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Thursday, Feb. 21

With Philip Glass's new work, Partita for Solo Violin, as the centerpiece, Portals assembles films by Kate Hackett and Benjamin Millepied with the words of Leonard Cohen into a multi-media exploration of the longing for human connection in the digital age. Accompanied by little more than a laptop, violinist Tim Fain performs at The Fox Theatre... Chanteuse Louise Le Hir electrifies the night with her distinct French psych-pop influenced Americana. At Tap + Bottle Downtown... Fusing elements of the '90s with a modern edge, Boston's Slothrust "Double Down" at Club Congress. With the apocalyptic pop of And The Kids... Plunging headlong into the bass-strewn sonic depths, Deeper: DJs Atom Energy and Lunarfluxx spin EDM at Bar Passé... Singer-songwriter Joe Peña makes a solemn declaration at Agustin Kitchen... Nitecall: DJ Mijito and guest Plastic Disease spin trip hop, electronica and garage. At R Bar...

Friday, Feb. 22

In the 1970s, this former baseball player became RCA Records best-selling recording artist since Elvis Presley. Country music superstar Charley Pride croons at The Diamond Center... Like the libertines of old, this alternative performance troupe celebrates freedom unrestrained from convention. With its roots in burlesque, Tucson Libertine League will leave you spellbound at 191 Toole... Rock 'n' rollers La Cerca celebrate the vinyl release of Night Bloom at Club Congress. Flanked by Louise Le Hir and Soda Sun... A blip from the underground: The shadowy and somewhat ominous Nuclear Test Facility is the site for House of Witches. With DJ sets by Lav Andula, Nullus and Mijito... Hey Bucko bring their eclectic blend of spaghetti western/folk/blues to Harbottle Brewing Co... Psych/garage popper Scott Yoder places a magic cube of Sugar On Your Lips at Owls Club... Naim Amor's A Jazz Trio sets the mood at Exo Roast Co... A punk rock spectacle takes place at the Surly Wench Pub with Planet Strychnine... Maynards' patio is the place for late-night jazz with Mesquite... Weeg Silver & The Sly Tones entertain at Saint Charles Tavern... Dropping bass and EDM bombs, BorderLand Bass explodes at Club XS... Metal Mayhem finds Damage Inc, Slaytanic, Maiden USA and Domination paying tribute to the music of Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden and Pantera. At the Rialto Theatre...

Saturday, Feb. 23

He's been labeled "The end of rap as we know it." L.A.'s "most controversial rapper," Blueface drops his smoking hot single "Thotiana" at the Rialto Theatre. With Young ME, R&R and Yung J... Igor Yuzov grew up in the Soviet Union when xenophobia led rock 'n' roll to be banned. The Siberian surf-rock of the ever-rebellious Igor & The Red Elvises will cause your body to twist 'n' shout involuntarily. At the Rialto Theatre... With plain-spoken sincerity, this country traditionalist is "A Little More Country Than That." Easton Corbin is "ready to get out of this ordinary rut" and just "Roll With It." At The Diamond Center... In an encore celebration of 38 Tucson women—the badass artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and changemakers that make this dusty town tick—Katie Haverly and The Aviary debut the video for "Titanic." At Exo Roast Co... "War is not healthy for children and other living things." Armory Park is the site of the 37th Annual Peace Fair & Musical Festival. See tucsonpeacecalendar.org for details... Setting the "Pulse Of A New Era," this extreme metal supergroup was formed by ex-members of Animals as Leaders, Animosity and The Faceless. Entheos promise to take all into the Dark Future. At The Rock. With Bay Area hellions Wolf King and more... Don't be live with regret. Shooda Shook It supplies the soundtrack for a Double Header. At Tucson Roller Derby... "Bow wow wow, yippy yo, yippy yay..." Yes, it's Dr. Dre Day. DJs Alias, Bonus, SmashLames and Herm spin West Coast and P-Funk classics. The Jons kick out the jams live. It all goes down at La Cocina... Chanteuse Emilie Marchand sings her favorite songs from the past. In the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin... Key Ingredients of African Soul bring energized pan-African sounds to Monterey Court... Written in a 14-day frenzy at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, this singer-songwriter's debut solo release Stranger Angels marks the junction of rivers where poetry, activism and conservation meet. In troubled times, David Huckfelt's music functions as a darkly poetic canticle to protect all things vulnerable and sublime...

