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Mischa Reining (aka Spag Heddy): Thursday, Sept 20 @ Gentle Ben’s

Thursday, Sept. 20

Born in the Netherlands and based in Spain, international dubstep artist Mischa Reining (aka Spag Heddy) says, "I'm crazy excited about touring America." Gentle Ben's is the site for Goldrush Expeditions: Spag Heddy. With support by Mr Andrsn, Housekneckt and CRISHXN... Sacramento indie rockers Honyock are out in support of El Castillo, their debut EP. With The Elegant Rabies and Juju Fontaine at Sky Bar... Their piano driven oeuvre touches on soul, Americana, jazz, blues, western. Jillian and the Giants are at Tap + Bottle Downtown... Whether it's conveyed in his dark spun reggae, horn infused ska or punk-tinged rock, Mike Pinto tells "Truthful Lies" at 191 Toole. With Rilen Out!... Pledging allegiance to the thick fuzz and primal psychedelia of yesteryear, 21st-century rock revivalists Wolfmother reign Victorious at The Rialto Theater. With Denver blues metalists Love Gang... On tour supporting Homestead, Seattle heavy prog-metalists Witch Ripper bridge hell and Earth at Cans Deli. With Wrought, Napalm Strike and Kryge... Down for all-ages mayhem? Indianapolis pop punks Amuse like to "party, play fast and sing like your little sister." With Annie Jump Cannon, Cement Shoes and In Lessons at Spark Project Collective... With note-for-note perfection, The Australian Pink Floyd Show presents Time: 30 Years of Celebrating Pink Floyd at The Fox Theatre... The Jacob Acosta Band are featured in the songwriter showcase at Monterey Court... Tucson's longest running alternative club night, Optimist Club, perdures at Club Congress. DJ Bob Really spins...

Friday, Sept. 21

Porangui celebrate the autumnal equinox at Solar Culture with ancestral rhythms, dance, transformative meditations and an intentional ceremony with a special cacao drink... As a member of critics' darlings The Silos, Walter Salas-Humara penned ditties like "Let's Take Some Drugs and Drive Around." On the plaza at Hotel Congress with Americana artist Jeff Crosby... Gat-Rot's primal ferocity will transport all within earshot to When Cro-Magnon roamed freely upon the Earth. With Lariats, The Gallery and DJ Bonus. Indoors at Club Congress... Down for whatever, Still LIfe Telescope, Finite Fiction and The Time Being engage in battle at Brodie's Tavern... Known for their improvisational live performances, The Bennu chase the muse at 191 Toole. With Southbound Pilot... From Lubbock, singer-songwriter Julian Neel "weaves threads of truth and archetype into simple song" in the listening room at Exo Roast Co... Wanna dance? Live without regret. Shooda Shook It at Saint Charles Tavern... Boot stompin' Tejano is what is in store at the AVA Amphitheater with Ramon Ayala Y Grupo Control... And, at Tucson Music Hall, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven Odyssey, featuring violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and performing music from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (on its 50th anniversary) along with violin concertos by Beethoven and works by Richard Strauss. Conductor José Luis Gomez is at the podium...

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Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers with Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, Sept. 22

