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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Ticket Giveaway

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 10:06 AM


Busy Friday? We're giving away one pair of tickets to see Sammy Hagar & The Circle at AVA Amphitheater. 

AVA has this to say about the show:
For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has been one of rock music’s most dynamic and prolific artists. From breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, the “Red Rocker” has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written with songs like “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now,” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.” He’s earned the highest respect of the music industry with a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen and is currently on his fourth platinum run with the super group Chickenfoot. Along his journey, Hagar has also become a dedicated philanthropist, a New York Times best-selling author and auspicious entrepreneur.

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Aside from making his mark as a hit songwriter and lead vocalist, Hagar has played with a succession of legendary guitar players; from Ronnie Montrose and Neal Schon to Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani and his current group, The Circle, which also features former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. 
The concert is this Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. We'll pick a winner midday Wednesday, June 8. Good luck!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

New Biography Tells the Story of the of Rock and Roll Great Keith Moon

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 12:07 PM

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A new biography on rock drummer Keith Moon compiled by Ian Snowball is set to be released on June 13.

The name of the book, Keith Moon: There Is No Substitute, pays homage to Moon's unique role in the rock band The Who by referencing one of their popular songs “Substitute.” Moon is arguably one of the greatest rock drummers of all time.

As an early rocker Moon didn’t just help define the rock genre, but also the stereotypical rock and roll lifestyle. Moon’s crazy antics both on and off stage earned him the nickname Moon the Loon. Ultimately his sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle lead him to an early grave, overdosing on September 7, 1978. Moon’s death came less than a month after the release of one of the Who’s most popular album’s Who Are You.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Check Out Tucson Psych Band The Myrrors' New Album on Vice's Noisey

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Listen to The Myrrors' new album now. - THE MYRRORS/ FACEBOOK
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  • Listen to The Myrrors' new album now.

Vice's Noisey
is calling out Arizona psych in a big way right now. To quote their most recent article, which features an interview with The Myrrors' Nik Rayne:

Arizona seems to have a particular quality that creates inspired rock bands with slightly fried edges or more, whether it’s long-running stalwarts like the Meat Puppets or underground psych legends like the Black Sun Ensemble. Call it the harsh environment—or the fact that it’s better to practice inside away from the heat and dust, even while feeling it through the walls.
The interview goes on to explore about a decade of Myrrors music, including Arizona influences like Sun City Girls, though Rayne explains the desert itself often acts as the largest influence and tie to their home state.
I think the strongest link we might have as far as environment is just being in the desert, being able to draw out some certain aspects of music that—when you're playing music in this vein, it becomes emphasized more strongly. There's a space here in the desert.
You can check out more on the making of and meaning behind the name of their new album, Entranced Earth, along with seven songs from the new album on Noisey now. The Myrrors' Entranced Earth will be released on Beyond Beyond is Beyond on May 27.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tucson Rapper Badio's New Video "2nd Coming" Is Kind of a Masterpiece

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 5:14 PM

"2nd Coming" pairs powerful visuals with lyrics that cut. - LES GARS/ YOUTUBE
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  • "2nd Coming" pairs powerful visuals with lyrics that cut.

With one record already under his belt, Tucson rapper and artist Badio is ramping up to release his sophomore album in fall 2016. But, you'll want to check out his new video for the song "2nd Coming" before then.

Shot in the sand dunes of Yuma by Thierry Nzeukou through their collective Les Gars, which primarily focuses on fashion photography, the video serves as a cinematic bridge to Africa. Badio himself is originally from Liberia, but has lived in Tucson since 2009 after moving from Virginia. 

"It's about who I am, but the video was strategic," he says. "I wanted to mimic the migration of the first groups of blacks in the Sahara desert. We migrated as a means of necessity and spread around the Africa."

When asked what the message behind the video was, Badio sent over one of his art projects, an image with the words written over:

In essence of all that is black Second Coming depicts the "NOW" mental disparities of Africans as a result of cultural misappropriation, appropriation, displacement and institutionalized self-hate.

"I made the record as an attempt in bridging the gap between blacks in America and Africans in Africa," Badio adds. "I wanted to explain more so how our self hatred was created. So, for example, our people's displacement from their origins caused a somewhat, let's say, disconnect from their true history, so if you don't know your history you don't know who you are or what you're capable of."

