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Dinosaur JR. – Green Mind – KXCI Classic Pick

DINOSAUR JR. – GREEN MIND Released February 19, 1991- 25 years ago Dinosaur Jr.’s fourth studio release sheds their earlier and noisier punk urgency for a slower, more melodic vibe without ditching their trademarked quirky lyrics backed by distorted, crunchy folk-rock-meets-grunge on acid sound. While sometimes overshadowed by their earlier SST releases, Green Mind stands… Read more »

Ruby’s Roadhouse Celebrates Mardi Gras

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This just in from Ruby: Bonjour Y’all — Just wanted you to know that I have a MARDI GRAS special show planned for this Saturday, Feb. 6 on Ruby’s Roadhouse. The show – I’ve been doing these for 20 years now – will follow a progression of Louisiana Mardi Gras celebrations, starting out in the country with Cajun… Read more »

Pretty In Pink Soundtrack – KXCI Classic Pick

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – PRETTY IN PINK ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Released February 28, 1986 – 30 years ago While most 80s teen flicks were full of vapid, corporate-rock filler, the soundtrack accompanying John Hughes’ teen-romance opus, Pretty In Pink, features one of the finest new wave anthologies to ever accompany a movie. The Classic Pick… Read more »

Gerry Rafferty – City To City – KXCI Classic Pick

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GERRY RAFFERTY – CITY TO CITY Released January 20 1978- 38 years ago Rafferty’s sophomore solo release was his most successful commercially and critically, and is generally considered his best. Recalling singer-songwriters like Harry Nilsson, Jackson Browne, and soft-rock acts like Steely Dan, Rafferty’s lyrics and arrangements are slow burns that grow from 70s nostalgia… Read more »

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – KXCI Classic Pick

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MARVIN GAYE – WHAT’S GOING ON Released May 21, 1971- 44 years ago (“What’s Going On” single released January, 1971 – 45 yrs ago) The eleventh studio release and first album produced by Gaye himself, What’s Going On is a concept album from the point of view of a returning Vietnam vet facing a bad… Read more »

Gram Parsons – Grevious Angel – KXCI Classic Pick

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GRAM PARSONS – GRIEVOUS ANGEL Released January 1974- 42 years ago Recorded just weeks before his overdose death, Parsons 2nd solo album is essentially a duet release with Emmylou Harris who sings on all but one song. Considered one of the best releases in an absolutely stellar catalogue, Grievous Angel helped lay the groundwork for… Read more »

Electric Feel’s Top 10 For 2015

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As bandmates and co-hosts of Electric Feel (Fridays from 8-10 p.m.), Corbin Dooley and E.android are constantly immersing themselves in the best new electronica and beat-driven music they can find. Here are their favorites from 2015: E.android: Bob Moses “Like It Or Not” (2015) on Domino Percussions “Digital Arpeggios” (2015) on Text Bicep “Just” (2015)… Read more »

Kris Kerry’s Favorite 25 Albums of 2015

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As the booker of the Rialto, Kris Kerry listens to and sees more bands than your average Tucsonan. He also volunteers for the station in a unique capacity. In addition to reviewing CDs, he also researches and delivers the classic pick of the week. It’s no surprise then, that’s he delivered more than a top… Read more »

Rose Lady’s Top 10

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Rose Lady is the host of Rosie’s Rhythm Room (Tuesday evenings from 8 till 10 p.m.). Her show focuses on a great mix of swing-billy, honky tonk-twang, roots rock n’ blues and her Top 10 for 2015 reflects her seasoned tastes: Ashley Monroe, The Blade “She is the gal who launched the powerhouse girl group, The… Read more »

KXCI’s Top 100 Albums of 2015

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On New Year’s Day KXCI did a countdown from 7am to 6pm of the top 100 most played albums of 2015. This list was compiled by looking at all the KXCI DJ’s playlists over a year’s worth of airplay, 24 hours a day. Number one was Edge of the Sun by Calexico. There were 18… Read more »

