Nine Questions

Kristina Stevens drove to Tucson from Maryland eight years ago and has been plotting to get out ever since. She studies journalism and photojournalism at the UA and spends all her time trying to figure out how to move to France and make money taking pictures.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

I saw Roy Orbison when I was 12 or 13 in Maryland. I shouted, "Play 'Pretty Woman'!" from the bandstand, and he said, "This one goes to the little lady in the back."

What CDs are in your changer right now?

The Avett Brothers, Emotionalism; The Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Ahead; Ryan Adams, Heartbreaker; Super Youpi!, Entrée, Plat et Des Cerfs; Katerine, 8ème Ciel.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Two hundred to 300 CDs, mostly bought at shows.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

I can barely figure out my computer, let alone download music. I'm a big fan of CDs.

What was the first album you owned?

Boy George and the Culture Club's Colour by Numbers. Technically, it was my dad's, but I claimed it when I decided I wanted to marry Boy George at age 5. (Dad's) reply? "Not likely to happen."

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

"Nitemare Hippy Girl" by Beck, just because it would be funny. I'm sure that by the time I die, this will completely change.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

I love Henryk Górecki.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

It's a toss-up between Richard Buckner and Townes Van Zandt. My friend Eddie Holly made me a mix tape of the two for my 21st birthday. The first time I heard it, I knew it was a sign I'd move West. I was here 10 months later.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Whiskeytown, Stranger's Almanac, or Richard Buckner, Since.

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