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Rhythm & Roots at Club Congress

Butch Hancock: Songwriter as West Texas mystic

Butch Hancock songs have the timeless qualities of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie: honest, direct, imaginative, astonishingly simple, yet profoundly deep. He may not be well known among the general public, but Hancock is recognized by his peers as one of our finest singer-songwriters. He will perform at Club Congress on Thursday.... Read more»

Tannahill Weavers bringing fiery Celtic music to Tucson

The Tannahill Weavers’ resonant instrumentation and ringing three-part vocal harmonies are immediately distinguishable from the decades-worth of other bands from Ireland and Scotland.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. “If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he’d have a lot to write about….” (with videos)... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: City center to simmer with Labor Day fun

If you’re staying in town this holiday weekend, Downtown has plenty to keep you entertained, with food, music and more on the books. You’d have to work hard to not find something to enjoy over Labor Day.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: Celebrate Tucson's 238th!

Every 2nd Saturday provides plenty of free fun and entertainment, with music filling the streets and the scent of food wafting through the air. What’s really special this month is a gigantic celebration of Tucson’s 238th birthday.... Read more»

Candy Shop Boys swing into Tucson, native son in tow

Native Tucsonan Arthur Vint now lays down the beat for New York City’s Candy Shop Boys, a classic jazz quintet who will showcase their take on the music of the 1920s-40s at Club Congress on Friday night. The band performs “viper jazz” songs of the 1920s and ‘30s that tell tales of sex, drugs, and degeneracy in the censor-dodging coded language of the time.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: Tucson's soul seen in Downtown heart

Downtowns are often thought of as the heart of a city, the place where people gather together to create and share experiences. This has always been true for some of us with Tucson’s Downtown, and more and more people are starting to take part in it.... Read more»

New Pussy Riot video slams Putin, Russia's oil industry

Members of the Russian punk performance group Pussy Riot released a video Tuesday criticizing President Vladimir Putin’s ties to the country’s oil industry. It is the group’s first video in almost a year. The music video, called “Like a Red Prison,” shows four members of the group in their signature, brightly-colored “balaclava” masks and tight dresses, taking a sledge hammer to a pipeline and pouring oil on what appears to be a picture of Igor Sechin.... Read more»

8 awesome Chinese punk bands that prefer a black flag over a red one

Chinese punk rock is a lot like Chinese street food — rough, honest, loud and maybe even less healthy. The raucous cacophony erupted out of the country’s most famous modern protests. During the 1989 Tiananmen democracy revolt, Cui Jian, the godfather of Chinese punk rock, taught a generation how to revel in rebellion. Today alternative culture in the People’s Republic has become so potent that Vice Magazine has even opened up a branch in Beijing to cover it.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: No slowdown in Downtown doings

Naturally, there are not too many major events in July or August. That’s what makes 2nd Saturdays so special during the sizzling summer months. When the heat peaks, there is nothing like a gigantic (and free) urban street festival after the sun sets to bring people out of their cool hiding spots and out onto the streets of Tucson.... Read more»1

Fox Theatre

Mark Lindsay: A Raider’s renaissance

A major ‘60s icon, Paul Revere and the Raiders’ frontman Mark Lindsay cut a singular figure in his velour Revolutionary War coat, boots and ruffled shirt, pony-tail and very, very tight pants. Girls went moony over his pictures in Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, screamed and swooned when he sang. And it wasn’t a hollow image. ... Read more»2

Praying for rain: Dia de San Juan fiesta celebrates monsoon

Hundreds gathered Monday for the 16th annual El Dia de San Juan Fiesta in hopes of bringing the monsoon to the sweltering desert.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Filmmaker facing funding deadline for mariachi documentary

Bankruptcy attorney Jesse R. Callahan, Middle East expert Prof. Stephen Zunes, documentary filmmaker Daniel Buckley, and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry head Glenn Hamer... Read more»

Dan Buckley wants to Kickstart mariachi documentary

After more than 30 years of reporting on the mariachis of Tucson, Daniel Buckley has seen the traditional music revive a culture that was nearly forgotten and lift a population that was in danger of losing its voice. With his next film he hopes to share the story of how the mariachi movement saved Tucson.... Read more»1

ChamberLab concert celebrates series anniversary

ChamberLab — Tucson’s alt-classical DIY chamber music project — will celebrate the first anniversary of its quarterly concert series Saturday night with a performance at Cafe Detsa.... Read more»

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