Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Another Tucson Show Cancellation: Wovenhand

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

As we reported yesterday, the Maybach Music Group Tour concert featuring Rick Ross and others, scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the TCC Arena, was canceled due to "scheduling conflicts."

Former Weekly Web Guy and future Weekly editor has graciously provided alternate options for those planning on attending the show.

And now, Club Congress has announced that its Wovenhand show, scheduled for tomorrow night, Wednesday, Nov. 28, has been canceled as well, this one due to a slightly less-mysterious reason: illness.

From Club Congress' website:

Unfortunately David Eugene Edwards has become ill and was forced to cancel the first few shows of his tour. Believe us, we’re just as bummed as you are. Refunds for this show will be available at the Hotel Lobby at Hotel Congress or through Ticketfly.

Your move, Gibson.

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Three Things You Can Do Tonight to Fill the Void Left by the MMG Cancellation

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Understandably, you're probably taking the cancellation of tonight's Maybach Music Group show, starring former-prison-guard/luxury-rapper Rick Ross, poorly, since Tucson rarely gets those sort of hip-hop mega-concerts, but somehow we need to find the strength to go on. So, here are a few ideas to return meaning to our temporarily concert-less lives.

1. Get some lemon pepper wings for dinner.

Rick Ross apparently owns a few Wingstop franchises, which would explain the surreal shout-out in the intro to his latest mixtape, Black Bar Mitzvah. Their lemon pepper wings are pretty good, but whether you choose to enjoy them with "your bitches" is up to you.

2. Listen to the new Big Boi single.

Big Boi and Rick Ross are only tangentially related, but considering every track from the once-and-hopefully-future member-of-Outkast's new album, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, has been superb, you might as well celebrate the hip-hop that we do have to enjoy, "In The A," featuring Ludacris and T.I. Sure, I don't think Big Boi has ever played a show in Tucson, but he's never gotten our hopes up and cancelled on us at the last minute either.

3. Go see the Roll Acosta/DJ competition doubleheader at Playground tonight.

Tuesday's not an exceptional night for live music, so if you're looking for somewhere else to go out tonight, you'll have a bit of trouble, but why not check out Roll Acosta as part of Playground's new Indie Tuesday series? The show is early, starting at 7 p.m., free, and as an added bonus, there's some sort of drawing for stuff described as "unique trinkets". After Roll Acosta's power pop stylings, you can stick around for week three of Playground's DJ competition. Something or someone named Deep Serenity is performing, which is sort of a terrible DJ name but a pleasant concept nonetheless.

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This Is a Post About '90s R&B

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

TucsonWeekly.com commenter AZ/DC wrote yesterday that he believes "readers will all benefit" if, as part as my second stint here at the Weekly, I stop writing about Insane Clown Posse or "mostly obscure 90's (sic) R&B acts." Sincerity can be difficult to read over the internet, but I can't imagine anyone would actually have a problem with '90s R&B coverage, so I'm going to assume AZ/DC, whoever he or she is, must be joking. So, onward with the paper's transition into a New Jack Swing fanzine!

Now after the cut, and inspired by AZ/DC, We Got Cactus presents Dan Gibson's ten favorite '90s R&B tracks, starting with number ten, in YouTube form above, Sparkle (ft. R. Kelly) with "Careful".

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Monday, November 26, 2012

You Should Consider Listening to an Australian Radio Station

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM


Nothing against our own lovable public broadcasters, KXCI, but one of my favorite things about the broadband internet era is the opportunity to listen to radio stations from around the world. In my previous stint here at the Weekly, I mentioned my love of Montgomery, Ala.'s Yo 107.1 (still a great station, especially now that they have a largely shouted ad from an establishment featuring "The Bad Boys of Used Car Sales"), but sometimes I want to hear new music that fits within the general "aging-hipster-determined-to-feign-relevancy" aesthetic I tend to enjoy and when I do, lately I've turned to Australia's Triple J (I think their style is to present their station name in all lowercase, but that looks dumb typed out, so there you go).

Three things I find quite enjoyable regarding Triple J:

1. The mix of music is really interesting, featuring music you might be familiar with (they play Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" quite a bit these days, as well as acts you might recognize, like Ben Folds Five, the xx and Hot Chip) and a ton of surprising Aussie acts like Cub Scouts (charming indie pop), Urthboy (politically charged hip hop that will please people who miss the 90's) and Flume (RJD2-ish electronic production with some rapping).

2. When a song including profanity is about to be played, there's a brief introduction warning people that they might hear "rude words" and if that sort of thing offends them, they should cover their ears or change the station. It's a charming turn-of-phrase, plus I still get to hear the swears in the new Kendrick Lamar single. Double win!

