Devo are coming to town. Grab a copy of Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, forget about "Whip It!" for an hour or so, and realize that these art-school guys were an incredibly creative and subversive group before losing the plot a bit in the mid-80's and going their separate ways taking extended breaks while working on other projects.
Tickets go on sale Friday for the May 24 show and if there's any justice in the universe, the show will sell out.
I'm not usually one to say "I told you so," but the news is pretty good this time around.
In my commentary about the residual Tucson shows that come from the Coachella weekends, I mentioned a number of bands that will be making stops in Southern Arizona before, between or after those two weekends in Indio, and another band just added a show.
Band of Horses announced via their Facebook page today that they'll be playing the Rialto on April 22. The Tucson stop is among dozens of other shows that make up the band's tour across most of the U.S. The announcement doesn't indicate which bands will be supporting.
Additionally, the Silversun Pickups have announced a stop at the Pima County fair on April 19, just a few days before the Band of Horses show. While the Silversun Pickups aren't playing Coachella this year, having the shows so close together should make for an interesting week for the indie rock crowd.
Tickets to Band of Horses can be picked up here when they go up for sale on Feb. 22, and admission to the Silversun Pickups show is included in the admission to the fair.
If you're worried about not getting your Celtic punk fill on St. Patrick's Day during Flogging Molly's stop in Tempe, just give it one more month.
The Rialto Theatre announced via Facebook today that Boston Irish punk-rock band Dropkick Murphys will be stopping by for a show on April 12.
The seven-piece is touring the states (along with a handful of stops in the UK) following the release of their latest record Signed and Sealed in Blood at the start of the year.
Tickets will go on sale this upcoming Friday, with advance admission set at $27 or $30 day of show. You can grab your tickets from the Rialto's website here when they go up.
Coheed and Cambria clearly doesn't want their fans to wait any longer for songs off their new record.
The prog rock quartet from New York has been slowly releasing songs as the record's release date next Tuesday nears. The double album titled The Afterman was split into two parts with two separate release dates, with The Afterman: Ascension dropping back in October, followed by The Afterman: Descension set for release in early February.
Most recently, the band began streaming Descension's "Number City" at NME.com, a UK music publication. Earlier in the month, the band appeared on Conan to play "Dark Side of Me," which they had previously released to fans to stream from the band's website. Right here in Tucson, the band debuted their first single from Ascension, titled "Domino the Destitute," during an Aug. 7, 2012 show at the Rialto.
This has been a running trend with this record, as frontman Claudio Sanchez uploaded a video to YouTube playing an acoustic version of "Sentry the Defiant," a song off the second half of the album, the studio version of which has yet to be released. In the past, the band has been known for using mysterious countdown clocks that appear on their website and count down to album release dates or other big news from the band. With only nine songs total on the remaining half of the album, it seems like Coheed's not leaving much left to anticipate.
Though there aren't any plans for another Tucson show, Coheed and Cambria will make one Arizona stop during their North American tour, playing Tempe's Marquee Theatre on Feb. 26, with Russian Circles and Between the Buried and Me. Tickets can be purchased at the Marquee's website.
For those country music fans who can't make it to Country Thunder this year, or are just not interested in some of the featured artists at the festival (or just the four-day festival itself) the 2013 Country Megaticket might sound more appealing.
While it's a list of five different shows between May and October, it's definitely a better lineup than that of April's music festival in Florence. All five shows will be at the Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix.
- Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will be headlining the May 16 show accompanied by Randy Houser and Joanna Smith.
- Luke Bryan, Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line will be performing July 27.
- Rascal Flatts and Band Perry is performing Sept. 12 followed by...
- A Sept. 29 show featuring Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch.
- And Jason Aldean, Jake Owenn and Thomas Rhett will be in Arizona on Oct. 17.
The shows may be spread out which means Tucsonans have to get multiple days off work, spend gas on five trips to Phoenix, but at a range of $125 to $675 I'd say it's worth it. I mean, what country music fan doesn't want to see the gorgeous Keith Urban perform live, am I right ladies?
And for those who have enough money to pay for Country Thunder and the 2013 Megaticket, why not have the most amazing country music experience this year?
As it typically goes every year when the Coachella lineup is announced, the anticipation, rumors and hype leave room for some to be disappointed, and this year is no different. A number of critics have commented on the shrugs and yawns that came from the Stone Roses' Friday headlining spot, as well as the foiled talks that the Rolling Stones would be there.
But if you needed any reason to get excited about the bands that were slated on Thursday to play the festival, allow me.
