Mick Jenkins and Kirk Knight

Acts: 
Mick Jenkins
Acts: 
Kirk Knight
Acts: 
NoName Gypsy
Acts: 
Saba Pivot
Concert Date: 
Sun, 02/22/2015
Location: 
Club Red

If Mick Jenkins isn’t a familiar name that hasn’t come out of your mouth, you must be living under a rock…or not drinking enough water.

The great and wise fashionisto rapper is making his way up in the music industry after receiving praise for his ingenuity for creating “The Water[s]”.

            What makes this individual different from other musicians is his craving to keep his listeners hydrated with God’s famous liquid, H2O.

Reviewer: 
Mark Flores

Antibalas and Zap Mama at Fox Theater

Acts: 
Antibalas
Acts: 
Zap Mama
Concert Date: 
Wed, 02/25/2015
Location: 
Fox Theater

As great as the concert lineup in Tucson has been these past few weeks, most of the concerts have left me wanting more. I've been feeling a certain something lacking - whether it was energy from the band, appreciation from the crowd, or just the overall sound. This all changed when Antibalas and Zap Mama graced us with their presence at the Fox Theater this past week.

Reviewer: 
Parisa Eshrati

Surfer Blood

Acts: 
Surfer Blood
Concert Date: 
Thu, 02/19/2015
Location: 
The Flycatcher

Thursday, February 19, 2015: Flycatcher: The air was distinctly brisk as we rode our bicycles down Fourth Avenue, only accentuating the giddiness for what I considered one of the most highly-anticipated shows this spring. As I gave my name to get into the show, I was immediately and shockingly introduced to lead singer, JP Pitts, who was getting a drink at the bar. The encounter was brief, awkward, and (admittedly) life-changing.

Reviewer: 
Ben Don

Gem and Jam 2015 Highlights

Acts: 
LTJ Bukem
Acts: 
Papadosio
Acts: 
Emancipator Ensemble
Concert Date: 
Fri, 02/06/2015
Location: 
Slaughterhouse

Gem and Jam 2015: the setting is Slaughterhouse, next to a spooky looking industrial power-station. The two nights that I attended were a nonstop stream of wonder: from cool looking crystals, psychedelic visuals, to great music.

Reviewer: 
Jakub Safar

Gem & Jam 2015 Highlights

Acts: 
Russ Liquid
Acts: 
Thriftworks
Acts: 
Little People
Acts: 
GIraffage
Concert Date: 
Fri, 02/06/2015
Location: 
Slaughterhouse

Gem & Jam 2015 served as my first foray into the mystical, otherworldly experience of the Tucson electronic music and art experience, and it was unforgettable and enlightening.

Reviewer: 
André Pettman

Interview with Martín Perna of Antibalas

Before his trip to Tucson, I had the chance to speak with Martín Perna of Antibalas on the phone. We discussed their current tour with the amazing Zap Mama, a unique take on culture and what gets people dancing, architecture of music, and what's to come for the band.

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Parisa Eshrati:  How are you doing today?

The Growlers at Club Congress

Acts: 
The Growlers
Acts: 
Katterwaul
Concert Date: 
Wed, 02/11/2015
Location: 
Club Congress
Reviewer: 
Parisa Eshrati

RL Grime / Djemba Djemba @ The Rialto Theatre

Acts: 
RL Grime
Acts: 
Djemba Djemba
Concert Date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015
Location: 
The Rialto Theatre

Trap music is very much a love it or hate it genre. However, if all trap shows were as good as Thursday night’s with RL Grime and Djemba Djemba, then it wouldn’t matter whether you liked the genre or not, because you’d be in for one hell of a show.

 

Reviewer: 
Felipe Moreno

SURFER BLOOD at The Flycatcher, February 19

SURFER BLOOD

John Paul Pitts and Kevin Williams interviewed by Melanie Trecha (KAMP) and Caren Badtke (Daily Wildcat)

Caren Badtke: So we’re talking about your new album 1000 Palms and about the two singles, like we heard ‘Dorian’ already, and the other single, and they’re pretty synthy, back to the roots. As far as the album goes, will it be like that?

 

Mick Jenkins The Water[s] Tour

Acts: 
Mick Jenkins
Acts: 
Kirk Knight
Acts: 
Saba Pivot
Acts: 
Noname Gypsy
Concert Date: 
Sun, 02/22/2015
Location: 
Club Red Tempe

The show was held in the intimate backroom of Club Red in Tempe. Doors opened at 7 and the the music started at 8 with the opening act Noname Gypsy. She was good for an opening act, and although her delivery may need some work the depth of her lyrics provided for an enjoyable performance. She had a good stage presence and was great at getting response from the crowd. Following Noname Gypsy was an artist named Saba Pivot. Saba was wild on stage and his songs ranged from quick spitting rap displays to slower songs heavy on the bass.

Reviewer: 
Kevin Murphy