Bridgitte Thum’s Endearing, Eclectic Top 10s

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When I asked KXCI’s programmers to break the mold of typical top ten lists when reflecting on the music that moved them in 2015, it was no surprise to me that Bridgitte immediately responded with two unconventional and entertaining lists. As a stand-up comedian about town, a Morning Music Mix DJ (Wednesdays 10am till noon),… Read more »

Membership Director Michelle Boulet-Stephenson’s Top 10 Rollerskating Backwards Songs of 2015

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When she’s not wrangling all the critical elements that keep KXCI’s membership support base thriving or holding down the Afternoon Music Mix on Fridays from 1-3 p.m., Michelle is on a never-ending quest to find the perfect “Rollerskating Backwards Song.” What precisely does this mean? I’ll let the lady herself articulate her personal definition:  … Read more »

DJ and Traffic Director Melissa Mauzy’s Top 10 Musical Moments of 2015

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Melissa Mauzy’s Top 10 Musical Moments of 2015 In addition to directing underwriting traffic for KXCI, holding down The Music Mix from 10 a.m. till noon on Tuesdays and running independent label Baby Gas Mask Records with her husband Seth, Melissa recently launched Fathoming Water, a podcast focused on the intricacies of water and diversely related topics including… Read more »

Hex Enduction Hours Best of 2015

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2015 was yet another awesome year for punk, post-punk, and especially noise-rock. This year saw the return of old favorites, current bands continuing their musical evolution, and yet others debuting and making their presence known. As your host of this sonic gauntlet Thursday nights from 10pm to midnight, I present the Hex Enduction Hours best of… Read more »

Rusty Boulet-Stephenson’s 11 Favorite New Albums of 2015

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As host of The Current each Friday, Rusty makes his mark at the station by incorporating visiting guests every week, everyone from local treasure Bob Log to progressive, art-loving Senator Steve Farley. He seeks to engage guests on whatever is truly current and meaningful in their lives, weaving in a diverse playlist comprised of his… Read more »

Underwriting Director Leah Rhey’s Top 10 Live Covers of 2015

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 Leah heads up KXCI’s underwriting with grace and finesse, working with wonderful business and organizations to help nurture the impact of independent radio in our community through underwriting support. She’s also a passionate music fan with a specific fondness for well-executed covers. “I spend a lot of music time with BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge,” says Leah…. Read more »

Peter Murphy – Deep – KXCI Classic Pick

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PETER MURPHY – DEEP Released: December 19 1989 – 26 years ago The third solo release by the former Bauhaus front man represents Murphy’s most commercially successful and is generally considered his best. Showcasing the dramatic power of his commanding voice and literate lyrics, Deep balances mass indie rock appeal with a brooding gothic sensibility… Read more »

Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Sessions – KXCI Classic Pick

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  COWBOY JUNKIES – THE TRINITY SESSIONS Released: Early 1988 – 27 years ago Recorded in one day with a single microphone inside a 150 year old Toronto church, The Trinity Session is not only considered one of the band’s best but was also groundbreaking. There weren’t too many late 80s indie bands playing slow,… Read more »

George Harrison – All Things Must Pass – KXCI Classic Pick

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GEORGE HARRISON – ALL THINGS MUST PASS Released November 27, 1970 – 45 years ago Harrison’s third solo release, drawing on his backlog of unused late Beatles-era compositions, is widely considered his best studio album. Lush, sweeping arrangements support haunting melodies and introspective lyrics in this spiritual exploration. A masterful work that reveals more and… Read more »

Etta James – At Last! – KXCI Classic Pick

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ETTA JAMES – AT LAST! Released: November 15, 1960 – 55 years ago The studio debut by soul-blues legend, Etta James, stands as one of the artist’s best, most commercially successful, and varied releases, showcasing blues, r&b, and jazz standards. Vocally astounding, James can move from powerful growls to delicate, airy phrasing. A true classic… Read more »

