The Impossible World of  Howe Gelb

The Impossible World of Howe Gelb

Howe Gelb has spent years refining.


Noise Annoys

For many decades rock 'n' roll has followed a rather predictable trajectory: In the early part of any 10-year period, there's a creative breakthrough.

Know Your Product: Ace Frehley

A combination of covers and Kiss reworkings, the record features guest appearances from Slash, John5, Lita Ford, and former Kiss colleague Paul Stanley. The spaceman is coming to Tucson so, in anticipation, we asked Frehley to pick the top five albums (by others) that changed his life.

Real As It Gets: Lydia Loveless

Country-punk roustabout Lydia Loveless has packed more experience into her 26 years than many see in a lifetime.

Metal Injection

Love or loathe English metaltitans Iron Maiden, you can't deny the band's lasting legacy in the world of heavy metal, or even, um, rock 'n' roll sword 'n' sorcery play.

Noise Annoys

The trajectory of the grand closing of the DIY venue is tradition now, and it's cliche.

Know Your Product

Classical violinist-gone-rogue Samantha Bounkeua arrived in Tucson in 2012 by accident and was immediately adopted into the arts community.

Vintage Vinyl

Have you ever watched a live band and noticed the drums and bass in your left ear, the guitar and keyboards in your right ear, imaged in empty gymnasium like reverb?

Vintage Vinyl

If you tuned in to KTKT radio 50 years ago, in December '67, you were treated to a slew of soon-to-become classics such as The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye," The Animals "Monterey," The Monkees' "Daydream Believer," Beach Boys' "Darlin'," Strawberry Alarm Clock "Incense & Peppermints," Small Faces' "Itchycoo Park" and many others.

Rebirth of the Cool

Back for its third year, the Tucson Jazz Festival has locked down big-name artists yet again, delivering a packed 11 days of music for locals and visitors alike.

The Self-Evidence of Kamasi Washington 

Culled from hours of sessions, most from 2011, the album represented Washington's life work.

Know Your Product

In a modern world seemingly overrun with bland and insipid singer/songwriters, staring blankly.

Noise Annoys

At the present in Tucson, you'd be hard pressed to find an artist more visionary than Louise Le Hir.

People Who Died

We asked Tucsonans who contribute to music on local and international levels to write tributes to those who died in 2016.

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>There is a dream state, where the ordinary is surpassed, like a road trip back through time, one where Billie Holliday, Janis Joplin, Gene Clark and France Gall all beam through an old car radio, and it serves as guide. That's a place where Louise Le Hir might exist.

People Who Died: David Bowie by Amelia Poe

Rest well, Star Man.

People Who Died: Leonard Cohen by Howe Gelb

Leonard had a voice with the authority to soothe the journey of a treacherous landscape we insist on traversing, says Giant Sand's Howe Gelb.

People Who Died: Sharon Jones by Brittany Katter

Brittany Katter (of Katterwaul) had the self-pity slapped right out of her by Sharon Jones' booming, exuberant and commanding voice.

People Who Died: Guy Clark by Gabriel Sullivan

Gabriel Sullivan of XIXA says he can picture Guy digging the words of "Randall Knife" into his graph paper with his trusted music chart pencils.

People Who Died: Phife Dawg by DJQ

Puro love and peace for the OG Phife. Love, DJQ.

People Who Died: Leon Russell by Billy Sedlmayr

Leon Russell was one of those pioneering cats, says Billy Sedlmayr.

People Who Died: Dale 'Buffin' Griffin by John Convertino

Calexico's John Convertino says he feels like he's living in a bad movie, like this can't be really happening, but it is.

People Who Died: Paul Kantner by Rich Hopkins

Paul Kantner wasn't The Jefferson Airplane's cute one, the band's best guitarist, and he didn't write their hit songs. But he was their true leader, the glue and an innovative rhythm guitarist.

People Who Died: David Bowie by Kate Becker

"I bow to you Mr. Bowie, you were our generation's prophet from outer space that helped us dare to explore life beyond boundaries." — Kate Becker

People Who Died: Glenn Frey by Larry Mac

When Glenn Frye and Jackson Browne co-wrote "Take It Easy" in the early '70s, they probably had no idea that they would put Winslow, Arizona on the map.

People Who Died: Alan Vega by Clif Taylor (AKA Chick Cashman)

Alan Vega had a beat poet's voice and a Gene Vincent stance—so fucking rock 'n' roll!

People Who Died: Merle Haggard by Hank Topless

When Hank Topless thinks of Merle Haggard, he's often transported back to the winter of 1970—riding the bus to school, 25 miles or so, across snowy Gila County to Payson.

People Who Died: Alvaro 'Acho' Durazo by Mark Beef

Alvaro "Acho" Durazo was a larger-than-life character who knew how to wring the best from every moment, a musician who could not be defined by his many varied bands.

People Who Died: Prince by Curtis McCrary

Getting a text that casually mentioned Prince's death was like getting a message that said, "oh btw God is dead and everything you've ever cared about is ruined TTYL" for the Rialto's Curtis McCrary.

Jingle Bell Shame

When the alt-right goes on their annual tirade about the supposed War on Christmas, they'll again be zeroing in on how shop clerks are greeting them, how their kids' teachers are signing off on their emails and what kind of non-denominational holiday cards are currently hurting their feelings.

Noise Annoys

Culturally and politically 2016 was one of the most explosive and consequential years in recent history.

Know Your Product

The Exbats live high up on on Black Mountain. That's not a song. It's on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Learning to Fly

Tucson’s Run Boy Run rises on lovely literate songcraft

Noise Annoys

Levine rounds up Tucson’s best releases of ’16 (Pt. 1)

Know Your Product

Stars Pick Their Top 5! This week: Clif Taylor (aka Chick Cashman)

Vintage Vinyl Tucson

The Stumps “Think of the Good Times” b/w “My Generation” Boyd Records BB159, Spring 1967


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