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Calexico Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only!

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 »

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The Desert Millipede

Petey talks about the desert millipede (Orthoporus ornatus) and answers the question that has perplexed entomologists for years. Fun with KXCI’s Petey Mesquitey & Author Ken Lamberton August 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | $10 Sky Island Alliance and ZUZI! Theater Co. Present: The “Nancy Z” Summer Speaker Series 2015 A community event… Read more »

The MLB Trade Deadline

The trade deadline involved almost every Major League team. Who were some of the winners?

Our Stupid Talents

Nick, Matt, and Rusty discuss their hidden talents that really are of no consequence.

Live And Let Live – Or Not

The rains have come and with the rains have come the ants. My wife was rather grossed out and suggested poisoning them wholesale. Now after humans, ants have the most complex society on earth and the nest they have built under our house is the size of New York on an ant scale, stretching well… Read more »

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Lonely Hearts Club Episode 2

In this episode Bridgitte talks with Fish Karma and friends about marriage, and complicated kid stuff. recorded in Tucson AZ in the summertime. Enjoy! Music from Eva Taylor, Ergo Phizmiz, Aaron Spencer, Simon Mathewson, Monday Night Fever, Ted Weems & His Orchestra, Handy’s Orchestra and Dumbo Gets Mad.

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Vote for KXCI!

Vote for KXCI in The Tucson Weekly’s 2015 Best of Tucson. Be sure to hurry because voting ends August 2 at 11:59 PM. KXCI is in the running for several categories. Here’s a link to the ballot to give your opinions on all things Tucson! We’re one of the choices for Best Radio Station for Music… Read more »

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Highway 61 Revisited: 50 Years Ago – by Harvey Brooks

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 »

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Makers of film comedies often invent weird characters and put them into outrageous situations for laughs, a strategy which does work sometimes. A less common, and more interesting approach is to recognize that most ordinary people are weird in some way—so once you create an amusing premise, you can let your characters behave in ways… Read more »

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Detained and Deported Part 3

Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

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Detained and Deported Part 2

Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

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Detained and Deported Part 1

Today 30 Minutes features excerpts from the closing celebration of Raices Taller‘s July 2015 exhibition “Chubasco” – a tribute to Tucson’s annual monsoon season. The event featured readings by author Margaret Regan and music by Pablo Peregrina. Margaret Regan read from her book “Detained and Deported”. The award-winning investigative reporter’s new book is an intimate… Read more »

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The Distorted Mirror Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes we feature a panel from the Pima County Public Library Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books called The Distorted Mirror. If books are the mirrors of the world in which we live, why are so many faces missing? Young adult authors Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and Isabel Quintero read… Read more »

Plastic Roads & More

PLASTIC ROADS What would driving in Tucson be like without all the road pylons and traffic detours? A whole lot more relaxed! But the cracks and potholes caused by our weather may become a thing of the past with the development of plastic roads, as proposed by the Dutch firm Volkerwessels. The material would be… Read more »

Jillian and the Giants – Live in Studio 2A

Jillian and the Giants joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only. Between sets they discuss the upcoming show at Skybar on Saturday, July 25th, as well as the upcoming release of their debut album, Mr. Airplane.

Howl’s Moving Castle

Is there a better animation director than Hayao Miyazaki? Could there be? It seems to me, for many reasons, that he’s the best in the world at what he does. Or what he did, I should say, because last year, to the consternation of his fans, he announced his retirement from filmmaking. Now, if you’re… Read more »

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Mala Mujer

Mala Mujer or Cnidoscolus angustidens is a very cool plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.The green maple-like leaves are covered in white dots that are actually little mounds, each holding up a stinging hair. Be careful, it’s the beautiful and naughty Mala Mujer!

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HERO RATS

One kind of waste that is particularly malicious is the waste of war, especially the booby-traps known as Anti-personnel mines. Tens of millions of these contraptions have been left behind in the past 50 years after the combatants cleared the field, mostly in developing countries in South-America, South-East Asia and Africa. Landmines are extremely durable… Read more »

Lonely Hearts Club Episode 1

Recorded in Tucson, Arizona July 2015 Bridgitte discusses tweeting during sex, problems in Albuquerque, and a myriad of other quandaries in her monthly comedy advice podcast. If you would like to contact Bridgitte with your relationship problems send a letter via snail-mail or an actual snail to Bridgitte Thum c/o KXCI 220 S. 4th Ave. Tucson,… Read more »

Lambert & Stamp

I’ve been a fan of the British rock group The Who since my early teens, but I never knew much about their story. A fascinating new film reveals aspects of their story that are more unusual than I could have imagined. Made by first-time director James D. Cooper, it’s called Lambert & Stamp, and right… Read more »

CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL

On July 8, Tucson Clean and Beautiful recognized the Feldman Green Team for their efforts to keep 4th Ave north of Speedway clean and make it even more beautiful – and cool – by planting 50 trees. Tucson Clean and Beautiful is a non-profit environmental advocacy and action organization founded in 1985 to preserve and… 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.

