Thursday, November 30, 2006

Calexico Tickets Sold Out At KXCI, Here's Other Places To Try

Tickets for Saturday night's benefit concert with Calexico (Dec. 2nd) are sold out at KXCI.

Other outlets may have tickets available.

Please try the Rialto, site of Saturday's night event, through their box office. Reach them at (520) 740-1000.

You might also try the various Bookman's locations in Tucson, which handle tickets for all shows at the Rialto Theatre.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

17th Street Vinyl Roadshow - Saturday, Dec 9

The 17th Street Market's 2nd Vinyl Roadshow is Saturday, December 9th beginning at 10am.

From 11-4pm, hear vinyl music by Carl Hanni from the Scratchy Record Show. Appraisals on LP's, 45s and 78s by Cassidy Collectibles and Twist & Shout Records, and guitar and bass appraisals by Dustin from 17th Street Guitars and World Music Store.

Vinyl sellers are welcome - with table fee benefiting KXCI Community Radio.

KXCI will be on hand to sell vinyl from their extensive library.

Meet KXCI DJ's and add some treasures to your collection.

17th Street Market
810 East 17th Street
520-624-8821, ext: 145

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Downtown Parade of Lights - Dec 9th

The 12th Annual 2006 Downtown Parade of Lights & Festival - Saturday, December 9th, 2006. Parade starts at 6:00pm. Festival at Armory Park begins at 4:00pm. Tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Walkup at the Main Library Plaza is at 5:45pm. Come celebrate the holidays with us, in the streets of Downtown! View a map of the parade route.

KXCI will be represented in the parade by local music favorite Al Perry performing LIVE on a lighted cactus float. Come on down and help KXCI win the grand prize!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Holiday Food Harvest Tournament

KXCI is proud to be on Team Green Beans in the Community Food Bank's 2nd Annual HOLIDAY FOOD HARVEST TOURNAMENT

November 10, 2006- January 10, 2007

A friendly food drive tournament during this harvest season to help bring in canned vegetables for Pima County families during the holidays, and into the new year.

All teams can bring in any kind of canned vegetables.
Turn $1 in into $10 worth of food by donating through the virtual food drive by clicking HERE.

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Thanksgiving Day Special Programming on KXCI

Spend Thanksgiving Day with Community Radio!

Tune to 91.3FM KXCI on Thursday, November 23rd for a special menu of tasty musical treats beginning at 10am.

Alice's Restaurant (10-10:30am)
Arlo Guthrie's timeless classic satire against the Vietnam War draft and widespread anti-hippie prejudice.

Concert For Bangladesh (10:30-Noon)
Organized by George Harrison and held on the afternoon and evening of August 1, 1971 to an audience of 40,000 in Madison Square Garden this benefit concert featured Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan and many more.

The Last Waltz (Noon-3pm)
The Band's final concert, held on Thanksgiving 1976, this year represents the 30-year Anniversary of this unforgettable performance. Held at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, The Band made rock music history by compiling one of the most extensive line-ups of guest performers for a single concert. Featuring performances by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills, Dr John and many more!

The Byrds - There Is A Season / Further Along (4-6pm)
Two one-hour documentaries featuring the wide range of music that made The Byrds one of the 60's most influential bands, along with commentary by its two longest-lasting members, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman.

And of course, for an exotic dessert - stay tuned at 6pm for Global Rhythm Radio featuring music flavored with spices from around the world!

Reservations and dress code not required!

Just tune to 91.3FM or listen live online.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Jimi Hendrix Birthday Broadcast - Sat. 25th

Join Jason Miles and The Connection this Saturday, November 25th for the
Annual Jimi Hendrix Birthday Broadcast. This year's show will focus on
the years before Hendrix turned popular music upside down with his
innovative and other worldly guitar sounds while playing behind R&B
legends like Little Richard, Lonnie Youngblood, Ray Sharpe, The Isley
Brothers, Jayne Mansfield, Don Covay, Curtis Knight and a host of other
Chitlin Circuit performers.

The music featured will be rare and obscure 45's and the broadcast will
be sprinkled with interviews of Jimi throughout the broadcast telling
his own story as a struggling guitar player before fame made him a
legend. If you're a fan of Jimi Hendrix or the history of Rock 'n'
Roll, this isn't a show to miss.

