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  • Guitar Hero

    Tucson-raised Robby Lochner always managed to earn a living with his guitar. Then his discipline inspired new life in a suicidal nostalgia act.
      The Whisky a Go Go is a shell of its former self. What was once, alongside the neighboring Rainbow and Roxy, the manic epicenter of the musical social scene on the Sunset Strip, is now a pay-to-play haven operating on past glories and the merch sales associated with that.
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  • Noise Annoys

    Levine Rounds up Tucson’s Best Releases of ’16 (PT. 2)
      Culturally and politically 2016 was one of the most explosive and consequential years in recent history.
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  • Noise Annoys

    Mute Swan and the Curse of Local Hype
      Right now, anyone's guess is as good as anyone else's, but based on our town's track record, the chances aren't high that Mute Swan won't fade off into the not-so-terrible-at-all fate of settling in to the status of a very popular local band that had a promising moment with the release of its second EP back in 2016.
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  • Good Juju

    Chris Black joins other local music luminaries to create ... chamber music?
  • Decades of Darkness: Southwest Terror Fest

    Terror Fest returns with Tad Doyle’s Brothers of the Sonic Cloth
      Conventional wisdom holds you mellow as you get older, but with his power trio Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, rock lifer Tad Doyle has made the heaviest record of his career
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  • Noise Annoys

    Levine gets steamed, yells at Facebook
      I’m scrolling through Facebook’s events page, as I do. It’s a neat little time killer.
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  • Vintage Vinyl Tucson

    This week: The Spiders 'Don’t Blow Your Mind' b/w 'No Price Tag'
      This record has a really bad mix. Detail: the bass is way too loud and midrangy, the drums are too loud and sound like someone pounding on a cardboard box with a mallet during the lead solo, which is practically drowned out.
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  • Jingle Bell Shame

    2? People Who Maybe Shouldn’t Have Made a Christmas Record
      When the alt-right goes on their annual tirade about the supposed War on Christmas, they'll again be zeroing in on how shop clerks are greeting them, how their kids' teachers are signing off on their emails and what kind of non-denominational holiday cards are currently hurting their feelings.
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  • In at the Chill

    He’s come up with a growing Tucson hip-hop scene and broke through the city’s genre lines. Now, with his debut album, rapper Lando Chill is ready for the big time.
  • Sands of Time: Giant Sand

    Howe Gelb discusses the end of Giant Sand and the band’s first reunion show
      Howe Gelb is bemused by reactions to Pitchfork's announcement last week that he's ending the 30-year career of Giant Sand.
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  • Rainer Shine: Rainer Ptacek

    Some of Tucson’s top music talent join forces on a benefit album for Rainer Ptacek’s daughter Lily
      A CD of unreleased tracks by Tucson luminaries is helping to send Rainer's daughter, Lily Ptacek, to college.
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  • Even the Score: Los Guapos

    Los Guapos release new seven-song EP that you can think of as a “soundtrack”
      The music of Los Guapos sounds like something built for the big screen. So it comes as no surprise when frontman Justin Valdez reaches for a cinematic description, calling the Latin-rock quintet's new EP "sci-fi Spaghetti Western."
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  • Groove Meter: Greyhounds

    Greyhounds bring us their groove-oriented soul-funk-R&B like nobody else
      It's never bothered the Greyhounds for a minute that nobody—from fans to their label to music writers and DJs—knows quite how to describe the band.
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  • Good Bloat Days: Bloat Records

    26 years of Tucson’s strange and wonderful Bloat Records
      Bloat Records is like alien abduction. Any rational Earth dweller, in their heart of hearts, knows UFOs have to exist.
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  • C'mon C'mon!

    Hank Topless talks Al Perry's insanely tongue-in-cheek EP
  • Tale of Two Cities

    Seattle’s Tacocat talks up the real cost of gentrification, Tucsonans chime in
      "We'd always wanted to write a song about Seattle," recalls singer Emily Nokes.
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  • Know Your Product: Geoff Tate

    Stars Pick Their Top 5! This week: Geoff Tate
      For two decades, from 1982 to 2012, Geoff Tate was the frontman with Seattle prog-metalers Queensrÿche, a group which, you’ll note, hit mad mainstream success on albums Operation: Mindcrime and Empire, and singles like “Jet City Woman” and “Eyes of a Stranger.”
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