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.
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.
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.
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.
• When: 8 p.m. next Thursday.
Tucson got a bit quieter last month with the loss of a popular,
powerful rock drummer.
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.
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.
Do you ever feel like all the bands that stop in Tucson are from
Movies and popcorn. Baseball and peanuts. Skiing and hot chocolate. Some things just go together. But what about cars and tacos?
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.
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" …
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 …
"American Idol" ended last week, but a new singing competition
is coming our way.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
What's in a name? Longtime local rockers the Sand Rubies found
out the hard way.
The last few years have been rocky for Southern rock band Drive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pink shirts, yellow shirts, green and blue.
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).
In 1993, my parents took me to see Paul McCartney at
Philadelphia’s 62,000-seat Veterans Stadium — my first rock
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.
Kids today think punk is what happens when Ashton Kutcher
convinces you that there's a bomb in your purse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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).
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…
Katrina Hansen and her best friend, Ashley Necoechea, knew they
wanted to get married on the same day.
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.
Even academics like to engage in retail therapy at the gem
Only a handful of dinosaur fossils have been discovered in
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.
Movits! is Stephen Colbert's favorite Swedish swing/hip-hop
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.