5 Concerts to Check Out This Week (May 16-May 22)

Jason KeilMay 16, 2022
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Destroyer | Photo by Ted Bois

Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week we’re taking a look at indie music.

May 17
King Hannah
This Liverpool-based band doesn’t sound like they’re from England at all. The duo’s sound is rooted in Southern blues with a little trip-hop thrown in for good measure. In its review of their debut album, Pitchfork described their lyrics as inspired by “go-karts, bedwetting, and fantasizing about your ex choking on dumplings.” $12-$15, 8 p.m., The Trunk Space, 1124 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, thetrunkspace.com 

May 17
Olivia Rodrigo
Former child star Rodrigo cleaned up at this year’s Grammy awards. The “Drivers License” singer took home three awards, including “Best New Artist.” And like Taylor Swift, who the singer cites as an influence, fans are wondering who the hit is really about. $49.50-$59.50, 8 p.m., Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, azfederaltheatre.com

May 19
You’ll recognize Dan Bejar’s dulcet tones from his collaborations with The New Pornographers. But the Canadian singer-songwriter veers strongly away from the bouncy power-pop vibe of the indie supergroup whenever he releases a new album with his band Destroyer. Labyrinthitis, the group’s most recent album, has a disco sheen that’ll get your baby-boomer parents moving. $22, 7:30 p.m., Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com

May 20
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Attendees of the 2020 edition of the Innings Festival were taken by the indie rock stylings of Rainbow Kitten Surprise. They’re obviously catching on as it was recently announced that the show is moving from The Van Buren to much bigger digs: Arizona Federal Theatre. $46-$99, 8 p.m., Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, azfederaltheatre.com

May 21
Pure Imagination Festival
If jamming along with Tempe reggae artist Walt Richardson and country star Wynonna Judd is on your bucket list, then it’s time to get your pen out. After you leave this scenic festival at Granite Dells in Prescott, which also boasts folk band Dawes and rapper Talib Kweli, you’re going to be able to cross that item off and die happy. $55-$220, event begins at 12 p.m., Watson Lake Park, 3101 Watson Lake Park Rd., Prescott, pureimaginationfestival.com


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