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Pardo to voice 'SNL' from Tucson

Don Pardo, the longtime voice of "Saturday Night Live," will return to the show this season, but he'll record his voiceovers from a studio in Tucson.

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Sun is setting on Soñar

Sun is setting on Soñar

Money. Ego. Yoko. Bands break up for a lot of reasons. The members of the instrumental rock group Soñar, which won the Arizona Daily Star's 2010 Battle of the Bands, has a less tabloid-worthy story. Two of its three members are heading to college.

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Together, yes, but not together

Together, yes, but not together

We watched Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer-pianist Markéta Irglová fall in love in "Once," an independent film that won critical praise and a litany of hardware, including a 2008 Academy Award for best original song.

July 15, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
When they play, they mean it

When they play, they mean it

The indie-rock press can't repeat often enough the story of how Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Vasquez met band mates Jonathan Jameson and Brandon Young while busking outside a San Diego light-rail station.

July 15, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Softer side of rapper flows in single with Timberlake

Softer side of rapper flows in single with Timberlake

• When: 8 p.m. next Thursday.

July 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Drummer Bergeron dies at 29; memorial is tonight

Drummer Bergeron dies at 29; memorial is tonight

Tucson got a bit quieter last month with the loss of a popular, powerful rock drummer.

July 08, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
So much more than a hot dog

So much more than a hot dog

Sonoran hot dogs have never been hotter. The New York Times. National Public Radio. Bon Appétit magazine. "CBS Sunday Morning." Two Travel Channel shows ("Man v. Food" and "Food Wars"). In the last year, all came to Tucson to sample the delicious dogs that have become our signature snack.

July 01, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Sonoran hot dogs. Who's best of show? Readers say: El Guero

Sonoran hot dogs. Who's best of show? Readers say: El Guero

The buns. The bacon. The beans. Tucson loves its Sonoran hot dogs. But whose dog do locals love best? That's an easy one, it turns out. In our most recent Food Fight, El Guero Canelo devoured the competition.

July 01, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Oregon rock band plans 'Quick and Easy' stop here

Oregon rock band plans 'Quick and Easy' stop here

Do you ever feel like all the bands that stop in Tucson are from Portland, Ore.?

June 24, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Sir Veza's folds tacos into car theme

Sir Veza's folds tacos into car theme

Movies and popcorn. Baseball and peanuts. Skiing and hot chocolate. Some things just go together. But what about cars and tacos?

June 24, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Where to watch the World Cup in Tucson

Where to watch the World Cup in Tucson

It's almost here: the tournament soccer fans have been anticipating for four years. The World Cup kicks off on Friday with a game between Mexico and host country South Africa.

June 11, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Mr. on the move

Mr. on the move

Kwang C. An has become a household name and one of Tucson's most recognizable faces. But An's road to celebrity status has not been easy. Poverty. War. Divorce. A tax evasion conviction. Four heart attacks. An, who turned 70 last month, has survived a lot. This is a story about the "Mr. An" …

June 10, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Randolph bound for Rialto

Randolph bound for Rialto

Even if you didn't know that Robert Randolph cut his teeth playing pedal steel guitar in a New Jersey Pentecostal church, you could easily identify him as a man of faith. After all, Randolph is a New York Knicks fan - and these days one can't root for the Knicks without a strong belief that …

June 03, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…

17th Street Market is holding 'Idol' competition

"American Idol" ended last week, but a new singing competition is coming our way.

June 03, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
New music festival honors vets

New music festival honors vets

It's not easy putting together a music festival. For 23 years, the Tucson Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America has organized Nam Jam. But this year the group was ready to throw in the towel.

May 27, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Meet the Voodoo Kittens. These women party old-school

Meet the Voodoo Kittens. These women party old-school

Formed in 2008, the Arizona Voodoo Kittens boast two chapters - one in Tucson and one in Phoenix - and more than 30 members. All in their 20s and 30s, the women share a love of retro culture. The tattooed, high-heeled, fishnet-wearing party throwers are bent on bringing rockabilly music and …

May 13, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Portland cellists at the Fox

Portland cellists at the Fox

Tucson will celebrate its first Second Saturday with PCP. No, not the hallucinogenic drug. Portland Cello Project is a group from Oregon that plays everything from Bach to Bon Jovi, with a little Outkast mixed in for good measure.

