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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»

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»

Amy Mendoza: New lineup, new album

The consistent thread through Amy Mendoza's musical detours and travails is a sense of unfettered style and restless honesty, which was palpable as she told me about her latest project in a recent interview. Her proper debut record, "Suicide on the AM Dial," will be released Saturday at a show at The Flycatcher.... Read more»

Calexico announces release of 'Edge of the Sun'

Tucson alternative rockers Calexico will drop a new album in April. "Edge of the Sun" was recorded at Wavelab Studios, and includes a wide complement of guest musicians. The band is kicking off live dates featuring the new songs with a concert in Glasgow this weekend, with U.S. tour dates pending.... Read more»

Public Enemy No. 1 still lurks at Hotel Congress during Dillinger Days

The 1934 capture of outlaw John Dillinger following a fire at Hotel Congress is highlighted every year by the downtown hotel and club. This year's reenactment takes place Saturday, with a speakeasy fundraiser for the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation on Friday night.... Read more»

Tucson Jazz Festival

J.D. Souther jazzes it up with Billy Childs

At first glance, '70s singer/songwriter J.D. Souther might seem an odd choice to play a jazz festival. But the secret ingredient in Saturday's gig will be world-class jazz pianist Billy Childs and a sextet setting. ... Read more»

Tucson Jazz Festival

All that jazz about to hit Downtown

A free concert on Martin Luther King Day will be one highlight of the inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival. The 12-day event will cover a wide range of the jazz spectrum and also showcase local jazz artists. Featured performers include Burt Bacharach, Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper and Joey DeFrancesco. ... Read more»

Classical music flowers at Desert Song Festival

The third annual event features collaboration by local groups with national guest artists in a celebration of opera & art song, including concerts by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, UA Presents, Tucson Chamber Artists, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Tucson Guitar Society and the UA School of Music.... Read more»


Al Perry gives some love to the Beach Boys

Anyone who has known me for more than a half hour or so knows that I am a huge Beach Boys fan, or to be more specific, a huge Brian Wilson fan. I know that Mike Love has for a long while now licensed the rights to the Beach Boys name and tours with a bunch of hired guns. I must admit I was not expecting much of Saturday's concert at the TCC.... Read more»5

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