Phoenix Live Music Teaser: Monday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 18

Written by Craig Outhier Category: Music Issue: October 2015
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Florence and the MachineIt will be a jam-packed week of live music in the Valley, led by five indie darlings and an old country standby.

Twin Shadow at Crescent Ballroom on Monday, Oct. 12
Imagine if Morrissey and Prince had a baby. The child might grow up to sound and look like George Lewis Jr. – aka Twin Shadow – whose intriguing mix of guitar-driven R&B and tuneful indie-pop mopery has found a robust following in the Valley.
308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222,

Florence and the Machine at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Tuesday, October 13
Undeterred by a broken leg last spring – she performed at Coachella sitting down – vocalist Florence Welch is fully mended and ready to beguile the crowd with her singular soul-sister stage presence.
2121 N. 83rd Ave., 602-254-7200,

Alt-J at Comerica Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 14
Dubbed “folktronica” by the music press, this British four-piece creates highly-nuanced, intricately-textured Millennial art-rock that manages to be at once danceable and idiosyncratic. Knocked 'em dead at Coachella last spring.
400 W. Washington St., 602-379-2888,

Run the Jewels at Marquee Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 15
Yet another Coachella 2015 alum, this New York-based hip-hop duo collaborated with Rage Against the Machine's Zack De la Rocha on their Run the Jewels 2 disc and specialize in the kind of clenched-fist politi-rap that scarcity-deprived hipsters like best.
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607,

Marina and the Diamonds at Marquee Theatre on Friday, Oct. 16
Born Marina Lambrini Dismandis, the electropop princess hasn't looked back since a celebrated debut at the 2010 South by Southwest festival, scoring her highest charting album to date with Froot this year. And, yes, she played Coachella, too.
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607,

Garth Brooks at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17
Widely credited for mainstreaming modern country music, the 53-year-old Oklahoman – who's sold more albums than Elvis Presley, by the way – continues his post-retirement comeback with a pair of weekend shows in Downtown Phoenix. (Disclaimer: Don't confuse the tribal casino with the sports arena it paid handsomely to name. Fans who drive to the actual Talking Stick Resort will be sorely disappointed.)
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800,