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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»

Weekend music

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»

Weekend music

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»

Music roundup

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»

Weekend music

The lonesome country blues of Hank Topless

Hank Topless sings "hard country blues" with a touch of Merle, a snarl of Jerry Lee, a dash of Leon Russell and a little bit of punk rock give-no-fucks abandon. Meanwhile, Tucson seems to be "singing the blues" this week, with several live blues-tinged gigs coming up, and some good, solid Old Pueblo psych and indie rock news. It's your weekend music update!... Read more»

Weekend music

New kids in town: Cool Funeral

Tucson indie shoegaze band Cool Funeral is so new that they don't yet have an online presence or any official recordings, much less a back catalog. Plus, a little dose of late onset Halloween and some stellar live gigs lined up for the week ahead, in your TucsonSentinel.com weekend music roundup.... Read more»

Weekend music

Best Of Beef 2017 & Return of the Night of the Living Fest

In which noted local punk scene cynic Mark Beef says a bunch of nice things about Tucson folks while probably still managing to offend someone — we all embrace the yearly Return Of The Night Of The Living Fest! And more in your weekend music roundup.... Read more»

Halloween sadism: History behind myth of poisoned treats

What a seasonal fear reveals about our changing relationship to food: Everybody’s heard the unsettling bit about the razorblade-spiked Halloween apple. ... Read more»

Weekend music

All in the family with Tucson bands Gaza Strip and the Unday

Gaza Strip and the Unday are like siblings. Unday is the sister: Elegant, beautiful, very intelligent, and complicated. Gaza is more of the brother: a little angsty, kinda rough around the edges, and sophomoric at times. But a friendship that has lasted about 15 years will bring out the best in you, especially when music is a common love.... Read more»

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