MUST BE THE MOON
It's apparently "let's release something" week in Tucson, as there are (at least) three noteworthy celebrations of productivity around town. First up on Friday, July 18, Man Bites Dog is headlining a show at Gary's Place (125 W. Ventura) with Gay Kiss, Humiliation, Womb Tomb and Boogienauts also on the bill. Joshua Levine reviewed the tape in our May 8 issue, saying that the first second half of the EP is where the band finds its unique voice "by taking the leftover feedback found at the end of a typical SST record from the '80s or the 15-second half-speed breakdown on another, and turning them into songs on their own." The cover's only $5 for the 8 p.m. all ages show. Worth noting, the Gary's Place Facebook page (facebook.com/garysplaceaz) mentioned they'll kick out any one who brings a baby without ear protection from now on, so keep that in mind.
Saturday, July 19 offers a doubleheader of release events. Over at the Rialto, the OhFishL 520 Mixtape Release concert kicks off at 8 p.m., with the $21 ticket charge getting you a copy of the two-disc, fifty artist compilation, which includes tracks by former TW cover stars Cash Lansky and Marley B and more people than I could possibly list here, plus Extrasmooth Ian J as your host for the evening. More info at rialtotheatre.com or facebook.com/events/448911671909727.
If local hip-hop isn't your thing, Sky Bar is hosting the hard-rocking, big-riff female rock sounds of the Sugar Stains CD release event with Gila Bend and Shrimp Chaperone also on the bill. The Sugar Stains are one of those bands I feel like I don't see quite enough on Tucson stages, which I suppose is only going to be compounded by the fact that the show's Facebook page mentions that they'll be "taking some TIME OFF as well, cause we have lives and loves and all that good stuff" after Saturday night. Totally understandable, but still a bummer. Enjoy Sugar Stains while you still can at the 9 p.m. show. No cover, so be a decent human being and bring some cash to buy the record. More info at facebook.com/events/717868661594397.
FEEL GOOD HIT OF THE FALL
Somewhat related, Best Dog Award are also celebrating this week with a tour kickoff show at Club Congress on Wednesday, July 23 with a free show. I have zero objective credibility with these guys, considering the band's drummer, Andrew Ling, is a former co-worker and one of my favorite people on earth, but I really feel like these guys could blow up at some point. They've had the high-profile opening gigs with Vampire Weekend and Youth Lagoon, and now their stop-gap five track EP, Faith-Based Space Place, seems like a real progression for the group, honing their spacey, yet hooky college rock sound. Time will tell, but if you're looking for a free opportunity to check Best Dog Award out to make up your own mind, Wednesday's your chance. Sun Bones and Playboy Manboy fill out the bill for the 8 p.m. show. More details at hotelcongress.com.
HELLO? IS THIS THING ON?
I'm realizing now that I didn't quite leave enough room for the national shows coming through town, but hey, those guys get press everywhere, right? Still, Monday offers a tough choice between the Bad Suns (think of the Killers mixed with the 1975; $10.21, all ages, 7 p.m.) show at the Rock (rocktucson.com) and !!! (weirdo post-punk ESG influenced dance stuff; $12, all ages, 7 p.m.) and then there's Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma's solo show at Flycatcher on Wednesday, July 23 ($10, 8 p.m.) Plenty of music to see, even as we prepare as a city for the Keith Sweat/Ginuwine show at AVA on July 26. An embarrassment of concert riches these days.