West coast hip-hop duo bringing new tracks

Expect to hear some new material when Blacka- licious brings its own brand of West Coast hip-hop to the Rialto Theatre on Saturday.

The duo, made up of producer and DJ Chief Xcel and rapper Gift of Gab, have a new album in the works, due out sometime before the end of the year.

It follows on the heels of a rough couple of years for Gab, whose real name is Tim Parker.

Parker released a new solo album, "The Next Logical Progression," in 2012, but also experienced kidney failure, which ultimately required a transplant.

He continues to tour with Xcel in short runs.

Blackalicious is hitting Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff over the course of three days.

The Tucson show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 at the door. 740-1000.

Gerald M. Gay

Soul Asylum to play the Rialto theatre

The rock band Soul Asylum comes to Tucson on Monday with material from its first studio album since 2006.

Led by vocalist David Pirner, the group rose from Minneapolis local status to the national stage in the early 1990s with the album "Grave Dancers Union" and the popular song "Runaway Train."

"Union" reached triple platinum status.

Soul Asylum's follow-up release "Let Your Dim Light Shine" also went platinum.

The three albums released since have not done quite as well.

The band is touring off of its 2012 project, "Delayed Reaction," its first recording on the 429 Records label.

The Rialto show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $24 at the door. 740-1000.

Gerald M. Gay

Fox Theatre hopes to build bridges with films

The Fox Tucson Theatre is building momentum for Jeff Bridges' concert appearance at the venue next month by showing two of the veteran actor's films this weekend.

The 2009 film "Crazy Heart," which served as the impetus for Bridges' foray into country music, will screen tonight at 7:30.

The Fox will follow that with the cult film, "The Big Lebowski," which will show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Both shows are $7 with discounts available.

Visit foxtucsontheatre.org for more information.

Gerald M. Gay

Hip-hop night turns 7 at Club congress

It's lucky No. 7 for the Chronicles hip-hop night, which will celebrate its seventh anniversary at Club Congress on Friday.

The evening will showcase a number of Arizona hip-hop artists, including Shaun Harris, Cash Lansky, Kleptooo, Diversity Higher and Sho Nuff.

Black One hosts the event.

The evening starts at 8 p.m. and is 21-and-older. Admission is $5.

Gerald M. Gay