The Sound – Jeopardy – KXCI Classic Pick

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THE SOUND – JEOPARDY Released: November 1980 – 35 years ago At the vanguard of the UK post-punk scene with Joy Division and Echo & The Bunnymen, the Sound’s studio debut is one of the most criminally overlooked albums of the early 80s. This despite receiving glowing reviews by many critics of the time and… Read more »

Tribute to Allen Toussaint on Ruby’s Roadhouse, Saturday Nov. 14

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Tribute show to Allen Toussaint New Orleans artist Allen Toussaint was a legend for many reasons: he was a singer, songwriter, producer, musical arranger and above all a superb pianist. He was responsible for helping to create the “sound of New Orleans” music since the 1950’s. He died this past week while on tour in… Read more »

Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band – Hoodoo Man Blues – KXCI Classic Pick

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JUNIOR WELLS’ CHICAGO BLUES BAND – HOODOO MAN BLUES Released 1965* – 50 years ago Wells’ debut is widely regarded as his best release and essential listening for lovers of Chicago blues. Featuring Buddy Guy on electric guitar and Wells’ scorching harmonica work, it’s considered one of the very first studio recordings to capture the… Read more »

The Velvet Underground – Loaded – KXCI Classic Pick

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – LOADED Released: November 1970 – 45 years ago The Velvet Underground’s 4th studio release, major label debut, and first commercially successful album features more polished production than previous releases in order to appeal to a larger market. Despite the polish it’s every bit as brilliant as the band’s earlier work, featuring… Read more »

Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine – KXCI Classic Pick

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NINE INCH NAILS – PRETTY HATE MACHINE Released October 20, 1989 – 26 years ago Virtually ignored upon its release, NIN’s debut eventually grew to be a hugely successful and influential album. Rife with catchy interwoven guitar-synth textures, tortured introspective lyrics, and a verse-chorus pop framework, it was markedly different from other industrial bands of… Read more »

Dire Straits – Making Movies – KXCI Classic Pick

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  DIRE STRAITS – MAKING MOVIES Released October 17, 1980- 35 years ago Characterized by laid-back blues-rock with jazz and country inflections that occasionally develop into epic prog-rock overtures, Mark Knopfler’s guitar virtuosity – equal parts B. B. King, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix – and his Dylan-esque stream-of-conscious narratives are on prominent display here…. Read more »

Tucson Folk Singers: Remembering Clyde Appleton

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Today on 30 Minutes, we remember Clyde Appleton. At the Folk Festival in May, 2013, local folk singer and organizer Ted Warmbrand convened members of the Tucson Folk Singers to document their stories. In early October, 2015 a leader of the Tucson Folk Singers Clyde Appleton passed away. There will be a memorial on Sunday,… Read more »

Prince – 1999 -Classic Pick on The Homestretch

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PRINCE – 1999 Released October 27, 1982 – 33 years ago Prince’s 5th studio release and “breakthrough” album fuses funk, rock, new wave, r&b and soul seamlessly. One of his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful works, it likely represents his most influential album as well. Its synth/drum machine-heavy arrangements drove r&b, pop, electro, house,… Read more »

Calexico video live in Studio 2A – Coyoacan

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Calexico packed in to KXCI’s Studio 2A for a live set on Locals Only. With members all over the globe, this was a rare moment to get the full band together as they were rehearsing for a tour behind their latest album, Edge Of The Sun on Anti/City Slang. Here’s the song Coyoacan from that… Read more »

Tom Waits – Bone Machine – Classic Pick on The Homestretch

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TOM WAITS – BONE MACHINE Released September 8, 1992 – 23 years ago Waits 10th studio release marks a transition from his earlier, somewhat traditional blues-infused debauched lounge singer persona into the gloom & doom champion of unorthodox, surreal industrial folk. Featuring stripped down arrangements, non-traditional instrumentation, and Waits ominous, dirgeful growl, this is one… Read more »

T. Rex – Electric Warrior – Classic Pick on The Homestretch

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T. REX – ELECTRIC WARRIOR Released September 24, 1971 – 44 years ago Marking a transformation from hippie folk-rock to flamboyant guitar driven bombast, T. Rex’s 6th studio release ushered in the 70s glam rock era. Characterized by extravagant, fuzz-drenched riffs, propulsive grooves, and sexual innuendo, Electric Warrior influenced countless hard rock, power pop, punk… Read more »

Lila Downs con Neto Portillo, Jr.

