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Louise Le Hir grows up in public

While Le Hir has been at the helm of always intriguing sounds, the imminent release of her first solo album shows her to be among the first of Tucson’s current underground scene to graduate past the influences of 1960s psych and garage, ‘70s krautrock and ‘90s shoegaze into an astonishingly nuanced and mature work. The decades of reference may be the same, but the substance belongs only to Le Hir.... Read more»

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Weekend music: DIY sunshine pops up

All around town, your weekend music forecast is clear: Mullarkey's Run-On Sunshine at 191 Toole, Vannessa Lundon and Jillian & The Giants at Club Congress, and a host of other shows all over town.... Read more»

Al Di Meola: A return to the forever elegant gypsy

The seminal jazz fusion guitarist reclaims the thundering music of his youth: “I feel like a rock 'n' roll guy! When we started out, there were three pioneering bands of that whole era and I was one the guys that emerged.” Di Meola will perform Tuesday at the Fox Theatre.... Read more»

A walk through Wooden Tooth Records

In the back room of Cafe Passe on 4th Avenue, two local entrepreneurs are setting out to prove that selling music in physical form — LPs, cassettes and CDs — isn't outmoded. Wooden Tooth Records opens Saturday, which is Record Store Day across the country. Here's why Kellan Fortier and Jake Sullivan are bringing back vinyl.... Read more»

Saturday’s Record Store Day may add to vinyl resurgence

Vinyl sales in the U.S. grew by an estimated 52 percent in 2014 to 9.2 million copies, according to a Nielsen Report. Arizona record-store owners said they’ve experienced the surge and some say Record Store Day has helped drive growth. ... Read more»

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A weekend of musical trips

Whether you want to travel into the psychedelic recesses of your mind or just cruise southward to catch some blues, we've got you covered. ... Read more»

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Steppin' out: Solo takes from Tucson bandmembers

If there's a common thread between some of the upcoming week's most notable shows, it's the solo showcasing of musicians best known for their work with their primary bands. On the list: Best Dog Award, Sun Bones, Katie Haverly and Ryan Chavira.... Read more»

Composer Robert Rich floats into Tucson

Avant-garde classical composer Robert Rich is one of America's proverbial buried treasures. His work — completely outside the pop music realm and often challenging — ensures that the 51-year-old's immense canon is largely overlooked, except for the most curious fans of modern classical music, as well as the outer fringes of IDM listeners.... Read more»

Tucson music: Let's get into trouble

While Tucson's music landscape is as rich, vast and rife with possibility as the city itself, fans of local acts — the best of which stand up to any act in any locale you care to name — have seen coverage of it shrinking at an alarming rate recently. With this new column, TucsonSentinel.com is your solid source for serious coverage of our weird and wonderful homegrown monster of a music scene. ... Read more»

Cathy Rivers dialed in as new KXCI head

After two months as the interim general manager of KXCI, Cathy Rivers has been unanimously picked by the nonprofit's board as the head of the radio station. "The folks who started this station really came up with a radical concept of this community station and here we are, 31 years later, and it's still a radical concept."... Read more»

Jig it up: St. Patrick's Day playlist

Whether it's the lilting strains of a classic folk song or the pounding of three-chord punk rock — or the omnipresent U2 — the music of the small island of Ireland has influenced artists throughout the world. So raise a glass of Guinness, tap your toe or even get up and dance a bit as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day with song.... Read more»1

Opera Distillery brews up new take on Mozart classic

This should not work. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths. Pizza, popcorn and beer served by staff shuttling in and out during the performance. Opera. Opera? Yes, grand opera in a most unusual setting. Where is the solemnity? The dignity? The reserve that accompanies the typical opera experience? The bizarre sets and extreme costumes?... Read more»

St. Patrick's parade to march through Downtown on Sunday

Tucson's 28th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is this Sunday. The event will feature live Irish music, dancers and entertainment, as well as games for the kids.... Read more»

Video: Calexico plays live at Wavelab Studios

A steady drumbeat of teasers leading up to the April release of Calexico's new album continued Thursday, as the band released a video of a live performance of "Falling From the Sky," recorded at Tucson's Wavelab.... Read more»

New Calexico song falls from the sky

A second song from upcoming album "Edge of the Sun" was released by Tucson alternative rockers Calexico on Monday. "Falling From The Sky" features Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell on backing vocals, and continues the synth-laden midtempo tone set by a song released by the band in January.... Read more»

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