Just from the standpoint of indie rock, the first night has a great stack of artists, all in a row. As far as I'm concerned, it all starts with Tegan and Sara, whose new record "Heartthrob" drops on Tuesday. Taking the stage after them is Band of Horses, coming off a tour after their latest record release from about four months ago. Down the line sits Local Natives, another band who has a record due out on Tuesday, immediately followed by Of Monsters and Men, who stopped by the Rialto last May. Japandroids, a newly discovered personal favorite, rounds out the start to a great weekend, and it's only Friday.
The rest of the festival doesn't have as tight a grouping of really solid acts as the first day, but there are still plenty of great artists scattered throughout, including Grizzly Bear, Two Door Cinema Club, the Airborne Toxic Event and the Gaslight Anthem. I also expect Rodriguez to see a huge turnout for his set, thanks largely to the spectacular documentary released last month about the folk singer's failed music career and its subsequent, epic revival.
So, while the Rolling Stones won't be making an appearance, there's still plenty to look forward to for the two weekends in Indio. Thanks to a presale that started less than a month after last year's festival was over, the general admission festival passes have long since sold out, so if you haven't picked up tickets yet (which you can try to do here), you'll have to either buy passes with a shuttle pass, or poke around eBay and pay an outrageous amount for someone else's profit. Regardless, depending on what acts you catch, the money could be worth every penny.
If you're tired of waiting for the Coachella lineup to be announced or for the tickets to go on sale so you can watch them sell out in half an hour, a March festival a bit closer to home might tide you over until those weekends in April.
The McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix is gearing up for its ninth year for a weekend of performances from March 22-24.
This year's lineup runs the gamut of genres, and includes a handful of mainstream artists as well as plenty of bands from the Phoenix area. Indie rock band The Shins will headline the festival's first night, their first show in two months after coming off their 2012 world tour. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will have the stage before them. The second night's main stage will see Jimmy Fallon's house band and neo-soul group The Roots after a few performances by Deer Tick and Iration, among others. The festival's final performances include psychedelic rockers Dr. Dog, the progressive bluegrass Yonder Mountain String Band and progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee.
Since its beginning, the festival has supported family-based charities, and all proceeds will be donated to Ear Candy Charity, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers.
Tickets went up at the beginning of the year, and prices will stay at their lowest until the first of February. Day passes currently sit at $40, and ticket packages for the entire festival start at $120. Tickets can be picked up at the festival's website.
Austin-based psych-droners The Black Angels will embark upon a nationwide tour from early April through the end of May in support of their upcoming fourth album Indigo Meadow, due out April 2 on Blue Horizon.
That tour includes a headlining slot at their own Sixth Annual Austin Psych Fest, which will run April 26 - 28, and will also feature appearances by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (appearing at the Rialto Theatre on May 30), Deerhunter, Tinariwen, Warpaint, Clinic and dozens more, some yet to be announced.
Although it hasn't been announced on Club Congress' website yet, The Black Angels' tour also includes a scheduled stop at the downtown hotel on May 22. Wall of Death is slated to open the show.
An email sent out today by the band's publicist includes a sneak peek at Indigo Meadow's first single, "Don't Play With Guns," which according to the press release was "penned just days before last year’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado."
Check it out:
Ignoring this writer's preferences toward R&B for a moment, the Rialto Theatre has been announcing shows all this week (Local Natives, the Festival en el Barrio, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Soul Asylum and a few others) and if you're a music fan, you should be very, very excited for the lineup of shows coming to our town in the next few months.
Today, they announced that Rodriguez is coming to town on April 19. Now, you might not have heard of Rodriguez a year ago, but riding the success of Searching for Sugar Man, a 2012 documentary covering his strange music career, including his sudden, massive fame in South Africa, the Detroit native has been covered on NPR, 60 Minutes and performed on the late night talk show circuit.
That show will be an amazing opportunity on its own, but HOLY CRAP JEFF MANGUM IS COMING TO TOWN.
Formerly the frontman of Neutral Milk Hotel and now doing seemingly whatever he pleases, floating in and out of the spotlight, Mangum's masterpiece, In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, is one of the best indie-rock albums of all time. Weird, compelling and brilliant, it's one of the albums I go back to over and over again. Who knows what Mangum is going to do, what he'll play, but I'm in when tickets go sale next Wednesday the 23rd.
In general, I believe Tucson has all of the concerts a person needs to attend, but occasionally, something notable happens up north and a drive to Phoenix is in order. A show by Billy Bragg, who doesn't seem to play shows in America all that often and was boycotting Arizona for a few years, would qualify as reason enough to spend a few hours in the car. He's coming to Crescent Ballroom on March 26, touring in support of his first studio album in five years, Tooth & Nail, coming out on March 18.
Seriously, it's a challenge to come up with the words to describe how good this guy is, using his sharp wit and incredible songwriting skills on songs about politics and love. Tickets go on sale Friday and they won't likely last long.