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Brian Lopez – Stepping Beyind Indie Rock

Brian Lopez – Stepping Beyind Indie Rock

Always expanding his interests, Brian Lopez is a guitarist who embraces styles as diverse as classical, mambo, indie rock, cumbia, pop and folk. That restlessness reflects a broad and unusually varied musical education, all of which Lopez brings to bear on his first full-length solo album, “Ultra,” out March 6 in the United States on […]

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Ozomatli – Music & Activism for Social Justice

Ozomatli – Music & Activism for Social Justice

Ozomatli, the multi-genre and multi-racial Los Angeles band that has served as U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors, performs a benefit in Tucson for Save Ethnic Studies on Feb. 18. The performance at Rialto Theatre will raise money to cover legal costs for the Acosta plaintiffs who are challenging Arizona House Bill 2281 in federal court, […]

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Hank Topless – It’s So December

Hank Topless – It’s So December

“I was a rambler, but I don’t remember why” – so goes the chorus of the first song on Hank Topless’ “It’s So December,” an album that looks at life with a bit of weariness, plenty of humor and a sharp eye for honest details. Topless plays classic country, with some blues around the edges, […]

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Faster Than Light – Moment of Chaos

Faster Than Light – Moment of Chaos

Moment of Chaos is a debut bursting with musical ideas, bright and brash but meticulously well executed, with enthusiasm that runs over the edges. The three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band brings such an impressive pallet that it’s a challenge just to keep up. It takes multiple listens to begin understanding just how much raw determination […]

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Amy Rude & Heartbeast – Can You Hear Me Crying Through The Walls?

Amy Rude & Heartbeast – Can You Hear Me Crying Through The Walls?

The timelessness of country music is rooted as much in its lyrics of struggle and sorrow as it is in the simple elegance of its sound. But it’s how carefully and complementary that music can cradle the heartache and road-worn realism of the lyrics that will determine the success of a song or album. Amy […]

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Vinyl in a Digital World – Fort Lowell Records

Vinyl in a Digital World – Fort Lowell Records

James Tritten was sick at home one weekend and spent it diving back into his collection of 7-inch records. A one-time staple for up-and-coming indie bands, it’s been overtaken by the ubiquitous mp3 files. Revisiting all that music and artwork he loved led Tritten to a simple thought: If he wanted to see more vinyl […]

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Gabriel Sullivan – By The Dirt

Gabriel Sullivan – By The Dirt

Released on Gabriel Sullivan’s own label, this album is an expressive and forceful debut that strings together junkyard brawlers, country weepers, jazzy haunts and a sort of peyote-streaked desert blues.

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