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Thursday, April 18, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Thursday, April 18

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Mid-1990s chart topper, “Mr. Boombastic,” Shaggy takes gaslighting to a new level of denial trumpeting “It Wasn’t Me.” At the Pima County Fair. Full details at pimacountyfair.com. Details here.

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Some of the fledgling bands that musician/record producer/songwriter John Vanderslice has hand-picked to accompany him on tour—Sufjan Stevens, Okkervil River and St. Vincent—went on to critical acclaim. Vanderslice holds court at 191 Toole. This time around, Meernaa occupies the opening slot. Details here.

Based on hundreds of photos from articles and amateur videos of the original Selling England By The Pound concerts—one of the first-ever multimedia performances—The Musical Box: A Genesis Extravaganza captures the surrealism of these shows that took place between 1973 and 1974. At the Fox Theatre. Details here.


“Who cares if you come from paradise or hell/Appalling Beauty, artless and monstrous scourge/If only your eyes, your smile or your foot reveal the infinite I love and have never known.” Full of dark, cold condemnation, Danish post-punkers Iceage commit acts of simony at Club Congress.
With South London alt rockers Shame and Pelada. Details here.

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Drawing from Sufi trance, African beats, Indian ragas and Aboriginal motifs, Baraka Moon deliver pulsing, spiritually charged music for dancing. At Solar Culture. Serena Gabriel provides the opportunity for healing through music. Details here.
A diverse lineup: Fanclub, Sea Moya, Asian Fred and Cool Funeral are at Sky Bar. Details here.

Northern California neo-soul/funk outfit The Gold Souls are at The Sea of Glass-Center for The Arts. Details here.

Gooch Palms, The Exbats and Feverfew are making an in-store performance at Wooden Tooth Records. Filling the shop with love. Details here.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Wednesday, April 17

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Co-founder of Animal Collective, experimental popper Avey Tare herds the Cows on Hourglass Pond into 191 Toole. Ambient experimentalists Paradot provide underpinning. Details here.

This soulful Syrian-American vocalist’s lyrics touch on love, loss and the Syrian Civil War that has touched his family. Prompting this funk/neo-soul ensemble to donate a portion of their merchandise proceeds to the Karam Foundation, a humanitarian relief organization. Bassel & The Supernaturals are at Club Congress. Flanked by the formidable Adara Rae & The Homewreckers. Details here.

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Expect the unexpected. Listening Room show with Alex Dupree, Re De Ye, Sun Riah and Chelsey Lee Trejoat Exo Roast Co. Details here.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Tuesday, April 16

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After a near-death experience this indie icon returns with Circuit Boredom, some of the strongest music of his career.

“We were in this sweet little cabin and in the middle of the night, Lizzy [Kweller’s wife] woke up in a panic, ‘Ben, get up! Something’s wrong. I feel horrible.’” Kweller adds, “We grabbed the boys out of bed, trying to shake them awake.”

After testing their blood, the paramedics found that the carbon monoxide levels were so high, the entire family were 15 minutes away from not waking up. Ben Kweller perdures at 191 Toole. The Technicolors add muted tones. Details here.

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Lenguas Largas, Human Kitten and Hey Bucko! perform at a fundraising event for SPW. At The Royal Room. Proceeds go towards the purchase of harm reduction supplies. Details here.

Formed in a UK boys school in 1975, their first release for Island Records was “Ku Klux Klan” a chastisement at the evils of racism. Roots reggae artists Steel Pulse “Cry, Cry Blood.” At the Rialto Theatre. Locals Desert Fish open the show. Details here.  

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Monday, April 15, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Monday, April 15

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“No man grows till he tests his might against what his eyes can’t see.” Gifted with a barrel chested voice like that of a manic street preacher—perhaps a result of the gospel choirs he sang with as a youngster—folk singer-songwriter Shawn James examines The Dark & The Light at 191 Toole. Psychedelic rockers Fever Feel provide support. Details here.

From the stasis of Fugazi being frozen in indefinite hiatus emerged this D.C.-area improvisational punk trio. The Messthetics blaze through Club Congress. Folk/electronic singer-songwriter Jillian Bessett opens the show.  Details here.
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Friday, April 12, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend, April 12 to 14

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The Spring Concert Series continues. Musical camaleón and curandero Carlos Arzate & the Kind Souls work their magic on the plaza at Hotel Congress. Details here.

In a Rabelaisian celebration of liberation from restraint and societal dogma, under the stewardship of Tucson Libertine League’s Lola Torch, Reveal: A Debut of Burlesque Performances unveils itself at 191 Toole. Details here.

“Shake, shake, shake.” Shaking booties since 1993, Funky Bonz will do just that at Saint Charles Tavern. Details here.

Psychedelic, darkwave cumbiancheros XIXA with radicals Ojalá Systems thresh at Club Congress. Details here.

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Looking for something from the underground? From D.C. post-punk/darkwavers Social Station willfully enter The Shit Dungeon. With Vasectomy and Lav Andula in tow. Details here.

And, in the twilight, as part of the Friday Night Live Free Concert Series, Zona Libre perform contemporary Latino, urbano and popular Americano. At Main Gate Square. Details here.

Since 2005, these multiple Best of Tucson winners for Best Cover Band channel new wave classics, pop and power ballads from what could be your favorite decade. 80s & Gentlemen rock on the rooftop at Playground. Details here.

