For the first time in 28 years, all of the original members of Straight Shot--Donny Roberts (lead guitar), Frank Manhardt (lead vocals), Billy Bodean Odom (guitar/vocals), Jim Metz (drums), Rob Francis (keyboards), Glenn McKinney (bass/vocals) and Richie Cavanaugh (guitar)--will perform together this weekend in a long-anticipated reunion.
Straight Shot take the stage at Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave., at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $15, available in advance at the venue. For further details, call 690-0991.
Dubbed the Tucson Rock-a-Thon, the event will feature performances from The Provocative Whites, The Solace Bros. , The Deludes and Spacefish. It will be hosted by comedian Robert Mac.
The Tucson Rock-a-Thon kicks off at 8 p.m. sharp on Saturday, April 26. The Surly Wench Pub is located at 424 N. Fourth Ave. Admission is a suggested donation of $6. For more information, call 882-0009.
Caribou is basically Canadian Dan Snaith, who recorded albums under the name Manitoba in the early aughts until he was hit by a cease-and-desist letter from Dictators frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba. His work as Manitoba was a bit more experimental than that of Caribou, whose most recent album is 2007's almost universally praised Andorra (Merge).
These days, although Snaith still works largely with electronic instruments, Caribou's music falls squarely into dreamy, psychedelic, folky indie-pop territory, with a heightened emphasis on songwriting. The Onion described Andorra as "Beatles-style avant-garde psychedelia, processing the sound of a thousand orchestras into trippy cacophony."
Based on Caribou's last local performance, at Club Congress in 2005, Soundbites can attest that as great as the group's albums are, they've got nothing on the live show. Under a backdrop of psychedelic projections, Snaith and company created a blissful, trippy-as-hell, lush wall of sound that had us aching for the sort of mushrooms that can't be found at Safeway.
Catch the return of Caribou on Friday, April 25, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Fuck Buttons, whose recent album is reviewed in this issue, open the show at 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more details, call 798-1298.
Since that last scheduled appearance, the group has replaced lead MC Marina Ribatski with two new female singers, Ana Bernardino and Laura Taylor, who were chosen via auditions held in conjunction with MTV Brasil.
Bonde Do Role perform at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Monday, April 28, two days after their appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Opening the show at 9:30 p.m. are The Death Set, whose latest album is reviewed in these pages, and ... Music Video? Tickets are $8 in advance at ticketweb.com; they'll be $10 on the day of the show. For further info, call 798-1298.
The pickin' begins at 8 p.m., Friday, April 25. The Hut is located at 305 N. Fourth Ave., and admission is a mere $4. More info is yours by calling 623-3200.
The event takes place at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at St. Philip's Plaza, at the southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road. Advance tickets start at $20, or $15 for TJS members, and may be purchased at all Bookmans locations, through tucsonjazz.org or by calling 903-1265.
In a largely underappreciated career that spanned about three decades, Gaffney had released solo albums, was the frontman of the Cold Hard Facts and played guitar for Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men. But it was his collaboration in recent years with Paladins frontman Dave Gonzalez, as one-half of the core of the Hacienda Brothers, for which Gaffney finally began to get the recognition he so deserved, and for which he'll be remembered most fondly here in Tucson.
Though Gaffney lived in Southern California, he spent his formative years growing up in Arizona; part of that time was spent in Tucson. The members of the Hacienda Brothers considered Tucson home: The idea for the band was hatched in Tucson, in 2002, at a birthday party for Jeb Schoonover, who would go on to become the band's manager and occasional co-songwriter; all of the Hacienda Brothers' studio albums were recorded in Tucson. Before Gaffney was diagnosed, the group completed work on a third studio album, Arizona Motel, which was recorded at Tucson's Cavern Recording Studios and is slated for a June 24 release on Proper Records, with distribution through Ryko.
The Hacienda Brothers, under the guidance of legendary songwriter and producer Dan Penn, called their music "Western soul," because it combined the soulful heart of R&B with a tinge of country twang. One would be hard-pressed to think of a better vehicle for such a sound than Gaffney's gorgeously weathered voice.
We send our sincerest condolences to Gaffney's wife, Julie, his daughter, Erika, and the thousands of friends and fans he left behind. He won't be forgotten.