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  • Jonathan Frahm, Special to The Explorer
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Best known locally for his work as a vocalist, songwriter and cellist with internationally-acclaimed Tucsonan favorites Ronstadt Generations, Michael G. Ronstadt’s latest ventures see him collaborating with a dreamy Cincinnatian indie band, as well as developing what he calls the solo album …

  • Brad Allis
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Lemmy is dead. Those are word I can BOTH not believe I am writing and am shocked that I have not written before. Lemmy, the lead singer and bassist for Motorhead and before that Hawkwind, seemed both invincible and feeble at the same time. Think a badder, bolder version of Keith Richards.

  • Jonathan Frahm, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Traverse City, Michigan’s the Accidentals have made great strides in short time since their 19 year-old multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters Sav Buist and Katie Larson debuted as a band in 2011. 

  • Brad Allis
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Some shows just give you more bang for your buck and that was the case last Monday night when Clutch, Mastodon and Corrosion of Conformity played the rialto. While none of the bands have enjoyed long term, mainstream success, all three are legitimate headliners with terrific core followings.

  • Jonathan Frahm, Special to The Explorer
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Between Nashville’s slew of country western mega-stars and Austin’s yearly hub for indie musicians in SXSW, it can be relatively easy for music enthusiasts to gloss over Tucson as one of the music meccas of the nation. To do so would be a mistake, however. 

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Veteran hard rock/stoner rock band Clutch will bring their well-honed concert chops to the Rialto on Monday night.  The band had not played Tucson in quite some time, but came through town in support of their last record and return less than two years later.

  • Jonathan Frahm, Special to The Explorer
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Known for their charitable leanings, the 10 Desert Bluegrass Association members of which Ocotillo Rain & Thunder are comprised are well regarded as the “bluegrass band that gives back.” 

  • Danilo Castro, Special to Tucson Local Media
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David Foster Wallace was an author you either lauded for being brilliant or loathed for being pretentious. His 1996 opus “Infinite Jest” elevated him to the status of literary rockstar overnight and cemented the thousand page novel as a cultural touchstone. This Gen-X J.D. Salinger eventuall…

  • Brad Allis, Tucson Local Media
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Apparently it was 25 years ago this week that my life changed for the better. Twenty five years ago Alice In Chains released their debut album “Facelift” and my musical perspective was forever changed.

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  • Chris Flora, The Explorer
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With a rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Marana resident Dustin Arellano had the crowd applauding before he was even inside the Tucson Convention Center (TCC), hosting site of the latest round of American Idol auditions.

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Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for July 2015. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams. 

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The Desert Bluegrass Association is hosting a number of bluegrass music jam sessions around southern Arizona. There are six sessions schedule for May.

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Pima Community College Music presents faculty Ben McCartney in a solo classical guitar concert performing music of Spain. The concert showcases a variety of Spanish classical and folk styles, highlighting themes from the Romantic Era and the 20th century. The program includes works from Fran…

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Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for April 2015. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams. 

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The 22nd annual Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, a glorious week of bravura performances, features the internationally acclaimed Prazak Quartet and a host of renowned musicians. Led by Artistic Director Peter Rejto, the music spans centuries, from Mozart and Beethoven to Korngold and Ma…

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  Auryn Quartet present an evening of Beethoven! Since 1948, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music has brought internationally renowned musicians to Tucson, presenting exquisite chamber music in the comfort of a small concert hall — one where the audience becomes part of the performance. It…

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Heading full speed into a New Year of highly-anticipated performances, the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” Dailey & Vincent bring their critically acclaimed signature sound to the Rialto Theater in Tucson, Ariz. on Thursday, January 29. The award-winning duo is set to take the stage at 8 p.m..

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January in Tucson will be defined by America's indigenous art form: Jazz. Make history and jam out during the 13-days of jazz music, food, and festival fun at the inaugural HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival Friday, Jan. 16 through Wednesday, Jan. 28.

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Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for February 2015. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams.

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The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Keitaro Harada will perform a Mozart overture, a gypsy balletand a romantic Brahms serenade on Friday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in Tucson. The program will open with Mozart's Symphony…

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The Civic Orchestra of Tucson will perform a concert of light classics and will feature the talented teenage Powe String Trio on Tuesday, January 27, at The Highlands at Dove Mountain Clubhouse. The concert will be proceeded by a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by music at 7:00 p.m.

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Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for January 2015. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams. 

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Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS), Tucson’s premier vocal choral group, celebrates 25 years under the leadership of Music Director Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn with a concert season featuring his favorite songs. ARS’ highly-anticipated annual winter concerts will be Dec. 7, 14 and 19 and are expected to…

  • Evan Hofmann
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Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within…

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Book a room at a participating Tucson hotel for the 12th, 13th or 14th of December, 2014 and receive 2 complimentary ticket vouchers for an exclusive, live performance by country star Randy Houser on Sunday, December 14th - use visitTucson.org's online reservation system below!

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Young, Vibrant, Audacious! 
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music (AFCM) presents The Pacifica Quartet on December 10th and 11th. The concert includes the incomparable clarinetist, Anthony McGill, as he collaborates with the Pacifica on Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581. Anthony McGill…

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The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present its Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm at the UA School of Music Crowder Hall. Under the direction of Julian Ackerley, the chorus will perform its 75th Anniversary Holiday Concert highlighting songs of holiday celebrations …

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Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for December 2014. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams.

  • Evan Hofmann, Special to Tucson Local Media
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When child actress Jenny Lewis first appeared on television in the mid 1980s, she seemed to have a knack for the entertainment business. The youngster would go on to appear in fan favorite television shows such as “The Golden Girls”, “Growing Pains”, and “Roseanne”, but in the end it was the…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus Special to Tucson Local Media
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The summer has fully engulfed our city, bringing with it sweltering heat and burning winds. As the days get hotter and hotter, many are looking for a way to have fun without melting outdoors.  Whether it is going to a movie at the theatre, a local trampoline—world, or finding some nighttime …

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Special to The Explorer
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Fans of the perennial Australian rock gods, AC/DC, can breathe just a little bit easier. Rumors have arisen over the past week concerning the band’s retirement after over 40 years of heavy rocking. These rumors stemmed from news of poor health of founding member and rhythm guitarist, Malcolm Young.