Thursday, July 21, 2016

Saturday Sun Link Shindig: Free Rides, Concert and Activities

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Celebrate Sun Link's second anniversary this Saturday. 

The streetcar is offering free rides all day this Saturday, July 23 sponsored by Tucson Electric Power, Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and Main Gate Square.

KXCI and Main Gate Square are also offering a free concert with Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments.

At 6 p.m. board the streetcar at the Avenida del Convento stop and enjoy live music all the way to Main Gate Square where there will be festivities and more music. 

Since July 2014, the streetcar has given rides to more than two million passengers. Whether it's your first on the link or your 100th enjoy your Saturday with live music and fun. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Win Tickets to 'In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM


Come and Get It: Next Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. the Fox Theatre (17 W. Congress St.) is screening In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute and we're giving out tickets to the event.
In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is an award winning, smash hit musical biography of the Beatles and is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades!

The music of the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—continues to stand the test of time. Offering a fresh perspective on the band's history, you'll see the Fab Four through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein, who serves as narrator to renowned Beatles tribute band Abbey Road as they perform 33 of the group's classic hits.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

KISS July 4 Ticket Giveaway

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

We're extending the contest because APPARENTLY you guys are a little shy. Come on: Grab some wine and some face paint and have fun with it. Email me pictures your face with black and white makeup all over it. Give it a shot and don't let these tickets go to waste!

Let me see your KISS makeup! On Monday, July 4 KISS will be performing at AVA Amphitheater and you and a friend could be there—if you've got what it takes.

To enter, email by noon on Friday, June 24 with the subject line KISS Contest. Include a photo of your KISS-inspired makeup masterpiece and the best way for us to contact you should you win.

Some inspiration: 

The show is Monday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

Good luck!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tucson, Meet My Latest Guatemalan Music Obsession: Ishto Juevez

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM

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During days of anxiety, stress and confussion, I have found Guatemalan (represent) songwriter and artist Ishto Juevez gives me a great dose of chill pill. 

I first heard of his majestic existence from my cousin, Ana Isabel. She is a connoisseur of all-things art and music in Guatemala. She caught Ishto Juevez a few years back while he sang at an eco-friendly hostel in Antigua Guatemala called Earth Lodge.

Ishto Juevez, which roughly could translate to kid Thursday—since ishto is a Guatemalan slang word that means kid—is a regular live act at bad ass bars like Café No Sé (where the mezcal brand Ilegal Mezcal was born) also in Antigua.

If you ever get the opportunity to travel to my home country, and I, from the bottom of my heart, really recommend you make some room in your life for it, keep an eye out for Ishto Juevez, either performing at a hip bar in Guatemala City or the colonial beauty of Antigua, about 40 minutes from the capital.

Here's a piece of Ishto Juevez. I really hope it makes you feel as good as it's made me in certain days of desolation.

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Tomorrows Bad Seeds Ticket Giveaway

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Tomorrows Bad Seeds is playing at the Rock (136 N Park Ave.) with Liquid Space Atmosphere, Thidwick and We Roll on Saturday, June 19 and you could be there.

Enter here:

Fill out my online form.

We'll be in touch with the winners midday on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this all-ages show. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Indecent Exposure: Rogue Wave Frontman Zach Schwartz on the Two Sides of Being Out There

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

It isn’t long into our conversation that Rogue Wave frontman Zach Schwartz diverts to socio-poli tical issues. Bringing up his life in Oakland, where the indie rock singer has lived more than eight years, leads to discussion of the Bay Area’s current housing crisis, as well as toxic corporate environments typical in Silicon Valley.

“Maybe it’s because our desks were made out of post-industrial metals, but I kinda felt like a rat in a cage,” Schwartz says. “I felt like I had a ‘work self’ and then I’d leave and then I’d be myself after. …When I started playing music professionally, I felt like I was reclaiming my life a little bit. …I became more outspoken. I think I became a lot more pleasant to be around.”

It was approximately 13 years ago that Schwartz was laid off from his job as a project manager when the Dot-Com Bubble ruptured, allowing the guitarist to become focused solely on music. Six albums, a fistful of EPs and singles, near non-stop tours across the globe and (according to IMDB) a whopping 22 television and film soundtrack credits all suggest that Schwartz had much to reclaim.

Similar to The Shins or Sea Wolf, Rogue Wave was one of the many tenderhearted independent acts to rise amongst the rush of alternative music that dominated the mid-2000s. Their breakout album, Out of the Shadow, was a lavish mix of sad-slash-beautiful introspection driven by jangly, roughly mixed guitar. It quickly drew a loyal audience, which led to getting rereleased on Sub Pop and a national tour lasting two years, but it was a series of appearances on The OC and One Tree Hill that gave Rogue Wave one of their biggest pushes forward.

