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Downtown/4th Ave Open Mic Night Roundup

For a change of pace this week, I have decided to write about open mic nights in the Old Pueblo. This will not be a comprehensive review of Tucson open mic nights, but a brief look at three open mic night opportunities in and near downtown.  Please read on to learn more about Sunday Acoustic Open Mic at The Hut, the new(ish) Tuesday Open Mic Night at Maker House and the long-enduring Wednesday Night Open Mic Night at Sky Bar.
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A Light That Never Goes Out: Morrissey's Autobiography

I have always been a huge fan of Morrissey. The king of intellectual alternative rock.  I did prefer his work with The Smiths as opposed to his solo work. Because Morrissey is the enigmatic character that he has always been, I was eager to learn everything I could about him and analyze every lyric that he had ever written. He has always been notoriously strange, private, asexual, and sarcastic, while blessed with a razor sharp intellect that I believe could only be rivaled by Sting. Finally there is an official autobiography on the life of one music's most interesting artists. Please read on to learn more...
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A Review of Bullet For My Valentine's Temper Temper

Temper Temper, the 2013 release from metalcore/hard rock band Bullet For My Valentine, is the perfect example of what happens when a previously innovative band proceeds to sell out.

What?s wrong with that? What exactly is "selling out"?

I don?t have a perfect definition, but from what I understand, after seeing bands who have avoided it and bands who have succumbed to it, selling out is what happens when a band creates "mainstream" (I hate to use that term, but it?s most accurate) music for the sake of popularity, selling albums, selling tickets, or all of the above. Creativity is lost in exchange for new fans. Staleness, simplicity, and "catchiness" are thrown out there in an attempt to catch the attention of the majority of listeners who will skip a song if it doesn't appeal to them the first time. The end result is subpar music.
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Music Events

Mother's Day Concert/Concierto celebrando el Dia de las Madres
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Valencia Branch Library
Jammin' with Nature
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Southwest Branch Library
Music in Motion
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Nanini Branch Library
Brazilian and Capoeira Music Class
Friday, June 13, 2014, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library
Pima County Website