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  • Kenji Williams

Sunday, Feb. 24

In partnership with NASA, award-winning director/composer/violinist Kenji Williams threads together live world music, dance and visualizations of Earth from the International Space Station. Bella Gaia offers a sublime and transcendental experience at Centennial Hall... Los Angeles via Tucson darlings Foxx Bodies return to wreak havoc on the stage at Club Congress. Flanked by Rough Draft, Feverfew and Lucille Petty... Spinning everything from Afrobeat to norteña, DJs Carl Hanni & Steven Ramshur present The Suffering Jukebox. At Exo Roast Co... Monday, Feb. 25

Out touring in support of One Drop of Truth, masters of soulful folk The Woods Brothers stop to savor life's small epiphanies and the sweet taste of "Chocolate On My Tongue" at the Rialto Theatre. With firebrand singer Carsie Blanton, who makes music for smart, ferocious, muffin-hearted libertines... Bearing the leaden weight of apocalyptic doom UN and sludge/doom/crust trio Body Void collide to form a harrowing agglomeration of nihilism at Club Congress. Locals Kyrge and Hist add to the pandemonium...

click to enlarge Karima Walker: Tuesday, Feb. 26 @ Owls Club. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Karima Walker: Tuesday, Feb. 26 @ Owls Club.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Experimental musician Karima Walker melds traditional folk-song structures with found-sound abstractions to create a kind of dreamscape which may exist independently from anything we know. She joins Gabriel Sullivan for his Tuesday songwriter night at Owls Club... With a wealth of indie rock/dance party hits in their arsenal, their live set is rumored to be "a sweat drenched laser soaked affair." STRFKR will "Open Your Eyes" at the Rialto Theatre. Self-proclaimed "landlocked surf outfit" Shy Boys open the show... Before this guitarist's guitarist discovered BB King, Tinsley Ellis' ears were captivated by the roar of the British Invasion and "tied to the whipping post" Southern rockers. At 191 Toole...

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Performing a solo set of traditional, American primitive and experimental folk, singer-songwriter Chelsey Trejo will be joined by trapsman Adan Martinez Kee and bassist Grant Beyschau for a set of '60s and '70s country and folk covers. At Exo Roast Co...

Thursday, Feb. 28

Violinists Laura Tagawa and Sam Bounkeua perform a lovely evening of classical violin duets. In the bar at Agustin Kitchen... Bass technician Downlink injects a heavy dose of dubstep into the collective bloodstream. At Gentle Ben's... Creating the verisimilitude of the real, this band of veterans are billed as the nation's premiere tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. PettyBreakers are "Running Down a Dream" at the Rialto Theatre. You decide... Originally formed in Phoenix, these heavy metalists' 11th studio album, Ritual, mashes up political and religious themes. "Bow down to the greatest corrupter/Evil in place of power." Soulfly make prophecies at The Rock... Indie rockers DIVY are at Club Congress. Droll and Adara Rae & the Homewreckers provide underpinning... Mötley 2 give some semblance of the drug-addled, sex-addicted Crüe when they ruled the Sunset Strip of lore. In the Paradiso Lounge at Casino Del Sol...

On The Horizon

Hosted by inimitable drag queen Tempest DuJour, the Rialto Theatre's Seventh Annual Fundraising Gala: A Night of Disco and Decadence at Studio 54 features disco grooves spun by Future Syndicate, performances by Cirque Roots y mucho mas. On Saturday, March 2... Tuesday, March 5 sees acclaimed singer-songwriter Kurt Vile and The Violators at the Rialto Theatre. Canadian alt-country rockers The Sadies open up the show... And finally, Tucson Hip Hop Festival 2019 pops off with a bang. The Underachievers, Masta Ace and Marco Polo top the four-day extravaganza. Marcj 6-9. See tucsonhiphopfestival.com for more details...

Until next week, XOXO...

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