History & Hope

History & Hope

Even more than being a musician, Lucy Dacus considers herself someone who chronicles, catalogs, captures. A historian.



This week in music.

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These psychedelic punks are fresh off the release of their self-titled debut album and sounding at equal points fresh and revivalist.

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Hailing from Nashville, Blank Range plays a unique style of passionate, electrified Americana.

Seeing Song

Mussorgky's Pictures at an Exhibition comes to Tucson with a breathtaking visual companion piece.


Xavier highlights what's new and interesting in music scene.

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The Frights have the vocal aggression you'd expect, but mixed in with the throbbing basslines, breezy guitar and jangly percussion in surf music.

Melting Icicles

After two decades and five albums, Little Dragon is showing no sign of wear or stagnation.


Musical jingles and jangles for you to explore this week.

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An Americana/folk band that features sweet harmonies and a lush and mesmerizing sound.

Man Behind the Designs

If there's a look that characterizes Tucson hip hop, it's in the designs and artwork of Marco Oliva, known as Marcoso.

Getting Schooled

The University of Arizona is one of the few, but growing number of, academic institutions that recognizes hip hop as a legitimate field of study.

Heads Will Roll

If you happen to hear a funky beat blasting from inside the Global Justice Center, it may be the local b-boys and b-girls getting together to breakdance.

Essential Elements

When you break it down, there's one underlying reason for the birth and growth of the Tucson Hip Hop Festival: "We just love hip hop."

Poetry of the People

There's a tight-knit group of young rappers and producers gaining momentum in the world of Tucson hip hop.

A Flash of Inspiration

This year, Julius Schlosburg is the festival's photo ambassador with teens from the Sells reservation.

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Indie pop/rocker Pat Keen and five albums that made an impact on him.


Music in Tucson this week.

’60s Spectacular

It's difficult to look up entertainment in Tucson without having the Rialto Theatre quickly coming to mind.

Wild & Reckless

Blitzen Trapper's music has always drawn characters into the spotlight from the margins of American life.


The reason the United States of America, the land of immigrants, is so special is because it takes all of us together and we become America.-Wyclef Jean

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Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maine, Slaid Cleaves brings three decades worth of folk music to Tucson.

Spin City

An oversized room with painted cinderblock walls, low ceilings and light-stained wood paneling greets you when you step into the recording space at Baby Gas Mask Records.


The musical magic hitting Tucson this week.

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his Valentine’s Day, the Sweethearts of the Rodeo are rounding up a romantic evening of country songs at Exo Bar.

Calexico Rides Again

It's a mid-December morning and Calexico founders Joey Burns and John Convertino are joining me for breakfast at Hotel Congress.

Picking Up the Thread

Calexico's Joey Burns shares his thoughts about some of the songs on their new album, The Thread That Keeps Us.

Out of this World

Katie Haverly’s potency as an artist stems from her impassioned quest to find understanding.


John Coltrane: "I think music is an instrument. It can create the initial thought patterns that can change the thinking of the people."

Stars Pick Their Top 5!

Before returning to her sailboat in England for the summer, here snow—or is it show?—bird Marianne Dissard shares five of her favorite musical things.

Vintage Vinyl

The Ric-A-Shays: “Turn On”/”Groovy”, Lola Records #002, 1965.


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