The Connection - Saturday nights 9-11pm following the Blues Review with
Marty Kool.

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Ben Taylor and Sonya Kitchell - Live@5

Last week Ben Taylor and Sonya Kitchell stopped by KXCI's Studio 2A for an interview and performance. They played a couple more songs afterwards, and Kristi will play them back today for Live@5 on The Homestretch.
Ben Taylor's honeyed voice bares a striking resemblance to his father, James Taylor. Sonya Kitchell has a beautiful voice that is both sweeping and intimate, and belies her young age of 17.
Hear these great young artists here first at KXCI, live at 91.3 FM or streaming online.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Austin City Limits Music Festival - Live Sessions

Download iTunes Exclusive Live Sessions from the Austin City Limits Music Festival - and help support KXCI! Every iTunes purchase made through the link below will give KXCI Community Radio a percentage of the sale, so check out these exclusive live tracks from the 2006 festival.

Austin City Limits Music Festival Exclusive Live Sessions Now Available on iTunes

Apple iTunes

Featured artists include:
Cat Power
Son Volt
The Shins
The String Cheese Incident
Asleep At The Wheel
G. Love & Special Sauce
The Flaming Lips
Secret Machines

...and many more!

*Please note: You must have iTunes installed on your computer.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Irving Performs Live @ 5pm Today!

Tune in today at 5pm on The Home Stretch for a live performance and interview with the band Irving.

"After a well-received debut album and critically acclaimed follow-up EP, the band Irving now realizes its full potential with Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers. An album of inspired variety and stirring depth, Death In The Garden casts Irving among the strongest rock bands performing today.

Formed initially by members Alex Church (bass), Steven Scott (guitar) and (guitar), Irving began as a thrown-together rock outfit to accompany a friend's art opening. Within a month, Brent Turner (drums) joined, and the group began working in earnest on the songs that would eventually appear on its first album, Good Morning Beautiful. The release of GMB in 2002 showcased the band's penchant for writing witty pop songs with whimsical backup vocals and upbeat melodies.

By the year's end, Aaron Burrows (keyboards) signed on, and the band was back in the studio. The I Hope You're Feeling Better Now EP, released in 2003 to critical acclaim, exhibited Irving's unrelenting willingness to experiment with pop song structures, and highlighted the innate strengths of a band in which all five members are songwriters.

In the two years since the release of the EP, Irving has opened for such notables as Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Polyphonic Spree. The band's songwriting has also taken a noticeably more thoughtful turn. While the innate pop sensibilities continue to stand out above all else, Irving's songwriting has matured--the sounds and structures more intricate, the subject matter more thoroughly realized.

Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers is the result of five musicians and their distinct influences, bound by an uncanny knack for melody and harmony. With production and engineering help from Phil Ek (The Shins, Modest Mouse), as well as Aaron Espinoza (Earlimart) and Jim Fairchild (from Grandaddy), Irving corrals its many distinct influences into a clear vision. From the oblique percussive start of the title track, to the psych-pop chaos of "Situation" to the so-bizarre-it-works background breathing on "I Want To Love You In My Room," the band pulls unforgettable hooks out of the most unlikely places."

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Irving - Live@5 - Wednesday

On the Homestretch Wednesday for Live@5 is the California group Irving. In case you aren't familiar with them, their sound is indie rock meets mellow psychedelic 60's pop. Irving are part of the L.A. indie collective known as The Ship, along with Earlimart and Silversun Pickups, and they have played with bands like The Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, and Of Montreal.

Irving is playing Wednesday Nov. 15th at Plush (340 E. 6th St.) with +/- and Hello Stranger.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

LIVE World Music - This Saturday!

KXCI Community Radio & The Loft Cinema are proud to present the return of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars in concert at The Rialto Theatre on Saturday, November 18th - with special screenings of their documentary film at The Loft Cinema on Saturday and Sunday!

Their appearance this summer was such a wonderful experience they are pleased to return to Tucson for another global dance party extravaganza.

See the film! Hear the band! Experience the magic!

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are a group of musicians who lived for years as refugees in the West African nation of Guinea. While living in a tent camp, group members were able to acquire a couple of beat up guitars, along with a rusted out sound system, and began writing and playing songs.

