The Vans Warped Tour returns to Phoenix, bringing so many bands, we broke it down to 25 you’d do well not to miss in our handy Warped Tour Guide.
Other highlights of the week include Brad Paisley and Queen with Adam Lambert.
6/18: Black Lips
They called in Sean Lennon of Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (and John Lennon’s loins) to handle the production on “Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?” and the resulting moments of cacophony definitely sound more like Satan’s Graffiti than God’s Art. And the chaos suits their particular strain of garage-rock. They’re eight albums in and as trashy as ever. Getting back to Lennon, though, among the album’s unexpected pleasures is the charming mess they make of Papa Lennon’s Beatles gem “It Won’t Be Long.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $22; $20 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
“Before the World Was Big” is the perfect title for an unassuming twee-pop masterpiece that makes brilliant work of capturing the growing pains of youth and young adulthood. That’s what I wrote when Girlpool landed on my albums of the year list in 2015. By the time they get to Phoenix, they’ll have given us a long-awaited followup called “Powerplant.” And judging by the only song I’ve heard so far, a lead track titled “123,” they may have toughened up their sound a bit without abandoning the qualities that made that album such an unassuming masterpiece.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $14; $12 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
6/22: Vans Warped Tour
Phoenix will be represented on the annual Warped Tour by four local artists — Playboy Manbaby, Futuristic, blessthefall and Doll Skin. Other artists on the Phoenix date include Attila, CKY, Hawthorne Heights, Watsky, American Authors, Dance Gavin Dance, Memphis May Fire, Save Ferris, Hatebreed, the Acacia Strain, Emmure, Gwar, Silverstein, the Adolescents, the Ataris, the Dickies, Sick of it All, Strung Out and Valient Thorr.
Details: 11 a.m. Thursday, June 22. Fear Farm, 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix. vanswarpedtour.com.
6/23: Queen + Adam Lambert
Queen + Adam Lambert will launch a 25-date U.S. tour at Gila River Arena in Glendale. After sold-out tours through Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin and North America, Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert will debut a new show specially created for this outing, bringing fans all their favorite Queen hits, including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, June 23. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $43-$459. ticketmaster.com.
6/25: Brad Paisley
The singer-guitarist scored his first of 18 chart-topping country hits, “He Didn’t Have to Be,” in 1999 and sent a record-breaking streak of 10 consecutive releases to the top from 2005 (“When I Get Where I’m Going,” a duet with Dolly Parton) to 2009 (“Then”). His biggest hits include four double-platinum singles — “Whiskey Lullaby,” “She’s Everything,” “Then” and “Remind Me,” a duet with Carrie Underwood.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $31.25-$61. 602-254-7200, ticketmaster.com.