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Weekend music

Melody, dynamics & power: What's so great about Free Machines

Matt Rendon, proprietor of Midtown Island Studios, hears a lot of local bands. So when he really likes a group, it's worth taking note. That's why it's a pretty big deal that Free Machines is putting out their newest release, "Too Bright For The Night" on Midtown Island Records. Plus, more weekend music.... Read more»

Earworm

XIXA drop hypnotic live video for 'Cumbia del Paletero'

Here's today's earworm: Tucson rockers-slash-cumbia band XIXA have put out a video from their glow-in-the-dark New Year's Eve performance at the Rialto, in preparation for the release of their first full-length album next month.... Read more»

Musical alchemist Gabriel Sullivan releasing 'Jvpiter'

If one were to read singer-songwriter-producer Gabriel Sullivan's musical resume, with all his talents and successful projects, one might be led to believe that it belonged to someone twice his age. The multi-faceted Tucson musician is set to release a solo record next month.... Read more»

Rebellion, renaissance & redemption: Billy Sedlmayr's 'Charmed Life'

Anyone who follows the local music scene knows all too well the tribulations of poet-author-singer-songwriter Billy Sedlmayr’s life. We know of the wasted years and poor choices. One could easily become bitter and hardened after enduring such trials as drug addiction and incarceration, but not Sedlmayr. He still has much to give.... Read more»

Brian Lopez opens up with 'Static Noise'

Record release shows this Fri & Sat: While talking about his record "Static Noise," Tucson singer-songwriter Brian Lopez presents a fascinating study in contrasts. Lopez becomes passionate and animated when he is describing his project and then retreats into quiet reserve when he is finished. "I wanted the music to be potent, compelling," he says.... 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»

Songwriters abound downtown Thursday

Thursday night brings two double bills to downtown. Los Angeles-based chanteuse Jessica Fichot will play with Gabriel Sullivan at Solar Culture, and Band of Annuals members support songwriter David Williams, who will be joined by Amy Rude at the Red Room.... Read more»

2nd Saturdays Downtown

Second chance for downtown Saturdays

The launch of 2nd Saturdays Downtown is Saturday from 5-10 p.m., and features live music at several venues, an outdoor stage, and out on the thoroughfare. Does this new event have the formula for resurrecting a downtown tradition?... Read more»

Under the influence: Gabriel Sullivan

Gabriel Sullivan is one of the hardest-working musicians in Tucson. If you have seen local live music in the last year or so, chances are good you have seen Sullivan onstage. Now, he prepares to debut his composition for string quartet at Chamberlab I.... Read more»

TucsonSentinel.com launch party

Celebrate Sentinel launch at Press Box Bash

Friday's show features Howe Gelb performing Johnny Cash's "Live at San Quentin", new punk band Cadillac Steakhouse, bluesman Tom Walbank, Sonoran gypsies Bajo Turbato, and Jazz Telephone with Mr. Tidypaws.... Read more»

Music profile

Bajo Turbato: Musician Chris Black debuts endeavor with Gabriel Sullivan

Self-proclaimed "Latin-gypsy party band" Bajo Turbato will open for one-man-band and curiosity That 1 Guy Thursday at Plush. The band is actually a duo: Chris Black, local singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, on violin, and Tucson mariachi/punk icon Gabriel Sullivan on bajo sexto.... Read more»2