Saturday, September 30, 2006

Hot Spot Jose Gonzalez Monday

This week’s Hot Spot is a KXCI sponsored show with Jose Gonzalez.

A rising star in the international music scene, this Swedish native of Argentinian heritage, will be touring through Tucson Monday night at Plush. A singer songwriter often compared to the likes of Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, and Will Oldham, Jose Gonzalez is a breath of fresh air in the many times stale world of popular music. Although he has matched critical acclaim with commercial success, Jose Gonzalez does not yet seem to be affected by popular trends and trappings. Armed with just a classical guitar and his voice, his unique and intimate music is stark yet full. It possesses that intangible special something that stirs ones soul. He is prominently featured on the new Zero 7 release and his stateside debut, Veneer on Mute records, has made many fans with KXCI listeners and DJ's alike.

***Jose Gonzalez stops by for a Live@5 performance Monday on the Homestretch.


-Kool Shades CD release party at Club Congress. This young local band (the members are still in high school) were on Locals Only this past week playing their funky blend of reggae, ska and rock.
-The Deludes, Solace Bros. and Al Perry and the Cattle combine forces at Plush for unveiling of new local magazine Soda Pop.

-Magnolia Electric Co. bring their underground classic rock to Club Congress with Golden Boots and the smoke and jazz voice of opener Lonna Kelley and the Broken Hearted Lovers.
-Califone at Plush. Think Jon Spencer meets John Cage mixed with Calexico.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Goal Reached; KXCI Membership Drive OVER!

13 days, 6 hours.

900+ plus calls.

More than $91,300 raised in support of KXCI.

One more successful membership drive is OVER!!!

Thank you to everyone who called, clicked or came in with a pledge of support during the Fall Harvest Festival Membership Drive. Your support of KXCI is greatly appreciated!

The membership office is open to pick up your premiums weekdays between 8:30am and 5pm. We'll also be open this coming Saturday (Sept. 30th) from 9am to noon at 220 South Fourth Avenue, 1 1/2 blocks south of Broadway.

If you pledged, see you soon!

And if you didn't pledge - you still can. Call the membership office anytime at (520) 623-1000 extension 13, or simply click "Pledge Now" at

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Around The World In 80 Songs

Global Rhythm Radio host Matt Moon continues the journey today - featuring songs from many nations around the world! You can be a part of the trip by calling 520.623.1000 today and becoming a member. By pledging your support you can 'adopt' the country of your choosing and Matt will gladly play music from that region.

Here is the playlist for the show!

Call 520.623.1000 right now to support creative independent radio programming!

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ruby's Roadhouse - New T-Shirt Design!

Ruby is pleased to announce a brand new design for the ever-popular Ruby's Roadhouse T-Shirt! The drawing was done by graphic artist Amy Pesquiera. The shirt is worn here by Milo of The Bluegrass Show!

KXCI's dedicated phone volunteers are standing by waiting for your call - so pick up that phone and dial 520.623.1000 now! Help KXCI reach the goal of raising $91,300 by becoming a member today.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Locals Only: Kool Shades

Tune in to Locals Only on Monday, September 25th to catch a high-energy fusion of reggae, ska, and punk, courtesy of Kool Shades. This 6-piece ensemble comprised of Salpointe Catholic High School students was one of the finalists in this year's AZ Daily Star Battle of the Bands, and was definitely the crowd favorite. They've recently finished recording their new album, "Live! From the Sun" and will have an all-ages CD release party at Club Congress on Saturday, September 30th beginning at 6:30pm. But first, catch a sneak preview when they make a Studio 2A appearance on Locals Only.

You can get more info on this great up-and-coming band on either of their webpages:

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Many Hot Spot(s) and Spotlight on Junior Boys

This week’s Hot Spot is jammed full of cool shows around town.

The CD spotlight is on Junior Boys’ new release, “So This Is Goodbye”, on Domino records. This Canadian duo’s new album is one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the year. The sound is electro-pop with an ear towards the past 30 years of electronic music and, although their sound incorporates numerous influences, the end result is original and fresh. No mere 80’s rehash, like so much new music these days, Junior Boys create soulful sounds from their machines.
***KXCI is sponsoring Junior Boys’ tour stop in Tucson, Friday night at Plush.

Hot Spot(s)

- Southern Culture On The Skids at Plush. Known for their great shows and sense of humor; from trailer trash talk, to surf guitars and camel walks under the limbo stick, their mid ‘90s stop at Tucson’s Downtown Performance Center was unforgettable.
-Rosie Flores and Mark Insley bring their great acoustic Americana sounds downtown to the Vaudeville Cabaret, 9pm.