Kyklo plays the music that wafts through “mountain villages, ancient islands, hashish dens, cafés, harems, pubs, dance halls, cloisters and prisons of the old world.” In the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner. Details here.
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Looking for something low-key? Jazz Late Night with Mesquite is at Maynard’s Market & Kitchen. Details here.

In two dramatically different sets, Taco Sauce and Juju Fontaine will raise the dust, and likely swill a few beers, in honor of frontwoman Gabi Montoya’s birthday. At Tap + Bottle-Downtown. Details here.

From Durango, Colorado, J-Calvin deliver a potent mix of neo-soul/funk at Exo Roast Co. Details here.

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Surf’s up! Shrimp Chaperone and The Furys pay musical homage to surf legend Dick Dale. At Sky Bar. Details here.

From Nantes, France, garage rockers Rock Roll & Remember unveil their latest recording Tyranny Of Men (Compact Disc Records) at Owls Club. A set by “international skiffle trio”
Golden Boots kicks off the festivities. And the futuristic funk of Pork Torta 2.6 brings the night to a close. Details here.

Touring in support of his solo debut, Wolves, Matchbox 20 guitarist Kyle Cook lands at Monterey Court. With Paul McDonald cushioning the landing. Details here.

What a Good Day. Hailed by Albert “Ice Man” Collins, as “One of the brightest young stars on the blues scene today.” Carvin Jones brings The Big Time Souvenir Tour to 191 Toole. Details here.

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Experience Buster Keaton’s 1920 silent film One Week, as it was originally screened, accompanied by organist Ron Rhode on The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. At the Fox Theatre. Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson round out the event. Details here.

The Joyce Luna Trio debuts at Crooked Tooth Brewing. Details here.

The Eugene Boronow Duo performs bossa-nova and melodious original compositions in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner. Details here.

“Americana’s most wanted fugitive,” Mark Insley and The Broken Angels retell tales of woe at The Dusty Monk Pub. Details here.

Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments help The Coronet celebrate their fifth anniversary. Details here.
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He’s had a lot on his mind. Singer/rapper Jake Miller is still “Drinkin’ About You.” At The Rock. Pop rockers Just Seconds Apart and Logan Henderson share the bill. Details here.

DJ Stubbie precedes over The Fineline Revisited. At the Surly Wench Pub. Details here.

Imbued with the sabor and infectious rhythms of Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and Colombia. Baracutanga ignite the dance floor at Monterey Court. Details here.

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Deep Roots Folk Blues musician Christopher T Stevens performs the music that was spawned upriver from New Orleans in the Mississippi Delta. At Exo Roast Co. Details here.

Pushing Buttons: A Monthly Producer Getdown is host a Battle of the Beats. At Thunder Canyon Brewstillery-Downtown. Details here.

From British Columbia, this singer-songwriter’s writing style hovers somewhere near that of Jackson Browne, Gillian Welch and The Woods Brothers. Sam Weber follows the Shadows in the Road. At The Sea of Glass Center for The Arts. Details here.

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Capturing a futuristic vibe, with alien basslines and gangster beats, Space Jesus navigates his interstellar vessel through a traversable wormhole. At the Rialto Theatre. With electronic/bass/trap artist Buku. Details here.
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Layers of improvisational guitars and tribal hard-bop drumming coalesce this modern jazz duo’s telepathic kinship and fuels inspired performances. Identical twin brothers, The Mattson 2, shimmer and shake at 191 Toole. Details here.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Thursday, April 11

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West Coast hip hoppers SOB X RBE bring the Strictly Only Brothers Tour to 191 Toole. Sneakk, Peacoat Gang, Ricky P., Tommy Will and YOUNG TUC share the bill. Details here.

An intriguing new musical conglomeration, Tongs—featuring Chris Peña on keys, trapsman Tom Beach and bassist Chris Pierce—reveal themselves at Tap + Bottle Downtown. Details here.

Guitar-driven pop duo Sales celebrate “Chinese New Year” at Club Congress. With Atlanta “pool rockers” Lunar Vacation. Details here.

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Singer-songwriters Nancy & Neil McCallion perform original Americana acoustically at La Cocina. Details here.

UA Presents Alex de Grassi and Andrew York. In a program suffused with diversity, New Age fingerstyle steel-string acoustic and nylon classical guitars interlace at Crowder Hall. Details here.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock Wednesday, April 10

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Expect the unexpected. DJs Carl Hanni & Steven Ramshur indulge the muse by spinning everything from Afro-beat to classic honky-tonk. The Suffering Jukebox expiates sin at Exo Roast Co. Details here.

California post-hardcorists Modern Color and Salt Lake shoegazers No Sun create contrast at Club Congress. With local support from The Trees and Carnival. Details here.
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Jude Valentine, Jarod W. Spencer, Alice Caroline and Ranelle Mathews comprise the evening line-up of the Touring Songwriter Showcase. At Passé. Details here.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock in Tucson Today - Tuesday, April 9

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Blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd forges headlong into the Rialto Theatre. With bluesmen Austin Counts and Tom Walkbank opening the show. Details here.


With lush vocal harmonies and an organic folk sound that enchants and uplifts the spirit. The Real Sarahs create magic at Passé. Details here.

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