This is the time of year when Tucson clubs join together to give SXSW-going bands a little extra gas money for the trip. The piggy-backing WXSW has been going for a few years now, and it's a fantastic idea for all involved.
Us Tucson music fans who don't feel like driving clear across Texas to have a confab with tens of thousands of hipsters and industry folks get to see one hell of a collection of bands right here, the clubs fill up otherwise quiet Sunday and Monday nights, and all of the bands involved get an extra gig along the way to tune up for their big performances and collect some much-needed cash for the journey.
The Tucson Weekly has a great rundown on all the bands, so check there for all you'll need to know. But with three venues and a total of seven days, the all-inclusive $15 pass is amazingly cheap.
I'm excited for a triple bill at Club Congress on Monday, March 16, of Alela Diane, Delta Spirit and Elvis Perkins in Dearland (stay tuned for more on that one); Great Northern at Plush March 17; Bishop Allen March 22 at Plush; and Monotonix March 25 @ Congress.
Bishop Allen - The Ancient Commonsense of Things
Monotonix - Body Language
Great Northern - Houses