoted to improvisational excellence that often felt closer to jazz than funk. Much of what he played that night was taken from the yet-to-be-released “It Is What It Is,” an eccentric masterpiece that picked up Best Progressive R&B Album at this year’s Grammys.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $35; $30 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
In 2015, Vice magazine hailed the Atlanta-based trap pioneer as “the most influential underground rapper of the past decade, if not the most influential rapper point blank.” He arrives in support of “Ice Daddy,” an album that hit the charts at No. 34 in June. HipHopDX called the album a victory lap, writing, “The 41-year-old Atlanta trailblazer’s innovations to trap music set the stage for everyone from Vince Staples and 21 Savage to Young Thug and Young Dolph.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $55-$160. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
This Puerto Rican reggaeton has been building a buzz since 2016 with a video of him singing. After signing to Dynamic Records in 2018, he more than lived up to the promise of that video with two albums produced by famed DJ Nelson, the second of which included the hit that really catapulted him to fame, “La Curiosidad” featuring Myke Towers. That song has earned more than 625 million views on YouTube.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
It’s been 25 years since the Refreshments hit the streets with “Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy,” a career-defining breakthrough that Roger Clyne has always viewed as his “first really firm step in the lifeway that I chose as a musician.” And the man remains one of the Valley’s most beloved rockers, packing rooms as big as The Van Buren as the leader of the post-Refreshments project he and drummer P.H. Naffah launched in 1998, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $45; $40 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
The emo veterans are touring the States in support of “Life in Your Glass World,” an album the Line of Best Fit declared their strongest work to date, saying, “Each track holds its own distinct mood, along with the signature poised aggression that they’ve meticulously sculpted throughout their career.” Highlights range from the bass-driven post-punk vibe of “Blue Sunday” to “Winter Buds,” a haunting ballad that explodes midway through in a distortion-laden lead guitar break.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Sold out. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Opeth and Mastodon
The Swedish prog-metal heavyweight are heading to Mesa on a co-headlining tour with Mastodon, the thinking-person’s metalheads behind such classics as 2004’s “Leviathan,” a concept album loosely based on Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick,” and the equally conceptual “Crack the Skye.” They are joined by Swiss avant-garde metal sensations Zeal & Ardor.
Details: 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. $48.50; $46.50 in advance. 480-644-2560, mesaamp.com.
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