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Lou Reed of Velvet Underground dead at 71

Rolling Stone magazine reported that American rock legend Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71. The cause of his death is not yet known, but Reed was a heavy drinker and drug user for years, and had a liver transplant in May.... Read more»

French author gets graphic about Tucson musicians

For most, thinking of Tucson’s music scene and a “foreign” language would bring to mind Spanish. But local rockers have a long and deep connection with France, as well.  Some of those connections are celebrated in the graphic novel “Retour a Sonora” (Back to Sonora) by author Nicolas Moog, of Metz, France.... Read more»

Guest opinion

'Til death don't they part: Nowhere Man, Whiskey Girl leave us, together

There’s nothing special or unique about death. People die all the time. This doesn’t make it any less painful, of course. I met Amy and Derrick — Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl — 10 years ago in a dimly lit bar in Tucson. I’d actually gone there because I didn’t have a lot of cash and I saw that there was no cover charge, but I was divorced from 10 hard-earned dollars anyway because I just had to have that album.... Read more»

Guest opinion

A view from afar: Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl

Jerry DeMarco, the publisher of a New Jersey independent news site and a notorious music hound, hadn’t heard of Amy and Derrick Ross before this week. He learned of the impact their music and lives had on friends and fans during an evening that was ostensibly dedicated to laughter, in a small town thousands of miles from Bisbee. Their landlord, comedian Doug Stanhope, told a comedy club audience about the duo.... Read more»

Spanish band Delorean falls victim to 'virtual kidnapping' in Mexico

Spain is urging its citizens to take extra precautions when visiting Mexico following the “virtual” kidnappings of Spaniards traveling here, including indie music band Delorean. Virtual kidnapping? It’s exactly that — a case of ransom being demanded when no one has actually been abducted.... Read more»

Willcox celebrates hometown hero with 62nd annual Rex Allen Days

Rex Allen, dubbed the “Last of the Singing Cowboys,” is celebrated by his hometown of Willcox with an annual festival that brings the town together with numerous events including sports tournaments, a rodeo, a car show, and a parade.... Read more»

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»

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