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Comment Archives: stories: Music

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.

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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: “Live

Mr. Butler and Mr. Nicholls, had I known that being "dedicated," "kind," "doing the things they love," and driving for hours are attributes that entitle an artist to a positive review, I wouldn't have come to see the show and critique the actual music. But if that's the case, then every band is incredible and above criticism. And if everything is amazing, then everyone is lying: Is this what you would have preferred?

Mr. James, while you are understandably unfamiliar with my live reviews in this newspaper in regards to my "favoring" local bands (which is false), I admire and agree with your decision to not let this review affect you and your music; your dedication to your music would be questionable if you did.

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Posted by Joshua Levine on 12/21/2013 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Alana Is Now Ready

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

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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!

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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.

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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 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: “Live

Hilarious. Except I'm laughing at you the writer, not deafheaven.

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Posted by Srslywtf on 09/21/2015 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Live

Right or wrong, criticism should be taken as a tool to improve yourself. I wasn't at the show, but I have been in this game for long enough to know that if you are putting in the time, if you truly care for your craft and gravitate towards the DIY scene, something like this should galvanize you. It should be like carbon as you temper and fold your blade in the fire. The idea that a positive review is in some way owed because you showed up is absurd. Not everyone gets to win. Not everyone is equal, especially in music. This goes with the territory and saying you would avoid Tucson because of ONE bad review would cause me to question the motive for doing music in the first place.

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Posted by Corey Reidy on 12/21/2013 at 8:59 PM

Re: “2010 TAMMIES Winners!

Timmothy: The "editors of this paper" don't decide the TAMMIES winners. Two groups of people vote: 1) the public and 2) a group of 20 writers, critics, club bookers and music aficionados. The top vote-getters from each group then go into a final round of public voting. So ... your criticism is misplaced. If there's a great band out there that's being missed, let us know about 'em.

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Posted by Jimmy Boegle on 09/09/2010 at 8:41 AM

Re: “2010 TAMMIES Winners!

How about a qualification rule. Lets say that to be eligible a band has to have played at least 6 gigs in the past year in front of more than a dozen people. There are a number on the list who would not qualify.

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Posted by BobZ on 09/14/2010 at 5:25 AM

Re: “2010 TAMMIES Winners!

I disagree that the critics are only focused on downtown; this, frankly, strikes me as sour grapes. There are a lot of bands who were winners or finalists who play beyond HoCo or Plush. In any case, I look forward to hearing about these bands we've missed.

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Posted by Jimmy Boegle on 09/09/2010 at 9:49 AM

Re: “2010 TAMMIES Winners!

Jimmy...First, sorry about the double post. Computer error.

Yes, I know the editors don't pick the Tammies winners, but take a look at the critics list. Pretty tight group don't you think. ? Downtown is highly represented. I wonder just how many of the "critics" go beyond the boundaries of downtown to see other, real working bands play. I go to Plush and Club Congress so as to see what's going on with our local music. It's the same bands playing to the same people over and over.

The scene is indeed vibrant, and that's great, but year after year the Weekly pimps the same local, downtown bands. Maybe if they made some real effort to see what's going on around town they'd find that the music scene is bigger than they thought, and better.

As to your suggestion, I will make an effort to let you know about other bands I hear .


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Posted by Timmothy on 09/09/2010 at 9:41 AM

Re: “2010 TAMMIES Winners!

Who are some of these bands ?? Do they play other places besides Club Congress and Plush about 2 or 3 times a year.??? There are a lot of real working bands that the editors of this paper don't know about and who play someplace other than downtown and who could blow some of these bands out the door. I suggest that the editors and "critics" get out of downtown and hear some of the real working bands in Tucson. They just might be surprised at the quality of the music that goes on outside of downtown.

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Posted by Timmothy on 09/09/2010 at 6:15 AM

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