Wednesday, March 28, 2007

4 Local CD Release Parties This Week

There's a little something for everyone this week, as no less than 4 local bands/musicians will be unleashing new albums, with corresponding release parties to celebrate.

Stefan George is well-known around Tucson (and abroad) for his blues, rock, and folk offerings, but his latest release finds him exploring the genres of country and bluegrass. To make the trip, he's enlisted the help of an all-star cast of Tucson musicians, including Tommy Larkins, John Convertino, Steve Grams, Tim Wiedenkeller, Neil Harry, and many more. Blue House is the end result from Stefan George and The Fellow Travelers, and the new album will be revealed this Thursday evening (March 29th) at Plush, with most of those same guest musicians appearing on-stage. Local favorites Loveland will open the bill.

The fun continues on Friday night (March 30th) with a trio of Tucson's up-and-coming young bands in an all-ages show at Solar Culture. Japanesian Barbie, the 2005 winners of the AZ Daily Star's High School Battle of the Bands, will be unleashing their latest release, Poka Dotted Zebra Stripes. Their quirky and clever tunes are peppered with classical, jazz, rock and pop stylings, and is reminiscent at times of They Might Be Giants or Ween. They'll be joined on Friday night by the 2007 winners of the AZ Daily Star Battle of the Bands, Kool Shades, who will entertain with their high-energy rock, reggae and ska, and the Manhattan Address with their melodic blend of progressive and alternative rock.

Back over at Plush on Saturday night (March 31st), Lagoon is set to unveil their latest album, Dose, which reveals a slightly darker and moodier side to this quartet's indie rock offerings. They'll be supported on their special night by local alt-rock band, The Iods. Everybody attending will receive their own copy of Dose with the $6 cover, and this just might be the prescription to lift you out of your musical doldrums.

You can wind up the weekend with yet another local CD release party, as Sabra Faulk will showcase her funky and soulful folk-rock tunes on her latest album, 28 Churches 5 Bars, in a Sunday shinding at Boondocks Lounge. The evening will also feature special appearances by many other fantastic local musicians including The Wayback Machine, Namoli Brennet, Mitzi Cowell, and more.

As an added bonus this weekend (as if 4 CD release parties wasn't enough!), former Tucsonan Mike Semple (Dog & Pony Show, Friends of Dean Martinez, Giant Sand) will be headed back to the Old Pueblo to show off the brand new release from his latest project, Secretary Bird. Opening up the show will be prog-rockers Mostly Bears, and local alt-country band Creosote, fronted by Semple's former Dog & Pony Show bandmate, Jason Steed. It all goes down Friday, March 30th, at Club Congress.

Show your support for local music by getting out for one (or all!) of these celebrations. And keep your eyes and ears peeled, as April brings more local CD release parties from The Deludes, Will Elliott, and more!


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