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Crosscut Saw? No way! We were huge fans of that indie-rock trio back in the late '90s and always wondered what the hell happened to them. Oh, wait. What's that? This Crosscut Saw, playing at the Bud Light Music Stage at 8 p.m. , is actually a new five-piece local band that plays dirty blues à la Muddy Waters with a raspy-voiced Tom Waits acolyte out in front? OK, if you say so, broham. Things get a little more familiar at 9 p.m. , when the dark, spooky-with-tongue-in-cheek Mission Creeps tout their wares. 10 p.m. sees Forbidden Pigs frontman Billy Bacon teaming up with the local swing survivors of the Kings of Pleasure. At 11p.m. , it's Tucson's finest country-rock combo, Fourkiller Flats, who are currently writing songs for a long-awaited new album. At midnight, one of the brightest stars to emerge from Phoenix in the '90s, Dead Hot Workshop, let you in on what they've been up to lately.
Former high school phenoms Kool Shades demonstrate their winning brand of ska in the 8 p.m. slot, with the full-on ska-punk warriors of Troy's Bucket taking the stage at 9 p.m. The funk takes over next, with ska-funksters 8 Minutes to Burn up at 10 p.m. , followed at 11 p.m. by the P-Funk-influenced funk grooves of Cosmic Slop. At midnight, get ready to hear the hardest version of "Baby's Got Back" ever when Ph8 send you home with ears a-ringing.
Family of Light is the new combo put together by The Dusty Buskers' Stuart Oliver. Abetted by the singers of the Silver Thread Trio, the band plays a winning brand of vaguely psychedelic, countryish folk-pop at 8 p.m. , followed at 9 p.m. by the anti-folk musings of Brian Field's Traffic Violator. 10 p.m. sees the Year of Acceleration merging the moodiness of The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen with the arena-sized rock of U2. If blissed-out psychedelic indie-rock floats your boat, take a ride with Los Angeles sextet West Indian Girl at 11 p.m. , followed at midnight by Sunday Afternoon, who would sound right at home on the radio station sponsoring this stage.
Get yer Tejano on starting at 8 p.m. with the Poor Boys, followed at 10 p.m. by Ritmo Tejano, and Los Gallegos, performing a combination of Norteño and Tejano, at midnight.
Consider Al Perry's twangy blend of surf and country, which begins the proceedings at this downtown theater at 8 p.m. , to be the smooth, tasty beer that comes before the quadruple shot of the hard stuff to follow. Garboski are a three-piece indie-rock band featuring members of Lloyd Dobler and Is to Feel, and they're up at 9 p.m. Members of past and current local bands such as Demon City Wreckers, Good Talk Russ and scratchingthesurface constitute Fort Worth, who demonstrate their righteous straight-outta-the-'90s (in a good way) indie-rock at 10 p.m. Does Amphetamine Reptile Records still exist? If so, Blues, who pummel you at 11 p.m. , have found their home, and are followed at midnight by the powerful kitchen-sink soulful rock of scene survivors Chango Malo.
Never heard of the Fifth Avenue Cabaret? Remember where Skrappy's used to be? OK, then. Head there tonight for a heady dose of the heavy stuff. The Distortionists start things off at 8 p.m. , followed at 9 p.m. with the cathartic hardcore of veterans Gat-Rot. At 10 p.m., catch the new project from former Earl's Family Bomber Ricci DiLeo, DeadTrainGone, who merge rocks of the desert and Southern varieties. At 11 p.m. , check out some of the hardest-ass boogie-rock you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing, courtesy of Love Mound, followed at midnight by Great American Tragedy, who were born into metal, raised on punk and graduated from the school of stoner rock (but are still studying to get their GED).
Things get rolling at 8 p.m. with the thoughtful acoustindie-popsters (hey, we just made that up!) of Redlands, followed at 9 p.m. by the melancholy 'n' dissonance of singer-songwriter Tracy Shedd. While they've largely eschewed moody jazz-pop in favor of slightly more straightforward indie-pop, no matter what the hell they're playing, the boys of Luca (who live upstairs from you) always bring it. Catch them at 10 p.m. , right before the wall-of-classic-rock sound of Greyhound Soul, fronted by singer/songwriter Joey Pena, whose voice splits the difference between modern-day Dylan and Tom Waits. At midnight, don't miss the Chicago-via-Austin-via-Hawaii ensemble Poi Dog Pondering, who will send you home with a smile on your face after this rare Tucson appearance.
The parking lot of this legendary downtown hotel will be the setting for an eclectic round of local bands tonight, starting at 8 p.m. with the psychedelic desert garage rock of Ghost Cow. Straight-up, hard-pounding rock 'n' roll is what The Provocative Whites do best, and you can catch 'em doing it at 9 p.m. , just prior to the scary, twisted noir sounds of Flagrante Delicto, who will satisfy fans of Man Man at 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., it's the lovely, warped alt-country racket kicked up by Golden Boots; then, at midnight, The Swim will treat you to hummable indie-pop tunes fresh off their brand new album, Random Walk.
It's rare for this downtown neighborhood watering hole to host bands, so get in on the action while you can, starting at 8 p.m. with blues and rock standards from Tommy Tucker. At 8:45 p.m. , Salvador Duran will sing songs in Spanish with his jaw-droppingly gorgeous, huge voice that will make you "ooh" and "aah." Local vets Tony Rosano and Mike Bagesse team up with some friends to perform jazz as Sleepy Cheeks at 9:30 p.m. , followed by Andrew Collberg, who plays his fine, Lennon-esque indie-folk-pop tunes at 10:15 p.m. Then, it's time to get rootsy when the dean of Tucson rockabilly, Al Foul, and the professor of Tucson Delta blues, Tom Walbank, do their things at 11:15 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. , respectively.
