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Amy Mendoza: New lineup, new album

The consistent thread through Amy Mendoza's musical detours and travails is a sense of unfettered style and restless honesty, which was palpable as she told me about her latest project in a recent interview. Her proper debut record, "Suicide on the AM Dial," will be released Saturday at a show at The Flycatcher.... Read more»

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Calexico announces release of 'Edge of the Sun'

Tucson alternative rockers Calexico will drop a new album in April. "Edge of the Sun" was recorded at Wavelab Studios, and includes a wide complement of guest musicians. The band is kicking off live dates featuring the new songs with a concert in Glasgow this weekend, with U.S. tour dates pending.... Read more»

Public Enemy No. 1 still lurks at Hotel Congress during Dillinger Days

The 1934 capture of outlaw John Dillinger following a fire at Hotel Congress is highlighted every year by the downtown hotel and club. This year's reenactment takes place Saturday, with a speakeasy fundraiser for the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation on Friday night.... Read more»

Tucson Jazz Festival

J.D. Souther jazzes it up with Billy Childs

At first glance, '70s singer/songwriter J.D. Souther might seem an odd choice to play a jazz festival. But the secret ingredient in Saturday's gig will be world-class jazz pianist Billy Childs and a sextet setting. ... Read more»

Tucson Jazz Festival

All that jazz about to hit Downtown

A free concert on Martin Luther King Day will be one highlight of the inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival. The 12-day event will cover a wide range of the jazz spectrum and also showcase local jazz artists. Featured performers include Burt Bacharach, Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper and Joey DeFrancesco. ... Read more»

Classical music flowers at Desert Song Festival

The third annual event features collaboration by local groups with national guest artists in a celebration of opera & art song, including concerts by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, UA Presents, Tucson Chamber Artists, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Tucson Guitar Society and the UA School of Music.... Read more»

Review

Al Perry gives some love to the Beach Boys

Anyone who has known me for more than a half hour or so knows that I am a huge Beach Boys fan, or to be more specific, a huge Brian Wilson fan. I know that Mike Love has for a long while now licensed the rights to the Beach Boys name and tours with a bunch of hired guns. I must admit I was not expecting much of Saturday's concert at the TCC.... Read more»5

TreeCycle that dried-out Christmas tree

Are the needles starting to fall off your Christmas tree? Tired of trying to remember to water it? Is it looking a little more Charlie Brown and a little less "O Tannenbaum?" Tucson's TreeCycle program will recycle trees until Jan. 11.... Read more»

Auld Lang what now? The story of a New Year's song

The history, meaning and lyrics of "Auld Lang Syne," just in time to impress your friends this holiday.... Read more»

Sun Link streetcar to roll late for New Year's Eve

As revelers ring in the new year at Downtown and 4th Avenue establishments Wednesday night, their singing and noisemaking will be joined by another sound: the electronic bell of Tucson's streetcar. City officials are extending Sun Link operating hours until 2 a.m.... Read more»1

Christmas playlist: Perry Como to punk rock

It may not be quite cold enough in Tucson to gather around the fireplace, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With about four hours of music spread over 80 songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this week.... Read more»

KXCI's Peterson tuned out as head of community radio station

The head of Tucson's community radio station, General Manager Randy Peterson, is leaving KXCI after six years at the helm, and 15 years with the station, to consider "new leadership roles and opportunities of his own," a statement from the nonprofit said.... Read more»2

Tasty and culturally rich: Tamale time

During the holidays, the demand for homemade tamales surpasses any other month of the year. These individually wrapped presents involve care, love, family, tradition and Mexican heritage.... Read more»

Library book sale this weekend

A used book sale is being hosted this weekend by Friends of the Pima County Public Library.... Read more»

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos)... Read more»

Casino cancels Bill Cosby show as rape allegations garner attention

Following questions raised by TucsonSentinel.com about whether a performance by Bill Cosby would be held as scheduled, Desert Diamond Casino said that the Feb. 15 show has been cancelled. Allegations by multiple women that Cosby sexually assaulted them, including statements that he drugged and molested or raped some, have gained increasing attention over the past week.... Read more»5

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