With a spirited and infectious fusion of traditional West African music, roots reggae and rhythmic traditional folk, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars craft music that transforms and uplifts. The collection of songs on their debut album Living Like A Refugee, decry the insanity of war and call out for social justice while instantly compelling you to get on your feet and dance. They have lived through unimaginable tragedy and yet Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have become an inspiration and a symbol of the healing power of music.

Championed by The New York Times, critic Stephen Holden wrote, “As harrowing as these personal tales may be, the music buoying them is uplifting. The cliché bears repeating: music heals and creates community.” Be it via the warm, percussion-steered delights of “Akera Ka Ambonshor”, the spirited skiffle of “Soda Soap” or “Refugee Rolling,” where uprooted souls manage to rise above uncertainty with inexplicable finesse, Living Like A Refugee is proof that that there is always hope to be found.

We hope you will take an opportunity to learn more about this truly inspiring musical ensemble and join KXCI Community Radio and The Loft Cinema in welcoming them back to Tucson!

For more information about the live concert performance feel free to contact KXCI - 623-1000

For more information about the documentary screening please contact The Loft Cinema - 795-0844

We encourage you to forward this post to other world music fans!

Live Concert Performance
Saturday, November 18th

On the night of the dance party, doors will open at 7p.m. and Tucson’s world-beat band Spirit Familia will perform at 8:00. West African dinners will be available for purchase at 7.

Advance concert tickets cost $21 general public and $17 for KXCI & Loft Cinema members.

Outlets include Antigone Books, CD City, The Loft Cinema, Rialto box office, KXCI, Zia Records & Bookman’s. Phone orders with MC/Visa at 623-1000 X 13 and online HERE. Tickets at the door will cost $3 more.

The Rialto Theatre is at 318 East Congress.

To purchase tickets online CLICK HERE

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Beta Sweat - album-release show this Friday Nov. 10 @ Rialto

After ripping up local stages for over two years, The Beta Sweat reaches, certainly, their greatest milestone November 10 at the Rialto Theatre. Don’t miss a chance to see Tucson’s hottest rock trio fan their flames on the city’s most legendary stage. While composing and performing an energetic array of completely original, crunchy rock numbers, The Beta Sweat earned opening sets for The Dirtbombs and The Detroit Cobras this past year. Equally industrial have been the attempts to record a follow-up to their four-song EP released in 2005. Their new LP, Let’s Shake Some Dust, drops at the November 10 record-release show.

(The photo is from their 11/6 appearance on KXCI Locals Only hosted by Don Jennings).

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Regina Spektor - Live @ 5 on KXCI

Tune in on Tuesday at 5pm during The Home Stretch for a very special live performance and interview with Regina Spektor.

"A veteran of New York's anti-folk scene, Regina Spektor makes quirky, highly eclectic, but always personal music. Born and raised in Moscow until age 9, Spektor listened to her father's bootleg tapes of Western pop and rock as a young child and also learned to play piano. She and her family moved from Russia to the Bronx, where she was immersed in American culture (at the time, hers was the first Russian family in the borough in 20 years). Eventually, Spektor and her family became part of a community that balanced her Russian Jewish roots with her new home's culture. She continued to practice piano anywhere she could, including at her synagogue, until her family got a piano of their own. Spektor further developed her classical piano training by attending the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory. During her studies, she was exposed to blues and jazz artists, including Billie Holiday, for the first time; these sounds made such an impact on Spektor that they became a big part of her self-released 2001 debut album, 11:11. At the same time, she was also playing gigs anywhere she could in the city, in venues ranging from basements to parties to comedy clubs. With her frequent performances and another self-released album, 2002's Songs, Spektor developed a following that included Alan Bezozi, They Might Be Giants' drummer; he introduced Spektor to the Strokes' producer, Gordon Raphael. Raphael and Bezozi worked with Spektor on her third album, Soviet Kitsch, in New York and London (where she collaborated with the band Kill Kenada). Soviet Kitsch was initially self-released like her other work, but it eventually found a wider release with Sire Records. Tours with the Strokes, Kings of Leon, Mates of State, and the Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson further raised Spektor's profile."
~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide...

