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Blogger and Fish Karma fan Kay Sather holds up a copy of the Whole Enchilada LP

In which your trusty scribe muses on the origins of desert rock and the fact that some things suck way worse than disco. Especially Nazis. It's your local music column at TucsonSentinel.com. Read more»

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Howe Gelb at a 2015 performance at London's Union Chapel.

When I walked into the Giant Sand show on Boxing Day, I was taken aback. Howe Gelb, the group’s sole permanent member, is a man of many moods, with performances that vary accordingly. But this time he seemed more interested in playing guitar than in playing himself. It felt like Gelb was out to prove a point. Read more»

Los Guapos

Saying goodbye to fan favorites Los Guapos, a very scary Christmas with the Krampus Krooner and Giant Sand returns to the Valley of Rain. This weekend, your TucsonSentinel.com music roundup is a guide to escaping your relatives if you feel the need. Read more»

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»

Sullivan

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»

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»

How bright is the future for La Placita?

Much like a monsoon haboob or a lengthy speech by an East Valley Republican, 2012 promises more dust-ups and hot air in the local political arena. Here's one take on what the year holds: on wry, hold the pickle. Read more» 5

Released this week, "Luz de Vida" is a music compilation benefiting the Tucson Together Fund, which provides support for the Jan. 8 victims and their families. 37 local and national acts participated, and several will play a benefit concert at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday. Read more»

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»