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Concept rock with Tucson's Lowlife

Lowlife's "Concept Rock," a Saturday filled with rock and roll adventure, and metal...for the kids! Plus more in your weekend music update from Tucsonsentinel.com.... Read more»

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Rogue Theatre's 'Grapes of Wrath' an ensemble epic

The Rogue is the only theatre company in Tucson — and, I would guess, one of the few in the country — with the aesthetic sensibility, technical proficiency, resident ensemble and dramatic chops to undertake an earnest production the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel.... Read more»

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Josh Ritter, Sloths, Sheila E. grace Tucson stages

One of the liveliest gigs I've ever seen in this town was a Sunday-night show back in 2007 at the former Plush (now Flycatcher) on Fourth Avenue. I'd first become aware of Josh Ritter hearing tracks off his 2006 album The Animal Years, but this was the first time I'd seen him and his band in person.... Read more»

Jazz Festival swings, bops, taps and rolls back to Tucson

This year's 10-day Tucson Jazz Festival will feature performances from Sheila E., Spyro Gyra, Hypnotic Brass, Diane Schuur, along with a free 12-hour-long music showcase Downtown on Monday.... Read more»

Tucson's favorite daughter returns: Linda Ronstadt at the Fox

Folk-pop ingenue. Country rock pioneer. Chart-topping '70s rock and roll goddess. Retro torch singer. Mariachi bandleader. A little Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in for good measure. A Tucson legend will be back for an appearance at the Fox Theatre in April, though she won't be bursting into song. ... Read more»

The languid ferocity of Giant Sand's Howe Gelb

When I walked into the Giant Sand show on Boxing Day, I was taken aback. Howe Gelb, the group’s sole permanent member, is a man of many moods, with performances that vary accordingly. But this time he seemed more interested in playing guitar than in playing himself. It felt like Gelb was out to prove a point.... Read more»

Tucson music: JJP's Best of 2017

"Best of" lists are ridiculously subjective. But I made one anyway. Plus, 2018 in local music and this week's live gig listings. It's your weekend roundup from Tucson Sentinel.com!... 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»

Christmas playlist: Perry Como, Pogues, Prince, Bowie & more!

It might be getting just cold enough in Tucson to gather around the hearth, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart whether you have a fireplace or not — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With hours of music spread over about 80 songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this weekend.... Read more»

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Tucson band drops the mic: Adios, Los Guapos

Saying goodbye to fan favorites Los Guapos, a very scary Christmas with the Krampus Krooner and Giant Sand returns to the Valley of Rain. This weekend, your TucsonSentinel.com music roundup is a guide to escaping your relatives if you feel the need.... Read more»

Weekend music: Check your local listings!

It's the time of the season for holiday-centric gigs and that makes for a busy live music roster this week, includin Salem The Bear's yearly benefit show at Congress, The Loudhouse 2nd Anniversary Show, "Chesmas" at Che's Lounge, Naim Amor's Holiday show, and Calexico at 191 E Toole.... Read more»

3 nights, 32 bands, no spoilers: Return of the Great Cover-Up!

A treasured Tucson musical event is back this year, and super organizer Mel Mason fills us in with a sneak peek of sorts... and stay tuned for more Cover-Up memories, local music news and this week's live music roundup.... Read more»

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Band trip: Getting cosmic with Miller's Planet

Science fiction weekend feature, hear all these bands invade your speakers. See androids fighting Brad and Janet, while this columnist interviews Miller's Planet. In the late week music feature from TucsonSentinel.com (in the back row...whoa...oh...)... Read more»

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos) — Let us know which of his songs are your favorites.... Read more»

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Rendezvous with Tucson trio Weekend Lovers

Bands fronted by bass players are cool, almost by default (think Concrete Blonde, Morphine, the Police). Tucson trio Weekend Lovers — named for Prince lyric, as you may have guessed — play "bratty love songs with a dash of death and beautiful sky." Plus, more in your TucsonSentinel.com weekend music roundup.... Read more»

Weekend music

The fun-loving, soul-eating, heart-stealing horror rock of Pigmy Death-Ray

For all the noise and in-your-face angst of punk, there's still nothing that quite embodies rock's spirit better than a sultry, feisty frontwoman — like Luci Furr and her Tucson band Pigmy Death-Ray. Plus coming attractions and this week's live music listings.... Read more»

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