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Amber Norgaard: Thursday, March 14 @ The Oro Valley Marketplace

Thursday, March 14

Rumor has it that British electronic music producer/DJ Chris Lake's show at Gentle Ben's has sold out... Spektrum: QG Dance Party—DJ Mijito and Vamp Feline spin goth/darkwave/industrial/techno—at R Bar. With a special performance by Lav Andula... The Oro Valley Concert Series brings together Sabra Faulk and Amber Norgaard. Whisking together country, folk, blues and rock, this veteran duo promise a high-energy performance. At Oro Valley Marketplace...

Friday, March 15

This band of Los Angeles "bad boys from heaven," shortly after releasing their debut album Less Religion More Sex, felt it prudent to announce that they were parting ways with their bassist following allegations of sexual misconduct. Cherry Pools behave badly at 191 Toole. TiLLie opens the show... "Is this thing on?" Featuring live sets from Taking Back Harambe, Tucson is the Reason and Dirt Friends, Emo Night Live celebrates its third anniversary at Club Congress... Dance to the Queen of Tejano projected on giant video screens with other '90s and Latin anthems mashed into the mix. Club '90s LA presents Selena Night at the Rialto Theatre... Amped-up Seattle punk rockers Monsterwatch blaze through Sky Bar. With The Exbats and Taco Sauce in tow...

Lonesome Shack: Friday, March 15 @ Exo Roast Co.

Conductor José Luis Gomez leads the Tucson Symphony Orchestra through a program that highlights Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Pianist Joyce Yang and trumpeter Conrad Jones are featured soloists... During the 1920s, this charismatic vocalist introduced Weimar era cabaret songs and pop from the American songbook to audiences across Europe. Max Raabe & The Palast Orchester are at the Fox Theatre... From London via a lost corner of New Mexico, Lonesome Shack's latest release Desert Dreams, while finding a new home in the urban jungle, has not lost sight of the desert's mysticism where this musical journey began. At Exo Roast Co. With blues and American Primitive fingerstyle guitar wunderkind, Roman Barten-Sherman... Borderlands Brewing Taproom Sessions presents multi-instrumentalist/producer Brandon Bailey Johnson, who holds the Guinness World Records title for being the Youngest Professional Music Producer. Achieving this distinction at 12 years of age for his debut album My Journey... Adara Rae makes her tasting room debut at Sand-Reckoner...

Saturday, March 16

Entwining assertions, assumptions, predictions and reflections around a core of transcendent harmonies, their style has been described as "exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop." Darlingside reconcile with a "God of Loss." At 191 Toole. North Carolina-bred folk-rockers River Whyless provide underpinning... Following an elbow injury, this erstwhile college baseball pitcher took up songwriting. "Here Tonight," country pop singer-songwriter Brett Young is at the Diamond Center... It's time again, The Lucky Ones kick off St. Patrick's Day festivities in the sunshine on the back patio at Crooked Tooth Brewing... Jahmar International and guest DJs—L3XX, Jam-Is-On, Touch, Jah Fyah, Strip, Papa Ranger and Shrek—spin in honor of St. Patty at Mr. Heads... Febbo & Fuentes play Mexican-Americana in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner... The Tequila Taxi pulls up just long enough for the Al Foul Trio to fall out and entertain in the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin... From SoCal, the world's only all-female tribute to Iron Maiden, The Iron Maidens, are at the House of Bards. With The Jack doing a fine rendition of AC-DC... Club Sanctuary resident DJs Plastic Disease and Black Flagg spin industrial/goth/EBM for St. Batty's Day. At the Surly Wench Pub... Sky Bar is the site for the 2019 Great Cover-Up Reprise. Which finds The Distortionists channeling The B-52's, Miss Olivia and The Interlopers taking on Bjork and Big Mean interpreting Depeche Mode... Golden Boots and Otherly Love worship the alter at Che's Lounge... And, vocalist-songwriter Mattea performs her lushly beautiful music at Hotel McCoy...

Sunday, March 17

The latest musical project from Wesley Eisold—author of Deathbeds (Heartworm Press) a compendium of darkness chronicling the constant struggle that is depression and the bursts of energy absolutely necessary to see another day—has become a name synonymous with the contemporary resurgence of darkwave and synth-pop. Cold Cave trip the light macabre at 191 Toole. Adult. and Vowws provide support...

St. Patrick's Day celebration at Hotel Congress features performances by the Maguire Academy School of Dance and "the best, most almost authentic Irish band in town," the Bastard Sons of Patrick... DJ Mijito curates After Dark: Darkwave/post-punk/coldwave/synth at Passé... And, in a fundraising event, Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School perform a tardeada at El Casino Ballroom...

Monday, March 18

L.A. psychedelic rock mashes together with NYC dream pop when Wand and Teen collide at club Congress...

