5 Concerts to Check Out This Week (August 22-28)

Jason KeilAugust 22, 2022
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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week’s performers are known for great partnerships on stage or in the studio.

August 22
Incubus hasn’t released a full-length album in five years, making the band’s summer tour even more exciting. Since the “Drive” group has nothing new to promote, the beloved Southern California band can add more fan favorites and deep cuts to their setlist. And with Sublime with Rome joining the tour, you know this show will be a blast from beginning to end. 7 p.m., $25-$99.50, Ak-Chin Pavillon, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-7200, livenation.com

August 23
Echo and the Bunnymen
Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant have played as Echo and the Bunnymen since their debut album Crocodiles. Now the Liverpool-based new wave band  behind “Lips Like Sugar” are celebrating their musical partnership with a tour titled “Celebrating 40 Years of Magical Songs.” 8 p.m., $44.50-$50, The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 480-659-1641, thevanburenphx.com

August 25
Kid Cudi
The rapper/actor has occasionally collaborated with Kanye West since the latter’s album 808s & Heartbreak, but now their relationship can best be described as “complicated.” However, the “Pursuit of Happiness” performer hasn’t needed West for some time as he’s established himself as an artist in his own right. 7 p.m., $44.50-$595.25, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, footprintcenter.com

August 25
Birds and Arrows
Andrea and Pete Connolly have performed together as Birds and Arrows for 16 years. Now the folk-rock duo voted “Best Rock Band in Tucson” last year by the readers of Tucson Weekly is releasing their first vinyl album in their career on Arizona-based label Hookworm Records. 8 p.m., $12-15, The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E Indian School Rd., Phoenix, therebellounge.com

August 28
The Killers
After kicking off the new wave revival with the hit “Mr. Brightside,” Utah rockers The Killers discovered Bruce Springsteen, drifting into rock anthem territory with lyrics about hitting the open road for the promised land. Then one day, The Boss texted the band’s lead singer Brandon Flowers about covering his 2008 song “A Dustland Fairytale.” The rest is history, with the collaboration feeling like a gift for fans unable to see the band tour for their critically acclaimed 2020 album Imploding the Mirage during the pandemic7:30 p.m., $19.50-$89.50, Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200, gilariverarena.com


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