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It may not feel like St. Patrick's Day without a trip to the pub, so we invite you to join our virtual shindig. Just sit on your porch and enjoy a pint of Guinness, some soda bread, and amazing music. Here are a few of our favorites. Slainte! Read more»

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»

Self portrait with piano

Gene Ruley, stalwart of Tucson's music scene for decades, died overnight. Here's a glance back at some of his work, courtesy of this 2010 profile. Read more»

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»

Phil Chess, co-founder of Chess Records, gives the signal to kick off a recording session with Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Bo Diddley.

The man who distributed such ground-breaking classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "I'm a Man" and "Smokestack Lightning" died at his Tucson home Wednesday. Phil Chess, who brought the world Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Etta James and other blue and R&B stars who paved the way for rock'n'roll, was 95. Read more»

Luis Tavares

Retirement surely looks different to each person who's contemplating it, but for session guitarist Luis Tavares, it means reinvention. He's taking a leap out of his comfort zone and performing his own music with a new band: For the Record. The band's live debut will be Wednesday night. Read more»

Just how blurry are your memories of Club Congress? A 30th anniversary exhibit, coming in September, might paint a clearer picture.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the rock venue's debut, the folks at Club Congress will set up a "Tucson's Rock n' Roll Museum" exhibit in September. They're asking for copies of old show posters and flyers, photos, fanzines, videos and other artifacts from three decades of strum and twang. Read more»

All around town, your weekend music forecast is clear: Mullarkey's Run-On Sunshine at 191 Toole, Vannessa Lundon and Jillian & The Giants at Club Congress, and a host of other shows all over town. Read more»

Hank Topless

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»

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

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»

Sedlmayr at a performance to celebrate the release of his first solo record, last week at Club Congress.

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»

Metalachi

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»

Lopez

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»

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»

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