3. Based on hearing the weather reports, it appears that Australians refer to "partly cloudy" as being "under the cloud." I'm not sure why I find this so amusing, but I giggle every time it comes up.

3b. Really, if you enjoy alternative music (or whatever they call it now), you should check Triple J, either via their website or through the Tunein app for iPhones and the like. Maybe just try it during tomorrow's Democracy Now episode on KXCI or something. We're not having to still pretend we care about that show, right?

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Maybach Music Group Tour at TCC Arena Is Cancelled

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Well, apparently something is holding Rick Ross back — from performing in Tucson tomorrow night, that is.

The Maybach Music Group Tour — better known as the MMG Tour — scheduled for tomorrow night, Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the TCC Arena, has been canceled.

This afternoon, Live Nation, which was promoting the show, sent out a press release announcing it was canceled "due to scheduling conflicts." The show was to feature performances by Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, and Machine Gun Kelly.

Refunds are available at point of purchase.

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Delicate Steve Tonight at Plush

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Tonight's must-see show is at Plush, with New Jersey's Delicate Steve headlining. Cy Dune, the new side project from Akron/Family's Seth Olinsky, and Discos play in support. Doors at 8:30, $6. The Weekly talked with Steve Marion of Delicate Steve.

Delicate Steve has gone from a conspiracy to a collective.

What began in guitarist Steve Marion’s bedroom as a first-time effort at writing his own songs, using just some old pedals he had and a couple borrowed instruments, has branched into a full touring band, ready to start making music together.

“The Delicate Steve sound was something that kind of came out of left field,” Marion says. “I’d always been playing guitar. When I was in other bands in high school, I functioned as the guitar player, not the songwriter.”

A fluid and powerful guitarist who excels in turning his instrument loose melodically, Marion replaces what would be typical vocal lines with his slide guitar. And so the new sounds he was exploring in his Delicate Studio would enter the world as Delicate Steve.

“It was a creative time in my life. I was in my room and decided to make my own music for the first time instead of recording another band or trying to be the guitar player,” says Marion, in a phone interview from a tour stop last week in Seattle. “I took pedals off the shelf I hadn’t played in five years. I had some tom drums I borrowed from a friend, I didn’t have a snare drum, I had a synthesizer I was borrowing. All of these things conspired to make the sound.”

Delicate Steve - "Redeemer"

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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Modeens: The Hip Cat!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM


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Big Meridox - Knuckle Rap, Song By Song

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Tucson MC Big Meridox celebrates the release of his new album Knuckle Rap tonight at Club Congress. The cover is $5 and the first 50 people get a free copy of the album. The show kicks off at 9 p.m.

The Weekly talked to Ox about what he calls his opus for this week's music feature, but also got this song-by-song rundown of the album:

1. Leap of Faith
"'Leap of Faith' is basically me taking a plunge into what I’m introducing you to. Let me jump off, let me take a step forward and submit myself to the masses. You get someone who’s taking a plunge off a building. He’s been involved with all this stuff in his history and he tries to impress everybody with the drug scene and tries to be a goon, tries to be part of a crew. But nothing really works until he takes that leap of faith and kills off his old self. "

2. Whiskey Breath
"That’s about getting grid of the old liquor habits. Everybody knows I love whiskey, but it’s about moving away from that drunken state, that liquid state. It’s getting rid of old."

Big Meridox - "Whiskey Breath"
Whiskey Breath from Javier Castillo on Vimeo.

3. Pipe Dream feat. SAVANT
"Along with my fellow rhyme constituent SAVANT (a Chi-Town based emcee) this song sends a message to those artists who think it’s easy to just enter this local scene with the same accolades as those who have persevered to build Tucson into what it is today. It takes more than performing a few Club Crawls, with dreams and aspirations of becoming 'the king of Tucson Hip-Hop.' There is no 'king' and for those who think it’s easy to just jump in and take over what moguls such as Isaiah, Jivin Scientists, Shaun Harris, Black 1 and myself have built... they are living a serious PIPE DREAM!"

4. Bamboozle
"You’re a fool for thinking that I care any more. I’m not worried about how I look in your eyes. Thank you for giving me props, I’m doing it so you can enjoy it, but if you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. "

5. Pen of a Titan
"'Pen of a Titan' is a mixture of a story about me and about what goes on in Tucson. I’m trying to bring it back to the 1990s boom bap hip-hop. With the video, we did the old-school Cadillac, we did the grimy streets of Tucson. I just wanted to capture that essence of hip-hop, that rugged feel."

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