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Tag Archives: Live

Blitzen Trapper, Parson Red Heads, Club Congress, March 12

Blitzen Trapper, Parson Red Heads, Club Congress, March 12

Some of Blitzen Trapper’s most-gentle songs are about topics including mass murder, and transforming into a wild beast to howl endlessly in a primal, savage world. The band’s wildest songs, then, have some catching up to do, and often fly headlong into a blazing realm of dueling guitar solos and unhinged rock. Yes, it’s the […]

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Merle Haggard, Fox Tucson Theatre, Feb. 28

“I wrote most of these songs in my 20s,” Merle Haggard said in the midst of his hit-filled set. “Here I am in my 40s, still trying to sing them.” The hoots and whistles that greeted Haggard all night surged again at the introduction to “Footlights,” about an aging musician with that very perspective who’s […]

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They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, Rialto Theatre, Jan. 30

Thirty years into an alternative-rock career that has blazed a trail for humorous, offbeat and nerdy bands, They Might Be Giants is hardly stuck playing warmed-over hits. Last year’s Join Us is every bit as strong as 1990’s Flood; that becomes clear when you hear the new “When Will You Die” a few songs after […]

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Live – Shawn Harris and Full Release, Big Meridox, WHSK, Mr. Head’s, Jan. 7

Live – Shawn Harris and Full Release, Big Meridox, WHSK, Mr. Head’s, Jan. 7

Live, Big Meridox is the “beast” he calls himself in rhyme, tense and confrontational as he roams the crowd and delivers lines with urgency and, at times, an edgy growl. Joined by DJ Bonus on turntables and a MacBook, Meridox performed 12 songs, produced by Gunky Knuckles. Sweating and swaggering like a boxer, Meridox gives […]

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Mates of State & Generationals live

Mates of State & Generationals live

The pairing of Mates of State and Generationals guarantees hooks and harmony galore—an abundant display of how to make pop songs shine. Both bands are built around a duo and the ever-present interplay between musical counterparts. In Mates of State, it’s husband-wife duo Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, while Generationals offer Grant Widmer and Ted […]

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From the Archives: Vic Chesnutt – Two albums and a show

From the Archives: Vic Chesnutt – Two albums and a show

Photo by Robert Loerzel, from this fantastic Flickr set The only problem with having two new Vic Chesnutt records is the temptation to listen to both consecutively, which just may be more than most people can take. This is heavy, concentrated stuff, songs that approach like lurking danger, songs that convey the unavoidable pitfalls of […]

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From the Archives: Tom Waits live in El Paso

From the Archives: Tom Waits live in El Paso

My companions for the trip to El Paso were a guitar player, a pizza maker and a guy who drives trains, fitting because that’s exactly the type of rag-tag company I imagine Tom Waits likes to keep. Inside the magnificent restored Plaza Theatre, Waits took his place on a slightly elevated platform, center stage and […]

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From the Archives: X live

“Reunion” shows are typically transparent attempts to cash in on the money-to-spare, now-that-the-kids-are-gone Boomers who once made up what may well have been a fairly intense fan base at one time. And then there’s X, a band that gave the American West its own form of punk rock – and while the region may have […]

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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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