Filler Soundbites

SUB DUDES: Some of you might recall Thai Pink, a rockin' local band who one day decided to pack up and hit the yellow brick road to that Pacific Northwestern musical Oz called Seattle. Reincarnated as Supersuckers, a name nicked from a porn film, they soon distinguished themselves from the serious tones predominating the Seattle scene by goin' goofy and openly citing the Nuge and Satan as their rock gurus.

Showing Seattle how to have a good time garnered the interest of Sub Pop, which is now spreading the word with the band's most recent release, Sacrilicious. Recorded with Butthole Surfer Paul Leary, the album serves up heavy doses of supersonic rock just the way your parents hated it, although they might be forced to crack a smile with song titles like "Bad Bad Bad" and "Born With A Tail."

Image Wearing their cowboy hats with pride as they shout their way through their classic "She's My Bitch" and "How To Maximize Your Kill Count" will endear them to anyone who's been feeling pinched by political correctness.

If alternative, earnest soul-bearing has left you craving a way to release a little mindless energy, or if you've been lamenting the passing of Country Dick Montana, you'll want to check out the Supersuckers when they make their triumphant return to Tucson to headline with Tenderloin, Jesse Dayton and Beyond Seven opening at 9 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Sunday, February 18. Advance tickets are $6 and are available at Club Congress and Toxic Ranch. Call 622-8848 for more information.

Image LAST NOTES: On Friday, February 16, Club Congress welcomes Ben Folds Five with Three Pound Thrill and The Customers. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5.

Café Luna Loca, 546 N. Stone Ave., presents Richard Buckner and Lisa Mednick on Friday, February 16. Buckner's most recent release, Bloomed, was recorded with Joe Ely and chosen as one of the 20 Best Albums of 1995 by Spin magazine. Mednick has toured with Michelle Shocked and Juliana Hatfield and is currently out on her own promoting her debut release, Artifacts Of Love. Call 544-2427 for more information.

Image On Monday, February 19, Zeke roars into Café Luna Loca with a new stage set-up that includes a projection screen showing the best in grand prix and motorcycle racing while they crank out the fastest, hardest punk rock around. Call 544-2744 for information.

On Tuesday, February 20, Café Luna Loca presents Casey Neill, blending traditional Celtic Music with the defiance of punk to address ecological concerns and celebrate wild nature. The show begins at 8 p.m. and there's a $5 suggested donation for Earth First!

On Wednesday, February 21, Internal Bleeding makes an appearance with Six Feet Under and Immolation at Itchy Foot Moe's Skatepark, 127 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at I.F.M., Zia, Dillard's and Toxic Ranch, $12 day of show. The show is all ages and the doors open at 7 p.m.

RAINER'SWRECK: The music community has been a-buzz with empathy for the Ptacek family after Rainer's accident last week. For those of you've wanted to contribute and didn't know how, a charitable fund has been established for Rainer at Bank One. Please read Jeff Smith's column for further details. TW

--Jennifer Murphy
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