Court and Spark

Court and Spark

This Tucson singer-songwriter, who moonlights as a jailhouse psychotherapist, overcame career-killing circumstances

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Let’s Dance

Each time Sergio Mendoza returned from a tour or a recording project, he'd carry back new musical ideas.

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It's always exciting when an artist who's been recording and performing over a span of years is now entering a new creative era, and is just beginning to peak.

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During the early '60s, surf music and beach-party films owned much of pop culture; it was a sort of rite of passage for kids looking for a less wholesome escape from a puritanical existence.

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This record has a really bad mix. Detail: the bass is way too loud and midrangy, the drums are too loud and sound like someone pounding on a cardboard box with a mallet during the lead solo, which is practically drowned out.

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But the silver lining is that punk rock is gonna be "great again"? That's almost like saying the good part about unarmed black men being gunned down by cops in the streets is rap music will creatively flourish.

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"They'd get really drunk and I saw them get in fist fights on stage," said The Dearly Beloved's Tom Walker about The Sot Weed Factor. Even though the blues-based Yardbirds and Kinks-inspired band were rough around the edges, they were unhappy with the crude cavernous sound at Tucson's Copper State Recording Studio.

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Stars pick their top five! This week: J Lugo Miller

Battle Acts

Think about how many times you've given serious consideration to the twist dance in the last 25 years or at least since Mad Men went often air.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Teen Atlanta Rapper Lil Yachty Disengages With Tradition and Pisses off Oldsters

Dance Away

Bank Notes and the rise of Tucson’s heady underground electronic music

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The Rifle: stellar songwriting and an indelible voice

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Stars Pick Their Top 5! This week: Darlingside

Fest Freak!

The Night of the Living festival is a "celebration of the weird," built around bands that either don't play Tucson frequently, if at all, or those with roots here.

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