Monday, April 8, 2013

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by Penn State
  • Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by Penn State
Despite being leaked through file-sharing websites, Lil Wayne's tenth studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was officially released a few weeks ago by Cash Money Records.

The new album, tying in with other Wayne lyrics, is no stranger to vulgarity. (In fact, if you look the album up on the ever so reliable Wikipedia, it has a count of all the the vulgar words and references, which is actually pretty comical. I don't know when skateboarding references became considered vulgar, though.)

His collaboration on the album with popular artists such as 2 Chainz, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and several other talents on the tracks brings an exciting flare to this album, the sequel to I Am Not A Human Being released in 2010.

"It's mixtape Weezy — straight street bangers you're going to hear in the club," Cortez Bryant, Wayne's manager and Chief Visionary Officer of his Young Money label, said according to Rolling Stone. "The sound is more urban, with no R&B hooks, and the wordplay is still incredible and shocking — every bar has some witty punchline. Wayne really took it back to his roots."

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Although I grew up in the era of boy bands, where *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys battled it out for the top spot in the charts as well as every teenage girls heart, I am refreshed to hear a different version of Justin Timberlake's new song, "Suit & Tie."

The song is on his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which was released March 19. Like I said, I am a sucker for Justin Timberlake and his vocal talent ever since his boy band and Mickey Mouse Club days, but the repetition of hearing that song every five minutes on the radio is driving me a little insane.

Luckily, Mindy White (current lead singer of States and formerly of Lydia) released a cover of this song to switch things up.

White, appropriately wearing a tuxedo T-shirt in the video for the song, puts a much needed spin on this already overplayed, but still amazing, track. Her sweet voice, mixed with the background piano and synth sounds make for a completely different vibe when compared to the pop version.

The cover will be available to download for free on Wednesday on SoundCloud. However, you can listen to the cover now in this video below.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

So, Teddy Riley is coming to the Rialto Theatre with Blackstreet on May 5. Blackstreet have quite a few hits ("Don't Leave" and "Girlfriend/Boyfriend," although let's get real, everyone wants to hear "No Diggity"), and I'm sure it'll be a fun night, but wouldn't it be great if Teddy Riley runs through the music he made with Guy ("Do Me Right?" "Let's Chill?") or some of his production work (Keith Sweat's "I Want Her," Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," and possibly best of all, Jane Child's "I Don't Wanna Fall in Love")? The man invented New Jack Swing and is coming to Tucson! Get psyched, people.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

It really does seem like everyday there's an announcement for a great concert coming to Tucson. I was buried in deadlines and didn't even have a chance to mention that De La Soul and Public Enemy are on a bill at AVA in May (with Ice Cube and LL Cool J, who are less interesting to me personally).

However, sometimes you put something out to the universe and then you get exactly what you wanted. For me, it was the opportunity to see the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion again in Tucson, and thankfully, now they're coming to Club Congress on June 18.

Tucson and the Blues Explosion go way back, and there was a stretch where you might just run into the band playing in some storefront on Congress (this actually happened to me once, strangely). The group has a live album recorded at Club Congress and the Downtown Performance Center (the excellent Controversial Negro). So when it looks liked the band were skipping town for a Phoenix gig, I was hurt. But now all is well and I look forward to the opportunity to hear the words "BLUES EXPLOSION" yelled at me two dozen times over the course of a summer evening. Tucson can again be NUMBER ONE.

BONUS: A very odd performance of "Afro" on some sort of British version of Club MTV in 1994, complete with theramin solo:

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM


British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons have announced a June 5 show at Phoenix's Desert Sky Pavilion.

This marks the band's first Arizona show since starting their tour for their latest record, Babel, which dropped last September. The London four-piece has since been touring much of the states and Europe, with the majority of their shows selling out.

Tickets for the Phoenix show can be picked up through an invitation system at a Facebook event page posted by Stateside Presents. There, you can register for an invitation, which will allow invitees to buy the tickets on April 2. Michael Kiwanuka and the Mystery Jets will be the supporting acts.

