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Thursday, June 28

Chelsea Claire, from Phoenix's General Anxiety (punk), had no idea she would be a musician. Since last summer, she's gone from bedroom poet to onstage screamer. Witness the transformation. With Azfarat (industrial), Nullus (DJ/producer/bog hermit), ijustsawyoudie (H.P. Lovecraftian noise) and Butoh Sonics (elatoric noise art) at Cans Deli... Toe tap and two-step with Sundust Road at Tap & Bottle Downtown... Fans of "old school" country? Roots & Boots: Featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye boot scoot into AVA Amphitheater...

Friday, June 29

Hark! As the crepuscular moon rises, the bloodletting begins. Monsoon Massacre will rain down decimation at The Rialto Theater. Featuring Guardians, Dirty Magic, Decayer, Like A Villain, Stands with Fists, Swindy and Bordertown Devils... She's a homewrecker. Adara Rae & The Homewreckers (pop-country crossover) wreak havoc on the Playground rooftop... Out of Whittier, California, neoclassical shredders Exmortus bring "The Sound of Steel" to The Rock. With Hatchet (SF thrash) and guests... Bluesman Alastair Greene bends guitars at Monterey Court... Immerse in the "not-so-quiet ramblings" of BTP & Friends, Other Women and the Natalie Pohanic Band when they cut loose at the Surly Wench Pub... Nothin' but hip hop on a hot night. It's Heat Wave featuring Manny Sosa, Aske, Bakarie, OT$, Somaraz, Fidi, Graneezy, 9D5 and Juan P at 191 Toole...

Saturday, June 30

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She is beauty and beast. This bilingual MC can chop up a track in English and Spanish. "No Lie." Hip hop artist Claudia Alexandra Feliciano aka Snow Tha Product steps hard into The Rialto Theater with locals Tommy Will and DJ Ripdee... 3113 Art Collective is the site where Project Atlas Summer Sessions: The Sequel will rage. Featuring Lance Fairchild, Eliogold, Kami, Justin Silva, H.R. Guerin and Carlos LeCocq... Melding the cutting edge of electronic technology with organic sounds in live performance: Sharkk Heartt, Sam Rae, Catrobot and DJ Musa Mind share the bill when Folktronic purveys the future at 191 Toole... Piano- and guitar-driven indie-poppers Creating The Scene will strive to do just that at Club Congress. With Harlette... Yay! It's a beach party! There will be ice-cold beer, fish tacos, sun and fun. Oh yeah, and the sweet, reverb drenched twang of surf rock with Michael P & The Gullywashers, Shrimp Chaperone and the Surfbroads on the patio at Hotel Congress... On the heels of his latest release, Camaleón, Sonoran soul curandero Carlos Arzate heals the afflicted in the listening room at Exo Roast Co...

Sunday, July 1

Brit Floyd pays tribute to Pink Floyd. The program features selections from Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, The Division Bell and The Dark Side Of The Moon. The Eclipse World Tour - 45 Years Of The Dark Side Of The Moon rolls into The Fox Theatre...

Tuesday, July 3

Celebrating their "Last Psychedelic Glory," Austin's Delicate Boys rattle 'n' shake at Club Congress. With PU Stinky (electronic) and The Gem Show...

Wednesday, July 4

Summoning the power of Ray Charles and Al Green, Austin blues/soul singer Quinn Deveaux and Tucson powerhouse Street Blues Family set off some post-fireworks sparks of their own, at Club Congress...

Thursday, July 5

Ambient + Experimental + Noise = Sustaining Sounds. Featuring Born2death, Ryan Chavira, Sku:ulf03k and Zachary Reid. At Club Congress..

HOT WAX...

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Weekend Lovers' debut EP, When U Were Weird, fits snug like a worn leather jacket that holds onto the smell of cigarette smoke and excess after a hard day's night.

Co-produced by Matt Rendon, this freshman release of girl group-inspired indie rock is a brash manifesto chronicling frontperson Marta DeLeon's vida loca. And when it comes to songwriting, DeLeon flies by the seat of her jumpsuit. "I'm kind of a student of chaos when it comes to writing music."

The opening track, "Grand Royale," was written collaboratively with guitarist/backing vocalist Hannah Yeun McCarthy and drummer Nickolas Cobham-Morgese. The lyrics flowed out freely in streams of consciousness. "I want to believe you/Now I can't/The copper that burns inside your mouth/It's so close to tearing on the ground." So what is the song about? DeLeon muses, "I honestly don't know." She scratches her head. "It was more about capturing a feeling: Something kind of dreamy, ethereal, subconscious."

