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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Music Feature

Re: “Noise Annoys

While it would be great if everyone in the music world were beyond the "women who rock" trope at this point in time, I think accusing the station of trashing or "pimping" them is a bit heavy handed.

The folks at Downtown Radio put a ton of passion, love and sweat into the station - almost all of us on a volunteer basis, and nobody is "making a profit" off anyone. We play a ton of local music, because we love it and think it's great and we feel like it deserves to be heard on the radio.

We are always honored as hell when any of these bands/artists play one of our featured shows or benefits, as most of them have repeatedly done.

If they really "need us less than we need them" that's great news for everyone. And super generous of them. I'd love it if local acts were always getting the recognition they deserve, whether in print or over the airwaves. I know you as a writer do your part to help make this happen. As a DJ, I try to do my part as well.

But whether they need me or not, I'm still playing these bands on Downtown Radio. Not for "exposure" or because they are women. Because they're GOOD and if I want to hear them, I'm betting my listeners want to hear them too.

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Posted by Julie Jennings Patterson, Downtown Radio DJ on 02/24/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Just when I thought the TWeakly couldn't get any worse, along comes once-fired Josh Levine to offer up some amateur, bloggy bile. Writers should check their facts, look into the history, and talk to people involved in the event before making assumptions especially weak, inaccurate ones.

Contrary to the assumption Levine makes, The Women Who Rock Tucson II show is not a benefit for Downtown Radio. The artists will be paid.

Additionally, the first Women Who Rock Tucson was put together and named by a female musician. There was no 2nd edition in 2016 because I would have had to do it and I was way too busy running the station at the time.

The article on the website that you refer to was also written by a woman.

How Levine could twist a celebration of women in the local music scene into the toxic scenario that he describes reflects entirely on him.

The women involved in this event are fantastic, talented musicians. I genuinely love their music and am glad that we have a scene here in Tucson that encourages women to be a part of it.

Levine and the Tucson Weekly owe Downtown Radio a big apology for printing this garbage.

57 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Jason LeValley on 02/24/2017 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Noise Annoys

My Grandson was loved by Many he was a very talented creative Musical young man R.I.P mijo Nana misses you so much Your my angel now

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Posted by Blanca Fernandez on 05/30/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

He was a wonderful man with an incredible voice. He is and will be missed.

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Posted by UANAC on 08/18/2016 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Joshua,this is a important article,thank's...I am like anyone who read this touched and hope Relief for his Family,Loved ones.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by William Sedlmayr on 05/25/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

I go way back with Robby and graduated with him at Sahuaro, he was awesome then as he is now. Everyone of us knew how great he was back then and always enjoyed watching him jam and hanging out with him. The desert parties at 17 poles and at rockafellas was the best. Great job Robby, Tucson is proud of you and so am I

21 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Todd Smith on 12/08/2016 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Alana Is Now Ready

I can't decide who is less appealing to me right now, the writer or the subject.

21 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by Bee Eff on 08/09/2012 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Isaiah Toothtaker: The Tucson Weekly Interview

This article lacks substance and depth. It also lacks proper perspective. If the author has known the subject for over ten years then there would have been no true apprehension about meeting. This piece is not informative, but more celebratory. So what are we celebrating? A bully? Because that's who Isaiah is -Not a tough guy. Mr. 400 bare knuckle brawls. Gimme a break!

20 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Derek H. on 03/25/2013 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Out on Top

Big OX is one of the many inspirations to me and Tucson's Hip Hop community. It's been great to work with and become his friend out side of hip hop / rap stuff. His journey is far from over. Peace and blessings to you Marcus. Also Big ups to the Tucson Weekly for showing respect to a great artist, and father.

- Pike Romero

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Posted by Pike Romero on 08/17/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

You've taken memorializing to a beautiful new level, Dan, in expressing the emotions of a community that has cherished Michael and so many Ronstadts over time. His family, my family, and so many others were long intertwined in the fabric of this town, and it hurts terribly when another thread snaps. The night last year that others and I thrilled at Michael's rich music in my back patio is a gift I'll always have.

