XOXO: Where to Rock Thursday, May 2

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The Church - COURTESY 191 TOOLE
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  • The Church

A chiming 12-string acoustic guitar sets the mood on “Under The Milky Way” for the shadowy lyrics to whisper at the mysteries of the cosmos. It remains at the pinnacle of this Australian bands catalogue, now 26 albums deep. Dream poppers The Church drift the Starfish 30th Anniversary Tour into 191 Toole. Details here.

Celebrate the opening of 'Learning to See: Josef Albers' an evening inspired by geometric abstraction. Apropos,
Chris Black provides music. Halsero spins. At Tucson Museum of Art. Details here.



Birds + Arrows, SIRSY and Strange Vacation experience the Mandela Effect at Sky Bar. Details here.

Adara Rae - COURTESY THUNDER CANYON BREWERY
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  • Adara Rae
With venomous snakes for fingers akin to the strands of Medusa’s hair, Time recognized this Swedish neo-classical metallist in 2009 as one of the 10 Greatest Electric Guitar Players of All Time. Yngwie Malmsteen sets the World on Fire. At the Rialto Theatre. Sunlord and Paralandra provide buttressing. Details here. 

Songstress
Adara Rae breaks hearts and wrecks homes at Thunder Canyon Brewery. Details here.



Downtempo hardcore metal power trio
Reign top the bill at House of Bards. Flanked by Holehearted and I Am Heir and others. Details here.

With early influences that include Tupac, LL Cool J and Eminem, this Indiana rapper describes his own style as not only “modernized” hip hop, but also “the essence of real hip hop.”
Mark Battles brings the Still Fortunate Tour to Club Congress. With local heavyweight Tommy Will. Details here.
COURTEST CLUB CONGRESS
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They have been known to cause involuntary muscle spasms. Funky Bonz just might compel you to shake a tail feather. At Saint Charles Tavern. Details here.

Nicky Jam - COURTESY CASINO DEL SOL
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  • Nicky Jam
After shining brightly during reggaeton’s explosion in the 1990s, addicted, broke, depressed and overweight this rapper-singer sought self-exile in Puerto Rico to sing “cheesy pop covers” in a hotel lobby. In a near miraculous comeback, “El Amante” bounced back in 2015 to top the Billboard Latin charts 5 times. Nicky Jam plays the AVA Amphitheater. Details here.

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