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Heavy Metalachi comes to Club Congress Thursday

Heavy metal mariachi band Metalachi will play Club Congress on Thursday night. Audience members can expect a mixture of classic metal covers from artists such as Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, and Judas Priest, all played with traditional mariachi instruments, along some mariachi standards.... 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»

The confessions of Laura and The Killed Men

Local singer-songwriter Laura Kepner-Adney is both talented and busy, juggling a number of musical projects as well as her own upcoming wedding in October. I caught up with this fresh-faced dynamo for a few stolen moments between rehearsals and gigs for a brief interview.... Read more»

Earworm: World Destruction

Is there anything worse than an earworm? That catchy riff, a looping melody, a couplet repeating over and over in your brain? Today’s symptom of stuck song syndrome: “World Destruction”, the 1984 single by Afrika Bambaataa’s Time Zone that featured PiL’s John Lydon. Here’s the video, so you can share the joy.... Read more»

Singing silenced, Ronstadt elected to Hall of Fame

Just months after she told the world that her renowned singing voice has been silenced by Parkinson’s disease, Tucson native Linda Ronstadt has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although Ronstadt has been eligible since 1992, she recently said she never considered herself a rock singer and didn’t give much thought to ever be so honored.... Read more»2

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos)... 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»

Fox Theatre

Mark Lindsay: A Raider’s renaissance

A major ‘60s icon, Paul Revere and the Raiders’ frontman Mark Lindsay cut a singular figure in his velour Revolutionary War coat, boots and ruffled shirt, pony-tail and very, very tight pants. Girls went moony over his pictures in Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, screamed and swooned when he sang. And it wasn’t a hollow image. ... Read more»2

Only label Hayes Carll wants is 'songwriter'

When Hayes Carll plays Club Congress next week, it will be a more formal affair than his last appearance, even by the t-shirt and jeans standard of both his brand of music and that historic music venue. Carll’s website describes him as “wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic.” He admits that his music is “outside the box for mainstream country.”... Read more»

Lift a glass and sing along: St. Patrick's Day playlist

It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without a pint of Guinness, some soda bread, and amazing music. Here are a few of our favorites. Slainte!... Read more»

Fox Tucson Theatre

Desert Rose Band brings acoustic hits to town

Former Byrd and Flying Burrito Brother Chris Hillman, the featured headliner at the 2010 Tucson Folk Festival, will bring the Desert Rose Band in its acoustic quartet version to the Fox Theatre on Saturday.... Read more»

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos)... Read more»

Pussy Riot: Punking Putin

For all the august legacies of the Ramones, The Clash and even the Sex Pistols, they plied their trade in countries where they weren’t likely to do time for criticizing the government. Pussy Riot is inspiring and astoundingly great because they’re extending the tradition into a context that matters. (with video)... Read more»

Biggers abdicates from Bisbee Royale

Doug Biggers, former Rialto Theatre honcho and the driving force behind the ongoing transformation of the Bisbee Royale, has stepped down as managing director of that project. Biggers said the commute between Tucson and Bisbee made impossible his continuing involvement in the million-dollar renovation.... Read more»1

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