So, Teddy Riley is coming to the Rialto Theatre with Blackstreet on May 5. Blackstreet have quite a few hits ("Don't Leave" and "Girlfriend/Boyfriend," although let's get real, everyone wants to hear "No Diggity"), and I'm sure it'll be a fun night, but wouldn't it be great if Teddy Riley runs through the music he made with Guy ("Do Me Right?" "Let's Chill?") or some of his production work (Keith Sweat's "I Want Her," Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," and possibly best of all, Jane Child's "I Don't Wanna Fall in Love")? The man invented New Jack Swing and is coming to Tucson! Get psyched, people.
It really does seem like everyday there's an announcement for a great concert coming to Tucson. I was buried in deadlines and didn't even have a chance to mention that De La Soul and Public Enemy are on a bill at AVA in May (with Ice Cube and LL Cool J, who are less interesting to me personally).
However, sometimes you put something out to the universe and then you get exactly what you wanted. For me, it was the opportunity to see the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion again in Tucson, and thankfully, now they're coming to Club Congress on June 18.
Tucson and the Blues Explosion go way back, and there was a stretch where you might just run into the band playing in some storefront on Congress (this actually happened to me once, strangely). The group has a live album recorded at Club Congress and the Downtown Performance Center (the excellent Controversial Negro). So when it looks liked the band were skipping town for a Phoenix gig, I was hurt. But now all is well and I look forward to the opportunity to hear the words "BLUES EXPLOSION" yelled at me two dozen times over the course of a summer evening. Tucson can again be NUMBER ONE.
BONUS: A very odd performance of "Afro" on some sort of British version of Club MTV in 1994, complete with theramin solo:
British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons have announced a June 5 show at Phoenix's Desert Sky Pavilion.
This marks the band's first Arizona show since starting their tour for their latest record, Babel, which dropped last September. The London four-piece has since been touring much of the states and Europe, with the majority of their shows selling out.
Tickets for the Phoenix show can be picked up through an invitation system at a Facebook event page posted by Stateside Presents. There, you can register for an invitation, which will allow invitees to buy the tickets on April 2. Michael Kiwanuka and the Mystery Jets will be the supporting acts.
Considering that Mumford & Sons have been playing sold-out shows for most of this tour, it'd probably be a good idea to grab tickets as soon as possible. Good luck!
The Mavericks brought a rousing good time to the Fox Theatre on Thursday, March 21. Was it reckless, too?
Less than a minute into the opening song, “Back in Your Arms Again,” the single from the Mavericks' 2012 release, In Time, as most audience members leapt to their feet, clapping and dancing, Fox Theatre security, in vivid stop-light yellow shirts, caused an attention-grabbing ruckus, rushing to either end of a center orchestra row, with flashlights blazing. All eyes turned from the stage.
Malo quit playing and the band stopped half a beat later. “I need you to get out of the room,” Malo hollered to the hapless security men. “I need you to get out of the room or I'll stop playing.” The crowd seemed stunned into silence and Malo went on, “I need people to be able to get up and move around.” as the audience caught on and began cheering he shouted the last words “... and do whatever the fuck they want!”
Emphasis there on "sounds": the sample that plays when you load up QOTSA.com is a loop of what sounds like people flailing at their instruments — though, in my estimation, it's more likely to be a short, short segment of what a new tune on the forthcoming ...Like Clockwork album, which is set to have a slew of guests.
Elton John will also appear on the new Queens Of The Stone Age album. Other guests confirmed to appear include Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters. The band will be playing a number of festivals this summer, including Benicàssim in Spain, and Download in the UK.
I'm f—king pumped.
This week we’ve been introducing you to the bands playing at this year’s Festival en el Barrio, and local act Sun Bones (formerly known as Boreas) is one tenth of the significant talent slated to take the stage on March 24.
It’s clear that Sun Bones already have their hometown’s endorsement - they won Up-and-Coming Artists of the Year at the 2012 TAMMIES - but members Evan Casler, Sam Golden, Bob Hanshaw and Seth Vietti have musical influences that extend far beyond the borders of the Old Pueblo, naming Radiohead, Paul Simon, Animal Collective and the Beach Boys as musical muses on their website.
I just locked in to headline the White Party T Dance in Palm Springs on Sunday March 31st! Get ready to dance! Go to jeffreysanker.com
— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 18, 2013
The White Party is classified as "largest gay dance music festival in the world," by promoter Jeffrey Sanker. It takes place March 29 through March 31 in Palm Springs, Calif., where Jepsen will be the closing act on Sunday.
Icona Pop and Carmen Electra are two other acts that will perform at the dance party. Several other popular musicians such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Ke$ha have been a part of the event in the past.
For more information on the event, click here.
Whatever Prince does these days, it seems like his goal is to do it in the most frustrating manner possible. Even the act of illustrating this blog post somehow was a hassle. No photos on the wire service we use, basically zero embeddable video on YouTube (unless you want to see Prince talk about chemtrails on the Tavis Smiley show), so here you go. Dave Chappelle's impression of Prince.
So, a rumor has been going around that Prince is playing four shows in two nights at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on April 30 and May 1. As someone who would very much enjoy the opportunity to see the legendary musician in such a small venue, I've spent a significant amount of time investigating the possibility. Any news from the Marquee? No. The promoter that books the venue? Nope. Prince himself? Of course not.
Instead, on some sort of Prince related live webcast, his new protégés 3rd Eye Girl (sigh) announced a west coast tour, which apparent does in fact include those four shows in two nights. However, that information can be basically verified no one else at this point, so you'll have to take Dr. Funkenberry's word for it. He is a doctor, so that helps.
More news as we get it, including maybe how to get tickets, unless that distribution method happens to be passes dropped from a helicopter or something. That's basically what I'm assuming at this point.