Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue

Mason's sound is big, brash and powerful, tipping a hat to the blues traditions it's rooted in.


Noise Annoys

Occasionally there are some small groupings of time where death's hand and the cruelty of surprise meet and we lose souls we selfishly need with us.

Know Your Product

The band plays the Old Pueblo this week, so we spoke with Conan about the five albums that shaped has shaped his own and Exmortus' sounds to date.

Awe, Nostalgia

Born and brought up in Irmo, South Carolina, Ben Bridwell, singer and guitarist with Southern-ish rock 'n' rollers Band of Horses, left home at age of 16 to live with his mother in Tucson.

Let’s Dance

At the monthly Illout, people dance to music that's not overplayed. They can hear local, well-loved DJs. It's a chill, Fourth Avenue vibe.

Noise Annoys

"This is a rainy day record. A stay in and make love record." So says Tucson quintet Rival Shapes.

Know Your Product

Shonen Knife promises Tucson an evening of sweaty, dance-heavy fun. To celebrate the occasion, Knife's singer and guitarist Naoko Yamano told us about the five albums that changed her life.

Vintage Vinyl

This well-structured song, just over two minutes, written by Keith Lewallen in 1966, is one of the Brothers' harder-edged efforts.

La Raza Futura!

The men of Metalachi are proud to be the "world's first and only heavy metal mariachi band."

Vintage Vinyl

The A-side of this, "Any More," is an OK but non-offensive Brit Invasion-inspired rocker vocal. It is of course, the B-side of this waxing that's the burner!

Know Your Product

Aye Nako's second album Silver Haze mines a sweet spot between infectious power-pop and the distortion and dynamics of grunge.

Too Much Junkie Business

Billy Sedlmayr Shares a Johnny Thunders Story

Noise Annoys

It's not often that one individual can be pinpointed as a catalyst and principal contributor to an artistic community, but David Rodgers—who doesn't even live in Tucson anymore(!)—is one who can.

Hot Rocks

Keep your ears happy this summer.

Vintage Vinyl

Pueblo High School students Gary Dudo, Daniel Ponce, Guz Ruis, Jim Hubbard, and Ennis Lemmos started playing together in 1962, and by '63-'64 the combo was playing show after show in Arizona, California, and New Mexico.

Know Your Product

Tucson native Roger Clyne is still a tireless road warrior, and it's no wonder he's called Arizona's Springsteen.

Beetle Songs

In early March, Karima Walker took to the road solo in a 1974 marina blue Volkswagen Beetle.

Forever Young

It's a cool night in March and Don Armstrong converses with the Club Congress audience like old friends. About 75 people sit in chairs on the dance floor. There's a couple in a corner dancing every song with abandon.

Noise Annoys

Tucson hip hop has always typically strayed left of center, off the mainstream track of gangsta posturing and unfettered capitalism.

Know Your Product

The Slackers formed in a dingy Manhattan basement in 1991(pre-Giuliani, natch!), one near the seedy and gloriously nicotine-rank bars that've bred so many sweet music scenes and heroes over the years.

Sonic Mission

The genesis of Giddens' second full-length under her own name began with one book she did find time to read.

Noise Annoys

Comedy has always been about storytelling as much as punchlines.

Tale of Two Cities

"We'd always wanted to write a song about Seattle," recalls singer Emily Nokes.

Vintage Vinyl: The Dearly Beloved

1966 As the Beloved One’s: Boyd Records BB157; As Dearly Beloveds: Columbia 4-43797 The record was also released on CBS, UK (202398) And CBS Australia (BA-221340)

Know Your Product

Kansas City's Tech N9ne is a producer, songwriter, and co-founder of the Strange Music record label.


Alex Soto grips his microphone.

Liberate, Create!

If there’s a single theme that shapes The Wild Reeds’ new record The World We Built, it centers on the word liberation.

Noise Annoys

Big Meridox has always functioned as a larger-than-life presence of moral conscience, and a barometer of consciousness in Old Pueblo hip hop.


Recent Comments

  • Re: Noise Annoys

    • Joshua,this is a important article,thank's...I am like anyone who read this touched and hope Relief…

    • on May 25, 2017
  • Re: Noise Annoys

    • Not bad, it sounds like an attempt at early 90's hip-hop like Guru's Jazzmatazz

    • on May 25, 2017
  • Re: Vintage Vinyl

    • Wow. Seriously good vocals. Some youtubing found the excellent "If I Were You", too.

    • on May 23, 2017
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