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AZ Pick Six: Half a dozen hot indie concerts coming to the Phoenix area

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Who says things slow down during the heat of an Arizona summer? Temperatures are rising but so are the number of great indie shows coming to Arizona’s desert and beyond. Here are half a dozen concerts not to miss; sun screen optional!

THE GALLERY – July 25, Pub Rock Live, Scottsdale – They play rock with a good dose of Americana included and are equally at home cranking out upbeat rockers like “The Runaround” as they are crooning ballads like “Ballroom of Broken Hearts,” both from their latest album “Restless.” Honor by August and Alexis Keegan will also perform.

DESTRUCTO – July 26, Monarch Theatre, Phoenix – The Los Angeles-based DJ and producer (and founder of the HARD festivals) is headed to town with new music in tow; the EDM artist has recently released the single “Party Up” featuring YG, a cut from his soon-to-be-released EP “West Coast.” Alex Metric is also on the bill.

RITTZ – July 27, Joe’s Grotto, Phoenix – This Georgia-based rapper got his first big break when he appeared on Yelawolf’s “Box Chevy” single a few years back; today he can pretty much write his own ticket. Now touring the country as a headliner for the third time, Rittz brings his OD Tour to town with Tuki Carter (Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang) and Seattle spitter Raz Simone tagging along as opening acts.

STEFF AND THE ARTICLES – August 2, Club Congress, Tucson and August 14, Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff – Sophisticated pop is the name of the game for this Old Pueblo-based quartet; they’ll spend the first half of August showcasing their layered sound during a West Coast tour that also includes a stop in Hermosillo, Mexico. Hear new single “Call You Mine” on Tiny Mixtapes now and find it at digital retailers on July 24.

MINIATURE TIGERS – August 3, Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix – If you want to see this show it is advisable to get your tickets now; the band is currently based in Brooklyn but they are originally from Phoenix and this “homecoming” show will definitely sell out. Their current album is “Cruel Runnings” and it features the single and video hit “Used to Be the Sh*t.”

BALLYHOO! – August 9, Cityscape Festival, Phoenix – Ballyhoo! has a new EP out called “Halo” and you’ve probably already heard the record’s lead single, the iTunes Top 10 hit “The Lazy Song,” a Bruno Mars cover. Fans of these fun-loving reggae rockers also helped the band make their latest video, “Halo (Beautiful Day).” Kindred spirits Bumpin Uglies will also perform.