- Junior Boys at Plush, see above spotlight.

- Salvador Duran at Solar Culture. Local, via Sonora Mexico, Salvador has recorded and performed with Calexico and Iron and Wine. Back in town from his recent tour stop with Calexico at the Austin City Limits Festival, expect him primed and with friends.
-Steve Roach at the Berger Performing Arts Center. The world famous ambient artist gives an aural performance to the visuals of his recently released DVD, “Kairos: The Meeting Of Time And Destiny”.
-Downtown Saturday, a festival atmosphere downtown featuring the music of the Solace Bros., the Carnivaleros, Tryst, Mini Machine, Camp Courageous and more.

-Kiran Ahluwalia at Solar Culture. KXCI co-presents, along with Solar Culture, an evening of world music. Kiran Ahluwalia and her band fuse the sounds of traditional Indian Punjabi and ghazal folk, music styles that go back hundreds of years, with western instruments and styles. The results, which center on Kiran’s beautiful voice, have won over traditionalists and casual listeners alike. The response to her music on KXCI has been incredible. Expect an intimate show of beguiling global sounds.

-M. Ward at the Rialto Theatre. A KXCI favorite with a sound that mixes John Fahey style guitar folk and Giant Sand’s dusty indie rock. Be sure not to miss the smoke and jazz voice of opener Lonna Kelley and the Broken Hearted Lovers.

*** Listen for Kiran Ahluwalia and Lonna Kelley with Live@5(ish) performances Monday on the Homestretch.

- The Gossip at Plush. A burning live show with a sound I call, Aretha Franklin fronting the White Stripes.

- Guster and Nada Surf at the Rialto Theatre. A great double bill from these roots rocking and indie rolling troubadours.

*** Nada Surf stops by for a Live@5 performance Wednesday on the Homestretch.

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Dr. Dan & Encourage KXCI Membership

Here's a big thanks to "Dr. Dan" for his support and for encouraging folks to step up and become members of KXCI Community Radio. In a recent post on Dan illustrates an all-too-common story of what can happen to broadcast media without community support:

Apparently, the future of rock and roll,, is now part of the past.

I became aware of the when I was putting together The Road Show for 91.3 FM KXCI. The Road Show highlights touring bands coming through Tucson and at this time is only sporadically broadcast at 4 in the morning. That is to say, I do not yet have a regular time slot but I am hoping that is only a matter of time. In the meantime, I sign up for DJ boot camp whenever possible...

I do not know all of the particulars about why went out of business. It is stating the obvious that they did not have a workable business plan. The folks running the station had very high standards and did their best to minimize the influence of commercial radio/internet on the station. While they had an online community of listeners and supporters, it was not enough.

The history of makes me appreciate KXCI that much more. The heart and soul of KXCI is that it is community radio. That means you and me...musicians and music supporters in the Ol' Pueblo. Shows like Locals Only hosted by my friend Don Jennings are an example of the community aspect of KXCI. Sure, KXCI broadcasts on the internet, but it is just an added bonus, not the heart of the station. If you listen regularly you will know that they are in the middle of their pledge drive right now. Tune in and support the station. If you are not a regular listener, check it out at 91.3FM or

Read the entire post HERE

Thanks Dan!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Live@5 on The Homestretch - G. Love - Rosie Flores

Tune in to Live@5 Wednesday on The Homestretch for a performance from G. Love in Studio 2A. G. Love’s new CD “Lemonade”, is full of summertime funky fun. Who else can fuse laid back front porch blues with jazzy break beats and funky hip hop?

-He’s in town with Special Sauce and opener Marc Broussard, Wednesday night at the Rialto Theatre.

Tune in to Live@5 Thursday on The Homestretch for a performance from Rosie Flores ans Mark Insley in Studio 2A.
Mark and Rosie bring their great americana sounds downtown to the Vaudville, Thursday Night 9pm.

Coming Monday - world artist Kiran Ahluwalia.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Hot Spot - G. Love, Dirty Dozen, etc....

Spotlight on G. Love’s new CD “Lemonade”, which is full of summertime funky fun. This new album finds Love back in the fresh form of his early records. Who else can fuse laid back front porch blues, jazzy break beats and funky hip hop with special guests like Jack Johnson, Blackalicious, Ben Harper, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Tristan Prettyman; and still sound like a hundred percent G. Love.
-He’s in town with Special Sauce and opener Marc Broussard, Wednesday night at the Rialto Theatre.

