Indie-rap mainstay Aesop Rock has announced his new album, The Impossible Kid, dropping April 29th on Rhymesayers Entertainment, marking his first solo venture since 2012’s Skelethon. On the new album, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. Catch him live at Hotel Congress on Monday, May 16th with special guest Homeboy Sandman.
Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realized he was stuck with it. Onstage he hides behind nothing, he tells the truth with big open chords, squalls of feedback, lilting enchantment, bizarre stories and backchat. His new album, “amERICa,” out now on Fire Records, is enjoying universal acclaim from critics and public alike. Nothing Eric has to say sounds like it was said by someone else first. Some people can’t take it. Thirty-seven years of touring have left him in good shape. He’s coming to town.
We are more than excited to welcome cinematographer, producer and recording artist FATHER to the Tucson for the very first time. The young artist made a splash into the scene with his 2014 hit single “Look at Wrists” and hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down since. Let’s gather together in the Club this Wednesday and show him why it was a good idea to make Tucson a stop on the “Im A Piece of Sh*t Tour.”
Baby Gas Mask Records is announcing the third split 7” vinyl release in the West Foot Forward series that features twenty-four up and coming Arizona musicians and bands. The third release in the series features Head Over Heart and Katterwaul, and will be available on Friday May 20th at the Hotel Congress. The third release is being co-released with Commercial Appeal Records also out of Tucson.
Join the irresistible Tempest DuJour – RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7 contestant and Tucson’s Delicate Flower of the Desert – as she hilariously hosts twisted versions of vintage television game shows complete with contestants from the audience, special celebrity guests and life-changing prizes! When you purchase your tickets online, you’re guaranteed great seats in the Splash Zone – the best seats in the house! Online ticketing isn’t set up to select specific seats, but the folks at Retro Game Show Night will make sure every Splash Zone victim – er, guest – has an awesome seat waiting. $10 festival seating tickets are available at the door the night of the show.
Sometimes as a leader, sometimes as a sideman and collaborator; sometimes as an invisible musician but you’ve heard him: the chest-high bass drum thump, the tightly paired flight of guitars in odd harmony, the disorienting shift in time and texture that resolves itself into song. Chris Cohen has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least 1978, when he first set infant drumstick to skin at the tender age of three, initiating decades of sonic experimentation across multiple bands and nearly a dozen recordings.
Bay area psych superstars Sugar Candy Mountain return to the Hotel Congress this Wednesday night. Last time the group played at Congress, they truly left us in a psychedelic trance. They are embarking on yet another long US tour and here’s your chance to see them again for FREE!
The phrase “punk” gets thrown around a lot these days but for over a decade Off With Their Heads has eschewed trends and embodied that ethic with every ounce of their being. Having put out numerous releases and toured the country dozens of times the band are about to release Home, their best-sounding album to date which takes the group’s sound to the next level without sacrificing the palpable passion that’s made them underground favorites.
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter James McCartney has remained fiercely dedicated to his musical vision of melding smart hooks and feral alt-rock with the grandeur and spiritually centeredness of psychedelic music. Now, he issues the sharpest entry of his vision, the majestic The Blackberry Train engineered by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies and PJ Harvey).
Twenty years on from first signing to Warner Bros. Records, Built To Spill is set to return in 2015 with its eighth studio album, Untethered Moon. That’s now two complete decades that one of America’s leading “indie rock” bands has happily made its home on a major label, and in the process redefined that clumsy descriptor of independence by operating wholly and consistently under its own steam, taking the proper time to craft timeless songs and playing endless, epic shows to a growing grip of fans each year.
Southern Arizona’s premier BBQ competition returns to downtown Tucson, bigger and better than ever. Hotel Congress, Merit Foods, the Diamond Children’s Cancer Research Fund and 10 of the top Tucson BBQ purveyors are combining to provide a senses searing, tastebud tingling, meaty monstrosity of an event with great local beer, awesome music and most importantly, this year’s featured protein : PULLED PORK. Watch this space for ticketing details!
Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues. Here’s your chance to see the rising star in an intimate setting this Saturday at Hotel Congress.
We are exceptionally stoked to welcome BIDI BIDI BANDA, Austin’s (and maybe the world’s?) first all-star Selena Tribute. Composed of members of some of Austin’s premier latin bands, Bidi Bidi Banda is the refried dream of Stephanie Bergara, a native Austinite who grew up listening to Tejano radio and singing in to a hair brush while wearing her mother’s red lipstick. The band’s interpretation of Selena’s greatest hits will leave you belting lyrics, doing the washing machine and reliving greatness of the Queen of Tejano Music.
World-renowned comedians Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher were recently joined in holy matrimony this October for what we imagine was one very interesting wedding party… Well now we don’t have to imagine anymore because the dynamic duo is bringing the show on the road and stopping at the Hotel Congress for their “Honeymoon Tour.” Get your tickets now before it’s too late.
For years, the Chilean band Gondwana has been spreading the word of “Jah Love.” Emerging from the Latin root in reggae, Gondwana brings forth a fresh blend of Latin and Jamaican rhythms. With pulsating energy and a smooth sound, nine polished musicians are the soul of Chile’s number one reggae band. On June 14th, they’ll grace the Club Congress stage!
The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House. It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It’s in the inspirational and revealing songwriting. It’s in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. It’s in the pleasant tension between rousing energy and nuanced arrangements. And it’s in the voices, with two complimentary stylists up front and backed by the full band’s rapturous harmonies.
Get your Thursday started early with this Opti Club ~ Psych Rock Dance Party featuring the Kill Rock Star signees, Summer Cannibals & Lollipop Records affiliate, Billy Changer! DJs E-Rupt, Plastic Disease, and Andrew Shuta will finish off the night.
Two of the most empowering, interesting new artists currently making waves throughout the blurry nexus of punk, metal, pop, and noise are hitting the road together next month for a Noisey-sponsored run. We are more than excited to host King Woman and Wax Idols for this very special FREE Friday performance, see you there!
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music – a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.
Good Old War will release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape on June 30th. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlile and Dr. Dog.
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)