Tucson Sounds: I hate the 'Gram – a neighborhood music love story

Your pleasant neighborhood music scribbler is about to return out of writing retirement. However first, she desires to have a phrase with the native music scene’s supervisor.

You see, again within the pre-pandemic period, compiling an inventory of weekly must-see gigs was a cumbersome, however cheap chore. It wasn’t my favourite a part of writing, however as a labor of like it was well worth the work.

Primarily, the weekly grind would encompass hopping round to the principle net pages and Fb pages for essentially the most continuously inhabited music venues on the town, replying “” when a band would publish an occasion on mentioned book-of-face, snapping photos of flyers round city if one thing seemed prefer it had missed being posted wherever, after which meandering briefly over to Instagram, testing a number of stray home present collectives and youthful bands who solely ever shared something there.

Flash ahead to the current, the place not solely does virtually all native occasion posting occur on “the ‘Gram” within the type of old-school present flyers, but it surely usually solely occurs within the type of reels or tales, which do not exist past a 24-hour or so window. And venues appear to have given up posting virtually totally, leaving most promotion as much as the bands, whom you sort of need to already find out about to ever see posting on Instagram within the first place.

Thus, virtually the one means one can discover out about upcoming reveals anymore is to examine Instagram about 20 occasions a day, know the place the venues are (as one cannot hyperlink in a flyer) and pray that the set time, and so forth. did not get reduce off or missed when the flyer was posted.

“Okay, Boomer,” you are in all probability saying, “that is the place issues are taking place as of late, so adapt or die.”

To which yours really would reply that I’m a card-carrying member of Gen X and I bear in mind after we actually solely had Xeroxed, wheat-pasted present flyers to be taught these things. It is not that I am not able to going again to that aesthetic. It is simply that, for a brief, blissful, interval of latest historical past, we had a way of creating this complete course of 12 occasions simpler. After which we deserted it for causes that elude me.

And, maybe extra importantly, I’m attempting with all my may to as soon as once more be the weekly reply to the ever-present collective query “does anyone know who’s taking part in this weekend?

So, this week, I current to you a really transient checklist of reveals which are taking place this weekend and past. With some luck and perseverance, subsequent week I will have an extended checklist to share. If you understand about stuff, you’ll be able to even assist me do it.

Thanks to a couple good of us who do preserve observe (hat tip to Mr. Bob Colby particularly) for serving to to maintain me within the loop regardless of all of it. Keep tuned subsequent week for extra music information, album critiques, previews and native listings. And, in different information, get off my garden.


Your once-and-future-local-music-scribe, JJP

Examine your native listings…

Every week this columnist goals to compile a alternative collection of dwell gigs in and round Tucson with the assistance of excellent venue and band occasion bulletins and different sources.

Should you’ve obtained a gig arising and you need your occasion listed on this house (or in case your native band has a significant announcement or a brand new launch) drop me a line at [email protected].

Friday, Nov 10

  • Just like the Bug, Gutter City, Sarah Meadmaker – 7 pm at Subspace (101 W. sixth St)

Saturday, Nov 11

  • Unhappy Reptilian, Decided Luddites, Dave Roads and extra – 2 pm at Mountain First Porch Fest (Mitchell Park neighborhood, close to Mountain and First Ave)
  • Mudhoney – 7 pm Membership Congress
  • Massive Metropolis Sleep , Alex and the Moondaze – 10 pm Che’s Lounge (350 N. 4th Avenue)

Sunday, Nov 12

  • Supercrush, Dogbreth Sonya Blade, Worlds Clyde – 7 pm Arches (College Blvd & Principal St )

Coming Quickly…

Friday, Nov 17

  • Habitation Speakeasy Presents: The Gem Present w/ Blunt Objects – 6 pm Habitation Realty (641 N. tenth Ave)
  • Hearts and Guitars Profit at Saint Charles: Weekend Lovers, Rollingdusk, Tonight’s Sunshine, Daddy Banjo – 6:30 pm Membership Congress (311 E. Congress St)