Tucson Sounds: Merry one thing to you

Within the sage phrases of Devo, Merry one thing to you. It is midway by means of December, and extra traditions than not appear to have some kind of winter celebration near now, together with perhaps your personal.

However even when that is not the case, you possibly can simply have a good time your native music scene. It looks like everybody has a vacation present of some kind developing this week. Hell, even my very own bands do, presuming I can overcome an ill-timed bout of laryngitis.

However in case you’re at a loss to choose a spot to throw again eggnog together with your mates whereas testing a few of Tucson’s most interesting, you possibly can just about by no means go unsuitable following custom.

And, thus, I current to you a handful of native vacation traditions, in case you are new on the town, or in case you have merely forgotten.

Misfit toys for everybody

First and least venerable on this listing is the Punk Christmas Toy Drive at Thunder Canyon Brewery, this Friday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.

Dropped at you by among the similar people that placed on the month-to-month Sonidos de Lunas live performance sequence at Brodie’s Tavern, this yearly fundraising showcase is at all times a enjoyable occasion for an excellent trigger and is assured to be loud. It is also fairly sure that there will probably be a minimum of one frontman with satan horns and a luchador outfit, however by no means thoughts all that.

This yr’s line up consists of The Cancelled, Cicada, Destroy All People, Los Diablos Gordos, Overthinking.Punk Christmas Toy Drive.

Punk is dad

Maybe Friday’s present is not punk sufficient for you. Or maybe it’s, and also you need to extend the occasion for another day. The reply to both might be the identical.The “Punk’s Not Useless” present at 191 Toole on Saturday, aka Lenny Psychological’s celebration is an OG Tucson hardcore scene reunion that everybody on the town occurs to be invited to.

This yr’s lineup characteristic’s the visitor of honor’s personal band, the Besmirchers, together with Gob Patrol, PS9, Umera, and the pleasant madness that’s Manslaw (that includes Chris Carlone of Pollo Elastico and Borts Minorts.)

Punk’s Not Useless: Lenny Psychological’s Birthday Get together – Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., 191 Toole


Final, however very positively not least, is the Tucson vacation establishment that’s Che’smas.

The yearly occasion on the Che’s Lounge patio guarantees baked items, video games with prizes, a go to from Mrs. Claus and a pledge to play no Christmas a lot. The as soon as and previous and future hosts of Che’smas,

Leila Lopez Band, headline as at all times, with some help from Katie Havery.

Che’smas – Sunday, December 17 at 5 p.m., Che’s Lounge

If it is not love, than it is the Bombs that can hold us collectively

Bullhead Metropolis band the Love Bombs had been shocked this week after they began getting congratulating messages from associates and followers for his or her “opening slot” on the upcoming 2024 Social Distortion/Dangerous Faith co-headlining tour. Plainly the Love Bombs fan base mistook the tour’s precise opener, Julian Ness’ Lovebombs for his or her favourite AZ femme-powered punk trio.

Julian Ness is, in fact, the son of Mike Ness. And after spending their morning finding out the confusion, the homegrown Love Bombs had been greater than a little bit irritated, initially posting their outrage by way of social media and at last grabbing the chance to get the phrase out about their music and their upcoming plans to tour.

No matter the place one stands on the query of what constitutes band identify appropriation (or whether or not one’s band ought to benefit a tour opening slot by privilege of beginning) one cannot deny a kickass band when one hears it. A minimum of this reporter cannot.

And so, fairly than weigh in a single the dialogue that begat all of it, I merely current to you some stellar Arizona rock and roll.

The Love Bombs on Spotify.

London Calling

One of many higher developments in Tucson’s music scene of late has been a confluence of incredible punk, storage, and indie rock bands from Sonora, Mexico, discovering their manner onto native payments and making already nice reveals 10 occasions higher. Rumor has it that many of those bands are a part of a burgeoning indie punk scene primarily based round an Hermosillo hangout often called the London Pub.

This Saturday evening, Tucson returns the favor, sending emissaries from a few our dusty burg’s personal expertise to scope out the scene on the opposite aspect of the border.

In case your passport is so as and you’ve got a while in your arms, maybe you possibly can test it out yourselves. Although, in case you are so inclined, be sure you test the present standing of the border crossing you propose to make the most of – phrase has it there could also be some closures in power of late.The Web sites and Anchorbaby with Mushasho – 8 .p.m, on the London Pub, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

Keep tuned till subsequent time for Tucson Sounds tackle the most effective native music of 2023! And till then…

Test your native listings…

If you happen to’ve bought a gig developing and you would like your occasion listed on this area (or in case your native band has a serious announcement or a brand new launch) drop me a line at [email protected].

Have a gig that I did not listing? Consult with my earlier column Tucson Sounds: I hate the ‘Gram – a neighborhood music love story for this columnist’s ideas on the present state of native music promotion.

And attempt to hit me up subsequent time, so I do know.

Friday, Dec 15

  • New Misphoria Vacation Half with fAnnie Leap Cannon & Virtually Individuals -7 pm Membership Congress
  • Punk Christmas Toy Drive: The Cancelled, Cicada, Destroy All People, Los Diablos Gordos, Overthinking – 8 pm Thunder Canyon
  • Bessett and Calahan – 9 pm Saint Charles Tavern

Saturday, Dec 16

  • Che’smas: Leila Lopez band, Katie Haverly – 5 pm Che’s Lounge
  • Saint Charles Vacation Bazaar – 3 pm Saint Charles Tavern

Sunday, Dec 17

  • Che’smas: Leila Lopez band, Katie Haverly – 5 pm Che’s Lounge
  • Saint Charles Vacation Bazaar – 3 pm Saint Charles Tavern