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Today on 30 Minutes, Neto Portillo, Jr. interviews Lila Downs ahead of her Tuesday, September 22nd show at the Fox Theatre, presented by The Rialto Theatre. Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Born in the state of Oaxaca México, she is the daughter of a Mixtec… Read more »

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Peepshow – Classic Pick on The Homestretch

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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – PEEPSHOW Released September 5, 1988 – 27 years ago Siouxsie and the Banshees’ 9th studio album is the last great release from one of the most prominent 1980s gothic post-punk bands. Dark, sensual, and sophisticated with a crazed array of carnival accordions, exotic rhythms, abrupt horns, haunting operatic warbles, and… Read more »

Steely Dan – Aja – Classic Pick on The Home Stretch

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STEELY DAN – AJA Released September, 1977- 38 years ago Steely Dan’s 6th album, characterized by smartly textured, refined arrangements and immaculate production, blends subtle melodies, nimble jazz solos, and abstract lyrics into a lush soundscape. It is generally considered one of the best releases in the band’s absolutely stellar catalog and a masterpiece of… Read more »

Jeff Buckley – Grace – Classic Pick on The Home Stretch

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JEFF BUCKLEY – GRACE Released August 23, 1994 – 21 years ago Buckley’s only studio album is quite possibly one of the most audacious and revered debuts ever released. Featuring a remarkable vocal range of 3 ½ octaves, sweeping choruses, bombastic arrangements, poetic lyrics, and lush production, Grace has garnered wide acclaim and respect from… Read more »

Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking – Classic Pick on The Home Stretch

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JANE’S ADDICTION – NOTHING’S SHOCKING Released August 1988 – 27 years ago Jane’s Addiction’s sophomore release, combining alternative with prog rock, metal, and punk, is widely considered the band’s best release as well as one of the defining albums of late 80s/early 90s modern rock scene. Their epic, cinematic soundscapes are haunting, tense, and unrelenting,… Read more »

Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall – Classic Pick on The Home Stretch

Michael Jackson’s fifth studio release, and first to be produced by the legendary Quincy Jones, is one of the most successful albums of all-time. Critically it was just as successful… lauded far and wide as a benchmark pop release. Combining 70s sweet soul, funk, disco R&B, soft rock, and a sound that essentially defined 80s pop,… Read more »

Rayland Baxter in Studio 2A

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Rayland Baxter stopped by KXCI’s Studio 2A for an in-studio following his opening set for Grace Potter at The Rialto Theatre. Tune in just after 5pm on Monday, August 10th, to hear the performance and interview with Hannah Levin on The Home Stretch. Rayland featured songs from his new release Imaginary Man, out August 14th… Read more »

Highway 61 Revisited: 50 Years Ago – by Harvey Brooks

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What a cool look behind the scenes on these historic recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited from acclaimed bass player and former Tucson resident, Harvey Brooks. Highway 61 Revisited: 50 Years Ago Today By Harvey Brooks It was July 28, 1965. I was playing a gig at the Sniffin Court Inn on East… Read more »

Things That Aren’t Words live in Studio 2A!

Things That Aren’t Words, the new project from Adam Nixon, joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only! Matt interviews the group in between sets of great local music, delving into the creation of the band, upcoming shows and their future.

