Tuesday, July 2, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Wednesday, July 3

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With their newest album Born of the Sun, Oakland's Faun Fables are crushing mysticism and psychedelia into fine powder with an apothecary's mortar and pestle. These theatrical art/folk rockers heed the Light of a Vaster Dark (Drag City, 2010) at Exo Bar. Hannah Yeun opens. Details here.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock, Monday, July 1

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Classic and modern soul and R&B being their forte, Soul Essential are at Elliott's on Congress. Details here.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend, June 28 to 30

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Friday, June 28


Like the nail-biting scene in Pulp Fiction when Vincent Vega revived an overdosing Mia Wallace, this Mexican singer-songwriter's career received an intracardiac injection of epinephrine with the release of Me Déje Llevar (Universal Latin, 2017), a major label debut that yielded four smash hits on both U.S. Latin and Mexican charts. As the title (translated to English) implies, "I Got Carried Away" is full of tales of drinking to excess, double-dealing and bearing the karmic weight of being the betrayer, as in "Te Fallé." His vocal style has drawn comparisons to iconic Mexican crooner Luis Miguel and "El Rey de la Música Ranchera" Vicente Fernández. At 20 years young, with guns ablaze, Christian Nodal ascends to the throne at Tucson Music Hall.

The New York Times raved that it's "the gleeful profanities, righteous protest anthems and impeccable folk songwriting" that have carried one of the finest folk duos of all time through a career spanning three decades. Two distinct voices and worldviews—that of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—come together. Indigo Girls strive to create something transcendent at the Rialto Theatre.

Keep your antipsychotic meds close. Maximal insanity awaits. Hitman Entertainment celebrates 8 Years of Keeping It Heavy ALWAYS Anniversary Show with WitchAlley, 7eventh of Never, Psycho 78 and Legion. At House of Bards.

Transcending all musical barriers, Washington indie rockers Stereo Riots cause a ruckus. With Defeat the Band whose collective interests include "weed, good times and nice people," and the mighty Sur Block. At Sky Bar.

This week's installment of Tucson Duels sees The Demons vs. The Öhmlauts in a samurai sword fight to win the honorary title of kensei (Japenese sword saint). At The Screening Room.

Marrying humor with infectious cumbia/salsa rhythms singer Stephani Candelaria delivers a powerful feminist message. La Mera Candelaria adds a piquant sabor caribeño to the recurrent dance party sin fronteras that is El Tambó. With DJ Humblelianess. On the plaza at Hotel Congress.

Like the mythical and elusive Chupacabra, Bordertown Devils roam the desert wasteland by moonlight in search of prey. With The Endless Pursuit and PS9. At the Surly Wench Pub.

Texas death metalists Creeping Death caution against the "Specter of War." With Fuming Mouth, Languish, AOM and Scowl. At Ward6.

Nitecall: Disco 2000 features performances by The Häus of Polkadots. DJs Mijito and Plastic Disease preside over the nights events. At R Bar.

Darkly roasted strains of country noir will waft through the air when West Texas Intermediate play Exo Bar. Hans Hutchison performs an opening set.

Desert rockers The Craig Green Band celebrates the release of Flyboy Serenade. At Monterey Court. Big Grin and Mike Sadler lend a hand.

Doom and sludge your thing? Wallow in the mire. Sixes, Atala and Dayak get filthy dirty at House of Bards.

After a rollover bus accident, in 1999, that claimed the lives of two band members and their road manager, these Tejano/norteño stars have lived up to their name. Intocable are at AVA Amphitheater. With Banda Machos.

Exuberant. Raw. Innovative. Former Funky Techno Tribe, DJ/remixer Donald Glaude spins house at Zen Rock. It's going to be "Off the Hook..." The Jack and Public Enemy #1 pay homage to AC-DC and Mötley Crüe. At The Rock.

Singer-songwriter Leila Lopez, accompanied by bassist Brian Green, perform at Sand-Reckoner.

The sons of U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in London, this trio formed in the 1970s. Shortly after graduating high school, their tight vocal harmonies propelled major transatlantic hits: "A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair" and "Ventura Highway." America, The Band are the Desert Diamond Casino - Sahuarita.

