Lalo Guerrero was born Christmas eve in Tucson in 1916, auspicious timing some believe.
It's beginning to look like Christmas, and, like the clearance sales, frigid 70-degree temps and the swelling population influx of out-of-state blue-hairs leaving reasonably predictable weather patterns back east, the demographic of committed year-round Tucson residents who fancy themselves arbiters of culture are just as much creatures of habit, filling in holiday-themed gatherings in the city's vast downtown cultural center, which consists of about three city blocks.
Stars pick five! This week: The Handsome Family
In the 1970s, when my brethren and I were longhaired stoners, we attended parties in remote desert spots around and just outside of Tucson, usually including a generator for lights and music, and kegs for refreshment, called "boonies."
The Whisky a Go Go is a shell of its former self. What was once, alongside the neighboring Rainbow and Roxy, the manic epicenter of the musical social scene on the Sunset Strip, is now a pay-to-play haven operating on past glories and the merch sales associated with that.
This Tucson singer-songwriter, who moonlights as a jailhouse psychotherapist, overcame career-killing circumstances
Stars Pick Five! This week: Al Perry
Each time Sergio Mendoza returned from a tour or a recording project, he'd carry back new musical ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Stars pick their top five! This week: J Lugo Miller
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.
Teen Atlanta Rapper Lil Yachty Disengages With Tradition and Pisses off Oldsters
Bank Notes and the rise of Tucson’s heady underground electronic music
The Rifle: stellar songwriting and an indelible voice
Stars Pick Their Top 5! This week: Darlingside
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.
Fea tackles with thundering aplomb big open themes of race and gender in a way that's so damn passionate that it actually inspires listener passion, if you can imagine that.
Tucson's fourth annual Night of the Living Fest commences this weekend at 191 Toole.
"Most bands' lives are less than a year. If you make it one year, that's a big deal, and we made it to 30," says Timothy Gassen of Marshmallow Overcoat, one of the longest running garage bands in rock 'n' roll history.
Social upheavals in recent years have shone a light shown on, amongst other societal ills, the continued conservative white-boy dominance over too many people's lives. Combined with 20-year nostalgia cycles in music, a revival of Riot Grrrl makes sense on paper.
This hick-punk Texas reprobate grooves like an old Jerry Reed side, flexes like early X, and spins literate yarns full of busted-luck everydayisms that'd inspire ghosts of old Townes Van Zandt and lowlife novelist Harry Crews to lift countless toasts.