Even tough guys have hearts. Eight local hard-rock and metal bands will join forces this week for a show to benefit the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, which is, according to a press release, "a nonprofit organization that offers a full range services to victims of sexual assault in Pima County and throughout Southern Arizona. We serve primary and secondary victims and survivors of recent and past sexual assault, and provide sexual assault education and awareness to the general community." It has done so for the last 30 years.

Performers at the all-ages benefit, which begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 2, at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., will be Flesh Factor, Stone Cirrus, Cheepness, Sinister Mustard, Blind Greed, Dealbreaker, Suicide Parlor and Mr. Wiley. To raise additional funds, four autographed guitars will be raffled off: one signed by Wiley Arnett (Sacred Reich), one signed by David Ellefson (Megadeth, F5), and one signed by all of the performing bands. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. For more information, call 629-9211.


In the midst of swine-flu madness (not to mention the relative calm of the Tucson Folk Festival), another type of hog is invading Tucson this week, as the Third Annual Tucson Thunder, aka the Arizona State Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally, takes over points around town far and wide. From Thursday, April 30, to Saturday, May 2, the rally will hold various events at several locations, including a HOG Welcome Party in the parking lot of a Harley-Davidson dealership, and a ride from the Tucson Convention Center to Old Tucson Studios with Mayor Bob Walkup.

But this is, after all, a music column, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, the rally will feature a full slate of live music by local acts on two stages: one at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., and one in the Tucson Convention Center Courtyard, 260 S. Church Ave. Here's that schedule:

Friday, May 1, La Placita Village: Michael P. (2 to 3:15 p.m.), Courtney Robbins (3:30 to 4:45 p.m.), Mitzi Cowell (5 to 6:15 p.m.).

Friday, May 1, TCC Courtyard: The Tall Paul Band (4 to 5:15 p.m.), Cochise County All-Stars (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.), The Last Call Girls (6:45 to 8 p.m.).

Saturday, May 2, La Placita Village: Leila Lopez (3 to 4:15 p.m.), Al Perry (4:30 to 5:15 p.m.), Jeremy Michael Cashman (5:30 to 6:45 p.m.), Stefan George (7 to 8:15 p.m.).

Saturday, May 2, TCC Courtyard: Cheepness (5 to 6:15 p.m.), Mitzi Cowell and the Valiants (6:30 to 7:15 p.m.), The El Camino Royales (7:30 to 8:15 p.m.), Whole Lotta Zep (8:30 to 10 p.m.).

All performances, like most of the rally's events, are free to attend. For more information, head to www.azstatehogrally.com.


The Last Call Brawlers will headline a show this weekend that doubles as a CD-release party. The band, which normally plays a potent blend of punk and rockabilly (let's call it punkabilly), is switching gears a bit on Last Call Brawlers ... With Beans and Rice on the Side, a new EP the band is touting as a Tex-Mex detour.

They'll be at The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave., on Saturday, May 2. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and also features performances from Dead End Dragstrip and The Fisters. Cover is $4. Call 623-3200 for more info.


Two fine touring heavy-rock acts team up for a sweet double bill this week.

Headlining is Dredg, who have increasingly embraced prog and pop elements as they've gotten a bit older. Their first new studio album in four years, The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion, is scheduled for a May 19 release, so expect to hear a preview of it at the show.

Miami's Torche released one of the best hard-rock/metal albums I've heard in a while with last year's Meanderthal (Hydra Head). Though songs like "Healer" and "Piranha" might be compared to the work of smart hard-rock bands like Queens of the Stone Age, the group also likes its sludgy stoner rock, but with an oddly uplifting twist. Great stuff.

Dredg and Torche perform an early, all-ages show at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, May 6. Showtime is 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $13, and they'll be $2 more on the day of the show. Questions? Ring 'em up at 622-8848.


Best known as the bassist for underground rock revolutionaries Fugazi, Joe Lally has released a pair of solo albums in recent years: 2006's There to Here and 2007's Nothing Is Underrated, both on Dischord, natch. While Lally's unmistakable bass sound is often front and center on the albums, his solo work rarely sounds like Fugazi—especially on Nothing, he favors less-jarring, hypnotic grooves that maintain a bit of an edge.

Check it out for yourself when Joe Lally performs at an all-ages show on Tuesday, May 5, at Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave. Opening at 9 p.m. is David Stone Scott. Admission is a 10-spot. Call 884-0874 for further details.


Following last week's inaugural concert in the Zuzi! Music Series, which featured Victoria Williams, the series continues this week with a performance from Marc Anthony Thompson, aka Chocolate Genius, who specializes in hopping around from soul to gospel to blues to rock to funk to hip-hop, all with a literary bent. He'll play two sets at the Zuzi! Theater in the Historic Y, 738 N. Fifth Ave., on Saturday, May 2. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20. For more info, call 629-0237.

There are three weeks left in the Tucson Jazz Society's Jazz Under the Stars series, and this week's installment brings a dose of bossa nova as Nossa Bossa Nova performs a tribute to the late Brazilian singer Elis Regina at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, at the St. Philip's Plaza courtyard, on the southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road. Tickets are $15 for TJS members, $20 for the general public, and $10 for students, and may be purchased at Bookmans or tucsonjazz.org, or by phone at 903-1265. Get there early for pre-show performances by local jazz students.

Vaudeville, 110 E. Congress St., hosts a killer bill of Arizona acts on Saturday, May 2. Tempe's Earthmen and Strangers headline the show, which also includes Digital Leather and Lenguas Largas, whose ranks include Isaac from Shark Pants and occasional Tucson Weekly contributor Mark Beef. Things get underway around 9 p.m., and the number to call with questions is 622-3535.

Starting Wednesday, May 6, DJ Don Miguel's Punk Rock Happy Hour makes a move from Tuesday evenings to every Wednesday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Check out the finest in new and old-school punk while taking advantage of some killer drink specials: 2-for-1 Buds, or a Bud and a whiskey for $4. Free. 622-8848.


Damien Jurado and Laura Gibson at Club Congress on Friday, May 1; hed (p.e.), The Dirtball, Mower and Dgaf at the Rialto Theatre on Wednesday, May 6; Sleepytime Gorilla Museum at Club Congress on Tuesday, May 5; Mae, Person L, Barcelona and Tokyo at The Rock on Friday, May 1; Vienna Teng and Ben Sollee at Club Congress on Saturday, May 2; The Runaway Five, The Modlins and Seashell Radio at Plush tonight, Thursday, April 30; The Chop Tops, Desolate Graves and Rogues Gallery at Club Congress on Sunday, May 3; Charo at the Desert Diamond Casino tonight, Thursday, April 30; Molehill Orkestrah, the Kate Becker Project and Loveland at Club Congress on Friday, May 1.

Finally, if you don't already have tickets to see Kenny Rogers at the Desert Diamond Casino on Sunday, May 3, it's time to hit up eBay: The show is sold out.


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