Kelly Clarkson at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Tuesday, August 25
It's hard to hear “Kelly Clarkson!” and not think of Steve Carell's brutalized chest-flesh in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. But that's just us. It might make you think: “upbeat pop ingenue.” Performing at Ak-Chin with reality show a cappella stars Pentatonix. 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-7200, ak-chinpavilion.com
Kid Rock at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Wednesday, August 26
Detroit's preeminent redneck rapper appears with '70s arena-rock remnant Foreigner. Finally.
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-7200, ak-chinpavilion.com
John Nolan at Valley Bar on Wednesday, August 26
It's a relatively thin week for indie rock in the Valley. One highlight: Emo survivor Nolan – co-frontman of resurgent pop-punk outfit Taking Back Sunday – at the Valley Bar downtown.
130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, valleybarphx.com
The Love Me Nots at Crescent Ballroom on Friday, August 28
The Valley's homegrown Farfisa-keyboard-pounding surf-rock quartet is back for an all-too-rare Phoenix appearance. (The French keep bogarting them.)
308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com
Jill Scott at Comerica Theatre on Friday, August 28
The R&B siren and Questlove protege (“A Long Walk”) tours in support of her Woman disc, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in July. Your best bet for a good, lustily-belted-out torch song this weekend. 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2888, comericatheatre.com
No Duh at Casino Arizona on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29
With seminal ska-pop legends No Doubt on semi-hiatus – they haven't officially toured since 2012, appearing mostly at benefit concerts and special one-off shows in the interim – your best bet for a live performance of “Just a Girl” comes way of this energetic tribute act.
524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, 480-850-7734, casinoarizona.com
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