Friday, Feb. 24:
The Holy Rolling Empire with Mergence and The Electric Blankets at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 at door. 21+. Details: plushtucson.com.
In the stellar environment that a small venue provides, the Holy Rolling Empire will be a delight worth the five dollars crumpled in your pocket.
The only respectable alternative would be saving for the Merle Haggard show on Feb. 28 at the Fox Theatre. However, that $65 ticket price is pretty steep, compadre, and the show is sold out.
Holy Rolling Empire is not just another pop-rock indie quartet. The guys are all local and put on a hell of a show wherever they play. Whether it’s The Hut, Club Congress or even a backyard, they are a loud, foot-stomping, dance-provoking sort of band.
Mergence front man Adam Bruce is a progressive spin on traditional bluesy vocals. Check out his track, “The Road.” It’s like My Morning Jacket had sex with The Black Keys … well, not literally. But you get the point — awesome music.
College Times called Bruce’s voice “an updated version of Jim Morrison’s laid-back, rolls-off-the-tongue phrasing.”
And why not toss in another local garage rock gem with The Electric Blankets?
Seriously, it’s five dollars. GO.
Friday, March 2:
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $22 day of show. General admission, all ages. Details: rialtotheatre.com.
In 1986, jazz and blues concert producer Steve Monistere combined two of the coolest things on the planet, aside from Tagalongs and Kung-fu films.
He teamed with a Texas laser production company to create Laser Spectacular set to Pink Floyd music, and sold out the first two shows at Woodlawn Theatre in San Antonio.
In 1991, “Laser Dave” McConkey became tour production manager, and is still the manager to this day.
After 24 years, the Laser Spectacular is both the world’s longest touring laser show and the longest touring theater show in history.
Here’s what I suggest: Dust off that vinyl you scored from your parents (or your own records, for our older readers) and dance around with lasers in hand. Just make sure your blinds are closed.
For Laser Spectacular, purchase tickets as soon as possible. Rialto tends to sell out shows.
-Compiled by Kyle Wasson
NEW TV SHOWS
It’s the time of year for an influx of new TV. Fresh midseason episodes are popping up all over the place. Here’s a list of shows worth checking out if you haven’t already.
‘The Walking Dead’ (AMC):
I can think of few better ways to put off my homework than by watching “The Walking Dead” horror series. I’ve been anxiously awaiting new episodes since the show ended during finals week last December. Its midseason premiere aired Feb. 12.
If you’re bummed about missing the most recent episodes, catch up online so you’re ready for next Sunday’s episode.
More info: amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead.
If you missed previous seasons of “Archer,” check it out now. It’s an animated spy comedy with a perfect combination of quirky characters and great writing.
Calling it a spy comedy might be a tad misleading, since that aspect doesn’t make up nearly as much of the show as the witty banter. That said, it’s a great show.
More info: fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/archer.
Now in its fifth season, “Californication” stars David Duchovny as Hank Moody, a writer with a penchant for strong booze and attractive women.
The series follows Moody through his tangles with shady characters, law enforcement, women and their jealous boyfriends. The most recent season has Moody collaborating with an intimidating rapper with anger problems, played by RZA of Wu-Tang Clan.
More info: sho.com/site/californication/home.sho.
-Compiled by Miki Jennings