Music: The Covid Sessions

Music: The Covid Sessions

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, every restaurant, bar, club and cafe in the City of Tucson closed its doors through the end of the month in an attempt to slow the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. While this obviously dealt a massive blow to the food and hospitality industries, it also stripped local musicians of vital performance opportunities.

Music: Daddy Daughter Rock

The Exbats release fourth album

Maintaining the Melody

In their enduring mission to continue the legacy of bluegrass music, the Desert Bluegrass Association is hoping to make the 2020 Marana Bluegrass Festival its largest event ever.

Season of the Hitch

English singer/songwriter and former Soft Boys man Robyn Hitchcock has been compared to the very best: Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Syd Barrett, Roger McGuinn, Bryan Ferry and the like. Compliments don’t come much greater, but it’s also a massive error to try to box the guy in. Hitchcock’s career, his songwriting, is full of quirky twists and turns. He’s pop but rock. He’s psychedelic but post-punk. He’s Robyn Hitchcock, and he’s exactly what he wants to be.

Know Your Product

The mark of a good blues player is knowing when to shut up and let the guitar sing. The mark of a great blues player is being able to balance voice and instrument in such a symbiotic fashion they become more than the sum of their parts.

Go With the Flow

Dry River Redemption has its headwaters, so to speak, in two separate batches of songs, and the album itself became what flowed downstream from the confluence. 

Cross-Cultural Currents

Niyaz (meaning “yearning” in old Persian), is an ethno-electronic Iranian-American husband and wife duo blending traditional Middle Eastern acoustic instruments, medieval Sufi poetry and the ancient folk songs of Iran with the sounds of electronic music.

Know Your Product: James Supercave

LA pop outfit James Supercave blend wild electronic production with darkly smooth vocals to create a collection of psychedelic melodies that reminds us what makes modern indie music so engaging. See James Supercave w/ Nightweather and Moontrax at Club Congress. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. Free. 311 E. Congress St. 21+

Happy 100th birthday, Rialto Theatre!

At last year’s Century of Tucson party, Hotel Congress passed the centennial torch to their cross-street neighbor, the Rialto Theatre. While the Rialto’s official hundred-year anniversary lands on August 29, 2020, they’re filling the whole year with festivities, kicking things off with the eighth annual Rialto Theatre Fundraising Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Know Your Product: Riders In The Sky

Like four cartoon cowboys, the Riders in the Sky weave a colorful landscape of frontier escapades and stories told around a campfire.

Shining Country Stars

Numerous love stories can be heard in the music of the Old Pueblo. Love Notes explores what happens when “Till death do us part” meets rock ‘n’ roll. This week, meet vocalist and fiddler Billy Shaw Jr. and wife Jessica Northey-Shaw who hosts CMChatLIVE.com and gets Billy’s band on Tucson’s stages.

Know Your Product: Naim Amor

For as impressionistic and suave as Naim Amor’s guitar playing is, the French transplant has become the unexpected troubadour of Tucson’s nightlife. While Amor has plenty of experience with the desert folk/rock befitting the Sonoran Desert, such as on 2016’s The Western Suite and Siesta Songs with Calexico’s John Convertino, his cool, technical prowess especially shines on jazz releases, such as 2018’s Moments Before.

“I am a Ghost”

Benjamin Isaac Kirkman passed away from heart failure on Jan. 2, 2020 in Nogales, Mexico, in the borderlands he so loved. He was 40 years old.

Notes Blooming

Oregon pop band flor turns introspection into anthems. Their sophomore album, ley lines, which released September 2019, pushes forward like 12 lush declarations, all while maintaining a danceable base. The four-piece band consists of a typical rock structure, but their music is greatly expanded thanks to multiple electronic elements.

Know Your Product: Death Bells

See Death Bells at Club Congress w/ Separate Ways, Hikikomori, Rough Draft and more, for a special Benefit For Australia show with all proceeds going to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities. 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. 311 E. Congress St. $10 suggested minimum donation. All ages.

Old Country

“A good song is a good song.” Hank Topless makes this declaration between bites of his pollo asado taco at Taqueria Pico de Gallo on Tucson’s southside. The introspective, yet cocksure country musician’s new album, Songs I Hate To Sing, captures the sound of country music made between the dawn of the atomic age and Walter Cronkite reporting the last huey leaving Saigon.

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