Jaca Zulu and B3NBI Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

Matt Milner is joined in Studio 2A by Jaca Zulu and B3NBI for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in to a long over-due set of local hip-hop, as well as an interview with the group. Their EP, “Graine” is being released June 23rd, on wearebugginout.com and there will be a release show Saturday,… Read more »

KXCI Presents Summer in the City Concert Series

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Streetcar Sounds to Include Live Music Throughout the Summer June 18, 2015 By Simon Brimmer  (Republished from the Downtown Tucsonan) Get ready for a healthy dose of transportainment. Community radio station KXCI FM 91.3 has partnered with the Tucson Department of Transportation and local musicians to bring a series of live performances to the summer… Read more »

Wayback Machine live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

Listen in as Wayback Machine joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only! In between sets Matt discusses the past, present and future of the Wayback Machine. Fusing tight vocal harmonies with a penchant for improvisation, this band has traversed the musical map from Grateful Dead… Read more »

PigPen Theatre Co. Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

PigPen Theatre Company joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance and interview during the second hour of Locals Only. Even though PigPen Theatre Co. is from NY, a Tucsonan sits behind the drums. PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of music, film, and theatre as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School… Read more »

Shuggie Otis interview on KXCI

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KXCI’s own Cecily sat down with Shuggie Otis for this interview in anticipation of his KXCI Presents! concert Saturday, June 6th, at The Rialto Theatre.   SHUGGIE OTIS “Οne of the mythical musicians of Blues, Soul, & Rock history” Born in Los Angeles, Shuggie Otis is the son of rhythm and blues pioneer, musician, bandleader, and impresario Johnny… Read more »

Cobra Family Picnic live in Studio 2A!

Cobra Family Picnic joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only! Between sets of awesome psychedelic rock they discuss band creation, song writing, and much more!    

Logan and Lucille live in Studio 2A!

Logan and Lucille join Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only! They also discuss their upcoming European tour and many more great things you don’t want to miss! Facebook Page

Vanessa Lundon live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

Listen in for another great live and local performance from Studio 2A on Locals Only. This time, Vannessa Lundon joins host Matt Milner for the second hour live performance. In between sets of music they discuss the song writing process, recording an album, her upcoming show at Club Congress on Saturday, April 25th and much… Read more »

Calexico Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

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Tucson and KXCI favorite, Calexico, join Matt Milner in Studio 2A for an amazing live performance on Locals Only! The seven piece band jammed into Studio 2A to play eight new songs and talk about creating the new album, Edge of the Sun, out now on Anti Records and Drag City Records. This is a Studio 2A performance… Read more »

The Low Wines live in Studio 2A!

  The Low Wines join Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second half of Locals Only! Listen to an incredible hour of live local music, while in between sets they discuss the creation of the band, upcoming shows and general debauchery! Tucson Garage Country at its finest!   Facebook Reverbnation… Read more »

Gamma Like Very Ultra live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

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    Gamma Like Very Ultra joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour Locals Only, Monday, March 23rd. In between sets Gamma Like Very Ultra discusses the formation of the band and the writing process they use to create their unique sound, as well as their upcoming show. Gamma… Read more »

Whitehorse 2 songs and interview in KXCI’s Studio 2A

Canadian duo Whitehorse stopped by KXCI in November 2103. Here are two intimate songs and an interview from that live performance in Studio 2A. Whitehorse are playing Club Congress this Monday, March 23rd, 7pm. Whitehorse is the musical (and literal) marriage of singer/songwriter Melissa McClelland and guitar virtuoso Luke Doucet. As solo artists, both have… Read more »

U of A Jazz Combo Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only

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Get ready for some amazing jazz performed live by the U of A Jazz Combo in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only on Monday, February 16th. The U of A Jazz Combo is led by Angelo Versace, the new Director Of Jazz at the University of Arizona, and the band is comprised… Read more »

Human Behavior Live in Studio 2A!

