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Phoenix Live Music Teaser: August 17-23

Written by Craig Outhier Category: Music Issue: August 2015
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Macy GrayThe Valley's musical calendar this week includes an unbowed Macy Gray, along with an indie-rock roll-of-the-dice on Sunday.

Taylor Swift at Gila River Arena on Monday and Tuesday, August 17-18
The millennial pop princess returns to the Valley on her 1989 World Tour, presumably with an all-new catalogue of lightly-fictionalized songs about famous boyfriends she's dumped.
9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-773-3200, gilariverarena.com

The Drums at Crescent Ballroom on Wednesday, August 19
A lo-fi indie rock duo that suggests an intriguing crossbreeding of the The Beach Boys and The Strokes, these Brooklynites have a toe-tapper called “Let's Go Surfing” that's sure to make your night.
308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com

Dylan Gardner at Rebel Lounge on Thursday, August 20
If you haven't checked out “Psycho” Steve Chilton's resurrected music space – in a previous life, it was the legendary Mason Jar – the Rebel Lounge is playing host to wunderkind 19-year-old Valley power-pop act Dylan Gardner, a Warped Tour veteran and Hot Topic mainstay. 2303 E. Indian School Rd.. Phoenix, therebellounge.com

Macy Gray at Crescent Ballroom on Friday, August 21
Catch the volcano-voiced, 2000's soul-pop sensation in the relatively-intimate confines of Charlie Levy's Crescent Ballroom, supporting her 2014 disc The Way.
308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com

Journey Unlimited: The Tribute at Casino Arizona on Friday and Saturday, August 21-22
Armed with an ersatz Steve Perry by the name of Michael “Journey Mike” Flynn – who claims to “hit notes only dogs can hear” – this tribute act is the weekend's best bet for streetlight-people-loving karaoke nuts.
524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, 480-850-7734, casinoarizona.com

Dawes at Crescent Ballroom on Sunday, August 23
If you like that whole Decemberists/Bon Iver/Mumford and Sons/Conor Oberst trip, these indie-folk-rockers from L.A. make for a high-value bet.
308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com