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Thursday, Feb 8: "Fetty means money," explains rapper Fetty Wap. Something he apparently is quite good at making. "Trap Queen"—the third song he ever recorded—soared to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. After his self-titled debut album blew up—certified platinum—Wap said, "My mission isn't to become more famous." Instead, he wanted to use his fortunes to help his community rise above hardships. Solid. Known for mashing up trap with R&B, Wap has humbly referred to his music as "ignorant R&B." One could beg to differ. At The Rialto Theater... During the 1980s, Californian Chuck Prophet became an adopted son in the hearts of many Tucsonans as a member of first-wave of desert rockers Green on Red. On his latest, Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins (Yep Roc Records), Prophet explores lingering mysteries and the tension between romance and cynicism. At Club Congress... Now imagine Ronald McDonald, the Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese rockin' "the absolute fuck" out while covering Black Sabbath tunes. Bear witness to this bizarre spectacle when Mac Sabbath take you into the void at 191 Toole... Then, put your bibs on and come feast upon Krab Legz at The Flycatcher. With San Francisco's Bear Call and Jeff Lownsbury's JL6... This is not a musical event. Nonetheless, its sheer awesomeness cannot go unrecognized. A fantastical evening of epic myth and legend awaits when the Drunk Drag Queen Storytellers take over the party room at Welcome Diner... According to mythology, Andras was Grand Marquis of Hell with the head of a raven and winged body. OK, not that guy. Rather, the Australian music producer/DJ. Andras spins deep house/ambient at Club Congress...

Friday, Feb 9: Their '60s-influenced sound fuses elements of the archetype of pop music—the three-minute song—with expressionism that is unafraid to expand to evoke an emotional response. Born of the earthen desert La Cerca and the accordion, upright bass and violin propelled dark folk/Americana of Ex-Cowboy will be at Owls Club... She stirs together country, Latino, folk and pop into enticing agave nectar. She was invited to perform at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, folk singer Tish Hinojosa's bilingual style of songcraft abolishes border walls. At Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum. With Teodoro Ramirez... Grammy nominated composer Steve Roach, a leading explorer in the genres of drone, space and new-age music returns to Tucson for two nights of "ultra psychoactive ambient-electronic adventures in the deep end of the immersion pool." At the Galactic Center... Guttural screams bellow out in hellish agony. A relentless pounding swells, feels like doom. Guitars slash and burn. Yes, heshers, it's Metal Fest XII at The Rialto Theater with A Fall To Break, Sorrows Ruin, Evasion, Like a Villain, Minutes to Midnight and Sigils of Summoning... As tasteful strains of jazz waft into the late-night air when Naim Amor holds court at Maynard's...

Saturday, Feb 10: Have you heard? Miss Olivia & the Interlopers and Juju Fontaine will rock downtown for 2nd Saturdays. On the Scott Street Stage... Dive headlong into Tucson's dry riverbed of multiculturalism. Relish Native American art, basket weaving, food, fashion and lowrider car show at The Sixth Annual Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts. With The B.O.S. Gang, The Demons, The Hip Hop Hour (curated by Phat Records), Conjunto Bravo (intertribal cumbia and ranchera) and FLG. At Pueblo Park... "Cactus country soul, rhythm, jazz and blues" will be served up hot by Little House of Funk at Monterey Court... It's anyone's guess what the aftermath of this bacchanal may look like? In the spirit of post Lent debauchery Texas T Trash and Bordertown Devils celebrate Mardi Gras at Sky Bar...

Sunday, Feb 11: Author/journalist Caitlin Moran puts it best. "Cunt is a strong word. It's like I have a nuclear bomb in my underpants. In a culture where nearly everything female is seen as squeam-inducing or weak... I love that 'cunt' stands as the supreme, unvanquishable word." C*nts Being C*nts Talking About C*nts is a night of stand-up comedy and poetry that promises to "leave you entertained and moist with delight." With music by Sugar Stains. At The Flycatcher...

Monday, Feb 12: He has often cited the work of country-blues pioneer Mississippi John Hurt as an influence. Out on his Bone-On-Bone tour, catch singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn at The Rialto Theater...

Tuesday, Feb 13: As if a crawfish boil and alligator roast were not lure enough. This Southwestern Mardi Gras celebration is jammed packed with music. Featuring Bad News Blues Band, River Road Ramblers, Muffulettas, Mike Hebert Prison Band, Little House of Funk, Miss Olivia and the Interlopers and In Tha Zone. At The Parish... Feel your troubles melt away in a tropical lounge paradise with Tiki Boots at The Flycatcher...

Wednesday, Feb 14: Delivering an apocalyptic Valentine, Sweethearts of The Rodeo lasso together a winning group of ladies—Lana Rebel, Amy Rude, Lonna Kelly, Lisa O'Neill, June West, Karima Walker, Cristina Williams, Marina Cornelius, Tulip Sweet—for a romantic night of harmony, singing the sweetest of country duets. Guaranteed to soften even the leathern heart of the lovelorn. In the listening room at Exo Bar... Armed with a few cassette tapes of songs she had written and already into her 40s, she quit her day job to pursue her life's passion. Almost immediately her fear transformed into success. Celebrate Jazz singer René Marie's triumph at The Fox Theatre... Wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Gabrielle Pietrangelo, Ben Degain and Thøger Lund perform ardent love songs from the '20s, '30s and '40s. At The Coronet...

Thursday, Feb 15: Tucson rock 'n roll "supergroup" Black Ginger (featuring Kevin Michael Mayfield, Lana Rebel, Chris Kallini) are going to have to deliver at The Flycatcher. With TWGS (The World's Greatest Sinners) and Sweaty Palm Trees... There isn't much for a lad to do during the winter in the Arctic Circle. A Norway native, Clem Hoot (frontman for Johnny Hootrock) took up guitar. He quickly realized that rock 'n' roll was his destiny. Johnny Hootrock bring their on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown psycho garage-a-billy to The Loudhouse... Veterans of many wars, real and imagined, Al Perry and Loren Dircks are at Tap & Bottle... A night of storytelling through song awaits when acclaimed singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen take the stage at the historic Fox Theatre... Spiritual in mindset, Tribal Seeds add a twist of "The Devil's Music" to roots reggae. At The Rialto Theatre...

Hot WaX...

They are a concept band, of which abstraction one is not entirely sure. On "I'm Here Today," with sunshine in their voices, they examine the existential. "All stand together/Now burns away/All gone forever/I'm here today." Lowlife are releasing their debut album Seagrave with a party on Friday, Feb 9 at Club Congress. With the "witchy, '60s inspired girl group psych rock" of Hannah Yeun and and alt-rockers Amy Mendoza and the Strange Vacation. At Club Congress... In mirthful tone, this singer-songwriter tells an all too familiar story on "Those Days Are Gone." "When I was a young man/How I loved my liquor/How I loved my liquor/Well those days are gone/And the liquor done me wrong." In the verses that follow he waxes nostalgic about his passion for wild women and reefer. "Too many years in the making," a new release from Eb Eberlein, Community/Solitude, is the cause of celebration Sunday, Feb 11 at House of Bards...

Until next week, XOXO...

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