Heshers of the valley, prepare to rock. Metal bands will invade concert halls across the Phoenix metro area this weekend, each offering different variations on the multi-faceted genre.
On Friday, Japanese experimental rock/metal trio Boris will take over Crescent Ballroom while mariachi-meets-metal ensemble Metalachi will be at the Rhythm Room and doom metal duo Telekinetic Yeti will bring “sonic brutality” to Tempe. The metal craze continues until Sunday night, when extreme metal band Goatwhore blasts the Nile Theater.
If you prefer a live music experience that doesn’t involve an assault on your eardrums, Mexican-American rapper OhGeesy and pop-rockers OneRepublic are also set to perform in the Valley this weekend.
Read on for more details on each show or click on to Phoenix New Times‘ concert schedule for more live music around town from Friday August 19th to Sunday August 21st.
friday august 19
Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe
Unlike the mythical cryptid referenced in their group name, you won’t have to hunt in the desert to encounter Telekinetic Yeti; Simply head to the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe and listen to the avalanche of thunderous, distorted riffs and cacophonous percussion that make up the stoner-metal duo’s music. Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Alex Baumann and drummer Anthony Dreyer, Telekinetic Yeti hit listeners with their raw-sounding pastiche of elements from metal’s sludge and doom subgenres, along with a healthy dose of psych-rock. The result is a Sasquatch-sized sound that the band called “sonic brutality”. Hopefully the Yucca Tap’s PA system can handle it. With White Hills, Grail and Jupiter Cyclops; 7 p.m., $15 via seetickets.us. Benjamin Leatherman
friday august 19
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street
OhGeesy’s former band Shoreline Mafia may have split up, but the soft-spoken rapper is still eating right. The Mexican-American entertainer bragged about eating at Ruth’s Chris Steak House ahead of a night of free feminization and “literally” money loving (OhGeesy: not afraid of paper cuts!) on “Appetizer,” one of many hard tracks from his 2021 album GEEZYWORLD. Like most rappers, OhGeesy is no shortage of swagger, but what makes her particular brand of narcissism compelling is how understated she is. He sounds really sleepy even when rapping over the eerie, haunting beats of “Up.” Boasting wax on his arsenal of weapons, his mountains of cash and his oft-stated ability to break hearts like Bruce Lee taking on 50 stuntmen one by one, no man alive is about to catch OhGeesy in the act. to slide. With DJ Vision and Young Hawaii Slim; 8 p.m., $35 through ticketweb.com. Ashley Naftule
friday august 19
The Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School Road
It’s no surprise that Metalachi is worshiped by both Billy Idol and Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band members started out as classically trained mariachi musicians. They are now the world’s first and so far only heavy metal mariachi band. They combine the humor of Steel Panther, the flamboyance of GWAR and the eclectic brutality of Rob Zombie. There’s also a small dose of Spinal Tap and a hit of Cheech & Chong. The music is made up of classic metal covers from artists like Metallica fused with classic mariachis in the vein of Vicente Fernandez and Mariachi Vargas of Tecalitlan. Their setlist is punctuated with comic interludes and sketches. Their most recent full album, 2018 Very, features covers of songs by Journey, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister and Queen. Metalachi does an impressive job of hitting all the right notes. With Las Calakas; 8 p.m., $20 via seetickets.us. Lauren Sage
friday august 19
Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue
Japanese experimental rock/heavy metal trio Boris takes their name from a song by the Melvins. This tip of the hat immediately tells you what kind of band it is: a band that can’t wait to follow in the piercing footsteps of King Buzzo and Dale Crover’s eardrums. But the current trio composed of Wata (guitar/keyboards), Takeshi (guitar/bass) and Atsuo (drums) is not a tribute. They are one of Japan’s most versatile and adventurous hard rock bands and are incredibly prolific as well. Boris has recorded 29 studio albums (sometimes recording two or three records a year), as well as 15 collaborative albums with other bands and musicians, including Merzbow, Keiji Haino and Sunn O))). It’s a work ethic that few bands can match. The direct line connecting all these records is an absolute volume. Even when Boris tries to shut up, they can still mute. And on the band’s recent release, heavy rocksthey demonstrate that after 30 years of rock, their music can still beg for earplugs. With The Body; 8 p.m., $25 via seetickets.us. Ashley Naftule
Sunday August 21
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue
OneRepublic has scored several hits over the years, dominating the airwaves with their harmless melodies and inspirational are-they-or-are-they-Christian-rock lyrics. Listening to the sugary ballad of “Apologize,” a song so soft even Timbaland’s studio magic can’t wake it up, one can’t help but wonder: if this is what people want, maybe be that people are wrong. How can we truly connect with our fellow human beings when they put “Counting Stars” on their playlists? Fronted by vocalist Ryan Tedder, the Colorado Springs band make music that has the playdough personality and sexlessness of a Ken doll. Their songs are pure 21st century MOR pop-rock: muffled in studio veneer, Tedder’s voice quavering with blue-eyed soul, the occasional acoustic instrument or electronic beat thrown in like spice to please the listeners whose palates prefer country or hiphop. Their songs live up to their name: OneRepublic makes music for everyone, which means they don’t make music for anyone. With Needtobreathe; 7 p.m., $30.50 to $155.50 via livenation.com. Ashley Naftule
Sunday August 21
The Nile Theater, 105 West Main Street, Mesa
New Orleans-based extreme metal band Goatwhore, best known for their punishing guitar work and relentless touring schedule, will have the full arsenal to play from their extensive catalog when they hit the Nile in Mesa this weekend. Since their debut in 1997, Goatwhore have released eight studio albums, including super heavy records like 2012. Blood for the Master and 2014 Ruthless Rage Constriction. You are guaranteed to hear songs from their latest release, Angels hanging from the arches of heaven, which has been described as a “blend of death, black, thrash and sludge metal delivered with jaw-dropping intensity”. In other words, better bring earplugs to the show, which will include opening sets from Incantation, Bewitcher, Carpet Bomb, and Kthulhu. 6 p.m., $20 via seetickets.us. Benjamin Leatherman