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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Hunter Hayes live

    Fans were thrilled to have multi-genre singer Hunter Hayes return to the Rialto stage after many years on May 21. Hayes was a young boy then and he has returned as a man. The packed house demonstrates that his fan base is predominantly young women, but not exclusively. The ‘Closer To You’ tour is in...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Gary Clark Jr. live

    Photos: 5 reasons to see Gary Clark Jr. live Gary Clark Jr. has been creating a significant buzz since his EP release of 2011. The Austin, Texas native’s live performances have been epic. Eric Clapton selected Clark to perform at his Crossroads Guitar Festival as early as 2010 to play alongside all...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Tedeschi Trucks Band live

    Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) made a long overdue return visit to Tucson on May 14. The packed Tucson Music Hall hasn’t rocked this hard in many a night. The band just completed the European leg of their 2019 tour. The tour is in support of their most recent album, Signs. Many fans feel that the blues...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Brothers Osborne live

    The Brothers Osborne was a part of the star-studded lineup of 2019’s Country Thunder (CT) Arizona that took place in Florence, AZ on April 11-14. They have been touring with Dierks Bentley for the last three weeks. And this was the last tour stop for a while. T.J. Osborne mentioned that they saved...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Jimmie Vaughan live

    Jimmie Vaughan has established himself as a blues performer legend for many years. Vaughan is well known as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s older brother. He ran away from home when he was 14 years old to begin his career as a blues guitarist and he has never looked back. He founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see The Revivalists live

    The Revivalists made their first stop at Tucson’s Rialto Theatre on March 13. The band’s trademark full-throttle energy show left Tucsonans wanting more of this great band. The tour is in support of their latest album release, Take Good Care.   The show was two hours of hard-hitting music and...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Eric Benet live

    The Tucson Urban League sponsored an appearance by Eric Benet at the Fox Theatre as a part of their “An Evening in Black and White” fundraising event on March 7. The evening was a blend of music and an award ceremony. The mission of the Tucson Urban League is to advance the economic and social...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Empire of the Sun live

    The “post-apocalyptic psychedelic adventure” band, Empire of the Sun, gave a searing performance the second day of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival on March 2. This is the 16th year for the 100 percent non-profit music festival in Phoenix, AZ. All ticket purchases go toward the Phoenix Children...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see the John Butler Trio live

    The John Butler Trio (JBT) hit the stage at the Rialto Theatre on Dec. 13. This was not the first appearance for the band in Tucson. JBT has had many changes in personnel since their inception in 1998. John Butler has been the core member throughout the years. The band is on tour supporting their...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Paula Abdul live

    Paula Abdul dazzled Tucson with her “Straight Up Paula!” tour as the headliner for the Fox Theatre Foundation’s Chasing Rainbows Gala. The gala is an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit theatre. The show and tour is Abdul’s first tour in 25 years. The show was a sketch of Abdul’s life and her show...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Rickie Lee Jones live

    Rickie Lee Jones mentioned early in her show, “There is a cardinal rule in show business that dictates to never tell people what you’ve done wrong because they might not have noticed. In case I do anything wrong, I’m going to apologize now, ahead of time, for anything that might go wrong.” Rickie...
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    Photos: 5 reasons to see Midland live

    The alt-country band Midland, may call Austin, Texas home now, but lead singer Mark Wysrach made it very clear that Tucson is home during their show at AVA Amphitheatre in Tucson. Wystrach had been spotted a few days earlier in town at a local restaurant, The Cup, while he was catching up with old...
  • The Madeleine Haze delivers honorable emulation on ‘Noble Lies & Pious Frauds”

    The Madeleine Haze delivers honorable emulation on ‘Noble Lies & Pious Frauds”

    Founded a few years ago as a solo project for vocalist/guitarist Zack Goebbel, progressive hard rock trio The Madeleine Haze (named after a work by French novelist Marcel Proust) also includes bassist Richard Dean Wilson and drummer Dan Dalton. Thus far, the band has been inspired by (and compared...
  • Familiarity and monotony prove hexing for Palaceburn’s 'Curses' EP

    Familiarity and monotony prove hexing for Palaceburn’s 'Curses' EP

    It’s not easy being a hard rock band in 2015, as so many acts have come and gone over the past few decades that it’s quite difficult to bring anything new to the table. An act’s musicianship and passion may be there in full force, but if there’s nothing new in its formula, it ends up being merely...
  • Not Here by The Pollies is pretty alt-country

    Not Here by The Pollies is pretty alt-country

    With bands like Drive-By Truckers and Banditos, Alabama has some pretty good representation in the field of alt-country. The Pollies may not be at that level yet, but it proves with its new album Not Here that there is just something about Alabama that produces good bands. Some people and bands have...
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    Live Review: Of Montreal at Union Transfer, Philadelphia

    While it was a Sunday night, you would not have known that walking into Union Transfer last night. The venue was packed with excited fans donning a wide array of bizarrely eccentric outfits for the psychedelic indie pop band, of Montreal. Before lead singer, Kevin Barnes, took the stage, an...
  • Victor Wooten woos the fans at the start of the Cervantes show

    Victor Wooten’s new groove set Cervantes ablaze last weekend

    Though the show was listed as taking place Dec. 27, Victor Wooten did not take the stage until after the stroke of midnight. The readily apparent difference in the show to come was revealed by the placement of the trap set at the front of the stage on the audience’s left. When we saw Victor perform...
  • The Train Wrecks: 'We Roll On'

    The Train Wrecks: 'We Roll On'

    We Roll On by The Train Wrecks (from Savannah, Georgia) begins with the title track, a song with a rhythm that immediately gets your head moving and your toes tapping. The guitar in the intro of this song sounds a lot like The Reverend Horton Heat. For that matter, the vocals are pretty similar to...
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