Human Behavior joins Matt Milner for the second hour of Locals Only to perform live in Studio 2A on Monday, February 23rd. Listen in as Human Behavior plays music from their new album, “Bethphage” in a stripped down live setting for the first half hour, then moving in to the on-air studio to play some… Read more »

Mute Swan Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only

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Mute Swan joins Matt Milner live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only on Monday, February 9th 2015. Mute Swan discusses in depth the formation of the band and the creative process of writing material for their new album as well as the recording process involved, all in between sets of great… Read more »

Black Medicine Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only

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Black Medicine joins Matt Milner live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only Monday, January 12th 2015. Just back in Tucson from a multi-state tour, Black Medicine discusses their history and future releases in between sets of great music! Black Medicine Facebook Black Medicine Soundcloud

Vox Urbana Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only

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Vox Urbana joins Matt Milner for a long awaited live performance in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only on Monday, February 2nd, 2015. Listen to an amazing hour of live and local music from Vox Urbana, while in between sets they discuss the formation of the band, the creative process for writing their music as… Read more »

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers with Gabriel Sullivan at Rialto Theater Saturday February 14, 2015

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers with Gabriel Sullivan at Rialto Theater this Saturday February 14th Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers with Gabriel Sullivan   More information and tickets can be found at http://www.rialtotheatre.com/event/755785-roger-clyne-peacemakers-tucson/ The weekend spotlight is sponsored by The Tucson Museum of Art, located downtown. Events and exhibitions can be found at TucsonMuseumOfArt.Org

Brian Lopez this Friday at Monterey Court February 6, 2015

Brian Lopez & Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls  perform this Friday February 6th at Monterey Court Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Cafe 505 W Miracle Mile $10 advance  / $15 d.o.s. *All Ages Brian Lopez   Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls open the night  – See more at: https://kxci.org/event/brian-lopez-guest-carlos-arzate-monterey-court/ The weekend spotlight is… Read more »

Amy Mendoza Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only – Part 2

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Amy Mendoza joins Matt Milner live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only on Monday, January 26th 2015. Amy discusses her upcoming album release at the Flycatcher on January 31st, the process of writing and recording the album and being the front person of the band in between sets of great music!  

Amy Mendoza Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only – Part 1

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Amy Mendoza joins Matt Milner live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only on Monday, January 26th 2015. Amy discusses her upcoming album release at the Flycatcher on January 31st, the process of writing and recording the album and being the front person of the band in between sets of great music!  

“Cowboy Operetta” Concert at El Casino Ballroom Saturday January 31, 2015

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“Cowboy Operetta” benefit concert event this Saturday January 31st at 7pm at The El Casino Ballroom.  “A Cowboy Operetta” Benefit Concert Featuring Cory Padilla and LeeAnne Savage Benefiting Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund – Formed by Justin Boots with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), the 501-C3 non-profit charity… Read more »

MarchFourth Marching Band at Rialto Theater Saturday January 24, 2015

The Haymarket Squares and The March forth Marching Band perform Saturday January 24th at The Rialto Theatre in an all ages 8:00pm show.     March Fourth Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular, consisting of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a drum/percussion corps, anchored by pumping battery-powered electric bass. Stilt­walkers, dancing girls, flag twirlers, clown… Read more »

Ozomatli live in KXCI’s Studio 2A

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Ozomatli is playing in Tucson for the benefit Concert For Civility on Sunday, January 11th at The Rialto Theatre. To celebrate this great event we are podcasting Ozomatli’s live performance in Studio 2A from March 2014.  **(The audio stream is no longer available, it was just streaming through the weekend of the event)**  Their lively… Read more »

Top 100 Albums of 2014: #25 – #1

As determined by airplay on KXCI during 2014. Local releases are in bold italics. 1) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Give The People What They Want 2) Beck Morning Phase 3) The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream 4) Various artists KXCI Locals Only Vol. 7 5) The Black Keys Turn Blue 6) Ray… Read more »

Top 100 Albums of 2014: #26 – #50

As determined by airplay on KXCI during 2014. Local releases are in bold italics. 26) Hip Abduction Hip Abduction 27) The Poets of Rhythm Anthology 1992-2003 28) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. The Speed of Things 29) London Grammar If You Wait 30) The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers 31) Bossacucanova Our Kind Of Bossa 32) Delta… Read more »

