Response has been a bit tepid so far, so I ask you: What part of "free publicity" do you not understand? Get those details to me stat!
But we haven't yet told you what you can expect if you're attending the event on Nights Two and Three, so here goes (and bear in mind that the schedules are subject to change):
Night Two, Friday, Dec. 7: Muddy Bug at 8 p.m.; Redlands at 8:30 p.m.; Guilty Pleasurez at 9 p.m.; With Cheapness at 9:30 p.m.; Feed at 10 p.m.; Ladies and Gentlemen at 10:30 p.m.; ... Music Video? at 11 p.m.; Love Mound at 11:30 p.m.; Golden Boots at midnight; The Swim at 12:30 a.m.; The Jons and Seven to Blue at 1 a.m.
Artists being covered on Friday, in no particular order (it's a surprise, dawg): Journey, Ween, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, TV-show theme songs, ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Guided by Voices, Danzig, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and the New York Dolls.
Night Three, Saturday, Dec. 8: Strike Gently at 8 p.m.; Tracy Shedd at 8:30 p.m.; Rock Sauce at 9 p.m.; Flagrante Delicto at 9:30 p.m.; Marianne Dissard at 10 p.m.; the Sabatino Killers at 10:30 p.m.; Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout at 11 p.m.; Al Perry at 11:30 p.m.; Spacefish at midnight; Found Dead on the Phone at 12:30 a.m.
Artists being covered on Saturday, in no particular order: Lily Allen, The Clash, Queen, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cat Power, Madness, Edith Piaf, Chris Isaak and The Who.
Please keep in mind that you are urged to arrive early to avoid missing something you'll regret, and because the bands have put in an awful lot of time and effort for no monetary reward, whether they're playing first or last.
All proceeds from this year's event will be donated to the Tucson Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance (TAMHA), an alliance of artists, musicians, medical professionals, politicians and arts advocates who are dedicated to finding and advocating for health-care resources in our community.
The Great Cover-Up goes down at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is $8 for one night, $12 for two nights, or $15 for all three. For more info, head to hotelcongress.com, klpx.com or call 622-8848. We hope you're looking forward to it as much as we are. See you there.
Good News, of course, became a platinum-seller on the strength of the hit single "Float On," which so permeated pop culture that it was later included on one of those Kidz Bop collections. (You haven't really heard "Float On" until you've heard a chorus of little kids singing, "I backed my car into a cop car the other day.") Never mind that Good News itself is one of the least consistent albums in Modest Mouse's catalog; it made them huge.
So huge, in fact, that when the band began working on a follow-up, head Mouseketeer Isaac Brock had an idea. He was looking to get that "Johnny Marr" guitar sound that those old Smiths albums were known for, and was trying to figure out what to do about it. Hey, why not call Johnny Marr over from the United Kingdom to help out? Well, because the guy doesn't really play music anymore, for starters. You'd have to have some pretty serious man-nuggets to call Johnny Marr and ask him to play on your album, right?
Luckily, Brock had 'em: Johnny Marr not only flew across the pond to help out on the album; he became a full-fledged member of Modest Mouse.
Earlier this year, Modest Mouse released We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, which may not sell a million copies, but marks a step back up to the consistent quality level of the band's past albums. Best of all, the current tour affords those lucky enough to get tickets to the show (which is sold out) the opportunity to see the great Johnny Marr perform with the mighty Mouse for the first time.
Modest Mouse performs at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Matt Costa opens at 8 p.m. For more information call 740-1000.
This week, the group will take it to the stage for a show that also includes openers Dead Rock West (Doe's backing band on his recent solo tour) and Luca, whose frontman, Nick Luca, was also part of Doe's recent backing band--it's a family affair, y'all. Catch all three at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Advance tickets are available at hotelcongress.com for $18. They'll be $20 on the day of show. Questions? Ring 'em up at 622-8848.
Celebrate the release of Music for Ranch and Town when the Hacienda Brothers perform at The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave., next Thursday, Dec. 13. The show begins at 8 p.m. with an opening set from Salvador Duran. Admission is a 10-spot. Call 623-3200 for further details.
Finally, the Hawthorne Heights show scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Rialto has, of course, been cancelled due to the sudden and tragic recent death of guitarist Casey Calvert.