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Thursday, Oct. 18

Dubstep/bass & drum heads take heed. From Mannheim, Germany, Virtual Riot brings the Preset Junkies Tour to Gentle Ben's. With Decimate, HVRLY and Aireloosh... Kick off the weekend early with The Surfbroads. Experience the hijinks at Tap + Bottle Downtown... Creating songs for hopeless romantics with teeth, Shark Heartt celebrate the release of their debut single, "Maybe We Are Infinite," at Cans Deli. With MRCH and Jillian Bessett... Basing songs around the hardscrabble lives he grew up around, on Turmoil & Tinfoil this bluegrass musician bores deep into the vein of Americana with a psychedelic hue. Rumor has it Billy Strings picks so hard he'll break strings at 191 Toole... Slamming punk and gangsta rap together, "G-punkers" Hed PE take over The Rock. With Sorrows Ruin, Lethal Injecktion and Noise Field... DJ Bob Really spins house party favorites. Optimist Club at Club Congress... Dress to impress. Goth Night at Owls Club. DJs Entyce, Cabslays and Mijito spin... In 1986, this country singer's watershed debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., paid dividends to rockabilly and punk. Three decades later, after dipping his tin cup into the wellspring of bluegrass on Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars (2016), his latest single "Then Here Came Monday" is a return to the "Streets of Bakersfield." Dwight Yoakam brings his stripped down honky-tonk to the Tucson Music Hall...

Friday, Oct. 19

The Sonoran soul of Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls returns to Cans Deli. With Las Chollas Peligrosas, a genre crossing all-female sextet who draw from traditional Latin musica to Gypsy folk and everything in between. And, the lo-fi Latin lounge of Fatigo... Black Medicine with special guest Wet are at Saint Charles Tavern... The Lost Boys '80s Dance Party is at the Surly Wench Pub. DJs NoirTech and Plastic Disease spin... Disenfranchised blues rockers Welshly Arms' No Place Is Home Tour wanders into Club Congress. With The Glorious Sons and Charming Liars... Meanwhile on the plaza, kicking off the first annual Rhythm & Roots Fest, troubadour Karl Blau defies genres at Hotel Congress. With The Easy Leaves... Marshal Man, Cool Funeral and Creating The Scene are at Passé... From Tijuana, Mexico, the fastcore punk of Violencia speeds into the District Tavern. With Burnout, Crossfire and Lost... And, Tradiciones Entre Peruanos perform Latin American music at Exo Roast Co...

Saturday, Oct. 20

Thievery Corporation

Brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario—the eldest barely old enough to drink legally—spent part of their advance money to purchase analog gear to set up a studio in their parent's Long Island home. The result, Go to School (4AD), which features heroes Todd Rundgren and Big Star's Jody Stephens, plays out like an off-Broadway musical that blows like a crosswind to current musical trends. The Lemon Twigs snap into 191 Toole. With Jungle Green and Tucson's own Asian Fred... Weaned on a diet of Ying Yang Twins and Wiz Khalifa, this Philadelphia rapper holds Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals as his favorite album. Lil Uzi Vert at Tucson Convention Center... Desperately in need of "Dopamine," post-metallists and dream poppers Deafheaven and DIIV, respectively, release angst at Club Congress. With Ioanna Gika... Nanami Ozone, Cigarette Bums and The Freezing Hands are at Cans Deli... The Surly Wench Pub is the site for Strange & Unusual: A Tim Burton Dance Party. Club Sanctuary resident DJs Plastic Disease & DJ Black Flagg spin industrial, EBM and dark dance... Funky blues, R&B and rock is what is on the menu. Funky Bonz at Saint Charles Tavern... Drawn together over their passion for club life and bossa nova artists like João Gilberto, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton's musical style juxtaposes elements of dub and acid jazz alongside Indian classical, Middle Eastern and electronica. In addition, Thievery Corporation has taken progressive stances opposing war, exploitative trade agreements, while supporting human rights and food programs. At The Rialto Theater with Julian Marley & The Uprising... Musician Connie Brannock celebrates her birthday with Little House of Funk at House of Bards... The Rhythm & Roots Fest continues. Prison Band's Mike Hebert hosts Guitar Rumble featuring performances by Tucson guitar heroes: Pete Fine, Ed Delucia, Mitzi Cowell, Loren Dircks and more. An evening of guitar pyrotechnics—rife with whammy bar dive bombing, unadulterated string bending and glorious self-indulgence—awaits. At Hotel Congress...

