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"March" to your own beat with these indie concerts in Phoenix and beyond

Here’s a selection of upcoming concerts slated for the Phoenix area and beyond that’ll let you “March” to your own beat whether you like punk, reggae, blues, soulful pop or indie rock.

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March 5, Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff
March 6, Marquee Theater, Tempe

Arizonans love this reggae/punk outfit out of Santa Cruz; the band tore it up at Santan Oktoberfest last year and now their Winter Black Out Tour gives Zonies two more chances to party down with Geoff, Raul, Ryan and Adam. Fans should expect to hear favorites like “Come Get High,” “Donkey Show” and “How Many Times.”

Jared James Nichols
March 7, Matt’s Saloon, Prescott

The 22-years-old Nichols plays the blues infused with classic rock riffs and if you’re already digging the music on “Old Glory & The Wild Revival,” his debut EP from last year, you’ll definitely want to check out this show as the young up-and-comer will be showcasing music from his forthcoming album that’s due later this year. And you’ll be among the first to hear the new stuff; the Prescott stop is the first show on Nichol’s 45-date tour.

The Entrance Band
March 10, The Rampage Fest at Last Exit Live, Phoenix

Psychedelic stoner rock is the order of the day for The Entrance Band, currently touring behind their recently-released gem of an album, “Face the Sun.” Watch the trippy video for “Spider” with its knowing lyric of “Spider hanging on the wall/Get too high you’re bound to fall” and you get the idea. The band’s bass player Paz Lenchantin also moonlights as a member of The Pixies.

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
March 18, Plush, Tucson

Want to be a step ahead of your know-it-all music buddies? Then check out the show by this young rising star. Hernandez, based in Detroit, has a very soulful voice, a powerful delivery and she sings with an inflection that draws obvious comparison to the late Amy Winehouse. With that in mind it’s no surprise that her latest EP is titled “Demons.” See her now then this summer when her full-length comes out you can brag that you’ve been into her since way back when.

Taking Back Sunday
March 18, Marquee Theater, Tempe

Expect an exceptionally raucous show from the band this particular evening; their new album “Happiness Is” will have hit the streets for the first time earlier in the day. The new LP is the band’s sixth studio album so the show will feature plenty of oldies along with cuts like current single “Flicker, Fade.” Also on the bill are The Used, Tonight Alive and Sleepwave.

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