In 1982, Crenshaw released his eponymous debut album on Warner Bros., which yielded his first--and only--hit single, "Someday, Someway." But don't let his lack of subsequent hits fool you. That debut album, like most of his output since, was loaded with straightforward pop songs that betray Crenshaw as the immaculate songcraftsman that he is.
Since then, in addition to releasing about 10 more albums of material, Crenshaw has become something of a rock renaissance man. He's appeared in such films as La Bamba and Peggy Sue Got Married; assembled compilation albums for record labels; and written a book, Hollywood Rock and Roll, about rock films. His songs have been covered by artists such as Kelly Willis and the Gin Blossoms, and he performed in Tucson last year as a guitarist for DKT/MC5, the reunion tour of fellow Detroiters the MC5. And this week, he returns to town to perform songs from his illustrious solo career.
Marshall Crenshaw performs at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., next Thursday, March 2. Doors open at 7 p.m., and advance tickets are available for $10 at the Rialto box office or online at hotelcongress.com (where there's a $1 service fee). They'll be $13 at the door. For further details, call 622-8848.
Asylum Street Spankers perform two sets starting at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Tickets are $10, available in advance at virtuous.com. Call 798-1298 for more information.
But in recent years, Low has somewhat transformed itself. Beginning with 2001's Things We Lost in the Fire (Kranky), the band finally acquired something that had been sorely lacking on previous releases: a sense of dynamics, with each song distinguishing itself as something lush and often gorgeous that could stand on its own. That reinvention, complete with a clockwise rotation of the volume knob and a quickening of pace, has endured through last year's acclaimed The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop).
Touring in support of that album was cut short last year due to Alan Sparhawk's battle with depression, but this week, Low makes up its cancelled local date with a show at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, March 1. Damien Jurado opens at 9 p.m. Advance tix are available for $10 at the Rialto Theatre box office or online at hotelcongress.com (with a $1 service fee). Call 622-8848 with questions.
Papa Susso's knowledge and talents have gotten him appointed Regents' Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara (in 1991), and he has performed at such prestigious venues as the Chicago Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Kazumi Watanabe Opera in Tokyo and Carnegie Hall (twice).
This week, he arrives in Tucson to perform at a far less traditional venue. At 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, Papa Susso will perform at the 17th Street Market, 840 E. 17th St. Admission is free. For further info, go to treasureshidden.com or call 624-8821 ext. 145.
One of our favorite moments in the film comes courtesy of an interview with Perry Farrell, who was responsible for Lollapalooza, a touring prototype of Coachella that began over a decade prior. When asked why everyone flocked to a remote location to listen to a bunch of bands that radio largely forsakes, Farrell's answer is that everyone needs a vacation, because vacation "is as important as a colonic or the right diet."
Coachella will show at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., at 10 p.m. each night for a week starting on Friday, Feb. 24. The film is rated R. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more info, head to loftcinema.com or call 795-0844.
Best known as the bassist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten has also released five solo albums, the latest of which is Soul Circus (Vanguard, 2005), on which he indulges his love of soul, funk, jazz and hip-hop. He'll perform an all-ages show at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Advance tickets are available for $20 at the venue's box office or at rialtotheatre.com. They'll be a dollar more on the day of the show. Call 740-1000 for more info.