Best Phoenix Shows This Week: AJR, Destroy Boys, 5 Second of Summer

If you want a dose of pop music to fuel your summer, this week’s collection of “can’t miss” concerts in the Phoenix Metro will provide just that. Hit pop groups 5 Seconds of Summer and AJR have performances scheduled in the Valley over the next few nights.

Other highlights of this week’s concert schedule include concerts by female-fronted punk band Destroy Boys, blues/jazz/rock ensemble Gov’t Mule, dream-pop band Vansire and author -folk singer-songwriter Joe Purdy.

Read on for more details on each of these shows or click on to Phoenix New Times‘ online concert calendar for even more live music in the Valley from Friday June 20 to Sunday June 23.


Monday, June 20
Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue

Josh Augustin and Sam Winemiller of Minnesota-based dream-pop band Vansire met while playing in the high school band and began experimenting with music together. After discovering that they were creatively compatible, the two decided to form a band in 2015 that resembled Mac DeMarco. An online random word generator put them on Vansire for the name of their new project, the name of an obscure mongoose. They have released three studio albums since, including this year’s The modern western world. Augustin and Winemiller are due to perform at Valley Bar on Monday night with support from Valley Palace and Veronica Everheart. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18. Jacob Vaughn

5 seconds of summer

Monday, June 20
Arizona Federal Theater, 400 West Washington Street

Imagine everything you loved about 90s pop-punk – read: Green Day, Blink 182 and The Offspring – but cleaned up, polished and completely deflated, and you get the early years of 5 Seconds of Summer in a nutshell. Sure, the Aussie band sounded like what Hollywood teen movies thought punk rock was at the time, but their songs weren’t bad and they have good energy on stage. They have evolved into a pop-rock/power pop sound in recent years, as evidenced by “Complete Mess” and other tracks by 5SOS5, their forthcoming fifth studio album. The band kicks off this week with a sold-out show at the Arizona Federal Theater on Monday night. Opening for British indie rock band Pale Waves. The Notes are available on the secondary market. Cory Garcia

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Delvon Lamarr (center), Dan Weiss (left) and Jimmy James (right).

Frank Willy

Trio for Organ Delvon Lamarr

Tuesday, June 21
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard

Seattle keyboardist Delvon Lamarr, who released I Told You So last year, draws inspiration from ’60s jazz organists and the soul and funk of Booker T. & the MG’s and The Meters. This week he’s bringing his namesake trio, which also includes guitarist Jimmy James and drummer Dan Weiss, to MIM to support their latest albums. Live in Loveland! and Cold as Weiss. The 7 p.m. show takes place in the museum’s 300-seat musical theatre. Tickets cost between $30.50 and $41.50. Westword

Click to enlarge Adam, Jack and Ryan Met form the indie-pop trio AJR.  -SHERVIN LAINEZ

Adam, Jack and Ryan Met form the indie-pop trio AJR.

Shervin Lainez


Tuesday, June 21
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue

Indie-pop bandmates AJR – brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met – have pretty much mastered mixing extremely catchy hooks and samples with guitars, synths and AutoTune since the act’s debut in 2005. Since then, they’ve released a number of hit singles, including 2013’s “I’m Ready,” “Weak,” and “Bang!” in 2016. in 2018. AJR’s albums also did well (last year OK Orchestra overcome Billboardalternative and rock albums, for example). The brothers are still on tour in support of the release and will be packing their sizable fanbase into the Ak-Chin Pavilion this week with special guest (and masked alt-pop hitmaker) BoyWithUke. The outdoor concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $32.50. Ben Wiese

Click to enlarge The current range of Gov't Mule.  -JAN SANSONE

The current range of Gov’t Mule.

Jan Sansone

Gov’t Mule

Tuesday, June 21
Marquee Theater, 730 North Mill Avenue, Tempe

Gov’t Mule was formed in 1994 as a side project of Warren Haynes and the late Allen Woody, both then members of the Allman Brothers Band. As both men continued to play with the Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule became a fairly viable entity in their own right, rooted in a similar mix of blues, jazz and rock, with a penchant for improvised elaborations on a theme. The Mule has long had a rotating cast of guest musicians with an extensive roster that reads like a who’s who of the world of improv rock, blues and jazz. With Woody’s untimely death in August 2000, the same year as the release of the band’s critically acclaimed album, life before madness, Gov’t Mule might have called it a day. But Haynes and drummer Matt Abts continue as if to celebrate Woody’s life and the act has since written music and been involved in collaborations that would have made the bassist proud. The band is on tour to support Heavy Loaded Blues, their critically acclaimed all-blues album, and should stop by the Marquee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost between $35 and $55. Tom Murphy

Destroy the boys

Wednesday June 22
Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue

Destroy Boys is on the move. The punk band will be at the Valley Bar this week in support of their latest album, Open mouth, open heart. It’s a sort of 13-song invitation to listen to looky-loos. A dominant theme is: “If you want to know more about us, come and ask us.” So that’s what we did. Straight from the source, challenging preconceptions, destroying misconceptions around Destroy Boys. “All I do with the band is that I always wanted it to be about the music,” said Violet Mayugba, guitarist and co-founder of the band. “We are often labeled as riot grrrl… which is great and has influenced us a lot, but we are just not that kind of group and I think we are often labeled like that just because we have women in our group . . But the band and what is most important to us is that we are all passionate and addicted to music. I think that’s the main thing that we really are. Hear them for yourself on Wednesday night. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are only available from stockists. Jesse Sendejas Jr.

Click to enlarge Singer-songwriter Joe Purdy.  -MIM

Singer-songwriter Joe Purdy.


Joe Purdy

Wednesday June 22
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard

Singer-songwriter Joe Purdy is perhaps best listened to while sipping railroad whiskey. But if you’re reduced to your iPhone in a Starbucks, you’re still going to dig it. The Arkansas native incorporates harmonicas and fiddles into his music, as well as his strumming on an acoustic guitar. Its folk sound mixed with its old-time lyricism sets it apart from others in the genre. His love and travel songs on channels like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Purdy’s rustic feel has stayed with him over his 21-year career and features on all 16 albums in his long discography, including this year’s Coyote. He is due to go to the Musical Instrument Museum on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. concert at the Music Theater. Admission is $33.50 to $38.50. Diamond Rodrigo

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