Touch of Evil

The prevailing myth about Orson Welles is that he was his own worst enemy. Well, there’s some truth to that, but what isn’t said often enough is that Welles was dedicated to breaking cinematic rules in order to make innovative films, and that was not okay with the men who ran the Hollywood studios. You… Read more »

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Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 3, June 21, 2015, with guest co-host Maggie Golston

Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 3, June 21, 2015, with guest co-host Maggie Golston “I want a literature that is not made from literature” writes Bhanu Kapil in her book, Ban en Banlieue. Poet and musician Maggie Golston joins host Brian Blanchfield to read selections of poetry that might answer that call: Kapil, Alice Oswald, Miles Champion,… Read more »

CATS IN THE SONORA

We all know that our region is home to some big cats, like mountain lions and bobcats – but JAGUARS? Listen to Sergio Avila of the Desert Museum talk about big cats on the Weekly Green. ‘  

Merchants of Doubt

It’s well known that documentaries generally have a smaller audience than fiction films, and it’s become a tried and true piece of wisdom for non-fiction filmmakers that they need to find an entertaining way to hook the viewers in, to get them interested. In his latest film, Merchants of Doubt, Robert Kenner cleverly manages this… Read more »

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Sonic Youth’s Goo has Local Ties

The Classic Pic on The Home Stretch this week is Sonic Youth’s Goo. Released 25 years ago as of Friday. Jim Waters of Water Works Studio recorded the original demos and joins Kris in a discussion about the band and the record.

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Engage! Tucson Responds to Marriage Equality Decision

30 Minutes features Tucson community voices in response to the Supreme Court’s historic 5-4 decision in favor of marriage equality. On Friday, June 26th, 2015, a large coalition mobilized to create a block party celebration called Engage! on Scott Avenue between Congress and Pennington. Former State representative Demion Clinco was the MC. Tucson’s Men’s Chorus… Read more »

STAY COOL

NOT COOL: OAK FLATS AND GRAND CANYON UNDER THE GUN Of the eleven historic places designated as endangered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, two are in the state of Arizona: 8th on the list is Oak Flat, near Superior. This site is sacred to several native American tribes and a historic and archeological… Read more »

Slow West

The Western film has been pronounced dead more times than I can count. Still, once in a while someone makes a Western. For example, a young Scottish writer-director, John Maclean, has just made one, his first feature length film, called Slow West. I think that might be a pun on “Go West,” but I’m not… Read more »

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 »

CAN’T WAIT Our NBA Draft: Picks 1-5

Host Nick Prevenas, Matt Milner, and Rusty Boulet-Stephenson divvy up the first 15 teams in the Upcoming NBA draft and act as the decision makers for the organizations. Nick Prevenas selecting for the Minnesota Timberwolves, you are on the clock.

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The Distorted Mirror Part 1

Today on 30 Minutes we feature a panel from the Pima County Public Library Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books called The Distorted Mirror. If books are the mirrors of the world in which we live, why are so many faces missing? Young adult authors Claudia Guadalupe Martínez and Isabel Quintero read… Read more »

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The Slumber Party From Hell Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear excerpts from an April 2015 presentation convened by the  YWCA Tucson as part of their ongoing Community Discussion on Mass Incarceration and how it affects our community. This session features formerly incarcerated Sue Ellen Allen, author of The Slumber Party from Hell. This is part two of a two… Read more »

Speedway and Swan / Episode 2 / Guest co-host John Melillo / May 31, 2015

Speedway and Swan Poem Playlist for Episode 2, May 31, 2015, with guest co-host John Melillo Writer and musician John Melillo and host Brian Blanchfield talk waves, wave machines, drone versus decadence, and “words that tend toward pure sound.” Lots of great work from the new poetry shelves (Donna Stonecipher, Caroline Bergvall, Eric Ekstrand, Tyler Brewington, etcetera), some… Read more »

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Batty

According to Webster’s 1:  of, relating to, or resembling a bat 2:  mentally unstable :  crazy As in common lore the owl represents wisdom and the ass ignorance in folklore, so the bat is identified with lunacy. Living in caves and emerging at twilight in great swarms, obscuring the moon, they have been considered creatures… Read more »

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KXCI Presents Summer in the City Concert Series

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 »

Spring in a Small Town

Many in the West are unfamiliar with Chinese films, especially those that are older, but a vibrant Chinese cinema has existed since the beginning of movies, with the industry in the old days mostly centered in Shanghai. One of the most beautiful Chinese films, and most influential on later filmmakers, was Spring in a Small… Read more »

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HARVEST TIME IN THE SONORA

With the monsoon a month or so away, it is harvest time in the Sonoran desert! The pods of the Mesquite, Desert Ironwood, Palo Verde and many more indiginous plants are not only fit for human consumption, they also slow the body’s intake of sugars, so they are beneficial to people with hypoglycemia or diabetes…. Read more »

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Chicago Tribune Recognizes KXCI as Leader in New Music

  KXCI is ahead of the crowd in getting new music to the people. KXCI’s own Music Director Duncan Hudson was interviewed for this Chicago Tribune article that highlights why radio stations need to be constantly updating and refreshing its sound.