May 06, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
A toast to heavens at Sky Bar

A toast to heavens at Sky Bar

Tucson: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Caliente. Its mission: to explore strange new bars, to seek out new dance trends and new cocktails, to boldly go where no entertainment tabloid has gone before. Recently, that voyage brought us to Sky Bar, an astronomy-themed bar on North …

May 06, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Sand Rubies rekindle a bit of sparkle

Sand Rubies rekindle a bit of sparkle

What's in a name? Longtime local rockers the Sand Rubies found out the hard way.

April 29, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
They keep moving down road

They keep moving down road

The last few years have been rocky for Southern rock band Drive By Truckers.

April 29, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Avett Brothers from the heart

Avett Brothers from the heart

Seth Avett, a founding member of the alt-folk band the Avett Brothers, is a hip-hop fan. He's big into underground acts like Brother Ali, Atmosphere and Classified. But he's got no time for more mainstream rappers.

April 22, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Vintage glow

Vintage glow

Tucson's old road into town, the "Miracle Mile strip," was a haven for neon in the 1950s and 1960s, when flashing signs beckoned to visitors with promises of swimming pools, grassy courtyards and $2 steak dinners. Now, a group of historical preservationists are hoping to bring back the neon buzz.

April 22, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Rock to reggae at KFMA Day

Rock to reggae at KFMA Day

Hosted by 92.1 KFMA, KFMA Day is expected to draw about 16,000 people to the Pima County Fairgrounds. That's about the same size as last year's KFMA Day, though not nearly as big as the 2008 show, which featured Metallica and attracted nearly 30,000 fans.

April 08, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Meet ya at Maynards Monday

Meet ya at Maynards Monday

Monday is the one-year anniversary of Meet Me at Maynards, a weekly event that brings runners and walkers downtown. The first Meet Me at Maynards event was a giant success, thanks to support from the nonprofit Southern Arizona Roadrunners. More than 200 runners and walkers showed up.

April 08, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Tiki power beckons in the desert

Tiki power beckons in the desert

Polynesia is an ocean away, but that doesn't mean you can't live the island life with both feet planted in the Sonoran Desert. Sit at the bar at Kon Tiki - Tucson's oldest tiki bar - sip a yellow scorpion through a long, red straw, and you can almost hear the waves crashing.

April 01, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Swimming in a sea of loud shirts

Swimming in a sea of loud shirts

Pink shirts, yellow shirts, green and blue.

April 01, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Barrio calls to Calexico

Barrio calls to Calexico

If you live downtown and are wondering about the next time you'll get to see Calexico in concert, don't sweat it. They're coming to you. On Saturday, Calexico will headline the Festival en El Barrio Viejo, a day of music in the historic neighborhood to support community radio station KXCI (93.1-FM).

April 01, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Review: Paul McCartney kicks off tour in Glendale

Review: Paul McCartney kicks off tour in Glendale

In 1993, my parents took me to see Paul McCartney at Philadelphia’s 62,000-seat Veterans Stadium — my first rock concert.

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A gem on Congress Street

A gem on Congress Street

I own one pair of dress shoes and I seldom wear them. When I dig into my closet to unearth my fancy, black leather, square-toed, quarter-inch heel footwear, it's for one of two reasons: either somebody died, or it's time to review one of Luke Cusack's new clubs.

March 25, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Trash party is Friday at the Rialto

Kids today think punk is what happens when Ashton Kutcher convinces you that there's a bomb in your purse.

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Howe Gelb's new album goes on a flamenco fling

Howe Gelb's new album goes on a flamenco fling

Giant Sand founder Howe Gelb has flipped for flamenco. The local rock icon has made a new album of indie-rock-flamenco hybrid songs, featuring Spain's Band of Gypsies and flamenco legend Raimundo Amador.

March 18, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Buzz bands, lots of them, in second week of festival

Buzz bands, lots of them, in second week of festival

Tucson's West by Southwest Music Festival is a series of concerts featuring bands on their way to and from the mammoth South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

March 18, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
A hello, a goodbye to Irish tunes

A hello, a goodbye to Irish tunes

This St. Patrick's Day, you can catch one Irish-music band that's reuniting and one that's on the verge of breakup. The Mollys, a fixture of Tucson's rock scene in the late '80s and early '90s, will get back together for one gig at El Casino Ballroom.

