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Bob Dylan, live at AVA at Casino del Sol, July 19

Bob Dylan, live at AVA at Casino del Sol, July 19

Now essentially an old bluesman, Bob Dylan continues his habit in recent years of leaning on the organ and harmonica during live performances. But in turning away from the guitar, he’s taken a greater role in his band’s sound. As the Never Ending Tour made its fourth Tucson stop in the last decade, the now […]

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From the Archives: James McMurtry live

From the Archives: James McMurtry live

Saturating myself with James McMurtry‘s Just Us Kids for the past two weeks paid off big-time tonight as the Austin singer leaned heavy on the new record, playing eight of the album’s 12 cuts. It’s an incredibly strong record, and McMurtry brought it to the stage smoothly, with his Texas drawl right at the center […]

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Social Distortion, Lucero & Frank Turner

Social Distortion, Lucero & Frank Turner

SOCIAL DISTORTION, LUCERO AND FRANK TURNER RIALTO THEATRE Monday, Nov. 22 When Mike Ness compliments his audience, he calls them “survivors.” That’s high praise, considering that he has emerged on the other side of hard living—sewn into dozens of instantly memorable songs that span an incredible 32 years. Ness walked on stage in a long […]

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Freelance Whales, Miniature Tigers & Bear Hands

Freelance Whales, Miniature Tigers & Bear Hands

FREELANCE WHALES, MINIATURE TIGERS, BEAR HANDS CLUB CONGRESS Sunday, Nov. 14 The fact that Freelance Whales coalesced as a band while busking around New York City isn’t a surprise, given their well-blended vocal harmonies. But that the band managed such varied instrumentation along the way is surely impressive. The band’s soaring, orchestral indie folk is […]

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End of the Road Festival, part 1

End of the Road Festival, part 1

Two Arizona boys, galavanting at the End of the Road…

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Live Review – The Handsome Family & Daniel Knox

Live Review – The Handsome Family & Daniel Knox

THE HANDSOME FAMILY, DANIEL KNOX CLUB CONGRESS Wednesday, July 29 With easy beats, soothing harmonies and a twang brushed with plenty of Southwestern grit, the Handsome Family play a timeless brand of country music—if not exactly traditional, it’s certainly pure, free of alt or rock hybridization. Brett and Rennie Sparks, the husband-and-wife team fronting this […]

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Live Review – Mark Olson & Gary Louris

Live Review – Mark Olson & Gary Louris

After holding a mostly seated crowd attentive for nearly two hours, Olson and Louris closed with “Blue,” perhaps the best example of their simple and stunning musical blend.

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