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Luis Tavares: Reinvention not retirement

Retirement surely looks different to each person who's contemplating it, but for session guitarist Luis Tavares, it means reinvention. He's taking a leap out of his comfort zone and performing his own music with a new band: For the Record. The band's live debut will be Wednesday night.... Read more»

Earworm

Feb. 3, 1959: Drove my Chevy to the Levee

February 3 marks the anniversary of "The Day the Music Died," when pioneering rock 'n' rollers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a 1959 plane crash. Don McLean referenced the event in his hit song, "American Pie." So give today's earworm a listen.... Read more»1

Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we'd rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... Read more»

Earworm

Not a fish tale: Abe Vigoda dead at 94

It's not a hoax this time, folks: weary-eyed character actor Abe Vigoda, long the subject of rumors of his passing, died Tuesday at age 94. In his honor, here's the theme to "Barney Miller" to get stuck in your head.... Read more»

Earworm

Blizzard antidote: 'We Got Cactus'

Here's today's earworm: While the East Coast is prepped for a hazardous major snowstorm, Tucson's seeing another sunny winter day. It might not be received favorably, but we're tempted to taunt friends and family dealing with the cold with this Al Perry country cover of a Tucson punk classic: "We Got Cactus."... Read more»

Jazz Festival counts off final weekend

The 2016 Tucson Jazz Festival wraps up this weekend, but there is still time to hear some great sounds Downtown.... Read more»

Earworm

Springsteen standin' on a corner: Tribute to Glenn Frey

Here's today's earworm: The Boss paid his respects to the recently deceased Glenn Frey, performing a stripped-down "Take It Easy" in Chicago on Tuesday night. The singer/guitarist and Eagles songwriter died Monday.... Read more»

AG alleges fraud at Tucson music shop Sticks N' Strings

The state Attorney General's Office has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against the owner of an East Side musical instrument store, Sticks N' Strings, and owner Anthony Bernard. The suit alleges that the business "accepted thousands of dollars’ worth of payments for musical instruments and failed to deliver."... Read more»

Earworm

XIXA drop hypnotic live video for 'Cumbia del Paletero'

Here's today's earworm: Tucson rockers-slash-cumbia band XIXA have put out a video from their glow-in-the-dark New Year's Eve performance at the Rialto, in preparation for the release of their first full-length album next month.... Read more»

10 days of world-class jazz swings into Tucson

The 2nd Annual Tucson Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday night, and it looks to be even bigger and better than last year's successful debut.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look ahead to 2017, after Tucson's tumultuous 2016

Megachurch evangelists and political pundits see even more chaos ahead in 2017, after the Chicago Cubs' four-game sweep in the World Series. So the world, indeed, seems on the brink. So as we toast Auld Lang Syne-style to the passing of 2016, let's see what the new year seems to hold for Tucson and Arizona. ... Read more»

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Holiday roundup: A very merry month of events

The holidays are upon us and Tucson offers up a veritable cornucopia of festive events to help you enjoy the season:... Read more»

Will the Wolf Pack survive? Los Lobos to play Az Bowl halftime

Cross-cultural rockers Los Lobos will perform during halftime at the inaugural Arizona Bowl, as the Colorado State Rams take a break from challenging the Nevada Wolf Pack next Tuesday.... Read more»

Christmas playlist: Perry Como, Pogues, Iggy Pop & more!

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-plus songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this week.... 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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