"That should be a persons main source of motivation," he says. "Blacks don't know their history so they've succumbed to what society has told them or taught them to be."

Though it's going to be a few more months until WhatsbadioII is released, something tells me that, with powerful lyrics like,
My momma she nine to fivin' - till she 95, still broke as a record no time to pay me mind, distracted by Bills, damn - Cosby keep raping us how can I chill.
this album is going to be something to look out for. 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Tucson's Lando Chill Signed to Label, Check Out His New 'Coroner' Music Video

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:45 PM

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In the Feb. 25 issue of the Tucson Weekly, we explored the reasons why it seemed local rapper Lando Chill was poised to blow up on a national level with his debut LP For Mark, Your Son. Now the artist is one step closer to that, having been signed to indie hip-hop label Mello Music Group. Chill will be in good company as the label backs Open Mike Eagle, Oddisee, L'Orange, Kool Kieth and more. 

However, with the announcement, Chill also released a music video for his new single, "Coroner," which is a crowd favorite at live show and was produced by Headlock's Tom Johnson. Johnson also makes a cameo in the video as a liquor store clerk, along with some familiar venues like PDQ Records and the 4th Ave. pedestrian bridge. 

"Coroner" visually paints the picture of heartbreak through some pretty intense (and surprisingly realistic), gory special effects, while the mellow tune is as smooth and earworm-worthy as any of Chill's most recent work.

The video, which was directed by Malcolm Critcher, is also up for the $1,000 cash prize at Loft Cinema's Golden Gong Year End Showdown. The event will pit the year's best locally made shorts against one another on Friday, May 6 beginning at 9 p.m.



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Hotel Congress' Agave Celebration Expands to a Full Week of Festivities, Here's What You Can Expect

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Cocktails, spirit samples and more at Agave Fest. - COURTESY OF HOTEL CONGRESS
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  • Cocktails, spirit samples and more at Agave Fest.

Eight years ago, Aaron Defeo, who was then running Hotel Congress' bar program, sought to create an event unlike any Tucson had seen before. He wanted to give pros and guests alike the opportunity to sip spirits, rub elbows and learn more about the liquor world through a place-centric tasting event.

"There just weren't any opportunities for people to taste a wide variety of curated spirits," Defeo says. 

What's more is many of the tasting events that did exist were sponsored by one specific brand, which meant little diversity in the selection.

Flash forward eight years and Defeo's original single-day tasting event at Hotel Congress has exploded into a full week of seminars, tastings, concerts and more and become the Agave Heritage Week. Congress' general manager Todd Hanley wanted to expand the event this year, including off-site venues and more to grow the festival.

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INTERVIEW: Explosions in the Sky Trek Into The Wilderness

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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As an album title, The Wilderness is an apt metaphor for the seventh album from Explosions in the Sky.

The heralded Austin, Texas instrumental post-rock quartet—Chris Hrasky (drums), Michael James (guitar, bass), Munaf Rayani (guitar) and Mark T. Smith (guitar)—had recorded three soundtrack projects since the last studio record and deliberately set out to explore uncharted territory.

“We went into this knowing we wanted to push as much as we can to not do the default settings that maybe we’d developed for a few years,” Hrasky says. “We definitely wanted to feel like it was exploring different things and trying different things and make all that work in terms of songs.”

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

INTERVIEW: Maynard James Keenan Injects Arizona Scenery into Puscifer's Money $hot

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM

PHOTO BY ROBIN LAANANEN
  • Photo by Robin Laananen
The guiding principle for the third album from Maynard James Keenan’s eternally strange rock band Puscifer was one simple word: more.

With a steadier lineup—most crucially multi-instrumentalist and lead guitarist Mat Mitchell and vocalist Carina Round—Puscifer set out to make Money $hot a bigger, stranger, tighter, more expressive, more focused and more collaborative record.

“It’s what you’ve heard before, but there’s more of it in a way that’s more perceptible,” Keenan says. “The characters you’re familiar with in this project, they have more of a story to tell, so it ends up being a further extension of what’s already been going on.”

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