BEST BETS: Catch hardcore punk band Xibalba at new Studio venue


Compiled by Bruce Hardt


Catch hardcore punk band

Xibalba at new Studio venue



Compiled by Bruce Hardt


Sept. 9:

Xibalba with Alpha & Omega at The Studio, 4648 E. Speedway Blvd. 7 p.m. $7 at the door.  All ages. Details:


Connoisseurs of fine heavy music should find themselves at a live exhibition of Xibalba’s robust and crushing sound. Their brand of hardcore punk makes for a visceral live performance.


Xibalba, hailing from Pomona, Calif., has been touring with fellow Californians Alpha & Omega in support of their new record, “Hasta La Muerte.” Easily one of the heaviest, most well crafted hardcore albums of the year, “Hasta La Muerte” is a welcome addition to Xibalba’s raw live set.


The Tucson show will also feature local hardcore talents, Territory and Step Aside.


The Studio is a new venue for eclectic, independent music and the event hosts request that attendees be respectful to other patrons and the building.


Experience Swans and Xiu Xiu

at the Crescent Ballroom


Sept. 12:

Swans with Xiu Xiu at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, 308 N. Second Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. 21 and over. Details:


New York City’s Swans has been defining and blurring genres since its inception 30 years ago.  Highly experimental, Swans’ vast career has been a foray in blending post-punk, art rock and industrial music.


With songs that vary from sheer dream-like quality to raw visceral outputs, Swans is a rarity of a band that commands both the ears and mind. It invites the listener to partake in what could only be described as an experience.


Xiu Xiu, from San Jose, Calif., defies classification with its own brand of electronic chaos complimented by new wave ballads and colorful fluctuation. Vocalist Jamie Stewart flavors Xiu Xiu with his tender passages, painting an enveloping and poignant sound.


Swans and Xiu Xiu are an elusive combination of performances that comes along rarely, an event in all sense of the word. This is a show worthy of a Phoenix drive and one that you’ll be yearning for long after it is over.




Compiled by Miki Jennings


For many of us, the end of summer came much too quickly. Soon, students and teachers alike will be yearning for more days to kick back instead of slogging through papers and heavy workloads.


If you’re 21 or older, you’re in luck. Here are some chances to soak up a last bit of fun:


Geeks who drink:

Pop culture fans and drinkers alike can appreciate the regular pub quiz events held at a handful of bars in central Tucson. Friends can form teams and answer a slew of trivia questions to compete for prizes and nerd glory.



500 N. Fourth Ave.

Thursdays at 8 p.m.



Playground Bar & Lounge

278 E. Congress St.

Mondays at 8 p.m.



Auld Dubliner

800 E. University Blvd.

Wednesdays at 8 p.m.




Black Cherry Burlesque at Surly Wench

Come check out the monthly striptease show at this popular Fourth Avenue bar. Grab a drink and something to snack on, and enjoy the artfully provocative performance. There are two shows every first Friday, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Admission is $10.


424 N. Fourth Ave.

First Friday of the month


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