Anakim has been added to the Feb. 6 show at the Rock to round a night that will include a few of my current favorite bands in the area. Find some Super Bowl hangover cures in time for this event because it will be loud and heavy.
Meanwhile, Godhunter seems to be one of the harder working bands out and about right now with a tour, an upcoming album, "City Of Dust," promoting the scene and metal events, and now they have released a new video that can be seen at Metal Injection:
I know I just wrote about the first Iron Maiden, but the band that's coming to Tucson next week will not be playing any of their material. Instead, they will be covering material from the NWBHM Iron Maiden. The Iron Maidens, an all-female tribute band, will be coming to Casino del Sol next Thursday, January 17th. I've seen them before at the same venue and they are phenomenal when it comes to capturing the essence of the Maiden show and music, albeit, on a much, much smaller stage.
The funny thing is, every once in a while, I'll give a listen to their recorded material because it's interesting hearing a female vocal scream out Bruce Dickinson's parts (not to be confused with the cowbell Bruce Dickinson). The guitars are nearly dead-on against the original in most instances, and the drums are kept tight, and the very admirable Wanda keeps the Steve Harris bass gallop. They, at times, take a few liberties, but all in all, I would have never thought I would listen to a tribute band as an alternative to the original more than once. The band travels extensively around the world, much like the original Maiden, so I'm pleased to be able to see them once again.
In two weeks local Tucson sludge favorite Godhunter will be embarking on a tour that will take them from Los Angeles to New Orleans. It's good to see Tucson metal getting out and around other cities, and they will be playing 23 dates over two months, including SXSW. The tour will come through Tucson Feb. 6 at the Rock and and ends March 16 at the Rock as well. The Feb 6. show will also include Solid Giant and Red Shield from Louisiana, and locals Thorncaster.
Godhunter hits your gut with nice heavy rhythms, as heard on "Wolves of the North," a great local staple, and "(Dead Hooker by the side of) The Road," a bluesy groove with some nice flying notes, among others. Thorncaster brings a heavy rhythmic drum-heavy metal sound. Red Shield will be bringing drony, slow heavy hits on the strings although their "Disquiet Follows the Soul" picks up the pace a bit. Solid Giant is in-your-face mellow metal with slamming drives and growling vocals.
Truth be told, I generally don't dig today's indie rock that much. If there aren't loud guitars or drum beats that threaten to change my heart's rhythm, I'm generally not into it.
Now, here's another truth: "The Deep" is an awesome song, and in an effort to find out where they're going to be playing next, I've just liked Roll Acosta's Facebook page. (No, seriously, they can tell you who likes their page. You'll see "David Mendez." Facebook is not a game, people.)
Watch that video. Dig their sound. Be disappointed if you (like me) did not see them at the Great Cover-Up. We'll go to the next show together. It'll be fun.
One of my favorite holiday season traditions each year is the Sonic Solstice radio show broadcast by KXCI FM 91.3.
Now in its 11th year, the program — which airs tonight, Monday, Dec. 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. — combines live, in-studio performances of holiday classics and original songs as performed by an always-stellar lineup of local acts, with recorded highlights from past years' shows and amusing DJ banter filling out the time between the live stuff.
Supplying that banter this year will be hosts Cathy Rivers (The Home Stretch), Matt Milner (Locals Only), Bob Girth (The Hub), and Laura Adams (The Music Mix); and the list of scheduled live performers looks a li'l something like this:
Hip Don't Dance
Jacob Acosta (of Race You There and Roll Acosta)
Gabrielle Pietrangelo (of Silver Thread Trio)
Keli Carpenter and Taylor Bungard (of The Tryst)
Carlos Arzate and the Kind Souls
The Great Collision (Ryan Green of Ryanhood and Paul Jenkins of ...music video?)
Pretty sweet, right?
It's the sort of "event radio" that just doesn't happen very much anymore. So, for one night, turn off the TV, put down the video game controllers, and suck back some eggnog with friends and/or family with your radio tuned to 91.3 FM (or stream it at kxci.org). If you're not in the holiday spirit at the end of those four hours, well, you're on your own this year.
Attention all daytime rockers: Because Tucsonans start shivering when it dips down to 60 degrees, and OK, because it might rain, thereby destroying all the equipment donated by our generous sponsors, all of the Great Cover-Up events this afternoon have been moved from the Hotel Congress patio to the Rialto Theatre.
I know, it's no big deal since they're across the street from one another. I'm just trying to save you a few steps and an egg or two on your face.
Admission to both today's and tonight's events is open to all ages. The daytime is FREE, and tonight will set you back an $8 donation to SAAMHA (Southern Arizona Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance).
Here's the schedule for the remainder of the event:
Saturday, December 15, (daytime) at
Hotel Congress' outdoor patio the Rialto Theatre.
12:30p Evan Dando/Lemonheads
1:00 Robert Johnson
2:00 The Doors
2:30 '80s One-Hit Wonders
3:30 James Brown
4:00 Tom Waits
COVERED BY THE FOLLOWING LOCAL BANDS (in no particular order):
Kyle Brondson, Roman Barten-Sherman, Smallvox, Jumper, The Tangelos, Jeremy Michael Cashman, Roll Acosta, Sinphonics
Saturday, December 15, (evening) at Rialto Theatre
6:00p Joe Walsh
6:30 Quiet Riot
7:00 Flogging Molly
7:30 Leonard Cohen
8:00 Stevie Wonder
8:30 Dixie Chicks
9:00 The Kinks
9:30 Violent Femmes
10:00 The Smiths
10:30 LCD Soundsystem
11:00 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
12:00a Paul Simon
12:30 Red Hot Chili Peppers
COVERED BY THE FOLLOWING LOCAL BANDS (in no particular order):
Wolf Larsen, The Gallery, ...music video?, Skinkfinger, Awkward Moments , David Clark Band, Hank Topless, Holy Rolling Empire, LeeAnne Savage, The Gunrunners, Electric Blankets, The Distortionists, The Tryst, Some Of Them Are Old
Just a friendly reminder that the awesomeness that is The Great Cover-Up begins tonight at Plush.
You know all about it by this point, right? If not, read up here.
We've been posting a video (almost) every day this week of one of the acts getting covered at this year's event playing a cover song, and today is no exception.
Today's clip features The Pretenders — who are being covered on Friday night at Club Congress — playing a song originally recorded by The Kinks — who will be covered on Saturday night at the Rialto Theatre.
More info and a complete, up-to-date schedule after the jump.
Tucson Rock Alliance is going to have one lucky band play at the "Tucson's Best" Showcase at the Rialto Theatre January 27th, 2013. This is a good opportunity to see some smaller local bands play at this great venue. To vote, just like the photo of the band you would like to see. There are about a dozen bands that submitted photos.
The photo gallery can be seen here.
More information on the event can be found here.