19 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dianne Bret Harte on 08/18/2016 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

What a beautiful tribute to a man of such talent and who has passed his legacy to his amazing sons. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael and his family at common ground on the hill. What a privilege to have had that experience. He will be greatly missed but his rich legacy will live on in his family

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Posted by jeaneansongcomartin6@gmail.com on 08/18/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “People Who Died: Alvaro 'Acho' Durazo by Mark Beef

Thank you Mark for the kind words. Acho is my little brother that had a big and generous heart. Everybody loved him and we miss him so. Our Mom took it extremely hard and is slowly healing.

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Posted by alex on 12/29/2016 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Jason LeValley's comment reads like an extended Trump tweet

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Posted by TheRockist on 02/25/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Time's Up at Toxic

What a nice tribute! I've never been to the shop but knew of its reputation from Canada. Tucson was lucky to have such a great cultural institution for so many years. All the best Bill!

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Posted by Toxic fan on 12/19/2013 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Alana Is Now Ready

Wish her the best but hope that her taste in names for a band matures as she has.

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Posted by KidCeviche on 08/12/2012 at 3:27 AM

Re: “House of Blues

Wow, an inspiring depiction of my uncle Dave who is the warmest, most welcoming of family men, on top of all his talent and accomplishment.

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Posted by Gina Grant on 08/04/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

Thank you for such a beautiful portrait of a beautiful man. I met Michael way back when we were both 14, his Sister Lindy was my next door neighbor in Topanga, she introduced us, and our friendship lasted a lifetime. Oh how beautiful Heavens music just became with the addition of Michaels chocolate voice and rich songs.
Adios my friend. May the Wind Lift You.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Wendy Skolfield on 08/18/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Tucson Perfection

"A few weeks back, some genius in Tucson Unified School District thought it would be a good idea to shift Dale out of Roskruge and over to another school. Before the day was over, word got out and the calls poured in. The order was quickly rescinded"

The word came down after Dale had voiced his support for a volunteer that received a complaint from a parent and was restricted from volunteering at the school. By coincidence the powers that be decided to send word that Dale was being relocated. This was no doubt a way to send a message that the power of those at the Morrow building was absolute. Things did not go as planned..........

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Posted by Edward Contreras on 11/12/2015 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Alana Is Now Ready

I want her to play in Tucson!

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Posted by Sheldon on 08/08/2012 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Guitar Hero

I was in a band called Heavy Axe. Palo Verde 77, 78 ---We started the desert scene in Tucson. Our first desert party was at the old prison camp on Mt Lemmon for The Huns. Thousands of people showed up. We played mostly rock but got dubbed new wave because we played ACDC before they were on the radio. Our first gig at The Night Train was called New Wave comes to Tucson with The Suspects, Heavy Ave, and Rampage. My cousins lived on a ranch at what is now Valencia and Kolb when that whole area was only desert. My oldest cousin grabbed a tractor one day and drove down the dirt road that went to Houghton. When he was about a mile short of Houghton he made a road into the desert south off Old Vail Road. He cleared out a huge area and called it "The Buzz" Heavy Axe played a couple of parties there and thousands of Tucson High Schoolers would show up. One of my friends from Palo Verde Paul Wilkens (bass player for Roc Lochner) started hanging out with Robby as he was getting ready to make his debut. Paul had a party at the buzz and held a lead guitar contest. Robby took the stage and played the lead in heartbreaker by Led Zep. He got everyones attention. Heavy Axe was history after that performance. Roc Lochner made a huge splash and Heavy Axe faded into oblivion. Robby and I have been friends for decades. He played in a band called Born and Bred with Milton Cox (Heavy Axe) The songs on the album they recorded are among my favorite songs that Robby ever played on. Meet you on the other side and Body for Business are epic.

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Posted by Scott Hamilton on 12/10/2016 at 12:09 PM

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