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by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer For the second time, a half dozen of Tucson’s most interesting bands took the trek to Cowtown Keeylocko this past Saturday – an hour southwest of town, near Three Points, taking the Ajo Highway down to a maze of pitted dirt roads that ends atRead More →

mariah 01

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer   Mariah is more than first meets the eye. Yes, she’s a harpist who plays at the street fair, at Café Passe, at the Temple of Music and Art. She’s a violinist who plays with Michael Huerta and Jessa Cordova’s band Ex-Cowboy. She’s jammed withRead More →

BP 01

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer “I guess we just reached that point where we were just like ‘fuck it,’ we reached the edge of the cliff, and instead of just standing there and peering over, we’ve all just been aggressive about it and jumped. I guess we really figured we’veRead More →

billy 01

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer “You can’t take stuff back, man. You can’t change it.” Billy Sedlmayr is sitting in his tiny midtown apartment, smoking a cigarette. There’s a picture of Rainer hanging on the wall, a poster for a show with Gabe Sullivan, family pictures, a few crosses. “IRead More →

Gabe 01

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer Gabe Sullivan, all in black, met me at the Tap Room at Congress and ordered a mezcal (his girlfriend had instructed him not to order any beer, because he was getting a cold). Though he’s lived here all his life, he’s only really come intoRead More →

Matt Baquet 01

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer “I see everyone taking a more serious, professional approach to things, and I hope that the shit that’s happening for Prom Body does make everyone a little hungrier. Because any of us could have it.” Matt Baquet sips his coffee on the top-floor patio ofRead More →

Andres Parada 06

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer Andres Parada is battling his demons in the public sphere. But they aren’t the sad and well-worn demons that have harried musicians since time immemorial – no tawdry addictions stripping him of dignity. No, Parada has created for himself – and created himself for –Read More →

Matt Rolland 01

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer “You’re appropriating me? I’ll take it. I think of myself as a Tucson musician now.” So says Matt Rolland, a founding member, composer, fiddler and manager for the acclaimed acoustic group Run Boy Run. And Tucson is happy to have him. “For a while, IRead More →

Chris Pierce 01

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer “I’m totally self-taught,” Chris Pierce explains. “Everything that I know about the instrument, everything that I know theoretically, I’ve either learned from a friend, from a jam, from a song.. or from some book that I got and I worked through myself… I [even] taughtRead More →

Jordan Prather 03

Jordan Prather is tired of waiting around. Faced with the prospect of marketing his new electro-pop project, Head Over Heart, in a city without much of an electronic music scene (outside of live DJs) – and the uncertainty, or even futility, of seeking label support – he simply started hisRead More →

John Melillo 02

by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer “I want to play with everybody, all the time, as much as I can.” This is John Melillo’s musical credo. And in the three short years he’s been here, he’s done just that. You’ll hardly find a group in Tucson that hasn’t been touched somehowRead More →

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by Bob Hanshaw Contributing Writer “The story of my winding up in Tucson could fill up an entire article,” says Laura Kepner-Adney, and it may well someday. For now, here’s the story in a nutshell: she studied vocal performance at Oberlin Conservatory, and began living in Tucson in 2006 afterRead More →