These days D. Bess rocks face by utilizing the best in modern technology to perform all of his beats, bass and funk LIVE! Using a cajon as his seat and his drums, he records and loops the beat and then adds layers of percussion, guitar, bass and vocals to create the sound of a one-man-band. His style ranges anywhere from blues to reggae to funk to folk to hip-hop. Basically any kind of music with really big bass. And that ain't a fish either. He will blow your freegin' mind.
D. Mulligan of The Gadsden Purchase is a singer-songwriter that will resonate with fans of Towns Van Zandt, Steve Poltz and Greg Brown.
"D. Mulligan's music captures the expanse but subtle lushness of his Arizona roots. Mulligan immediately wins you over with his observational lyrics. His hushed voice is pensive, maybe even sad. The music is rich and thick, but never overwhelms the singing. The songs might reference local Arizona landmarks, but the themes are universal. A stellar debut album for late nights..." - Miles of Music
"Fans of Neko Case, Jon Rauhouse and the lot will enjoy Mulligan's easy-going alt-country." - TucsonScene
Daedelus is extremely well known in the indie/experimental electronical world... Definately for fans of DJ Shadow, RJD2 and Coldcut!
"Daedelus' fourth album... Exquisite Corpse is a near perfect blend of the densely packed, sample heavy, nearly symphonic electronica and off-kilter hip-hop that the last three albums have featured. The main difference here is that for the first time a Daedelus record is loaded up with collaborations; MF Doom, Prefuse 73, Mike Ladd, French rappers TTC and Laura Darling among others...Daedelus is keeping experimental techno (or whatever you want to call it) alive with records like this, records full of humor, brains, passion and breathtaking sounds." 4 stars - All Music Guide
"Daedelus has...construct(ed) his latest album, bringing in a disparate group of artists - rappers, singers, poets, and producers - to contribute to his usual palette of whimsical field recordings and downtempo beats." 7.1/10 - Pitchfork Media
"Daedelus...conjures a magical, cut'n'paste dimension where genteel lounge sways to disembodied voices, clicks and bleeps." 3/5 - Q
"Daedelus... Reveals another eclectic, kaleidoscopic world." - Mojo
"As Daedelus squeezes new life from his monumental record collection, cranking out tracks as fast as he can, champing at the bit to release his next album, he continues to confuse the critics, who can't figure out what he'll do next or why he wants to do it. Whatever it is, it'll make you smile in admiration..." - Splendid Reviews
"Urban folk singer/songwriter Damien Jurado quietly built up one of the strongest catalogs on the indie scene, earning high critical praise yet somehow never quite getting his proper due. Nick Drake had a definite impact on much of his work, but Jurado modeled his career on more idiosyncratic, unpredictable figures like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, or Randy Newman... In the rush to embrace the latest next-big-things, it's artists like Damien Jurado who much too often get lost in the shuffle - once upon a time, a singer-songwriter of Jurado's depth and grace would have been anointed 'the new Dylan'." - All Music Guide
"Damien Jurado, a burly singer/songwriter with a deceptively tender voice and achingly mournful songs that will melt you. Literally. You will turn into a puddle and sit there on the floor. Helpless. Quivering" - Portland Mercury
"Jurado's... songs are bare as winter trees, built from brittle guitars and crackling percussion." - Entertainment Weekly
"On On My Way To Absence (Jurado's latest)... not a single weak link on this excellent record." 4 1/2 stars - Mojo
"Jurado's voice and guitar playing are executed with a sepia-toned softness, and often they fade behind layers of reverb and Sunday morning church organs. In the dark moments it reminds of Springsteen's Nebraska." - Fake Jazz
"Jurado usually gets the most praise for the storytelling in his songwriting, but as this wordless finale showed off, Jurado's voice can hold its own with anyone in indie rock." - Prefix
Damien Jurado is down your alley if you are into Richard Buckner, Mark Eitzel, Elliott Smith, Mark Lanegan, Sparklehorse, Pedro the Lion and Sebadoh at their sparsest.
"The self-titled debut album from singer-songwriter Suomi is full of raucous, pub-hazed ballads backed by stomps, claps and hollers. Suomi sings about women, the devil, and the drink... He abandons the singer-songwriter maxim of teary-eyed, wistful yearning, and instead, his often-gritty Southern lilt hammers out an uproarious and honest record." - Paste
"The sincerity embedded so thoroughly into each tune gives (Sunomi's self-titled) album a raw, emotional edge and makes the music especially compelling... an album built from one man's experiences, but I imagine its message will ring true to many." - Chewing Gum for the Ears
Dan Deacon creates a Devo meets Matmos electronica tidal wave. There is a big industry buzz building for this iconoclastic act. For fans of Kid606, Mouse on Mars, Cex and Aphex Twin.
