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Sweet Ghosts
  • Sweet Ghosts

Thursday, March 8: Sweet Ghosts straddle the hinterland lying between that which is visible and known and the nebulous world of the dead. Performing material from their upcoming album An Endless Blue, the alt-Americana duo of Katherine Byrnes and Ryan Alfred will be accompanied by a cast of luminaries. At Club Congress. With the suave stylings of Amor Deluxe... He is a member of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. Best known for his work with prog-rock power trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer, drum virtuoso Carl Palmer celebrates the life and music of the late Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. At The Fox Theatre... For Bowie fans this event is de rigueur. Friends and erstwhile bandmates perform cherry picked songs spanning The Thin White Duke's career. Celebrating David Bowie at the Rialto Theater. With Mr. Hudson and Joe Sumner...

June West
  • June West

Friday, March 9: Not taking life seriously may be their bent. "I tried to go to school but couldn't/I tried to light the bong but couldn't/I was so wasted." Blending punk and pop, humor and angst, Asbury Park's The Whining Pussys are at The Loudhouse. With Cement Shoes... He has toured with Iggy Pop, Bootsy Collins, Les Claypool and a former member of Guns N' Roses. Guitar virtuoso Brian Carroll explains that after seeing Halloween 4 he immediately bought a Michael Myers-esque mask. Later that night, "I was eating KFC and put the mask on. Then put the bucket on my head. I went to the mirror. That's Buckethead right there." Mystery solved. Buckethead shreds at 191 Toole... "The drink will flow and the blood will spill." Michael Ely, vocalist for sweetly psychedelic Elegant Rabies, is celebrating his 65th birthday at The Flycatcher. With the melodiously moonbeam casting shoegaze of Cool Funeral and Strange Lot... Fronted by American Idol standout, Dani Morelos, SoCal alt-rockers Broken are at the top of the bill for March Mayhem. Featuring Elyzian, Mt. Meru, Stands With Fists, Throw Logic, Gila Byte, Lift'DD. Hosted by Tucson's Maidens of Metal. At The Rialto Theater... In 2017, this blues singer's album My Obsession was pre-nominated by the Grammy committee in 3 categories. She is compared to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. Like Joplin, Shari Puorto is a passionate performer "with an energy that can rattle the foam in a pint of Pilsner." At Monterey Court... This duo's world contemporary music is of Mandingue and Senegalese descent. Jaliha span continents at Exo Bar... Born in Big Sky Country, with wanderlust in her soul. Intoxicating like a glass of wine, her songwriting is bluesy country-rock flirting playfully with soul. June West gives a solo performance at Sierra Bonita Vineyards...

Saturday, March 10: Singer Jonathan Childers would rather go blind than to see his love walk away. As professed Etta James, who first recorded "I'd Rather Go Blind" in 1967. Nashville's Blank Range bring their blues/country/rock to Club Congress. With Donkey Tonk and Lana Rebel... Three forces of the underground come together to form Tryad. With Supernova (Italy) spinning techno/house, Eliogold and Justin Silva. In a warehouse at 3113 E. Columbia St.... His grandmother purchased his first plastic guitar with S&H Green Stamps when he was just 3 years old. At 13, he caught the eye of music mogul Irving Azoff, who signed him to Giant Records. Since then, this blues phenom has scored seven Top 10 singles. His album Trouble Is... (Warner Brothers) holds distinction for spending 62 weeks on the Billboard Blues Charts. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band bring nothing but the blues to The Rialto Theater... After cutting their musical teeth in Provo, Utah's DIY indie rock scene, Sego relocated to a co-op warehouse/hippie commune in downtown L.A. and found their muse. "Cigarette Kids" melds the "rough-edged non-guitarist" attack of the Violent Femmes with the detached whimsy and keyboard wash of '80s synth-pop. With the experimental pop (think The xx) of Berlin's Fenster. At The Flycatcher... Imagine the music of rock goddesses Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar and others forming a daisy chain with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a cast of singers on one stage? It all comes together in Women Rock. At Tucson Convention Center Music Hall... Animal lovers: Here's a party for the pups of Smiling Dog Rescue (a charity that places dogs at risk of euthanasia in foster care pending adoption). Rock & Rescue Benefit featuring Thunderosa, Big Mean, Musk Hog and Eyes Go Black. At 191 Toole...

