Saturday, December 15, 2012

Weather Is a Jerk! Daytime Cover-Up Action Has Been Moved to the Rialto

Posted By on Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Attention all daytime rockers: Because Tucsonans start shivering when it dips down to 60 degrees, and OK, because it might rain, thereby destroying all the equipment donated by our generous sponsors, all of the Great Cover-Up events this afternoon have been moved from the Hotel Congress patio to the Rialto Theatre.

I know, it's no big deal since they're across the street from one another. I'm just trying to save you a few steps and an egg or two on your face.

Admission to both today's and tonight's events is open to all ages. The daytime is FREE, and tonight will set you back an $8 donation to SAAMHA (Southern Arizona Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance).

Here's the schedule for the remainder of the event:

Saturday, December 15, (daytime) at Hotel Congress' outdoor patio the Rialto Theatre.

12:30p Evan Dando/Lemonheads
1:00 Robert Johnson
1:30 Supertramp
2:00 The Doors
2:30 '80s One-Hit Wonders
3:00 Cake
3:30 James Brown
4:00 Tom Waits

COVERED BY THE FOLLOWING LOCAL BANDS (in no particular order):
Kyle Brondson, Roman Barten-Sherman, Smallvox, Jumper, The Tangelos, Jeremy Michael Cashman, Roll Acosta, Sinphonics

Saturday, December 15, (evening) at Rialto Theatre

6:00p Joe Walsh
6:30 Quiet Riot
7:00 Flogging Molly
7:30 Leonard Cohen
8:00 Stevie Wonder
8:30 Dixie Chicks
9:00 The Kinks
9:30 Violent Femmes
10:00 The Smiths
10:30 LCD Soundsystem
11:00 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
11:30 Outkast
12:00a Paul Simon
12:30 Red Hot Chili Peppers

COVERED BY THE FOLLOWING LOCAL BANDS (in no particular order):
Wolf Larsen, The Gallery, video?, Skinkfinger, Awkward Moments , David Clark Band, Hank Topless, Holy Rolling Empire, LeeAnne Savage, The Gunrunners, Electric Blankets, The Distortionists, The Tryst, Some Of Them Are Old

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jason Willis' Catnip Video Is Headed to Sundance!

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Hey, guys. Remember that item we posted right before Halloween featuring a few videos shot by Tucsonan Jason Willis? And remember that one video that was a brilliant parody of "classroom drug educational film(s)" featuring kitties strung out on catnip? You know, the one that was selected to screen at last month's American Film Institute's AFI Fest, in Los Angeles?

Well, we just got word via a Facebook post that the video (and, by extension, Willis) has just received its biggest honor yet: Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? has been selected to screen at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Here's what Willis posted on his Facebook page:

Okay everyone — I'm not exactly sure how to process this news yet so I'm just going to post it.

Here goes:

My short film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? has been named as an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

No, honestly. It's playing at the Sundance Film Festival. For real.

In January I'm going to travel to Utah, and go to the Sundance Film Festival where my film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? will play.

Five times.

At the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2013.

Congratulations, Jason!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Buy Some Tapes, Save a Dog

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Burger Records, the mostly-cassettes label that has released some of my favorite albums of the year, released a new compilation today in conjunction with its sister label, Wiener Records, that looks friggin' awesome.

The Wiener Dog Comp contains 71 unreleased tracks by 71 Burger-associated acts, spread over two cassettes. With songs by bands including Thee Oh Sees, Redd Kross, Jaill, King Tuff, The Eeries, Spanish Moss, The Blank Tapes, Pop Zeus and tons more, it almost warrants running out and buying a cassette deck just to listen to it.

Further incentive: The comp also contains songs by three Tucson bands — Lenguas Largas, The Resonars, and Freezing Hands.

Even more incentive: All of the proceeds from sales go toward an operation to remove a growth from the belly of Popcorn!, the adorable wiener dog featured in the video above. Any leftover proceeds will be donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. So it's like a triple-win!

If you want in on the action, get to it: Only 500 copies were pressed. Oh, and it's only 10 bucks per copy.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Who Says Ones and Zeroes Aren't Soulful? How to Dress Well, Beacon, and an Increasingly Rare Appearance by video? Tomorrow Will Set You Straight.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I'll admit that I'd never heard of How to Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) when his show tomorrow night at Solar Culture Gallery was announced. But after seeing lots of Facebook posts about how excited people were about the show — and about the fact that video? was getting the privilege of opening for him — my curiosity was piqued.

I was sent a copy of HTDW's new album, Total Loss, checked it out, and it all made sense: HTDW and share an aesthetic. Both trade in electro-beat R&B: video? veered pretty close to the mainstream R&B of Justin Timberlake on their last album, 2011's fantastic If This TV Could Talk, while How to Dress Well immerses himself in spacey, icy-warm, ambient-influenced R&B. Both are variations of white dudes indulging their inner soul crooner, and both formulas work awfully well.

How to Dress Well's debut, 2010's Love Remains, scored great reviews and built a devoted cult following. But with the release of Total Loss, HTDW's second album, which scored an 8.4 rating on Pitchfork as well as a coveted "Best New Music" tag, the hype machine is really starting to spin. According to an email sent by How to Dress Well's publicist, "We got hit up by Beyonce’s camp because they want to sample a How To Dress Well song on her next album. He also submitted a demo to Big Boi for his new album but it didn’t make the deadline in time."

Bummer, but I have a feeling he'll land on his feet.

Meanwhile, video?'s future has been in question since a cryptic post appeared on Facebook a month or two ago. The band was referred to in the past tense, which prompted others (including me) to ask some questions.

Continue reading »

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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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Monday, November 26, 2012

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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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Country Thunder Announces 2013 Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Country Thunder, the annual country music festival that takes place in Florence, Ariz., each spring (there's a companion festival, also called Country Thunder, each summer in Twin Lakes, Wisc.), has announced its lineup for the 2013 edition, which runs from Thursday, April 11, through Sunday, April 14.

This year's headliners include Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Eric Church and Tracy Lawrence.

Check out a full schedule here, and lots more details including ticket and camping info here.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Donny Osmond From 1991 Urges You to Vote

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

In case you haven't already voted by mail or visited your local polling place today, the 1991 version of Donny Osmond has some words for you.

Go vote, people!!

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