Tuesday, March 19

These 1960's inspired folk/surf/psych/soul/pop rockers' sound is similar to that of The Archies, if Lou Reed had written their songs. The Blank Tapes bring a taste of Candy to Club Congress... From Long Beach, psychedelic shoegazers Highlands are at Owls Club. With the beautiful angst of Mute Swan... "The noise that could be louder." With beats that pummel or seduce, synths that soar and guitars that twang, clang and echo like Duane Eddy spiraling down a K-hole, Los Angeles' Warm Drag exude power, allure and sex. Flanked by local badasses Lenguas Largas and Feverfew at Wooden Tooth Records...

Wednesday, March 20

In the summer of 2014, this Finnish country band gained notoriety by posting videos on YouTube playing bluegrass versions of heavy metal classics. Their rendition of AC-DC's "Thunderstruck" has accrued 77 million views thus far. Steve'n'Seagulls challenge the status quo. At 191 Toole.Bluegrass/folk-poppers ClusterPluck kick off the jamboree... Two-Door Hatchback convey a timeless sense of rag-timey whimsy at Public Brewhouse... This sibling EDM duo "are all about love, though not necessarily about peace." Hippie Sabotage's "Devil Eyes" are coming to claim "Your Soul." With German trance technician Sebastian Paul at the Rialto Theatre... With eyes keenly focused on songcraft and pop sensibilities, Seattle power poppers Supercrush dole out their infectious, hook-laden confection at Wooden Tooth Records. Openers Gardie and Hikikomori set the bar...

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The HollyHocks: Thursday, March 21 @ Che’s Lounge

Thursday, March 21

During the early 1990s, alongside The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim, this Las Vegan electronic music duo helped pioneer the big-beat sound, inspiring tracks that still bang today. The Crystal Method are making The Trip Home. At 191 Toole... From Paris, DJ/producer Dustycloud holds down Resonance Monthly with mad sets of bass/future house at Gentle Ben's... This month's installment of the smorgasbord of artistic expression known as Ladytowne features the comedy of Linda Ray, interviews with Najima & Tiera Rainey, Shannon Smith, Hannah Levin, and the live music of Najima & Stripes520. At Club Congress... Fronted by erstwhile Tucsonan Elizabeth Scarinzi, The HollyHocks bring their brand of alternative country/desert rock from Santa Fe to Che's Lounge. With the mighty Greyhound Soul...

Shout Out

MOONTRAX are celebrating the release of "XYSee" with a single release soirée on Friday, March 15, at Passé. Tongs add to the evening's festivities... Rapper The Raskal just dropped Final Hour, his latest album, and is throwing a party on Saturday. March 16. At The Warehouse on 4th... On The Horizon

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Shannon Smith: Thursday, March 21 @ Club Congress

Saturday, March 23, sees KFMA Day take siege of the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Leading the onrush: Post-grunge hard-rockers Shinedown, alt-rockers Papa Roach, English metalcorists Asking Alexandria and genre-hopping rapcorists Fever 333... Their vocals are ethereal, electronic dance beats spartan and lyrics introspective. Closely examining desire, fantasy and loneliness, Boy Harsher "Face the Fire" at Club Congress. On Sunday, March 24... Finally, the backing soundtrack to this Christian music singer-songwriter's childhood was bluegrass music. "The first sound I remember as a little barefoot boy was my daddy's Martin guitar and a five-string banjo." His latest, Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows pays homage to his rural Kentucky heritage. On Saturday, March 30 Steven Curtis Chapman helps us "Remember to Remember." At Leo Rich Theater...

Around the Dial

In case you haven't adjusted your radio presets in a while, Tucson has a "new" Old School & R&B radio station. 

Late in February, Bustos Media, the new owners of KTGV 106.3 FM The Groove, announced the re-launch of the radio station. This new addition brings the number of Bustos Media owned and operated stations to twenty-three across the nation.

So, what's new? Well, The Groove has expanded their playlist, added a special feature they are calling Commercial Free Mondays and incorporated "live DJs" into the morning, midday and evening mix. And, in the digital age of corporate radio, instead of automatons, this is novel.

Now, let's meet the crew.

Krystal Pino takes hold of the wheel during the harried morning commute. Pino is a leading radio and television personality in the Southwest. She is also is an experienced stand-up comedian. "Her commentary on the world around her will start the audience's day off with a laugh."

Big Ed Alexander eases into the midday slot. A longtime Tucson radio personality, Alexander, who graduated from Rincon High School, can boast of holding a Golden Mic Award. "He loves hanging with his listeners and exploring all the great places that make Southern Arizona a wonderfully unique place to live."

DJ SuperSnake holds down afternoons and the drive home. In addition, Snake will be the new program director for Bustos Media. Snake explained, "From Hotel Congress to the UofA, to my friends at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, I want The Groove to be a force for listeners to have fun and hear great music."

Until next week, XOXO...

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