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Best Phoenix Gigs This Week: Backstreet Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Monsta X

Viewers in the Valley will be able to witness both the past and present of boy bands over the next few nights. Nick Carter and the other Backstreet Boys idols are set to perform in the Phoenix subway this week, as is K-pop boy band Monsta X.

Other notable concerts are taking place in the city from Monday June 6 to Thursday June 9, including a host of indie favorites including Midlake, Belle and Sebastian and Thank You Scientist.

Read on for more details on each of these shows or click on to Phoenix New Times‘ concert schedule for more live music in the Valley this week.

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The musicians of Scottish indie-pop/folk rock band Belle and Sebastian.

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Belle and Sebastian

Tuesday, June 7
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street

Having debuted in 1996, Belle and Sebastian have been around long enough for frontman Stuart Murdoch and the other members of the Scottish indie-pop/folk-rock act to come of age. And to listen A bit of precedent, which falls this week, they do so with dignity and good humor. The 12-song album explores issues familiar to artists from, uh, a certain age, including parenting, aging and memories of youth. However, Belle and Sebastian aren’t heading to the nursing home anytime soon and will be heading to the Van Buren on Tuesday night to perform with special guests Thee Sacred Souls. If you’ve been following the band for years, be sure to take some anti-inflammatories before showing up to the 8 p.m. concert. Tickets are $40 in advance and $43 at the door. Benjamin Leatherman

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Connor O’Neal and Shawn D’Amario of Tejon Street Corner Thieves.

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Tejon Street Corner Thieves

Tuesday, June 7
Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe

Colorado-born Tejon Street Corner Thieves is comprised of Shawn D’Amario and teammate Connor O’Neal. They met in 2013 and bonded over drinking beer and playing music. They take their name from where they were performing at the time. The “dream come true” of every up-and-coming group is truly the result of a lot of hard work and talent. The success of The Thieves begins with a mix of folk, bluegrass and punk music and songs dedicated to the subjects D’Amario and O’Neal know best. They’ve built a following over the years by playing a lot of shows. When the pandemic hit, they outfitted a school bus with a PA system and did curbside shows for fans. Although the band was a two-man jam, they relied on friends like Lightnin’ Luke and King Strang of Bridge City Sinners in recording sessions. Their latest release Like thieves at a fairfeatures 12 tracks, all original “and those are all the songs we’re really proud of,” O’Neal said. A Better Problem is opening and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Jesse Sendejas Jr.

Midlake

Tuesday, June 7
Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue

Midlake wove themselves into the fabric of the then burgeoning folk-rock revival with the release of their breakthrough 2006 album The Van Occupanther Trials and his single “Roscoe”. (It was later named the 90th best song of the 2000s by rolling stone magazine.) Soon touring with bands like Band of Horses, The Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids and festival slots alongside Daft Punk and at Coachella between other indie-rock pioneers Arcade Fire and the future EDM titan Diplo have become Midlake’s home away from their Denton, Texas, home. The band later found their most ardent supporters in Europe (where they gained a fan in Ricky Gervais) in part because of their 2010 follow-up album The Courage of Others and its incorporation of sounds by the likes of Pentagle, Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull. . Earlier this year, Midlake released For the Love of Bethel Woods, their first LP in nine years and are scheduled to perform Tuesday night at the Crescent Ballroom on their tour in support of the album. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $19-$29. Vincent Arrieta

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K-pop group Monsta X.

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Monsta X

Wednesday, June 8
Arizona Federal Theater, 400 West Washington Street

South Korean boy band Monsta X lands at the Arizona Federal Theater on Wednesday as part of a 2022 mini-tour. Consisting of Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, IM and Joohoney, the K-pop group is known for its hits like “Rush Hour”, “Who Do U Love?” and “You Can’t Hold My Heat”. The band’s latest EP, 2022 form of love, topping the Gaon Album Chart in South Korea. In a review for NME, says Rhian Daly, “Whatever subjects…Monsta X tackles on its next release, you can guarantee they will do so with the passion and allure that has become their trademark.” Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are only available from resellers. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

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Starset is out of this world.

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Starset

Wednesday, June 8
Marquee Theater, 730 North Mill Avenue, Tempe

Symphonic metal and space rock aren’t yet deeply rooted genres in music, but Starset is an example of how the two genres can be blended together to create something extraordinary. The band, which formed in 2013 and released their debut album, Gearboxes, the following year, was led by a real doctor of electrical engineering. Dustin Bates has also done research for the US Air Force and taught at the International Space University (yes, it’s a real institution of learning). No wonder he wanted his music to have astronomical themes. Starset even has a backstory (which involves their creation by a secret society in an effort to promote science and alert humanity to mysterious messages received from outer space) and a comic. You can hear more about the two when the group lands at the Marquee Theater earlier this month. The show is at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are between $28 and $48. Diamond Rodrigo

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The pop-rock band Barenaked Ladies.

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Thursday June 9
Arizona Federal Theater, 400 West Washington Street

Canadian band Barenaked Ladies have been considered something of a joke in the American pop-alt-rock world since their single “One Week”. Although the group has released many singles over the past 35 years, none have had the same impact as “One Week” – with the possible exception of the theme song they provided. The Big Bang Theory. The band’s deep cuts, however, reveal that the group is much more than a group of happy pranksters, with songs that show great emotional depth and sarcastic social commentary. Passing through downtown Phoenix in early June, the Barenaked Ladies bring with them two bands from the 90s with whom they shared the radio waves when the group was known for “Old Apartment” instead of “One Week”. Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket will provide the opening support for this night of 90s nostalgia. The concert is at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $59.50. David Flecher

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Independent Group Thanks Scientist.

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thank you scientist

Thursday June 9
The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road

Thank You Scientist is one of rock’s most unique acts as it features seven musicians playing instruments ranging from a shamisen and sitar to a theremin. Classifying the act in a particular genre would not do them justice. Apparently, they’re considered a mix of progressive rock, post-hardcore, and jazz fusion, but listening to their music, you’ll probably agree that they somehow transcend those labels. During their sets, Thank You Scientist are able to weave their way through their catalog of songs while providing a stage presence that demands your attention, only to hear what was next. Their frenetic, kinetic sound features off-tempo shifts, kinky riffs, and unpredictable sonic twists that make you want to keep listening. Catch them live at the Rebel Lounge on Thursday. Strawberry Girls and Art Thief open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Austin Patow

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Backstreet is back, okay.

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Thursday June 9
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue

No other entity in the music industry comes close to the kind of world domination that boy bands achieve. Throw a group of five handsome young men on stage with well-choreographed dance and pop songs that touch the hearts of millions of adoring fans, and you’ve got an international treasure. But it takes more than perfectly rinsed hair and words of love to cement a band as one of the best of its kind. One of the pioneers of the resurgence in boy band popularity in the 1990s, the Backstreet Boys were a five-piece group from the boy band capital of the world, Orlando, Florida. Since forming in the early 90s, AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian have filled hearts and arenas with their infectious, syrupy pop music. And today, they continue their series of high-energy concerts, including their show at Ak-Chin Pavilion on June 9. As fans have grown up, become parents, or simply changed their musical taste since their teenage years, the The Backstreet Boys provide a sense of nostalgia and recall those early years of growth, and singles like “I Want It That Way” and “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)” remain earworms today. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert cost between $39 and $129.50. Diamond Rodrigo