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New release radar: Tucson bands drop retro-sounding recordings

Locals Asian Fred, Leigh Lesho and Marshal Man look back to the future

I've said it before and I'll say it again: some folks are music writers and some folks are music critics and as for me, I just report the news.

Your trusty local music columnist is not one to publicly shame an awful band or tell you what you ought to be listening to. At best, my role should be that of a music yenta - performing a little matchmaking between local bands and potential fans, getting an idea of what a band is aiming for and describing it in case it's your particular cup of tea.

With that goal in mind, from time to time my local music column responsibilities include giving you a preview of  a few new releases, and with three new releases on the horizon this week the time is well-nigh for another dose of the new release radar.

Asian Fred: 'Super No. 1'

Where does a '60s-inspired indie pop band go when their sound matures? The '70s, natch.

While Asian Fred's latest release gleefully mines the Motown soul and Beatlesque pop harmonies of their past efforts, the musical landscape of "Super No. 1" moves boldly into the "future" by way of synthy electric keys and catchy, stylized super harmonies for a sound reminiscent of Badfinger, E.L.O. and "Band on the Run"-era Wings. 

Standout tracks include "When I Speak," a Smokey Robinson-ish motown ballad, "W.P.," an upbeat super-pop romp, the Southern rock meets Bootsy Collins funk of "Uppers" and "American Pop Culture," a balls-out lyrical assault on the Anglocentric consumerist "American Dream" that's catchy as hell, serious as a heart attack, and sounds just a bit like a Sgt. Pepper bonus track.

Asian Fred opens for The Lemon Twigs and Jungle Green on Saturday night at 191 Toole. Check out the new E.P. at asianfred.bandcamp.com.

Leigh Lesho: 'Akasha'

While Asian Fred bends and recombines retro pop influences into their distinctly modern signature sound, Leigh Lesho mines other classic territory on her new album "Akasha."

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Lesho's lovely, pure-voiced, Americana-laced blues-folk evokes memories of John Prine, Emmylou Harris and just a touch of country noir, ala Neko Case, with delicate and intricate instrumentation.

Lush layers of fiddle, pedal steel, keys and Spanish guitar infuse the tracks, adding a gorgeous texture to Lesho's introspective lyrics on tracks like the haunting "Little Bird," the bluegrassy "Where The Willows," dark, mythic alt-country waltz "The Battlefield" and the toe tapping, muti-rhythmic, blues of "Hula."

Leigh Lesho's album release party for Akasha takes place on Friday night at 191 Toole. You can check out a preview or preorder the album at leighlesho.com.

Marshal Man: 'More Often Than Not'

Last and probably least well known on this week's new release radar, Marshal Man aka Marshal Cabrera combines a sunny, early 2000s indie pop sound with a heavy undercurrent of upbeat new wave and disco for a sound that's textured and interesting while being incredibly danceable on his sophomore release, "More Often Than Not." Standouts include the '80s soul pop of  "To Touch You" and the modern electropop of the title track.

Marshal Man visits Cans for an E.P. release party this week with help from Diluvio, and new band Wyngs - Wednesday at 9 p.m. at Cans. You can check out "More Often Than Not" at marshalman.bandcamp.com.

The tears of a clown...and lots of bands from out of town 

What's more pitiful than a sad clown? A sad clown singing noir post-punk and contemporary pop covers in full clown regalia.Experience the heartbreak, nostalgia and fabulous weirdness that is Puddles Pity Party at Rialto Theatre on Friday night at 8 p.m.

The Rialto, in fact, boasts a fairly impressive lineup this week.

EDM pioneers Thievery Corporation take over Rialto on Saturday night, along with electronic/hip hop band Imagined Herbal Flows. 

Scottish pop rocker K.T. Tunstall heads to Rialto as well on Tuesday night with support from 21 year old singer-songwriter (and Indiegogo success story) Maddie Ross. 

Even more EDM will grace the Rialto stage on Wednesday night with Montreal’s Snails, along with Svdden Death and Ubur. 

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The tasty Burger Records goodness of Death Valley Girls comes our way as the band returns to town for a Sunday-night show at Club Congress.

Meanwhile, local bands are not to be outdone this week. Check out some of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s finest at live gigs this week, including shows from Lenguas Largas, Exbats, The Rifle, Cool Funeral, Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls, Katie Haverly, Golden Boots, Freezing Hands, Al Foul, Billy Sedlmayr, Black Medicine and more. 

Where and when are they playing? Read on for details.

Check your local listings

Each week this column compiles a choice selection of live gigs in and around Tucson with the help of good venue and band event announcements and other resources.  If you've got a gig coming up and you'd like your event listed in this space (or if your local band has a major announcement or a new release) drop me a line at arts@tucsonsentinel.com.

