Midge Ure, Cracker top early September concert list for Phoenix
Courtesy of Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas

It’s like the last of the summer wine, except better! The next few weeks will see a ton of indie bands playing shows in the Phoenix area; here are our picks for some of the most interesting scheduled for early September.

Sept. 3 – Midge Ure at the Marquee Theatre

The once and current lead vocalist of beloved British new wave synth band Ultravox has a new autobiography out called “If I Was” and a new solo album called Fragile, but this night is for reminiscing. Appearing as part of the Retro Futura Tour with Howard Jones, Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins and other stars of the era, expect to hear Ure perform Ultravox hits like “Sleepwalk” and “Reap the Wild Wind.”

Sept. 5 – Christopher Denny at Last Exit Live

Roy Orbison meets Bob Dylan? The comparisons being made for this up-and-coming singer are impressive but perhaps Denny himself can give a better idea of what he’s all about. Referring to his new album If the Roses Don’t Kill Us and speaking through his publicist, Denny says, “The songs deal with the self-loathing, fear and thoughts of inadequacy we all struggle with, something I call soft suicide.” Okay, Chris! Strand of Oaks are also on the bill.

Sept. 6 – Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at the Crescent Ballroom

If you’re wondering why these two bands always seem to be on the same bill together, well that’s because David Lowery is a member of both outfits. Cracker are working on a new album for release in 2015, so there may be some new stuff to be heard this night. You’ll definitely hear tunes off of CVB’s latest, El Camino Real.

Sept. 6 – Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at Pub Rock Live

This Motown-based outfit just had a big record release blow-out in Detroit for their new record, Secret Evil. So the secret’s out; catch these rockabilly, surf pop, Latin psych, reggae-loving Gypsy punk, soulful rockers while you have a chance! Dry River Yacht Club and Harper and the Moths will also appear.

Sept. 8 – She Keeps Bees and Shilpa Ray at the Rhythm Room

Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant have been working together as She Keeps Bees for a while now and their minimalist sound seems to have really gelled on forthcoming album Eight Houses and the already-out first single “Owl.” The duo will have fellow Brooklynite Shilpa Ray along to open the show; her latest effort is an EP called, um, It’s All Self Fellatio.