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Friday, April 12, 2013

HUB, Rialto Partner For Discounts With Parov Stelar Tickets

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

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Hey, fans of Austrian electroswing and ice cream: Next Friday, April 19, is your lucky day.

The Rialto Theatre announced via its Facebook page last Friday, April 5, that Austrian DJ Parov Stelar would be performing on April 19. Better yet, if you stop for dinner at HUB Restaurant & Creamery before the show and present your ticket, you'll get 25 percent off your dinner bill.

The band is on a brief tour of the western U.S. in between their stops at Coachella before hopping the pond for an extensive European tour. Their latest record, The Invisible Girl, was released earlier this year.

Tickets to the show can be picked up at the Rialto's website.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Maine Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Earlier on Monday, The Maine tweeted out that they will be headlining the 8123 North America Tour this summer, beginning June 4 and ending on July 27.


The band, originally from the Phoenix area, first posted a video about their involvement in the afternoon. They told viewers that the opening bands on the tour would be announced every two hours Monday on the 8123 website.

Since then, they have announced that A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, and Brighten will be joining them on the summer tour. The last band was announced at 6 p.m.

The Maine recently completed their fourth studio album on April 2, tweeting "Album #4 is finished, mixed/mastered and ready for your ears! More info coming soon."

Althought details of the summer tour are limited for now, keep checking the 8123 website for dates and venues.

Below are the videos that the other performers posted today, announcing their involvement and excitement for the summer tour.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Lil Wayne: New Album, Tour Info, and Medical Update

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by Penn State
  • Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by Penn State
Despite being leaked through file-sharing websites, Lil Wayne's tenth studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was officially released a few weeks ago by Cash Money Records.

The new album, tying in with other Wayne lyrics, is no stranger to vulgarity. (In fact, if you look the album up on the ever so reliable Wikipedia, it has a count of all the the vulgar words and references, which is actually pretty comical. I don't know when skateboarding references became considered vulgar, though.)

His collaboration on the album with popular artists such as 2 Chainz, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and several other talents on the tracks brings an exciting flare to this album, the sequel to I Am Not A Human Being released in 2010.

"It's mixtape Weezy — straight street bangers you're going to hear in the club," Cortez Bryant, Wayne's manager and Chief Visionary Officer of his Young Money label, said according to Rolling Stone. "The sound is more urban, with no R&B hooks, and the wordplay is still incredible and shocking — every bar has some witty punchline. Wayne really took it back to his roots."

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mindy White of States Covers Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie"

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Although I grew up in the era of boy bands, where *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys battled it out for the top spot in the charts as well as every teenage girls heart, I am refreshed to hear a different version of Justin Timberlake's new song, "Suit & Tie."

The song is on his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which was released March 19. Like I said, I am a sucker for Justin Timberlake and his vocal talent ever since his boy band and Mickey Mouse Club days, but the repetition of hearing that song every five minutes on the radio is driving me a little insane.

Luckily, Mindy White (current lead singer of States and formerly of Lydia) released a cover of this song to switch things up.

White, appropriately wearing a tuxedo T-shirt in the video for the song, puts a much needed spin on this already overplayed, but still amazing, track. Her sweet voice, mixed with the background piano and synth sounds make for a completely different vibe when compared to the pop version.

The cover will be available to download for free on Wednesday on SoundCloud. However, you can listen to the cover now in this video below.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Teddy Riley to Zoom-A-Zoom-Zoom in Tucson's Boom Boom

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Blues Explosion Returns to Tucson

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

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:

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Mumford and Sons Announce Phoenix Show For Early June

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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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!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Local Band Sun Bones to Play at Festival en el Barrio

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

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  • Courtesy of the Sun Bones Facebook Page

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.

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