Brian Lopez

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Cassette Store Day Provokes A Mixed Reaction in Phoenix

    Sure, you know about Record Store Day, but some people don't have $15 to drop on a 7" single and maybe some people are just a little bit nostalgic for lo-fi. If that sounds like you, then get ready for Cassette Store Day, coming to you worldwide this Saturday September 27. Although this is only th ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Last Exit Live to Open on March 22

    There's been a growing cacophony coming from inside Last Exit Live in recent weeks, including plenty of banging, thumping, and grinding. Such clamor isn't from any ear-crunching local hard rock acts testing out the soon-to-open downtown Phoenix bar and music joint, however, but rather from a flurry ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Howe Gelb on Giant Giant Sand, and How an Acid Trip and Roman Polanski Birthed Tucson's Music Scene

    See also: Howe Gelb Discusses Rainer Ptacek Howe Gelb doesn't like to fight fate. The Tucson-based singer/songwriter says that destiny played a big role in the birth of Tucson, the new record from Gelb's Giant Giant Sand collective. The extra "giant" was added to signify the group's swelling ranks ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Download: Giant Giant Sand's "Forever and a Day"

    Back in March, we spoke with Howe Gelb, of Giant (Giant) Sand about his new album, Tucson, in the first episode of our weekly podcast (We call it Up on the Sun: The Podcast. Ain't we clever?). Well yesterday Fire Records debuted sprawling, echoing track from the "country rock opera," called "Forever ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012
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    March 1, 2012
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    October 22, 2011

    Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta at Crescent Ballroom, 10/21/11

    Anthony Sandoval​Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta Crescent Ballroom Friday, October 21 The only thing missing from the Crescent Ballroom last night was a haze of cigar smoke as Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta channeled their inner Perez Prado to dazzle an eager crowd with their unique brand of mambo. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Luz de Vida Benefit Compilation Unites National Indie Acts and Tucson Bands

    ​Luz de Vida, a compilation featuring Neko Case, Spoon, Jimmy Eat World, Calexico, Giant Sand, Lenguas Largas, Robyn Hitchcock, Brian Lopez, The Meat Puppets, and many, many more, is set to see release in two formats, a 37-track digital album, and a limited-edition 12-song vinyl release, on Octobe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2011

    What Laura Says at The Icehouse

    ​ I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of the folks who packed into The Icehouse last night to watch and listen to Tempe-based What Laura Says don't own any Canned Heat or Allman Brothers Band LPs. "Boogie Rock" just isn't a genre name that gets tossed out a lot by the hip set, existing more exc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Mostly Bears to Play October 15 at Yucca Tap Room

    ​How much you enjoy Tucson's Mostly Bears depends on how high your tolerance for shirtless press photos, warbling falsetto vocals and anthemic indie-prog is. If the idea of Muse barn-storming with The Mars Volta sounds like something you could get down to, by all means, catch the band when they ta ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009
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    January 5, 2009

    Two More AZ(ish) Bands Do Daytrotter Sessions

    A couple weeks ago we brought you news that local favorites Dear and the Headlights recorded a session for Daytrotter, which is sort of Chicago's answer to The Peel Sessions, with upcoming indie acts doing four-song semi-live sets. Since then, two more bands with Arizona connections have been on, Tu ... More >>