Following a spring concert season to rival any period in Tucson's history, the summer doldrums are finally kicking in. But fear not, intrepid congert-goer, there is still plenty to keep you busy; you just need to look a little harder. Start here.
HIS SHIT IS PERFECT
Tucson's prodigal son, Bob Log III, returns this week from his adopted home of Australia, where he's raising his spawn (God help us all). That's right, the monkey-pawed speed-bluesman will perform a show at Club Congress ahead of its weekly Opti Club next Thursday.
If you've never seen Mr. Log perform (and shame on you – you call yourself a Tucsonan?!), expect a no-holds-barred party conducted by a dude in an Evil Kneivel-inspired costume who plays the fastest Delta blues you've ever heard, and sings through an old-fashioned telephone handset affixed to his ubiquitous helmet. Yell "Boob Scotch" and watch the fun that ensues.
Bob Log III performs with the Voodoo Organist at 8 p.m. next Thursday, June 27, at Club Congress. Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 on the day of show. Hit up hotelcongress.com/club or call 622-8848 for more info.
THIS IS OUR OFFICIAL REQUEST FOR "GOONIES 'R' GOOD ENOUGH"
Sure, you get misty-eyed every time "Time After Time" comes on the radio. And you can't help but dance in your living room when "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" pops up. But, just how awesome is Cyndi Lauper?
Well, for one thing, she's three quarters of the way to a coveted EGOT. Lauper added a Tony Award to her collection of Grammy and Emmy statues a couple weeks back with a win for Best Original Score for her Broadway show Kinky Boots, based upon a true story about a declining shoe factory that turns to making boots for drag queens. (She's been a vocal proponent of LGBT issues for years.)
Somewhat amazingly, she's still on the concert circuit all these years – and all those awards – later.
Cyndi Lauper performs at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Tickets range from $32 to $90, and are available at foxtucsontheatre.org or by calling 547-3040,
THIS WEEK IN ALT-COUNTRYISH BANDS
In his Tucson Weekly review of the band's latest album, Brian Mock described the Radar Brothers as "sun-drenched, slow and spacey pop." Based on a listen to Eight (the band's eighth album, on Merge), the album he was reviewing, I'd venture to say they've gone pretty psychedelic on the new one.
They've always been a band that's flown under most people's radar (no pun intended), which is really a shame since Jim Putnam and an ever-shifting list of co-conspirators have been releasing consistently good albums since 1996. Encompassing everything from shoegaze to alt-country, and adding synths and Mellotron, lap steel and strings to the usual guitar-bass-drums format, Eight just may be one of their best yet. And that's saying something.
Radar Brothers perform at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, June 26. Wet & Reckless and La Cerca open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 on the day of show. For more info head to hotelcongress.com/club or call 622-8848.
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE APPROVED!
Speaking of psychedelia, Prince Rama is hitting town this week. The Brooklyn-based trio specializes in dance music that's about as psychedelic as dance music gets.
The group – Michael Collins and sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson – started life as a punk band but eventually shifted to its current sound of neo-tribal dance music. It was enough to intrigue the members of Animal Collective, two members of which (Deakin and Avey Tare) produced their 2010 album Shadow Temple. The band's last three albums have been released on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label.
The primal and trippy band's latest album is Top Ten Hits of the End of the World.
Prince Rama performs at Plush, 340 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, June 26. The show starts at 9 p.m. with an opening set by Tucson's Not Breathing. Cover is $7. For more info check out plushtucson.com or call 798-1298.
MUSIC TO PLAY QUIDDITCH TO
Having never seen a Harry Potter movie nor read one of the books they're based on, I'm probably not qualified to write anything remotely intelligent about the band Harry and the Potters, whose entire existence owes to the work of J.K. Rowling.
But for the last 10 years, the "wizard rock" band has been thrilling kids of all ages with their indie-rock-ish take on all things Potter.
They'll do just that this week when Harry and the Potters perform a free all-ages show on the Hotel Congress Plaza, 311 E. Congress St., at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. For more details hit up hotelcongress.com/club or call 622-8848.
LIKE ONE DIRECTION, BUT AMERICAN AND LESS POPULAR
If you don't know who Big Time Rush is, chances are pretty good that your tween kids do. Big Time Rush is yet another band formed to star in a Nickelodeon TV series that went on to become an actual band.
If you're a cool parent, between the Harry and the Potters show and this one, it's a pretty good week to prove it.
Big Time Rush, along with Victoria Justice and Olivia Sumerlyn, perform at AVA at Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. Tickets range from $39.50 to $69.50, with VIP packages starting at $250. For more info head to casinodelsol.com or call 838-6700.
If you thought Dweezil Zappa's Zappa Plays Zappa shows were as close as you could get to hearing the late, legendary Frank Zappa's music played live these days, get a load of this: Four members of Zappa's Mothers of Invention — Napoleon Murphy Brock, Roy Estrada, Bunk Gardner, and Don Preston – are currently on tour and heading our way this week.
The Grandmothers of Invention will perform at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 24. Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 on the day of show. Questions? Hit 'em up at hotelcongress.com/club or 622-8848.
THE WORD BEST IS IN THE NAME, SO THAT'S A GOOD SIGN
Tucson Rock Alliance and Miss CJ Productions bring us another installment of the "Tucson's Best" showcases this week. This edition will focus on local hardcore bands and will include performances by Waves & Runners (11 p.m.), Sink the Titanic (10:20 p.m.), Light Her Up (9:40 p.m.), The Endless Obsession (9 p.m.), Transgressions (8:20 p.m.), Akaidya (7:40 p.m.), Where the Sky Folds (7:10 p.m.), and Epperson Lane (6:30 p.m.).
Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., and tickets are $10. All ages are welcome. For more info head to rialtotheatre.com or call 740-1000.
ON THE BANDWAGON
The Pork Torta, Al Perry, and Adam Marsland at Plush on Saturday, June 22; Chronicles presents ICON featuring E-Fresh, Jaca Zulu and more at Club Congress on Friday, June 21; Mark Insley and Broken Angel at Boondocks Lounge on Sunday, June 23; Human Behavior, Nice Try, and Best Dog Award on the Hotel Congress Plaza on Saturday, June 22; Andrew Collberg, John Courage and the Great Plains, and Liila at Plush on Tuesday, June 25; Moonlight Howlers at Surly Wench Pub on Saturday, June 22; Qwaazar and Batsauce with Lady Daisy, Big Meridox featuring DJ Mig.ill, Jake and JBoogie, and People From the Sun at Plush on Monday, June 24.