Considering that Mumford & Sons have been playing sold-out shows for most of this tour, it'd probably be a good idea to grab tickets as soon as possible. Good luck!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

  • Courtesy of the Sun Bones Facebook Page

This week we’ve been introducing you to the bands playing at this year’s Festival en el Barrio, and local act Sun Bones (formerly known as Boreas) is one tenth of the significant talent slated to take the stage on March 24.

It’s clear that Sun Bones already have their hometown’s endorsement - they won Up-and-Coming Artists of the Year at the 2012 TAMMIES - but members Evan Casler, Sam Golden, Bob Hanshaw and Seth Vietti have musical influences that extend far beyond the borders of the Old Pueblo, naming Radiohead, Paul Simon, Animal Collective and the Beach Boys as musical muses on their website.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by Audio Visual Junkie
  • Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by Audio Visual Junkie
Carly Rae Jepsen announced on March 5 that she would be joining Train in pulling out of the Boy Scouts of America's National Scout Jamboree. She now has locked in to a headlining spot at a prominent gay event called White Party T-Dance, which she announced on her Twitter on Monday.

The White Party is classified as "largest gay dance music festival in the world," by promoter Jeffrey Sanker. It takes place March 29 through March 31 in Palm Springs, Calif., where Jepsen will be the closing act on Sunday.

Icona Pop and Carmen Electra are two other acts that will perform at the dance party. Several other popular musicians such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Ke$ha have been a part of the event in the past.

For more information on the event, click here.

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Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories: Prince from Anthony Dufrense on Vimeo.

Whatever Prince does these days, it seems like his goal is to do it in the most frustrating manner possible. Even the act of illustrating this blog post somehow was a hassle. No photos on the wire service we use, basically zero embeddable video on YouTube (unless you want to see Prince talk about chemtrails on the Tavis Smiley show), so here you go. Dave Chappelle's impression of Prince.

So, a rumor has been going around that Prince is playing four shows in two nights at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on April 30 and May 1. As someone who would very much enjoy the opportunity to see the legendary musician in such a small venue, I've spent a significant amount of time investigating the possibility. Any news from the Marquee? No. The promoter that books the venue? Nope. Prince himself? Of course not.

Instead, on some sort of Prince related live webcast, his new protégés 3rd Eye Girl (sigh) announced a west coast tour, which apparent does in fact include those four shows in two nights. However, that information can be basically verified no one else at this point, so you'll have to take Dr. Funkenberry's word for it. He is a doctor, so that helps.

More news as we get it, including maybe how to get tickets, unless that distribution method happens to be passes dropped from a helicopter or something. That's basically what I'm assuming at this point.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Continuing on with bringing you the bands of Festival en el Barrio, Wolf Larsen will be kicking it off this Sunday.

When you think of a music festival, you may think of an outdoor music event with lots of loud music, drinks, and dancing. Larsen, however, , transforms noisy venues into tranquil environments with her tender, soothing melodies, allowing her rhythmical lyrics to come to life.

Larsen is not only a musician; she is also a writer and a poet. Her debut album, Quiet at the Kitchen Door, was released on Dec. 6, 2011 with a much deeper cause then just to sell CDs.

For every CD sold, Larsen donates 15 percent to a Nike Foundation called The Girl Effect, and similar organizations that focus on developing the education of women around the world.

According to a biography about the singer on Air Play Direct, “Larsen doesn’t want to wait until the end of her career to speak up for what she believes in. And she doesn’t want to say she’ll give money when she has enough, when she is famous enough, when she herself is secure enough.”

Larsen will be performing from 1:05 to 1:35 p.m. on El Presidio Stage. For more information on the festival, visit their webpage here.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Rebirth Brass Band is among the headliners for this year's Festival en el Barrio, which is just around the corner this Sunday.

The New Orleans nine-piece formed 30 years ago, and, with their last 10 records, have made a name for themselves, expanding from the streets of their hometown to venues all over the world. Taking traditional brass influences and mixing them with modern funk elements, the band has put a refreshing twist on a genre that has been around for decades.

The band's three decades together have clearly honed their performance, and their live show on Sunday, if it's anything like the other live videos online, should showcase their laid-back style, a trait that likely only comes from years of jamming on the streets of New Orleans.

Rebirth Brass Band will take the El Presidio Stage on Sunday night from 4:25 to 5:05 p.m. Find more information on the festival's website.

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