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POPPERPALOOZA: The Horizons Of Rock Developing Everywhere Festival, better known as H.O.R.D.E., will land in Phoenix at the Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion on Wednesday, July 24. Created five years ago by Blues Traveler frontman Jon Popper and Blues Traveler manager David Frey, H.O.R.D.E. features two stages and a more mellow line-up than Lollapalooza.

Up on the main stage will be The Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Lenny Kravitz and Rusted Root, while the side stage will feature Rickie Lee Jones, Leftover Salmon, Super 8 and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Plus, you'll be able to gawk at a counterculture concourse of curious exhibits and spend your dough with an entourage of various vendors selling the usual festival crap.

It's just about worth the price of admission alone to see if these bands can play in 110 degrees without passing out--kind of a prelude to the Olympics.

Sure, it sounds like a good time, but let's stop all the counterculture bullshit right now. Our culture is based on separating you from your hard-earned bucks, which is why there are more festivals on the road this summer than there are bean counters in Hollywood. Hey, there's nothing wrong with that--everybody's gotta eat and, besides, if you like most of the bands on the bill, then the ticket price is a bargain. But could we please drop the "alternative" and "counterculture" references? After you sell more than a million albums, you're really not underground anymore, you know?

If you want to paint a target on your chest and a dollar sign on your ass, tickets are $25 and $32.50 before those fucked-up "convenience" (read: rip-off) charges. Pick 'em up in Tucson at Foley's or charge by phone at (520) 321-1000.

Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion is located on Encanto Boulevard, one-half mile north of I-10 between 75th and 83rd avenues. For more information call (602) 254-7200.

LAST NOTES: War breaks out at The Outback, 296 N. Stone Ave., on Thursday, June 20. Although they've been around for about a quarter century or so, the band's sound has remained fresh thanks to the appreciation of hip-hop and rap bands. With songs like "Cisco Kid," "Why Can't We Be Friends" and the ever popular "Lowrider," it isn't hard to figure out why they still draw a crowd.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and opening act ATM takes the stage at 8 p.m. with War going on at 9 o'clock sharp. Tickets are $14, available at the Outback. Call 622-4700 for more information.

Image Before The Mollys depart on an international tour, the band plays a couple last Tucson gigs on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, at Berky's on Fourth, 424 N. Fourth Ave. The Mollys begin their tour in Colorado before doing a bunch of Canadian gigs, including the Winnipeg Festival. In August, they'll be opening for Mary Chapin Carpenter in New York, followed with shows in Boston, Bethlehem and Pittsburgh, before they head out west for dates in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

This is your last chance to hear these Irish punk tunes before they return in September, so get over to Berky's on Fourth. Cover charge is only $4 at the door both nights and the show begins at 9 p.m. Call 622-0376 for more information.

Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., has a stellar bill of singer-songwriters on Friday, June 21, with Al Perry, Richard Buckner and Dan Stuart getting to the heart and soul of making honest music. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $4, available at the door.

Image On Sunday, June 23, Club Congo presents Tripmaster Monkey, an Iowa-based band on the road promoting their latest release, Practice Changes. According to their press materials, the band named themselves after the brilliant novel by Maxine Hong Kingston, a writer with whom I had the honor of working for a couple of years. (Actually, the full title is Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book.) Since nobody bothered to include the new CD in my package, I can't tell you anything about that, but I can assure you their first album, Goodbye Race, was a rockin' affair produced by Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade, a couple of guys for whom I had the pleasure of working for--you guessed it--a couple of years. Okay, everybody sing along with me: "It's a small world after all...." (And hey, if the band sends the CD next time, I won't have to namedrop like this anymore.)

The show starts at 9 p.m. and cover charge is only $2. See the band. Read the book. (No, I'm not getting a cut of the royalties.) TW

--Jennifer Murphy
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