Clouds of Sils Maria

The films of Olivier Assayas have such a wide range in style and subject matter that they practically defy categorization. One of things I admire most is that he’s not a perfectionist, and his awareness that a film will always have flaws is woven into his aesthetic—it’s part of his approach. His latest movie is… Read more »

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I wish I didn’t care

Petey is saddened by the loss of local flora and fauna, but can still find moments of joy in creatures like the Texas Horned Lizard. Let’s listen.

Who Owns The Rain?

If it rains and you hold out your hand and catch a few drops, are they yours? In the Western states it used to be until quite recently that they were not. Under a legal doctrine called ‘prior appropriation’, which originated in the days of the Gold Rush, surface water belonged to whoever claimed it… Read more »

The Salt of the Earth

German director Wim Wenders is best known for his fiction films from the 70s and 80s, especially 1987’s worldwide sensation Wings of Desire. In recent decades, however, he’s devoted much of attention to non-fiction movies that focus on outstanding artists, for example the great Cuban musicians of The Buena Vista Social Club, and more recently… Read more »

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Shuggie Otis interview on KXCI

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 »

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Sky Island Excitement

A hike in the nearby sky islands has Petey excitedly stumbling over plant names while giggling and jabbering away. Better listen.

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!    

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The Slumber Party From Hell Part 1

Today on 30 Minutes, we’ll hear excerpts from an April 2015 presentation convened by the YWCA Tucson as part of their ongoing Community Discussion on Mass Incarceration and how it affects our community. This session features formerly incarcerated Sue Ellen Allen, author of The Slumber Party from Hell. This is part one of a multi… Read more »

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The Cost of Globalization

We spoke with Dr. Julian E. Kunnie about his latest book The Cost of Globalization: Dangers to the Earth and Its People. Julian E. Kunnie is a professor of religious, Latin American, Middle Eastern and North African studies at the University of Arizona. His articles have appeared in the African Studies Review, the Black Scholar,… Read more »

Native Seeds

The mission of Native Seeds, a seed bank based in Southern Arizona, is to preserve crops that have been grown in the region for centuries, so that they are well adapted to the heat and use significantly less water than commercially grown crops. The produce from these seeds also contains much higher levels of nutrients and is… Read more »

While We’re Young

Noah Baumbach makes comedies about real stuff—in other words, he looks humorously at various aspects of life that he’s familiar with. His previous two films, Greenberg and Frances Ha, dealt with people who are having trouble growing up despite having graduated from college. His latest picture is called While We’re Young, and this time he’s… Read 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

Forest Fallows Live in Studio 2A!

Forest Fallows joins Matt Milner in Studio 2A for a live performance during the second hour of Locals Only! In between sets Matt talks to the guys about upcoming shows, recording, and what’s on the horizon!

A Bit About Plastic

In 2014, the first oceanographic study to examine plastic debris floating near the surface of our oceans estimated that about 6.5 million tons of debris reach the oceans every year and that 60 – 80% of that is improperly discarded plastic. Sea animals readily ingest plastic objects, such as lighters, plastic bags and toys, which… Read more »

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Nama hispidum

Petey talks about seeds and the native annual Nama hispidum that had a spectacular spring show. Let’s listen.

Green News

OZONE HOLE It is thirty years ago that scientists from the University of Cambridge, England, discovered the hole in the ozone layer, the earth’s shield against lethal solar radiation. The discovery changed our lives in many ways, from international relations to the production of cosmetics. Ozone is a form of oxygen which absorbs ultraviolet radiation,… Read more »

The Panza Monologues Part 2

30 Minutes features a panel from the Pima County Public Library’s Nuestras Raices Pavillion at the 2015 Tucson Festival Books called The Panza Monologues: Book Reading and Platica. The Panza Monologues feature the words of Chicanas speaking with humor and candor about their panzas. The Panelists are Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga. This is the… Read more »

Oscar and Lucinda

Once in a great while a film will defy expectations by delivering the richness and unique characters that we usually only find in novels. Such is the case with Oscar and Lucinda, a 1997 film by Australian director Gillian Armstrong It’s a drama with the look and feel of a period epic that at the… Read more »