***Tune in to Live@5 Wednesday on The Homestretch for a performance from G. Love in Studio 2A.

Hot Spot(s) There are a plethora of shows in town over the next week.


- Nigerian Reggae Superstar, Victor Essiet and the Mandators bring their nine piece Reggae band all the way from Nigeria to the Old Pueblo for a show at Solar Culture, 31 E. Toole Ave.

- Fans of instrumental acoustic guitar in the vein of John Fahey and Leo Kottke can welcome home Michael Gulezian at Old Town Artisans, 8pm.

-For those fans of the Black Keys brand of duo garage blues willing to make the treck up north, they’ll be at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.

- New Orleans institution, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, bring second line to Tucson for a Tucson Jazz Society show at St. Philips Plaza, 6:30pm. Their new album is an emotionally charged re-interpretation of Marvin Gaye’s classic protest album “What’s Going On” and was recently spotlighted here on KXCI.

- Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist extraordinaire, Andrew Bird brings his unique solo performance to the Rialto Theatre. He was last in town to open KXCI’s concert with Ani DiFranco at Centennial Hall.

- see spotlight above for more info on G. Love.

-We didn’t have music at press time, but a new band born out of Slobberbone, the Drams, hit Club Congress with the Bo Dukes.

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Amy Goodman Returns to Tucson!

KXCI and Access Tucson welcome award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the daily, grassroots, global, radio/TV news hour Democracy Now!, to Tucson.

Author Goodman is on a national speaking tour to mark DN!'s 10th anniversary and launch her second book with journalist David Goodman, "Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back. "

Friday, October 13, at 6:15 pm (doors open at 5 pm)

The Rialto Theatre: 318 E. Congress St. Booksigning will be next door at 320 E. Congress immediately after Amy Goodman's speaking event.

$10.00 general admission.
Tickets available at:
KXCI: 220 S. 4th Avenue, 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Tickets by phone at 520-623-1000, ext. 13, or online at

Access Tucson: 124 E. Broadway Blvd. Closed Tuesday and Sunday. All other days: noon -10:00 p.m. TIckets by phone at 520-624-9833.

Rialto Theatre box office, noon - 6 pm weekdays. Tickets by phone at 520-740-1000. Online ticket purchases at ($1.00 service fee applies to Rialto ticket purchases).

For more information please go to or

If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact Elaine Schramm at 520-409-9900 or
Pizza and bar available at the event.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

KXCI Board Meeting Rescheduled

The KXCI BOD meeting originally scheduled for next Thursday, September 21, has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 5, at 5:30pm.

The location remains the same, 52 W. Congress St., 2nd floor, Rio Nuevo large conference room.

-Dave Olsen, KXCI Board President

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

On-Air Auction Update!

KXCI Community Radio
Fall 2006 On-Air Auction

October 13-14

Tucson’s Community Radio KXCI 91.3FM is preparing for our 2006 Fall On-Air Auction.

This year we are receiving great auction donations from businesses throughout Tucson.  Some of the donations we’ve received include:

Gift Certificates for dining from
Zemam's Ethiopian Cuisine, Elle Wine Country Restaurant, French Quarter, Delectables, Kingfisher, Arizona Inn, Jonathan's Tucson Cork, Chocolate Iguana,
Beyond Bread, Martin's Mexican Restaurant,
Mina's Thai Restaurant, The B Line,
Peter Piper Pizza,
Mi Nidito, Pizza Hut and Eegee's.

Additional item donations from
Tohono Chul Park,
Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum,
Pima Air Museum, Photographic Works,
Metro Gnome Music, Illuminations,
Plants for the Southwest, Bon Ellen,
Flynn Electric, Agua Linda Farms,
Mark Speers Salon,
Sunday's At The Spa and
17th Street International Market.

There's still time for your business to join the growing list of auction donors!

In consideration for the promotion we provide our donors, we are asking for a minimum retail value of $30 on auction items.  Larger items are gratefully encouraged and will generate additional publicity.  As a non-profit 501C3 entity, we will accept whatever your generosity can allow.