With fills and flourishes that owe a debt to '60s great Mitch Mitchell, Cobham-Morgese pummels out the ¾ time beat on "Hate." Ion charged, this track confronts DeLeon's mother's ongoing battle with Parkinson's and dementia. "You crawl across to find your face/You feel the wind behind you break/They don't know much about your tale/And the way it feels to shrink." DeLeon recalls a TED Talk in which poet/author/activist Robin Morgan read about Parkinson's and aging. One such poem spoke of how learning to grow small requires a largeness of a spirit.

McCarthy came up with the chiming guitar riff on the tongue-in-cheek "Makin' Boize," a light-hearted (and kind of bratty) take on young love.

"You feel like lightning/But you never strike/Always together, but it's never right/All of the colors they run alone." Regarding the vocals. "I had allergies when we were recording that day," says DeLeon. "Matt convinced me to keep them. He thought I sounded like Patti Smith."

There is a marked heaviness to "The Messenger," a rumination about opportunistic people and sweeping up the debris after a deceptive romance. DeLeon snarls, "It never happened/It never felt/A thousand mirrors/A different bell/Please don't ask me to forget. Please remember when it ends."

With shimmering and tastefully understated guitar riffs, "Sex on the Beach" is an ode to crazy summer nights when DeLeon lived in NYC. Which brings us to the closing track. There is not much to say about "Gimme, Gimme." Its sheer hook-laden pop magic speaks for itself

DeLeon possesses a humility that comes from hard-won experience. "I'm just grateful people listen and feel something."

Check 'em out it: www.weekendloversaz.bandcamp.com Weekend Lovers celebrate the release of When U Were Weird on Friday, June 29, at Cans Deli with Hannah Yeun, Strange Lot and DJ Matt Rendon.

SHOUT OUT...

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Recorded by Steve Kille (Dead Meadow) and Jim Waters, impressionistic indie rockers La Cerca celebrate the release of Night Bloom (Xemu Records), the follow up to Sunrise For Everyone, at Club Congress on Friday, June 29, with The Rifle and Stranger Touch…

IN MEMORIAM...

On May 16, 2018, noted musician George B. Rosenberg died.

Rosenberg's widow, Victoria C. Horne, reminisced about her beloved husband, his life and eclectic musical career: "George was spectacular."

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Born in NYC, 1947, it was his Polish mother who encouraged Rosenberg's early passion for music. "George studied piano and took accordion lessons, before the family moved to New Rochelle," recalls Horne. In his youth, Rosenberg attend Stockbridge School, a progressive co-educational boarding school in Massachusetts. It was unusual, at the time, for being racially integrated. The credo of the school: "All Men are created equal in dignity and rights." Horne says it had a big incluence on his young mind. George was a Socialist," she says. "I am certain that his socially minded political roots were grown there."

Drawn to the counterculture, Rosenberg moved to San Francisco during the late 1970s. Rosenberg joined Project One: A counterculture commune—with no formal organizational structure—that housed dozens of artists, filmmakers, musicians and technologists in an abandoned candy factory. There, Rosenberg's incisors were cut in the DIY punk scene. He was the intrepid guitarist for Fierce Bad Rabbit: A punk band he formed with Joy McCrary, his first wife, before moving to Tucson in 1983.

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Rosenberg was introduced to Horne by a mutual friend at Café Magritte (one of the first hipster cafes downtown) where she worked, circa 1988. It was love at first sight. "Long Red Hair," a bluesy hosanna, was written for his beloved. "That's about me," says Horne, fondly.

Over the years, Rosenberg played jazz standards with Tammy Allen. He tickled the ivories in residencies at Janos Wilder's Barrio Grill and The Arizona Theater Company Café. He worked a stint as night desk clerk at Hotel Congress. And he entertained downtowners faithfully for 12 years, playing improvisational piano at the infamous Grill, every Saturday night.

He was a respected and inspirational component to the then-burgeoning downtown music scene. "There is a picture of George emblazoned on a ceramic tile, giving thumbs up, ensconced on the wall in the Fourth Avenue Underpass," Horne says, lovingly.

He was also an amateur astronomer, gazing into the night sky for hours. Says Horne: "I like to think that he is stardust, again."

ON THE HORIZON...

"If long hair and tattoos are what attract you..." Friday, July 6, Phoenix's Anarbor will "piss off your parents" when they bring their poppy, punky rock home. At 191 Toole...

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On Tuesday, July 10, postmodern intergalactic pop and psychedelic western rock super collide in the particle accelerator. Spindrift and Jesika Von Rabbit are at Club Congress... And, finally, dream poppers Beach House cast a shadow dappled trail towards the front doors of The Rialto Theater on Thursday, Aug. 8...

Until next week, XOXO...

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