Sunday, Oct. 21

At the top-end of his range, this singer's impressive falsetto can shatter glass. "Unaware," soul and R&B devotee Allen Stone searches for direction at 191 Toole. With Nick Waterhouse... Gaining popularity in the early '90s by cross pollinating traditional with modern elements to create a rich mezcla of sound, Café Tacvba continues to evolve unpredictably and has earned the title of "Mexico's premiere rock band." The Niu Güeis Tour rolls into The Rialto Theater. With the Ruen Brothers...Raconteur Billy Sedlmayr spins yarns at Owls Club... "Disaster" is what they are after. Death Valley Girls crank out the type of dirty and menacing rock every generation yearns for at Club Congress. With Draemings, The Rifle and The Exbats... Katie Haverly & The Aviary soar at Che's Lounge... This blues/soul/R&B singer's self-titled debut album is a soundtrack for good times as well as the pain and joys of love. Missy Andersen and Her One-Man Band emote at Monterey Court... Gird your Loins. Seriously. Industrial metallists The Genitorturers are at Cans Deli. With the dance rock of Echo Black and the heavy metal of The Offering... Jacques Taylor and The Real Deal dish out Motown and R&B at the Royal Sun... Country blues, anyone? Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band "whoop and holler" at the Rhythm & Roots Fest on the plaza at Hotel Congress. With bluesman Tom Walbank...

Monday, Oct. 22

Stratocaster wielding guitarist Coco Montoya delivers the blues hardest truths at 191 Toole... From Mexico City, this quartet's raw synth-driven motifs alternate between the apocalyptic and the ecstatic. Exploded View make their debut at Club Congress. With Exek, Lenguas Largas and Ruff Idyll...

Tuesday, Oct 23

This electronic musician's "Favorite Color Is Blue." L.A. dance pop one-man band Robert DeLong draws pretty pictures with crayons at 191 Toole... A night of song and storytelling with Grip Jensen, Will Taylor, Bob Summer, Leslie Stevens and Gabe Rozelle at Cans Deli... Scottish singer-songwriter Kate Victoria Tunstall's debut album Eye to the Telescope (Relentless Records, 2005) placed her on the map after the single "Suddenly I See" was featured in the opening scene to the '06 comedy film The Devil Wears Prada. KT Tunstall graces the Club Congress stage. With Maddie Ross...

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Vogue has called this band "equal parts heartthrobs and fashion risk takers." From Dripping Springs, Texas, the neo-traditional country of Midland permeates the night air at AVA Amphitheater... "Downhearted," torch singer Molly Burch's music drifts through the air like the keening wind on a cold night. At Club Congress. With Jesse Woods, Casey Golden and Charlie Moses... Indie/electronic musician Marshal Man celebrates the release of his EP More Often Than Not at Cans Deli. With pop rockers Diluvio and Wyngs... Combining trap beats, dirty bass lines and something altogether other, this Montreal producer/DJ has created an unmistakable sound called "vomit-step." Snails "Shakes the Ground" at The Rialto Theater. With Svdden Death and Ubur...

Thursday, Oct 25

Jesse & Joy

Comprised of siblings, this Mexican pop duo's fourth album, Un Besito Más, fueled by hit single "3 A.M.," scored six Latin Grammy awards. Jesse & Joy: Electrify The Vote at 191 Toole... Performing romantic songs from the 1920s, '30s and '40s. The Gabrielle Pietrangelo Trio is on the patio of The Coronet... Gila Byte, Last Crime, Blacklidge and The Diversion Program are at Cans Deli... Fueled by Jesús Alberto Navarro Rosas impassioned lamentations, power ballads "Ya Me Enteré" and "Voy a Olvidarte," from Des/Amor (Sony Latin, 2016), have propelled this Mexicali trio to the top of the Billboard Latin Pop charts. Reik return to The Rialto Theater on Thursday, Oct 25. With Matisse...

Shout Out...

Indie popper Fred Huang, aka Asian Fred, drops Super No. 1 an eclectic sonic bomb of "American Pop Culture." Huang says, "My goal was to be as uninhibited as I've ever been, musically and lyrically. I wanted it to be original and genuine." Take a listen: asianfred.bandcamp.com. Asian Fred opens for The Lemon Twigs on Saturday, Oct 20, at 191 Toole.

Seanloui strikes again with his latest single "Naomi." Seanloui says the song "is about the true story of complacency through the eyes of a friend. She had a chance to see the world, but got scared and took a safer route in life. It's my overdue letter to her." Check it out on Seanloui's YouTube channel.

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Caitlin Strachan

Americana singer-songwriter Leigh Lesho celebrates the release of concept album ksha with a show on Friday, Oct. 19, at 191 Toole. Helping Lesho explore the endless space will be Oscar Fuentes, Lauren Wilson, Thoger Lund, Ryan Alfred, Joe Novelli, Jess Muiseke-Wilkison and Caitlin Strachan. With openers Fuentes & Febbo. ksha is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music and Spotify.

On The Horizon...

Arizona's largest Halloween party, Nightmare on Congress Street, takes place on Friday, Oct 26. This year's blood curdling event features music by Michigan Wranglers, The Surfbroads y mucho mas. At Hotel Congress... After abandoning post-punk in favor of folk rock, brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith mined the hills of Laurel Canyon for the same veins of ore that Crosby, Stills and Nash and Joni Mitchell tapped into and struck gold. On Wednesday, Oct. 31 roots rockers Dawes bring the "authentically vintage" sound of the Password Tour to The Rialto Theater...

Until next week, XOXO...

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