Top 100 Albums of 2014: #51 – #75

As determined by airplay on KXCI during 2014. Local releases are listed in bold italics. 51) Run Boy Run Something to Someone 52) Tennis Small Sound 53) Tinariwen Emmaar 54) Sharon Van Etten Are We There 55) Various artists A Tribute To Bob Dylan in the 80’s: Volume One 56) Ani DiFranco Allergic To Water… Read more »

Top 100 Albums of 2014: #100 – #76

As determined by airplay on KXCI during 2014. Local releases are listed in bold italics. 76) Lykke Li I Never Learn 77) Woods With Light And With Love 78) Damien Jurado Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son 79) Bumper Jacksons Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In 80) Jake Bugg Shangri La 81) Sweet Ghosts… Read more »

Ring in the New Year with our 100 Most Played Albums of 2014

Join us Thursday, New Year’s Day, for our countdown of the 100 Most Played Albums of 2014, starting at 7am on Your Morning Brew (91.3 FM KXCI-Tucson) and running through The Home Stretch KXCI at 6pm (with a break for Democracy Now at noon). We’ll also share songs from many of the great artists who… Read more »

13th Annual Sonic Solstice on KXCI Community Radio

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KXCI’s 13th Annual Sonic Solstice is a 4 hour live broadcast with a heavenly host of live in Studio 2A local musical acts. KXCI invites you to tune in to KXCI from 5 to 9 pm on Monday, December 15th for the 13th Annual Sonic Solstice. Locals Only host Matt Milner and seasoned KXCI Djs… Read more »

Thesis Thursday Just Around the Brain Bend

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This Thesis Thursday we are introduced to Adele Koutia. Adele is majoring in physiology and neuroscience which entails studying parts of the brain. The specific part that Adele finds most intriguing is the hippocampus. The hippocampus as described holds much resemblance to an internal GPS, helping you to remember a certain path that may lead to… Read more »

Wight Lhite Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI pt. 2

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On December 8, 2014 Wight Lhite joined Matt Milner live in Studio 2A to share tracks from their debut album. Wight Lhite celebrates the release of “Beyond the Satellites” on Thursday December 11 at The Flycatcher. Melding psychedelic guitar rock, post-punk, and twitchy, analog synths sound, this relatively new Tucson group has already made waves,… Read more »

Wight Lhite Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI pt.1

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On December 8, 2014 Wight Lhite joined Matt Milner live in Studio 2A to share tracks from their debut album. Wight Lhite celebrates the release of “Beyond the Satellites” on Thursday December 11 at The Flycatcher. Melding psychedelic guitar rock, post-punk, and twitchy, analog synths sound, this relatively new Tucson group has already made waves,… Read more »

Locals Only 12-01-14: Jake Stephens Live in Studio 2A, pt. 2

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Jake Stephens joins KXCI’s Matt Milner in KXCI’s Studio 2A for a LIVE ONE-HOUR broadcast performance… Songs about bicycles, surf, mountains, & desert. And discussion of the Jake Stephens water-themed debut album, “How The Water Feels“. PLUS a special radio debut of two songs, including “Arizona Baby” and “Santa’s Elves” The lovely voices of special… Read more »

Locals Only 12-01-14: Jake Stephens Live in Studio 2A, pt. 1

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Jake Stephens joins KXCI’s Matt Milner in KXCI’s Studio 2A for a LIVE ONE-HOUR broadcast performance… Songs about bicycles, surf, mountains, & desert. And discussion of the Jake Stephens water-themed debut album, “How The Water Feels“. PLUS a special radio debut of two songs, including “Arizona Baby” and “Santa’s Elves” The lovely voices of special… Read more »

913 Greatest Songs Ever

The KXCI audience has voted – repeatedly! – to select the 913 Greatest Songs Ever. More than 1,750 votes were cast in the largest online contest in KXCI’s history, and just in time for the celebration of our 31st anniversary on Saturday, December 6th. The Top 5 songs are listed below (or will be after… Read more »

