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Shit Knife cuts through respectable rock conventions

Tucson band Shit Knife plays the kind of loud, fast, edgy smart post-punk, garage-fueled rock and roll like you used to love in high school, tempered with the wisdom of jaded adulthood. Plus, Live Rhythm Roulette, a chance to out your inner prog rock fan and more in this week's weekend music roundup.... Read more»

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Happy when it rains... A monsoon playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining buckets of cats and dogs. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»2

Summer meals program rebounding after years of decline

Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent.... Read more»

Texting service alerts families to nearest free meal

So far this summer more than 300,000 texts requesting information from No Kid Hungry have led children and families to places where they can eat.... Read more»

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Los Guapos' multi-styled rhythms fill Tucson dance floors

With sonic influences ranging from surf to swing to bossa nova, Latin to lounge, jazz to rock to blues to Earth Wind & Fire, Los Guapos is a band that can be hard to describe, but one that is almost guaranteed to make you dance. See them Saturday, and check out the rest of our weekend music picks.... Read more»

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The Rifle's sound spirals into onstage grooves

Tucson band The Rifle is bigger on the inside. If you were to meet the trio before hearing them, you'd expect a far more stripped-down sound than the epic soundscape of the band's first full-length release, "Anabasis." Plus, The Sinners and more in weekend music.... Read more»

Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here's a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Springsteen and Petty to Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Is that freedom rock? Turn it up and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier, greener grilling

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing smaller amounts of volatile organic compounds into the air — key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

Surf's up! Mission Creeps' deliciously dark ocean of sound

The Mission Creeps haunt the Tucson music scene with their deliciously dark brand of surf and punk-tinged rock and roll with a heavy dose of "voodoobilly." Catch them Friday night — and here's the rest of the weekend music lineup, including Miss Olivia and the Interlopers and Half-Broke Town.... Read more»

Andrew Gardner closes the circle on psychedelic rock, again

In the past couple of years, it's begun to seem like every other new band in Tucson is "reinventing" psychedelic rock. But Andrew Gardner, frontman of Tucson indie band La Cerca is not surprised that the music he was listening to at a young age is coming back into style. Plus, more weekend music.... Read more»

U2 adding Phoenix to 'Joshua Tree' anniversary tour

While a trip back to Tucson is unlikely, U2 will bring their "Joshua Tree" 30th anniversary performance back close to where those songs made their live debut with a September concert in Phoenix.... Read more»

Some like it hot ... A heat wave playlist

It's hot as a blast furnace outside, but here are some songs about high temperatures to help you get prepared for a cruel summer blistering under a bad, crazy sun.... Read more»

The Gunrunners rock every show like it's their last

If you've ever met Ted Riviera, you've probably heard an earful about Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. The primitive, passionate, roots-based rock and roll they pioneered is a sound that his band, The Gunrunners, has embraced over a decade of playing dive bars, punk shows and rave-ups around the Old Pueblo. ... Read more»

Don’t let your dog out in summer heat & 6 other pet care tips

Summer’s scorching temperatures can be especially dangerous for animals. Local animal advocates share tips on how to care for your pet:... Read more»

Old West history helps corral Az tourists — and not just in Tombstone

The history of railroads, miners, outlaws and cowboys have made Arizona emblematic of the American West. But the state’s Old West history is not just a romantic tale; it's a history that’s been preserved in a variety of ways, some more authentic than others, and a legacy that continues to help many cities and towns prosper.... Read more»

Arizona food deserts: How can leaders and residents address the issue?

Many Arizona communities have long struggled to address "food deserts" — areas that lack immediate access to healthy, affordable food. Local experts say there are a variety of ways to alleviate these hardships. Some solutions include broadening government-assistance programs, growing community gardens and building supermarkets.... Read more»

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