Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Great Cover-Up Starts Tonight!!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM


Just a friendly reminder that the awesomeness that is The Great Cover-Up begins tonight at Plush.

You know all about it by this point, right? If not, read up here.

We've been posting a video (almost) every day this week of one of the acts getting covered at this year's event playing a cover song, and today is no exception.

Today's clip features The Pretenders — who are being covered on Friday night at Club Congress — playing a song originally recorded by The Kinks — who will be covered on Saturday night at the Rialto Theatre.


More info and a complete, up-to-date schedule after the jump.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

You Bought the New Big Boi Album Yesterday, Right?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Seriously, if you care about contemporary music at all, you should probably pick up the second Big Boi solo album (well, third, if you count his half of Speakerboxx/Love Below) Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which hit stores and digital outlets yesterday. There's always some debate about which member of Outkast was the real genius in the group, with most people (read: nerds) who spend time thinking about these things usually siding with Andre 3000, just because he plays to our auteur expectations, dressing strangely, etc.

While Andre is unquestionably an exceptionally talented human being (who should really consider putting an album out again someday), the either/or characterization isn't fair to Big Boi. While he sounds more like we generally think rappers sound like, influenced by 70's funk and rapping about sex (A LOT), he's pushes the envelope just as much as Andre, plus he actually puts out albums, which is nice.

Vicious Lies... is a weird and fascinating record (Big Boi apparently reads a lot of music blogs or something, with guest spots from hipster-approved acts like Phantogram, Little Dragon and Wavves), but it's also just a lot of fun to listen to.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Last Day to Vote for TRA's Open Spot at the Rialto Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Tucson Rock Alliance is going to have one lucky band play at the "Tucson's Best" Showcase at the Rialto Theatre January 27th, 2013. This is a good opportunity to see some smaller local bands play at this great venue. To vote, just like the photo of the band you would like to see. There are about a dozen bands that submitted photos.

The photo gallery can be seen here.

More information on the event can be found here.

Josh Ritter Is Coming to Tucson

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

The Rialto announced today that Josh Ritter, super-critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, is returning to Tucson (as far as I can tell, he hasn't played here since 2007 at Plush?) on March 16. Tickets are $20 in advance, but that includes a digital copy of Ritter's new album The Beast In Its Tracks upon its release on March 5. What a bargain!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 14.

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Only Two More Days Until The Great Cover-Up Begins!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM


I mentioned yesterday in a post here that there were only four more days until the start of The Great Cover-Up, the annual music-for-charity event for which local acts cover the songs of acts better-known than themselves.

Well, I'm not very good at math. The 14th annual Great Cover-Up begins at Plush on Thursday, Dec. 13, which is now only two days away. It continues on Friday night at Club Congress, Saturday afternoon on the patio of Hotel Congress (don't worry: there will be outdoor heaters and hot drinks, if weather warrants it), and wraps up Saturday night at the Rialto Theatre.

Over the course of the event, 50 local acts will each perform 20-minute set of better-known national and international acts — and every penny of the proceeds will be donated to TAMHA (Tucson Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance).

To get you into the Great Cover-Up spirit, every day this week we're posting a a cover song by one of the acts getting covered at this week's event.

For example, the music of the Violent Femmes will be covered at the Cover-Up, so here's a video of the Femmes covering a T. Rex song. Enjoy!

A full schedule of events and more info are after the jump:

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Yoko Ono Does 'Firework'

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yoko Ono covers Katy Perry's "Firework," and after you watch you'll ask yourself, "Are those people really clapping at the end because they enjoyed the song ... or ....?"

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Countdown to The Great Cover-Up!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Friends, only four days until the most awesome music-for-charity event in Tucson!

That's right, The Great Cover-Up begins on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Plush; continues at Club Congress on the night of Friday, Dec.14, and during the day on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Hotel Congress' outdoor patio; and finishes up that night, Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rialto Theatre.

Over the course of the event, 50 local acts will each perform 20-minute set of better-known national and international acts — and every penny of the proceeds will be donated to TAMHA (Tucson Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance).

In order to get you into the Cover-Up spirit, each day this week we'll be posting a cover song by one of the acts getting covered at this week's event.

If that's confusing, here, enjoy Amy Winehouse (whose songs will be performed on Thursday at Plush by a local act — we won't tell you which one, as it's a Cover-Up tradition to not divulge beforehand who will be covering whom) performing a song originally recorded by The Zutons.

A full schedule of events is after the jump.

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RIP, Jenni Rivera

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Jenni Rivera, who played a few shows in Tucson, most recently at AVA in 2010 and 2011, died yesterday when a plane she was riding on crashed near Monterrey, Mexico, where she had just performed.

I can't possibly pretend to be an expert on the regional music of Mexico, but I always had a soft spot for Rivera's music, partially because she ran a distinctly alternate course to the male-driven, somewhat misogynist tone of most of her peers. Rivera had a lot of personality and made great music. She was seemingly ready to make a move towards American mainstream stardom, with a sitcom coming to ABC in the future, which makes her untimely death a bit sadder, if that's possible.

Worth reading, Gustavo Arellano's 2003 cover story for the OC Weekly:

Yet Rivera has trumped Mexico's endemic sexism to emerge as the most important member of the Rivera family, one who not only recorded groundbreaking music but also smashed the female stereotypes that have always blemished Mexican music. One of the few females who sing narcocorridos—a genre in which bards sully their guitar laments with a worldview that treats women as little more than breasts to adorn record covers—Rivera introduced through song the radical notion that women could be depicted as flesh-and-blood creatures. And for this, a gender is forever grateful.

"I'm blessed to be able to say that, when I'm onstage," she remarks with genuine bewilderment, "people stare and listen."

Rivera was 43.

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