March 11, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Chris Brown headlines Slow Jams concert

Chris Brown headlines Slow Jams concert

Chris Brown is finally coming to Tucson. Last spring, the R&B singer was in talks to headline the first concert at Arizona Stadium in 30 years. But the appearance was nixed after Brown was charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.

February 25, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
At night's end, sound of Soñar prevails

At night's end, sound of Soñar prevails

"I don't even know what to think," Jacob Lifton said, just moments after learning that his band, Soñar, had won top prize at the Arizona Daily Star's Battle of the Bands. "It's amazing."

February 20, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Battle of the Bands finalists: One will be the champ

Battle of the Bands finalists: One will be the champ

The 2010 Arizona Daily Star's Battle of the Bands is Friday at the historic Rialto Theatre. Now in its seventh year, the battle gives scores of local teens the chance to show off their skills on a downtown stage that has hosted artists from Insane Clown Posse to the Indigo Girls.

February 18, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. brings punk-rock vibe to his verbal flow

Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. brings punk-rock vibe to his verbal flow

Stefon Alexander is known to hip-hop fans as P.O.S., an acronym with several meanings (though only one, Promise Of Skill, is suitable for a family newspaper).

February 18, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE

THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE

What does Tucson love? • Caliente wanted to find out, so we went downtown, to the University of Arizona's main campus, and to North Fourth Avenue and asked 100 people, "What do you love most in Tucson?" • Some of the answers - like skateboarding and Ethiopian food - might surprise you. • The…

February 11, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Hotel Congress to tie 9 knots for free - and you're invited

Hotel Congress to tie 9 knots for free - and you're invited

Katrina Hansen and her best friend, Ashley Necoechea, knew they wanted to get married on the same day.

February 11, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Singer Ounsworth back as a solo

Singer Ounsworth back as a solo

In 2006, indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah played a gig at Solar Culture, a music venue and art gallery in Tucson's warehouse district. On Tuesday, CYHSY frontman Alec Ounsworth will return to Solar Culture, this time as a solo artist.

February 04, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
You'll find fossils big, bigger, huge

You'll find fossils big, bigger, huge

Even academics like to engage in retail therapy at the gem show.

January 28, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Our desert was once dino habitat

Our desert was once dino habitat

Only a handful of dinosaur fossils have been discovered in Southern Arizona.

January 28, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Gems, minerals and the loveliest 'bones'

Gems, minerals and the loveliest 'bones'

The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, known around town simply as the gem show, is a great place to check out the fossilized remains of species large and small.

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Colbert fave Movits! brings Swedish swing/hip-hop to Plush gig tonight

Colbert fave Movits! brings Swedish swing/hip-hop to Plush gig tonight

Movits! is Stephen Colbert's favorite Swedish swing/hip-hop band.

January 21, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
The Dillinger Days Festival downtown on Saturday

The Dillinger Days Festival downtown on Saturday

Last year was the silver anniversary of the Dillinger gang's capture in Tucson, but this year's Dillinger Days Festival has something the 75th lacked: a big Hollywood movie called "Public Enemies," released last summer.

January 21, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Strange story of girls

Strange story of girls

Christopher Owens, one-half of the indie rock band Girls, has described a past so tragic and bizarre that it seems destined for the big screen. During a recent phone conversation, White acknowledged that his past influences the way people hear their music.

January 21, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Kazoku Sushi already making a name

Kazoku Sushi already making a name

In Japanese, "kazoku" means "family." So it should come as no surprise that on busy weekends, Kazoku Sushi co-owner Un "Uni" Vawser's children, who are in their 20s, often help out waiting tables and washing dishes.

January 21, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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2010 Battle finalists play a warm-up show Sunday

Can't wait for the 2010 Arizona Daily Star Battle of the Bands competition? You can check out the six finalists at a free showcase at Club Congress on Sunday.

January 14, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Sizing up White Denim

Sizing up White Denim

Once upon a time, drummer Joshua Block described his band's sound as "grog rock," a combination of "garage rock" and "progressive rock." But that term no longer fits White Denim, Block says.

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Big man on the stand-up scene

Big man on the stand-up scene

Gabriel Iglesias has a soft spot in his fluffy heart for Tucson. • The robust stand-up, who rose to fame on the NBC reality show "Last Comic Standing," played his first away-from-home gig at Bugsy's, a now-closed club on North Oracle Road. • He still has the poster from the show on a wall at home.

January 07, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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