Friday, Oct. 19

  • Keila Womack & Charles Lolmaugh - 6 p.m.Sand-Reckoner
  • Adam Michael Townsend-6 p.m. Crooked Tooth
  • Leigh Lesho release party w/ Oscar Fuentes & Mark Febbo - 7 p.m. 191 Toole
  • Strung Out, The Bombpops, Counterpunch - 7 p.m.191 Toole
  • Rhythm & Roots: Karl Blau, The Easy Leaves - 7 p.m.Hotel Congress
  • Terry Hanck - 7 p.m. House of Bards
  • Cigarette Bums,Golden Boots,The Frecks - 7 p.m. Spark Project Collective
  • Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls,Las Chollas Peligrosas, Fatigo - 7 p.m. Cans
  • Welshly Arms w/ Glorious Sons, Charming Liars- 8 p.m. Club Congress - 8 p.m. Club Congress
  • Tradiciones Entre Peruanos - 8 p.m. Exo Roast
  • Al Foul - 8 p.m. Westbound
  • Puddles Pity Party - 8 p.m. Rialto
  • Violencia,Burnout,Crossfire,Lost - 9 p.m.District Eatz
  • Marshal Man,Creating the Scene,Cool Funeral - 9 p.m.Passe
  • Black Medicine - 9 p.m.Saint Charles Tavern
  • The Lost Boys 80's Dance Party - 9 p.m.Surly Wench

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • Dance Night hosted by Floor Polish - 10 p.m.Cans
  • Mr. Nature's Music Garden - 11 a.m. Westbound
  • Little House of Funk - 6 p.m. House of Bards
  • Halloween Hauntfest Tucson - 7 p.m. 191 Toole
  • Deafheaven,DIIV,Ioanna Gika - 7 p.m. Club Congress
  • Rhythm & Roots: Guitar Rumble - 7 p.m.Hotel Congress
  • Trailer Park Mark & the Wheels - 7 p.m. Borderlands
  • Cigarette Bums,The Freezing Hands - 7 p.m. Cans
  • Chris T. Stevens - 7 p.m. Crooked Tooth
  • Thievery Corporation, Imagined Herbal Flows - 7 p.m. Rialto
  • Deafhaven,Diiv,Ioanna Gika - 7 p.m. Rialto
  • The Lemon Twigs, Jungle Green, Asian Fred - 8 p.m.191 Toole
  • Pedro y Los Lîricos - 8 p.m. Exo Roast
  • What We Do In The Shadows, Angeline & Justin(Cool Funeral) - 8 p.m.Music and Movies on  Mountain (9th and Mountain)
  • Birds and Arrows release party - 9 p.m.Che's Lounge
  • Funky Bones - 9 p.m.Saint Charles Tavern
  • Strange & Unusual: A Tim Burton Dance Party - 9 p.m. Surly Wench
  • Anniversary Party w/ Mr. Boogie Woogie - 9 p.m. The Parish
  • Abolishment of Flesh - 9:30 p.m.House of Bards

Sunday, Oct. 21

  • Art Rocks - 2 p.m. House of Bards
  • Tales from a Harvest w/ Rob and Isobel - 4 p.m. Sand-Reckoner
  • Determined Luddites - 5 p.m. Public Brewhouse
  • Katie Haverly & The Aviary - 7 p.m.Che's Lounge
  • Death Valley Girls w/ Draemings,The Rifle, Exbats - 7 p.m. Club Congress
  • Rhythm & Roots: Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band - 7 p.m. Hotel Congress
  • Jacques Taylor-7 p.m. Royal Sun
  • Genitorturers at Cans - 7 p.m. Cans
  • Tucson Pyrate Punx:Desiring Dead Flesh,Los Diablos Gordos,OPU,Xerox & the DTs - 7:30 p.m. Spark Project Collective
  • Allen Stone w/ Nick Waterhouse - 8 p.m. 191 Toole
  • Billy Sedlmayr - 8 p.m. Owls Club
  • Café Tacvba - 8 p.m. Rialto

Monday, Oct. 22

  • Exploded View w/ EXEK,Lenguas Largas,Ruff Idyll - 7 p.m. Club Congress
  • Coco Montoya - 8 p.m.191 Toole
  • Four Fists - 8 p.m.191 Toole

Tuesday, Oct. 23

  • Wooden Tooth Patio Party - 10 p.m. Hotel Congress
  • Jerry Paper,Kiefer,Stimulator Jones,Prophet - 8 p.m.191 Toole
  • Robert DeLong, DJ Plastic Disease - 8 p.m. 191 Toole
  • KT Tunstall w/ Maddie Ross - 8 p.m. Club Congress
  • Best Night Ever - 8 p.m. Cans

Wednesday, Oct. 24

  • Magic At The Mortuary w/ Magic Kenny - 6 p.m.Owls Club
  • Molly Burch,Jesse Woods,Casey Golden,Charlie Moses - 7 p.m. Club Congress
  • Sacrificial Slaughter - 7 p.m. House of Bards
  • Lost Streetlight Curb Players - 7 p.m. Public Brewhouse
  • Rich Rodriguez-7 p.m. Royal Sun
  • DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan - 7:30 p.m. Fox
  • Snails, Svdden Death, Ubur  - 8 p.m. Rialto
  • Marshal Man release party, Diluvio,Wyngs - 9 p.m. Cans

Thursday, Oct. 25

  • Reik w/ Matisse - 8 p.m. Rialto
  • Norteño,Corridos,Mariachi - 6:30 p.m.Fox
  • Night Weather - 7 p.m. Club Congress
  • Gabrielle Pietrangelo - 7 p.m. The Coronet
  • Jesse & Joy: Electrify The Vote - 8 p.m. 191 Toole
  • Gila Byte,Last Crime,Blacklidge,The Diversion Program - 8 p.m. Cans
  • Oliver Ray - 8:30 p.m. Tap & Bottle

Stay tuned next week for more music news and listings, including previews of this year's Night of the Living Fest.

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