Saturday, June 29


Rolling Stone Brazil named them "one of the most interesting retro acts of the last decade." Riding in on a heat wave of '70s roots rock revival from São Paulo, Ted Marengos' Timeless Beat USA Summer Tour descends upon the Sky Bar. They share the bill with epically spaced-out rockers Silver Cloud Express and psychedelic/synth-poppers Tropical Beach.

What you got in your pocket? Cruize: A Queer AF Hanky Code Party. Unfamiliar with the code? Google it and educate yourself. An evening free of hate and shaming, for queers by queers. DJs Atlantis Moreupset, Papita, Robertitx, DADDY SLMBR PRTY and Sissy Peniston spin the jams into the dawn.

A major star in regional Mexican music, "El Rey de Mil Coronas" (The King of a Thousand Crowns), Lalo Mora brings his accordion-powered norteño to Club 4th Avenue.

A bare-knuckle brawl ensues at Che's Lounge when Dirt Friends and Asian Fred face off.

Somewhat cryptically, Hank Topless asserts, "Come hear why hippie music is so much better than all that countryfied corn that went before." At The Dusty Monk Pub.

Shitkickin' since 2003, Phoenix cowpunks The Earps share the stage with local punks The Öhmlauts and rock quartet Escape Goat. At Irene's Holy Donuts.

An evening of clever songwriting awaits. Lana Rebel & Kevin Mayfield's songs provide the perfect soundtrack for a late-night porch gathering in the still of a summer night. Can you hear the crickets chirping? John Mount is known for crooning next to kegs at backyard parties. And Grip Jensen writes tender country songs for adults. At Exo Bar.

Prepare to be "Thunderstruck." The ultimate all-girl tribute to AC-DC will shake you all night long. Sugar Stains and Mean Streets add to the sheer chaos. At Encore (formerly Club XS).

The horn, percussion and electric guitar propelled Latino sound of Santa Pachita manifests at Monterey Court.

Here Comes the Music. Songstress Adara Rae performs blues/pop/rock in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner.

Queer Bazaar is an evening of revelry, outreach, engagement and pride to benefit the Reveille Men's Chorus and THEM Youth Ensemble Choir. DJ Mijito spins.

Featuring two-time Grammy nominee pianist/composer Enrique "Hank" Feldman, Acerekó performs Afro-Cuban/jazz at Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.

Tap + Bottle - Downtown celebrate 6 years on 6th with food trucks, libation and the music of Mariachi Tesoro, Hey, Bucko and Tongs.

"We'll leave the light on for you." Nite Lite: DJs Dominator, Terry Jasinto and Cactus spin EDM from late at night until early in the morning. At Solar Culture.

Sunday, June 30

St. Andrew's Bach Society presents Bach Without Borders. Classical guitarist Bin Hu and guzhengist (Chinese zither) Jing Xia perform a diverse program of traditional Chinese and classical compositions. At Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Be tragic.
Tunes From The Crypt finds DJs Nullus and SET spinning goth and industrial from the '80s and '90s to darkwave and witch house from today. Darkness knows no bounds. At the Surly Wench Pub.

Infusing samba rhythms with jazz and blues,
The Eugene Boronow Trio spreads bossa nova's heart-warming sound. At Public Brewhouse.

Like your toast with jam?
Mik & The Funky Brunch provide family-friendly funk. At La Cocina.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Thursday, June 27

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Reverb-drenched mistresses of trauma, with impeccable fashion sense, The Surfbroads wholeheartedly believe that summertime is fun time. At Tap + Bottle - Downtown. Details here.

Immerse yourself. Songstress
Natalie Pohanic performs dreamy, melodic folk on the patio at Agustin Kitchen. Details here.
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Ride the "Butter Wave." From Denver, Colorado, this improvisational jazz fusion trio introduce their "wonky groove" music to all. Dandu perform at Sky Bar. With the equally intrepid pairing of Mesquite and Tongs. Details here.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Wednesday, June 26

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In need of a midweek metal fix? Lasiodora, Copper Magma, Swarm Of Serpents and Last Crime function as an intravenous injection straight into the median cubital vein. At The Rock. Details here.