Their name means "boy knife" in Japanese. Yep, before Bikini Kill and the Riot Grrrl Movement, this all-female pop-punk band was hard at work breaking new ground. Shonen Knife kick it into Overdrive at 191 Toole... Katherine Byrnes and Ryan Alfred are Sweet Ghosts. They will perform material from their upcoming album, An Endless Blue, with a helping hand from Ben Nisbet, Gabriel Sullivan and Tom Beach at Club Congress... Young Americans (18-35) comprise 70 million eligible voters. Rock The Polls is an all ages community event which aims to raise awareness, empower and create change by voting. With music by Mimicking Birds, Seanloui and Taco Sauce on the plaza at Hotel Congress... Her acoustic Americana is suffused with a free-spirited romanticism and a belief that music must change the world. His musical roots absorbed Mexican folklore, country and American blues. Together singer-songwriters Joyce Luna and Oscar Fuentes perform as part of the 4th Sat Listening Room Concert series at Congregation Chaverim... Performance troupe Cirque Roots celebrates the autumnal equinox with a variety show. DJ Cruise Control spins. At Cirque Roots... Their debut album, Killing With A Smile, debuted on the Australian national charts before being picked up by Epitaph Records catapulting these Aussie heavy metalists into the stratosphere. Parkway Drive wheel the Reverence North America Tour into the Rialto Theater. With August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada and Polaris... This rapper's latest album asks Are You Okay? Skizzy Mars lives out the "American Dream" at The Rock. With Australian emcee Allday and Kid Quill... On "People Like Us," this acoustic indie folkster (with an edge) lays down his calling card. "Never really feel like I'm a real folk singer/They all sing so pretty/I just get pissed and shout." Bradley Palermo melts down at Saint Charles Tavern. With Bryan Thomas Parker and Ghost in the Willow... Live And Let Die is an ante mortem, multimedia celebration of the musical legend that is Paul McCartney. At The Fox Theatre... ¡Hay dios mío! Pedro y Los Lîricos' traditional rancheras, cumbias and classic Mexican ballads win hearts and wear out boot soles. At Exo Roast Co... Piano Lover's Lounge? The tradition continues. Sara Mohr and Paul Jenkins entertain at Westbound... DJs NoirTech and Plastic Disease get nostalgic. Back to the Future '80s Dance Party at Surly Wench Pub... EDM addict? Jacob Ladder, Cat Child, Atom Energy, Glowver and H.R. Guerin traverse the underground. Project Atlas 2.0 at 3113 Art Collective... Still can't get enough live music, food trucks and local brews? The fourth annual Stone Avenue Block Party features Vox Urbana, Mariachi Las Aguilitas de Davis Elementary and Arizona's only "klezploitation" band Jerusafunk. On Stone Avenue between 16th & 17th streets...

Sunday, Sept. 23

Featuring Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School, The Wayback Machine and Santa Pachita, Together We Win aims to connect people who wish to create positive change through the ballot box. At the Rialto Theater... Apocalyptic post-punkers Deaf Wish pour forth their dystopian message from the Club Congress stage... A voice for Mother Nature, this eclectic jam band carries out beach and forest clean-ups wherever they travel. Blooming Fire bring their Amber Waves Tour to Cans Deli. With Silvercloud Express and Seanloui...

Monday, Sept. 24

Multi-Grammy Award Winner Macy Gray recently dropped her 10th studio album, Ruby. The first single, "Sugar Daddy," was inspired by Diana Ross' portrayal of Billie Holiday in the biographical classic Lady Sings the Blues. At The Fox Theatre... Free Yourself Up, this Boston genre-crossing band's sophomore album "is about empowering [oneself] no matter what's going wrong." Lake Street Drive at The Rialto Theater. With the soul-tinged folk-pop of Jillian and the Giants...

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Shortly before releasing their first single, "Demo," these Madrid-based garage rockers were heralded as "The year's buzziest indie breakout." Hinds at 191 Toole. With Mustard Service and Weekend Lovers... Trolling the same waters as Asher Roth and Sam Adams, frat rapper Hoodie Allen brings The Hype to Club Congress... Folk songstress Natalie Pohanic steps into another time at The Royal Room...

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Fall Out Boy's MANIA Tour descends into an unbridled psychotic frenzy with auditory hallucinations at the Tucson Arena. With Machine Gun Kelly and L.I.F.T... An evening of sonic deconstruction awaits at Owls Club when Golden Boots and Natural Lite (interactive country) stir the spirits of those eternally at rest... Blues institution Bad News Blues continues their residency at Chicago Bar... Using analog and electronic elements to create a unique synth pop/indie rock sound, San Francisco's Geographer offer "soulful music from outer space" for all to sample. At Club Congress...

Thursday, Sept. 27

Critics have often likened this artist to the introspective bluesy folk of John Prine and Norah Jones. Be that as it may, "Crooked," off My New Moon, displays fangs. "I read a crooked headline on a crooked page/There's a crooked leader on a crooked stage/But he seems to think he's standin' tall/Turns out it's all crooked, y'all." Amos Lee at The Fox Theatre with Nashville songwriter Caitlyn Smith... His pristine voice has made reggae sensation Lukie D notorious around the world. With Rockers Uptown, Neon Prophet and Papa Ranger. Jahmar International hosts at The Rialto Theater... In 2017, Baltimore's Creek Boyz exploded onto the hip-hop scene with "With My Team." Witness their ascent at Club Congress...

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