Top Phoenix Concerts This Week: Olivia Rodrigo, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube

Do you dare to see a show this week? You’ve got plenty of options in the Valley this week, including performances by West Coast hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, indie-pop singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, and Chicago psych rock act Post Animal.

Other notable shows taking place in the greater Phoenix area from Monday, May 16 through Thursday, May 19 include Grammy-winning blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, LP singer-songwriter, folk minstrel Todd Snider and gothic rock icons Christian Death.

Read on for full details on each of these concerts or click to phoenix new times Online concert calendar for even more live music this week.

click to enlarge Christone "royal fish" Ingram will take the stage in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday.  - ORPHEUS THEATER

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram will take the stage in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday.

Orpheus Theater

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Tuesday, May 17
Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street

The blues is in the blood of Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Hailing from Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the Delta Blues Museum and birthplace of the likes of Sam Cooke, Ingram became interested in the genre after his father showed him a Muddy Waters documentary. The 23-year-old has already received five Blues Music Awards and his second album, 662 – which was released last summer – won a Grammy earlier this year. Ingram is scheduled to play at the Orpheum Theater at 7:30 pm on Tuesday night. Tickets are between $27 and $47. matthew keever

click to enlarge The psychological rock band Post Animal.  - COURTNEY SOFIAH YACHTS

The psychological rock band Post Animal.

Courtney Sofia Yates

post animals

Tuesday, May 17
Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue

Chicago psych-rock band Post Animal is scheduled to return to downtown Phoenix for a show at Valley Bar on Tuesday with Caroline Kingsbury on the heels of their third full-length LP, love gibberish, falling last week. Post Animal’s signature sound is a rich psychedelia in the vein of Australian neopsychology pioneers Tame Impala, but with a decidedly more oblique approach to genre mixing. One of their latest singles, “No More Sports,” is a complete RAWK rocker that sounds stuck somewhere between being a pastiche and a parody of “Cat Scratch Fever,” and they somehow pull it off. The show starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Vincent Arrieta

click to enlarge Michael Lerner (left) and Peter Silberman (right) of The Antlers.  - SHERVIN LAÍNEZ

Michael Lerner (left) and Peter Silberman (right) of The Antlers.

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the horns

Tuesday, May 17
Crescent Room, 308 North Second Avenue

The Antlers made their first big impression on the world of indie music in 2009 when their concept album Hospice captured listeners’ ears and imaginations with a darkly romantic story about a hospice worker and a patient who has terminal bone cancer. A true masterpiece in the genre, Hospice It was a tough act to follow, but The Antlers produced two impressive follow-ups before going on hiatus in 2015 after singer Peter Silberman experienced hearing loss and wasn’t sure he could continue making music. In March 2021, The Antlers released their latest album, green to gold, after seven years of uncertainty. The Antlers have always been known for their ability to find true beauty in the darkest of times, but Green to Gold stands out for how the band can find beauty in beauty. New York indie band Wild Pink open the show supporting their third album A billion little lights. Both bands are scheduled to perform Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Crescent Ballroom. Tickets are $25. David Flecher


Wednesday, May 18
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street

Long Island singer-songwriter Laura Pergolizzi, known by her stage name LP, has been writing and recording music since 2001 when her debut album, Heart-Shaped Scar, captured listeners’ attention with gritty pop-rock guitars and blues- softened rock of the singer. voice. LP has written songs for others, including the Backstreet Boys’ “Love Will Keep You Up All Night” and Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)”. While she has always stayed out of the spotlight on the American music scene, LP has seen her most successful in Europe, where LP’s third album, Lost in You, went platinum on the Polish, French and Italian music charts thanks to the success of the album’s title track. The song “Lost on You” became an unexpected hit in Europe and Mexico well over a year after its release, becoming the fourth most Shazamed song in the world in the summer of 2016. LP is now touring in support of their sixth album, churches, and will visit the Van Buren on Wednesday. Tickets for the 8 pm show are between $35 and $38. Nick Leng opens. David Flecher

Olivia Rodrigo

Tuesday, May 17
Arizona Federal Theater, 400 West Washington Street

As far as pop stars go, you really can’t get much bigger than Olivia Rodrigo. Maybe that’s why tickets for her show at the Arizona Federal Theater on Tuesday night are running in the hundreds on the secondary market right now. With two No. 1 hits and three others on the charts, the singer’s 2021 release Sour it was absolutely the biggest album of the year in terms of sales and recognition, earning him three Grammy Awards and a host of other awards around the world. Rodrigo is on tour with English indie-pop artist Holly Humberstone, who recently signed a deal with Rodrigo’s label, Interscope. Like Rodrigo, Humberstone pushes the pop genre forward with intimate compositions and experimental music options. Unlike Rodrigo, Humberstone prefers a more atmospheric Bon Iver and Lorde-inspired approach to Rodrigo’s pop-punk sensibilities. The show is at 8 pm David Flecher

christian death

Wednesday, May 18
The Subway, 105 West Main Street, Mesa

When it comes to American gothic rock, there’s nothing bigger than Christian Death, a band formed in Los Angeles in 1979. The band re-released their 1986 opus. Atrocities on CD and vinyl last fall and they’re back on the road post-pandemic and due out at the Underground in mid-May. Christian Death, who had his biggest success on the UK charts, will have Luna 13, US Grave and Murder Me opening for the all-ages show, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 in the door. David Flecher

click to enlarge The Doggfather will appear at the Celebrity Theater in July.  -JIM LOUVAU

The Doggfather will appear at the Celebrity Theater in July.

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Power 2022

Wednesday, May 18
Gila River Arena in Glendale

Valley hip-hop station Power 98.3/96.1 will bring rap icons Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube to Glendale’s Gila River Arena for their annual Powerhouse concert. West Coast legend Warren G. is also on the bill for the 7 pm concert. Tickets are between $34 and $244. Benjamin Leatherman

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Todd Snider

Thursday, May 19
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street

Just about everyone can relate to being forced to go to church as a child, and indie folk singer-songwriter and travel extraordinaire Todd Snider is no different. “I was an altar boy, can you believe that?” he says. Snider will return to the Valley on Thursday, May 19 for a performance at The Van Buren with guest Daniel Rodriguez in support of his latest release, First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder, named for its highly attended Sunday live streams during the pandemic. On the 10-track album, Snider takes listeners to church and gets downright funky, something not easily accomplished in the world of folk. The album is full of vonnegutesque reflections on the hilarity of life and the absurd aspects of some organized religions. Tickets for the 8 pm show are between $25 and $45. Gladys Fuentes

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