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Drenched in sheets of paranoia and anxiety, Memphisians Sweet Knives bring their black-wave synth punk to Club Congress. Tucson's Lengua Largas add intrigue. Details here.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Tuesday, June 25

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Illegal Pete's going up...on a Tuesday? Looking for a night of hip hop and rap? Head down to Illegal Pete's over at Main Gate Square for Yung Tuesday, hosted by R3D. See local talents such as Plan Á, EMIC, Truth, Vinney Mendez, Judo, Kid Mexico and Ray The Dude. All ages welcome. Details here.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

503 to 520: Portland Native Brings Meaningful Music to Tucson

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A 20-year-old Portland, Oregon native is bringing a fresh voice and vibe to the Tucson desert. Shekinah Camille comes in many forms. They are a singer, songwriter, musician, DJ, burlesque performer and avid voice for the black and queer communities.

Camille recently performed at the Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Tucson Convention Center. During the event, which celebrated the abolishment of slavery in Texas and most of America on June 19, 1865, Camille, who identifies as non-binary, brought intersectionality to the black community in Tucson by premiering a self-produced video. This video brought visibility to the queer black Tucson community through interviews with those within the community.

“I was tasked this year, which I thought was really cool, to create a presentation representing black, queer folks in Tucson. And it's because a lot of the time—in the black community—our queerness is kind of silenced and pushed aside and just, like tolerated and not celebrated,” Camille said.

Queer representation is something that hasn’t been introduced to Tucson’s annual Juneteenth festival until now.

“This year they decided that it's a good time to acknowledge and to represent queer voices in the black community. And also a lot of them are my friends.” Camille said. “I got a couple of folks together and we're just going to represent us and represent just beautiful, beautiful black queerness for the first time at Juneteenth.”

Camille brings that representation to their music as well. With influences such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Erykah Badu and Lalah Hathaway, Camille shares their experience through soulful, R&B melodies. Acoustic sounds mix with their voice as they grace the stage with a guitar as well.

“I feel that the way that I approach my music and my art and the things that I do that fill my heart are going to be representative of me. So I'm going to make sure that my children can live in a world where if they are gay, if they are non binary, if they're under the trans umbrella, if they are artists—if they don't want to be—like super rich corporate people and they just want to do like humble community work, I want to create a space for them where they can actually do that,” Camille said. “And it’s neither good or bad. It just is.”

Camille’s music also brings mental health into the picture. In their most recent single, “The Wave,” Camille describes their experience with depression.

“It was about not being able to control how I'm feeling, but letting go of the need to control it, which was causing my suffering ‘cause I knew I couldn't control the thoughts that were coming into my mind,” Camille said. “So essentially just riding the wave of life and of those emotions and taking that and just letting go.”

Kevin Hamilton, founder of the production business Southwest Soul Circuit and producer of “The Wave,” praises working with Camille.

“Shekinah’s one of the best people I’ve ever worked with—very intuitive when it comes to creating,” Hamilton said.

For now, “The Wave” is only available through physical copies. While they plan to release it online eventually, Camille has reasons as to why they’re waiting.

“The decision not to stream it honestly really comes from me looking at the way a lot of artists release their music and the ways in which I value my music,” Camille said. “And the reason I do my music isn't to become famous and to reach success and to reach all these listeners. I just want [to] truly impact every person that hears it.”

Camille is also working on their debut studio album.

“I have technically all of the songs written and the demos are recorded. I just need to get into the studio and you know, record them,” Camille said. “I can't make art that doesn't speak to the humanity of folks because that's where I do it from.”

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XOXO: Where to Rock Monday, June 24

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This L.A. power duo's fifth studio album, The Beast You Are (Gold Metal Records, 2019), depicts the struggle for dominance of will over power. Brashly declaring that "Complacency Is Killing You," Big Business bring their frantic low-end attack to Club Congress. Manguera hoses everyone down. Details here.

Drawing from traditional jazz, swing and the American songbook,
Tucson Jazz Institute hosts JAZZ JAMbalaya. At Sheraton Tucson Hotel. Details here.

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