Gabriel Sullivan Live in Studio 2A on Locals Only KXCI

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On November 17th, 2014, Gabriel Sullivan was the Locals Only live guest in Studio 2A along with band mates Brian Lopez, Catfish Conner Gallaher, Thøger Lund and Winston Watson. They featured songs from Gabriel’s new album Jvpiter which they’ll be celebrating this Friday Nov. 21st with a release party at Club Congress. Photography: Nicci Radhe… Read more »

Talking Top Tunes with Fletcher McCusker

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Fletcher McCusker, CEO of the downtown Tucson-based Sinfonia Health Care Corporation, is a well-known supporter and fan of great music. As part of KXCI’s 913 Greatest Songs Ever vote, Fletcher joined us to share his personal Top Ten songs, listed below. In his role as chair of the Rio Nuevo redevelopment board, we also discussed… Read more »

913 Greatest Songs (update: current Top 20 posted!)

KXCI 91.3FM listeners are being asked to choose the 913 Greatest Songs of All Time during five rounds of voting in November. Songs are posted alphabetically, with a new pool of nominated songs posted every 5 days at KXCI.org. Beginning December 1st, the station will announce songs #601 through #913 at KXCI.org, and begin playing… Read more »

Tinariwen podcast/audio stream of live performance in KXCI’s Studio 2A

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Africa’s Tinariwen brought their desert blues to Tucson on April 23rd, 2013. Check out the live performance and interview in Studio 2A with our own Michelle. They talk about the desert and it’s influence on their music. The in-studio features three songs including the unreleased track “Aratan Nadag“, which is on our latest compilation of… Read more »

Thesis Thursday- Biology Brilliance

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More UBRP  this week on Thesis Thursday! University of Arizona Biological Research Program Sophomore Poorva Rajguru talks to Cathy about biology and the wonders of tilomeres. While she’s still figuring out what she wants to do with her career, she did however promise to hopefully come back to KXCI as a senior. Later, we get… Read more »

Chris Smither live in Studio 2A Thursday Oct. 16th at 4pm

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Tune in at 4pm to hear Chris Smither live in Studio 2A on The Home Stretch. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. KXCI Presents! Chris Smither at Hotel Congress Thursday Oct. 16th at 7pm for an intimate concert in The Copper Hall, brought to… Read more »

Mavis Staples Interview with Duncan Hudson

Mavis Staples spoke with Duncan Hudson ahead of her Friday, September 5th Fundraising show. Tickets are still available at FoxTucson.com. 75 year young living legend Mavis Staples told us about her latest projects. Originally broadcast on the Home Stretch Wednesday, September 3rd.

Ernesto Portillo, Jr. Interviews Lila Downs

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Today, we feature KXCI DJ Ernesto Portillo, Jr. interviewing Lila Downs, ahead of her Monday, August 25th Rialto Theatre Performance. Portillo spoke with Lila Downs by phone in July. Lila Downs is touring on her most recent album Raiz, which is a collaboration with Argentine folk/pop singer Soledad and Spanish flamenco singer Niña Pastori. The… Read more »

Tucsonans Celebrate Recent EPA Haze Rule

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Today on 30 Minutes, we speak to representatives from neighborhood residents, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Sierra Club who all support a recent EPA Haze Ruling. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule indicates that Arizona must do more to be in compliance with The Clean Air Act, including addressing the Sundt Generating Station, a… Read more »

A Mesquitey Gardening History

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Eating and sharing homegrown food seems to be a spiritual event for Petey. Amen! There is nothing better than homegrown food. And even if you don’t raise any of your own food, now a days farmers markets abound and someone is selling homegrown food at a market near you. I bet it comes with a… Read more »

KXCI Top 100 of 2013 and DJ’s top picks of 2013

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Scroll down to see many DJ’s favorite releases of 2013 and KXCI’s Top 100 at the end. ————– The Party of Special Things to Do – Team Mauzy Top releases of 2013 (in no particular order) Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – Take Me To the Land of Hell Chelsea Light Moving – S/T Man… Read more »