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Dodos – Individ

The Dodos remain true to their instincts on energetic sixth album

Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez

On a wide-ranging debut album, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas bring together gripping soul ballads, new wave sheen, throwback Motown vibes, gypsy punk and an amped-up rockabilly.


Denis Johnson – The Laughing Monsters

“Do you really want to go back to that boring existence?”

Purling Hiss

Purling Hiss – Outside the Lines

Time to get Weirdon.

Dum Dum Girls Artist Photo

Dum Dum Girls – Required Reading

The latest Dum Dum Girls album came from what frontwoman Dee Dee Penny calls “an inspired haze.”

Andrew Swartz 1


The punk and hardcore roots of Philadelphia’s Restorations are still evident on LP3, but pigeonholing the band is even more difficult this time around.

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The Great Galavanting, 2019/2020 Holiday Edition, is underway! After a quick overnight stop in SF, I boarded for a looong flight to Tokyo, my first ever trip to Asia. It was another quick overnight, and I only saw the smallest sliver of Tokyo. I stayed in Odaiba (with a hotel balcony overlooking the Rainbow Bridge). […]

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Magic Hour at Tommy J’s Place


Last full day in DC – last little bit of monument hunting. And I got to see the one I haven’t yet, the one across the water that always seemed so far away when I’d see it (after, of course, trekking around for hours already). Seeing the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument and World War […]

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Exploring the valley of gold

Oro Valley

  It’s easy to notice the natural charms that frame Oro Valley—the towering, rocky majesty of Pusch Ridge to the east impresses me first; the lush green swath cut through the desert by the Cañada del Oro wash impresses me next. Over a weekend, the rest of the town blows me away. Hiking, golfing and […]

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A day in Ambos Nogales

Paul Bond Boot Company

The phrase Ambos Nogales, which refers to “both Nogales,” captures the idea of looking past the fence and seeing one community—one city that happens to span two countries, rather than twin cities of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora. An hour south of Tucson on Interstate 19, Nogales, Arizona, is a mix of Native American, Hispanic, […]

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In Tucson, Mt. Lemmon Is the Go-To for Outdoor Adventures

It’s called Babad Do’ag in Tohono O’odham native language and often referred to as part of the Sky Islands, but whatever the name, Mount Lemmon and its surroundings are a paradise of outdoor adventures. In summer, winter, spring and fall, the mountain hosts hikers, backpackers, skiers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts looking for mountain air and […]

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A day in Tubac


Art and history are intertwined in this colorful and rich village along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.   In an idyllic natural setting just 45 minutes south of Tucson by car, this bustling, if small, artists’ colony was the state’s original colonial garrison, the Spanish crown’s sole outpost in the region for more […]

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January is a long month. The winter slows everything and whether it’s sniffles or something severe, everybody’s health stumbles a bit. I can’t hide in books and movies, as much as I’ve tried. There needs to be friends; there needs to be the General and Freaktown. There’s basketball, and football playoffs, but they’re frantic, fleeting […]

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The Galvy Awards: 2015 in Review


Welcome to the inaugural Galvy Awards, my anything-goes, tongue-in-cheek, arbitrary, passionate yet thoroughly irreverent celebration of the best places, events, excursions and sundry moments I enjoyed this past year. I’ve had it in my mind to do something like this for the last several years, with much of my personal writing based on favorites throughout […]

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The feeling of being in motion again…


“The feeling of being in motion again, it’s the most extraordinary thing in the world.” I’m not even out of Tucson yet when this song lyric jumps into my head. From The Mountain Goats’ Zopilote Machine, “Going to Georgia” isn’t a song that fits with the moment overall (though it’s an absolutely amazing song). But […]

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