Sunday, March 11: Wander (Oakland post-rockers) and Young Lovers (L.A. shoegazers) are out promoting their new vinyl split. At Owls Club. With Mute Swan and Shallow (Phoenix)... Chicago Bar is the scene of a birthday celebration for longtime reggae DJ Papa Ranger and Jahmar Intl. The place will be jumping with irie vibes... On Rock Island, Philadelphia's Palm utilized technology (MIDI triggers) to redact and manipulate their instruments to create a unique soundscape. With the spirit of the beehive (Philly), Darto (Seattle) and Tucson's mighty Hikikomori. At Club Congress... Their second album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell (Rise), was recorded in a haunted church turned recording studio. "It was the initial purging when we first got to the studio," says vocalist Lynn Gunn. "I think it helped a bit." Alternative Press hailed the album as one of the most anticipated of the year. PVRIS haunt The Rialto Theater. With Flint Eastwood and Birthday...

Monday, March 12: Demonstrating a flair for penning dreamy melodies and mashing them into psych-pop hooks, Cuco will make young hearts swoon. With August Eve and Jasper Bones. At The Rialto Theater... "As if February ain't cold enough." They released this single days after signing with Epitaph Records. From hookup to break-up, "Valentine's Sux" is a throwback to prom night circa 1950 with a surf punk twist. The Frights with Playboy Manbaby and Dirt Friends. At 191 Toole...

Tuesday, March 13: "Sick and Tired," off Imperial, speaks of being trapped in the "hood mentality" and tragic cycle of violence that too often results. "Posted sellin' green so not no mo'/Cause a nigga is tired of being broke/And I'm tired of living at my folks/Plus. I don't want him growing up saying daddy never had shit." Denzel Curry at 191 Toole. With Slim Tuc and Melancholy Clique...

Wednesday, March 14: This Ramona Park, California rapper's sophomore release, Big Fish Theory, features contributions from a diversity of artists: Kendrick Lamar, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), Bon Iver, Sophie and others. It rose to number 11 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Charts, in 2017. "I was up late night ballin'/Countin' up hundreds by the thousand." Big Fish Vince Staples rolls into The Rialto Theater. With Woodro... Their single "Final Hour" is strewn with apocalyptic visions of annihilation. OK, so. Dystopian imagery in heavy metal is not breaking any new ground. But comfort can be found in familiarity. And, it must be said, guitarist Eddie Vazquez can shred as savagely as Malmsteen or Van Halen. Catch San Diego's Tzimani at The Loudhouse... Their polished sound is a potent concoction mixing neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop. Street Blues Family shine at Club Congress... Hawaii native Hirie will fill The Rock with her pop reggae "Sun and Shine..." In 2012, her infectious single "One of a Kind" registered on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart. Catch the pop/soul stylings of Lexa Raquel. At The Cowpony... Composer/guitarist Naim Amor, accompanied by bassist Thøger Teetens Lund, will perform at Tap & Bottle North...

Hayden Capuozzo
  • Hayden Capuozzo

Thursday, March 15: "And we're growing old/Stockpiling our houses with fool's gold/You can't measure strength/With the tools you've used to inflict pain," from "Pick Your Prize." Singer-songwriter Leila Lopez ruminates at Tap & Bottle... Hayden Capuozzo is a DJ/producer best known for incorporating trap and hardstyle into his remixes. Kayzo at The Rialto Theater. With 4B... On "Stains On My Supreme," they profess their love for the sizzurp (Sprite, cough syrup and Jolly Ranchers, also known as lean). Or is it addiction? "I'm rollin' so damn hard I cannot talk/All that lean, I'm a fiend." Shoreline Mafia stagger into Club Congress...

Hot Wax...

On "Killing Machine" experimental electronic artist Jaime J. Soto is unafraid to push buttons. He fearlessly challenges societal stereotypes—"Real men aren't gay"—by taking an unabashedly honest look at toxic masculinity from the vantage of growing up gay in a machista culture, one rife with an exaggerated sense of manliness, in Tucson. Soto will perform tracks from his latest release FGGTFAILUR on Sunday, March 11 at The Flycatcher. With Born2Death, Azfarat and Creative Needles. FGGTFAILUR is available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Spotify...

On the Horizon...

The year was 1970. These Canadian psych-rockers scored big with "American Woman," "No Sugar Tonight" and "No Time." Hobbling with only one original member (drummer Garry Peterson), Canada's The Guess Who will rock the Desert Diamond Center on Friday, March 16...

Until next week, XOXO...


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