EMPTY / EVERY MT is an album about the “Appalachian Desert,” a concept created by Ohioan band-leader Ryne Warner. He posits that one day mountaintop removal and mining will level the forests of Appalachia, turning once lush land into an arid desert-scape not unlike parts of the American West and North Africa. The music here was made using the sounds associated with those places–banjo, dobro, jaw harp, dulcimer, African scales, the electric guitar, modal tunings. The result is an image of Warner’s Appalachian Desert rendered in sound.
This October marks the release of “The Agent Intellect,” Protomartyr’s third and finest work to date. Named after an ancient philosophical questioning of how the mind operates in relation to the self, it’s an elegant and often devastating display of all that makes Protomartyr so vital and singularly visceral an outfit.
A mariachi band that covers metal classics, you can’t really find a better fit for Tucson… We are very excited to host these talented goofballs for this early Saturday party! Come enjoy your favorite metal hits such as: Raining Blood, Master of Puppets, Crazy Train and more… With a Latin twist!!!
Emily Kinney is an actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead. Kinney’s musical talents have been featured on TV, in musical theater, and in her own releases. A Nebraska native, she studied theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in NYC to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theatre off-broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening.
XIXA – formerly Chicha Dust is the side project of Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan, Winston Watson, Geoff Hidalgo, Jason Urman and Efren Cruz Chavez. They perform their own psychedelic blend of classic Cumbia songs sprinkled with fun, creative originals. Their sets are filled with high energy psychedelic madness; XIXA is sure to have the club shakin’.
Tuscon post-metal experimenters North return with their fourth full-length “Light the Way” (Prosthetic Records). The album stands out as some of North’s finest work to date since forming in 2008. Don’t miss the FREE album release party here at Hotel Congress with special guests Sleep Like Trees and Chronovorus.
Anyone who’s been anywhere near the music scene for the past two decades or so has heard the lore of a bunch of guys from San Diego called Rocket From the Crypt being the best band in the universe, and anyone who got to see them live knows why. Well now’s your chance to see them in the intimate setting of Club Congress, grab your tickets before it’s too late!
Michael and Lisa Gungor are curators of the Grammy-nominated musical collective simply known as Gungor. The duo uses their skills as accomplished song writers and multi-instrumentalists to tell honest and forthright stories – some personal and some allegorical. Together they’ve tapped their considerable musical reserves to blur genres and break expectations creating a unique magnetic expression.
The name APE MACHINE is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment. With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, APE MACHINE’s music carries an organic depth and warmth rarely heard since the time of rock’s glorious early years (or your Dad’s bad ass record collection) infused with an exceptional modern sensibility.
Mommy Long Legs and Boyfriends from Seattle make their first trip to Tucson for this Friday night. They are joined by some Tucson’s finest, Dirt Friends and Big Bad for this FREE rock show. Let’s show some of that famous Old Pueblo hospitality for our new friends from the Northwest.
In a day and age where everyone is trying to do the same thing, and write the same music, producer, DJ combo, VenessaMichaels from LA is happily turning heads by doing the opposite. Don’t miss the very special guest at our SATURDAZE Dance Party with DJs Sid the Kid, Bob Really, Andrew Shuta, and Jalph.
Join us this Sunday for an extra special psychedelic evening with Sugar Candy Mountain from Oakland, and locals Louise Le Hir and Naim Amor. Sugar Candy Mountain will be traveling from SXSW with Mad Alchemy (Liquid Light Show), a group specializing in psychedelic visuals that are sure to take your mind elsewhere. Don’t miss this one!
TEEN’s second album, 2014’s The Way and Color, was a stunning creative breakthrough. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Teeny Lieberson’s voice is starkly highlighted, but the whole record is a conversation between her; Katherine Lieberson’s crafty, minimalist drumming; Boshra AlSaadi’s lithe, sinuous bass lines; and Lizzie Lieberson’s irresistible synth hooks. Now the group is back with its strongest release to date: the third full-length of their discography, Love Yes.
Los Angeles based quartet La Santa Cecilia have gone from performing on the streets of Los Angeles to being called The Best Latin Alternative Band of 2013. Don’t miss their eclectic amalgamation of Norteño, Bossa Nova, Soul, and Rock!
You’ve heard our name, you’ve seen our records, our t-shirts and our stickers. We’re probably the favorite band of someone you know and yet maybe we’re still a mystery to you. Well my friend, that’s okay, you’re at the right place to get to know the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world, The Supersuckers.
The Cave Singers remind us that it takes a village. They remain approachable while retaining the complexity of writing skills possessed by folks who have dedicated their lives to music. Their appreciation of varied sounds, the writing process, and performing in every type of venue, house and festival possible allows them to connect with those they speak to. Their passion for their craft translates from their recordings and resonates through their performances. The Cave Singers are the people’s band.
Dublin folk rock outfit Little Green Cars is a quintet of 20-year-olds that was formed in 2008 at a battle of the bands…. Since then, the band has exploded onto the scene and will be making their way to Tucson, AZ for the second time. We can’t wait, don’t miss it!
Blackbird Blackbird is the moniker of San Francisco-based wünderkind Mikey Maramag. His unique style of dreamy folktronica recalls influences from all ends of the musical spectrum; deeply textured, hypnotic songs pay homage to psychedelic pop the likes of Caribou and Washed Out, while the warmth of analogue instrumentation spliced with digital artifacts hints at contemporaries James Blake, Four Tet and Mount Kimbie.
The Center of Nightlife Downtown
at hotel congress
From its 1985 inception as a once-weekly showcase for downtown Tucson’s creative community, to its current status as “One of the 10 best rock clubs in the United States,” Club Congress has continuously striven to be a catalyst for art. In addition to showcasing music’s cutting edge, the Club Congress has earned repeated accolades as the city’s best dance club.
90s House Party (10pm)
w/ DJ Sid the Kid & 90 cent PBR drafts
Geeks Who Drink – Trivia Night (8pm)
AMPED UP! Open Mic (8pm)
The Switch Comedy (8pm)
Salvador Duran on the Plaza (7pm)
OPTI CLUB Dance Party (10pm)
Tom Walbank on the Plaza (7pm)
DJ Dirtyverbs on the Plaza (10pm)
Saturdaze – FREE Dance Party (10pm)
w/ DJs Sid the Kid, BOBFelix, Andrew Shuta, & Jalph
Hot Club of Tucson (10:30am)
S.I.N. Service Industry Night & Club Karaoke (10pm)