In fact, Schwartz still gets shouted requests at shows, including on this current tour, to “play The OC Song!” Which refers to their sarcastic acoustic tune “California” (not to be confused with the show’s theme song of the same name by Phantom Planet). Schwartz admits his initial reaction to these appeals is usually less than enthusiastic.

“Really? You’re going to call it ‘The O.C. Song?’” he says. Schwartz has a voice somewhat similar to Matthew Broderick, and you can almost hear him rolling his eyes. Nonetheless, he’s still grateful for the exposure.

“I don’t make music to be exclusive. I make music to be able to reach people,” he says. “The licensing we’ve done as a band has been an absolute gift. It totally helped us reach so many more people, it broke us early on.”

Rogue Wave built on that early success in stride, but the band’s growth wasn’t entirely easy. A few months after his amiable departure in 2007, bassist Evan Farrell died of smoke inhalation, leaving behind a wife and two small children. Drummer Pat Spurgeon overcame nearly fatal renal failure in 2006, which required a kidney transplant, and his ordeal became the subject of the documentary D-Tour. Schwartz himself suffered from a slipped disc and his father recently passed away.

But if there is one defining characteristic to Rogue Wave, it’s a silvery, upbeat lining to their gossamer clouds.
Now Rogue Wave have returned with Delusions of Grand Fur, their sixth album and first in three years, featuring guest appearances by Sam Hopkins of Caveman and Mike Deni of Geographer. Chris Walla, formerly of Death Cab for Cutie, mixed “In The Morning,” but otherwise the entire album was self-produced by the band.

“The way we did this one, it was like we had to do it on our own because it was a long and protracted process, but I wouldn’t say I would never work with a producer again,” Schwartz says. “Honestly, I have to let the music sort of decide that. I have enjoyed working with producers, but I also know there’s no better joy than doing it on your own.”

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Check Out the Exclusive Release of Two New Asian Fred Singles

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

If these new Asian Fred songs aren't summer jams, I don't know what is. - JIMI GIANNATTI
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  • If these new Asian Fred songs aren't summer jams, I don't know what is.

I'll be frank when I say I've been not so patiently waiting the release of new Asian Fred music. Frontman Fred Huang can attest to the occasional, "So, you're going to let me know when you have new music, right?" from me. And, if you've been waiting like I have, I've got some good news in the way of two brand new tracks.

What I love about this local band is the commitment to making good, fun indie music in a time where psych is a near ubiquitous descriptor of up-and-coming bands. Their music has moments of alt-country riffs and some jazzy piano flourishes, but at it's core, Asian Fred goes straight for that Beatles-y nostalgia that so many turn their nose up at—and guess what, they're doing it well. When folk want to channel early Sabbath, get that Stones attitude or go trippy like the Byrds or the Animals, Asian Fred responds with music that's fun and addictingly upbeat. No need to raid the thrift store for fringed vests and snake skin boots.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bob Dylan's New Album 'Fallen Angles' Sees the Artist Returning to his Roots

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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In his new album released last month Bob Dylan returns to his roots, covering classic American tunes.

Dylan’s 37th studio album Fallen Angels covers classic American songs like “It had to be you,” and “Young at Heart.” The new album is a follow up to his 2015 cover album Strangers in the Night. Most notably known for Dylan’s interpretation of “That Lucky old Sun,” which in my opinion has as much power and feeling in it as Ray Charles’ approach to the song.

As Dylan could be considered the greatest living lyricist, it’s understandable that some Dylan fans are upset to see the release of two consecutive cover albums.

I’ll agree it would be great to hear some original songs from a man whose lyrics helped shape the
culture of multiple generations, but listening to the new album I think Dylan fans can appreciate what to me sounds like the raspy reflections of an old musician who began his career bumming around New York City singing covers.

Fallen Angels has a very mellow sound, the kind of album one might put on after a long day’s work and enjoy with a glass of wine. Most of the songs on the album are covers of songs performed traditionally by big band musicians.

Comparing Dylan’s style on the album to other musicians I would say it sounds like Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra met in a dive bar and did a quick set with the house band. Now, don’t get over excited. Dylan’s album is by no means as epic as Sinatra and Armstrong singing together in a dive bar would be, but their combined sound with support from a small band would sound similar to Dylan’s new album.

As far as Bob Dylan albums go Fallen Angels is no Blood on the Tracks, but it was never meant to be. For what it is, it’s a really good album that in many ways shows the early influences of a music legend.

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