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CD review: Like soft music? Loud music? Manchester Orchestra has both

CD review: Like soft music? Loud music? Manchester Orchestra has both

Kurt Cobain ended his life with a shotgun blast 15 years ago, but his pioneering work with Nirvana continues to influence modern rock.

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Keeping rap real

Keeping rap real

After more than a decade in the independent rap game, Murs released his major-label debut for Warner Brothers as a solo artist, "Murs for President," late last year.

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Volatile talent

Volatile talent

If even a five minute conversation with Scott Weiland devolved into a chaotic trainwreck, you could not be shocked.

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UA bash had problems, but Jay-Z wasn't one

UA bash had problems, but Jay-Z wasn't one

Setting aside the seating confusion and high ticket prices, the Last Smash Platinum Bash was a total blast.

May 01, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Telling stories at folk festival

Telling stories at folk festival

Eric Andersen can tell a story.

April 30, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Thin crowd gets money's worth at UA stadium bash

Thin crowd gets money's worth at UA stadium bash

About 10,000 fans gave Arizona Stadium a party it hasn't seen in more than three decades Wednesday night.

April 30, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Calexico founders reflect

Calexico founders reflect

Calexico is becoming as synonymous with our city as purple and orange sunsets.

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Plenty of seats available for stadium show tonight

Plenty of seats available for stadium show tonight

The concert billed as the biggest show to hit Tucson in decades will be lucky if it breaks even.

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Veronicas: Aussie superstars now big in US

Veronicas: Aussie superstars now big in US

The Veronicas are the certified up-and-comers on the Arizona Stadium bill next week.

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"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man," Jay-Z says quite accurately in the remix to Kayne West's "Diamonds from Sierra Leone."

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Expect new songs from Third Eye Blind

Expect new songs from Third Eye Blind

Although Third Eye Blind hit it big in the '90s, the San Francisco act has its sights set on 2009.

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Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. never headlined a concert in Tucson.

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Big pimpin' at Arizona Stadium

Big pimpin' at Arizona Stadium

Tucson's biggest concert of the year is days away.

April 23, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Back in the day with Fleetwood Mac

Back in the day with Fleetwood Mac

The last concert held at Arizona Stadium was headlined by Fleetwood Mac, which was touring behind the release of a little-known gem called "Rumours."

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Clarkson's career still moving forward

Clarkson's career still moving forward

Kelly Clarkson is back on her game.

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Ryanhood will open the big bash

Ryanhood will open the big bash

Ryanhood is the winner of Caliente's "Play the Bash Contest" and will open Wednesday's concert at Arizona Stadium.

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• "Reasonable Doubt," 1996.

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M. Ward joins Club Crawl

M. Ward joins Club Crawl

It's hard to wish a guy like Matt Ward anything but success.

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Scot-rock Sunday

Scot-rock Sunday

Early this decade, Franz Ferdinand was one of the hottest groups on the planet, making a killing in the angular dance rock game.

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Slug's music packs plenty of punch

Slug's music packs plenty of punch

Slug understands Tucson.

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Ticket sales sluggish for Jay-Z concert

It's a hard-knock life for the student group staging the first concert at Arizona Stadium in three decades.

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Tucson weekend: Find stuff to do

Tucson weekend: Find stuff to do

Tonight at Centennial Hall: Lila Downs

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Sluggish ticket sales lead to price drop for Jay-Z's Tucson concert

It’s a hard-knock life for the student group staging the first concert at Arizona Stadium in three decades.

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Who'll play the stadium?

Who'll play the stadium?

Sixty-six local artists, from rap crews to country outfits, entered the Arizona Daily Star's "Your Chance To Play The Bash" contest — and just five remain.

April 09, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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New CD is 'Tight Knit,' and sounds it

New CD is 'Tight Knit,' and sounds it

Many albums open up only after several listens.

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Tuneful tribute to Sun Records

The old Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., was the early home of some legendary music artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and B.B. King.

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Fresh Phish shows from '96 caught on seven-DVD set

Fresh Phish shows from '96 caught on seven-DVD set

Given how popular indie music has become in this decade, more respect should be given to one of rock's ultimate do-it-yourself acts: Phish.

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Deadheads grateful for tribute band

Deadheads grateful for tribute band

It's too bad the passion of Grateful Dead fans could never be harnessed.

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Jay-Z will roc-a the stadium

Jay-Z will roc-a the stadium

The lineup for the first concert at Arizona Stadium since 1977 is literally one of a kind. Billed as the Last Smash Platinum Bash, the April 29 concert will feature Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind and the Veronicas.

March 26, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Diplo a DJ star

Diplo a DJ star

Few club DJs have had as much independent success this decade as Diplo.

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Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z headline ASUA concert

Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z headline ASUA concert

Superstar rapper Jay-Z and "American Idol" pop singer Kelly Clarkson will headline the first concert at Arizona Stadium in more than three decades.

March 25, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Lounging at the Surly Wench

Lounging at the Surly Wench

When the Surly Wench Pub opened in 2004, you had to wonder how long it would last.

March 19, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Maps & Atlases joins WXSW fest

Maps & Atlases joins WXSW fest

Maps & Atlases are musicians, not food critics.

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Bite into Bart Davenport

Bite into Bart Davenport

Bart Davenport is really big in Spain. The indie-popper isn't quite sure why, given the language and cultural barriers. Davenport has performed on Spanish TV to millions, yet he admits he can only pull like 60 heads for a hometown show in Oakland, Calif.

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Week 2 coming at you

Week 2 coming at you

Week one of Tucson's West-By-Southwest festival came in like a lion.

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Get with this: Black Sheep next Thursday

The '90s are coming back, and so is Black Sheep — next Thursday, anyway, at Club Congress.

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The music stops here

The music stops here

The first week of Tucson's West-By-Southwest festival runs three days at Plush and Club Congress and features some 16 musical acts. The fourth annual WXSW is organized by local music venues and hooks buzz bands on their way to and from the massive South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

March 12, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Bone will be bizzy at Dunbar

Bone will be bizzy at Dunbar

The Dunbar Auditorium might not be where you'd expect to catch a member of the Ohio-based veteran rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, but that'll be exactly the case Friday night.

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Mae Shi turns Bale's tirade into dance song

Mae Shi turns Bale's tirade into dance song

The Mae Shi recently nabbed some good publicity from Christian Bale's misfortune.

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After 4 years, Empire rolls out debut CD

After 4 years, Empire rolls out debut CD

The five players in Holy Rolling Empire have been rocking local venues since 2005 but only now are releasing the group's debut album.

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Neko's instant classic

Neko's instant classic

Neko Case could only have red hair. Red, the color ascribed to passion, desire and fire. Outwardly, Case's long locks burn, while something deep, dark and abandoned lives within her music.

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Concert is Justin time for kids

Concert is Justin time for kids

Given how independent music has exploded this decade, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that young parents are wanting to introduce their children to it, too.

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Know 'Che' working titles for chance to win audio book

"Che," Steven Soderbergh's sprawling epic about revolutionary Che Guevara, opens Friday at the Loft Cinema.

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Hanging with Monterey

Hanging with Monterey

Flying some 2,000 miles and performing with a broken right arm was worth it for Jon Plaza.

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John Lennon Bus will be open for tours Friday

The Arizona Daily Star's Battle of the Bands is one of several such competitions across the country sponsored by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

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Idella

Idella

Marana High School

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Soñar

Soñar

Green Fields Country Day School.

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The Kingsfoil

The Kingsfoil

University High School

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Steff Koeppen

Steff Koeppen

Marana High School

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We Draw the Tide

We Draw the Tide

Catalina Foothills High School

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