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Jack White as Ray Charles in "Little Birds"

The most enduring legacy of Ray Charles remains the artistic cultivation of Soul music, an original fusion of R&B and Gospel. Charles appropriated the camaraderie in religious hymns for the burgeoning world of popular music and instantly caused uproar. Many traditionalists took offense to Charles and his attempts to fuse his own religious values with those of Rock ‘n Roll, namely sexuality and individuality. Charles used the hymn “Jesus Is All the World to Me,” as the musical backbone for his historic, smash single “I Got a Woman” in 1955, which boldly sang the praises of his second wife, the beautiful Della Howard, and not Jesus Christ.

The contributions of Ray Charles to popular music seem like history today, especially since his passing a little more than two years ago. Fans and students of Ray Charles now see him test the traditions of American society in film; Jamie Foxx as Ray, singing “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” to angry and adoring fans alike. We can also read about Ray Charles in the liner notes of his numerous and immense song anthologies. Still, it’s easy to miss that his massive achievements remain not just as influence, but flesh and blood.

Charles absorbed any controversy associated with fusing the religious and the secular in popular music 50 years ago, but the artistic dilemma itself still remains. Jack White, now one of America’s most mainstream musicians, revived this musical juxtaposition in 2001. At the face, The White Stripes cut “Little Bird” functions as a pronouncement of male sexuality, “I got a little bird” just as “I Got a Woman.” The slide-blues song possesses another function, however, just as the Ray Charles song did.

White, a Catholic, connects his “little bird” to those in Fioretti’s “Little Flowers,” which recounts St. Francis of Assisi preaching to birds “always seek to praise God.” White sings, “If you give me a look/I’m gonna get the book/I’m gonna preach the word/I want to preach to birds”; the religion layered upon sexuality, in terms of rhetorical priority, whereas Charles emphasized Rock values on top of a Gospel beat.

Surely in this case Ray Charles acts as the innovator, Jack White the benefactor. Jack White isn’t the first to artistically meld Jesus, his guitar, and a girlfriend, but he’s added worthy creativity to the line of religious theme through Rock music. Following the genius pop-pianist, White reminds us of the true, organic nature of Rock music; that, like society, Rock ‘n Roll battles, balances tradition and autonomy. And whether there’s a moral issue facing their experimenting with values of religion and sexuality, Ray Charles and Jack White, at least, assert metaphoric love.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

All Souls Procession Weekend

Sunday, November 5th

Gather at Epic Cafe, 5pm
745 N. 4th Ave.
Procession begins at 6pm at 4th Ave and University, and ends at the Franklin Street Docks

The All Souls Procession, a human powered procession of costumed community members and elaborate wheeled art installations, celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones, snakes its way down Fourth Avenue, through downtown and over to the Grand Finale stage area. Regional artists line the finale area with art installations, and the Ancestors Project displays a continuous stream of community-submitted images of our passed loved ones on the sides of buildings. The Grand Finale features performance art with flying angels, spirit-walkers bearing torches, celestial dancers and sacred drummers, followed by the music of Molehill Orkestrah as this major, southern Arizona community phenomena winds down for another year.

Click here to view the Route Map


The All Souls Procession is perhaps one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today. The Procession had its beginnings in 1990 with a ritualistic performance piece created by local artist Susan Johnson, who was grieving the passing of her father. Inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos holiday, Johnson felt she should honor her father in celebration and creativity. The performance was very well received and many artists were inspired to continue growing the Procession into its modern incarnation.

Sixteen years later we find ourselves organizing over 7,500 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the finalizing action of burning a very large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes for those who have passed. Inside the event are myriads of installation art, altars, performers, and creatives of all kinds collaborating for almost half the year to prepare their offerings to this amazing event. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls Weekend, is a celebration of the lives of our loved ones who have passed, an acknowledgement of their profound contribution and impact on our lives and the unique gifts they have given us, as well as grieving and mourning that they are not among us anymore.

The Non-Profit Organization Many Mouths One Stomach (, a community arts and culture organization, is the organizing vehicle for the Procession as well as other related events and artist support. The All Souls Procession creates a sanctuary for community members from all walks of life to express their grief and loss in a celebration of creative energy and a rejoicing of living. With the continued cooperation of the City of Tucson, Tucson Police and Fire departments, local businesses and civic organizations, we have guided the development of the parade to accommodate the growing number of participants in a healthy and harmonious way.

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