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.
- 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.