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Tide of the Season
Members of the Zombies join the fad of reunion concerts, waxing nostalgic and playing timeless hits. (08/21/03)

Hard Workin' Women
TAMMIES winners Lisa Otey and Kathleen Williamson find that love is best of all in both life and music. (08/07/03)

Sax Fiend
Rob Brown brings his free jazz to Tucson. (07/24/03)

Sax Appeal
Terry Hanck kicks brass. (05/15/03)

Monster Mash
Saxophone colossus Evan Parker performs in Tucson. (05/08/03)

A Fine Mess
The Dirty Three return to Tucson. (04/17/03)

Heavenly Folk

A New Generation of Jazz

The Plot's Afoot
The folks behind the Funhouse Movement Theater think modern dance should tell stories. (03/13/03)

The Beat Goes On
Tabla Beat Science experiments with cross-cultural strains. (03/06/03)

Prehistoric Rock
Queens of the Stone Age communicate to their audiences, but not to alt-weekly freelancers. (02/27/03)

Broad Notes
Brad Mehldau finds common ground between diverse artists and musical styles. (02/27/03)

Holy Land
Steve Earle brings his patriotic "Jerusalem" to Tucson. (01/16/03)

The Top Albums of 2002: II

Last Licks

Black Magic Man

Rolling Stoner
Hustle your bustle to the First Annual Electric Rodeo: Desert Smokeout & Rock 'n' Roll Throwdown. (10/31/02)

Hot Chills
A Tucson filmmaker makes his mark with ultra-low-budget horror. (10/31/02)

Turning Japanese
Melt-Banana brings bubblegum punk from Tokyo to Tucson. (10/24/02)

The Boys of Summer
A young man and his sidekicks ward off the apocalypse by playing ball. (10/24/02)

Cultural Collision
Gogol Bordello brings its Ukrainian gypsy punk cabaret to Club Congress. (10/10/02)

Substance Abuse
"The Rules of Attraction" is a mostly empty but still stylish tale of college debauchery. (10/10/02)

A Fairport in a Storm
35 years after its founding, the legendary English folk-rock band plays Tucson. (10/03/02)

Bouncing Czechs
Druhá Tráva is one of a few Czech artists with followings in the United States. (10/03/02)

Ramblin' Man
Listen to Matt Mitchell, and hear the world. (10/03/02)

Slaying Dragons
Fantasy and make-believe violence play a necessary role in helping our children mature. (10/03/02)

On Down the Road
In the subtle "Moonlight Mile," flawed, lovable characters endure the murder of a loved one. (10/03/02)

My Big Fat Israeli Wedding
"Late Marriage" is a bleak satire that's true to real life. (09/26/02)

Rhythm & Views

An uneven remake fails to achieve epic standing. (09/19/02)

Far From Taxing
"Lagaan" is a delightful film worthy of blockbuster status. (09/19/02)

Howlin' Fun
Old Blind Dogs hump Tucson's leg. (09/05/02)

French Invasion
Naïm Amor finds inspiration in Tucson. (08/29/02)

Rhythm & Views

Leaving the Kinks In
The Mexican band Kinky has a musical style all its own. (08/15/02)

All Things Morrissey
Ruminations on his special magic. (08/08/02)

Get Inuit
Cannes award-winning film 'The Fast Runner' is a three-hour digital video masterpiece full of firsts. (07/18/02)

Star Power
With depth and lyrical richness, Suzanne Vega's music reflects her uniqueness. (07/11/02)

Shake and Bake
Fire-breathing dragons stir up trouble in the battle-torn Earth of the future. (07/11/02)

Border Radio
Big Jim Griffith collects a compendium of corridos. (06/20/02)

Worth Talking About
Powerful and fiery, The Gossip leaves small towns and pop fluff in the dust. (06/13/02)

Summertime Jamboree
The Arizona State Museum ushers in the season with a multicultural celebration. (06/13/02)

Sounds from the Mountain
Pop-rock band Denali adds a fresh vibe to the airwaves. (06/06/02)

Rhythm & Views

Dancing from the Heart
And other organs, too, as Beth Braun raises money for a UMC transplant program. (05/23/02)

Good Medicine
Dr. Demento prescribes wacky songs, silly videos and funny anecdotes to those in need. (05/16/02)

Believing in a New Way
W.O.M.B. aims to make the world a better place with their musical and artistic creations. (05/09/02)

Rhythm & Views

Sentimental Journey
Through fantasy and science fiction, Ray Bradbury explores life and its lessons. (05/09/02)

Best of Both Worlds
Through bilingual music, Tish Hinojosa blends language and culture with everyday life. (05/02/02)

Perfect Ingredients
Lucinda Williams' songs of passion, poetry and emotion are guaranteed to reserve her a place in music history. (04/25/02)

Carrying the Torch
Steve Hahn and his Zeitgeist concert series rekindle the flame of improvisational jazz in Tucson. (04/11/02)

They Groove, Therefore They Are
The Om Trio finds the balance between energy and audience. (03/28/02)

Gentle Trends
Nicaraguan folk-music duo Guardabarranco blends music and social issues with hope, justice and love. (03/21/02)

You Can Call Him Al
Al Jarreau delves into many musical styles, but he isn't just moonlighting. (02/14/02)