Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, is returning to Tucson on April 22 with a show at Club Congress, expanding from a standout yet small show in fall 2011 at Solar Culture.
Powers is starting a nationwide tour Wednesday to promote his sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse, which releases tomorrow via Fat Possum Records. His first record, The Year of Hibernation, was a consummate sleeper hit, full of understated lo-fi tracks that build to unexpected dance-inducing crescendos.
A Pitchfork review of the album published online today was brimming with praise, awarding it an 8.7 and a “Best New Music” title. The review also allows readers to stream two singles from Wondrous Bughouse, “Dropla” and “Mute,” via Soundcloud.
Youth Lagoon will follow up their Coachella appearance with a show at The Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix before heading down to Club Congress on Monday, April 22. Tickets for the 7 p.m., 18-and-up show are on sale now for $13 through Ticket Fly.
So, there's a new music event coming to town on April 19, and one with two solid headliners. The Midway Music Festival is an all-ages show at the Slaughterhouse (1102 W. Grant Rd.), with 2 Chainz (who played a sold-out show at the Rialto September of last year), Diplo (who played Congress in 2009, I think?) and other acts apparently to be announced. Plus, there will apparently be carnival rides and games, which will either be fun or another way to hand your money over in exchange for a few moments of entertainment, depending on how you see it. Tickets go on sale Monday, but it doesn't appear prices have been announced.
KFMA 92.1 FM has just announced the lineup for KFMA Day 2013, which is set to take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 4.
The Killers will headline the event, which will also feature performances by Cake, Minus the Bear, Bad Religion, Middle Class Rut, Black Veil Brides, and Dead Sara.
Tickets will be available for a special presale price of $27 at all Tucson-area Domino's Pizza locations this Saturday, March 2, only. No word yet on how much they'll be after that, but "more" is a very safe guess.
You might also want to allow some extra time for your pizza delivery if you're planning on ordering Domino's on Saturday.
Primus is bringing what they call the "first ever" 3D-enhanced tour to the Rialto on May 18.
The experimental rock three-piece that many know from the South Park theme song will drop by the Old Pueblo on their "3D Tour" to promote their latest record, Green Naugahyde, which was released nearly a year and a half ago. The tour spans the western U.S. and parts of Mexico before going north for a number of Canadian shows.
Supporting acts for the show haven't been indicated, but tickets go up for sale this Friday. Pick them up at 10 a.m. at the Rialto box office or right here from the venue's website. General admission starts at $39 or $41, and a reserved balcony spot will set you back $44.
Fresh off a Grammy win for his studio debut Channel Orange, Frank Ocean is already “10 or 11 songs” into an as-yet-untitled follow-up to what many critics pegged as one of the best albums of 2012.
Ocean, who was in the UK to appear at the BRIT Awards (where he won the Best International Male Solo award) spent time in the hot seat with Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1. The interview is one of several that Ocean’s consented to this year, which is rare for the artist: he expects more than the modicum of privacy most celebrities tolerate, and journalists aren’t exactly his high on his list (as he disclosed early - and rather bluntly - into a recent profile by the New York Times).
The members of local Reggae band, Bangarang, compare their sound to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sublime, and Bob Marley. They draw influence from these bands, plus others like Blink 182, The Who, and Jimmy Eat World.
Bangarang will play at The Rialto Theatre on Thursday in the “Tucson’s Best” Showcase: SKA/Reggae Edition.
“I am very excited to play at one of the premiere venues in Tucson,” said vocalist Tom Sellers. “Some of our favorite bands have played there, and those bands have profoundly influenced our music.”
Sellers started out playing solo shows at The Rock. He asked his friend, Joe Catallini, to play a few songs with him one night. A.J. Ward happened to be in the crowd and wanted to form a band with the two after hearing them play. They then recruited Catallini’s roommate, Micah Donovan.
“I always wanted to start a band while at the University of Arizona and finally got the right people involved at the right time,” said Sellers. “I can’t say enough about my fellow members of Bangarang, they are all very talented and creative musicians.”
The lineup they have today is consistent with the one upon their creation in the spring of 2102, with vocalist Tom Sellers, guitarist Joe Catallini, drummer A.J. Ward, and bassist Micah Donovan.
Even if you can't make it to Coachella this year, Tucson seems to be getting lucky with the Coachella bands that are making stops here before, after, or in between their performance at the music festival.
In a previous article about the band Phoenix making a two stops in Arizona before their headlining slots at Coachella (one at AVA Amphitheater and the other at Marquee Theatre), we brought up the Coachella radius clause. The clause makes it so that any band playing at Coachella cannot play in Southern California from the time they sign their Coachella contract to 30 days after the festival, according to L.A. Times.
This same clause is likely to be the reason that Modest Mouse will be making two Arizona stops and one central California stop in between their slots at Coachella.
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Hip hop four-piece Far East Movement will play a free show at the Rialto Theatre tonight, thanks to Tucson's Hot 98.3 FM, which is sponsoring the event.
The show is a brief stop-over during their tour of the western U.S. through the rest of February before the band takes off to Japan for a single show in Tokyo. After forming in L.A. in 2003, the band gained its initial fame in 2006 when their song "Round Round" was featured in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Four years later, their single "Like a G6" topped the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes charts.
As advertised, the show is 100 percent free, and all attendees need for admission is a way to get inside the doors when they open at 7 p.m. If you're feeling lucky, you can listen to the radio station throughout the day for details on winning meet-and-greet passes.