Tag: Tucson

  • Calexico

    Tucson-based Americana indie band Calexico makes cultural appropriation sound good, with well-conceived guitar-based melodies about border crossers and journeymen, tinged with mariachi horns and a general sadness. The two main members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, have proven album after album that although there’s nothing quite new under the desert sun, the old sounds can […]

  • Goats

    David Duchovny hikes around the Tucson desert with his pet goats as the aptly named Goat Man in Goats, the Californication star sporting a long beard and matching hair in what appears to be an effort to hide his identity, lest he be permanently associated with this toothless indie. Duchovny’s pot-smoking landscaper/pool boy/goat trekker works […]

  • Constant Deportations Lead to Days of Rage

    Today in America, one in four Latino voters knows someone in deportation proceedings. The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court don’t care. What else can be concluded from their questions and comments during oral arguments over Senate Bill 1070, Arizona’s notorious stab at ethnic cleansing? And Latinos shouldn’t expect any succor from our deporter-in-chief, President […]

  • Grinding Justice

    Operation Streamline is a mega-expensive quagmire that fattens the U.S. Border Patrol’s budget and enriches private corporations. It diverts resources from pursuing serious crimes, such as human smuggling and drug and gun trafficking. Streamline’s critics complain that the program is arbitrary and inhumane, violating due-process and effective-use-of-counsel requirements of the U.S. Constitution. Anti-migrant zealots want […]

  • Badlands: From Ground Zero of the Immigration Crisis Along the Mexican Border

    On April 27, Janet Napolitano pronounced that the border separating the United States from the Republic of Mexico is more secure than ever. “I say this again as someone who has walked that border,” the former Arizona governor told a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, which […]


    Tucson’s Calexico remains one of the few solid outfits to emerge from the Americana tent during the 1990s. The core duo of Joey Burns and John Convertino—alongside a revolving cast of players and drop-in friends—retains a patented “high lonesome electronica drifter” sound. And yet, they’re always fluid enough to switch up between many poles, including […]

  • Red 71

    Why is a large, lisping man named Shane rolling through Tucson in his Cadillac? And whence that mysterious gentleman in a mechanic’s uniform and porcine mask? Such questions are posed—but never answered—by Red 71, a low-budget neo-noir film from director Patrick Roddy. The movie cribs its plot from a 1932 short story by pulp writer […]

  • Punks Called Horrible by Holly Golightly Face What They’re Afraid Of

    Holly Golightly describing depressive disorders in Breakfast at Tiffany’s: “The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly, you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of.” Oh yeah, that incomprehensible anxiety that frays your nervous system till […]

  • Sandstorms and sweltering heat make for heavy weather

    In Julia Cho’s The Architecture of Loss, a boy plummets into a black hole. The kid, David, sprinted out of his house in Tucson, and is still missing eight years later when the play begins. The plot centers on how David’s disappearance haunts his broken family—mother, father, sister, and grandfather. Through this multigenerational tale, Cho […]

  • Tell Them Apart

    If you’re the sensitive type, you might sometimes send a little psychic sympathy to cousinly Doggs Snoop and Nate, since clumsy grandmothers confuse the two. But learn to prioritize, dog! Califone and Calexico, open-eared indie-rock outfits most people’ve never heard of, have it way worse: They’re socioculturally aligned, similarly roots-rooted, and in possession of loads […]