"On first glance, Dan Deacon is the kind of dude you'd see working at that dingy video store in the forgotten part of town... As a performer however, Deacon throws himself into his work. He's been touring almost non-stop for the past three years with his one-man electronic, spastic, Devo birthday party extravaganza... Dan Deacon stands poised as the Daniel Johnston of the electro-acoustic spazz-rock set." - Dusted
"Listening to Deacon's music feels akin to wandering through an electronic Candyland, with larger-than-life sounds going head-to-head with one another, and plenty of electronics coated in a fuzzy layer of static." - XLR8R
"On the surface Spiderman of the Rings (Deacon's latest) may sound like the kind of record where anything goes... he playfulness of it all has been so skillfully whipped that glaring choices seem to have been made out of pure silliness. There's enough evidence, however, to indicate otherwise; that this is a record where a particular aesthetic has been sought, be it a seemingly bizarre one, and classically-trained Dan Deacon has expertly brought it under his control so he may let it loose." 5/5 - Brooklyn Heathen
"supercharged new wave pop...with all the prerequisites of the greatest late-00's indie...Animal Collective-esque pop experimentation, budget electronics, and vocodered vocals add up to a melody that's so goddamn manic and infectious... The album deserves to make song-and-dance man Deacon a superstar, or at least as much of a superstar as the Dean Martin of self-soldered electronics can be." 8.7/10 - Pitchfork
"Dan Sartain, like Jack White, Billy Childish and Holly Golightly before him, takes the rootsy music of the old rock 'n' roll masters and makes it his own, updating it for a new decade and audience... An easy way to describe Sartain's music, in fact, is a post punk version of the vintage Sun Records sound... But there are also elements of the Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the 60's garage pop of the 'Nuggets' compilations, the punkier alt.country bands and even some Latin dance influences." - Penny Black Music
"If you're the kind of person who wishes time had stopped somewhere around 1963, Dan Sartain is your man. He looks like an extra from a 1950s B-movie about juvenile delinquents and...can make raw, rudimentary rock'n'roll seem like the freshest sound around." 4/5 - The Guardian
"(with) Dan Sartain... what you see is what you get... Some have lazily dubbed him as 'the post-punk Johnny Cash,' but that's over-complicating things. Put simply, Dan Sartain is rock 'n' roll, pure and simple. Not just in his music, but in his image and his attitude." - Drowned In Sound
Dan Simonis and The West Texas Millionaires
Dan Simonis and The West Texas Millionaires blend the best of classic americana style rock from legends such as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison with the original country music style of early greats like Lefty Frizzell.
Dana Falconberry suffuses the majesty of nature in the orchestral pop-folk she elegantly crafts in Leelanau, her inaugural release for Oakland’ Antenna Farm Records. Citing influences ranging from the prints of artist Gwen Frostic, the books of Willa Cather, and the stark, childs-eye beauty of the Swedish film Let The Right One In, Falconberry finds lyrical inspiration in her idyllic childhood retreats to the Great Lakes State’s Leelanau peninsula. The result is a set of eloquent verse reflecting upon the region to which she has returned almost every summer since she was born.
"The classic sounds of '70s hard rock and heavy metal have never gone out of style... So much so that for every band looking to the predictable Sabbath/Zeppelin/Aerosmith axis for inspiration (Wolfmother, Witchcraft, The Sword, etc., etc.), there are others digging through forgotten crates to find other, significantly less obvious, root sources like, for example, the psychedelic acid trips of Iron Butterfly, the outer space adventures of Hawkwind, the epic synthesizer-laden prog metal of Rush, and yes, even a little Black Sabbath.. These very influences apply to Portland's Danava" - All Music Guide
"Danava... piece together a lysergic coctail of stoner sludge, prog pomp, and rocket blastoffs... Is it hipster metal or real metal? Does it matter?" 3 1/2 stars - Spin
Dang Gui (pronounced Don-Ga-why), featuring Vicki Brown, Cathy Rivers and Noah Thomas, will resonate with fans of The Dirty Three, Rachel's and Will Oldham.
"If you've spent any time exploring downtown music during the last couple of years, you have probably seen Vicki Brown, playing violin with Amy Rude, Campo Bravo, Naim Amor and, well, lots of other folks. Her constant nocturnal musical collaborations give Tucson a steady look at her considerable talent... Her first solo... Winter Garden, delivers eight tracks of lovely, cinematic instrumental mood music... she paints evocative sonic pictures perfect for contemplating, mind-tripping or just spacing out." - Tucson Weekly
Five of New York's most award-winning and nationally acclaimed burlesque performers have highway fever! The super-star team features:
Anita Cookie - is the charmingly inebriated burlesque star whose sparkling singing voice, dynamite shimmy and intoxicated wit have been called everything from "hilarious" (NYTheater.com) to "sizzling hot" (Go Magazine).
Clams Casino - Called "a burlesque queen" by the New York Times, “spectacular” by the New York Post and an “NYC Culturemaker” by Time Out New York, she is a nationally recognized producer and one of New York's favorite stars of the bump 'n' grind.
Darlinda Just Darlinda -The Village Voice calls Darlinda a “Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza.” Darlinda Just Darlinda has been working as a Burlesque Performer in New York, nationally and internationally since 2003.
Gigi La Femme - is one of New York City’s sultriest striptease stars and co-producer of the monthly show Revealed Burlesque at the Under St. Mark’s Theater. A Golden Pastie Award winner for Best Booty Shaker 2009 and Miss Coney Island 2010, the multi-talented bump ‘n’ grinder, go-go girl, chanteuse and pin-up model has traveled the nation performing signature acts.
Minnie Tonka - the Sassy Semitic Sexpot has been dazzling audiences with acts ranging from Streisand to hair metal, matzo and Manischewitz to Mary Tyler Moore. She's the co-founder of Kosher ChiXXX, all-female Jewish Burlesque Revue, produces the annual Menorah Horah burlesque Hanukkah show, and more.
And local guests!
Hosted by Desiré d'Amour - Tucson's own Desiré d'Amour started her burlesque career as a mainstay in the San Francisco burlesque community. She has appeared on CBS, NBC, and CNN and was the central focus of a German documentary on the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum and Pageant.