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Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here's a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Springsteen and Petty to Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Is that freedom rock? Turn it up and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

Surf's up! Mission Creeps' deliciously dark ocean of sound

The Mission Creeps haunt the Tucson music scene with their deliciously dark brand of surf and punk-tinged rock and roll with a heavy dose of "voodoobilly." Catch them Friday night — and here's the rest of the weekend music lineup, including Miss Olivia and the Interlopers and Half-Broke Town.... Read more»

Andrew Gardner closes the circle on psychedelic rock, again

In the past couple of years, it's begun to seem like every other new band in Tucson is "reinventing" psychedelic rock. But Andrew Gardner, frontman of Tucson indie band La Cerca is not surprised that the music he was listening to at a young age is coming back into style. Plus, more weekend music.... Read more»

U2 adding Phoenix to 'Joshua Tree' anniversary tour

While a trip back to Tucson is unlikely, U2 will bring their "Joshua Tree" 30th anniversary performance back close to where those songs made their live debut with a September concert in Phoenix.... Read more»

Some like it hot ... A heat wave playlist

It's hot as a blast furnace outside, but here are some songs about high temperatures to help you get prepared for a cruel summer blistering under a bad, crazy sun.... Read more»

The Gunrunners rock every show like it's their last

If you've ever met Ted Riviera, you've probably heard an earful about Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. The primitive, passionate, roots-based rock and roll they pioneered is a sound that his band, The Gunrunners, has embraced over a decade of playing dive bars, punk shows and rave-ups around the Old Pueblo. ... Read more»

Concert at Douglas border crossing aims to break down barriers

With musicians performing on two stages set up next to each other on either side of the border, a concert at the Douglas Port of Entry this month will bring a different kind of attention to an area that’s been in the national spotlight for barriers.... Read more»

‘Music is key to healing the soul’ for Tucson refugees

On a beautiful day in Armory Park in the downtown area, a unique blend of music emanates from between the trees. A sax player from Ethiopia, a guitarist from Burundi, and drummers from Trinidad & Tobago and the U.S. create a cross-cultural sound. This is the creation of Jam2Grow, a group that uses drumming and music as therapy for refugees from around the world.... Read more»

Public service announcement: Int'l Clash Day observed in Tucson

Honoring the inspiring and inclusive spirit of the ground-breaking punk band, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has declared Tuesday to be "International Clash Day" in Tucson.... Read more»

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»

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»

Playlist: Election Day songs

Celebrate your right to vote in song.... Read more»

Win tickets: Iggy & Stooges documentary 'Gimme Danger'

"I think I helped wipe out the '60s," singer Iggy Pop says in an archival talk-show clip included in Jim Jarmusch's documentary on the Stooges, "Gimme Danger." Iggy and his bandmates didn't just do that; they helped change the course of music history with their impudent high-decibel churn of heavy rock, free jazz and wild stage antics.... Read more»

Get your free freak on at Loft's 'Rocky Horror' Halloween show

Get all dressed up — you've got someplace to go Saturday night: it's time to get warped at the Rocky Horror Halloween Bash at the Loft. And you could win a pair of tickets to what's billed as a show with "prizes, surprises, and freaks of all sizes."... Read more»2

Phil Chess, founder of storied blues record label, dies in Tucson at 95

The man who distributed such ground-breaking classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "I'm a Man" and "Smokestack Lightning" died at his Tucson home Wednesday. Phil Chess, who brought the world Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Etta James and other blue and R&B stars who paved the way for rock'n'roll, was 95.... Read more»

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