I can't seem to wrangle Google to find a story on it now, but at some point, there was a state legislature somewhere considering a law to prohibit bands with more unoriginal members than original ones from advertising themselves as being the original band. Think Lynyrd Skynyrd, who just have one original band member, Gary Rossington, around these days, although they do have a tragedy to blame for part of that. Metalcore act Norma Jean, who are coming to town this week, are sort of in the same boat, since only guitarist Chris John Day is still around from the band that recorded "Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child" back in 2002. The group, fully committed to crunchy riffs and aggression, regardless of who joined when, are touring the southwest performing songs from their six albums, while promising some new stuff as well, stopping at 191 Toole on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. with Night Verses, Scar Eater and Lariats opening. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show, but you can get the advance price at the door if you bring two cans of food. Why not bring the food anyway, even if you get tickets in advance? This time of year, someone could certainly use it. More info at


In bands you probably should start liking, Noah Horton from Holy Rolling Empire has a new country-influenced band (although based on the Soundcloud demos, I think they fall somewhere between My Morning Jacket and Whiskeytown?) called Texas Justice debuting at Club Congress on Friday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. The show's free and packed with bands worth hearing (Fur Family, Hermanitos and Shmee and the Followers). Who can complain about free? Don't answer that, but if you need more info, head to


I didn't personally make it for reasons I don't recall, but I only heard rave reviews of the Daley show at Club Congress back in April and he returns to town (quickly!) this week at Flycatcher. Here's what I wrote back in April: "One recent trend in music that hasn't seemingly made it here to Tucson, at least in live music form, is the sensual electronic-heavy take on R&B that has flooded the UK lately. However, [that changes] this week with an appearance by Daley. The Manchester singer-songwriter walks the balance between a connection to Britpop (he appeared on a Gorillaz song and Suede guitarist Bernard Butler is on his new album Days & Nights) and R&B (he toured with Miguel and hangs out with Pharrell) creating a modern sexy sound that falls somewhere between the aesthetics of the aforementioned Miguel and Sade. Bring that special someone and let Daley do the rest. Or go alone. Your call." Daley's scheduled to perform on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. with Travis McClung and Conner Youngblood. Tickets are $18 in advance for the 21 and over show. More info at


Unrelated to live music (mostly), but if you're a fan of vinyl, you'll want to check out the 10th Annual Tucson Record Show on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall (3445 N. Dodge Blvd.) From what I hear, dealers from around the southwest will be there, so you're bound to find something you can't stand to live without and that your significant other will question why you bought. Then again, maybe it's just you, lone ranger, and you can buy whatever you want, so go nuts. Who doesn't need a Robert Mitchum calypso album? (NOTE: I cannot guarantee that the Robert Mitchum calypso album will be available, but it is surprisingly entertaining.) The show goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (although if you're willing to pay $8, you can get in at 7:30 a.m.) Regular admission is $4, but if you bring the ad from somewhere in this issue, you can save $2 (and use that money to buy another record).


A reminder: The second Night of the Living Fest is Saturday, Nov. 8 from 4 p.m. to midnight at La Cocina. Joshua Levine did a great job of discussing what's happened in the last year with the homegrown fest in last week's issue. Look for it online. $12 for 12 bands is a great deal, anyway you cut it, especially with the legendary and always entertaining Mike Watt atop the bill. More info at

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