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Ultramaroon has been a Tucson fixture for about eight years. Thanks to their self-described "incomprehensible rhythms and overly pretentious lyrics," Mike Pearson and Dick Solomon have sealed their fate as one of the Old Pueblo's most misunderstood and overlooked bands. They claim to pull from influences as far and wide as reggaeton and cumbia, but "mostly desert rock." Catch them at Vaudeville on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Dick: Naked Raygun at St. Andrew's Hall. I was 16.

Mike: Some crazy, all-nude hippie musical.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Dick: Changer? Record stack! Tulsa, Thee Headcoats, Ella (Fitzgerald) and Louis (Armstrong), Bo Diddley, Mudhoney.

Mike: This question bothers me.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Dick: 2,003 LPs, 209 CDs, 187 cassette tapes.

Mike: 15 crates full.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

Dick: No computer.

Mike: How utterly boring.

What was the first album you owned?

Dick: Some Alvin and the Chipmunks record. The first album I bought was the Jackson 5.

Mike: I wasn't allowed to own anything.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Dick: Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Keep on Chooglin'."

Mike: "Happy Birthday."

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Dick: Americana and new country, but no feelings of guilt.

Mike: I don't like any music from Eastern Europe.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Dick: P37 Space Modulator. The singer/guitarist Chad Kerr introduced me to a lot of music. I love and miss him.

Mike: TV-show theme songs. Without them, I wouldn't know how to write pop songs.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Dick: Any one of CCR's first albums (apologies to James, John, Curtis, Ian and Iggy).

Mike: Next question.

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