Thank you for supporting KXCI Community Radio.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call our auction coordinator, Jill Nunes, at 623-1000, ext. 14 or click here.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Live@5 with White Whale, Monday Sept. 11th

Touring the U.S. in support of their debut “WWI” on Merge Records, White Whale stops in Tucson to share their intriguing blend of indie prog folk meets classic rock chamber pop. To create White Whale, leader Matt Suggs teamed up with ex-Get Up Kid Robert Pope and three members of the Higher Burning Fire. Tune in to The Homestretch today (9/11) for a performance and interview on Live@5.
Performing tonight at Plush with local favorites Niam Amor and Golden Boots.

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Features Old and New on Your Morning Brew

Global Rhythm Radio host Matt Moon joins Your Morning Brew for "The Global Express" every weekday morning at 7:20am.

Matt's expertise and enthusiam for world music will add new depth and insight to this long-standing feature on Your Morning Brew. He will select and introduce the global album and tracks for the week. This week the featured album for "The Global Express" is by Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra, Mali's greatest kora player.

You can also join KXCI for a new feature on Your Morning Brew every Friday at 8:45am (right after Weekend Spotlight). Indie musicologist, Bob Girth, presents "Bob Girth's Pick of the Week" featuring a track from a brand new indie release. Fresh and cutting edge indie rock and alternative sounds to round out the week.

Join Jim Blackwood, host of Your Morning Brew, every weekday morning from 6 to 9 AM.

Matt Moon hosts Global Rhythm Radio every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM.

Bob Girth hosts the Hub every Saturday night from 11 to 2 AM Sunday morning.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Hot Spot(s) CD Releases by Luca and Tesoro, CD Spotlight on Greg Brown’s new album and lots of other great shows around town.

Hot Spot(s)


- Luca CD Release Party at Club Congress. Local favorite songwriter, bandleader and sideman Nick Luca has a great new album of upbeat indie pop with his band Luca called Sick of Love. Don’t miss opening act Lonna Kelley, singer-songwriter from Phoenix with a voice full of smoke and jazz.

- Tesoro CD Release Party at Plush. Help the local flamenco inspired band celebrate their new release Live in Studio 2A, which was recorded right here on KXCI’s own Locals Only. Another local favorite, Lila Lopez opens the show.


- Folk music fans have two great shows to pick from. Extrodinary songwriter John Gorka at Old Town Artisans and Celtic favorites Old Blind Dogs from Scotland at the Berger Performing Arts Center.


- White Whale at Plush. This new band on Merge records includes members of Kansas’s the Get Up Kids. Their debut, WWI, is an intriguing blend of indie prog folk meets eclectic chamber pop.

***Tune in to Live@5 Monday on The Homestretch for a performance from White Whale in Studio 2A.


-The Benevento-Russo Duo of keyboards and drums do instrumental post rock-jazz at Plush with the quirky rock fun of Apollo Sunshine.

CD Spotlight

- Greg Brown’s new album on Red House Records is The Evening Call. Sad and lonesome yet hopefull, it is full of lyrics both pointed and poignant and a raw baritone voice that is symotaniously able to comfort and prod. His first album of all original material in over four years, it is a return to masterful songwriting. His previous few releases were with guests and friends and full of traditional folk material. We knew we were in for a treat when Greg Brown stopped by the KXCI studios last year and performed some new songs that would be on his next album. He was on his way to Memphis to record with longtime cohort Bo Ramsey and the results are the stories here. The song Eugene has become a personal theme song for me, causing me to long for a road trip to nowhere to find nothing but maybe some trout or smallmouth.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Upcoming Concert Previews - Old Blind Dogs & John Gorka

Don’t forget to catch Old Blind Dogs at the Berger Performing Arts Center, ASDB (on Speedway just west of I-10), on Saturday, September 9th at 8pm . On tour from Aberdeen , Scotland , this celtic-flavored band is prime entertainment for the weekend, combining old and new traditions with fiddle, bagpipes, whistles, percussion, and guitar.

If the Scots don’t jiggle your change, perhaps singer-songwriter John Gorka will. His new CD, “Writing in the Margins” was released last month after a three-year Gorka drought. In concert, he’s sure to give you an up-tempo collection of folk and country-flavored songs that explore love, hope, and the human condition. He can be found downtown at Old Town Artisans, 8pm. Saturday, September 9th.

Previews by Amazing Grace - host of Acoustic Alternative (Saturdays 8-10am)

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Rosie's Rhythm Room - Guest DJ - this Tuesday, Sept 12th

Please visit "Rosie's Rhythm Room" on Tuesday, Sept 12th (10 p.m.- midnite).