Sharks, Tucson's downtown home of rock en español, starts its night off at 8 p.m. with the Santana-influenced rock of Los Nawdy Dawgs. Four of the best local underground hip-hop acts will follow: Imperial takes the stage at 9 p.m. , followed by Swivel Point (10 p.m. ), Da Bee Hive (11 p.m. ) and the Effin Sumbodies (midnight). Finishing off the night at 1 a.m. will be the reggae dancehall kings of San Diego, Keepers of the Light.
Just when you got used to thinking of Sports on Congress as a fine place to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail (which it is), it jumps into the live-music fray on a regular basis. Check out the setup with tonight's hip-hop-centric lineup, kicking off at 10 p.m. with Magnumopus, who would sound right at home on Rhymesayers. At 11:30 p.m., the rhymes come courtesy of Big Meridox with DJ Bonus providing the beats. At 12:30 a.m., it's the fluid flow of Jivin Scientists pulling the curtains on the night. T-Town, represent!
This downtown mainstay hosts all types of musicstuffs these days, but they're best known as Tucson's home of punk rock, and tonight, they'll demonstrate why with a bruising lineup that starts at 9 p.m. with the grinding hard-core punk of Flying Donkey Punch. At 10 p.m. , Last Call Brawlers ask: "Who got their punk rock in our rockabilly?" Fans will rush the stage when street-punks Blue Collar Criminals take over at 11 p.m. , followed at midnight by the chant-along gravel-punk of Bricktop. At 1 a.m. The Besmirchers remind you why hard-core punk in the '80s kicked so much ass.
Want some tots with those tunes (tater tots, that is)? Head to the comfy confines of the Red Room at Grill, where Cassette Culture hits you with a dose of ramshackle lo-fi indie-something at 10 p.m. Folk, blues and country are the jumping-off point for the winningly rootsy songs of Quincy, who take the wheel at 11 p.m. , followed at midnight by art-fuckers Calle Debauche, who can cram polka, prog, hot dogs, jazz, ethereal soundscapes, ska and molten lava into a single instrumental tune.
O'Malley's, the perennial college hangout on Fourth Avenue, hosts a lineup of up-and-comers tonight, starting at 8 p.m. with a laid-back dose of good-time funky blues from The Hounds, just before the one-two punch of radio-ready alt-rock, from Phoenix's Sketching in Stereo at 9 p.m. , and from Before There Were Oceans at 10 p.m. At 11 p.m. , Doubletop inject a dose of rootsiness into their brand of alternative, just before things get heavier--both musically and politically--at 12:30 a.m. with American Android, whose Silent Partner EP will have been released the night before Club Crawl™.
The Hut has established itself as the home to roots and jam bands over the last couple years, and tonight, they'll feature two stages of variations of that theme. Action on the indoor stage begins at 8 p.m. , with the bluesman who goes by the name Jack of Roses, followed at 9 p.m. with the sax-y organ-fueled instro-funk of Vampyros Bonobos. At 10 p.m. Back Bone, who include members of Spirit Familia, take their Latin hybrid to the stage. Planet Jam bring the dub and roots reggae at 11 p.m. , just before the sprawling anything-goes-as-long-as-it's-funky ensemble Spirit Familia at 12:30 a.m.
Things stay nice and rootsy at the outdoor stage at The Hut tonight starting at 8 p.m. with the kickin' pickin' of bluegrassers Cadillac Mountain, who take the stage just before the ever-expanding lineup of the Dusty Buskers give you a taste of their Celtic and Americana combo platter at 9 p.m. Then, a trio of out-of-towners round out the night, starting at 10 p.m. with folkie Pat Gahn (Bisbee), continuing at 11 p.m. with authentic honky-tonk from Austin's Kenneth Brian, and finishing up at midnight with the melancholic moodiness of Los Angeles' weepy country combo Leslie and the Badgers.
Located on Fourth Avenue, the El Ojito Springs Center for Creativity hops into the Crawl fray with a trio of performers: new-agey folkster Amber Gaia at 8 p.m.; more folk, courtesy of Ernie Votto and Larry Waters with Chet Gardner, at 9 p.m. ; then, at 10 p.m. , it's an Americanized take on reggae from Sitn Real.
This funky little Fourth Avenue cafe regularly features art, tasty vittles, coffee and tea, and tonight, it'll add live music to that menu. At 7 p.m. , the trio of French chanteuse Marianne Dissard, dark folkie Will Elliott and violin virtuoso Vicki Brown will make you love them.
This downtown Italian eatery and wine bar will feature live music from Mood Swing tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.
Club Crawl™ and the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association have teamed up to bring Crawlers entertainment at the permanent outdoor stage located right on Fourth Avenue called Winsett Park. The Desert Bluegrass Association is dedicated to promoting bluegrass music in Tucson and will be bringing an all-star group in to play from 5 to 7 p.m. Then, from 7 to 9 p.m., Nobody, et al. , one of the most interesting groups to emerge from the Old Pueblo in some time, will perform their eclectic mix of folk inspired music, jazz and spaghetti Western instrumentals.