I will have a guest DJ, he is a local musician and his name is Louie Levinson. He plays Pedal Steel guitar. I've invited him in to share his love and interest in the Pedal Steel, along with music by some of his favorite Pedal Steel players...artists that have inspired his own playing. It'll be a "Twangin" good time.

Every Tuesday nite @ "Rosie's Rhythm Room" we have somethin a little different; From Rockabilly to HonkyTonk, Roots-Rock to Hillbilly Boogie, Themed shows, and YOUR Requests! I love hearing from you and your suggestions....I'm your host, and happy to oblige you! (

~~The RoseLady

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

C.B.G.B. on the move

Last year, building owners issued an eviction for Hilly Kristal and rock music’s most infamous club, C.B.G.B. Now the place responsible for nurturing a young punk-rock scene almost 30 years ago must look to the immense tourism industry in Las Vegas as a mode of survival. Kristal, who opened “Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers” in 1973, claims several locations provide suitable replacements for the once Bowery-based club. However, Las Vegas recently emerged as the top site when reports surfaced that Kristal planned a trip in early September to finalize a deal for a home in Sin City.

Regardless of its new location, C.B.G.B. no longer functions as the cultural center of youthful punk music. This has been true long before Kristal’s eviction, however. During the rise of hardcore music in the mid-1980s, violence ascended as a popular means of expression at C.B.G.B. Consequently, Kristal ceased to book any punk or hardcore acts for over a decade. Since the implosion of punk in late 1980s, C.B.G.B. serves as more of a monument than a Mecca of sorts for the youth scene; a place where it happened rather than a place of happening.

Apparently, Kristal plans to move everything from the stage to the toilets in order to make the new Las Vegas site as authentic as possible. Kristal also booked C.B.G.B. legend Patti Smith to perform on closing night. As comforting as this may be to some fans of live music, C.B.G.B.’s once irreplaceable and unrivaled social function is now history.

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Syd Barrett Tribute on Tempest Broog this Sunday!

Join Cozmik Jon, host of KXCI's psychedelic, experimental, and progressive rock show, Tempest Broog, as he devotes an entire show to the music and memory of the late crazy diamond himself, Syd Barret.

Syd was cofounder of one of the most lengendary groups in rock history, Pink Floyd. Classic Barrett songs from the early years of the band, his solo material, rare interviews, obscure live performances, and alternate tracks will be showcased. (Along with a very special prize given with a Syd triva question)!

This Sunday Night/Monday Morning, Sept 4th 12am-2am.

Tempest Broog: For the creative and nocturnal!

Thanks & Peace,

Cozmic Jon

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Hot Spot - Club Congress 21st Anniversary * Spotlight - Dirty Dozen Brass Band

This week’s Hot Spot is Club Congress’ 21st anniversary.

The three day music festival also features film screenings and acts as the official after-party for Tucson’s 231st birthday. There are a boat load of great national and local artists performing Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Club Congress indoor and out, as well as across the street at the Rialto Theatre. Some highlights include:

Friday – Dave Alvin, Steve Wynn, Centro-Matic, Broken Horse, and the Weird Lovemakers.

Saturday – Fishbone, Pollo Elastico, Richard Buckner, Eric Bachman, River Roses, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, The Drakes and Al Perry's evening Bar-B-Q featuring Jello Biafra, Fish Karma, Lonna Kelly, David Insley, and Gila Bend.

Sunday - Doo Rag, Ian Moore, Steve Poltz, Billy Harvey, Four Killer Flats and Howe Gelb's evening Bar-B-Q featuring John Doe, Vic Chesnutt, Kristin Hersh, and Luca.

**Tune in for Live@5 on the Homestretch when guest host Laurie Starr welcomes Howe Gelb for an update on guests for his Sunday afternoon Bar-B-Q.

Three day passes are available for all events, you can find at more information' .

- Spotlight on the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s new release “What’s Going On”.

It came out this Tuesday, the one year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It is an emotionally charged re-interpretation of Marvin Gaye’s classic protest album “What’s Going On”. As the band states in their press release, a year after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans institution asks the question we’ve all been waiting to hear answered. Guest’s include Chuck D on the title tracks as well as G. Love, Betty LaVette, Ivan Neville and Guru. This is classic New Orleans’ brass band, 2nd line, soul, funk, hip-hop.

R.I.P. - Joseph Hill passed away on August 19th while on tour in Europe. He was the front man of Culture, the seminal roots reggae group.

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